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Mario Kart Sprint
Logo MKS
The game's logo.
Developer(s) Shooting Star Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo NX
Genre(s) Racing
Release Date(s)
TBA 2016
Mode(s)
Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
ERating 3RatingA CERO cero
Media Included Optical Disk
Digital Download
Mario Kart Sprint is an upcoming racing game developed by Shooting Star Studios for the Nintendo NX. It is the ninth installment in the mainstream Mario Kart series, and the twelfth if the arcade games are included.

Prominent new additions include the Sprint Dash, which is a move that can be performed once a circular bar is filled while drifting, gifting them a fiery speed boost for a short period of time. If bumping into another racer that is not Sprint Dashing while buffed, they will get burnt and spin uncontrollably, as if they were attacked by an item such as the Fire Flower. Bikes, ATVs, Gliders, anti-gravity, and underwater driving return from past installments. Additionally, the latter one gets a slight twist, Surface Driving.

Gameplay

The gameplay of the game is very similar to past installments in the series, especially the two most recent installments. Keeping the traditional gameplay from all Mario Kart games, players can pick characters that differ in weight classes and drive vehicles that have different stats around courses (some being rather simple courses while others are hazardous) in hopes of making it to the finish line in first place. Like in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, the number of racers in the game is twelve. Players can use Items obtained from Item Boxes. The obtained items depend on their current position, with first places typically receiving weaker items and lower places receiving more powerful items in order to compensate their lower placement.

Gliding and anti-gravity return from the two latest installments in the series, and they remain unchanged. Underwater driving, however, gets an additional twist. The game introduces the Surface Driving, which allows players to drive on the water rather than under it. Some water areas in courses will contain a special boost tile or ramp that will turn their karts' wheels into Jet Motors in order to drive on it. Both ways of water driving are completely up to what the players desire. However, not all water areas support both ways.

As mentioned in the game's title and seemingly being the main addition in the installment, the Sprint Dash is a new special move that can be executed by drivers during drifts. To activate the Sprint Dash, players will have to drift as much as they can by taking advantage of the various courses' curves. By doing so, a circular bar will start to fill, starting the sprint move once it fulfills. During a Sprint Dash, players' eyes turn a shiny yellow and their wheels catch on fire, giving them a temporary speed boost that allows them to counter items and other kinds of attacks. If bumping into other drivers that are not sprint dashing, the victims will get stuck in the player's kart or bike as it twists them around and releases them by pushing them, giving a fiery effect that causes them to spin uncontrollably as if they were hit by a fire-related item or obstacle. If bumping into a driver that is also performing a sprint dash, then both drivers will slightly increase their buff duration and speed for a few more seconds. Most courses feature long or big curves in order for drivers to take advantage and drift long enough to perform a sprint dash. There curves are mostly referred to as Sprint Areas.

Kart customization remains similar to the last two games but mostly to Mario Kart 8's. Karts , ATVs and Bikes return. Coins, Tricks and the ability to look behind also return to the game. 

Like in the last game, Miiverse integration allows the players to share their replay videos and comments on other's in a similar feature named Mario Kart SprinTV. Additionally, players are able to showcase tournaments and other kinds of events in Mario Kart SprinTV. Similarly to Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo will occasionally host tournaments and events themselves for players around the world to participate in and get exclusive prizes (Prize would depend on participants' placements). Prizes can be exclusive or rare gear for Miis, special alternate costumes, special kart bodies, etc.. Events made by Nintendo would be available for play for a limited time biweekly each month after the game's release.

Finally, point management works similar to Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8. Below is the comparison chart of the point spread between all the games:

Point Spread Comparisons (GP)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
9 6 3 10000 - - - -
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
10 8 643210 - - - -
Mario Kart Wii 15 12 10 8 76543210
Mario Kart 7 10 8 654321 - - - -
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart Sprint
15 12 10 9 87654321
Grove-green bg signifies victory results (great clapping, character(s) cheering), best after-race music
Yellow-green bg signifies moderate results (mild clapping, moderate character reaction), same music in Wi-Fi as winner (different in MKDS GP)
Normal bg signifies losing results, losing music; - means not available
In Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart Super Circuit, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race. If the racer fares this badly four times, the Grand Prix must be started over. In Mario Kart 64, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race, but without the restrictions on how many times the player can retry a race. Starting with Mario Kart: Double Dash to recent installments including this one, the Grand Prix normally goes forth.

Modes

Most modes return from past installments, but there are a few additions. All modes are available on single player, and various of them are available on multiplayer and online multiplayer.

Grand Prix

1 to 4 Players

Just like in past installments, this game has the Grand Prix mode, and therefore it works similar. Here players have to race against computer opponents, win the races in each track, and obtain the cup's trophy. The player can choose one of three default engine classes: 50cc100cc and 150cc. The higher the engine class,  the harder and faster the races will be against opponents. This mode also supports multiplayer Grand Prix. After completing 150cc, Mirror Mode is unlocked, which is like 150cc but with all tracks reversed. If all the engine classes including Mirror Mode are completed, 200cc will be unlocked as well.

Story Mode

1 Player

A completely new mode. As the name implies, players will follow a story in the game. They will be able to choose a character (only the ones that have been already unlocked), their customized kart and then embark in an adventure.

The story is about the new Mushroom Kingdom Grand Prix, which is an annual championship in which everyone is invited to compete in fun go-kart races.  However, Bowser gets mad because he was apparently not invited. Because of this, he, his son and other baddies soon sabotage the grand prix, Bowser steals the Champion's Trophy and self-proclaims himself the champion, also taking out the other racers and challenging them to "do the impossible" and beat him. And so the selected character embarks in a racing adventure to beat Bowser and his followers to retrieve the trophy.

In order to accomplish this, the player will drive through the various lands in the Mushroom World, challenging different opponents in the way and encountering Bosses at certain points. The character is able to drive around freely in open maps, as well as get out of the Kart and walk or run around to talk to other characters. Some characters will have sidequests or missions for the player to complete (these being similar to the missions from Mario Kart DS) while others will challenge the player to race in a chosen course. Clearing missions and obtaining money for the rest of the story will allow the player to progress. Maps also have Shops for the player to buy more kart parts using the coins in their inventory. Sometimes, a follower of Bowser will attack the player with a surprise racing challenge, and beating them will reward the player with additional kart parts and coins. Finally, after clearing a certain amount of missions in a world map, a Boss sent by Bowser will attack said map, and the player will have to defeat it in a Boss Battle in order to go to the next map.

World Maps

Maps
Name Available Missions (Number) Available Opponents
Shroom Windmills 5 GoombaIconMKSKoopaIconMK8ToadIconMK8ToadetteIconMK8LuigiIconMK8MarioIconMK8KingBobombIconMKS
Regal Gardens 5 SprixieIconMKSDreambertIconMKSWigglerIconMKSToadsworthIconMKH*DaisyIconMK8PeachIconMK8PeteyIconMKS
Dry Dry Outpost 6 SpikeIconMKSDryBonesIconMKSNabbitIconMKSGoombaIconMKSLakituIconMK8HammerBroIconMKSBoomBoomIconMKS
Yoshi Parkland 8 ShyGuyIconMK8BabyDaisyIconMK8BabyPeachIconMK8BabyLuigiIconMK8BabyMarioIconMK8PlessieIconMKSBirdoIconMKSYoshiIconMK8KamekIconMKS
Gloom Grotto 8 NabbitIconMKSMontyMoleIconMKS**DryBonesIconMKSSpikeIconMKSMetalMarioIconMK8WaluigiIconMK8WarioIconMK8SyrupIconMKSKingBooIconMKS
Sunset Tropics 9 KoopaIconMK8GoombaIconMKSPlessieIconMKSPiantaIconMKSPaulineIconMKSFunkyIconMKSDixieIconMKS**DiddyIconMKSDKIconMK8KingKRoolIconMKS
Starry Snowlands 9 LumaIconMKSSprixieIconMKSShyGuyIconMK8LakituIconMK8MrBlizzardIconMKSDrMarioIconMKSLubbaIconMKSRosalinaIconMK8MK CosmicMario Icon*Cosmic Spirit Icon MGGT*
Bowser's Unfair Championship 10 GoombaIconMKSKoopaIconMK8KoopaParatroopaIconMKF*HammerBroIconMKSDryBonesIconMKSBoomBoomIconMKSPomPomIconMKS**KingBobombIconMKSKingBooIconMKSPeteyIconMKSKamekIconMKSBowserJr.IconMKHBowserIconMK8DryBowserIconMK8
  • * denotes an opponent exclusive to Story Mode that does not appear in other modes as playable.
  • ** denotes an opponent initially exclusive to Story Mode, but becomes playable if buying downloadable content.

