Mario Kart: Burning Drift
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD

GalaxySoft Inc.

Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release Date(s)
September 1st, 2016 (US)

August 27th, 2016 (JP)



Online Play


Age Rating(s)
ESRB- Everyone

PEGI- Three Years or Older

Genre(s) Racing
Series Mario Kart
Media Included Wii U:

Optical disc

Mario Kart: Burning Drift is the ninth installment of the Mario Kart series, and the second to be released on the Wii U. It will be the first game in the series to be developed by GalaxySoft Inc, and will be released on September 1, 2016 in the US, marking the twenty-fourth anniversary of Super Mario Kart.


The gameplay is similar to most other Mario Kart games. There's a new technique that can be performed, called the Burning Drift. It's like a regular drift, but it unleashes a wave of flames out onto the racetrack. However, the Burning Meter must charge up before it can be used. You can charge it up by performing drifts around the track. The anti-gravity sections from Mario Kart 8 return, along with the hang-gliding and underwater sections. 


There are 28 characters playable in this game, and 17 of them are unlockable. The Koopalings return for their second Mario Kart appearance as unlockables.



Image Name Weight Unlock Criteria
Baby Luigi
Baby Luigi Light Win the 50cc Leaf Cup
Toadette MPNL
Toadette Light Win the 50cc Banana Cup
E Gadd Solo LM2

Professor E. Gadd 


Light Win 10 Online Races
Lemmy Koopa 3D1234
Lemmy Koopa Light Win the 100cc Shell Cup
Iggy Koopa Medium Win the 50cc Shell Cup
130px-Wendy O Koopa 3D
Wendy O. Koopa Medium Win the 150cc Shell Cup
140px-Dixie Kong - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Dixie Kong


Medium Win the 50cc Flower Cup
Ludwig Von Koopa Medium Win the Mirror Shell Cup
Princess Daisy Medium Win 10 Online Races
Roy Koopa Medium Win all time trials in the Shell Cup.
Larry Koopa Medium Win a Wi-Fi race on a Shell Cup course.
Shy Guy Medium Win a Local Multiplayer match.
Mii Mario
Mii Outfit B Varies Win 150 races.
Petey Piranha Heavy Use the Potted Piranha Plant item 50 times.
Rosalina Heavy Have save data of Super Mario 3D World or win 100 races.
Morton Koopa Jr. Heavy Win all ghost races for the Shell Cup.
Dry Bowser Heavy Have save data of New Super Mario Bros. U or win 30 Wi-Fi races.


Like almost all past Mario Kart games, there are exactly 32 courses, and 16 of them are new/returning.

Nitro Courses

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Luma Circuit Aerial Skyway Pixel Palace Snowmad Hideout
Tropical Paradise Hidden Village Lemmy's Circus Bowser's Castle
Old Clockworks Gritz Canyon Burning Drifts Treacherous Mansion
Explosion Factory Mario Circuit Rock-Candy Caves Rainbow Road

Retro Courses

Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Wii Toad's Factory GBA Sunset Wilds U Sunshine Airport 3DS Rosalina's Ice World
DS Shroom Ridge SNES Vanilla Lake 2 GBA Riverside Park ???
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar U Dolphin Shoals Wii Moonview Highway ???
SNES Mario Circuit 4 DS Luigi's Mansion GCN Mushroom City  Wii Rainbow Road


The items in this game are all returning, except for four new ones. One of them, the Fuel Canister, can automatically fill your Burning Meter. 


Image Name Description Effects Use Amount/Time
Fuel Canister A new type of fuel that is highly flammable. Fills your Burning Meter 1 time. 
GoldFlower LTL
Gold Flower This mysterious flower is said to turn the user into a living gold statue. Causes an opponent to lose all their coins 10 seconds
Megavitamin Dr. Mario's pills. Take one a day! Gives an opponent a varying effect. 1 time
Triple Megavitamin Dr. Luigi's pills, and there's three of them. Gives three opponents a varying effect. 3 times

Vehicle Parts

Customization is back once again, first appearing in Mario Kart 7. This time, parts are seperated into New and Old parts (New being ones that originated from this game, and Old parts are ones that are returning).



New Karts
Name Advantage/Disadvantage Description
Standard BD It's a very balanced body, but it does lower Off-Road stats. "The standard racing model for the Mario Kart tournament."
Royal Rose It has a huge advantage on Acceleration but is lower when it comes to Mini-Turbos. "Peach's current kart, but Toadbert massproduced it through some new tech."
Funkplane "A smaller and modified version of Funky Kong's plane."
Chilly-H "This kart was created in the Arctic, and it may melt."
Monstar Trick
Gravity Screamer
Tower Power
F-M Speedster
Silver Standard BD*
Chomp Chaser* "A kart that is very odd, having the design of a Chain Chomp."
Bug-Out Racer*
Old Karts


New Bikes
Old Bikes


New Buggies
Old Buggies



New Tires
Old Tires

Unlock Criteria


In Mario Kart: Burning Drift, there are events that take place at certain tracks and several exclusive ones as well. This mode is similar to Mario Kart DS's Mission Mode. However, players can choose any character they desire, unlike the DS installment of the game.

Event Name Objective  Time Limit Track
Drift and Burn! Perform a Burning Drift. 1:00 Luma Circuit
Shot, Reverse Shoot Avoid the Green Shells thrown by Toad. N/A Wii Toad's Factory
Tropical Freeze Race against the other Kongs at Snowmad Hideout! N/A Snowmad Hideout
Driver's Creed Practice driving backwards without hitting any of the targets. 0:45 Luma Circuit
Riverside Reversal Can you make it around GBA Riverside Park in Mirror Mode? 2:00  GBA Riverside Park
Boo! Obtain a Boo item and use it on Luigi. 0:30 Old Clockworks
Dr. Mario Mario needs to get some pills to his patient, but he's out! Obtain a Megavitamin and get it to Toad. 2:00 Hidden Village
First Come, First Race Race across all 4 of the first races from the Nitro Cups throughout 4 laps. N/A All of the first races from Nitro Cups
The Final Race It's the final race in the game, and you must win 1st place at all costs! N/A Rainbow Road



  • Originally, a Double Dash mode was planned for this game, but was scrapped due to the amount of programming it would take to add sidecars for all of the bikes in the game.
  • A sequel, Mario Kart: Frozen Speeds, was confirmed to be in development. The game will introduce the Ice Flower and will drop the Gold Flower. Not much is known besides that a new racer will be Fawful from the Mario and Luigi games.

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