Mario Kart 8 is a Mario Kart game released for the Nintendo Wii U. It was released on May 29th, 2014 for Japan, May 30th for North America, Europe, and Brazil, and was released on May 31st for Australia. It is the eighth main game in the Mario Kart series and is the eleventh in overall. It features a new type of racing: anti-gravity. Basically, anti-gravity allows you to race up any vertical surface such as walls. It is a combination of Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 basically. Bikes return as well. So does hang gliders and underwater driving. It was published by Nintendo and was developed by Nintendo EAD and Namco Bandai Games. You can play with the: Wii Wheel, Wii Remote, Wii Nunchuk, Wii U Gamepad, Wii Classic Controller, and the Wii U Pro Controller. It features Single Player, Multi-player, and Online Playing. Like the name suggests, Mario Kart 8 is a racing game. 


Starting DriversEdit


Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy


Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi


Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario, Waluigi



Lakitu, Toadette, Baby Rosalina, Koopalings (Lemmy, Larry, Wendy)


Koopalings (Iggy, Ludwig)


Rosalina, Metal Mario, Pink Gold Peach, Koopalings (Roy, Morton)

  • Miis can be any weight decided on their height and weight.*

How to unlock the Unlockable CharactersEdit

All the unlockable characters (except Miis) are unlocked by completing random cups at random engine classes. Unlike the other games, unlockable characters can be found racing when they are still not unlocked. In order to unlock the Mii as a driver, the Mii will always be the 8th driver to be unlocked. 


  • Ball 'n' Chains
  • Bone Piranha Plants
  • Boos
  • Boomerang Bros.
  • Boulders
  • Bouncing Notes
  • Cheep Cheeps
  • Chomps
  • Cows
  • Dolphins
  • Dry Bones
  • Fire Bros.
  • Fire Snakes
  • Fishbones
  • Fishin' Lakitus
  • Freezies
  • Frogoons
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Goombas
  • Goomba Towers
  • Gray Bowser Statues
  • Hammer Bros.
  • Jellybeams
  • Koopa Paratroopas
  • Lakitus
  • Mecha Cheeps
  • Mantas
  • Monty Moles
  • Nokis
  • Piantas
  • Piranha Plants
  • Pokeys
  • Screaming Pillars
  • Shy Guys
  • Sidesteppers
  • Snowmen
  • Swoopers
  • Thwomps
  • Tiki Goons
  • Toads
  • Unagis
  • Yoshis

Game ModesEdit

Grand PrixEdit

Race against CPUs in 4 race tracks. A trophy is awarded to the player if the player finishes first, second, and or third. The racer starts off with 5 coins. There are 3 engine classes: 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. 50cc represents Easy, 100cc represents Medium, and 150cc represents Hard. 

Time TrialEdit

Get across the finish line and win the race as fast as possible. Players can also race against friends and ghosts. The player can comment and the Leaderboards from Mario Kart Wii will return. The player earns a stamp if they win a race against a Nintendo Staff ghost. 

VS ModeEdit

The player races against friends deciding their own options such as what items can be used and what items cannot be used. The player can also decide what track to race on and if they would race on teams or if it is a free for all (no teams). 

Battle ModeEdit

The player battles all opponents or their teams' enemies. Like VS Mode, the player can decide to play free for all or to team. The player starts off with 3 balloons and tries to pop the foes' balloons. You cannot gain or lose points if lose all your balloons. You can still attack players though. If you lose all of your balloons, you "die" and you're referred to as a "ghost". In Mario Kart 8, you can deicde the battles to be in between 1-5 minutes. The highest amount of battles per set interval is 32. 


The player races with anyone they want that is currently online and can make tournaments. They player can decide their own rules for their tournaments. 

Race TracksEdit

Mushroom CupEdit

  • Mario Kart Stadium
  • Water Park
  • Sweet Sweet Canyon
  • Thwomp Ruins

Flower CupEdit

  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbor
  • Twosted Mansion
  • Shy Guy Falls

Star CupEdit

  • Sunshine Airport
  • Dolphin Shoals
  • Electrodrome
  • Wario Stadium

Special CupEdit

  • Cloudtop Cruise
  • Bone-Dry Dunes
  • Bowser's Castle
  • Rainbow Road

Shell CupEdit

  • Moo Moo Meadows (Wii)
  • Mario Circuit (Game Boy Advance)
  • Cheep Cheep Beach (Nintendo DS)
  • Toad's Turnpike (Nintendo 64)

Banana CupEdit

  • Dry Dry Desert (Nintendo GameCube)
  • Donut Plains 3 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Royal Raceway (Nintendo 64)
  • DK Jungle (Nintendo 3DS)

Leaf CupEdit

  • Wario Stadium (Nintendo DS)
  • Sherbet Land (Nintendo GameCube)
  • Music Park (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Yoshi Valley (Nintendo 64)

Lightning CupEdit

  • Tick-Tock Clock (Nintendo DS)
  • Piranha Plant Slide (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Grumble Volcano (Wii)
  • Rainbow Road (Nintendo 64)


  • Mario Kart 8 is the first Mario Kart game with zero gravity.
  • Mario Kart 8 is the first Mario Kart game to feature the Koopalings.
  • Mario Kart 8 is the Mario Kart game released for the Nintendo Wii U.
  • Mario Kart 8 is the first game with Baby Rosalina, the Koopalings, and Pink Gold Peach in it.
  • Mario Kart 8 is the 8th main Mario Kart game and the 11th overall.


MK8 Rosalina

Rosalina in her racing gear leaning on her car.

MK8 Koopalings

The Koopalings in their cars in Mario Kart 8.

MK8 Character Select

The Mario Kart 8 character selection screen.

Mk8 10

Pink Gold Peach waving while driving in her car.

MK8 Main Menu

The Mario Kart 8 main menu.

MK8 9

Mario surrounded with items with Donkey Kong, Shy Guy, and Lakitu/Koopa behind him.


Mario Kart 8's zero gravity effect with Mario and Peach racing. Note that Bowser is in the background.

MK8 2

Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, and Baby Rosalina racing in their Buggy cars.

MK8 3

Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser racing on Sunshine Airport.

MK8 4

Shy Guy racing on a beach with Lakitu in the background.

MK8 5

Lemmy, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and Toadette racing underwater.

MK8 6

Wendy Koopaling and Yoshi racing with some different characters in the background.

MK8 Peach and Yoshi

Peach and Yoshi.

MK8 7

Wario and Donkey Kong racing with items.

MK8 8

Baby Luigi getting squirted by a Blooper.