How to unlock all Mario Kart DS characters. Cheats for karts, turbo boost and more (guide)

12 July 2009
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Take the following steps to unlock each of the 4 secret Mario Kart DS characters. This page also includes Mario Kart DS cheats guide, which tells you how to perform the “Snaking” technique, earn Turbo Boosts, as well as how to unlock additional cups and much more.


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  • How to unlock Daisy
    Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 50cc.

    How to unlock Dry Bones
    Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 50cc.

    How to unlock Waluigi
    Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 100cc.

    How to unlock R.O.B. (Robot Operating Buddy)
    Finish either 150cc Mirror Mode Class with Gold Trophies on all cups.

    Mario Kart DS Cheats

    But there’s much more to be unlocked in Mario Kart DS. The following tips & tricks, lists and gameplay videos show the rest of the unlockables:

    Tutorial on how to perform the “Snaking” technique

    How to unlock Additional Courses/Cups
    Each of the unlockable cups are only unlocked in one engine class at a time. For example, if you unlock Star Cup in 50cc you will still have to unlock it in 150cc.

    Leaf Cup
    Get Gold on Shell Cup and Banana Cup.

    Lightning Cup
    Get Gold on Leaf Cup.

    Special Cup
    Get Gold on Star Cup.

    Star Cup
    Get Gold on Mushroom Cup and Flower Cup.

    Level shortcuts guide video (crappy quality but it works) [Thx to Drybones195]

    Tutorial on how to dodge the lethal Blue Shell item [thx to jmmydude]

    How to earn a Turbo Boost at race countdown
    To get a turbo boost at the start of a race, do not hold the acceleration button down prior to the race starting. Wait until just after the number 2 in the countdown disappears, then hold A. If done right, you will receive a turbo boost as soon as the race starts.

    How to get a speed boost after falling off the track
    Lakitu comes to save the day when you fly off the track or get stuck in water. This is a detrimental thing, although there is at least a way to earn a speedboost if you do have to be saved by Lakitu. When he picks you up, wait until you’re dropped onto the track again, then press the acceleration at that exact moment. You’ll get a turbo boost if you timed it correctly.

    How to unlock 150cc Mirror Mode
    Finish 150cc Retro Class with Gold trophies on every cup.

    How to unlock the third item for every character
    Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 100cc.

    How to unlock all 7 karts for every character
    Get a gold trophy in every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 150cc.

    How to be able to use any kart with any character
    Get a gold trophy in every cup in the Grand Prix on 150cc mirror that you didn’t use to unlock R.O.B.

    How to unlock “Mission 7” in Mission Mode
    Get at least a 1-star ranking on all levels of every mission in Mission Levels 1-6

    Staff Ghost Times in Time Trial mode for Nitro Cups:
    Staff Ghosts are unlocked by beating a Staff Ghost by a few to 10 seconds. You first need to get within a few seconds of them to be able to race them.
    Unlockable: Time to beat
    Airship Fortress: 2:07:748
    Bowser Castle: 2:19:661
    Cheep Cheep Beach: 1:43:654
    Delfino Square: 1:54:601
    Desert Hills: 1:31:262
    DK Pass: 2:14:607
    Figure-8 Circuit: 1:36:481
    Luigi’s Mansion: 1:59:357
    Mario Circuit: 1:56:533
    Peach Gardens: 1:52:989
    Rainbow Road: 2:16:246
    Mushroom Ridge: 2:05:123
    Tick-Tock Clock: 1:54:903
    Walugi Pinball: 2:23:288
    Wario Stadium: 2:14:868
    Yoshi Falls: 0:57:677


    Categories: Cheats, DS News, News, Videos

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    By Josh Romero: He is a lover of videogames, as well as metal music, Gilmore Girls, chatting, social networking, Phoenix Suns, reading, writing and many other nerdy things. Read his posts here and connect with him on Youtube.

    • questionmaker

      I have al gold rank c or higher in 50cc 150cc but in 150 cc I have all gold in nitro and bottom first 2 cups I have gold but not the last 2 cups unlocked and all in 150 cc rank b can anyone plz explain to me what I have to do to unlock the last 2 cups?thanx if reading this and thanx very much if u respond.

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