Mario Kart Rush
Developer(s) Zentech Studios
Publisher(s) Fantendo Publishing Ltd.
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release Date(s)
Flag of Japan June 25, 2016
Flag of Europe June 27, 2016
Flag of USA June 27, 2016
Flag of Australia June 27, 2016
Flag of China June 28, 2016
Grand Prix, Time Trial, Versus, Online, Battle, Story Mode, Mission Mode, Boss Endurance
Age Rating(s)
ESRB: E for Everyone
Genre(s) Racing
Media Included Nintendo 3DS game cartridge

Mario Kart Rush is the sequel to Mario Kart 8, and it keeps anti-gravity. Gliding, underwater travel, and Kart customization all return too. However though, the propellers can be customized now as well. To make the characters play more differently, the characters give the kart that they ride in a boost of 5 points in any stat which depends on the character being played as.


Grand Prix

The normal racing mode. The player must race against 11 other characters for first place on a series of four tracks. Double-Dash mode can be chosen if the player wants, but there would be only 8 racers (or technically karts) instead.

Time Trial

Players try to complete a track as quickly as possible. There are no CPUS, unless if the player chooses to race against a Ghost, but the ghost can be passed through unlike regular CPUs.


Versus mode is like the Grand Prix, however it is possible to race on teams and players can choose the courses unlike in the Grand Prix where you have to race in specifically ordered cups.


In this mode, players can race or battle against people around the world online.


Battle Mode consists of several minigames, in which players try to beat their opponents in various different ways, depending on the game chosen.

Balloon Battle

Characters try to pop each others balloons by hitting them with items, which gives the character who beat that foe a point. Whoever has the most points by the end wins.

Shine Runners

Each racer collects various Shine Sprites found on the courses, which can be taken away from them if they are hit by items. If you have the least amount of shines by the time time runs out, you are eliminated along with all of the other racers that had the same amount as you, and the battle continues.

Bob-Omb Blast

Characters use Bob-Ombs to hit their foes, which give them points. Each character can hold up to five Bob-Ombs in this mode.

Red Shell Rumpus

Racers hit each other with Red Shells, which can be used to block incoming shells or to attack foes. Whoever gets hit 10 times is eliminated, and the last character standing wins.

Sky Battle

This battle mode has its own stages, where gliding is the main form of transportation. Characters try to knock each other out of bounds to get points.

Story Mode

Quite similarly to Diddy Kong Racing, this game has a story mode. To see it, go to this link.

Mission Mode

In Mission Mode, characters must complete several missions, before fighting the boss of that world.

Boss Endurance

In this mode, players must fight against all of the bosses in Story Mode and Mission Mode one-by-one.

Playable Characters


Image Name Weight Special Item
124px Mario Medium Fireball
LuigiMPe Luigi Medium Poltergust
Princess Peach Artwork - Super Mario 3D World Peach Medium Peach Parasol
Yoshi Artwork - Mario Party Island Tour Yoshi Medium Yoshi Egg
130px-Toad Artwork - Super Mario 3D Land Toad Light Hyper Mushroom
113px-ToadetteMP8 Toadette Light Super Spores
100px-KoopaTroopa MP9 Koopa Troopa Light Mega Shell
250px-Bowserjr Bowser Jr. Light Graffiti Paintbrush
444px-FortuneStBowser Bowser Heavy Fire Breath
DonkeyKongSSB4 Donkey Kong Heavy DK Bongos
220px-Wario MPIT Wario Heavy Dragon Costume
150px-Waluigi PizzaRulez Waluigi Heavy Super Bob-Omb


Image Name Weight Unlock Criteria Special Item
250px-MP8 DryBones Dry Bones Light Win the 50cc Star Cup Bone Boomerang
126px Diddy Kong Light Win the 100cc Flower Cup Peanut Popgun
360px-Dixie Kong .cim- Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Dixie Kong Light Win the 100cc Banana Cup Bubble Gum Popgun
LakituWatching Lakitu Light Beat 7 Staff Ghosts in Time Trials Spiny Egg
215px-Shyguy MP9 Shy Guy Light Win the 150cc Leaf Cup Snifit Mask
250px-MontymoleNSMBU Monty Mole Light Beat 22 Staff Ghosts in Time Trials Dig Claws
Egadd.png Professor E. Gadd Light Complete 1,000 races Turbo F.L.U.D.D.
398px-ParaT! Paratroopa Light Win the Mirror Mode Special Cup Para Shell
Birdo (Mario Party 9) Birdo Medium Complete 250 races Egg Cannon
Daisy MPIT Daisy Medium Win the 50cc Special Cup Flower Power
PaulineOfficial Pauline Medium Complete 2000 races Mini Army
Hammer bro by yoshigo99-d4duynn Hammer Bro. Medium Win the 150cc Lightning Cup Super Hammer
Wiggler Walking Wiggler Medium Complete 500 races Rage Flower
189px-Kamek-212x2283 Kamek Medium Win the 100cc Leaf Cup Super Hammer
103px-Mona3D Mona Medium Complete 750 races Pizza Boxes
Spike - Super Mario 3D World Spike Medium Win against all Expert Ghosts Spike Bar
Funky Kong Artwork - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Funky Kong Heavy Win the 150cc Leaf Cup Funky Surfboard
KingBooMKFlash King Boo Heavy Do 30 tricks Boo Army
MetalBrawl Metal Mario Heavy Win 100 races Metallizer
PinkGoldPeach Pink Gold Peach Heavy Win 150 races Pink Gold Flower
PeteySSBI Petey Piranha Heavy Win the 150cc Star Cup Super Goop
Rosalina Model SSB4 Rosalina Heavy Do 500 Tricks Star Bits
250px-BoomBoomSM3DL Boom Boom Heavy Win the Mirror Mode Shell Cup Rampage Shell
200px-Pom pom Pom Pom Heavy Win the Mirror Mode Mushroom Cup Boomerang Bunch

