Starman (Mario Kart Wii).png This article is not to be confused with the port version released for the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Starman (Mario Kart Wii).png


Mario Kart 8, stylized as MARIOKART8 and abbreviated to MK8, is a kart-racing game exclusive to the Wii U. It is the eighth Mario Kart game in the series (eleventh overall if including the arcade games). A port for the Nintendo Switch, which is titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released on April 28, 2017.

Mario Kart 8 was released on May 29, 2014 in Japan, May 30, 2014 in North America, Europe, Netherlands, and Brazil, and May 31, 2014 in Australia.

A new feature, anti-gravity, is introduced to the Mario Kart series while past features such as gliding, underwater driving, vehicle customization, and bikes return.

Gameplay

In the eighth installment of the Mario Kart series, anti-gravity is introduced. In certain sections of maps, racers are able to drive on surfaces that are upside-down or tilted at a steep angle. This feature is heavily emphasized, with anti-gravity sections being present in every map, including old maps in Retro Cups.

The ability to glide in midair and drive underwater returns from Mario Kart 7, as well as coins and vehicle customization. Bikes, last seen in Mario Kart Wii, make a return. The game also introduces ATVs, which are a new category of vehicle.

Battle Mode returns, however in this installment, players battle on race tracks rather than specially made battle maps. Stamps are a new collectible in the game and can be posted to Miiverse when unlocked.

Online modes also return and can be played by up to two people on the same console. Mario Kart TV, or MKTV for short, is a new feature where players can watch highlights posted by other players. Players can also share these highlights to Miiverse and YouTube.

Modes

Grand Prix

In Grand Prix mode, twelve racers compete for first place in cups comprised of four races each. Racers are awarded with points based on their placements at the end of races, and the racer with the most points at the end wins.

Time Trials

Koopa Troopa does a time trial on N64 Royal Raceway.

Time trials allow players to race for the best time possible, either on their own or against a ghost. It is not possible to play this mode with more than one player.

VS. Mode

Bowser doing a VS race at 3DS Music Park.

VS. Mode allows players to race, but with their own custom rule sets set such as changing which items appear, or modifying the difficulty. This makes a return to single player from Mario Kart 7, when it was only available in multiplayer mode. Here, it can be played alone or with up to four people.

Battle

Ludwig von Koopa competes in a battle on Wii Moo Moo Meadows.

In Battle Mode, players must attack each other with items to make them lose balloons and gain a point. If players lose all of their balloons, they are eliminated. They can still play, but cannot win. They are invisible while defeated. This can be played with up to four people. This is the only Battle Mode in the entire Mario Kart series to use actual race courses instead of battle arenas. This is an unpopular design decision, and was changed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Online

A player setting up an online race.

Players can race and battle online, alone, or with another player using Nintendo Switch Online. At the end of a race, players earn or lose VR based on how well they did the race.

Racers

Thirty-six characters are playable in this game (including Mii), making this the largest roster in a Mario Kart game to date. Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach are introduced in this game. The Koopalings, consisting of Larry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig also become playable for the first time.

Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser are DLC characters, from the Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing x Mario Kart packs respectively. Baby Daisy and Shy Guy, for the first time in the series, do not need to be unlocked and are playable from the start.

Default Racers

MK8 Mario.png MK8 Luigi.png MK8 Peach.png MK8 Daisy.png
Mario Luigi Peach Daisy
Medium Medium Medium Medium
MK8 Yoshi.png MK8 Toad.png MK8 Koopa.png MK8 ShyGuy.png
Yoshi Toad Koopa Troopa Shy Guy
Medium Light Light Light
MK8 BabyMario.png MK8 BabyLuigi.png MK8 BabyPeach.png MK8 BabyDaisy.png
Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy
Light Light Light Light
MK8 Bowser.png MK8 DonkeyKong.png MK8 Wario.png MK8 Waluigi.png
Bowser Donkey Kong Wario Waluigi
Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy

