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Mario Kart: Double Blast!!
MKDB Logo
The game's logo.
Developer(s) Shooting Star Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo/Fantendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Genre(s) Racing
Release Date(s)
TBA 2015
Mode(s)
Single player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Media Included Optical Disk
Digital Download

Mario Kart: Double Blast!! (Also known as マリオカート9 in Japan, which means Mario Kart 9) is an upcoming racing game for the Wii U. It is the ninth installment in the Mario Kart series in the mainstream series, the twelfth in the series overall and the second one for the Wii U, as Mario Kart 8 is the first one. This marks the first installment in the series to follow them in the same console as the predecessor.

A noticeable new addition is the Cosmic Blast Zone where a Launch Star-like portal is found in some sections of the tracks and racers that pass through it will get launched to a galactic-ish, aerial version of the course for a short time. Returning additions include ATVs, Gliders, underwater driving, anti-gravity and the Double Dash!! feature from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, in which two characters will drive in the same kart, with one driving and the other throwing Items and attacking.

Gameplay

The game is very similar to past installments in the series in terms of gameplay, especially Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and the previous game Mario Kart 8. Instead of 8 or 12 racers in the track, there are 10 racers present in the track in this game (20 if counting pairs separately). Gliders and anti-gravity remain unchanged, but underwater driving gets an additional twist. In some underwater sections, there are both downhill ramps for the player to get underwater and a regular ramp that will turn the Kart's wheels into Jet Motors to drive on the water, rather than under it. Both ways are optional and depend on which way or ramp drivers pass through.

ATVs make a comeback while Bikes are not included in the game. Kart customization is changed slightly, now each character have their own Kart body (with the main character in the pair having their Kart body unlocked and the secondary one their Kart body locked at first) but they still can be used by other characters of the same weight class. This means that lightweight characters can only use their Kart bodies and the other lightweight's Kart bodies, same for medium and heavyweights, like in Double Dash!!. All Wheels and Gliders, however, can be used by any character.  Some characters have Karts and some others have ATVs.

A noticeable new feature is the Cosmic Blast Zone, which is a special, galactic-aerial version of the track's section where it's portal is located. After passing through the portal, racers will have their vehicles modified to replace the wells with Rockets and they are launched through it following this aerial section in some kind of tube, meaning it has barriers so players will not get out of road (they will get stunned for a momenti if touching the barrier, though). Racers will ride in a bumper manner here, as they are able to move freely in the zone and push opponents. However, Items cannot be used in the Cosmic Blast Zone, meaning that there are no Items Boxes here either; if the racers have Items they will not be able to use them until they exit the zone.

Tricks can be done in this game as well, but it is slightly changed. When both characters do a small trick after a little jump or impulse they'll just get a little boost. However, after passing through a big ramp both will do more exciting tricks, especially the character in the back, who is able to do more tricks in a chain. A trick count is established while the racers are in mid-air and going down through the track (Note that is the ramp is too big it will conduct to gliding instead). If the back character performs all of the tricks in a chain the boost will get considerable better, if not it will give a regular boost. Aditionally, in Co-op Mode if the two players do their tricks at the same time they will get an exceptional boost like the one they can do when starting the race.

Special Items from Double Dash!! make a return as well, but with a slight change. Unlike in Double Dash!!, each character, regardless of being with their default partner or not, have their own Special Item, with some having an unique effect and others having similar effects to a regular item or their partner's Special Item. The mentioned features such as gliding, underwater driving (and on-water driving as well) as well as anti-gravity will be incorporated in some way in Retro Courses, with some getting more noticeable changes than others, this also includes the new Cosmic Blast feature that will be incorporated in a few Retro courses. Wii U Gamepad integration works the same as in Mario Kart 8, with Off-TV Play, course map displaying and gyroscope steering functionalities. Also, the Mario Kart TV feature that is included in the Miiverse integration returns as well, sharing it with Mario Kart 8 for other people to see player's race replay videos and comment on.

