Mario Kart Adventure is a game in the Mario Kart series, one of the numerous Mario sub-series. It is the sequel to Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and it is for the Wii W. Unlike the previous eight games, Mario Kart Adventure actually has a story.

Mario Kart Adventure
Platform(s) Wii W
Release Date(s)
Single player
Online play
Genre(s) Racing
Series Mario
Predecessor Mario Kart 8
Successor Mario Kart 10
Media Included Wii W optical disc


An alien named Gyiyg comes to Mario's planet and threatens the characters to race him. He even tells them "you better".




Unlocking criteria

Unlocking criteria
Character Unlocking criteria
Koopa Paratroopa Complete World 1
Boo Complete World 2
Hammer Bro. Complete World 3
Dry Bones Complete World 4
Monty Mole Beat Gyiyg for the first time
Luma Collect all gold Star Coins in World 1
Lubba Collect all gold Star Coins in World 2
Petey Piranha Colloect all gold Star Coins in World 3
King Boo Collect all gold Star Coins in World 4
Kamek Beat Gyiyg again
Dry Bowser Win the Orange Coin Cup
Diddy Kong Win the Red Coin Cup
Dixie Kong Win the Blue Coin Cup
Cranky Kong Win the Purple Coin Cup
Funky Kong Win the Green Coin Cup
Professor E. Gadd Complete World A
Nabbit Complete World B
Boom Boom Complete World C
Pom Pom Complete World D
R.O.B. Collect all gold Star Coins in World A
Toadsworth Collect all gold Star Coins in World B
Pianta Collect all gold Star Coins in World C
Noki Collect all gold Star Coins in World D
Donkey Kong Jr. Win first in all cups in 50cc and 100cc of Grand Prix Mode

Kart customization



  • Standard
  • Daisy Cruiser
  • Royale
  • Koopa Clown
  • Wildlife


  • Speed Beast
  • Brute
  • Mushmallow
  • Wild Wing
  • Escape Route
  • Tyrant
  • Lockup
  • Dirtmiser
  • Bye-Bye Buggy
  • Smasher



  • Standard
  • Roller
  • Monster
  • Slick
  • Slim
  • Sponge


  • Wood
  • Mushroom
  • Button
  • Cushion
  • Pizza
  • Donut
  • Metal



  • Super Glider
  • Parafoil
  • Parachute
  • Flower
  • Peach Parasol


  • Paratroopa Wings
  • Demon Glider
  • DK Tie
  • Cloud Duo
  • Plane Glider
  • Swooper
  • Nintendo™ Parafoil


Nitro Cups

Mushroom Cup

  • Luigi Circuit
  • Bob-omb Battlefield
  • Toad Theater
  • Gloomy Manor

Flower Cup

  • Mario Circuit
  • Yoshi's Island
  • Hydra Lab
  • Haunted Library

Star Cup

  • Rosalina Circuit
  • Wario Carnival
  • Vanilla Dome
  • Moo Moo Ranch

Special Cup

  • Waluigi City
  • Princess Park
  • Bowser's Castle
  • Rainbow Road

Retro Cups

Shell Cup

  • Figure-8 Circuit (DS)
  • Ghost Valley (SNES)
  • Thwomp Ruins (Wii U)
  • Wuhu Loop (3DS)

Banana Cup

  • Toad's Factory (Wii)
  • Boo Lake (GBA)
  • Shroom Ridge (DS)
  • Wario Stadium (N64)

Leaf Cup

  • DK Summit (Wii)
  • Mushroom City (GCN)
  • Dolphin Shoals (Wii U)
  • Dry Dry Ruins (Wii)

Lightning Cup

  • Rosalina's Ice World (3DS)
  • Mario Circuit 4 (SNES)
  • Bowser's Castle (GCN)
  • Rainbow Road (GBA)


Game modes


The main mode of Mario Kart Adventure. An alien named Gyiyg threatens the chaaracters to race him. The player starts off in a free-roaming hub world and go to spaces to enter a track. After collecting a gold trophy in every racetrack, the player will face off Gyiyg. After beating him for the first time, the player will have to collect gold Star Coins on every track to face him off again and for good. There are four worlds and each one has an MK9 token challenge. Collecting all MK9 tokens in a track will reward the player with a coin. Collecting all coins in a world will open a cup in the Treasure Valley. Each world has one Green Coin challenge. After collecting every treasure and gold Star Coin, the player will get to race off against Gyiyg for the second and final time. ---Spaces---

  • Blue space: Won a track for the first time/already beaten.
  • Red space: New track opened/unlocked.
  • Black space: Closed/unopened track.


  • World 1: Orange
  • World 2: Red
  • World 3: Blue
  • World 4: Purple
  • World A: Pink
  • World B: Teal
  • World C: Cyan
  • World D: Lime
  • All: Green

Grand Prix

Twelve drivers race in four tracks in one cup. The drivers' ranks are determined by points. The closer the driver is to first, the more points s/he will win. There are three trophy ranks; bronze being 3rd, silver being 2nd, and gold being 1st. There are two sub-modes; Nitro and Retro. Nitro consists of the Mushroom, Flower, Star, and Special Cups. While Retro is made up of the Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lightning Cup.

Time Trials

The player races thorough one track in the fastest time they can by themselves without and computer-controlled opponents. The player starts out with a Triple Mushroom. It has the option to race against a "ghost"; the recording of a player's driving performance. Ghosts appear as semi-transparent and behave exactly as players who used them.


Race using custom rules.


The objective is to defeat other players. There are two sub-modes; Balloon Battle and Coin Runners.


  • The main antagonist, Gyiyg, shares the same name with Giygas in Japan.
  • With a total of 48 characters, Mario Kart Adventure has the most amount of playable characters in Mario Kart history.
  • Nintendo kept the idea of having Baby Mario, Luigi, and Peach in the game, but they didn't add Baby Wario until later.
  • This is the first time where Rosalina is a default character.
  • It is also the first time where the player's Mii is default.

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