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Mario Kart Universal
Developer(s) Nintendo, Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U, 3DS
Genre(s) Racing, Action
Release Date(s)
TBA 2015
Mode(s)
Singleplayer

Multiplayer

Online

Age Rating(s)
ESRB- E

PEGI- 7+

Media Included Wii U Disc, 3DS Cartridge
Mario Kart Universal is the newest installment in the Mario Kart series. It is being released for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS and is set for a 2015 release. It is considered a sequel to Mario Kart 8.

Gameplay

Most of the gameplay is taken from Mario Kart 8, such as anti-gravity, coin collecting, hang gliding, and underwater racing. Also, more than 10 coins can be collected, but the first 10 are the only ones to give speed boosts.

Like in Mario Kart 7, customizable Kart pieces return for this game. Over 150 pieces will be in the game.

New to this game are slightly longer tracks and the biggest character roster of any Mario Kart game. Bikes are now customizable. Also, up to 16 racers can be in a race and four new items are added. A new stat is added to the series, Luck. Luck affects the items the player collects. Finally, three Comet Medals are added to each track in Singleplayer only.

Controls

Wii U Gamepad

  • Left Analog Stick/Tilt- Steer
  • Up D-Pad- First-Person
  • Down D-Pad- Third-Person
  • A- Accelerate
  • B- Brake
  • X- Drift
  • Y- Use Item
  • L- Use Item
  • R- Drift
  • ZL- Trick
  • ZR- Front View
  • +- Pause
  • Home- Home/Snapshot

Wii U Controller Pro

  • Left Analog Stick- Steer
  • Up D-Pad- First-Person
  • Down D-Pad- Third-Person
  • A- Acceleration
  • B- Brake
  • X- Drift
  • Y- Use Item
  • L- Use Item
  • R- Drift
  • ZL- Trick
  • ZR- Front View
  • +- Pause
  • Home- Home/Snapshot

Wii Remote (Automatic)

  • Tilt- Steer
  • Shake- Trick
  • Up D-Pad- First-Person
  • Down D-Pad- Third-Person
  • A- Front View
  • B- Use Item
  • 1- Brake
  • 2- Accelerate
  • +- Pause
  • Home- Home/Snapshot

Wii Remote (Manual)

  • Tilt- Steer
  • Shake- Trick
  • Up D-Pad- First-Person
  • Down D-Pad- Third-Person
  • Left D-Pad- Use Item
  • Right D-Pad- Use Item
  • A- Front View
  • B- Drift
  • 1- Brake
  • 2- Accelerate
  • +- Pause
  • Home- Home/Snapshot

Modes

Singleplayer

Grand Prix

Race in four different races in a single cup with CPU racers. Twelve cups are being featured in Mario Kart Universal, unlike the usual eight. A trophy is awarded after beating a cup and characters can be unlocked. Three different modes are in the Grand Prix. 50cc, the easy mode, has slower speeds for characters and a decreased AI. 100cc, the medium, has average speeds and normal AI. 150cc, the hard mode, has high speeds, intelligent AI, and complicated Kart combinations.

Single Match

In this mode, the player races CPU racers like in Grand Prix. Instead of playing on four tracks, the player can select any track as long as it is unlocked without having to race though the other tracks in the cup. This mode can be played solo or in teams.

Battle

In Battle Mode, the player fights AI racers in two different modes. The matches take place on Battle Tracks instead of regular tracks. The player can fight all the AI racers or join a team, with 8 players on each team.

Balloon Battle

In this mode, all racers start with three balloons. When all three balloons are gone, the racer is out of the match. In order to lose a balloon, a racer must get harmed by an obstacle or item. Another racer can also "steal" a balloon. In order to do this, the racer must boost using a kind of Mushroom into another racer.

Coin Collecting

In this mode, racers must collect coins scattered around the stage. The racer (or team) with the most coins after two minutes wins the match. When a racer is hit, they drop a few coins. Unlike in racing matches, coins do not offer speed boosts.

Multiplayer

Grand Prix

Grand Prix now can have up to five players at once racing each other and the AI.