Since there are now 10 racers in the track instead of the usual 8 or 12, the point management system is a little bit changed as well:

Point Spread Comparisons (GP)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
9 6 3 10000 - - - -
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
10 8 643210 - - - -
Mario Kart Wii 15 12 10 8 76543210
Mario Kart 7 10 8 654321 - - - -
Mario Kart 8 15 12 10 9 87654321
Mario Kart: Double Blast!! 15 12 10 8 643210 - -
Grove-green bg signifies victory results (great clapping, character(s) cheering), best after-race music
Yellow-limegreen bg signifies moderate results (mild clapping, moderate character reaction), same music in Wi-Fi as winner (different in MKDS GP)
Normal bg signifies losing results, losing music; - means not available
In Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart Super Circuit, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race. If the racer fares this badly four times, the Grand Prix must be started over. In Mario Kart 64, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race, but without the restrictions on how many times the player can retry a race. Starting with Mario Kart: Double Dash to recent installments including this one, the Grand Prix normally goes forth.

Modes

There are various modes in tbe game, most of them returning from past installments. All modes are available on single player, as well as multiplayer and online multiplayer.

Grand Prix

1 to 10 Players
Like all the other games in the series, Mario Kart: Double Blast!! has the Grand Prix mode. In this mode a single player has to compete against computer opponents in order to obtain the trophies in the game. The player can also do multiplayer Grand Prix just like in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8. The Grand Prix has three engine classes, 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. The higher the engine class, the harder the races will be against the opponents.

After completing 150cc, the Mirror Mode is unlocked.

Time Trials

1 Player
Time Trials allows the player to complete all the laps of a race course in the fastest time possible. Player's records are saved as Ghosts. With the Nintendo Network Connection players can exchange their Ghosts with other players, compare records, and also compete with their Ghosts.

VS Race

1 to 10 Players (Nintendo Network Support)
VS mode can be played locally with up to 4 players and online up to 10 players. In this mode players can customize the races by personally selecting custom settings, such as the computer's difficulty, the engine class and the requirements to win the races. Also, players can play individually or in teams. Nothing can be unlocked in this game mode.

Missions

1 Player
Mission mode returned from Mario Kart DS, in which the player must complete some tasks and earn a ranking similarly to that in Grand Prix mode. It involves eight levels, each containing eight missions and a boss battle.

Battle Mode

1 to 10 Players (Nintendo Network Support)

In Battle Mode, the player can select one of the five types of battles available in the game and one of the 8 battle arenas that appear only in this mode. 4 battle courses are new, while the other 4 are from past installments in the series.

Balloon Battle

The classic battle style consists on popping opponents' balloons to score, using the items from the Item Boxes. All the racers start with three balloons and must use the items from the Item Boxes to take away a balloon from their opponents. Hitting a rival is worth a score. Balloons can never be regained unless one is stolen from another player using a Mushroom, and if all balloons are lost points can no longer be lost or obtained. However, players are still able to drive and attack players as a Ghost, so a player with a high score and no balloons can still win. In Co-op play, the rear player can also take away opponents' balloons while doing a slide-attack.

Star Bit Collectors

Replaces Coin Collectors from past games. It is essentially the same as the aforementioned mode, but Coins are replaced by Star Bits. Racers collect the Star Bits spread in the battle course within the time limit. The racers that has the most Star Bits at the end wins. Racers can use the items to hit the opponents and let drop the Star Bits they've taken and they are also able to steal Star Bits by using Mushrooms or other items.

Bob-omb Blast

Racers use Bob-ombs to hit their opponents and score points to win. The bombs can be obtained by running over an Item Box. Every player can hold up to five of these explosives, and throw whether forwards or drop them backwards. Any kart that make contact with the opponent's bomb or get blown by the explosion, will lose points.

Nab Thieves

In this mode all racers are equipped with bags. The character in the back of the vehicle will grab the bag and must try to nab on another racer to take their Items. Some Items are scattered over the course and are not usable, they're just taken and saved in the bag. Also, sometimes a different colored Nabbit will surprisingly appear on the arena and will randomly try to steal various racers' items and after that it will try to avoid any racer. The racers that catch the Nabbit will be awarded with all the stolen Items by him. The one that has the most Items in the end wins.

Gravity Bumpers

This is the only mode in which battle arenas are slightly modified. In this case, they are modified to be some kind of big, trembling platform with anti-gravity functions in which all racers are able to bump each other until they fall off the arena. When this happens, they respawn as Ghosts and are not able to win, but can still push remaining racers to make them fall. Sometimes bumpers will appear on the arena, pushing away racers as well. Whenever someone falls off the course, a part of it is destroyed so when only 2 racers remain it is a rather small arena. The last racers remaining win.  Items can also be used in this mode.

Characters

MKDB Roster

The game's (previous) roster without DLC an with two missing pairings, Pianta & Noki and Mii.

