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Mario Kart Champions
Developer(s) ShadoWorks
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Genre(s) Sports/Racing
Release Date(s)
November 12, 2009 (Japan)
December 13, 2009 (USA)
January 26, 2010 (Europe)
January 27, 2010 (Australia)
Mode(s)
1-8 player
Age Rating(s)
E10+
Media Included Wii Disk

Mario Kart: Champions is a game made by Nintendo in 2009-10. It is a sequel to Mario Kart Global. It runs on Mario Kart Wii's engine (pun intended) and is mostly similar to that game and is also for the Wii.


Major Changes

  • There are now up to 16 racers in a race; 8 on 50cc, 12 on 100cc, and 16 on 150cc
  • There are now 2 new classes: Hovercraft, which have perfect off-road but have no weight and tend to slide around, and Pods, which are mechs and small pod-cars
  • The tracks are significantly longer and harder
  • There are now 12 normal cups, each with 4 normal races and 1 bonus race, along with 4 retro cups each with 5 races
  • Another weight class, ???, has been added, they can ride any vehicle that has been unlocked
  • There are significantly more vehicles and characters
  • There are many new power-ups

Power Ups

Returning

New

  • Triple fake item boxes
  • Triple bob-ombs
  • Bee 'shroom- Makes your car zip along quicker, increases accelaration and off-road, and colors it yellow, black, and fuzzy
  • Spring 'shroom- Makes the hop high enough to jump over bananas, fake items, and low walls, but also makes the kart more slippery when hopping.
  • Fireballs- 3(character-colored) fireballs rotate the kart and deflect karts and items. Also can be used like bouncing green shells
  • Thwomp - Exactly like Thunder cloud, except flattens instead of minimizes
  • Poodooboo - Combo of fireball and thunder cloud, can be thrown at others, but if you miss, it burns you, same as if you hold it too long.
  • Pass Shell- Can throw to person in front of you or blow up person behind you. If thrown to front person, they have the same choice. Automatically explodes when passed to 1st place.
  • Freezie- Same as poodooboo, but freezes.
  • Floater- Goes up, waits a second or two, then slams down like a blue shell

Tracks

There are a total of 92 racetracks, new and old: 60 new, 20 old, and 12 bonus, which are new and/or remixed old ones.

Nitro Grand Prix

New trax & Bonuses

Mario Cup

  • Luigi Circuit- A quick dash through a small track reminiscent of Figure 8 Circuit and GCN Luigi
  • Peach Raceway- A winding track through hedges and the castle, ending flying off a giant crown
  • Toad's Speedway- A twisting path through a cartoon-style racetrack, with flaming hoops, whirlpool sections, and upward spirals
  • Mario Circuit- An old-school run through an off-road raceway going through Pirhana Plants, Pipes, and a goomba room
  • Bonus- Yoshi Land- A colorful zip through Dinosaur land, featuring giant eggs, hills and tunnels, and bouncing on tounges

Mushroom Cup

  • Sunset Beach- A light run through a sandy beach, complete with palm trees, a boardwalk, and tide pools
  • Rally Raceway- A monster-truck race with upside-downs, huge jumps, and slippery mud
  • Overpass Freeway- A ride over a small area of freeway, one of the few mostly vertical races
  • Rust Rally- A mad dash through a rusty factory, with water(half)pipes, crane-moved ramps, and sections that just may fall apart under you
  • Bonus- Tarantox Trails- A dusty race through an old west town, with saloon table-hopping, train racing, and a race down a large mesa

Flower Cup

  • Wario World- A race through Wario World, a rather dangerous amusement park with Boo houses, an out-of-control Ferris wheel, and a race against a roller coaster car!
  • Whomp Valley- A race through a small valley village with whomp statues that fall on you and roof-jumping
  • Boo Island- A creepy island at sunset with tiny, tight turns, a cave, and boo statues that come alive
  • Breezy Beach- A calm beach track with sand dunes, palms, and a giant sandcastle
  • Bonus- Waluigi Waterpark- A waterpark with geysers, a hill climb, and a waterslide

Boo Cup

  • Mario's Construction Site- A race through a construction site with paths up beams, giant potholes, and scaffolding to avoid
  • Waluigi Casino- A casino with slot machines, revolving doors, and barstool bouncing
  • Cataquack Island- A small island with puddles, whirlpools, and cataquacks
  • Goomba City- A huge casino city with cars, fountain jumps, and a race through a desert.
  • Bonus- Orbit Circuit- A race through the Super Mario Galaxy Comet Observatory, along with launches to other sections of the track