Single Match

Single Match now can have up to five players at once racing each other and the AI.

Battle

Battle now can have up to five players at once battling each other and the AI.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble is playable with an even number of players. Instead of 16 karts, 8 is racing at once. However, two characters are in a kart as once, similar to Mario Kart: 'Double Dash. Bikes are extended to two seats in this mode. One player controls the car, and the other uses items and tricks. Otherwise, it follows the same formula as Single Match.

Characters

Mario Kart Universal has 47 characters in total,19 starting characters, 22 unlockable characters, and 6 downloadable characters.

Starting Characters

Image Name Class Stats Description
MKPC Baby Mario Baby Mario Feather

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 3.5

Handling: 3

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 1.5

Luck: 3.5

Baby Mario is a younger version of the famous plumber. Just don't underestimate him! His luck and acceleration is amazing.
480px-Mariokartwii.babypeachart Baby Peach Feather

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 1.5

Handling: 3.5

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 1

Luck: 2.5

Baby Peach is a young version of the princess. She makes up for what Baby Mario misses. You could say the two of them are a perfect match.
180px-Goomba Goomba Feather

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 4

Drift: 3

Handling: 2.5

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 2

Luck: 1.5

Goomba is tired of being stomped on! Goomba has decent stats. How he steers is a true mystery.
MKPC Diddy Kong Kiddy Kong Feather

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 1.5

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 2

Luck: 3

Kiddy Kong makes his debut in the races! Though not the best at drifting, his luck makes up for it.
MKPC Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopa Light

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 3.5

Handling: 4

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 2

Luck: 2.5

The Koopa Troopa returns with a bang. He isn't a coward like people say he is!
MKPC Toad Toad Light

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 2.5

Handling: 3

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 4

Toad is an ally of the Mario Bros. but also enjoys a race or two. His luck is very good.
MKPC Shy Guy Shy Guy Light

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2

Handling: 2.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 1.5

Luck: 3.5

Shy Guy is a returning racer from the handheld games. Will we finally be able to see his true face?
MKPC Mario Mario Medium

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2

Handling: 2.5

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 2.5

Mario is the famous plumber of the Mushroom Kingdom! He is balanced stats.
MKPC Luigi Bumble V Luigi Medium

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 3

Handling: 2.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 2.5

Luigi is Mario's younger brother. He has balanced stats like Mario, but has different strengths.
MKPC Peach Peach Medium

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 3.5

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 3

Peach is the princess of the Mushrom Kingdom. She has decent speed and a good drift.
MKPC Yoshi Yoshi Medium

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2.5

Handling: 3

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 2

Luck: 1.5

Yoshi is back in the game with interesting stats. It has a surprising speed but bad luck.
MKPC Hammer Bro Hammer Bro. Cruiser

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 2.5

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 3

Luck: 3

Hammer Bro. makes his big debut in Mario Kart with very good stats. He has pretty balanced overall.
MKPC Waluigi Waluigi Cruiser

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 3

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 4

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 3.5

Waluigi is a very interesting character with weird stats to match his personality. It truly is Waluigi time.
MKPC DK Donkey Kong Cruiser

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 2

Handling: 1.5

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 4

Luck: 4

Coming from the jungle, DK is a fast racer! He has great luck and speed, but has bad handling and drift.
MKPC Bowser Bowser Heavy

Speed: 4

Acceleration: 1.5

Drift: 3

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 4.5

Luck: 2.5

King of the Koopas, Bowser is a threat to all racers. His speed and weight is great for bumping people around. What a brute!
MKPC Wario Wario Heavy

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 2

Handling: 2.5

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 4

Luck: 2.5

Mario's strange double, Wario is ready to take on the competition head-on with his weight, speed, and handling. 
MKPC Boom Boom Boom Boom Heavy

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 3

Handling: 1.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 4

Boom Boom, making his racing start, has good weight, drift, and speed.
9Mii Mii Outfit A Various

Various

Mii's stats all depend on its size and width. Choose carefully to suit your play style!