The game has 10 default pairs and 10 unlockable pairs for a total of 20 pairs. If characters are counted separately, there are exactly 20 default characters and 20 unlockable characters, marking a total of 40 characters overall. However, it has been announced that the game will have DLC Packs after it's release, with each one containing one or more pairs of characters (with Special Items and new Cups) adding more to the roster of characters for a total of 52 playable characters. 

Also, each default pair has their own name for recognition. However, the name will change if they are with another partner that is not their default one (Mario and Luigi are named "The Mario Bros." if they are together, but if Mario is with Bowser they are named "That Unexpected Pairing", for example)

Default

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Mario MKDB MarioLuigi Icon The Mario Bros. Medium Grand Fireball - Mario will release 3 big Fireballs forwards or backwards, burning racers and leaving trails of fire for a few seconds.
Luigi Medium Poltergust 5000 - Luigi will get equipped with a Poltergust that he can use to suck nearby racers and leave them spin uncontrollably. He can also suck Items to get them out of the way.
Peach MKDB PeachDaisy Icon Royal Dynasties Medium Heart - 3 Hearts will rotate around the vehicle, if the player touches an item they'll be able to use it instead of getting harmed. Each time this happens a heart is taken out.
Daisy Medium Flower Bed - The vehicle is covered by a bed of flowers with little barriers, blocking most approaching or items in the way as well as other racers from getting near the player, for a short time.
Yoshi MKDB YoshiBirdo Icon Dino Team Medium Yoshi Egg - Yoshi throws an egg forwards or backwards and it will start bouncing around flipping racers over.
Birdo Medium Birdo Egg - Birdo will throw an egg that will home the next racer in front of him, trapping them inside the egg for a few seconds.
Baby Mario MKDB BabyMarioBabyLuigi Icon The Baby Bros. Light Bubble - The user is covered in a bouncing bubble for some seconds, pushing away racers and Items.
Baby Luigi Light Chain Chomp - Baby Luigi summons a huge Chain Chomp and boosts the kart's speed frantically for a certain period of time, while the Chain Chomp knocks out other karts and drops their items onto the ground. After use, the Chain Chomp leaves the kart and goes following the path until it disappears
Koopa Troopa MKDB KoopaParatroopa Icon Mischevious Turtles Light Gold Shell - Koopa releases a golden Shell that will not stop ricocheting until it hits someone. After hitting a racer, it causes a small explosion.
Paratroopa Light Big Parashell - Paratroopa throws a huge Winged Shell that will stay floating in that place. It will start following the first racer that comes near it, and after a few seconds it will flatten them.
Toad MKDB ToadToadette Icon Loyal Shroomies Light Mega Mushroom - Both the vehicle and the characters grow to a huge size for a few seconds, being able to flatten any racer in the way and ignore harming Items.
Toadette Light Poison Mushroom - Toadette leaves a Poison Mushroom on the track. At first it will look like a regular Mushroom to trick racers , but after reaching it, it changes to it's original form. Anyone touching this item will get shrunk.
Wario MKDB WarioWaluigi Icon Partners in Crime Heavy Smoking Bomb - Wario throws a Bomb forwards or backwards, as it starts to release puffy smoking that will cover the player's front vision, making everything look like mere silhouettes for some seconds.
Waluigi Medium Poisonous Piranha Plant - Waluigi leaves a Poison Piranha Plant on the track. It will stay there stationary for a few minutes , trying to bite any racers that pass near it. If they're not really near, the Plant will sometimes even spit poisonous wind. It's effect is slowing down opponents.
Donkey Kong MKDB DonkeyFunky Icon The Wild Ones Heavy Barrel - DK releases a huge barrel either forwards or backwards. If thrown forward it will try to follow the track for a moment and flatten players until it collapses. If thrown backwards it will go in a straight line. After breaking it releases 4 Bananas.
Funky Kong Heavy Surf Table - Funky uses his surf table and starts surfing with the vehicle for a few seconds. Water will follow the user as it flips up opposing racers over and making these that get into the water remains flip uncontrollably.
Bowser MKDB BowserBowserJr Icon The Kingdom's Terror Heavy Missile Blaster - Bowser gets a red Bill Blaster that releases 3 Missile Bills for a few seconds. If used, the blaster will launch the missile and it will home the nearest racer, causing a small explosion with each impact.
Bowser Jr. Light Paintbrush - Bowser Jr. uses a magic Paintbrush to release various paintballs. After bouncing a few times these will turn into paint puddles. Both forms will make racers slip and decrease their speed for 3 seconds.
Pianta MKDB PiantaNoki Icon The Bright Sunshines Heavy ???
Noki Light ???

