There are a total of 63 characters in the game. 10 are default, 20 are unlockable, 28 are downloadable, and 5 are premium (meaning you have to buy them). The downloadable characters are listed in the Downloadable Packs section.

NOTE: * indicates a brand new character.

Default Characters

Image Name Weight Class Description
Toad Toad Feather Toad is a small, notable member of the species with the same name. Even though Princess Peach uses him as a shield every once in a while, he's still extremely loyal to her. Toad is once again ready to race with the others.
KoopaTroopaMP9 Koopa Troopa Feather Koopa Troopa is normally a common enemy of Mario, but Koopa's decided to turn to his good side and race nicely with the others. Sadly, no one ever said that Koopa Troopa wouldn't use his Koopa Shells...
Princess Peach SM3DW Peach Light Princess Peach (simply called Peach in this game) is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She's often kidnapped by Bowser, but luckily isn't this time. This gives her some time to race.
Yoshi Artwork - Mario Party Island Tour Yoshi Light Yoshi is a famous dinosaur and old friend of Mario. He has many abilities; eating things with his long tongue, throwing eggs, and even ground pounding. But this time, he uses his racing ability.
Mario artwork Mario Medium Mario is the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom. He's done many things; golfing, adventuring, and most notably jumping. But he's going to prove that no one can beat him at racing.
260px-Luigi MP9 Luigi Medium Oh, hey Mario! I like those new clothes! That's Luigi, Mario's overshadowed little brother. He's always been trusted less than Mario, but Luigi can prove that he's amazing.
606px-WarioMPDS Wario Cruiser Wario is Mario's cousin and second-biggest rival (first is Bowser). Wario is greedy, sturdy, and disgusting. Wario is heavy, so he can knock others around easily, but he needs to work on his Acceleration.
20130913123103!Waluigi Waluigi Cruiser Same way Wario is Mario's second-biggest rival, Waluigi is Luigi's second biggest rival (King Boo is first). Waluigi is like the opposite of Wario in terms of appearance, but is identical to him in terms of personality.
NSMBWiiUBowser Bowser Heavy Bowser is the heaviest default character in the game, so he can push others around easily. Even though he's usually out kidnapping Peach, he's decided to be nice for now and race with the others.
DK Strong Donkey Kong Heavy Donkey Kong was once Mario's biggest rival (that was before Bowser came along). Donkey Kong is strong, heavy, and powerful. Therefore, light characters should avoid him.

Unlockable Characters

Note that unlock characters, you must race against them and win, similar to how you have to unlock in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Image Name Weight Class Description
Toadette by Tom Toadette Feather Toadette is the cute little sister of Toad. We just don't know if she's the only Toadette or if she's one in a species. We all do know that she's excited to race, though!
DRY Dry Bones Feather Dry Bones are undead, skeletal versions of Koopa Troopas. They can be jumped on and resurrect. Dry Bones is seemingly one of the less evil guys, though. He's appeared as a nice character in various games.
ShyGuy Shy Guy Feather Shy Guys are small, mischievous enemies that like to cause trouble. No one knows what's under its mask but Luigi, but Luigi refuses to tell what's under there. More people try to find out what's under the mask than race with him.
Luma Luma* Feather Lumas are very small star-like creatures that help Rosalina out. This Luma helped Mario out throughout the Super Mario series. Luma is the lightest character in the entire game.
Daisy-Komet&Krank Daisy Light Daisy is Luigi's love interest and is also the princess of Sarasaland. She is featured less than Peach, but is still notable and famous. Daisy has been a racer for a while now, so she's going to race again.
Birdo MP9 Birdo Light Birdo is a dinosaur, just like Yoshi, and is a famous member of her species, just like Yoshi. Birdo and Yoshi are actually very similar, and are rumored to be in a love relationship. Anyways, Birdo's come to race, not to date.
DiddyKong Diddy Kong Light Diddy Kong is often called Donkey Kong's song, but he's actually DK's nephew. Diddy Kong has been in the series to race a few times, and has decided to race again.
MKXL Bowser Jr Bowser Jr. Light Bowser Jr. is Bowser's favorite son. Bowser Jr. is treated like a prince (and sometimes even a king) by his father, so Bowser Jr. is really spoiled.
Hammer Bro. SM3DW Hammer Bro.* Medium Hammer Bros. are somewhat common enemies that Mario encounters a lot. However, this time, Hammer Bro. is nice. Even though he's not going to pelt Mario with hammers, he's still going to try and win.
Kamek Suprised Kamek* Medium Kamek, leader of the Magikoopas and Bowser's caretaker, is now in the race. He'll try to win against his "son", just to prove he should've been in Mario Kart 64.
Mii1 Mii Outfit A Medium Miis are human-like avatars that are used a lot on the Nintendo 3DS. This one is dressed in racing gear while racing.
Mii Mario Mii Outfit B Medium Miis are human-like avatars that are used a lot on the Nintendo 3DS. However, this one is dressed like Mario (males) or Peach (females)
Donkey Kong Jr3 Donkey Kong Jr. Cruiser This little guy has been absent in Mario Kart for a very long time. Good thing he's come back! Well, due to new artwork, he's gotten a bit of a redesign. His heavy body still hasn't changed, though!
King Boo MMWii King Boo Cruiser King Boo is the king of all Boos, big and small. He's big, but is actually lighter than some of the Lightweights. He's only a Cruiser because of his size. But we can all tell that the intimidating size can scare you!
Wiggler MK7 Wiggler Cruiser Wiggler is the wiggly and notable member of the species. Wiggler seems quite light, but is actually pretty heavy. We just can't tell what gender it is; some think it's a boy, but its voice is so girly.
SledgebrosNSMBW Sledge Bro.* Cruiser Sledge Bros. are fat, big Hammer Bros. These guys have decided to be nice, too. Due to their extremely large size, they've gotten a spot in the Cruiserweight group.
DRYBONESBOWSER Dry Bowser Heavy Dry Bowser is Bowser when he fell in the lava back in New Super Mario Bros. Dry Bowser is basically the Bowser form of Dry Bones, and since Bowser is so heavy, Dry Bowser is heavy.
Funky Kong Artwork - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Funky Kong Heavy Funky Kong is Donkey Kong's brother, and possibly Diddy Kong's father. Funky Kong is a cool, relaxed dude who's always there to help his brother. Now, he's back to racing.
Rosalinasm3diy Rosalina Heavy Rosalina is the famous, amazing, immortal ruler of space. She's very important, and has visited Earth to come and race with the others once again.
Super mario Bros Petey Petey Piranha Heavy Petey Piranha, the famous Piranha Plant, has come to race again, even after his absence starting with Mario Kart DS. Petey is very heavy, and is actually the heaviest character in the entire game.