Goomba Cup

  • Luma's Observatory- An observatory with 3 alternate paths that all end up at the exit
  • Koopa Canyon- A race through a large canyon-jungle
  • Bob-Omb Boardwalk- A boardwalk with shops and booths, a boat side-path, and a huge cannon to blast you to the begginging.
  • Flavio's Factory- A huge factory with gears and crushers
  • Bonus- The Mush Room- A track that litteraly falls apart and rebuilds as you're driving on it

Koopa Cup

  • Buzzy Beetle Bank- A race through a coin-bank with runs through the vault and the teller booths
  • D.K's Volcano- A giant, lava spewing volcano with sinking platforms, maze caves, and a blast-out
  • Twhomp Theatre- A movie theater with bouncy seats and a concession-stand going crazy!!
  • Dooplis Delta- A cargo port with cranes, drawbridges, and a huge jump.
  • Bonus- glItch++*(- A glitch track that builds, falls, and is RANDOM!!!

Luma Cup

  • Parakoopa Park- A small, grassy park with sand, a pond, and LOTS of trees
  • Dusty Desert- Based on the Dusty Dune Galaxy, features a giant jeweled skull.
  • Wario Zone- A stadium-like arena with jumps, spirals, and fireballs.
  • Bowser Jr's Forretress- A giant castle with stairs, balcony jumps, and a ridiculous shortcut thst cuts almost 1/4th of the track off!!
  • Bonus: The Loop- A giant loop-de-loop and lots of other things squished into it.

Thwomp Cup

  • Cyclone Stone- A race over SMG's Cyclone stone.
  • F.L.U.D.D Land- A giant amusement park, featuring a giant FLUDD, a roller coaster, and a water slide!
  • Toad's Tunnels- A series of underground car and subway tunnels, along with a small chunk of Mushroom City
  • Pianta Village- A race through a village on a giant mushroom. Lotsa Chain Chomps.
  • Bonus- NDS Mario Circuit- A remix of the DS's Mario Circuit, with a truckload of new pipes, chain chomps, and pirhana plants!

Hammer Cup

  • Star Festival Town- A race through Toad Town during the Star Festival. Features airships that destroy the castle for a shortcut!
  • Tribal Guy Jungle- A jungle full of darts and spears! Avoid the swamp.
  • Noki Bay- A racetrack version of SMS's largest area!
  • Wario's mansion- A giant mansion with stairs, gold piles, and a Wario statue.
  • Bonus- Hazy Maze Cave: A giant maze that, like Yoshi valley, cannot tell who's first until it's over.

Star Cup

  • Podoboo Island- A tropical jungle island with a cliffside ramp and volcano.
  • Pipe Maze- An underground raceway through the maze. There is a secret shortcut that turns you 8-Bit and brings you to the finish line. Just like Yoshi Valley, you can't tell who's in first until the end.
  • Blooper Lake- A race through a lake raceway. Follow the bloopers, cheep cheeps and get to the finish!
  • Galactic Run- This racecourse is based on Super Mario Galaxy 2. Since this is in outer space, there is no law of gravity. You have to go around Planets, to battlerock, see all the galaxies and bosses from the game, even go through domes and collect star bits!
  • Bonus: Delfino Raceway- A race all around Delfino. Go into the graffiti Ms to teleport to different parts of the track.

Bowser Cup

  • Dry Bowser's Castle- A giant castle made of bones. Ram through walls for shortcuts!
  • Bowser Jr's Playroom- A giant deadly playroom, with an Indiana Jones-style chase through a slot car track!
  • X-Naut Fortress- A huge race through the X-Naut base! Avoid Grodus to smash into the controls and reset to the start!
  • Bowser's Castle- The largest castle yet! Race past flaming Thwomps, giant Bowser statues, and fireballs by the truckload!
  • Bonus: BowseRetro: A mashup of all the previous games' Bowser castles!

Special Cup

  • Warped Orbit- A race through all terrain, including ice, magma, asphalt, and sand!
  • Freezie Mountains- A long, winding race through icy hills and frozen peaks!
  • Bowser's Revenge- A combo of the Bowser Cup tracks!
  • Rainbow Road- Loops. Jumps. Half-pipes. Star launches. This. Is. AWESOME.
  • Bonus: Rainbow Rehash- A remix of the previous Rainbow Roads!

Retro Cup

The 20 returning tracks, divided over 5 cups

Shell Cup

  • GBA Broken Pier: Jumps Added
  • NDS Luigi's Mansion: Boost panels and alternate routes added.
  • NGC Daisy Cruiser: More jumps, and more detailed.
  • Wii Toad Factory: Added giant gears near middle.