Unlockable

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Cosmic Mario MKDB CosmicMarioCosmicSpirit Icon Clones from very Far Away Medium Cosmic Spin - Cosmic Mario will perform a "star spin" that will attract nearby opponents into the user's vehicle and leave them split uncontrollably. He's able to do this 2 times in 20 seconds.
Cosmic Spirit Medium Galactic Orb - After Cosmic Spirit uses this Item, any racer in front of the user will get their visions altered to that of a galactic background, making everything they see as space for some seconds.
Mona MKDB MonaShokora Icon Surprise Ladies Medium

Pizza Serve - Mona is able to throw pizza boxes in a boomerang manner, trying to home nearby opposing racers in a few seconds. If they hit them, they will get their screen covered with pizza remains for 5 seconds.

Shokora Medium Gold Shield - A diamond-like gold shield protects the user and the vehicle. Any racer that touches the shield will get electrocuted and flipped over, making it break a little. After being hit 3 times, it breaks completely. However, strong Items like a Star or Super Horn will destroy it with one hit. It also ignores any harming item in the road.
Rosalina MKDB RosalinaPolari Icon Cosmos Observers Medium Star Wand - Rosalina is able to swing her wand 2 times. When doing so, it releases a powerful and bright aura that blinds nearby racers for some seconds.
Polari Light Star Bits - Polari can throw several Star Bits for some seconds. An aiming blue star will determine the direction for Polari to throw them. After hitting a racer, they'll slip uncontrollably and will give the user a small boost.
Baby Peach MKDB BabyPeachBabyDaisy Icon Baby Dynasties Light Parasol - Baby Peach gets a parasol, so she can protect the vehicle from being hit by an incoming item for some seconds. Any player that passes by them will also get smacked and flipped over, like a baseball.
Baby Daisy Light Watering Can - Baby Daisy gets a watering can for some seconds. With it, she's able to push away any incoming item and making it ignore their chosen direction and go aimlessly. It can also be used to push away opposing racers.
Lakitu MKDB LakituShyGuy Icon Classic Foes Light Spiny - Lakitu throws 3 Spinies that will start ricocheting for 5 seconds before starting to walk normally as obstacles.
Shy Guy Light Thunder Spear - Shy Guys throws 5 spears forwards or backwards, and anyone touching it will get electrocuted. The spears will disappear after an average amount of seconds or until a racer touches it.
Diddy Kong MKDB DiddyDixie Icon Loving Apes Light Peanut Popgun - Diddy is able to shoot several burning peanuts with his popgun for some seconds. These will bounce and ricochet for a few seconds before disappearing. If hitting a racer,they will get burnt and the same peanut will bounce to another near racer.
Dixie Kong Light Konga Drums - Dixie releases two konga drums at the sides of the park for some seconds. Depending on which side an opponent passes by she hits the drum and performs a shocking wave, confusing these that pass to the sides.
Boom Boom MKDB BoomBoomPomPom Icon High-Ranked Turtles Heavy Rock Gloves - Boom Boom wears two rocky gloves for some seconds. The player can punch the ground up to 3 times, causing an earthquake in the vicinity area and stunning those that are near the user.
Pom Pom Heavy Pink Shuriken - Equipped with 3 shurikens, Pom Pom can throw them either forward or backwards. Either way, they will go in a straight line following the tracks path for 15 seconds, and anyone in their way will get flipped over.
Dry Bowser MKDB DryBowserDryBones Icon Undead Apparitions Heavy Bone Barrier - Dry Bowser releases gigantic bones from the ground as they rotate around the vehicle for some seconds. Any racer that get hit by it will get attached to the barrier for various seconds, to later get slip uncontrollably behind the user.
Dry Bones Light Bone Voyage - Dry Bones is able to throw several bones for a few seconds. If the bones touch any racer, they will get confused and will start driving the wrong way for 2 seconds.
Petey Piranha MKDB PeteyPiranhaKingBoo Icon The Dynamic Duo Heavy ? Block - Both Petey and King Boo are able to use any Special Item randomly.
King Boo Heavy
Mii MKDB Mii Icon Title can be customized. Varies Lucky Dice - After hitting the dice, the number the Mii gets is the position they will swap with the racer in said number. Only the numbers of positions in front of Mii are available.