 Unlockable Characters

Image Name Weight Stats Description How to Unlock
MKPC Baby Luigi Baby Luigi Feather

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 4

Drift: 2

Off-Road: 1.5

Weight: 1.5

Luck: 4

Baby Luigi is the third of the baby trio. He also has the best luck and speed. Unlock 5 Expert Ghosts or play 150 races.
MKPC Toadette Toadette Feather

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 1.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 2

Luck: 3.5

Toadette is the counterpart to Toad. Although their relationship is unknown, she has stats similar to him. Beat the Mushroom Cup 150cc or play 50 races.
Wiggler 2.0 Baby Wiggler Feather

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 2.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 1

Luck: 2.5

Baby Wiggler is a new character to the entire Mario series. She has good speed and acceleration. Beat the Flower Cup 150cc or play 200 races.
MKPC Dry Bones Dry Bones Feather

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 4.5

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 1.5

Weight: 1.5

Luck: 2

Dry Bones returns from Mario Kart Wii for one more race. Dry Bones has surpreme acceleration and drift, but fails in luck and off-road. Beat the Shell Cup 150cc or play 75 races.
FlyGuy Fly Guy Light

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 1.5

Off-Road: 2.5

Weight: 2

Luck: 3.5

Fly Guy goes to the ground to drive for the first time. Fly Guy has good acceleration, speed, and luck. Beat the Blooper Cup 150cc or play 125 races.
FileParatroopa MK9 Paratroopa Light

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 3.5

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 2

Luck: 3

Paratroopa wears a yellow shell, uncommon for Koopas. He has great drift, off-road, and acceleration.
MKPC Dixie Kong Dixie Kong Light

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 1.5

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 1.5

Luck: 4

Dixie Kong is the newest Donkey Kong racer. She has balanced stats and is weak in weight and drift. Collect 100 Coins.
MKPC Bowser Jr Bowser Jr. Light

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 4

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 2.5

Bowser Jr. is Bowser's eighth child. He has far different stats than his father with good acceleration, handling, and off-road. Collect 250 Coins.
MKPC Birdo Birdo Medium

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 1

Weight: 2

Luck: 2.5

Birdo is the strange Subcon creature. She is balanced stats, similar to Mario and Luigi. Play 250 races.
MKPC Diddy Kong Diddy Kong Medium

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 1.5

Weight: 2

Luck: 3

Diddy Kong is DK's nephew. Diddy is faster and lighter than his uncle. If only he had his peanut guns... Beat the Banana 150cc cup or play 300 races.
Kritter Artowkr Kritter Medium

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2

Off-Road: 4

Weight: 3

Luck: 2

The Kritter is King K Rool's henchman. He has good acceleration and weight, with off-road to rival those of Waluigi and Donkey Kong. Beat the Star Cup 150cc or play 750 races.
MKPC Kamek Magikoopa Medium

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2

Off-Road: 1.5

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 1.5

Magikoopa has great speed and acceleration, but has bad luck and off-road. He was orginally going to be in Mario Kart 64, but was scrapped. But that didn't keep him out of the game! Beat a Regular Ghost.
MKPC Daisy Daisy Medium

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 2

Luck: 3.5

Daisy has similar stats to Peach, but has better drift, off-road, and luck. Collect 150 Coins.
MKPC Rosalina Rosalina Cruiser

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 2

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 4

Rosalina is a good character overall. With good stats, she is ready to race for the gold trophy! Beat the 150cc Special Cup or play 3,000 races.
MKPC Wiggler Wiggler Cruiser

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 1.5

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 2.5

Wiggler returns from Mario Kart 7 with good stats. She has several good sides to her and some bad sides too. Beat the Bob-Omb Cup 150cc or play 300 races.
Boomerang Buddy Bro. Boomerang Bro. Cruiser

Speed: 4

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 2

Off-Road: 3

Weight: 3

Luck: 4.5

Boomerang Bro. is actually a surprisingly good racer! He seems to have no weak points to him except from his drift. Beat the Leaf Cup 150cc or play 325 races.
MKPC Pom Pom Pom Pom Cruiser

