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This article is about the game Mario Kart Rush for the SP1DR system. You may be looking for TreeHouse Games' game with the same name.

Mario Kart Rush
マリオラッシュレーシング (Mario RUSH Racing)
North American boxart.
Developer(s) GhoulGIsmallified
Publisher(s) FantendologoShrb
Platform(s) SP1DR
Genre(s) Racing
Release Date(s)
Q3/Q4 2012
Single Player, Multiplayer
Media Included SP1DR Optical Disc

Mario Kart Rush is a Kart Racing video game for the SP1DR game system. Mario Kart Rush is the ninth main-stream game in the Mario Kart series and the fifth for a home console. The game will allow the player to exchange ghost data and records with Mario Kart Dimensions and Mario Kart 7. Mario Kart Rush is set to be released in Q3/Q4 2012, around the time of Mario Kart Dimensions. Mario Kart Rush, like the prequel, is considered the spiritual successor to Mario Kart Powers. A new feature to the Mario Kart series is the inclusion of downloadable content (usually shortened to simply DLC). DLC can be downloaded from the Shop Mall section of the SP1DR Menu.

Story Mode

Mario Kart Rush, for the first time in the series, includes a story mode. The story mode has a total of twelve playable characters trying to stop Bowser and his evil minions from taking over many racecourses (along with having Kamek transport him back in time to other courses).

There are special cups for the Story Mode, as there are all new tracks. The tracks can be played in Multiplayer by beating Story Mode.


Upset about not being able to kart race with the other Mushroom Kingdom inhabitants, Bowser, Bowser Jr. and many minions stormed Lakitu Raceway during a race and captured many of the racers. They took over the racecourses that had been built by Lakitu and the racers and set major minions up as challengers, with a captured racer.


King Boo World 1
Kamek World 2
Boom Boom World 3
King K. Rool World 4
Kamek (race two) World 5
Bowser Jr. World 6
Croco World 7
Bowyer World 8
Tatanga World 9
Bowser World 10
Bowser (race two) & Bowser Jr. (race two) World 10
Playable Characters
Mario Default
Luigi Beat King Boo
Yoshi Beat Kamek
Toad Beat Boom Boom
Donkey Kong Beat King K. Rool
Baby Mario Beat Kamek (race two)
Baby Luigi Beat Bowser Jr.
mallow Beat Croco
Geno Beat Bowyer
Princess Daisy Beat Tatanga
Rosalina Beat Bowser
Princess Peach Beat Bowser (race two) and Bowser Jr. (race two)


Egg Cup
Thunder Cup
Brick Block SMB3DS
Block Cup
Chomp Cup
Mushroom Pipelands Vanilla Cave Toad Town Virus Vessel Bowser Jr. Avenue
Bowser Jr. Blockparty
Yoshi Storybook GCN Yoshi Circuit Power-Up Fields
Powerful Playground
Mushroom Hills N64 Toad's Turnpike
Karting Creek
Koopa Creek
Butter Bridge
Twin Bridges
3DS Wuhu Loop Star Road GBA Boo Lake
Blooper Beach Toad Highway 3DS Maka Wuhu Gamma Game Station
Waluigi Warehouse
Bowser Badlands


MKR Main

Mario Kart Rush's Main Menu

In Mario Kart Rush, Coins, which appeared in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Dimensions, appear and will, like in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart Dimensions, make you go faster. Unlike Mario Kart Dimensions and Mario Kart 7 the player is unable to go underwater, but the Gliders will return. The gliders will appear off your kart as soon as you start lift off the ground.

Unlike Mario Kart Wii, the Motorbikes, a popular mode of transport that went faster then a normal kart, will not make another appearance. However, like Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Dimensions, you will be able to, once again, customize the appearance of your kart. You have the ability to save up to 25 custom karts, and, like in Mario Kart Dimensions, you will be able to place decals on the side of your kart. Not all karts support decals, however.


A Button (Hold) Accelerate your vehicle
B Button (Press) Stop your vehicle (Hold) Drive in reverse
X Button (Press) Use item
Y Button (Hold) Look backwards
R Button (Hold while turning) Drift
L Button (Hold while turning) Drift
Start Button (Press) Pause the game
Select Button (Press) See current standings
Control Pad (Tilt) Steer your vehicle

Battle Mode

Mario Kart Rush, like all past installments, features a battle mode, which can be played by one to twelve players (1-4 locally, 1-8 system link, 1-12 online). The objective in Battle Mode is to eliminate all the enemy players, by collecting/popping all their balloons, having more coins, having the Shine Sprite, hitting them with a certain item, or simply blowing them up.


There are five battle modes that you can play in Mario Kart Rush: Balloon Battle, Coin Runners, Shine Sprint, Item Roulette and Bob-Omb Derby. Each mode has it's own strategy, rules and action. In Coin Runners, collect as many coins as possible before getting hit by an item. In Balloon Battle, eliminate enemy players by hitting them or stealing their balloons. In Shine Sprint, collect the Shine Sprite to eliminate the players who haven't had it. In Item Roulette, hit an enemy with a specific item to eliminate them. And finally, in Bob-Omb Derby, you only get a point by hitting an enemy with a Bob-Omb.