Bosses

Bosses
Name Boss in...
Goomboss Shroom Windmills
Major Burrows Regal Gardens
Hisstocrat Dry Dry Outpost
Gooper Blooper Yoshi Parkland
Bouldergeist Gloom Grotto
Tiki Tong Sunset Tropics
Kamella Starry Snowlands

Time Trials

1 Player

Works the same as in past installments. Players are allowed to race in a course of their choice (if it has been unlocked already) and complete all its laps in the fastest time possible. When doing so, the player's records will be saved as Ghost, allowing them to compete against their own Ghosts and see if they can exceed their previous record. Players can also exchange their Ghosts with other players, compare records and also race against them.

VS Race

1 to 4 Players

Vs Race is a multiplayer mode that can be played locally with up to 4 players. Races can be customized in this mode by adjusting different settings, which include choosing which items appear, CPU difficulty, Team or Solo racing, engine class and the requirements to win races. Nothing can be unlocked in this game mode, and only the already unlocked racetracks in Grand Prix will be available here.

Battle Mode

1 to 4 Players

The player can choose one of five types of battles available for play. Unlike in Mario Kart 8 and similarly to the other past games, the game features 8 all-new separate arenas, with 4 of them being completely new and the other 4 being retro Battle Courses.

Balloon Battle

The classic battle style consists on popping opponents' balloons to score, using the items from the Item Boxes. All the racers start with three balloons and must use the items from the Item Boxes to take away a balloon from their opponents. Hitting a rival is worth a score. Balloons can never be regained unless one is stolen from another player using a Mushroom, and if all balloons are lost points can no longer be lost or obtained. However, players are still able to drive and attack other players as a Ghost, so a player with a high score and no balloons is still able to win.

Coin Runners

In Coin Runners, racers collect the Coins spread in the battle course within the time limit. The racer that has the most Coins at the end wins. Racers can use the items to hit the opponents and let drop the Coins they've taken. They're also able to steal Coins by using Mushrooms or other items.

Bob-omb Blast

Racers use Bob-ombs to hit their opponents and score points to win. The bombs can be obtained by running over an Item Box. Every player can hold up to five of these explosives, and throw whether forwards or drop them backwards. Any kart that make contact with the opponent's bomb or get blown by the explosion, will lose points.

Peepa Panic

In Peepa Panic, the time is set and 3 Peepas will appear and possess 3 randomly selected racers. The rest of the racers will then have to avoid the possessed ones or they will pass the Peepa onto them. Every player starts with 100 points, and their points will start decreasing after being tagged by a Peepa. If they manage to pass it onto another driver, their points counter will start to slowly recover. When the timer has 20 seconds left, 3 more Peepas will appear and possess more racers.

Nab Thieves

In this mode all racers are equipped with bags. Players will grab the bag and must try to nab on another racer to take their Items. Some Items are scattered over the course and are not usable, they're just taken and saved in the bag. Also, sometimes a different colored Nabbit will surprisingly appear on the arena and will randomly try to steal various racers' items and after that it will try to avoid any racer. The racer that catches the Nabbit first will be awarded with all the stolen Items by it. The one that has the most Items in the end wins.

Online

1 to 12 Players (Nintendo Network Support)

In Online mode, one or two local players can play over the internet against other players. Online mode contains five options:

  • Worldwide: Players can race with up to eleven other racers around the world. Players are also able to join worldwide rooms with custom rules (like an online VS Mode). Additionally, players can also create their own room with their desired custom rules for other players around the world to join. Alternatively, online Battle Mode is also available, and worldwide rooms for battles can be created as well.
  • Regional: Like in Worldwide, players can race with up to eleven other racers, but only racers in their region. The rest is the same: players can create or join regional rooms for races or for battles.
  • Friends: Choosing Friends will allow players to race against friends from the Friends menu, or join their friends' rooms if there are currently any. Again, like in VS Mode, players and friends can choose custom rules for the races.
  • Tournament: Here, players are allowed to create their own tournaments by choosing an icon, a name, the rules, the times in which the tournaments are available (weekly, daily, etc) and set the tournament's availability for joining (open to anybody, code required, open only in region or open to players of certain ratings only). Players can also join other people's tournaments. If a tournament features DLC tracks for playing, players that haven't purchased the respective packs will not be able to join until they buy them.
  • Special Tournament: Or Competition Mode, consists in online tournaments created by Nintendo for play biweekly after the game's release. These can be 1-player or multiplayer missions, VS races and/or Boss Battles.

When playing worldwide or regional, players once again earn VR points (starting with 1000 by default) based upon their rankings in races and battles.

Special Tournament

1 to 12 Players (Depends on the tournament; Nintendo Network Support)

Also known as Competition, this option is very similar to Mario Kart Wii's Tournament and it is unavailable by default in the Online menu and will become available once Nintendo hosts a tournament, which happens biweekly and notifies the players in their NX Menu messages and the game's Main Menu. After choosing Special Tournament, the player will have to wait for a special tournament room, and choose their respective character and customize their karts after entering one. Participants will then be sent to the special tournament's corresponding course or arena, in which one of several tasks and rules might occur (from regular races with tweaks on the courses to battles, missions or boss battles).

After finishing a special tournament, each participant will receive a special prize depending on their placements (rare or exclusive gear for Miis, special alternate costumes, special kart bodies, etc.). There are some 1-player tournaments that don't require players to wait for a room but instead start immediately after they choose their characters and kart parts. Prizes in 1-player tournaments vary depending on how well the player did. A ranking system can be viewed before choosing to enter the current tournament, to see the rankings from previous ones. Most Special Tournaments are showcased by Nintendo in Mario Kart SprinTV.

Characters

There will be 48 total playable characters, consisting of 15 default characters and 33 unlockable characters. The total amount of characters in this game is the highest in the series. It has been confirmed that downloadable content will be released in the future after the game's release, bringing more characters to the game and slightly increasing the roster.