Premium Characters

Image Name Weight Class Description Cost
Koopa Kid Koopa Kid* Feather Koopa Kid DID fall in the lava and perish when he was defeated in Mario Party 7, but Kamek cast a spell on his dead body to bring him back to life. And now, he's ready to cause some more trouble! $2.99
ParatroopaMKH Paratroopa Light Paratroopa first started racing as Koopa Troopa's partner in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Now, he doesn't always have to have a partner, and is on his own, racing. $2.49
Mii Luigi Miii Outfit C* Medium Miis are human-like avatars that are used a lot on the Nintendo 3DS. However, this one is dressed like Luigi (males) or Daisy (females). $5.49
Metal Mario! Metal Mario Cruiser Metal Mario is the metal version of Mario. Even though he's appeared as both a power-up and antagonist, this time, he's the antagonist one (even though he's nice in this game). Metal Mario is Mario, but he's gained lots of weight because he's made out of metal. $3.99
MKXL Pianta Pianta Heavy Piantas are a large, heavy species that reside in Delfino Isle. If you buy him, Pianta will come to race and have a good time! $4.49

Unlocking Criteria

Name Criteria
Toadette Complete Mission Mode Level 2.
Dry Bones Complete 150cc Lightning Cup.
Shy Guy Unlock 1 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials.
Luma Complete Mission Mode Level 4.
Daisy Complete 50cc Special Cup.
Birdo Complete 16 Time Trials.
Diddy Kong Complete 150cc Special Cup.
Bowser Jr. Complete 100cc Lightning Cup.
Hammer Bro. Complete Mission Mode Level 1.
Kamek Complete Mission Mode Level 6.
Mii Outfit A Unlocked by completing both 50cc Mushroom Cup and Shell Cup.
Mii Outfit B Unlock 32 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials.
Donkey Kong Jr. Complete 50cc Lightning Cup.
King Boo Complete 100cc Special Cup.
Wiggler Complete Mission Mode Level 3.
Sledge Bro. Complete 150cc Mirror Lightning Cup.
Dry Bowser Complete 32 Time Trials.
Funky Kong Complete Mission Mode Level 5.
Rosalina Complete 150cc Mirror Special Cup.
Petey Piranha Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials.

