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Mario Kart Triple 8 is the newest installment in the Mario Kart series. It will be released bteween 2013 and 2014.
Mario Kart Triple 8
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Release Date(s)
JP 7-12-2013

USA 15-3-2014 EU 30-6-2014 AUS 24-9-2014

Single Player


Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) Racing
Media Included Wii U Game Pad


In this version, there are a total of 3 characters in each kart. The glider and the underwater driving are returned as well.

  • The Driver: This character is the one who drives the kart.
  • The Passenger: This character picks up items and throws them at opponents.
  • The Pilot: This character operates the glider and picks up items to give to the Passenger.

Grand Prix

This is single player only as you win trophies win the 50cc, 100cc, 150cc or Mirror Mode.

VS Race

This mode is available for up to 4 players. Work together or by yourself as you race your way to victory.

Time Trial

In Time Trial, you race around by yourself as you work on how fast you can go.


For up to 4 players, play by yourself or in a team.

  • Balloon Runners: Pop all your opponents' balloons.
  • Coin Battle: Collect as many coins as you can.
  • Shine Runners: Hold onto the Shine as long as you can.
  • Bob-omb blast: Collect Stars by blasting your opponents with Bob-ombs.


There are a total of 36 characters, 12 are unlockable.

Heroic Heroes

  • Mario (Medium)
  • Luigi (Medium)
  • Yoshi (Medium)

Girlie Girls

  • Peach (Medium)
  • Daisy (Medium)
  • Birdo (Medium)

Baby Heroes

  • Baby Mario (Light)
  • Baby Luigi (Light)
  • Baby Yoshi (Light)

Anti Heroes

  • Wario (Heavy)
  • Waluigi (Heavy)
  • Boshi (Medium)

Shroom Dudes

  • Toad (Light)
  • Toadette (Light)
  • Toadsworth (Light)

Koopa Kids

  • Koopa Troopa (Light)
  • Paratroopa (Light)
  • Dry Bones (Light)

Barrell Beaters

  • Donkey Kong (Heavy)
  • Diddy Kong (Light)
  • Dixie Kong (Light)

Koopa Clan

  • Bowser (Heavy)
  • Bowser Jr (Light)
  • Dry Bowser (Heavy)

Nature Freaks (Unlocked by earning all 50cc Cups)

  • Petey Piranha (Heavy)
  • Wiggler (Heavy)
  • Pokey (Heavy)

Galactic Group (Unlocked by earning all 100cc Cups)

  • Rosalina (Heavy)
  • Honey Queen (Heavy)
  • Lubba (Heavy)

Magikoopa Maniacs (Unlocked by earning all 150cc Cups)

  • Kamek (Medium)
  • Kammy Koopa (Medium)
  • Kamella (Heavy)

Bro Bros (Unlocked by earning all Mirror Mode Cups)

  • Hammer Bro (Medium)
  • Fire Bro (Medium)
  • Boomerang Bro (Medium)


Mushroom Cup

  • Toadette Circuit
  • Shy Guy Street
  • Kamek's Lab
  • Good Egg Galaxy

Flower Cup

  • Magma Mine
  • Delfino Plaza
  • Baby Nursery
  • Yoshi's Island

Star Cup

  • Birdo's Beauty Salon
  • Haunted Tree House
  • Paratroopa Airport
  • 8 Bit World

Special Cup

  • Daisy's Garden
  • Diamond City
  • Bowser's Castle
  • Rainbow Road

Shell Cup

  • Mushroom City(GCN)
  • Tick-Tock Clock(DS)
  • Wuhu Loop(3DS)
  • Vanilla Lake 1(SNES)

Banana Cup

  • Daisy Hills(3DS)
  • Toad's Turnpike(N64)
  • Cheese Land (GBA)
  • Wario's Gold Mine(Wii)

Leaf Cup

  • Rosalina's Ice World(3DS)
  • Daisy Circuit(Wii)
  • Dry Dry Desert(GCN)
  • Yoshi Valley(N64)

Lightning Cup

  • Moonview Highway(Wii)
  • Shy Guy Bazaar(3DS)
  • Bowser's Castle 1(SNES)
  • Rainbow Road(SNES)


Returning Items

  • Mushroom
  • Triple Mushroom
  • Star
  • Red Shell
  • Triple Red Shell
  • Green Shell
  • Triple Green Shell
  • Fire Flower
  • Bullet Bill
  • Boo

New Items

  • Ice Flower=Allows you to shoot snowballs that will freeze opponents in ice for ashort period of time.
  • Boomerang=Allows you to throw boomerangs that will fly both forward and backward. 
  • Launch Star=A Launch Star will appear and will give karts a short burst of speed.
  • Cloud Flower=Allows you to drive a few feet from the air on a cloud, avoiding items such as shells and bananas.