Banana Cup

  • N64 Koopa Troopa Beach: Jump to nowhere can be stunted off of.
  • GCN Mushroom City: More routes, and freeway made less tedious.
  • NDS Waluigi Pinball: More bumpers, balls, and jumps.
  • Wii Coconut Mall: Slighly evened out.

Leaf Cup

  • SNES Vanilla Lake 1: Added more puddles.
  • Wii Koopa Cape: Same.
  • NDS Tick Tock Clock: More jumps, and more pendulums.
  • GBA Riverside Park: More detailed.

POW Cup

  • Wii Grumble Volcano: Same.
  • N64 Kalimari Desert: More Jumps.
  • NDS Wario Stadium: More jumps and boosts.
  • GCN Dino Dino Jungle: Same.

Lightning Cup

  • GCN Wario Colleseum: Same.
  • NDS Airship Fortress: Same.
  • GBA Lakeside Park: Same
  • N64 Rainbow Road: Giant shortcut removed.

Battle Courses

There are 12 battle courses, 8 original, 4 retro:

New

Name Description
Freezie Lake A frozen lake covered with Freezies. Watch out! The ice could break at any second!
Kart Wheel A giant, spinning tire, with a hubcap in the center. Don't get thrown off!
Thwomp Crater A giant volcanic crater. Make sure you're not in the middle when it blows!
Coconut Plaza The courtyard of Coconut Mall, with a fountain boost\ in the center. Don't get hit by shoppers!
Parking Garage A giant 3-level parking garage, filled with cars. Don't get hit when they're backing up!
Pokey Desert A vast, sandy desert filled with quicksand, Tox Boxes, and Pokeys. Watch out for Clepto!
Eyerok's Pyramid A simple square arena with patches of quicksand. Avoid Eyerok when he awakens!
Lunar Land A circular arena on the moon. Watch out for jumps and explosions, there's no gravity to hold you down!


Retro

Name Original Appearance
Big Donut Mario Kart 64
Block City Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Tart Top Mario Kart DS
Chain Chomp Wheel Mario Kart Wii


Characters

There are 80 characters: 25 light, 25 medium, 25 heavy, and 5 ???. Some have alternate costumes or colors. Other than the following, the rest must be unlocked at random times: Baby Mario, Toad, Koopa, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, DK, and Wario. Some Heavy characters have special moves.

Light

  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Baby Wario
  • Bowser Jr (2 costumes: Normal, Masked)
  • Baby Yoshi (4 colors: Green, Red, Blue, Yellow)
  • Diddy Kong
  • Koopa (2 Colors: Green, Red)
  • Paratroopa (2 Colors: Red, Green)
  • Goomba
  • Shy Guy (8 colors: Red, White, Blue, Green, Black, Gray, Yellow)
  • Dry Bones
  • Shadow Bones
  • Bob-Omb (2 Costumes: Normal, Buddy)
  • Buzzy Beetle (3 costumes: Normal, Spiny, Spike Top)
  • Thwimp
  • Cataquack
  • Toad
  • Toadette
  • Paper Mario
  • Paper Luigi
  • Paper Peach
  • Paper Bowser
  • Pixl (Costume for each)

Medium

  • Mario (3 Costumes: Normal, Sunshine, Flying)
  • Luigi (2 Costumes: Normal, Mr. L)
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Yoshi (4 colors: Green, Red, Blue, Yellow)
  • Toadsworth
  • Hammer Bro
  • Blooper
  • Birdo
  • Waluigi
  • X-Naut
  • Monty Mole (2 costumes: Normal, Rocky Wrench)
  • Lakitu (2 costumnes: Normal, Lakithunder)
  • Noki
  • Bullet Bill
  • Bandit (3 colors: Red, green, blue)
  • Snifit
  • Koopatrol (2 costumes: Normal, Dark)
  • Rosalina
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Miles Tails Prower
  • Pauline
  • Koops
  • Bobbery

Heavy

  • Bowser (Fire Flames)
  • Donkey Kong (Konga Beat)
  • Wario (Speed Fart)
  • Funky Kong (Super Speed)
  • Thwomp (Super Ultra Super Speed Boost!)
  • Whomp King (SUPER SUPER SUPER BOOST!)
  • Petey Pirhana (Random item)
  • Dry Bowser (Bigger Boost)
  • Chief Chilly (Spicy Roast)
  • Dr. Eggman (Eggman Bomb)
  • King Kaliente
  • Kamek
  • Pianta
  • Wiggler
  • Bouldergeist
  • Queen Bee
  • Pokey
  • Lord Crump
  • Grodus
  • R.O.B
  • MC Ballyhoo and Bigtop

Some Heavy characters don't have special moves at all.

???