Double Dash!! Mode Default Pairs

  • NOTE: Miis, Downloadable characters, and Premium characters can match with anyone.
  • Toad & Toadette (Feather)
  • Koopa Troopa & Dry Bones (Feather)
  • Shy Guy & Wiggler (Medium)
  • Luma & Rosalina (Medium)
  • Peach & Daisy (Light)
  • Yoshi & Birdo (Light)
  • Diddy Kong & Funky Kong (Medium)
  • Bowser Jr. & Kamek (Light)
  • Mario & Luigi (Medium)
  • Hammer Bro. & Sledge Bro. (Medium)
  • Wario & Waluigi (Cruiser)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. & Donkey Kong (Heavy)
  • King Boo & Petey Piranha (Cruiser)
  • Bowser & Dry Bowser (Heavy)

Alternate Costumes

  • Toad - Blue Toad
  • Toad - Yellow Toad
  • Toad - Pink Toad
  • Toad - Green Toad
  • Toad - Cyan Toad
  • Toad - Orange Toad
  • Toad - Brown Toad
  • Toadette - Blue Toadette
  • Koopa Troopa - Red Koopa Troopa
  • Koopa Troopa - Blue Koopa Troopa
  • Koopa Troopa - Bombshell Koopa Troopa
  • Dry Bones - Dull Bones
  • Dry Bones - Parabones
  • Shy Guy - Green Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - Yellow Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - White Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - Blue Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - Pink Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - Purple Shy Guy
  • Shy Guy - Gray Shy Guy
  • Luma - Yellow Luma
  • Luma - Blue Luma
  • Luma - Pink Luma
  • Luma - Red Luma
  • Luma - Green Luma
  • Luma - Purple Luma
  • Luma - Orange Luma
  • Lemmy - SMB3 Lemmy
  • Koopa Kid - Red Koopa Kid
  • Koopa Kid - Blue Koopa Kid
  • Koopa Kid - Green Koopa Kid
  • Peach - Sports Peach
  • Peach - Nurse Peach
  • Daisy - Sports Daisy
  • Yoshi - Red Yoshi
  • Yoshi - Blue Yoshi
  • Yoshi - Yellow Yoshi
  • Yoshi - Cyan Yoshi
  • Yoshi - Pink Yoshi
  • Yoshi - White Yoshi
  • Yoshi - Purple Yoshi
  • Birdo - Yellow Birdo
  • Birdo - Red Birdo
  • Birdo - Blue Birdo
  • Birdo - Green Birdo
  • Birdo - Orange Birdo
  • Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong Jr. Outfit
  • Bowser Jr. - Dry Bowser Jr.
  • Bowser Jr. - Shadow Mario
  • Larry - SMB3 Larry
  • Wendy - SMB3 Wendy
  • Paratroopa - Green Paratroopa
  • Paratroopa - Blue Paratroopa
  • Paratroopa - Yellow Paratroopa
  • Mario - Fire Mario
  • Mario - Ice Mario
  • Mario - Cat Mario
  • Mario - Gold Mario
  • Mario - Dr. Mario
  • Luigi - Fire Luigi
  • Luigi - Ice Luigi
  • Luigi - Cat Luigi
  • Luigi - Silver Luigi
  • Luigi - Mr. L
  • Hammer Bro. - Boomerang Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Fire Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Ice Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Thunder Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Ball Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Vortex Bro.
  • Hammer Bro. - Bone Bro.
  • Kamek - Green Cloak Kamek
  • Iggy - SMB3 Iggy
  • Wario - Fire Wario
  • Wario - Ice Wario
  • Waluigi - Fire Waluigi
  • Waluigi - Ice Waluigi
  • Donkey Kong Jr. - Baby Donkey Kong Jr.
  • King Boo - Classic King Boo
  • Wiggler - Flutter
  • Wiggler - Angry Wiggler
  • Wiggler - Bone Wiggler
  • Sledge Bro. - Curve Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Blaze Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Frost Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Storm Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Circus Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Twister Bro.
  • Sledge Bro. - Dry Bro.
  • Ludwig - SMB3 Ludwig
  • Metal Mario - Blue Metal Mario
  • Metal Mario - Green Mario Mario
  • Metal Mario - Red Metal Mario
  • Metal Mario - Orange Metal Mario
  • Metal Mario - Turquoise Metal Mario
  • Metal Mario - Indigo Maetal Mario
  • Metal Mario - Rainbow Metal Mario
  • Bowser - Dark Bowser
  • Dry Bowser - Baby Dry Bowser
  • Donkey Kong - Baby DK
  • Funky Kong - Baby Funky
  • Rosalina - Sports Rosalina
  • Petey Piranha - Dino Piranha
  • Petey Piranha - Fiery Dino Piranha
  • Petey Piranha - Icy Dino Piranha
  • Morton - SMB3 Morton
  • Roy - SMB3 Roy
  • Pianta - Purple Pianta
  • Pianta - Red Pianta
  • Pianta - Yellow Pianta