DLC

For more information, check the DLC section or subpage.

This game is confirmed to have five DLC packs, to be available after the game's release. Each pack contains at least one pair of drivers. The Mushroom Pack has one pair, the Flower Pack has two pairs, the Star Pack has one pair and the Special Pack has one pair as well (downloading the All-in-One Pack/all packs unlocks a special bonus pairing), this is for a total of 12 additional playable characters.

The last fifth pack, which is the All-in-One Pack, will contain all the stuff the other packs have including characters, tracks, vehicles and other things, in one pack. This means that buying the All-in-One Pack will also unlock every DLC Character.

Items

Items found on the track

Item Description
ItemBoxMK8
Item Box
Gives the player a random item. Items given are based on the player's position.
Double Item Box MKDB
Double Item Box
This alternate version of the Item Box, which contains two Item Boxes in one for the two characters, returns in this game. Items are also based on the player's position.
Coin Artwork - Super Mario 3D World
Coins
Gives the player a small boost and increase top speed when more are collected, up to a maximun of 10.

New Items

Item Description Rarity
Ice Flower2
Ice Flower
The exact opposite to the Fire Flower. Allows the player to throw iceballs for a short time that cause other karts to freeze for some seconds upon impact. Uncommon
Propeller Mushroom
Propeller Mushroom
Allows the player to fly up vertically in a similar way to the Cape Feather in Super Mario Kart. However, they will descend slower this time. Semi-Common
RedStar2
Red Star
With this item the player's vehicle is surrounded by a red glowing effect and the user is able to fly freely on the racetrack for a few seconds, ignoring any incoming item or obstacle. Rare
DoubleCherry
Double Cherry
Creates a clone of the users that will move mimicking the player. The clones can also use different Items separately for more advantage. However, if the clone is hit, it disappears. Uncommon
BrawlMetalBoxArtwork
Metal Box
Transforms the player into metal for some seconds. Their stats are slightly increased, but acceleration gets poor during this. Any incoming item will get blocked and mirrored upon impact with the metallic user. It also ignores items on the track. Rare

Returning Items

Item Description Rarity
MushroomMK8
Mushroom
Provides the player's kart with a small speed boost. Common
TripleMushroomMK8
Triple Mushroom
Provides the player's kart with three separate speed boosts. Semi-Common
GreenShellMK8
Green Shell
Travels in a straight line and knocks over a kart it hits. Common
TripleGreenShellsMK8
Triple Green Shells
Three green shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Common
RedShellMK8
Red Shell
Homes in on the closest kart in front of the player and knocks it over. Semi-Common
TripleRedShellsMK8
Triple Red Shells
Three red shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Semi-Common
BananaMK8
Banana
Spins out other racers that hit it. Semi-Common
TripleBananasMK8
Triple Bananas
Three bananas that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Uncommon
GoldenMushroomMK8
Golden Mushroom
Provides the player's kart with continuous speed boosts for a short time. Rare
FireFlowerMK8
Fire Flower
Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time that cause other karts to spin out on impact. Uncommon
Star MK8
Star
Provides the player invincibility from all terrain and items, and also giving a speed boost. Rare
BlooperMK8
Blooper
Sprays ink on all racers ahead and reduces their visibility. Semi-Common
BobOmbMK8
Bob-omb
Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius. Rare
BoomerangFlowerMK8
Boomerang Flower
Can be thrown up to three times, hitting racers forward and when it returns. Uncommon
PottedPiranhaPlantMK8
Piranha Plant
Automatically chomps on obstacles and other racers, giving a short speed boost for each bite. Uncommon
SuperHornMK8
Super Horn
Emits a radial shockwave, destroying all obstacles and items, and hitting racers. Rare
Winged Spiny Shell
Spiny Shell
Starts flying and targets the racers in first place, exploding when reaching them on impact. Rare
Fake Item Box MKDB
Fake Item Box
This item imitates an Item Box, in which it is colored red and the ? mark is flipped upside down. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. It cannot block item attacks. Common
LightningBoltMK8
Lightning
Causes all opponents to drop their items, shrink, and drive slowly for a short time. Rare
RedBooCarnival
Red Boo
Even though it is now colored pink, it has the same effect as a Boo in past instalments. The red boo makes you invisible, so you will disappear from the map and from the screen and your opponents won't be able to see you. It also allows the player to be inmune to all items and pass through slowing terrains. Red Boo will also search for the most powerful Item, even if it's a Special Item, steal it and give it to the user. Semi-Common
BulletBillMK8
Bullet Bill
Transforms the player into a Bullet Bill, rocketing through the track with auto-pilot, and providing invincibility from all terrain and items. Rare