Unlockable Racers

MK8 Rosalina.png MK8 MetalMario.png MK8 Lakitu.png MK8 Toadette.png
Rosalina Metal Mario Lakitu Toadette
Heavy Heavy Light Light
MK8 BabyRosalina.png MK8 PinkGoldPeach.png MK8 Iggy.png MK8 Roy.png
Baby Rosalina*** Pink Gold Peach*** Iggy Koopa* Roy Koopa*
Light Heavy Medium Heavy
MK8 Lemmy.png MK8 Larry.png MK8 Wendy.png MK8 Ludwig.png
Lemmy Koopa* Larry Koopa* Wendy O. Koopa* Ludwig von Koopa*
Light Light Light Medium
MK8 Morton.png MK8 Mii.png
Morton Koopa Jr.* Mii**
Heavy Any
* - Mario Kart debut
** - Mii's weight is determined by its height and weight.
*** - Mario series debut

DLC Racers

Pack

Characters
The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 MK8 Tanooki Mario Icon.pngCat PeachMK8 Link Icon.png
Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 VillagerMale-Icon-MK8.png VillagerFemale-Icon-MK8.png MK8 Isabelle Icon.png MK8 Dry Bowser Icon.png
Color skins
Colored Yoshis* YoshiRed-MK8.pngYoshiOrange-MK8.pngYoshiYellow-MK8.pngYoshiLightBlue-MK8.pngYoshiBlue-MK8.pngYoshiPink-MK8.pngYoshiBlack-MK8.pngYoshiWhite-MK8.png
Colored Shy Guys* ShyGuyOrange-MK8.pngShyGuyYellow-MK8.pngShyGuyGreen-MK8.pngShyGuyLightBlue-MK8.pngShyGuyBlue-MK8.pngShyGuyPink-MK8.pngShyGuyBlack-MK8.pngShyGuyWhite-MK8.png
* - The CPU drivers do not drive as the different colored Yoshis and Shy Guys.

Racer Statistics

Similar to Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, racers in a specific class have their own stats.

  • Speed: the top speed of the vehicle on land with normal gravity.
  • Acceleration: the amount of time it takes for the vehicle to approach its top speed.
  • Weight: the weight of the vehicle.
    • Vehicles with higher weight can knock other vehicles more easily with lower weight.
  • Handling: the turning ability of the vehicle on land with normal gravity.
  • Traction: the grasp of the vehicle.
    • Vehicles with higher traction can stay stable on the road better than vehicles with lower traction.
  • Mini-Turbo: the length of the vehicle's mini-turbo speed boosts.
Class Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
L MK8 BabyMario Icon.pngMK8 BabyLuigi Icon.pngMK8 BabyPeach Icon.pngMK8 BabyDaisy Icon.pngMK8 BabyRosalina Icon.pngMK8 Lemmy Icon.pngMii MK8.png +2.25 +3.25 +2.25 +4.75 +4.5 +3.5
MK8 Toad Icon.pngMK8 Koopa Icon.pngMK8 ShyGuy Icon.png*MK8 Lakitu Icon.pngMK8 Toadette Icon.pngMK8 Larry Icon.pngMK8 Wendy Icon.pngMK8 Isabelle Icon.png +2.75 +3 +2.75 +4.25 +4.25 +3.25
M MK8 Cat Peach Icon.pngVillagerFemale-Icon-MK8.png +3.25 +3 +3 +3.75 +4 +3.25
MK8 Peach Icon.pngMK8 Daisy Icon.pngMK8 Yoshi Icon.png* +3.25 +2.75 +3.25 +3.75 +4 +3
MK8 Tanooki Mario Icon.pngVillagerMale-Icon-MK8.png +3.75 +2.75 +3.5 +3.25 +3.75 +3
MK8 Mario Icon.pngMK8 Luigi Icon.pngMK8 Iggy Icon.pngMK8 Ludwig Icon.pngMii MK8.png +3.75 +2.5 +3.75 +3.25 +3.75 +2.75
H MK8 Rosalina Icon.pngMK8 DKong Icon.pngMK8 Waluigi Icon.pngMK8 Roy Icon.pngMK8 Link Icon.png +4.25 +2.25 +4.25 +2.75 +3.5 +2.5
MK8 MMario Icon.pngMK8 PGPeach Icon.png +4.25 +2 +4.75 +2.75 +3.25 +2.25
MK8 Bowser Icon.pngMK8 Wario Icon.pngMK8 Morton Icon.pngMii MK8.pngMK8 Dry Bowser Icon.png +4.75 +2 +4.75 +2.25 +3.25 +2.25
* - denotes a racer with color alternatives.
L - denotes light-weighted racers.
M - denotes medium-weighted racers.
H - denotes heavy-weighted racers.

