The Fake Item Box is a common Mario Kart item resembling an Item Box. The only differences are the occasional red glare and the upside-down question mark. Though it appears to be colored similarly to a normal Item Box from farther away, it looks more reddish the closer someone is to it. When a driver makes contact with one, their car flips, as if they got hit with a green or red shell. Fake Item Boxes appear more frequently in positions near the top of the field.
Koopa Kart Series
Fake Item Boxes appear in Koopa Kart with their normal functions.
Fake Item Boxes make their normal appearances in Super Koopa Kart.
Fake Item Boxes appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash 2!! as a basic item.
Normal Fake Item Boxes appear in this game, along with Waluigi's new special item, Exploding Fake Item Boxes.