Mario Kart Wii
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) April 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Players 1-4 (local) 1-12
(Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection)
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3+
Media 1 Wii Optical Disc
Input Wii Wheel
Wii Remote
Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
Wii Remote and Nunhuck
Nintendo Gamecube Controller
Predecessor Mario Kart DS
Successor Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart Wii at
Mario Kart Wii (マリオカートWii Mario Kāto Wī?) is the sixth installment in the Mario Kart series of kart racing games, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii. Mario Kart Wii was announced at E3 2007 by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. The game was released worldwide throughout April 2008, but one year later in South Korea.

Like its predecessors, Mario Kart Wii incorporates playable characters from the Mario series, who participate in kart races on various race tracks using specialized items to hinder opponents or gain advantages. The game features multiple single-player and multiplayer game modes, and also features online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Mario Kart Wii takes advantage of the Wii Remote's motion sensing to provide intuitive and conventional steering controls; each copy of the game is bundled with the Wii Wheel accessory to augment this feature. Traditional control schemes are also supported.

Mario Kart Wii received critically positive reviews, with critics praising the online features and the large number of tracks, characters, and karts. It received an aggregate review score of 82.07% on GameRankings and 82% on Metacritic. In 2010, the game was included as one of the titles in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. With 35.26 million copies sold worldwide as of December 31, 2013, the game is the second best-selling game for Wii and is the best-selling racing video game of all time.


Mario Kart Wii is the 6th installement in the Mario Kart series whcih was released on April 10th 2008 in Japan, April 11th 2008 in Europe, April 24th 2008 in Austrialia, April 27th 2008 in North America and April 20th 2009 in South Korea. Compared to past installements, new courses and items are avilable and it consists of 8 levels of grand prix, with 14 playable characters. There are also many game modes to play on such as Grand Prix, Time Trial and Vs.. This game is also supported by Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection which enables online acess to play against others from around the world in either a 1-12 player Vs. race, or Battle. You can also have a private room set up to play with just those who you have traded friend codes with. Mario Kart Wii also supports ofline play with friends with up to a 4 player split screen. Mario Kart Wii supports the use of the Wii Wheel, the Wii Remote & Nunchuck combo, the Classic Controller and the Gamecube Controller. Mario Kart Wii comes packaged with one Wii Wheel peripheral which can also be bought separately.

The game had a commercially successful launch in every region, and sold over a million copies in both Japan and the United States in less than a month. Overall, it is the second best-selling game for Wii at 34.26 million copies sold, after Wii Sports as of March 31, 2013. Mario Kart Wii is also the best-selling racing game of all time.

Playable Characters

Character name Size Available at start? Needed to unlock
Mario Medium Yes
Luigi Medium Yes
Princess Peach Medium Yes
Bowser Large Yes
Wario Large Yes
Waluigi Large Yes
Donkey Kong Large Yes
Baby Mario Small Yes
Baby Peach Small Yes
Baby Daisy Small No Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 50cc Wii Grand Prix Cups
Daisy Medium No Win 150cc Special Cup
Diddy Kong Medium No Win all 50cc Cups
King Boo Large No Win 50cc Star Cup
Toad Small Yes
Toadette Small No Play Time Trials on all 32 different courses
Koopa Troopa Small Yes
Funky Kong Large No Unlock 4 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials
Dry Bowser Large No Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 150cc Wii Grand Prix Cups
Dry Bones Small No Win 100cc Leaf Cup
Baby Luigi Small No Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials
Rosalina Large No With a Super Mario Galaxy save, win a series of Grand Prix cups/Without Galaxy save, Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all Mirror Grand Prix Cup
Bowser Jr. Medium No Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 100cc Retro Grand Prix Cups
Birdo Medium No Play Time Trials on 16 different courses/Get 250 wins online
Mii Outfit A (average clothing Mii) Variable No Win 100cc Special Cup
Mii Outfit B (Male Mii in Luigi/Mario overalls and Female Mii in Peach's outfit) Variable No Unlock 32 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials
Yoshi Medium Yes

Some characters come with the game while others you need to unlock by progressing through the game (i.e, completing Grand Prix stages and obtaining trophies, ranks, or in the time trial by beating the stored Ghost Data). Below are weapons, known as items you can use.