Vehicle parts

Karts

Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
StandardKartBodyMK8.png
Standard Kart*
0
PipeFrameBodyMK8.png
Pipe Frame*
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
Mach8BodyMK8.png
Mach 8
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
Steel Driver.png
Steel Driver
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75
CatCruiserBodyMK8.png
Cat Cruiser
0
CircuitSpecialBodyMK8.png
Circuit Special*
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
TrispeederBodyMK8.png
Tri-Speeder
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75
BadwagonBodyMK8.png
Badwagon
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75
PrancerBodyMK8.png
Prancer
0
BiddybuggyBodyMK8.png
Biddybuggy*
Buggybud
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +1
LandshipBodyMK8.png
Landship*
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +1
SneakerBodyMK8.png
Sneeker*
Bounder
0
SportsCoupeMK8.png
Sports Coupe
Sports Coupé
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
MK8Gold Standard.png
Gold Standard
Gold Kart
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
GLA-MK8.png
GLA* **
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75
W25SilverArrow-MK8.png
W 25 Silver Arrow**
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
300SLRoadster-MK8.png
300 SL Roadster**
0
MK8 BlueFalcon.png
Blue Falcon**
+0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 -0.5 0
MK8 TanookiBuggy.png
Tanooki Kart**
0 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5
MK8 BDasher.png
B Dasher**
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
MK8Streetle.png
Streetle**
+0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 -0.5 0
MK8PWing.png
P-Wing**
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.5
* - changes color depending on the racer.
** - denotes DLC.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Bikes

Bike Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
StandardBikeBodyMK8.png
Standard Bike*
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
CometBodyMK8.png
Comet+
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25 +0.5
SportBikeBodyMK8.png
Sport Bike+ *
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25 +0.5
TheDukeBodyMK8.png
The Duke
0
FlameRiderBodyMK8.png
Flame Rider
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
VarmintBodyMK8.png
Varmint
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
MrScootyBodyMK8.png
Mr. Scooty
Mr Scooty
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25 +1
JetBikeBodyMK8.png
Jet Bike+
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25 +0.5
YoshiBikeBodyMK8.png
Yoshi Bike+
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25 +0.5
MK8 MasterCycle.png
Master Cycle+ **
+0.25 0 +0.5 -0.75 0
MK8CityTripper.png
City Tripper* **
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
* - changes color depending on the racer.
** - denotes DLC.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.
+ - denotes an ability to perform inside drifts.

ATVs

ATV Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
StandardATVBodyMK8.png
Standard ATV*
Standard Quad
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75
WildWigglerBodyMK8.png
Wild Wiggler
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5 +0.25
TeddyBuggyBodyMK8.png
Teddy Buggy
0
MK8BoneRattler.png
Bone Rattler**
0 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25 -0.5
* - changes color depending on the racer.
** - denotes DLC.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Wheels

Wheel Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
StandardTiresMK8.png
Standard
Normal
0
MonsterTiresMK8.png
Monster
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.75 -0.5
RollerTiresMK8.png
Roller
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +1
SlimTiresMK8.png
Slim
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5 -0.25
SlickTiresMK8.png
Slick
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.25
MetalTiresMK8.png
Metal
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 0 -0.5 -0.5
ButtonTiresMK8.png
Button
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +1
Off-Road.png
Off-Road
0
SpongeTiresMK8.png
Sponge
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25
WoodTiresMK8.png
Wood
Wooden
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25
CushionTiresMK8.png
Cushion
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5 +0.25
Blue Standard.png
Blue Standard
Normal Blue
0
HotMonsterTiresMK8.png
Hot Monster
Funky Monster
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.75 -0.5
AzureRollerTiresMK8.png
Azure Roller
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +1
CrimsonSlimTiresMK8.png
Crimson Slim
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5 -0.25
CyberSlickTiresMK8.png
Cyber Slick
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1 -0.25
Retro Off-Road.png
Retro Off-Road
0
Gold Tires MK8.png
Gold Tires
Gold Wheels
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 0 -0.5 -0.5
GLATires-MK8.png
GLA Tires**
GLA Wheels
0
MK8 TriforceTires.png
Triforce Tires**
Triforce Tyres
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5 -0.25
Leaf Tires MK8.png
Leaf Tires**
Leaf Tyres
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25 +1
** - denotes DLC.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Gliders