Speed: 4

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 2.5

Pom Pom couldn't be left behind by Boom Boom! She has good speed and off-road, but a bad acceleration and drift. Unlock 10 Expert Ghosts.
MKPC Honey Queen Honey Queen Heavy

Speed: 3.5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 2.5

Off-Road: 2

Weight: 4.5

Luck: 3.5

Honey Queen is surprisingly small compared to the Galaxy games. She has good weight and luck. Plus, a good acceleration compared to other Heavys. Collect 500 Coins.
King Sumo Bro. Sumo Bro. Heavy

Speed: 4

Acceleration: 1

Drift: 3

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 4

Luck: 3

Sumo Bro. is ready to show his strength! He has good speed, off-road, and luck. Collect 1,000 coins.
MKPC King Boo King Boo Heavy

Speed: 4.5

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 4

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 4

Luck: 2.5

King Boo is surprisingly heavy for a ghost. This, his drift, and his speed makes him good for not being pushed off the track. Beat an Expert Ghost.
MKPC Dry Bowser Dry Bowser Heavy

Speed: 5

Acceleration: 3

Drift: 3.5

Handling: 2

Off-Road: 3.5

Weight: 4.5

Luck: 4

The final racer, Dry Bowser has a bone to pick with the competition. He has excellent speed, off-road, and even has a good acceleration. Get 1st Place on all tracks or play 5,000 races.
SMAUMii Mii Outfit B Various Various Mii's stats all depend on its size and width. Choose carefully to suit your play style! Collect all Comet Medals.

 DLC Characters

Image Name Class Stats Description
MKPC Paper Mario Paper Mario Feather

Speed: 2

Acceleration: 3.5

Drift: 3.5

Handling: 3

Weight: 0.5

Luck: 2.5

Paper Mario, being made of paper, is the lightest character in the game. However, he has good drift and acceleration.
DKJRMK Donkey Kong Jr. Light

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 2

Drift: 2

Handling: 3

Weight: 3.5

Luck: 3

Donkey Kong Jr. makes his long-awaited return! He comes back with very good stats overall.
Banjokazooie Banjo-

Kazooie

Medium

Speed: 2.5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 2.5

Handling: 2.5

Weight: 2.5

Luck: 2.5

The fifth third-party character in the series, Banjo-Kazooie is the defintion of all-round character. Looks like the duo finally get to meet Mario!
Piantanokikart Pianta and

Noki

Cruiser

Speed: 3

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 1.5

Handling: 2

Weight: 3

Luck: 2.5

Pinata and Noki are two Sunshine characers in one! The two balance each other out in stats.
MKPC Metal Mario Metal Mario Heavy

Speed: 5

Acceleration: 2.5

Drift: 2

Handling: 1.5

Weight: 5

Luck: 3

With amazing speed and weight, Metal Mario is a very good character for those who want to push people around.
MKPC Mii Mii Outfit C Various Various Mii's stats all depend on its size and width. Choose carefully to suit your play style!

Tracks

To see more, look at Mario Kart Universal/Tracks.

DLC

Extra Characters

This pack will be released along with the release of the game. All the characters have been confirmed and the pack will cost $3.99.

Extra Tracks

This pack will be released in late 2015. No news about the tracks have been released, but screenshots of Toad's Turnpike from Mario Kart 64 in HD has spread across the Internet, making some fans think this stage will be a DLC stage and others thinking it is a hoax. Nintendo has made no statement about the image, but revealed the pack will revolve around the DLC characters and some retro tracks.

Items

Collectable

Item Box Rewards

Trivia

  • Magikoopa was orginally going to be in Mario Kart 64 but was scrapped.
  • Mario Kart Universal is the first game since Mario Kart: Super Circuit to use ten cups.
  • Mario Kart Universal was orginally planned to be for the eighth-generation consoles, but was brought back to seventh-generation consoles with Mario Kart 8.
  • Mario Kart Universal is the first Mario Kart game to be released on two systems on release.

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