A Kart is a vehicle used in the Mario Kart series for racing. They come in many varieties.

Karts first appeared in the game Super Mario Kart; they've since reappeared in every following incarnation. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! moved away from the uniform template used by all karts and introduced custom karts for each character and a simple kart stat system. Mario Kart DS expanded on the stat system, which is also slightly expanded in Mario Kart Wii. In Mario Kart DS, all the karts have about even stats (depending on the character's weight, the weight changes) with the occasional high or low. Each character has three karts, making for a total of 36. In Mario Kart Wii, there are 6 karts for each weight class, making for a total of 18. The term Kart has another meaning in Super Mario Kart, in which Karts replaced the term of Extra Lives in Grand Prix mode. When a driver only reached the fifth position or below, he would lose one of his four Karts. Losing the last Kart would quit the Grand Prix. However, it is possible to get one back under certain circumstances.

A Kart also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy. Here is a list of the karts, arranged by game. (Note: Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, and Mario Kart Super Circuit all feature a basic, metal pipe frame kart for each character. The way they perform is different for each.)

Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart 64

  • Lightweights: Toad, Peach, Yoshi
  • Middleweights: Mario & Luigi
  • Heavyweights: Wario, Donkey Kong, Bowser
  • Other: Bob-omb, Magikoopa (Japanese Version)

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

  • Lightweights: Toad, Peach, Yoshi*
  • Middleweights: Mario & Luigi
  • Heavyweights: Wario, Donkey Kong, Bowser*
  • Yoshi is slightly heavier than Peach and Toad but slightly lighter than Mario and Luigi
  • Bowser is slightly heavier than Wario and Donkey Kong, thus making him the heaviest character.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart DS



Mario on his B Dasher.





Mushmellow (Toad)

Toad on the Mushmellow.

Donkey Kong




Dry Bones



Mario Kart Wii



Toad on his Booster Seat.



Mario on his Sprinter.


Mario Kart 7

Soda Jet

Soda Jet.

Mario Kart 8


Mach 8.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

All Karts from Mario Kart 8 reappeared here, and there is one returning kart.

See also

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