Glider Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
SuperGliderMK8.png
Super Glider*
0
Cloud Glider.png
Cloud Glider
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
WarioWingMK8.png
Wario Wing
0
WaddleWingMK8.png
Waddle Wing
0
PeachParasolGliderMK8.png
Peach Parasol*
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
ParachuteGliderMK8.png
Parachute
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
ParafoilGliderMK8.png
Parafoil
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
FlowerGliderMK8.png
Flower Glider
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
BowserKiteMK8.png
Bowser Kite
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
PlaneGliderMK8.png
Plane Glider
0
MKTVParafoilGliderMK8.png
MKTV Parafoil
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
GoldGliderMK8.png
Gold Glider
0
MK8 HylianKite.png
Hylian Kite**
0 +0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25
PaperGliderIcon-MK8.png
Paper Glider**
0
* - changes color depending on the racer.
** - denotes DLC.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Unlocking criteria

Racers

Unlike how the previous games have done, characters will unlock at random each time a cup is won. Characters that are not yet unlocked can still appear as CPU characters during races, unlike the previous Mario Kart games.

Vehicle parts

Vehicle parts are unlocked by collecting coins from Grand Prix, VS. Mode, Time Trials, and online races. Coins collected by additional players are counted. Coins will count towards the player's Coin total only for completed races -- if the player collects Coins then quits during a race, the Coins from that race will not be added to their Coin total.

There are 38 unlockable parts, excluding golden parts. Players can unlock new parts for every 50 Coins, but once players have collected 1000 Coins, 100 Coins are instead needed to unlock new parts. Like in Mario Kart 7, players can see how many Coins they've collected by viewing the statistics screen from the main menu (this feature is available for only Ver. 2.0 and further of Mario Kart 8, however).

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150
  • 200
  • 250
  • 300
  • 350
  • 400
  • 450
  • 500
  • 550
  • 600
  • 650
  • 700
  • 750
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 950
  • 1000
  • 1100
  • 1200
  • 1300
  • 1400
  • 1500
  • 1600
  • 1700
  • 1800
  • 1900
  • 2000
  • 2100
  • 2200
  • 2300
  • 2400
  • 2500
  • 2600
  • 2700
  • 2800

Special parts

Special gold parts are unlocked with the following criteria:

  • Gold Standard: One must obtain a minimum of one Star ranking in all non-DLC cups of every engine class.
  • Gold Tires: One should beat the Staff Ghost on all 32 non-DLC courses, Or obtain 15,000 Coins.
  • Gold Glider: One must obtain 10,000 Coins.

Courses

Mario Kart 8 brings back 16 nitro and 16 retro courses. An addition of 16 downloadable courses are available for purchase or as a My Nintendo reward, bringing the total to 48 tracks.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all cups are instead available from the start.

Nitro Courses

MK8 MushroomCup.png
Mushroom Cup
MK8 FlowerCup.png
Flower Cup
MK8 StarCup.png
Star Cup
MK8 SpecialCup.png
Special Cup
MK8- Mario Kart Stadium.png
.
Mario Circuit
.
MK8- Sunshine Airport.png
.
MK8- Cloudtop Cruise.png
.
MK8- Water Park.png
.
MK8- Toad Harbor.png
Toad Harbour
MK8- Dolphin Shoals.png
.
MK8- Bone-Dry Dunes.png
Bone Dry Dunes
MK8- Sweet Sweet Canyon.png
.
MK8- Twisted Mansion.png
.
MK8- Electrodrome.png
.
Bowser's Castle
.
MK8- Thwomp Ruins.png
.
MK8- Shy Guy Falls.png
.
MK8- Mount Wario.png
.
Rainbow Road
.

Retro Courses

MK8 ShellCup.png
Shell Cup
MK8 BananaCup.png
Banana Cup
MK8 LeafCup.png
Leaf Cup
MK8 LightningCup.png
Lightning Cup
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
.
GCN Dry Dry Desert
.
DS Wario Stadium
.
DS Tick Tock Clock
.
GBA Mario Circuit
.
SNES Donut Plains
.
GCN Sherbet Land
.
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway
DS Cheep Cheep Beach
.
N64 Royal Raceway
.
3DS Music Park
3DS Melody Motorway
Wii Grumble Volcano
.
N64 Toad's Turnpike
.
3DS DK Jungle
.
N64 Yoshi Valley
.
N64 Rainbow Road
.