Starting Drivers

Weight Characters
Feather BabyMarioIconMK8BabyLuigiIconMK8ToadIconMK8KoopaIconMK8LakituIconMK8
Light PeachIconMK8DaisyIconMK8YoshiIconMK8
Medium MarioIconMK8LuigiIconMK8
Cruiser RosalinaIconMK8WaluigiIconMK8DKIconMK8
Heavy WarioIconMK8BowserIconMK8

Unlockable Drivers

Weight Characters
Feather BabyPeachIconMK8BabyDaisyIconMK8ToadetteIconMK8GoombaIconMKSShyGuyIconMK8LumaIconMKSSprixieIconMKSDryBonesIconMKS
Light BowserJr.IconMKHDiddyIconMKSDreambertIconMKSMrBlizzardIconMKS NabbitIconMKS
Medium BirdoIconMKSHammerBroIconMKSKamekIconMKSPaulineIconMKSSpikeIconMKSSyrupIconMKSDrMarioIconMKS
Cruiser WigglerIconMKSKingBooIconMKSLubbaIconMKSFunkyIconMKSPiantaIconMKS
Heavy BoomBoomIconMKSMetalMarioIconMK8PeteyIconMKSKingBobombIconMKSKingKRoolIconMKSDryBowserIconMK8PlessieIconMKS
Varies MiiIconMK8

Downloadable Drivers

The game includes two downloadable content packs, similarly to the previous installment. Both packs contain 4 playable characters, making eight total and increasing the total number of playable characters to 56.

Like in Mario Kart 8, if both packs are purchased, the player will obtain new colors for certain characters.

Additional Characters
Pack Characters
Kirby x Mario Kart Sprint DixieIconMKSCharginChuckIconMKSMeowserIconMKSKirbyIconMKS
Pokémon x Mario Kart Sprint MontyMoleIconMKSEGaddIconMKSPomPomIconMKSPikachuIconMKS

Color Skins

By purchasing the two DLC packs the player immediately obtains new colors for certain characters. There is a total of 32 color skins, which if counted as separate drivers, increase the total number of characters to 88. King Boo's "skin color" is the only skin color that slightly changes the original model. NOTE: CPUs will never drive as different colored characters.

Color Skins
Character Color Skin
MarioIconMK8 FireMarioIconMKSFlyingMarioIconMKS
LuigiIconMK8 IceLuigiIconMKSFlyingLuigiIconMKS
YoshiIconMK8 RedYoshiIconMK8YellowYoshiIconMK8LightBlueYoshiIconMK8BlueYoshiIconMK8PinkYoshiIconMK8BlackYoshiIconMK8WhiteYoshiIconMK8
ToadIconMK8 BlueToadIconMKSYellowToadIconMKSGreenToadIconMKSPurpleToadIconMKS
ShyGuyIconMK8 BlueShyGuyIconMK8YellowShyGuyIconMK8GreenShyGuyIconMK8BlackShyGuyIconMK8
LumaIconMKS ApricotLumaIconMKSGreenLumaIconMKSBlueLumaIconMKSRedLumaIconMKSBlackLumaIconMKS
HammerBroIconMKS BoomerangBroIconMKSFireBroIconMKSIceBroIconMKS
PiantaIconMKS YellowPiantaIconMKSRedPiantaIconMKS
SpikeIconMKS StoneSpikeIconMKS
KingBooIconMKS MansionKingBooIconMKS
MetalMarioIconMK8 GoldMarioIconMKS

Unlocking Criteria

Unlocking Criteria
Character Standard Criteria Racing Criteria Online Criteria
ToadetteIconMK8 Win the 150cc Mushroom Cup. Play 450 races. Win 100 online Ghost races.
BowserJr.IconMKH Play Time Trials on all courses. Play 2000 races. N/A
ShyGuyIconMK8 Win the 100cc Leaf Cup. Play 1300 races. Win 25 online races.
DiddyIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 50cc Nitro Grand Prix Cups. Play 1800 races. Win 700 online races.
BirdoIconMKS Win the 150cc Flower Cup. Play 2750 races. N/A
BabyPeachIconMK8 Win the 150cc Shell Cup. Play 2350 races. N/A
BabyDaisyIconMK8 Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials. Play 3000 races. Win 1150 online races.
HammerBroIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 100cc Nitro Grand Prix Cups. Play 1450 races. Win 300 online Ghost races.
GoombaIconMKS Win the 100cc Bell Cup. Play 2100 races. N/A
KamekIconMKS Win the 100cc Special Cup. Play 4000 races. N/A
WigglerIconMKS Win the 150cc Banana Cup. Play 750 races. Win 500 online races.
DryBonesIconMKS Unlock 10 Expert Staff Ghost Data  records in Time Trials. Play 1250 races. Win 1500 online Ghost races.
KingBooIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 100cc Retro Grand Prix Cups. Play 950 races. Win 2800 online races.
FunkyIconMKS Win the Mirror Banana Cup. Play 3650 races. Win 1400 online Ghost races.
LumaIconMKS Win the 150cc Star Cup. Play 4300 races. N/A
LubbaIconMKS Unlock 15 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials. Play 3350 races. Win 2000 online races.
PiantaIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 50cc Retro Grand Prix Cups. Play 4550 races. Win 600 online Ghost races.
MrBlizzardIconMKS Win the 150cc Bell Cup. Play 1600 races. N/A
NabbitIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all Mirror Nitro Grand Prix Cups. Play 50 races with a transferred New Super Mario Bros. U save data, or play 4900 races. N/A
MetalMarioIconMK8 Win the 150cc Lightning Cup. Play 5000 races. Win 450 online Ghost races.
SprixieIconMKS Win the Mirror Bell Cup. Play 100 races with a transferred Super Mario 3D World save data, or play 3850 races. N/A
DreambertIconMKS Unlock 25 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials. Play 4700 races. Win 3250 online races.
BoomBoomIconMKS Win the 200cc Star Cup. Play 200 races with a transferred Super Mario 3D World save data, or play 3250 races. N/A
SpikeIconMKS Win the Mirror Shell Cup. Play 150 races with a transferred New Super Mario Bros. U save data, or play 4200 races. Win 1850 online Ghost races.
PaulineIconMKS Unlock 30 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials. Play 5000 races. Win 2600 online races.
DrMarioIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all Mirror Retro Grand Prix Cups. Play 5250 races. Win 3600 online Ghost races.
KingBobombIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 150cc Nitro Grand Prix Cups. Play 4150 races. Win 1650 online races.
SyrupIconMKS Win the 200cc Leaf Cup. Play 5500 races. N/A
KingKRoolIconMKS Rank 1 star or higher in all 200cc Nitro Grand Prix Cups. Play 4450 races. N/A
PeteyIconMKS Unlock all 40 Expert Staff Ghost Data records in Time Trials. Play 5650 races. Win 4000 online races.
DryBowserIconMK8 Rank 1 star or higher in all 200cc Retro Grand Prix Cups. Play 6000 races. Win 4350 online races.
PlessieIconMKS Play 50 battles in Plessie Seashore. Play 300 races with a transferred Super Mario 3D World save data, or play 6350 races. Win 3800 online Ghost races.
MiiIconMK8 Win the 150cc Special Cup. Play 1200 combined races and battles. N/A