There are many playable characters in Mario Kart Rush, each one separated into one of three weight classes, which are as follows:

  • Small Weight Class - These characters are smaller, and can be pushed around easily. They specialize in acceleration and off road.
  • Medium Weight Class - These characters are bigger then the Small Weight Class, and can easily push them around. They usually don't specialize in anything.
  • Large Weight Class - These characters are large and cannot be pushed by a character (unless a mushroom is used). They specialize in speed and drift. Most of the time, people in the Large Weight Class have bad acceleration.

Default Characters

Unlockable Characters

QR Code Characters

Unlocking Criteria

Main Characters
Baby Peach Complete Star Cup on 50cc
Baby Daisy Complete Special Cup on 50cc
Noki Complete Leaf Cup on 50cc
Mallow Complete Lightning Cup on 50cc
Toadette Complete Star Cup on 100cc
Dry Bones Complete Special Cup on 100cc
Daisy Complete Leaf Cup on 100cc
Bowser Jr. Complete Lightning Cup on 100cc
Diddy Kong Complete Star Cup on 150cc
Hammer Bro. Complete Special Cup on 150cc
Geno Complete Special Cup on Mirror Mode
Wiggler Complete Leaf Cup on 150cc
Kamek Complete Lightning Cup on 150cc
Rosalina Complete Star Cup on Mirror Mode
Petey Piranha Complete Leaf Cup on Mirror Mode
Kritter Complete Lightning Cup on Mirror Mode
Boom Boom Complete Time Trials on all Retro Courses
Pianta Complete Time Trials on all Nitro Courses
Koopa Paratroopa QR Code
Shy Guy QR Code
Penguin QR Code
Monty Mole QR Code
Dixie Kong QR Code
Metal Mario QR Code
Funky Kong QR Code
R.O.B. QR Code
Dry Bowser QR Code
Outfit A (Racing Suit, blue Mii logo) Complete Star Cup on 200cc
Outfit B (Overalls/Dress, red Mii logo) Complete Special Cup on 200cc
Outfit C (Toad Costume/Toadette Costume, yellow Mii logo) Complete Leaf Cup on 200cc
Outfit D (Yoshi Costume/Birdo Costume, green Mii logo) Complete Lightning Cup on 200cc


There are a total of 40 courses in the game: 20 Nitro (New), 20 Retro (Old). There are also 10 cups, 2 new ones. Mushroom, Flower, Star and Special are the returning nitro cups, and Poison is the new nitro cup. Shell, Banana, Leaf and Lightning are the returning retro cups, and Boomerang is the new retro cup. Along with these 40 courses, an extra 20 are also included for Story Mode, but can be unlocked for normal play by beating Story Mode once.

Mushroom Cup
Flower Cup
Star Cup
Poison Cup
Special Cup
Special Cup
Lakitu Raceway
Lakitu Loop
Bandit Way Delfino Hotel
Cheep-Cheep Hotel
Jungle Speedway
Jumpy Jungle
Ukiki Mountain
Monkey Mound
Mr. Blizzard's Badlands
Penguin Land
Cheep-Cheep Dock
Blooper Bay
Spectre Speedway Brick Block Bay
Brick Block Meadows
Hero Highway
Super Leaf Raceway
Goomba Gorge Fairy Fields Peach Circuit Pokey Desert Bowser's Koopa Castle
Koopa Castle
Mushroom River Koopa Kartway
Troopa Tundra
Luigi's Haunted Temple Mario Circuit Mushroom World Raceway
Rainbow Raceway
Shell Cup
Banana Cup
Leaf Cup
Lightning Cup
Boomerang Super Mario
Boomerang Cup
Wii Luigi Circuit GBA Boo Lake NDS Tick Tock Clock SNES Donut Plains 3 3DS DK Jungle
SNES Mario Circuit 4 N64 Royal Raceway SNES Vanilla Lake 2 3DS Neo Bowser City N64 Wario Stadium
GCN Dry Dry Desert Wii DK Summit GBA Yoshi Desert Wii Grumble Volcano GCN Bowser's Castle
NDS Shroom Ridge GCN Wario Colosseum 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar NDS Cheep Cheep Beach GBA Rainbow Road

Battle Courses

There are a total of fourteen battle tracks, seven nitro and seven retro. Each one is unique in terms of layout.

New Stages Retro Stages
Airship Deck SNES Battle Course 3
Daisy Cruiser
Petal Yacht
N64 Double Deck
Mario Stadium GBA Battle Course 4
Ghost House
Spooky Square
GCN Block City
Blooper Lake NDS Tart Top
Forest of Illusion
Freaky Forest
Wii Chain Chomp Roulette
Yoshi Funpark 3DS Wuhu Town


Mario Kart Rush includes three new items, along with four of the items from Mario Kart Dimensions. Items could be collected by driving through one of the many Item Boxes located throughout the course. Once a racer has broken open an item box, an item will be selected through the Item Roulette. Racers tend to get stronger items when in lower places (6-) and weaker items in higher places (3+).

