MarioKartKinetic Comet
Boxart for the Comet Version
Developer(s) Beanstalk Inc. Logo
Publisher(s) Logo
Platform(s) Storybooklogo
Release Date(s)
Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) Racing
Series Mario Kart
Predecessor Mario Kart 7
Successor Mario Kart 8
Media Included Dream Dubious Disc Sprite
Mario Kart Kinetic is the eigth installment in the Mario Kart esgame developed by Beanstalk Inc. along with Nintendo. There are two versions of the game, the Storybook and the Nintendo Comet. The Storybook version was released on August 7, 2012, worldwide, and the Comet version will release on September 21, 2014 worldwide.


The gameplay is similar to other Mario Kart games, including the appearence of Coins. Like in Mario Kart 7, they give you coins to purchase different wheel types. But like in Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the give speed boosts. These two functions add gameplay ideas not in the more recent installements, or their retro counterparts.

You are able to drift like in Mario Kart DS, to the same degree of how it affects gameplay. Dust, Blue Sparks, Red Sparks, or Purple Sparks come out of your kart. Purple Sparks are the highest level of sparks, and are currently exlcusive to this game

Unlike in Mario Kart Wii, motorbikes do not make any appearence, except in beta (where Zapper appeared as one of Waluigi's, Wiggler's, and Boomerang Bro.'s unlockable karts).


A Button- (Hold) Makes your Kart move forward

B Button- (Press) Stops your Kart, (Hold) Drives the Kart Backwards

R Button- (Hold while turning) Drifts, (Press) Makes the kart jump up

L Button- (Hold while turning) Drits, (Press with item) Uses an item


Grand Prix

Grand Prix is split into four modes, one unlocked after beating the other. The four modes are 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and 300cc. Unlike in Mario Kart DS, 150cc Mirror does not appear. The tracks in Grand Prix are:

Mushroom Cup

Flower Cup

Star Cup

Special Cup

Feather Cup

Mario Raceway

Honey Bee's Hive

Bowser Fortress

Boom Boom Circuit

River Delfino

Croco Clouds

Kamek Hideaway

Snifit's Frozen Cove

Chain Chomp Street

Wiggler Way

Hotfoot Highway

Luigi's Lava Mansion

Mushroom Village

Paper Mario Land

Diddy's Kong Casino

Baby Tunnels

Bowser Castle

Burning Beach

Rainbow Road

Daimond City

Shell Cup

Banana Cup

Leaf Cup

Lightning Cup


DS Tick Tock Clock

N64 Yoshi Valley

Wii Wario's Gold Mine

SNES Bowser Castle 2

N64 Moo Moo Farm

GCN Baby Park

Wii Mushroom Gorge

3DS Shy Guy Baazar

Wii Koopa Cape

GCN Daisy Cruiser

GBA Sky Gardens

DS Figure-8 Circuit

SNES Ghost Valley 1

3DS Rosalina's Ice World

3DS DK Jungle

SNES Vanilla Lake 2

3DS Maka Wuhu

GCN Dino Dino Jungle

N64  Rainbow Road

GBA Ribbon Road

Time Trial




Nintendo Network




33 characters are playable in the game. 15 are default, and 18 are unlockable. The characters new to Mario Kart are marked with *.



Unlocking Criteria



Win 50cc Special Cup.


Win 50cc Feather Cup.

Metal Mario

Win 50cc Lightning Cup.


Win 50cc Tanookup.

Baby Luigi

Get an A-Rank 100cc cups


Get a 1-star rank on every 50cc Nitro cups or get an A-Rank on a 50cc Retro cup.


Win 100cc Special Cup.

Koopa Paratroopa

Win 100c Feather Cup.


Win 100cc Lightning Cup.


Win 100cc Tanookup.

Dry Bones

Get a A-Rank on 150cc Cups


Win 150cc Special Cup.

Pom Pom

Beat 150cc Feather Cup as anyone except Mario, Luigi, and Toad.


Win Mirror Special Cup.

Boom Boom

Win 150cc Lightning Cup


Win 150cc Tanookup

Shy Guy

Win Mirror Feather Cup

Boomerang Bros

Win Mirror Lightning Cup


Every character has 6 karts, 2 are default and 4 are unlockable. * indicates that that kart is unlockable.

Default Characters

Unlockable Characters


Items are found in Item Boxes in the course. You pick them up by driving into them. There is a variety of items in the new Mario Kart! * indicates new item in the MK series.


Downloadable Content is avalible for purchase at the Virtual Complex.

See Mario Kart Kinetic/ Downloadable Content for DLC.


  • In beta, the name was Mario Kart Hyper. It was changed for unknown reasons.
  • This is the first game in a while to not have triple green or red shells.
  • The red shell in this game has the same effect as before, it just looks different.
  • Mini Mushroom works the same as the Lightning Bolt from past installments.

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