Character Emblems

Character Emblems
MarioEmblemMK8LuigiEmblemMK8PeachEmblemMK8DaisyEmblemMK8RosalinaEmblemMK8LumaEmblemMKSYoshiEmblemMK8BirdoEmblemMKSToadEmblemMK8ToadetteEmblemMK8KoopaEmblemMK8GoombaEmblemMKSShyGuyEmblemMK8LakituEmblemMK8HammerBroEmblemMKSSpikeEmblemMKSBabyMarioEmblemMK8BabyLuigiEmblemMK8BabyPeachEmblemMK8BabyDaisyEmblemMK8MrBlizzardEmblemMKSLubbaEmblemMKSSprixieEmblemMKSDreambertEmblemMKSNabbitEmblemMKSKamekEmblemMK8DrMarioEmblemMKSMetalMarioEmblemMK8PaulineEmblemMKSSyrupEmblemMKSWarioEmblemMK8WaluigiEmblemMK8DKEmblemMK8DiddyEmblemMKSFunkyEmblemMKSKRoolEmblemMKSBowser Emblem MK8BowserJrEmblemMKSBoomBoomEmblemMKSWigglerEmblemMKSKingBobOmbEmblemMKSPiantaEmblemMKSPlessieEmblemMKSKingBooEmblemMKSPeteyEmblemMKSDryBonesEmblemMKSDryBowserEmblemMK8MiiEmblemMK8DixieEmblemMKSCharginChuckEmblemMKSMeowserEmblemMKSMontyMoleEmblemMKSEGaddEmblemMKSPomPomEmblemMKSKirbyEmblemMKSPikachuEmblemMKS
Color Skin Emblems
FireMarioEmblemMKSFlyingMarioEmblemMKSIceLuigiEmblemMKSFlyingLuigiEmblemMKSRedYoshiEmblemMKSYellowYoshiEmblemMKSLightBlueYoshiEmblemMKSBlueYoshiEmblemMKSPinkYoshiEmblemMKSBlackYoshiEmblemMKSWhiteYoshiEmblemMKSBlueToadEmblemMKSYellowToadEmblemMKSGreenToadEmblemMKSPurpleToadEmblemMKSApricotLumaEmblemMKSGreenLumaEmblemMKSBlueLumaEmblemMKSRedLumaEmblemMKSPolariLumaEmblemMKSBoomerangBroEmblemMKSFireBroEmblemMKSIceBroEmblemMKSYellowPiantaEmblemMKSRedPiantaEmblemMKSStoneSpikeEmblemMKSMansionKingBooEmblemMKSGoldMarioEmblemMKS

Driver Stats

Like in the previous 2 installments, drivers are in a specific group with their own stats.

  • Speed: It is the vehicle's top speed. Doesn't affect off-road level.
    • Ground Speed: Top speed on land with normal gravity.
    • Underwater Speed: Top speed under water.
    • Water Speed: Top speed above water.
    • Air Speed: Top speed while gliding.
    • Anti-Gravity Speed: Top speed on land with anti-gravity.
    • Sprint Speed: Top speed during a Sprint Dash.
  • Acceleration: It is the rate of the vehicle it takes to reach a top speed from a standing position.
  • Handling: It is the vehicle's ability to turn around, and if its stat is high it means it's able to turn sharper.
    • Ground Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle on land with normal gravity.
    • Underwater Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle under water
    • Water Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle above water.
    • Air Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle while gliding.
    • Anti-Gravity Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle on land with anti-gravity.
    • Sprint Handling: Turning ability of the vehicle during a Sprint Dash.
  • Weight: It is the vehicle's weight. Higher weights are able to push lower weights.
  • Traction: The grasp of the vehicle. Drivers with better traction are unlikely to slip on certain terrains and can stay steady on the road better.
  • Mini-Turbo: It is the duration of the vehicles' mini-turbo speed boosts.
Driver Statistics
Weight Class Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
Base

+

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Feather BabyMarioIconMK8BabyLuigiIconMK8BabyPeachIconMK8
BabyDaisyIconMK8GoombaIconMKS
LumaIconMKSSprixieIconMKSDryBonesIconMKSKirbyIconMKS
0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 10 10 10 10 10 10 5 5
ToadIconMK8KoopaIconMK8
LakituIconMK8ToadetteIconMK8
ShyGuyIconMK8MiiIconMK8PikachuIconMKS
0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 10 10 10 10 10 10 4 5
Light BowserJr.IconMKHDiddyIconMKSDreambertIconMKS
MrBlizzardIconMKSNabbitIconMKSDixieIconMKS
2 2 2 2 2 2 5 2 8 8 8 8 8 8 4 4
PeachIconMK8DaisyIconMK8YoshiIconMK8
MiiIconMK8
2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 8 8 8 8 8 8 4 4
Medium HammerBroIconMKSPaulineIconMKSEGaddIconMKS 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 3
SpikeIconMKSKamekIconMKSMontyMoleIconMKS 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 3
BirdoIconMKSSyrupIconMKSDrMarioIconMKS 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 2
MarioIconMK8LuigiIconMK8MiiIconMK8 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 2
Cruiser RosalinaIconMK8WaluigiIconMK8
DKIconMK8
KingBooIconMKSFunkyIconMKS
6 6 6 6 6 6 3 7 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 1
WigglerIconMKSLubbaIconMKSPiantaIconMKS
MiiIconMK8CharginChuckIconMKS
8 8 8 8 8 8 2 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Heavy WarioIconMK8BoomBoomIconMKSMetalMarioIconMK8PomPomIconMKS 8 8 8 8 8 8 1 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
KingBobombIconMKSKingKRoolIconMKS 8 8 8 8 8 8 0 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0
BowserIconMK8PeteyIconMKSDryBowserIconMK8
PlessieIconMKSMiiIconMK8MeowserIconMKS
10 10 10 10 10 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Body frame sizes

The size of the vehicle will change to Small, Medium or Large, depending on the character. The size change can influence the vehicle's hitbox. Mii's body frame size depends on how tall  or heavy it is.

Size Characters
Small ToadIconMK8KoopaIconMK8LakituIconMK8ShyGuyIconMK8GoombaIconMKSToadetteIconMK8BabyMarioIconMK8BabyLuigiIconMK8BabyPeachIconMK8BabyDaisyIconMK8BowserJr.IconMKHLumaIconMKSDryBonesIconMKSSprixieIconMKSDreambertIconMKSMontyMoleIconMKSKirbyIconMKSPikachuIconMKS
Medium MarioIconMK8LuigiIconMK8PeachIconMK8DaisyIconMK8MetalMarioIconMK8YoshiIconMK8BirdoIconMKSDrMarioIconMKSKamekIconMKSHammerBroIconMKSPaulineIconMKSDiddyIconMKSMrBlizzardIconMKSSpikeIconMKSNabbitIconMKSSyrupIconMKSDixieIconMKSEGaddIconMKS
Large RosalinaIconMK8BowserIconMK8DKIconMK8FunkyIconMKSWarioIconMK8WaluigiIconMK8WigglerIconMKSKingBooIconMKSLubbaIconMKSDryBowserIconMK8BoomBoomIconMKSPiantaIconMKSPlessieIconMKSKingKRoolIconMKSKingBobombIconMKSPeteyIconMKSCharginChuckIconMKSMeowserIconMKSPomPomIconMKS

Courses

Nitro Courses

There are currently 40 tracks in the main game, consisting of 20 new tracks and 20 retro tracks. Like in the retro tracks from the 3DS and Wii U installments, the retro tracks feature altered sections in order to incorporate gliding, underwater and surface driving, anti-gravity and sprint dash features. Names in italic are names used in the PAL version.