Kart name Size Unlockable How to unlock
Standard kart S Small No

Baby Booster/

Booster Seat

Small No


Mini Beast

Small No

Rally Romper/

Tiny Titan

Small Yes Unlock 1 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials
Cheep Charger Small Yes Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 50cc Retro Grand Prix Cups
Blue Falcon Small Yes Win Mirror Lightning Cup
Standard kart M Medium No

Nostalgia 1/

Classic Dragster

Medium No
Wild Wing Medium No

Turbo Blooper/

Super Blopper

Medium Yes Win 50cc Leaf Cup

Royal Racer/


Medium Yes Win 150cc Leaf Cup

B Dasher Mk2/


Medium Yes Unlock 24 Expert Staff Ghost data in Time Trials
Standard kart L Large No
Offroader Large No
Flame Flyer Large No
Piranha Prowler Large Yes Win 50cc Special Cup



Large Yes Win 150cc Lightning Cup

Aero Glider/


Large Yes Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 150cc Retro Grand Prix Cups

Bike name Size Unlockable How to unlock
Standard bike S Small No

Nano Bike/

Bit Bike

Small No

Bullet Bike

Small No


Small Yes Win 150cc Star Cup
Magikruiser Small Yes Time Recorded 8 courses in Time Trials

Bubble Bike/

Jet Bubble

Small Yes Win Mirror Leaf Cup
Standard bike M Medium No
Mach Bike Medium No

Bon Bon/


Medium No


Zip Zip

Medium Yes Win 100cc Lightning Cup



Medium Yes Attain at least 1 Star Rank for all 100cc Nitro Grand Prix Cups

Dolphin Dasher

Medium Yes Win Mirror Star Cup
Standard biket L Large No

Bowser Bike/

Flame Runner

Large No
Wario Bike Large No

Twinkle Star/

Shooting Star

Large Yes Win 100cc Star Cup



Large Yes Unlock 12 Expert Staff Ghost data in Time Trials


Large Yes Win Mirror Special Cup


  • Mushroom - Gives you a single speed boost.
  • Triple Mushroom - Gives you three speed boosts.
  • Golden Mushroom - Gives you a limited amount of boosts, decided by the place that the mushroom ends up leaving the user in.
  • Mega Mushroom (new) - Makes you much larger than the average racer, giving abilities such as slight invincibility, the ability to crush opponents, and the ability to drive over sand and mud at the same speed as usual.
  • Banana - A banana peel that anyone can slip over.
  • Triple Banana - Three banana peels that anyone can slip over that hang off the back of the kart.
  • Green Shell - An offensive item that can bounce off a limited amount of barriers and hit opponents.
  • Triple Green Shells - Three green shells that rotate around the player. (Look above.)
  • Red Shell - A heat seeking shell that hits the person one position in front of you, unless they continue to launch themselves into the air enough that the shell goes for the next person, or it hits a wall.
  • Triple Red Shells - Three red shells. (Look above.)
  • Spiny Shell - An almost impossible to dodge from heat-seeking shell that hits the character in 1st place. It can only be avoided by using a Mushroom when it swirls above the character's head, or going into a DK Cannon or boost panel.
  • Star - An item that makes you immune to all items and makes you go faster.
  • Lightning Bolt - A wave of lightning that shrinks everyone except for caster.
  • Thunder Cloud (new) - A cloud of lightning that, when you hit someone, they shrink, but, if you aren't quick enough, it backfires. This cloud also allows faster travelling while above the racer's head.
  • Bob-Ombs - A bomb that creates an explosion blasting everyone in the vicinity.
  • Blooper - A tentacled creature that shoots ink onto the screen of everyone in front of the caster.
  • POW Block (new) - A block that creates a shockwave, hitting everyone in front of caster, making them drop their items.
  • Fake Item - An item box with a reversed question mark that deals damage when hit.
  • Bullet Bill - An item that turns your character into a Bullet Bill for a short time guiding you through curves, speeding you up and hitting players. You may move the bullet bill a bit by turning left or right but only for straight paths.The closer you are to first place the shorter it lasts.

Absent Items

Boo (from Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Mario Kart DS) Special Items (from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!) Cape Feather and Poison Mushroom (from Super Mario Kart) Banana Bunch (from Mario Kart 64)


Grand Prix


  • Block Plaza
  • Delfino Pier
  • Funky Stadium
  • Chain Chomp Wheel
  • Thwomp Desert
  • Battle Course 4 (from Super Mario Kart)
  • Battle Course 3 (from Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
  • Skyscraper (from Mario Kart 64)
  • Cookie Land (from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!)
  • Twilight House (from Mario Kart DS)

CTGP Revolution

CTGP Revolution is an expansion to and the direct successor of CTGP 2.8 and CTGP 4.4. It is a Custom Track Distribution created byMrBean35000vr and Chadderz. It is released as a Riivolution distribution. The CTGP Revolution pack continues the CTGP 4.4 trend of using custom course slots to load custom tracks, and is the first distribution to use a modified menu system to load tracks. The distribution supports the PAL,NTSC-U and NTSC-J versions of Mario Kart Wii.


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