Mario Kart U
Amercian Boxart
Developer(s) ALG Inc.
Publisher(s) None yet
Platform(s) Wii U
Release Date(s)
December 20, 2013
Sinple Player, Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
Everyone Wordmark A Wordmark
Genre(s) Racing
Predecessor Mario Kart Wii
Media Included Wii U Disc

Mario Kart U (known as Mario Kart: Ultra Dash in Japan and Europe) is a racing game in production by ALG Inc. and is the sequel to MarioKart Wii. The game's logo design veries between countires, the orignal orange Mario Kart logo is used in the Japanese logo, while other countries have the current Mario Kart logo.


Like MarioKart 7, players can customize their own karts, however they now are able to save up to 10 different combinations and even give them names. A new item has also been confirmed, the Magic U. Some special kart parts and cups are downloadable via the Mario Kart U Shop (Wireless Internet Required). Another new feature is the Course Builder, which let's players create their own courses, however, this feature must be unlocked, and new backgrounds and parts will be unlocked as the player progresses through the game.


There are 32 characters in the game, 12 default and 20 unlockable. Downloadable characters have been confirmed, but none have been revealed.




  • TBA


Item Effect Appearance
Banana Will knock out any racers who hit it. Common
Triple Banana Gives the player three Bananas. Uncommon
Green Shell Any player hit by this will flip out. Common
Triple Green Shell Gives the player three Green Shells. Uncommon
Red Shell Will target the racer in front of the player and will flip them out. Common
Triple Red Shell Gives the player three Red Shells. Uncommon
Spiny Shell Targets the lead racer and flips them out with a large explosion. Rare
Teal Spiny Shell Will target each racer in front of the player (targeting the racer in front of the player and then the next) and blast a powerful blow on the lead racer which is much more powerful than a normal Spiny Shell. Rare
Bob-omb After thrown, the Bob-omb will blow up after a few seconds and flip out racers caught in the blast. Uncommon
Star Will make the player invincible for a short time. Rare
Fire Flower Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time. Rare
Super Leaf Gives the player a raccoon tail, which they can use the flip out other racers. Uncommon
Mushroom Gives the player a short boost. Common
Double Mushroom Gives the player two Mushrooms. Uncommon
Triple Mushroom Gives the player three Mushrooms. Uncommon
Golden Mushroom Gives the player an unlimited amount of speed boosts until the item expires. Rare
Black Shell Acts like a Green Shell, but will explode when it hits a player. Uncommon
Oil Drum Puts an oil drum at the end of the kart. The player can hold ZL (or X/L) to make oil slicks until the drum is empty (shown by an on-screen meter). Rare
Magic U Will give the player an amazing speed boost, which takes them to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Rare
Blooper Will spray ink on all racers ahead of the user, lowering their visiblity. Uncommon
Lightning Will strike all racers expect the user, decreasing their speed, making them small enough to be squished by other normal-sized racers, and making them drop all of their items. Rare
Fake Item Box Can be placed on the track to trick racers into thinking they are real Item Boxes. Common
Thunder Cloud Will create an electric shield around the player for about 12 seconds. Anyone who touches the shield will go under the effects of the Lightning item. The shield also protects against items. In addition to the shield, the kart will also go 10% faster. Rare
Bullet Bill Will turn the racer's kart into a Bullet Bill, taking them to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place, as well as knock out any racers in the bullet's path Rare
Boo Will steal an item from a random racer and bring it back to the user. Rare
POW Block Will stun all players but the user. Uncommon


A total of 14 course cups have been confirmed, 8 normal cups, and 6 downloadable cups. The player can also create up to 4 of their own custom cups, each using 4 custom courses from the Course Builder. The ability to create cups is unlocked after the player creates 4 courses. Like courses, cups can be deleted, if a course is deleted and is in a custom cup, the entire cup will be deleted with it, but the other courses will remain undeleted.

Nitro Cups

Cup Title Courses

Mushroom Cup

Mushroom Cup

  • Toad Town
  • Peach's Castle
  • Star Circuit
  • Mushroom Road

Flower Cup1

Flower Cup

  • Drybake Desert
  • Mario Stadium
  • Toad City
  • Peach's Ice Rink

Star Cup

Star Cup

  • Superstar Road
  • Acorn Plains
  • Soda Jungle
  • Waluigi City

Special Cup1

Special Cup

  • Waluigi Arcade
  • Bowser's Castle
  • The Airship
  • Rainbow Road

Retro Cups

Cup Title Courses

Shell Cup

Shell Cup

  • N64 Luigi Raceway
  • 3DS Music Park
  • GBA Bowser's Castle 3
  • DS Luigi's Mansion

Banana Cup

Banana Cup

  • Wii Mushroom Gorge
  • SNES Mario Circuit
  • DS Waluigi Pinball
  • N64 Koopa Beach

Leaf Cup

Leaf Cup

  • GCN Peach Beach
  • Wii Toad's Factory
  • DS Delfino Square
  • GCN Waluigi Stadium

Lightning Cup

Lightning Cup

  • N64 Mario Raceway
  • 3DS DK Jungle
  • DS Peach Gardens
  • N64 Bowser's Castle

Downloadable Cups

Unlike normal cups, downloadable cups only hold 3 courses instead of 4.

Cup Title Cup Type Courses Shop Price

Penguin CupPenguin Cup

  • Sunshine Beach
  • Starship Mario
  • Bob-omb Battlefield

Fire Ball

Fireball Cup

  • N64 Sherbet Land
  • Wii Grumble Volcano
  • DS' Desert Hills

Bomb Cup

Bomb Cup

  • Wii Wario's Gold Mine
  • N64 DK's Jungle Parkway
  • GBA Shy Guy Beach

Spiny Shell Cup

Spiny Shell Cup

  • Comet Observatory
  • Mario Space-Stadium
  • Mushroom Kingdom

Statue Leaf Cup

Statue Leaf Cup

  • SNES Dount Plains 1
  • N64 Banshee Boardwalk
  • DS Tick-Tock Clock

Wii U Cup

Wii U Cup

  • Miiverse Circuit
  • Nintendo Land
  • The Big U

Battle Courses

Battle Mode is returning as well, with 4 downloadable courses via the shop.

Normal Courses

Course Title Type
Wii U Nitro
Layer Cake Desert Nitro
Rock-Candy Mines Nitro
Fireball Mountain Nitro
N64 Skyscraper Retro
GBA Battle Course 4 Retro
DS Twilight House Retro
Wii Funky Stadium Retro

Downloadable Courses

Course Title Type Shop Price
Rosalina's Star Stadium Nitro $1.25
Bowser's Lava Lair Nitro $1.25
Wii Block Plaza Retro $1.25
GBA Battle Course 3 Retro $1.25

Downloadable Content

The Mario Kart U Shop is where you get to buy special items, karts, and also some characters. You can also register Mario Kart U friends here. You can also challenge people around the globe in a tournament of racing and battling to try to go for first, second, or third!






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