MushroomCupIconMKS
Mushroom Cup
FlowerCupIconMKS
Flower Cup
EggCupIconMKS
Egg Cup
StarCupIconMKS
Star Cup
SpecialCupIconMKS
Special Cup
BeanstalkBeanpathLogoMKS AcornForestLogoMKS YoshisIslandLogoMKS WarioBoulevardLogoMKS MiniMarioParkLogoMKS
ToadFestivalLogoMKS MarioCircuitLogoMKS CandyClutterLogoMKS ToadetteCaféLogoMKS DreamWorldLogoMKS
SodaSubwayLogoMKS
Soda Express
TikiTakDebrisLogoMKS
Tiki Tak Temple
BlooperBillabongLogoMKS MtSorbetLogoMKS BowserCastleLogoMKS
TutankoopaGritlandsLogoMKS PeepaPeaksLogoMKS ShyGuyPagodaLogoMKS StormcasterWatersLogoMKS
Wild Waters
RainbowRoadLogoMKS

Retro Courses

ShellCupIconMKS
Shell Cup
BananaCupIconMKS
Banana Cup
LeafCupIconMKS
Leaf Cup
BellCupIconMKS
Bell Cup
LightningCupIconMKS
Lightning Cup
SNESChocoIsland1LogoMKS DSShroomRidgeLogoMKS DSMarioCircuitLogoMKS Wii Moonview Highway N64 Wario Stadium
3DSDaisyHillsLogoMKS SNES Vanilla Lake 2 GCNMushroomCityLogoMKS GBA Lakeside Park Wii U Cloudtop Cruise
WiiToadFactoryLogoMKS WiiUTwistedMansionLogoMKS 3DS Rosalina's Ice World GCN Wario Colosseum GCN Bowser's Castle
GBABooLakeLogoMKS 3DS Rock Rock Mountain
3DS Alpine Pass
Wii U Electrodrome Wii U Wild Woods GBA Rainbow Road

Downloadable Courses

The game's two downloadable content packs are revealed to include 2 cups for a total of 4 additional cups, adding 16 more courses to the game that increase the number of courses to 56 total. This makes Mario Kart Sprint the most extensive game in the series, beating Mario Kart 8 which had 48.

Kirby x Mario Kart Sprint Pokémon x Mario Kart Sprint
DreamCupIconMKS
Dream Cup
AcornCupIconMKS
Acorn Cup
CloudCupIconMKS
Cloud Cup
PokeballCupIconMKS
Pokéball Cup
GBA Sunset Wilds DS Waluigi Pinball Wii Daisy Circuit N64 Banshee Boardwalk
Wii U Shy Guy Falls GBA Sky Garden GCN Dino Dino Jungle GCN Rainbow Road
Subcon Hills Peach's Delfino Tour Luigi's Casino Airship Armada
Dream Land Circuit Cosmic Road Forest of Illusion Pokémon Stadium

Battle Courses

New Courses Retro Courses

Nabbit's Hideout

GBA Battle Course 4
Arcade Playgrounds N64 Skyscraper
Plessie Seashore GCN Tilt-a-Kart
Megavitamin Stadium Wii Chain Chomp Wheel
Galaxy Dome 3DS Sherbet Rink

Staff Ghosts

Like in Mario Kart WiiMario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, there are Normal Staff Ghosts the player can race against in Time Trial. However, this time the rewards for beating a Normal Staff Ghost are both Expert Staff Ghosts from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7, and Stamps from Mario Kart 8. Additionally, unlocking Expert Staff Ghosts can help unlock certain characters and kart body parts in the game.