DLC courses

The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8
MK8 EggCup.png
Egg Cup
MK8 TriforceCup.png
Triforce Cup
MK8 CrossingCup.png
Crossing Cup
MK8 BellCup.png
Bell Cup
GCN Yoshi Circuit
also in Mario Kart DS
Wii Wario's Gold Mine
.
GCN Baby Park
also in Mario Kart DS
3DS Neo Bowser City
3DS Koopa City
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-ExcitebikeArena.png
.
SNES Rainbow Road
also in Mario Kart 7
GBA Cheese Land
.
GBA Ribbon Road
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-DragonDriftway.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-IceIceOutpost.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-WildWoods.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SuperBellSubway.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-MuteCity.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-HyruleCircuit.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-AnimalCrossing.png
.
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-BigBlue.png
.

Battle stages

In Mario Kart 8, no unique battle stages are present. The mode is instead played on race courses rather than enclosed arenas. All the battle stages are playable from the start; regardless of whether the cup they appear in is or not. The only playable battle mode is Balloon Battle, making this game the sole game since Mario Kart: Super Circuit to feature only one battle mode.

Mario Circuit
.
MK8- Toad Harbor.png
Toad Harbour
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
.
GCN Dry Dry Desert
.
N64 Toad's Turnpike
.
SNES Donut Plains
.
GCN Sherbet Land
.
N64 Yoshi Valley
.

These battle stage s are unavailable on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, as they are replaced with eight dedicated battle stages: five new, and three Retro. 8 Deluxe also offers five battle modes.

Staff Ghosts

For this game's staff ghosts, see Staff Ghosts.

Items

Items found on the track

ItemBoxMK8.png
Item Box
Item Boxes are found in groups, providing players with a random item based on their place in the race. Lower ranks give more powerful items, and vice versa.
CoinMK8.png
Coin
Coins give players a slight boost in speed for each that is collected, the max allowed being ten. Coins are found on the track in groups.
Rupee
Rupee
Acts just like a Coin, but they are found only in Hyrule Circuit. They also replace Coins in the item roulette.
Bell
Bell
Acts just like a Coin, but they are found only in Animal Crossing. They also replace Coins in the item roulette.

New items

BoomerangFlowerMK8.png
Boomerang Flower
The Boomerang Flower allows players to shoot three Boomerangs to attack other racers, having effects similar to those of bananas. They also come back to you, hence the name.
PiranhaPlantPotMK8.png
Potted Piranha Plant
The Potted Piranha Plant sits in front of a kart and can be used to attack other players similar to how a Super Leaf worked in Mario Kart 7.
SuperHornMK8.png
Super Horn
The Super Horn can be used to block incoming projectiles, including the elusive Spiny Shell, which could not be blocked in any previous game.
Crazy8MK8.png
Crazy 8
The Crazy Eight is very similar to the Lucky 7, adding only a coin item to the seven items that circle around the kart. They consist of a Green Shell, a Red Shell, a Banana, a Bob-omb, a Blooper, a Star, a Mushroom, and a Coin. You use the items in the Crazy Eight if the certain item is in front of your kart.

