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Playing Mario Kart Tour with a controller | Setting tips

Play Mario Kart Tour with controller

You love Mario Kart TourYou love to use your phone, but you're struggling with the phone's touch controls? Don't worry, we're here to make your life easier! Frankly, playing this game without a controller is really unpleasant, we agree. The handling is really not optimal, the phone heats up your hands, you sweat and your fingers slide on the screen... In short, we need a controller! So which controller can we use to play Mario Kart Tour? And how do you set it up? Follow the guide!

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Play Mario Kart Tour in landscape mode

Since Mario Kart Tour developed the landscape option for mobile gaming (July 2020), it has to be said that it is a small revolution. It's hard to understand why they took so long to implement it. But it doesn't matter, because now it's easier to play horizontally with your controller! Oh joy!

Historically, Mario Kart is played with a joystick. And like many racing games, I find it unthinkable to play it with anything other than a joystick. There's nothing more enjoyable than moving your car with an analogue stick and loosely throwing turtle shells at your opponents with a button! And then, having your big fingers hiding half the screen is not the best and it spoils all the visual pleasure of the game.

Play Mario Kart Tour in landscape mode

Remember to check the display mode in the menu options. You have 3 choices: portrait, landscape or portrait/landscape depending on the tilt of your phone at the time of the race (this mode will be activated by default).

Note that only the races are in landscape mode. Everything else in the game (menu, shop, challenges, multiplayer, etc.) remains in portrait mode. Also, if you are using an iPhone and have locked the screen orientation, you will not be able to activate landscape mode, even if it is enabled in the game.

Best configuration (phone + controller) to play Mario Kart Tour

To play Mario Kart Tour with a controller, the solution is as follows. You have to choose a "stretch" controller in which you slide your smartphone. The advantage of this type of controller is that it can be carried around easily. This makes your phone look like a handheld console, which is very practical. Beware, not all controllers are suitable! That's why we've selected one that works perfectly.

Our setup for playing Mario Kart Tour (Android)

Flydigi Wee2 controller
🎮 👍

Settings application
Key mapping
Easy to use

The Flydigi Wee2 controller links via Bluetooth to your phone. It has its own settings app available on Google Play, the Flydigi Game Center, allowing you to configure the game and the mapping of the keys. We also recommend it for its connection speed (noinput lag on the keys), its ease of use and its lightness. However, you won't be able to charge your phone while playing, so be prepared!

Asus Rog Phone 3
📱 👌

Snapdragon 865+ processor
144 Hz display
12-16 GB RAM
6000 mAh battery

The Asus Rog Phone 3 is simply one of the best gaming phones on the market today. A state-of-the-art processor (Snapdragon 865+), a 144 Hz display, 12-16 GB RAM and a 6,000 mAh battery. In short, a little gem for gamers! 👌

Joystick settings

The aim of this controller is to reproduce the movements you would normally make in touch on your smartphone. Thanks to the analogue sticks and buttons, there is no need to touch your phone. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Launch the Flydigi application and turn on your controller to connect the 2 devices together.
  2. Start the game. No buttons work, this is normal. You have to map the buttons on the screen.
  3. Press the "select" button on the joystick, a menu appears.
  4. Press "adjust" to bring up all the buttons on the joystick on the screen.
  5. Drag and drop the buttons you need and the analogue sticks to the appropriate place on the screen.
Set up the buttons on your controller to play Mario Kart Tour

This setting will allow you to play with your controller in the same way as if you were touching your screen. By the way, this will work on all other games, even those that are not normally controller compatible (as is the case for Mario Kart Tour ). But for each one, you will have to make the necessary settings. The advantage is that your settings are then saved for each game.

Setting the controller to play Mario Kart Tour in portrait mode

For those dinosaurs (sorry!) who still play in portrait mode at Mario Kart Tourwe thought of you. Normally the controller is not compatible with games that are played vertically, so you need to make a special setting.
Here's our tip for setting up the controller in portrait mode:

  1. Launch the Flydigi application and turn on your controller to connect the 2 devices together.
  2. Click on Add Games, then add your app Mario Kart Tour and confirm.
  3. The game will then start automatically. The key configuration menu appears on the screen.
  4. Drag and drop the "L" button (which corresponds to the analog stick) and place it in the middle of your screen.
  5. Double click on it to access its settings.
  6. Go to the "fixed" tab, then increase the Radius to max (1st line).
  7. Then take the Y button, place it anywhere on the screen and click on "apply" (we don't care about the placement, since throwing objects is a simple touch on the screen).
Setting up your controller Mario Kart Tour

As you are playing in vertical mode (so you will be holding your controller by its smaller side), the L button will correspond to the stick that is normally on the right. And it is the Y button that will allow you to use the objects.

And now you can play Mario Kart Tour in portrait mode if that's your preference! You will have the opportunity to challenge your friends in multiplayer mode by being much better than them. 😃

This little guide is finished, I hope you enjoyed it and that it will allow you to play well at Mario Kart Tour with a controller and finish first in all your races! Let's not hide it, it's a lot more practical, isn't it 😉

Marjo Former editor-in-chief of and a real sniper of spelling mistakes. Very good audience, laughter is my fuel. Life is a game, isn't it!

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