Special Items

Item Used by Rarity
Fireball SM3DW
Grand Fireball
Mario Semi-Common
398px-Poltergust 5000 (vacuum) - Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
Poltergust 5000
Luigi Uncommon
MK3DS Heart
Heart
Peach Common
Flower Glider - Mk7
Flower Bed
Daisy Semi-Common
YoshiEggNSMBW
Yoshi Egg
Yoshi Semi-Common
MK3DS Birdo Egg
Birdo Egg
Birdo Uncommon
106px-Giant Bubble NSMBW
Bubble
Baby Mario Uncommon
MP9 Chain Chomp Bust
Chain Chomp
Baby Luigi Rare
GoldShellMKP
Gold Shell
Koopa Troopa Uncommon
MK3DS Giant Para-Shell
Big Parashell
Paratroopa Rare
MegamushroomNSMB2
Mega Mushroom
Toad Rare
Poison Mushroom SMW3D
Poison Mushroom
Toadette Semi-Common
Wario Bomb
Smoking Bomb
Wario Uncommon
Putrid Piranha
Poisonous Piranha Plant
Waluigi Rare
DKBarrelDKCR
Barrel
Donkey Kong Semi-Common
Surf Table Funky Kong Semi-Common
Missile Bill SMWU
Missile Blaster
Bowser Rare
BowserJrPaintbrushRender2
Paintbrush
Bowser Jr. Uncommon
??? Pianta ???
??? Noki ???
Cosmic Spin MKDB
Cosmic Spin
Cosmic Mario Uncommon
Cosmic Orb MKDB
Cosmic Orb
Cosmic Spirit Rare
Pizza Serve Mona Semi-Common
Gold Shield Shokora Semi-Common
Star Wand MKDB
Star Wand
Rosalina Rare
StarBits
Star Bits
Polari Uncommon
Peach Parasol - Mk7
Parasol
Baby Peach Semi-Common
Watering Can Baby Daisy Uncommon
SpinyEgg
Spiny
Lakitu Semi-Common
Thunder Spear MKDB
Thunder Spear
Shy Guy Uncommon
PeanutPopgun
Peanut Popgun
Diddy Kong Uncommon
DixieBarrel
Konga Drums
Dixie Kong Rare
Rock Gloves MKDB
Rock Gloves
Boom Boom Rare
Pink Shuriken MKDB
Pink Shuriken
Pom Pom Uncommon
Bone Barrier Dry Bowser Uncommon
Bone MKDB
Bone
Dry Bones Semi-Common
Question Block
? Block
Petey Piranha and King Boo All
200px-Diceblock MP9
Lucky Dice
Mii Rare

Vehicle Parts

Kart/ATV Bodies

*Indicates that the Kart body must be unlocked independently.
**Indicates that the Kart body is automatically unlocked whenever a pair of characters is unlocked.

Vehicle Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Flaming Burst
(Mario)
0
Green Bolt*
(Luigi)
0
Royal Driver
(Peach)
0 +0.25 -1 +0.25 -0.5
Wonder Flower*
(Daisy)
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 -1 +1.5
Yoshi Dasher
(Yoshi)
Ribbon Cruiser*
(Birdo)
Diaper Jet
(Baby Mario)
Chomp Jet*
(Baby Luigi)
Blue Wave
(Koopa)
Para-plane*
(Paratroopa)
Shroom Buggy 
(Toad)
Pink Coach*
(Toadette)
Hunter Wagon
(Wario)
Violet Rocket*
(Waluigi)
Wild Explorer
(Donkey Kong)
Funky Tripper*
(Funky Kong)
Koopa Klaw 
(Bowser)
Wreckship Steed*
(Bowser Jr.)
Fruity-Bomber
(Pianta)
Sand Seashell*
(Noki)
Sapphire Meteor**
(Cosmic Mario)
Galactic Roller*
 (Cosmic Spirit)
Mona Speeder** 
(Mona)
Chococharger*
 (Shokora)
Starlight Comet**
(Rosalina)
 Launch Buggy*
(Polari)
Heart Stroller** 
(Baby Peach)
Bloom Stroller*
(Baby Daisy)
Cloud Special**
(Lakitu)
Thunder Wisp*
(Shy Guy)
Banana Rocket**
(Diddy Kong)
Barrel Booster*
(Dixie Kong)
Whirl Torpedo**
(Boom Boom)
Red Eagle*
(Pom Pom)
Dark King**
(Dry Bowser)
Bone Prowler*
(Dry Bones)
Piranha Titan**
(Petey Piranha)
Phantom Coupe*
(King Boo)