Normal Staff Ghosts
Course Staff Name Country Time Character Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
Beanstalk Beanpath Nin★Paula United Kingdom 1:38.463 Lakitu Blaster Shell Flower Glider
Toad Festival Nin★Ethan United States 1:45.187 Toad Stingbuggy Cyber Parafoil
Soda Subway Nin★Adrien France 2:01.365 Waluigi Savage Slick Scuttlebug
Tutankoopa Gritlands Nin★Liam United Kingdom 2:05.511 Koopa Troopa Wave 05 Roller Waddle Wing
Acorn Forest Nin★Valeria Portugal 2:02.032 Wiggler Phantom Steed Slick Mario Kite
Mario Circuit Nin★Jasper Canada 2:08.183 Mario Radiant Star Standard Parachute
Tiki Tak Debris Nin★Karma Australia 2:11.088 Donkey Kong Koopa Charger Off-Road Standard Glider
Peepa Peaks Nin★Rick Netherlands 2:12.942 Dry Bones Standard Bike Slim Balloon Bunch
Yoshi's Island Nin★Plazzap United States 2:18.104 Yoshi Pyro Dasher Roller Winged Shell
Candy Clutter Nin★Roger Sweden 2:21.063 Baby Luigi Volt Scoot Cookie Cosmic Glider
Blooper Billabong Nin★Halsey United States 2:25.309 Pianta Blue Phoenix Monster Parafoil
Shy Guy Pagoda Nin★Megumi Japan 2:24.759 Shy Guy Stingbuggy Minty Candy Bubble Glider
Wario Boulevard Nin★Ángel Spain 2:28.036 Wario Piranha Titan Wood Standard Glider
Toadette's Café Nin★Ochi Australia 2:32.114 Toadette Frostcycle Cookie Peach Parasol
Mt. Sorbet Nin★Javier Mexico 2:34.012 Mr. Blizzard MeteoRocket Slick Bubble Glider
Stormcaster Waters Nin★Bean United States 2:40.024 Captain Syrup Wreckship Wood Scuttlebug
Mini Mario Park Nin★Lorenzo United Kingdom 2:32.450 Baby Mario Standard Kart Mushroom Parachute
Dream World Nin★Aurora Russia 2:29.019 Dreambert Frostcycle Cyber Balloon Bunch
Bowser's Castle Nin★Reimu Japan 2:27.003 Bowser Shadow Grasp Flame Slim Standard Glider
Rainbow Road Nin★Ziegs Spain 2:41.205 Luma Radiant Star Lime Roller Cosmic Glider
SNES Choco Island 1 Nin★Roger Sweden 1:06.843 Goomba Funky Tripper Egg Mushroom Kite
3DS Daisy Hills Nin★Kevin United States 2:01.106 Daisy Standard Bike Cushion Flower Glider
Wii Toad's Factory Nin★Albert Germany 2:22.053 Toad Stingbuggy Cookie Parafoil
GBA Boo Lake Nin★Alonzo Italy 2:13.612 King Boo Phantom Steed Dirty Monster Scuttlebug
DS Shroom Ridge Nin★Eve United States 2:18.034 Pauline Royal Roller Retro Standard Peach Parasol
SNES Vanilla Lake 2 Nin★Valeria Portugal 1:28.056 Baby Peach Volt Scoot Minty Candy Waddle Wing
Wii U Twisted Mansion Nin★Halfie Spain 2:14.742 Luigi Standard Kart Cyber Winged Shell
3DS Rock Rock Mountain Nin★Santiago Brazil 2:32.034 Funky Kong Cookie Explorer Wood Parachute
DS Mario Circuit Nin★Neon Poland 2:10.319 Metal Mario Blaster Standard Tires Mario Kite
GCN Mushroom City Nin★Riku Japan 2:23.608 Kamek Lunar Jet Retro Standard Mario Kite
3DS Rosalina's Ice World Nin★Lumo United States 2:27.077 Rosalina Radiant Star Cyber Parafoil
Wii U Electrodrome Nin★Dylan Sweden 2:24.043 King Bob-omb Thunder Wisp Flame Slim Cosmic Glider
Wii Moonview Highway Nin★Lorenzo United Kingdom 2:19.440 Peach Antique Coupe Minty Candy Balloon Bunch
GBA Lakeside Park Nin★Carlos Canada 2:24.017 Diddy Kong Standard Bike Egg Parachute
GCN Wario Colosseum Nin★Luke New Zealand 2:39.401 Boom Boom Cyber Cruiser Retro Standard Waddle Wing
Wii U Wild Woods Nin★Arend Netherlands 2:15.133 Spike Waddlewagon Slick Winged Shell
N64 Wario Stadium Nin★Ryu Japan 2:42.021 Wario The Eagle Cyber Scuttlebug
Wii U Cloudtop Cruise Nin★Marina United States 2:27.863 Sprixie Princess Frostcycle Minty Candy Cosmic Glider
GCN Bowser's Castle Nin★Ziegs Spain 2:37.300 Dry Bowser Dark King Monster Parafoil
GBA Rainbow Road Nin★Fuzzy United States 2:39.002 Lubba Little Missile Lime Roller Balloon Bunch
GBA Sunset Wilds Nin★Daniel Mexico 2:18.604 Petey Piranha Wreckship Flame Slim Mushroom Kite
Wii U Shy Guy Falls Nin★Alonzo Italy 2:21.018 Chargin' Chuck Chargin' Racer Cookie Standard Glider
Subcon Hills Nin★Annie Poland 2:08.716 Birdo Egg 1 Minty Candy Flower Glider
Dream Land Circuit Nin★Bean United States 2:17.043 Kirby Warp Star Star Tires Kirby Glider
DS Waluigi Pinball Nin★Louis Portugal 2:32.211 Waluigi Sport Bike Slim Standard Glider
GBA Sky Garden Nin★Paula United Kingdom 2:28.849 Monty Mole Bruiser Cyber Parachute
Peach's Delfino Tour Nin★Santi Spain 2:24.056 Peach Frostcycle Standard Tires Peach Parasol
Cosmic Road Nin★Lumo United States 2:35.029 Polari (Luma) Cyber Cruiser Cyber Parafoil
Wii Daisy Circuit Nin★Smack New Zealand 2:03.251 Baby Daisy Volt Scoot Cookie Flower Glider
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Nin★Mike Germany 2:28.500 Plessie Wave 05 Off-Road Bubble Glider
Luigi's Casino Nin★Nicky Russia 2:29.422 Nabbit Fire Red Fire Red Tires Waddle Wing
N64 Banshee Boardwalk Nin★Sammy United Kingdom 2:28.793 Professor E. Gadd Standard Kart Cushion Scuttlebug
GCN Rainbow Road Nin★Adrien France 2:39.013 Meowser Dark King Lime Roller Balloon Bunch
Airship Armada Nin★Dana Australia 2:40.044 Bowser Jr. Wreckship Roller Scuttlebug
Pokémon Stadium Nin★Bean United States 2:43.207 Pikachu Yellow Magnet PokéTires Meowth Balloon
Expert Staff Ghosts
Course Staff Name Country Time Character Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
Beanstalk Beanpath Nin★Paula United Kingdom 1:33.237 Lakitu Blaster Shell Flower Glider
Toad Festival Nin★Ethan United States 1:39.102 Toad Stingbuggy Cyber Parafoil
Soda Subway Nin★Adrien France 1:49.813 Waluigi Savage Slick Scuttlebug
Tutankoopa Gritlands Nin★Liam United Kingdom 1:55.291 Koopa Troopa Wave 05 Roller Waddle Wing
Acorn Forest Nin★Valeria Portugal 1:53.701 Wiggler Phantom Steed Slick Mario Kite
Mario Circuit Nin★Jasper Canada 1:58.347 Mario Radiant Star Standard Parachute
Tiki Tak Debris Nin★Karma Australia 2:05.512 Donkey Kong Koopa Charger Off-Road Standard Glider
Peepa Peaks Nin★Rick Netherlands 2:04.662 Dry Bones Standard Bike Slim Balloon Bunch
Yoshi's Island Nin★Plazzap United States 2:10.016 Yoshi Pyro Dasher Roller Winged Shell
Candy Clutter Nin★Roger Sweden 2:14.993 Baby Luigi Volt Scoot Cookie Cosmic Glider
Blooper Billabong Nin★Halsey United States 2:17.079 Pianta Blue Phoenix Monster Parafoil
Shy Guy Pagoda Nin★Megumi Japan 2:15.420 Shy Guy Stingbuggy Minty Candy Bubble Glider
Wario Boulevard Nin★Ángel Spain 2:20.040 Wario Piranha Titan Wood Standard Glider
Toadette's Café Nin★Ochi Australia 2:23.218 Toadette Frostcycle Cookie Peach Parasol
Mt. Sorbet Nin★Javier Mexico 2:27.081 Mr. Blizzard MeteoRocket Slick Bubble Glider
Stormcaster Waters Nin★Bean United States 2:34.011 Captain Syrup Wreckship Wood Scuttlebug
Mini Mario Park Nin★Lorenzo United Kingdom 2:28.110 Baby Mario Standard Kart Mushroom Parachute
Dream World Nin★Aurora Russia 2:22.777 Dreambert Frostcycle Cyber Balloon Bunch
Bowser's Castle Nin★Reimu Japan 2:23.139 Bowser Shadow Grasp Flame Slim Standard Glider
Rainbow Road Nin★Ziegs Spain 2:36.023 Luma Radiant Star Lime Roller Cosmic Glider
SNES Choco Island 1 Nin★Roger Sweden 0:59.743 Goomba Funky Tripper Egg Mushroom Kite
3DS Daisy Hills Nin★Kevin United States 1:55.563 Daisy Standard Bike Cushion Flower Glider
Wii Toad's Factory Nin★Albert Germany 2:17.946 Toad Stingbuggy Cookie Parafoil
GBA Boo Lake Nin★Alonzo Italy 2:06.826 King Boo Phantom Steed Dirty Monster Scuttlebug
DS Shroom Ridge Nin★Eve United States 2:10.843 Pauline Royal Roller Retro Standard Peach Parasol
SNES Vanilla Lake 2 Nin★Valeria Portugal 1:20.468 Baby Peach Volt Scoot Minty Candy Waddle Wing
Wii U Twisted Mansion Nin★Halfie Spain 2:08.646 Luigi Standard Kart Cyber Winged Shell
3DS Rock Rock Mountain Nin★Santiago Brazil 2:26.541 Funky Kong Cookie Explorer Wood Parachute
DS Mario Circuit Nin★Neon Poland 2:02.087 Metal Mario Blaster Standard Tires Mario Kite
GCN Mushroom City Nin★Riku Japan 2:15.099 Kamek Lunar Jet Retro Standard Mario Kite
3DS Rosalina's Ice World Nin★Lumo United States 2:21.108 Rosalina Radiant Star Cyber Parafoil
Wii U Electrodrome Nin★Dylan Sweden 2:16.306 King Bob-omb Thunder Wisp Flame Slim Cosmic Glider
Wii Moonview Highway Nin★Lorenzo United Kingdom 2:16.983 Peach Antique Coupe Minty Candy Balloon Bunch
GBA Lakeside Park Nin★Carlos Canada 2:19.662 Diddy Kong Standard Bike Egg Parachute
GCN Wario Colosseum Nin★Luke New Zealand 2:34.899 Boom Boom Cyber Cruiser Retro Standard Waddle Wing
Wii U Wild Woods Nin★Arend Netherlands 2:09.330 Spike Waddlewagon Slick Winged Shell
N64 Wario Stadium Nin★Ryu Japan 2:38.015 Wario The Eagle Cyber Scuttlebug
Wii U Cloudtop Cruise Nin★Marina United States 2:22.008 Sprixie Princess Frostcycle Minty Candy Cosmic Glider
GCN Bowser's Castle Nin★Ziegs Spain 2:34.637 Dry Bowser Dark King Monster Parafoil
GBA Rainbow Road Nin★Fuzzy United States 2:32.020 Lubba Little Missile Lime Roller Balloon Bunch
GBA Sunset Wilds Nin★Daniel Mexico 2:11.400 Petey Piranha Wreckship Flame Slim Mushroom Kite
Wii U Shy Guy Falls Nin★Alonzo Italy 2:16.083 Chargin' Chuck Chargin' Racer Cookie Standard Glider
Subcon Hills Nin★Annie Poland 2:02.017 Birdo Egg 1 Minty Candy Flower Glider
Dream Land Circuit Nin★Bean United States 2:09.336 Kirby Warp Star Star Tires Kirby Glider
DS Waluigi Pinball Nin★Louis Portugal 2:28.083 Waluigi Sport Bike Slim Standard Glider
GBA Sky Garden Nin★Paula United Kingdom 2:20.995 Monty Mole Bruiser Cyber Parachute
Peach's Delfino Tour Nin★Santi Spain 2:18.072 Peach Frostcycle Standard Tires Peach Parasol
Cosmic Road Nin★Lumo United States 2:27.794 Polari (Luma) Cyber Cruiser Cyber Parafoil
Wii Daisy Circuit Nin★Smack New Zealand 1:57.302 Baby Daisy Volt Scoot Cookie Flower Glider
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Nin★Mike Germany 2:23.019 Plessie Wave 05 Off-Road Bubble Glider
Luigi's Casino Nin★Nicky Russia 2:25.116 Nabbit Fire Red Fire Red Tires Waddle Wing
N64 Banshee Boardwalk Nin★Sammy United Kingdom 2:19.904 Professor E. Gadd Standard Kart Cushion Scuttlebug
GCN Rainbow Road Nin★Adrien France 2:36.457 Meowser Dark King Lime Roller Balloon Bunch
Airship Armada Nin★Dana Australia 2:37.052 Bowser Jr. Wreckship Roller Scuttlebug
Pokémon Stadium Nin★Bean United States 2:40.604 Pikachu Yellow Magnet PokéTires Meowth Balloon