Returning items

BananaMK8.png
Banana
Bananas can be dropped on the course and will make any racers who run into it spin out.
TripleBananaMK8.png
Triple Bananas
Three Bananas rotate around the kart instead of staying in a line behind it as in previous games. They can be dropped one by one.
GreenShellMK8.png
Green Shell
Green Shells can be shot along the track and can bounce on the walls until it hits a racer.
TripleGreenShellsMK8.png
Triple Green Shells
Similarly to Triple Bananas, three Green Shells rotate around the kart and can be used one by one.
MushroomMarioKart8.png
Mushroom
Mushrooms give players speed boosts that can be used to cross off-road terrain.
TripleMushroomMK8.png
Triple Mushrooms
Three Mushrooms can be used one by one, for three speed boosts. Three Mushrooms are given automatically in time trials. They circle around the kart and can be stolen unlike other games.
Bob-ombMK8.png
Bob-omb
Bob-ombs can be thrown similarly to shells, but cause a large explosion that will knock over vehicles.
CoinMK8.png
Coin
Coins increase your vehicle's base speed. In addition to being found on tracks, two Coins can be given to players via item boxes.
RedShellMK8.png
Red Shell
Red Shells act like Green Shells but home in on opponents, and are destroyed if they hit walls.
TripleRedShellsMK8.png
Triple Red Shells
Just like Triple Green Shells, but with Red Shells instead.
BlooperMK8.png
Blooper
Bloopers shoot ink on all the players ahead of whoever used it, obstructing vision. While it disappears after a few seconds, it can be removed early with a Mushroom, going underwater, or using a boost pad.
FireFlowerMK8.png
Fire Flower
Fire Flowers allow players to shoot fireballs for a certain amount of time. The fireballs make players spin out and can be deadly weapons in close races.
StarMK8.png
Star
Stars allow players to be invincible, travel off-road without losing speed, and run through racers without any impairment at all for a short time.
GoldenMushroomMK8.png
Golden Mushroom
Golden Mushrooms give players unlimited speed boosts for a few seconds.
LightningBoltMK8.png
Lightning
Lightning strikes all the other racers when it is used, making them shrink and lose speed. The racers in lower positions are first to return to normal, while higher-ranked ones are the last.
SpinyShellMK8.png
Spiny Shell
Spiny Shells travel on the ground in pursuit of the racer in the first place, able to knock out any racers in its path. It can only be blocked with the Super Horn or avoided by using a Mushroom at the precise time.
BulletBillMK8.png
Bullet Bill
The Bullet Bill allows racers to become a giant Bullet Bill, giving them effects similar to that of a Star, but they are automatically steered at a high speed. Players can slightly influence the Bullet Bill's trajectory by moving left and right, allowing them to swerve into other players.

Absent Items

Stamps

For this game's stamps, see Stamps.

In Mario Kart 8, players can obtain stamps that can be used in Miiverse posts. There are 100 stamps in the game: 28 are available from the start, while another 62 stamps can be obtained by winning a Grand Prix with every non-DLC character and beating the Staff Ghost on each non-DLC course in Time Trials.

In addition, ten more stamps were added with the version 4.0 update. However, beating a Staff Ghost on a DLC course or using a DLC character to complete a Grand Prix will not unlock a stamp.

amiibo

Mii Racing Suits - Wave 1
Mii Racing Suits - Wave 2
Mii outfits along with their amiibo character.

As of the version 3.0 update, Mario Kart 8 includes compatibility with amiibo. By using certain amiibos, players can unlock one of ten costumes for use by Miis based upon the amiibo character.

The amiibo was originally compatible for Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Link, Toon Link, Kirby, Captain Falcon, Samus, and Fox. Nine more suits were later added with the version 4.0 update, which can be unlocked by using Mega Man, Sonic, Villager, Pac-Man, Toad, Wario, Olimar, Rosalina, and Bowser.

DLC

As of the version 2.0 update, the game includes an in-game shop feature through which players can purchase and pre-order downloadable content. Alternatively, players can purchase content through the Nintendo eShop. In April 2019 and several times in the past, Mario Kart 8 DLC was added as a reward option in My Nintendo.

Nintendo has released free kart parts as part of a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Six racers are also downloadable, including three from other series. These racers come in forms of 2 themed DLC Packs containing a total of eight vehicles (with separate vehicle parts) and four cups consisting of four tracks each.

Pricing for DLC is as follows:

  • Mercedez-Benz × Mario Kart 8: free
  • Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 (Pack 1): US$7.99, CA$9.99 or 60 My Nintendo gold points
  • Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 (Pack 2): US$7.99, CA$9.99 or 400 My Nintendo platinum points
  • Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle: US$11.99 or CA$14.99

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes Pack 1, Pack 2 and the Mercedez-Benz DLC content presented are instead merged into the core game.

Mercedez-Benz
DLC Pack - 1
DLC Pack - 2
Promotional posters of each DLC pack

Mercedez-Benz × Mario Kart 8

Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 (Pack 1)

Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 (Pack 2)

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle

  • Racers
    • Yoshi (eight additional colors)
    • Shy Guy (eight additional colors)

Note: Bonus racers in the Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle are also available to those who purchase both packs individually, or use My Nintendo points to redeem both packs individually.

Additional character colors include: orange, yellow, light blue, blue, purple, black, white, and pink. Yoshi is also available in red, while Shy Guy is also available in green.

Development

Development started in 2012. It was announced in the Wii U Nintendo Direct on January 23, 2013. Nintendo presented more information at E3 2013. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was hinted at in the debut trailer for the Nintendo Switch, and the official trailer for the game was later revealed on Nintendo's YouTube channel following the official Switch presentation on January 13, 2017.