Courses

Nitro Courses

Mushroom Cup

MushroomCup Emblem MKDB Acorn Circuit Dinosaur Bay
Toadette's Theater Pokey Gold Pass

Flower Cup

FireCup Emblem MKDB Yoshi Park Mario Circuit
Delfino Tour Bizarre Treeline

Star Cup

StarCup Emblem MKDB Metallic Stadium

Peach's Sherbet Dessert

Birdo's Red Carpet Moonlight Organization

Special Cup

SpecialCup Emblem Icon WarioWare Inc. Bowser's Castle
Beat Block Lane Rainbow Road

Retro Courses

Shell Cup

ShellCup Emblem MKDB DS Figure-8 Circuit U Sweet Sweet Canyon
GBA Riverside Park 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar

Banana Cup

BananaCup Emblem MKDB SNES Choco Island 1 DS Shroom Ridge
GBA Cheese Land Wii Wario's Gold Mine

Bell Cup

BellCup Emblem MKDB Wii Mario Circuit GBA Ribbon Road
U Sunshine Airport GCN Wario Colosseum

Lightning Cup

LightningCup Emblem MKDB SNES Ghost Valley 3 3DS Neo Bowser City
N64 Wario Stadium GCN Rainbow Road

Downloadable Cups

For more information, check the DLC section or subpage.

Two additional cups are available in two DLC packs. The Mega Cup (got in the Mushroom Pack) and the Cosmic Cup (got in the Special Pack), with the first one being added to the Nitro Courses and the second one to the Retro Courses.

Downloadable content

Mushroom Pack

Information

Prepare yourself with this 'shroomy pack. The old and loyal Toadsworth and the infamous musician Toadofsky will take the wheels in this DLC Pack with their vehicles and Special Items. Want this to grow even more? What about a brand new Mega Cup!

Release Date: TBA

Price: US$7.59 / CAN$8.20 / €8.59 / £7.40 / AUS$9.60

Blocks: TBA

Characters

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Toadsworth MKDB ToadsworthToadofsky Icon Old Respected Toads Light Mini Mushroom - The user and the vehicle turns small as they start to hop around, even bouncing over other racer's head and landing really fast for a few seconds.
Toadofsky Light Violin - Toadofsky starts performing familiar calm themes with his violin for a time, causing nearby racers to get asleep for some seconds.

Vehicles

Vehicle Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Classic Prowler
(Toadsworth)
Harmonic Soundwave
(Toadofsky)

Courses/Cup

Mega Cup

MegaCup Emblem MKDB Gargantuan Planet King Boo's Valley
Rosalina Circuit Petey's Pipeline

Flower Pack

Information

This pack is full of foes, flowery and wiggly ones as well as classic ones. Who are we talking about? The not-so friendly Wiggler and it's butterfly buddy Flutter, and Hammer Bro. sneaks in too along with Sledge Bro.! This must be a good seed to plant into the game!

Release Date: TBA

Price: US$5.80 / CAN$6.79 / €5.80 / £5.69 / AUS$7.99

Blocks: TBA

Characters

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Wiggler MKDB WigglerFlutter Icon Anger Management Heavy Red Pepper - Wiggler used a red pepper and becomes madly fast for some seconds, knocking anyone in the way and making them lose their items. The vehicle also leaves a path of fire for some seconds.
Flutter Medium Butterflies - Flutter releases a group of butterflies that will stay stationary flying. After someone passes through them they separate and start pushing others' vehicles, preventing them from driving well for a few seconds.
Hammer Bro. MKDB HammerBroSledgeBro Icon Hammer-working Annoyance Medium Hammers - Hammer Bro. will start throwing hammers uncontrollably for some seconds, knocking other racers.
Sledge Bro. Heavy Sledge - Sledge Bro. will be able to smack his sledge on the ground 2 times for atleast 1 minute. After doing so, all racers nearby or in screen will be blown up into the air due to the earthquake.

Vehicles

Vehicle Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Wiggly Train
(Wiggler)
Butterflier
(Flutter)
Malletow
(Hammer Bro.)
Sledgehammer
(Sledge Bro.)