Items

Items found on the track

Item Description
ItemBoxMK8
Item Box
Gives the player a random item. The items given depend on the driver's position.
Coin Artwork - Super Mario 3D World
Coin
Players receive a small boost and an increase to their top speed. Can be collected up to a maximum of 10.

New Items

Item Description
Poison Mushroom SMW3D
Poison Mushroom
Can be thrown or dropped on the track. It will start moving around very slowly, looking like a regular Mushroom at first in order to trick racers, and then showing its true form when approached. Shrinks the racer that touches it.
Propellermushroom
Propeller Mushroom
Propels the user upwards, allowing them to avoid most attacking items or obstacles. It also works as a means to shortcuts.
Freezie SSB4
Freezie
Can be thrown forwards or backwards. It will slide across the track, freezing any racer that touches it for a few seconds.
CoinCofferSM3DL
Coin Coffer
Hops around the racetrack after being released. It will steal racers' Coins when touching it. After several seconds, it will disappear and then reappear in front of the user, giving them all the stolen Coins. This item mostly appears for racers with a low amount of Coins, or no Coins at all.
DoubleCherry
Double Cherry
Creates a clone of the user, which will mimick the player's moves. If the clone is hit by an item, it will disappear.
RockMushroomSME
Rock Mushroom
Encases the user in a big boulder, allowing them to roll at high speed and crushing opponents. It is slightly difficult to control.
FireShieldMKS
Fire Shield
Encases the user in a fiery field for a few seconds and gives a speed boost. While using it, the user leaves a trail of fire behind them that lasts as long as the item itself. However, if bumping into an opposing racer, the shield will be passed onto them instead.

Returning Items

Item Description
GreenShellMK8
Green Shell
Can be thrown forwards or backwards. It travels in a straight line and knocks over a kart it hits.
TripleGreenShellsMK8
Triple Green Shell
Three green shells orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.
RedShellMK8
Red Shell
If thrown forwards, it homes in on the closest kart in front of the player and knocks it over.
TripleRedShellsMK8
Triple Red Shell
Three red shells orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.
BananaMK8
Banana
Protects the player from incoming items, and when thrown or dropped, it causes drivers that run into them to slip and slow down.
TripleBananasMK8
Triple Bananas
Three bananas orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.
MushroomMK9
Mushroom
Provides the player's kart with a small speed boost.
TripleMushroomMK8
Triple Mushrooms
Orbits the player's kart, providing them with three separate speed boosts.
GoldenMushroomMK8
Golden Mushroom
The driver gets an infinite amount of mushroom boosts for a short time.
200px-FireFlowerMK8
Fire Flower
Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time that cause other karts to spin out on impact.
BoomerangFlowerMK8
Boomerang Flower
Can be thrown up to three times, hitting racers forward and when it returns.
SuperleafNSMB2
Super Leaf
Gives the player's kart a tail that can be used to deflect items and knock over nearby opponents.
StarMK8
Star
Provides the player invincibility from all terrain and items, and also giving a speed boost.
BlooperMK8
Blooper
Squirts ink on any racer ahead of the user, partially obscuring vision. It eventually wears off, but can be immediately removed by a speed boost from a mushroom, boost tile, etc.
496px-Bob-ombMK8
Bob-omb
Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius.
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Boo
Turns the player invisible for a brief time, making them impervious to enemy attacks, and steals an opponent's item.
PottedPiranhaPlantMK8
Piranha Plant
Automatically chomps on obstacles and other racers, giving a short speed boost for each bite.
BlueShellMK8(flying)
Spiny Shell
Returning to its winged variant, the blue shell flies directly to the first place racer and explodes.
MTUS Mega Mushroom
Mega Mushroom
The driver grows bigger, which allows them to squash other racers by running over them. If touching a Poison Mushroom or getting hit by a Lightning, the drivers will return to their regular size rather than becoming tiny.
Fake Item Box MKDB
Fake Item Box
This item imitates an Item Box, in which it is colored red and the ? mark is flipped upside down. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. It cannot block item attacks.
POW Block Artwork - Super Mario 3D World
POW Block
Causes any racer on the ground to spin out and drop their items. Can be avoided if in the air.
LightningCupMKNW
Lightning
Causes all opponents to drop their items, shrink, and drive slowly for a short time.
BulletBillMK8
Bullet Bill
Transforms the user into a Bullet Bill, rocketing through the track automatically, and providing invincibility from all terrain and items.
SuperHornMK8
Super Horn
Emits a radial shockwave hitting racers, as well as destroying all obstacles, including the Spiny Shell.

Vehicle Parts

Bodies

Driver Statistics
Kart Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
Standard Kart* 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 2 5 3
Gold Standard 5 4 3 4 5 5 1 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1
PipeFrameBodyMK8Pipe Frame* 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 1 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4
Pyro Dasher 5 4 5 3 1 3 3 1 5 3 4 3 5 3 4 3
Royal Roller** 3 2 3 2 4 4 2 2 3 2 2 1 2 3 5 3
Antique Coupe 3 3 2 3 4 5 3 2 3 3 2 3 4 2 4 2
Thunder Wisp 5 3 4 4 5 5 1 3 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 1
Stingbuggy* 0 5 3 4 0 2 6 0 5 4 5 4 4 5 5 7
Wave 05* 4 3 2 3 5 3 4 1 2 2 3 1 3 2 3 5
Phantom Steed 5 3 5 4 5 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 2 1 1
Waddlewagon 2 3 4 4 1 3 7 1 4 3 5 3 4 4 6 4
Blue Phoenix 3 4 3 2 4 3 4 1 3 4 4 5 2 3 3 4
MeteoRocket 5 3 4 3 4 5 2 4 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 2
The Eagle 4 1 2 5 3 4 3 2 3 2 2 1 4 3 4 7
Little Missile 1 3 2 4 2 3 7 0 4 5 2 2 3 4 3 6
Piranha Titan* 4 5 4 3 2 4 1 3 1 2 2 1 3 3 2 5
Egg1MKS
Egg 1 (DLC)
3 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 4 2 2 2 6 1
WarpStarMKS
Warp Star (DLC)
4 3 3 3 5 4 3 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 3 5
BruiserMKS
Bruiser (DLC)
5 3 3 4 3 5 1 3 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 1
YellowMagnetMKS
Yellow Magnet (DLC)
3 3 3 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 5 2
ArwingMKS
Arwing (DLC)
4 2 2 4 2 4 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 5
Bike Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
Standard Bike* 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 1 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4
Blaster 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 2 5 3
Lunar Jet 3 2 2 4 3 3 5 1 5 5 5 4 5 5 0 4
Radiant Star 3 2 3 2 3 3 4 1 5 3 3 4 5 5 0 5
Savage* 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 1 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 4
Koopa Charger 3 3 3 2 3 3 5 1 5 5 5 4 5 5 0 5
Volt Scoot 0 5 4 4 0 0 7 0 4 5 5 4 4 5 0 5
Frostcycle** 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 2 2 2 3 1 3 2 5 3
Shadow Grasp 4 4 4 5 3 4 2 2 4 4 3 3 4 4 2 3
SportBikeBodyMK8Sport Bike (DLC) 3 3 2 2 3 3 5 1 5 5 5 4 5 5 0 5
ATV Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
Standard ATV* 3 5 3 2 3 3 0 4 0 5 4 0 0 0 7 0
Funky Tripper 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 1 4 4 4 3 4 4 2 4
Wreckship 3 5 4 3 3 3 1 3 1 4 2 2 0 1 6 1
Cookie Explorer 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 5 3

