The starting grid as seen in Mario Kart 8.

The starting grid is a main feature of the Mario Kart series. It can carry eight or twelve racers at the start of every race. The size of the grid varies depending on the game.

Once all of the characters are in their respective places on the grid, Lakitu will come in to begin the countdown to the start of the race. The racers leave the grid when the green light on the Start Signal comes on. Mario Kart: Super Circuit's grid has little boxes in which racers rev their engines.


Game Grid Size Racers
Super Mario Kart 4x2 8
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 2x4
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR
3x2 6
Mario Kart Wii 4x3 12
Mario Kart 7 2x4 8
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
2x6 12


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