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The Feather is an Item that made its first appearance in the first Mario Kart game, Super Mario Kart. After a 25-year absence, it made a reappearance in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's improved Battle Mode.


Super Mario Kart

A Feather will let any racer who is equipped with it do a high jump into the air. It's a useful recovery Item when you're driving on a track with many edges and shortcuts that were otherwise inaccessible without a Feather. However, it is a dangerous Item to use on courses that have barely any railing and large areas that you can fall off the track, such as Bowser Castle 3. So one has to be careful as not to fall off the edge of the course.

Feathers can also be used defensively against Items such as Green Shells and Bananas. You can evade an incoming Green Shell (or a Red Shell) by hopping over them.

The Feather as it appears in Super Mario Kart.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The item is almost the same, however, it is only usable in battle mode. It can be used the steal a balloon in Balloon Battle, the Shine in Shine Thief, and some coins in Coin Runners, and it works just like a Mushroom. The Feather gives you the ability to perform a spin jump for a trick.


  • The Feather was going to make another entry in Mario Kart 64, but it was deemed useless and thus the idea was scrapped.
    • However, the code is partially still within the game.
    • The item roulette icon for it appeared several times on screenshots of the Super Mario Kart R build shown at Shoshinkai '95 (look in the gallery.)
      • This same icon was found in its original quality in the July 25th, 2020 iQue leak.