Mario Kart 8 Characters List

23 July 2013
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Mario Kart 8 Characters List

30 Mario Kart 8 characters have been announced as part of the roster of the latest racing game in the Mario Kart series. Below we list them all. The game features many of your favorite racer characters to speed across the courses with from various Mario games.

According to the creators at Nintendo, Mario Kart 8 arrives for release on Wii U worldwide on May 30th, 2014. Players will be able to race karts & bikes/motorcycles that can for the first time ever transform from wheels to hover, which allows them to ride on walls or even upside down; the vehicles can also dive underwater and fly in the air using hang-gliders like in Mario Kart 7.

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  • Mario Kart 8 Characters List

    Take part in epic races with familiar and brand new characters, start your engines!

    Mario Kart 8 logo

    Mario Kart 8 Newcomer Characters:

    1. Baby Rosalina
    2. Iggy Koopa*
    3. Larry Koopa*
    4. Lemmy Koopa*
    5. Ludwig von Koopa*
    6. Morton Koopa Jr.*
    7. Pink Gold Peach
    8. Roy Koopa*
    9. Wendy O. Koopa*

    Returning Mario Kart Series Characters Are:

    10. Baby Daisy**
    11. Baby Luigi**
    12. Baby Mario**
    13. Baby Peach**
    14. Bowser
    15. Donkey Kong
    16. Koopa Troopa
    17. Lakitu
    18. Luigi
    19. Mario
    20. Metal Mario
    21. Mii
    22. Princess Daisy
    23. Princess Peach
    24. Rosalina**
    25. Shy Guy
    26. Toad
    27. Toadette
    28. Waluigi
    29. Wario
    30. Yoshi

    Characters Who Could Return In Mario Kart 8:

    • Birdo (debut in Mario Kart Double Dash)
    • Bowser Jr. (debut in Mario Kart Double Dash)
    • Diddy Kong (debut in Mario Kart Wii)
    • Donkey Kong Jr. (debut in Super Mario Kart)
    • Dry Bones (debut in Mario Kart DS)
    • Dry Bowser (debut in Mario Kart Wii)
    • Funky Kong (debut in Mario Kart Wii)
    • King Boo (debut in Mario Kart Double Dash)
    • Paratroopa (debut in Mario Kart Double Dash)
    • Petey Piranha (debut in Mario Kart Double Dash)
    • Queen Bee (debut in Mario Kart 7)
    • R.O.B. (debut in Mario Kart DS)
    • Wiggler (debut in Mario Kart 7)

    30 characters is a new record high for the series! Has your favorite character been added yet?

    Here is an artwork gallery of the Mario Kart 8 characters:

    * The 7 Koopalings have been added as playable characters to Mario Kart 8:

    ** Next we have a brand new Mario Kart 8 trailer revealing the Baby characters & Rosalina:

    Watch the Mario Kart 8 trailer starring the rest of the playable characters:

    Mario Kart Features:

    • Fan-favorites Waluigi and Toadette re-join the cast of familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom.
    • The new antigravity feature allows for never-imagined racing circuit designs. Players will speed through courses and find themselves suddenly racing on walls in a haunted mansion or upside-down over Princess Peach’s Castle as their wheels automatically rotate and shift into antigravity gear.
    • Experience a wealth of features that span the series, including 12-player online competitive play. Elements first introduced in Mario Kart 7, such as hang gliders and underwater racing, along with elements introduced in Mario Kart Wii, such as motorbikes and performing tricks in midair, also make their return.
    • Crisp HD graphics and a 60-frames-per-second frame rate offer players the most visually stunning entry in the series yet.
    • Mario Kart TV lets players share highlight videos they submitted to Miiverse.

    This next video is an introduction to Mario Kart 8, by the game’s producer Hideki Konno:

    Fact Sheet:

    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
    Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
    Genre: Racing
    Players: 1-12
    Rating: All ages, 3 years or older (expected)
    Planned Release: April 2014
    Controller Compatibility: Wii U GamePad, Wii Wheel, Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

    May 2014 UPDATE: This new video shows ALL 30 characters in action!! 🙂

    What I love about this game is that all my favorite characters from Super Mario Kart & Mario Kart 64 are already included. I wonder what brand new characters will debut in Mario Kart 8…

    Which Mario Kart 8 characters do you want in the game?


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    • Jacob Stafford

      Nabbit should join the roster too.

    • SuperPizzaMario

      So happy that Toadette returns, she’s the best.

    • Devon L

      I will be so disappointed if Shy Guy isn’t playable in this game. I don’t care who else is or isn’t in it. By the way Rosalina has been confirmed as playable.

    • Krunch Munch Walfuss

      Dry bones and diddy kong Please! =D

    • firepoisonsteel

      you made a big error, diddy kong was introduced in mario kart double dash!

    • Jacob

      Diddy Kong debut in mario kart double dash

    • Jacob


    • toycannon81

      Glad Birdo and Funky were gone, nobody really liked them. I’d keep out all babies save Mario & Peach, take out the Metals and Koopalings, and add Bowser Jr, Diddy, Dixie, Petey Piranha, Boo, Goomba King, Fawful, Kamek, Dry Bones, Hammer bro, Lady Bow from paper mario, and King K Rool. That’s 30 right?

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