Updates

Version 2.0

The map display on the TV screen.

On the same day as the release of the Mercedes Benz × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack (that being August 27, 2014), an update for the game was also released. Changes were made in the following:

  • The game adds an option to display the map on the TV screen and a records section, which shows how many coins have been collected, online wins and losses, and other statistics.
  • The update also saves the players' last used vehicle combo (excluding DLC vehicle parts), lets them edit other players' highlight reels, and improves online stability.
  • The maximum online race and battle ratings have increased from "9999" to "99999".
  • The rating system has also been altered in that the amount of points that the players win or lose after an online race or battle is more drastic if there's a large rating difference between participating players.
  • In tournaments without race or battle limits, players can now have more than 1024 points during a tournament period.
  • The update also swaps the "Next Race/Round/View Results" and "View Highlight Reel" buttons in offline mode.
  • The update adds a Shop button on the main menu, where players can download the Mercedes DLC, and pre-order Add-On Content.
  • The character icons on the map HUD are also altered.

Version 3.0

On November 13, 2014, the update to version 3.0 was made available. Changes were made listed in the following:

  • The update includes compatibility with amiibo figures and enables the first downloadable content pack for those who purchased it.
  • The update also the game to save any last used vehicle combo that uses any of the DLC vehicle parts or characters.
  • When a light racer bumps into a heavier one, it will be pushed less far away.
  • In terms of online, the race and battle rating system has been modified to be less punishing to players who did poorly in a race or battle.
  • Players can now set up tournaments that have cup limitations.
  • Players that have not purchased the add-on packs can still encounter the included characters and vehicles online, but cannot select them.

Version 4.0

The addition of the 200cc mode in Version 4.0.

The update was released on April 23, 2015, the same day as the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack. Changes were made in the following:

  • In addition to the downloadable content and some bug fixes, the update adds nine additional amiibo racing suits and compatible figures, and adds a "200cc" engine class.
  • Ten new Miiverse stamps have also been added.
  • The update also allows players to enable the on-screen map using any controller, rather than just the Gamepad.
  • In online mode, players who left a race/battle will not have their race/battle rating visible for other racers to see after a race/battle.
  • Lastly, additional tournament settings have been added to support 200cc and the two cups in the second DLC pack.

Version 4.1

Released on May 1, 2015, changes were made in the following:

  • In addition to general gameplay adjustments and bug fixes, the update adds the Mirror and 200cc engine classes to Grand Prix mode by default, without having to unlock them.

Reception

Mario Kart 8 has received mostly favorable reviews, and has been lauded as one of the best games in the series to date. General praise has been given to the game's graphics, the tracks, the music, and the overall gameplay. The addition of anti-gravity has also been praised, as has the online mode.

The roster, however, notably the amount of baby and metal characters, and the lack of previous racer veterans, has received some criticism. The battle mode, however, has a universal negative reaction among reviewers, with most of reviewers preferring the traditional battle modes that the previous Mario Kart games did rather than this iteration.

Mario Kart 8 won two awards at "The Game Awards 2014", being the "Best Family Game" and the "Best Sports/Racing Game".

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart 8.

Soundtrack

For this game's soundtrack, see Soundtrack:Mario Kart 8.
Main Article: Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack


Trivia

  • In the E3 demo, Donkey Kong's standard bike color was brown, but in the final build, it was yellow.
  • On the Koopalings' artwork, Morton's ATV color was black, but in the final version, it was green. The artwork is still used in the actual game though.
  • When you're in first place, a beat has been added to the music. This also happens in Mario Kart 7. This beat is called 'frontrunning'. This has been removed in the Nintendo Switch port.
  • At the startup screen of Mario Kart 8, engine sounds can heard. This originated in Mario Kart 64's start up screen.
  • At the course selection screen, the courses can also be recognized by pictures on top of the name. This is a possible reference to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as in that game there are pictures of the character it is based on (if any), a little background, and the name. These pictures are used as recognition of the tracks in online mode and names are not included underneath in online mode.
  • This is the first game to not have an Award Ceremony after a Grand Prix.
  • This is only the fourth game to feature only one battle mode; Balloon Battle, as well as the first since Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
  • This is the first game in the series to support Downloadable Content, a Cup where retro tracks meet up with new ones, game crossover, and Rainbow Road does not appear as final track in a Cup.
  • This is the first game to have three Rainbow Road tracks all at once.
  • This is the first game to not have a Bowser's Castle or a SNES Mario Circuit track return as a retro course; not even in the DLC.
  • This is the first game to have 200cc as an extra engine class, which is available after updating the game to version 4.1.
  • The course maps in this game show all the shortcuts on them, if any in the course. This means that if there are no shortcuts, they are truly "hidden" in this game.
    • This is the best selling Wii U game selling at over 8 million copies
Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) • Mario Kart 64 (1996, N64) • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, GBA) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003, GameCube) • Mario Kart DS (2005, DS) • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii) • Mario Kart 7 (2011, 3DS) • Mario Kart 8 (2014, Wii U) • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017, Switch)
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005) • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007) • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013) • Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (2017)
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe
Racers
Light Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyBaby RosalinaToadToadetteKoopa TroopaShy GuyLakituLarry KoopaWendy O. KoopaLemmy KoopaIsabelle+ • Villager+ • Dry Bones** • Bowser Jr.**
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiLudwig von KoopaIggy KoopaTanooki Mario+ • Cat Peach+ • Inklings**
Heavy WarioWaluigiDonkey KongRosalinaBowserRoy KoopaMorton Koopa Jr.Metal MarioPink Gold PeachLink+ • Dry Bowser+ • King Boo** • Gold Mario**
Vehicle parts
Bodies Karts Standard KartPipe FrameMach 8Steel DriverCat CruiserCircuit SpecialTri-SpeederBadwagonPrancerBiddybuggyLandshipSneekerSports CoupeGold StandardGLA+ • W 25 Silver Arrow+ • 300 SL Roadster+ • Blue Falcon+ • Tanooki Kart+ • B Dasher+ • Streetle+ • P-Wing+ • Koopa Clown**
Bikes Standard BikeCometSport BikeThe DukeFlame RiderVarmintMr. ScootyJet BikeYoshi BikeMaster Cycle+ • City Tripper+
ATVs Standard ATVWild WigglerTeddy BuggyBone Rattler+ • Splat Buggy** • Inkstriker**
Wheels StandardMonsterRollerSlimSlickMetalButtonOff-RoadSpongeWoodCushionBlue StandardHot MonsterAzure RollerCrimson SlimCyber SlickRetro Off-RoadGold TiresGLA Tires+ • Triforce Tires+ • Leaf Tires+
Gliders Super GliderCloud GliderWario WingWaddle WingPeach ParasolParachuteParafoilFlower GliderBowser KitePlane GliderMKTV ParafoilGold GliderHylian Kite+ • Paper Glider+
Tracks
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups Egg Cup+ GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup+ Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup+ GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup+ 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Battle Courses Mario Circuit* • Toad Harbor* • Wii Moo Moo Meadows* • GCN Dry Dry Desert* • SNES Donut Plains 3* • N64 Toad's Turnpike* • GCN Sherbet Land* • N64 Yoshi Valley*
Battle Stadium** • Sweet Sweet Kingdom** • Dragon Palace** • Lunar Colony** • 3DS Wuhu Town** • SNES Battle Course 1** • GCN Luigi's Mansion** • Urchin Underpass**
Miscellaneous
Hardware NunchukWii RemoteWii UWii U GamePadWii Wheel
Software Mario Kart TVMiiverseNintendo Network
Objects Item Box Items BananaBoo** • Boomerang FlowerBullet BillCrazy 8Feather** • Fire FlowerGolden MushroomGreen ShellItem BoxLightningMushroomPiranha PlantRed ShellSpiny ShellSuper Horn
Other Dash PanelDouble Item Box**
Hazards Bone Piranha PlantBooBouncing NoteBowser MonumentChain ChompCheep CheepChompDeku BabaDolphinFire SnakeFish BoneFishin' LakituFreezieFrogoonGhostGoombaGoomba TowerHammer KnightKeeseLittle BirdMechakoopaMini ToadMonty MoleMoo MooMr. ResettiNokiPiantaPiranha PlantPokeyScreaming PillarSidestepperSkating Shy GuySuper ThwompSwoopThwompTiki Goon
Techniques Anti-gravityDriftHighlight ReelHopMini-TurboRocket StartSlipstreamingSpin BoostTrick
Other EmblemFinish LineGalleryHighlight ReelMario Kart BandSoundtrackStampsStarting GridTrophy
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. • ** - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
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