QR Codes

Image Name Weight Special Item
PaperMarioStand Paper Mario Light Sticker Summon
125px-Captain Toad Captain Toad Light Mine Cart
100px-Babymariositting Baby Mario Light Chain Chomp
Syrup3d Captain Syrup (credit to Nutta for the art) Medium Moneybag Trap
BlackMage3 Black Mage Medium Meteor Shot
MouserByJoeAdok Mouser Medium Bomb Storm
Antasma-M&LDT Antasma Heavy Bat Flock
250px-MP9 Big Bob-Omb King Bob-Omb Heavy Throw Attack
147px-SledgebrosNSMBW Sledge Bro. Heavy Quake Hammer

Alternate Costumes

Image Name Character that it is an alt of
Shadowmarionew Shadow Mario Mario
228px-MrLRender Mr. L Luigi
ShadowQueen Shadow Queen Peach
Yarnyoshiartwork Yarn Yoshi Yoshi
Toadbertmlbis Toadbert Toad
Toadiko3D Toadiko Toadette
87px-KoopsNEW Koops Koopa Troopa
RossKoopaEva Ross Bowser Jr.
Drybowser Dry Bowser Bowser
Super Kong Icon MGGT Super Kong Donkey Kong
Wario Biker Wario Wario
Gentleman Waluigi Icon MGGT Gentleman Waluigi Waluigi
135px Dark Bones Dry Bones
DKJR Donkey Kong Jr. Diddy Kong
Tiny Kong (Donkey Kong 64) Tiny Kong (baby) Dixie Kong
Lakithunder NSMBS Lakithunder Lakitu
SpearGuy YBA Spear Guy Shy Guy
Megamole677 Mega Mole Monty Mole
MK8 ProfessorEGadd Icon Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon E. Gadd Professor E. Gadd
Parabonesers Parabones Paratroopa
RobirdoAdvance Robirdo Birdo
N64 Daisy Vinfreild Classic Daisy Daisy
Mini Pauline Mini-Pauline Pauline
Army Hammer Bro. NSMBVR Army Hammer Bro. Hammer Bro.
Flutter - MP Island Tour Flutter Wiggler
Kammy Koopa Kammy Koopa Kamek
82px-Mona WWM-1- Explorer Mona Mona
SnowSpike Snow Spike Spike
ChunkyKong Chunky Kong Funky Kong
KingBooSML3D-solo Luigi's Mansion King Boo King Boo
Goldmario Gold Mario Mario
Gold Peach Gold Peach Pink Gold Peach
LavaPiranha Lava Piranha Petey Piranha
CosmicRosalina22712 Cosmic Spirit Rosalina
Neweditboom Fusion Boom Boom Boom Boom
CurveBro Curve Bro. Pom Pom
Paperluigi Paper Luigi Paper Mario
Mailtoad by Tom Mailtoad Captain Toad
123px-BabyLuigibeinghimself Baby Luigi Baby Mario
Captain Syrup Classic Captain Syrup Captain Syrup
WhiteMageSSBPI White Mage Black Mage
150px-MouserPMTTD Li'l Mouser Mouser
Antasma Form Bat Antasma Antasma
Chuckya SM3DW Chuckya King Bob-Omb
Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro. Sledge Bro.
Chargin Chuck22 Unmasked Chargin' Chuck Chargin' Chuck
Rex M&L:SS Rex Rex
BlazeBro Blaze Bro. Sumo Bro.
20100909154424!Babydaisysimple Baby Daisy Baby Peach
Babywaluigi Baby Waluigi Baby Wario
Babybowser Yoshi's Island Baby Bowser Baby Bowser

Stat Boosts

Each character can give their karts/bikes different stat boosts, which depend on the character riding them. The stat boosts total are always 5 points, most of which are in various stats, not just one. Even some alternate costumes give different stat boosts than the original character. To see them, go here.


Mario Kart Rush (CtM)/DLC



Image Name Type
N/A Standard Kart Kart
N/A Madpole Kart
N/A Plessimobile Kart
N/A Wigglerider Kart
N/A Standard Bike Bike
N/A Block Bike Bike
N/A Comfy Ride Bike
N/A Boomerang Bike Bike
Mkrbumblev Bumble-V Kart
Mkrpiranhapipes Piranha Pipes Kart
Mkrdragonfly Dragonfly Kart
Mkrtheduke The Duke Bike
Mkrspear Spear Bike
Mkrmagikruiser Magikruiser Bike