Toad y Toadette (mkdd)

An example of two unlockable characters: Toad and Toadette in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

An unlockable character is a hidden character that must be unlocked by completing certain criteria before being able to play as them. Every game in the Mario Kart series besides the first three (Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit) has unlockable characters, although Super Circuit features coloured Yoshis (light blue, pink and yellow) that are exclusive to single-pak multiplayer mode.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has a total of 4 unlockable characters,

Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS has a total of 4 unlockable characters.

  • Dry Bones - Receive a gold trophy in 50cc Special cup.
  • Daisy - Receive a gold trophy in 50cc Lightning Cup.
  • Waluigi - Receive a gold trophy in 100cc Lightning cup.
  • R.O.B. - Receive a gold trophy in Mirror Special Cup.

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii has a total of 14 unlockable characters.

Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7 has a total of 9 unlockable characters.

  • Daisy - Win the 150cc Mushroom Cup.
  • Wario - Win the 150cc Flower Cup.
  • Rosalina - Win the 150cc Star Cup.
  • Metal Mario - Win the 150cc Special Cup.
  • Shy Guy - Win the 150cc Shell Cup.
  • Queen Bee - Win the 150cc Banana Cup.
  • Wiggler - Win the 150cc Leaf Cup.
  • Lakitu - Win the 150cc Lightning Cup.
  • Mii - Win Special Cup and Lightning Cup in any engine class.

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 has a total of 14 unlockable characters. Some have no concrete unlock conditions, and are unlocked after winning a random cup. However, the same cup will not unlock more than 1 character.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all of the characters previously unlockable in the original are available at the start. However, only one unlockable character exists.

  • Gold Mario - Complete every cup in 200cc (alt. color of Metal Mario)


  • Mario Kart 7 is the only Mario Kart game where Wario is an unlockable character.

See also