Mario Kart 8 – Full Character List, Tracks & Power Ups (UPDATED)

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With the release of Mario Kart 8 drawing close, we figured it was time to bring you guys up to speed and update you with everything we know and everything YOU need to know so far from Nintendo’s exclusive racer.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of Racers, Tracks and Items, which you can prepare to play, race and use in this fun and highly competitive multiplayer. This article has been updated with everything that has been announced since the original posting.

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Racers

Mario Kart has always had gamers scrambling for their favourite character. Who is the fastest? Who is the heaviest? Who is just the right balance of speed and offensive when on the track? Well,expect more of this comparable fun in Mario Kart 8 with this huge line up of characters to choose from – including plenty of newcomers such as The Koopalings! Who will you be racing as?

The full racers roster looks like this:

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Tracks

Mario Kart 8 will feature 32 tracks, which comprise of 16 new tracks and 16 retro tracks.

We have listed them here for you as well as the cup from which they belong:

(NEW TRACKS)

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MUSHROOM CUP

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FLOWER CUP

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STAR CUP

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SPECIAL CUP

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(RETRO TRACKS)

SHELL CUP

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BANANA CUP

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LEAF CUP

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LIGHTNING CUP

 

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Items

As usual with Mario Kart, every one loves a good item to wreak havoc with on the tracks and don’t expect anything different from this outing of the Nintendo racer.

This time around however, you and your friends (or enemies?) can face off with customized item pick ups and can either choose selected items available to pick up such as mushroom only races or you will be able to have a true test of your racing skills by having no item pick ups at all!

Here is a list of the items available to choose from:

  • Green Shellmario kart bullet bill
  • Green Shell x3
  • Red Shell
  • Red Shell x3
  • Banana
  • Banana x3
  • Mushroom
  • Mushroom x3
  • Golden Mushroom
  • Fire Flower
  • Star Powermario kart red shell
  • Blooper
  • Bob-Omb
  • Blue Shell
  • Bullet Bill
  • Lightning
  • Coin – Collect these to increase your speed.
  • Piranha Plant – New item – The Piranha Plant will sit on the front of your Kart and eat up not only your opponents, but will  help to eat any incoming shells or traps such as Banana skins that are in your path.
  • Boomerang Flower – New item – The Boomerang Flower, which was created and added in Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, will give you three throws at being able to take out your opponents. The boomerang has a wide arc that will clear the track of any one in your path and has a good chance of taking out multiple enemies in a throw if timed right.
  • Super Horn – New itemThe Super horn when activated will create a form of forcefield, which will not only protect the racer from green and blue shells thrown by other racers, but also protect you from the dastardly blue shell! The Super Horn is considered to be a rare item so make sure you make it count when you use this!
  • Crazy 8 – New itemLike the Lucky 7 from Mario Kart 7, when you pick up this item you will be surrounded by 8 item pick ups, which you will be able to use one by one. The items to choose from will include the Mushroom, Blooper, Banana, Green Shell, Red Shell, Bob-omb, Star and a Coin.

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Mario Kart 8 will be released for Wii U in the UK on May 30th and unfortunately copies of its Limited Edition are sold out on the Nintendo UK online store.

However, you can still get an awesome Bullet Bill T-shirt and exclusive Mario Kart keyring if you pre-order the standard edition of the game from the Nintendo UK online store!

Will you be racing come May 30th?

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