* Common1 * Semi-Common1
* Rare1 * Very Rare1
1 — Written from First Place's point of view

Kart Customization

As in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Dimensions, players are able to customize the appearance of their kart to alter the stats of Speed, Weight, Off-Road, Drift and Acceleration. Players are also able to place decals on the sides of some karts, but these will not alter stats.

Karts Wheels Gliders Unlockable Karts Unlockable Wheels Unlockable Gliders Decals
Star Sprint/>egg 1

Wildlife* (MKDS)
Wild Wing* (MKW)
Wario Car* (MKDD)
DK Jumbo (MKDD)
Spectre Speeder
Holiday Sleigh


Golden Mantis

Flame Flyer

Bullet Racer

Cosmic Formula

Sleigh Trollies
Bomb Glider
Question Block
Koopa Shells
Magikoopa's Magic
* - Changes colour depending on character


Name Points Given Description
Super Winner! 10 Win Mushroom Cup on 50cc
Fire Winner! 10 Win Flower Cup on 50cc
Super Star! 10 Win Star Cup on 50cc
Krown King! 10 Win Special Cup on 50cc
Retro Winners 20 Play Time Trial on all retro courses
As Strong as a Wallop! 50 Have your Whimp stop someone
Beep! 05 Honk your horn
As Slick as Waluigi! 10 Have someone hit your oil spill
First Race 05 Start Grand Prix
RUSHER 01 Start up Mario Kart Rush
Item Lord 100 Use every item at least once
Hating a Nephew 10 As Donkey Kong, hit Diddy Kong with an item
FATALITY! 70 Hit Bowser with a powerful item as Mario
Revenge... 60 Hit Bowser with an item as Peach
Super Mario 90 Use a Mushroom to steal someone's item
MultiMission 10 Play Multiplayer with a friend
Collector 25 Collect 3 items with one use of a Heart
Share It! 20 Let one of your teammates collect an item from your Yoshi Egg
Soyo Oka 100 Finish GBA Rainbow Road without falling off


Downloadable Content

Main Article: Mario Kart Rush/Downloadable Content
Because of the capabilities of the SP1DR, Mario Kart Rush has special downloadable content packs, which can be downloaded on the Shop Mall menu with Potion Points.

Beta Elements

Main Article: Mario Kart Rush/Beta elements
As with many video games, Mario Kart Rush has many features that were not implemented into the final product. Characters, Items, Courses, even Cups could've been cut out, and all of them are listed on the Beta elements page.



  • In the manual for Mario Kart Rush, it misspells Bob-Omb, calling it Bomb-Omb instead.
MSStarMario Kart RushMSStar
Default Characters Toad Koopa Troopa Lakitu Baby Mario Baby Luigi
Mario Luigi Peach Yoshi Birdo
Bowser Donkey Kong Wario Waluigi King Boo
Unlockable Characters Koopa Paratroopa Toadette Noki Mallow Shy Guy Dry Bones
Daisy Bowser Jr. Diddy Kong Hammer Bro. Geno Kamek
Wiggler Rosalina Petey Piranha Kritter Boom Boom Pianta
Downloadable Characters Boo
Bandit E. Gadd
Whomp King
Nitro Courses
SuperMushroomFireFlowerStarPoisonMushroomSpecial Cup
Lakitu Raceway Mr. Blizzard's Badlands Goomba Gorge Mushroom River
Bandit Way Cheep-Cheep Dock Fairy Fields Koopa Kartway
Delfino Hotel Spectre Speedway Peach Circuit Luigi's Haunted Temple
Jumpy Jungle Brick Block Meadows Pokey Desert Mario Circuit
Ukiki Mountain Mushroom Highway Bowser's Koopa Castle Mushroom World Raceway
Retro Courses
GreenShellBananaPeelSuperLeaf2ThunderboltNoGlowBoomerang Super Mario
Wii Luigi Circuit SNES Mario Circuit 4 GCN Dry Dry Desert NDS Shroom Ridge
GBA Boo Lake N64 Royal Raceway Wii DK Summit GCN Wario Colosseum
NDS Tick Tock Clock SNES Vanilla Lake 2 GBA Yoshi Desert 3DS Piranha Plant Slide
SNES Donut Plains 3 3DS Wuhu Mountain Loop Wii Grumble Volcano NDS Cheep Cheep Beach
3DS Rosalina's Ice World N64 Wario Stadium GCN Bowser's Castle GBA Rainbow Road
Downloadable Courses Hedgehog Cave King Boo Palace Luna Lake Whomp's Fortress
Luigi's Mansion NDS Luigi's Mansion
Battle Courses
SP1DRverse symbol
Nitro Courses
Retro Courses
Airship Deck Daisy Cruiser Mario Stadium Ghost House Blooper Lake Forest of Illusion
Yoshi Funpark SNES Battle Course 3 N64 Double Deck GBA Battle Course 4 GCN Block City
NDS Tart Top Wii Chain Chomp Roulette 3DS Wuhu Town

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