Courses/Cup

This pack does not contain any new race tracks or a cup.

Star Pack

Information

A bright pack launches onto the race! Fulfill your star power with the addition of the cool-looking Mega Mole and the Undergrunt leader from the galaxy, Major Burrows, as they take their karts and Special Items into the track!

Release Date: TBA

Price: US$5.80 / CAN$6.79 / €5.80 / £5.69 / AUS$7.99

Blocks: TBA

Characters

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Mega Mole MKDB MegaMoleMajorBurrows Icon Underground Rascals Heavy Rock - Mega Mole throws a big rock that will start rolling on the track. It will bounce off walls or barriers at leats 3 times, cracking everytime and leaving smaller rocks for some seconds. The rocks will knock any racer in the way.
Major Burrows Heavy Digging Claws - The vehicle will dig underground and the users will be able to continue racing underground, leaving a path of earth crumbles that will work as an obstacle. Also, during the few seconds underground the users can pop out of the ground under other racers to knock them.

Vehicles

Vehicle Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
DiggaMech
(Mega Mole)
The Spiker
(Major Burrows)

Courses/Cups

This pack does not contain any new race tracks or a cup.

Special Pack

Information

What would be so special in this pack to be called a Special Pack? Well it's because this pack is so special for having very suprising additions to it. We are talking about the old, memorable heroes Geno and Mallow, right from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars! But wait there's more, this pack will also bring you the Cosmic Cup, so you can play even more old racetracks from the other Mario Kart games!

Release Date: TBA

Price: US$7.59 / CAN$8.20 / €8.59 / £7.40 / AUS$9.60

Blocks: TBA

Characters

Name Picture Partner Name Weight Special Ability
Geno MKDB GenoMallow Role-Players Medium ???
Mallow Light ???

Vehicles

Vehicle Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Radiant Star
(Geno)
Spongy Buggy
(Mallow)

Courses/Cups

Cosmic Cup

CosmicCup Emblem MKDB GBA Lakeside Park 3DS Rosalina's Ice World
GCN Mushroom City Wii Bowser's Castle

All-in-One Pack

Information

What's that? You can't decide which one to pick? You want them all? Then this is your chance, you can get all of the packs and their content (as they are released) with this all in one pack! Additionally, you'll get the All-in-One Cup, the Winner Kart body and its parts for use from every character in the game and the travelers from the moon, Princess Layla and Moonling from Super Mario: Moonlight Madness as playable characters! If you buy the packs separately, then you'll get these bonus rewards when the Special Pack is released!

Release Date: TBA

Price:

  • Until ???, 2014: US$20.49 / CAN$22.99 / €18.80 / £16.39 / AUS$21.99
  • After ???, 2014: US$20.49 / CAN$22.99 / €20.49 / £19.70 / AUS$25.60

Blocks: TBA

Characters

Vehicles

First Wave:

  • Classic Prowler
  • Harmonic Soundwave
  • Silver Moon
  • Lunar Coach
  • Winner's Kart (includes kart body parts)

Second Wave:

  • Wiggly Train
  • Butterflier
  • Malletow
  • Sledgehammer

Third Wave:

  • DiggaMech
  • The Spiker

Fourth Wave:

  • Radiant Star
  • Spongy Buggy

Courses/Cup

  • First Wave: Mega Cup, All-in-One Cup
  • Fourth Wave: Cosmic Cup

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Trivia

  • This is the second game in the series to feature two characters in one vehicle, the first one being Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
    • Also, both game titles are very similar, except this one has Blast instead of Dash. Both even have the "!!" at the end.
  • Even if excluding the DLC characters, this game has the most playable characters in any Mario Kart title to date if counted separately, with 40 playable characters.
  • This game marks Mona's first 3D appearance as well as her first appearance outside of the WarioWare series and in a Mario game. This is Princess Shokora's first 3D, playable and second appearance in a game overall as well as her first appearance in a Mario game.
  • While Metal Mario doesn't appear in the game, Mario is able to turn Metal when using a Metal Box, making it look like playing as him.
    • Cosmic Mario and Cosmic Spirit will look metallic, but they will maintain their galactic look which differentiates them from the rest of the characters.
  • The Cosmic Cup is the only cup that has its emblem colored differently. All the other emblems are gold with dark blue backgrounds, while Cosmic Cup's emblem is silver with a gold background.
  • This is the first game to feature 10 racers in one track rather than eight or twelve.

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