  • Luma
  • Boo
  • King Boo
  • Mii
  • Podoboo
  • Neville

Easter Eggs/Secret Characters/Unlockables

  • Finish every race with at least one star, using Yoshi each time. You will unlock Rainbow Yoshi, who has maxed-out on every stat and always LOOKS (not acts) like you got a Starman.
  • Play over 1000 races on Grand Prix, VS., multiplayer, online, or any combo of the previous 4, and you will be challenged to a race through every track (not in a row). Beat it, and you will unlock an All-Cup Tour to play anytime, a special photo "signed" by Shiggy, and be able to play as Super Mario, who has maxed-out stats, and can only drive one kart: the MK Deluxe, which looks like a starman-activated Sprinter for MK:Wii.
  • Beat the Grand Prix as any character (as long as it's the same, you can change vehicles), and you will unlock a figurine of them in the collection room, and a small demo of the original Super Mario Bros, where you play the 1st level as an 8-bit version of them!
  • Complete the following to unlock the corresponding function:
Doing this: Unlocks this:
Beat 50cc Grand Prix Unlock Pianta Parlor and 1st tier of games.
Beat 100cc Grand Prix 2nd Tier of Games
Beat 150cc Grand Prix 3rd Tier of Games
Beat Mirror Grand Prix 4th Tier of Games
Beat 50cc All-Cup Tour 5th Tier of Games
Beat 100cc All-Cup Tour 6th Tier of Games
Beat 150cc All-Cup Tour 7th Tier of Games
Beat Mirror All-Cup Tour Final Tier of Games
Race 250 times Unlock Shadow costumes for all characters
Race 500 times Unlock flaming, thunder, and ghost costumes for all characters
Race 750 times Unlock 8-bit costumes for all characters
Race 999 times Unlock rainbow costumes for all characters

Pianta Parlor

Pianta Parlor is a bonus mode, where you can play minigames on your own or with up to 3 others. You can choose to wager coins, which you get each time you win. You start with 100. When you lose them all, you must beat a race to get 10 so you can start over. You can bet as many coins as you want for the games. Losing means you get nothing back, winning gets you 2x as many as you put in. Finally, coins can be exchanged for printable character cards, sound test modes, and a make-your own character mode, which you can then race as.

The Games

The games are divided into 4 categories:

  • Skill/Puzzle
  • Casino/Luck
  • Reflex/Action
  • Misc./Extra

Here is a table of the games and a description of each:

Tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5 Tier 6 Tier 7 Final Tier
Skill/Puzzle Wiggler Find Trace Cadet Puzzle Panels Mushroom Chess Repeat The Pattern Fill Me In! Fill Me In! Fill Me In!
Casino/Luck Poker Roulette Slots Memory Match You Bet Your Golden Mushroom Fill Me In! Fill Me In! Fill Me In!
Reflex/Action Goomba Stomp Lakitu Blaster Bob-Omb Hot Potato! Shell Surfing Zipline Action Fill Me In! Fill Me In! Fill Me In!
Misc./Bonus Trampoline Trouble Shy Guy Identify Rythm Rhymer Reflex Test Try Not To Laugh Challenge Fill Me In! Fill Me In! Fill Me In!

The Prizes

Here is a table of how much each prize costs

Prize Cost
Any sound effect 10 each
Any Music 100 each
Any Character Card 100 Each
Sound Test to listen to bought music and SFX 1,000
Bronze MK Medal 1,000
Silver MK Medal 10,000
Gold MK Medal 100,000
Character Designer 100,000

Reception and Sales

Reception was universally positive, holding an average score of 99% on metacritic. Gamepro called it "The best Mario Kart, the best Wii game, and possibly the greatest game ever made". Gametrailers called it "With so many unlockables, things to do, and fan service, this game is a bargain at 50 bucks".

Most Praises were aimed at the games inundating amount of characters, tracks, collectibles, and fan service. Critics also hailed the great variety, high polish, astronomic production values, and colorful, clean graphics. The huge roster of things to do was also applauded, though IGN admitted "It seems a bit overwhelming at times".

The few criticisms were aimed at the rather bland minigames, the occasional feeling of having to grind to unlock things, and the general difficulty and rubberband AI, though Game Informer praised the "huge improvement over Mario Kart Wii's emphasis on luck instead of skill". Also, the large amount of things to do has been cited as "overwhelming", and occasional graphic hiccups during multi and online play "detracted from the otherwise perfect expirience".

The game sold over 1 million copies in its first week in Japan, breaking numerous sales records. In the U.S, it has sold 750,000 copies, as of 1 month after release. In all areas, it has sold over 3 million copies, making it a huge sales success.

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