Mario Kart U: Nitro
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD, Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release Date(s)
Japan-November 29, 2013

Europe-December 2, 2013 Austrailia-December 3, 2013

USA-December 4, 2013

Grand Prix

Time Trial

Shine Runner

Coin Battle



Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) Racing
Media Included Wii U Disc

Mario Kart U: Nitro is the first Wii U game for the Mario Kart francise. It features twenty racers and forty courses to race though. It is also the first Mario Kart game to feature third-party characters.

Confirmed CharactersEdit


Wii RemoteEdit

Tilt: Turn

A: Front View

B: Use Item (Automatic)/Drift (Manual)

D-Pad: Use Item (Manual)

1/2: Brake

+: Pause

-: Take Picture

Home: Bring up Home Screen

Wii U GamePad/Wii U Pro ControllerEdit

D-Pad: Turn

Analog Stick: Turn

ZL: Front View

ZR: Drift

A: Accelerate

B: Use Item

X/Y: Brake 

+: Pause

-: Take Picture

Home: Bring up Home Screen

Confirmed TracksEdit

  • A new Mario Circuit, a basic circle.
  • Waluigi Factory, an industrial factory, shown in the reveal trailer.
  • R.O.B. Test Track, a gladiator arena, shown in the reveal trailer.
  • World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros., shown in the reveal trailer.
  • Peach's Castle, shown in an offical picture.
  • Piranha Plant Slide from Mario Kart 7, shown in an offical picture.
  • Figure 8-Circuit from Mario Kart DS, shown in an offical picture.
  • A firey stage resembling Melt Monster Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • A giant underground tunnel.
  • A giant Wii U, most likely a Battle arena.

Confirmed ItemsEdit

Image Item Name Description Type
File:UNitro1.jpg Banana Lay down a Banana, and when a racer (including the person who put it down) drives over it, he/she spins out for a few seconds. Defensive
File:UNitro2.jpg Triple Banana Three Bananas to use instead of one. Defensive
File:UNitro3.jpg Green Shell A shell that can be thrown forward or backwards. It can bounce off walls and hit a racer. Offensive
File:UNitro4.jpg Red Shell Like the Green Shell, but homes in on the cloest racer in front of the user and cannot bounce off walls.  Offensive
File:UNitro5.png Super Star When used, it turns the user invincible and gives them a speed boost for a short time. Offensive
File:UNitro6.png Blooper When used, it fills everyone's screen with ink for a short time. Defensive
TBA Special Move When used, the Special Move allows the user to unleash a Special Move. Special