Cyber Cruiser

2 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 1 5
REX 8 3 2 4 3 3 3 2 4 1 2 3 1 1 1 6 2
Dark King 3 5 5 3 4 4 1 4 1 4 4 2 1 2 5 0
CharginRacerMKS
Chargin' Racer (DLC)
3 4 3 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 2 2 0 1 6 1
FireRedMKS
Fire Red (DLC)
3 4 3 2 3 3 0 4 0 5 5 1 0 0 6 1

Tires

Driver Statistics
Tires Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
StandardTiresMK8Standard  2 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 0
RollerTiresMK8
Roller
0 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 6
MonsterTiresMK8
Monster
2 2 1 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
SlimTiresMK8
Slim
3 3 3 3 3 3 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 1
SlickTiresMK8
Slick
4 0 2 4 4 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 1
Shell 4 2 0 4 4 4 5 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5
WoodTiresMK8
Wood
1 0 1 3 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 6 3
Cookie 3 0 2 4 3 3 4 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 7 2
CushionTiresMK8
Cushion
1 0 1 3 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 3 6 3
Egg 2 4 4 2 2 2 5 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 3 5
Minty Candy 0 3 3 4 0 1 6 0 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 5
SpongeTiresMK8
Sponge
1 0 1 3 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 6 2
Off-Road
Off-Road
2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 0
Cyber 4 0 1 4 4 4 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 1
MK7 Mushroom Wheels
Mushroom
1 3 3 1 1 1 6 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
RetroStandardTiresMKS
Retro Standard
2 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 0
Lime Roller 0 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 6
Dirty Monster 3 3 2 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Flame Slim 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 1
Gold Tires MK8
Gold Tires
3 3 3 3 3 3 0 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 0
Fire Red Tires (DLC) 3 3 3 0 2 3 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 1
Star Tires (DLC) 0 4 4 4 1 1 6 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 6
PokéTires (DLC) 2 3 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 2

Gliders

Driver Statistics
Gliders Speed Accel. Weight Handling Traction Mini- Turbo
Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint Ground Under- water Water Air Anti- Gravity Sprint
SuperGliderMKSStandard* 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Winged Shell 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Cosmic Glider 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
ParachuteGliderMK8Parachute 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
PeachParasolGliderMK8Peach Parasol** 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Balloon Bunch 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
WaddleWingMK8Waddle Wing 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
ParafoilGliderMK8Parafoil 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Mario Kite 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Scuttlebug 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
FlowerGliderMKSFlower Glider 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Mushroom Kite* 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Bubble Glider 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
GoldGliderMKSGold Glider 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kirby Glider (DLC) 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
Meowth Balloon (DLC) 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
  • Italic = Part is unlockable.
  • * = Changes color, depending on the character.
  • ** = Changes color for female characters.

Downloadable Content

Like Mario Kart 8, this game received an update to include an in-game shop feature through which players can purchase and / or pre-order downloadable content packs. It is also possible to buy them in the Nintendo eShop like normal. So far, Nintendo has released one add-on pack and another one will be available soon. Both packs include four additional characters, four vehicles and eight courses in two cups.

Kirby x Mario Kart Sprint

MKS DLC Pack1

An overview of the contents of the pack.

The first pack is titled "Kirby x Mario Kart Sprint" and it was revealed during december 2015 and released during december 2016 after the game's release. It includes Dixie KongChargin' ChuckMeowser and Kirby from the Kirby franchise. Vehicles included are the returning Egg 1 and Sport Bike and the new Warp Star and Chargin' Racer. The cups included are the Dream Cup and the Acorn Cup. These cups combine retro courses with new courses, with the first two courses in each being retro and the last two courses being nitro. 

Purchasing both this and the Pokémon x Mario Kart Sprint pack automatically gives the player alternate color skins for characters: MarioLuigiYoshiToadShy GuyLumaHammer Bro.King BooPiantaSpike and Metal Mario.

Pokémon x Mario Kart Sprint

MKS DLC Pack2

An overview of the contents of the pack.

The second pack, titled "Pokémon x Mario Kart Sprint" was revealed during december 2015 two days after the first pack's reveal, and released during january 2017 after the game's and the first pack's release. It includes Monty MoleProfessor E. GaddPom Pom and Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise as playable characters. Vehicles included are the returning Fire Red  and Bruiser, and the new Yellow Magnet and the Arwing (the latter one being from the Star Fox series). The Fire Red, however, is slightly modified to be an ATV rather than a regular kart. Cups included are the Cloud Cup and the Pokéball Cup. Both cups also combine retro courses with new courses.

Purchasing both this and the Kirby x Mario Kart Sprint pack automatically gives the player alternate color skins for characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Shy Guy, Luma, Hammer Bro.. King Boo, Pianta, Spike and Metal Mario.

Soundtrack

Gallery

Logos and Boxarts

Miscellaneous​

Trivia

  • This is the first game in the Mario Kart series and in Mario spin-offs in general to feature a character from the Wario games, that character being Captain Syrup from the Wario Land series.
    • It is also the second game in the Mario Kart series and Mario spin-offs in general to feature characters from the Mario RPG games, with Dreambert making an appearance from the Mario & Luigi series. The first games to do this are Mario Party 5 and Mario Kart DS, with the appearances of the Star Spirits and Goomboss, respectively.
    • This is also Pauline's and Captain Syrup's first playable appearance in any game as well as Captain Syrup's first 3D appearance.
  • The Battle Mode Peepa Panic shares its name with a minigame from Mario Party 10.
  • During a Sprint Dash, characters' eyes become a shiny yellow, with most of them showing an angry stare.
    • This is very similar to when characters obtain a Smash Ball and are ready to perform a Final Smash in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • The Egg Cup and the Bell Cup were both downloadable cups in Mario Kart 8, but they return in this game as part of the already available cups, increasing the number of cups to 10 instead of 8 and the number of courses to 40.
    • This makes Mario Kart Sprint the second most extensive game in the series without the need of DLC, Mario Kart: Super Circuit being the first.
  • After 14 years of absence, Tutankoopa makes a surprise cameo appearance in Tutankoopa Gritlands' course logo, which is also under his name.
    • In said course, a big Tutankoopa-like statue appears and comes to life in order to attack passing drivers in the last 2 laps. However, it is unknown if it is Tutankoopa himself.
  • Wiggler becomes a Flutter while driving a bike.
  • Despite his gigantic size in Super Mario 3D World, Plessie is resized significantly in order to fit in the karts and bikes, similarly to how Honey Queen was resized in Mario Kart 7.r fixes

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