A Smokescreen (えんまく) is a Throw-behind Item found in Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. This red and yellow canister doesn't deal any direct damage to the racer, but it can still hinder their view of the course.
In all of three of the arcade games, the Smokescreen will need to be unlocked as a Prize Item first before it can be used in any races.
After running through an Item Hexagon, you have about a 1 in 3 chance of getting the Smokescreen. Once it's in hand, the player can hit the Item button, making whoever your racer is toss it backwards. Once an enemy Kart is knocked upside the head with this, they suffer from a severe lack of vision of the track, making them liable to run into walls, drive right into Items, or even (if you're lucky) plunge right off the edge of the map.
As with other Items that impair the field of view, the Smokescreen's effect can be safely withdrawn by simply knowing the course in your mind. A Star or Shield will do away with it altogether, but it's not entirely necessary to have one of these. However, since Mario Kart Arcade games cost a ton of money, chances are you won't know the courses that well unless you are bankrupt. So good luck.
- A x3 variant of the Smokescreen is known very creatively known as the Triple Smoke.
- The smokescreen was one of the weapons used by Butch & Woim for the go-kart race in the 1994 version of Little Rascals.
- The Japanese kanji name for the Smokescreen is 煙幕 (Enmaku), or Smoke curtain. Mario Kart Arcade GP Deluxe's name for it is simplified in hiragana so younger children can read it.