Mario Kart 8 – How to Unlock Everything & Cheats

Want to know how to unlock everything in Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)? We’ve got the answers! And if you don’t find what you are looking for, check back often, because we will keep this updated as often as we can with new information.

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CHARACTERS:

Mario Kart 8 has been confirmed to have 30 playable characters. 16 characters will be available from the start of the game. The others will be unlocked after you complete certain aspects of the game.

Starters:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Toad
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Wario
  • Waluigi

Unlockable:
To unlock these characters, you must win a cup (get first place). For example, a Gold in the Mushroom Cup will allow you to unlock a new character. In contrast to previous Mario Kart games, characters will unlock at random each time you win a cup. (We have tested this on a couple different game profiles, and we can confirm it is true.)

  • Lakitu
  • Rosalina
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Toadette
  • Metal Mario
  • Pink Gold Peach
  • Iggy Koopa
  • Larry Koopa
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Ludwig von Koopa
  • Morton Koopa Jr.
  • Roy Koopa
  • Wendy O. Koopa
  • Mii

Downloadable Characters / Add-On Content (AOC):
To unlock these characters, you must purchase them from the in-game shop (after software update on August 27, 2014).

  • Link (Part of AOC Pack 1)
  • Tanooki Mario (Part of AOC Pack 1)
  • Cat Peach (Part of AOC Pack 1)
  • Villager  (Part of AOC Pack 2)
  • Isabelle ( (Part of AOC Pack 2)
  • Dry Bowser  (Part of AOC Pack 2)
  • Eight Different colored Yoshis (Bonus if you purchase both AOC Pack 1 & 2)
  • Eight Different colored Shy Guys (Bonus if you purchase both AOC Pack 1 & 2)

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COURSES:

Original Courses:
Mushroom Cup is available from the start of the game. In order to unlock the next cup, you must win the cup before it (i.e. To unlock Flower, you must finish Mushroom in first place.) 

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Circuit Sunshine Airport Cloudtop Cruise
Water Park Toad Harbor Dolphin Shoals Bone Dry Dunes
Sweet Sweet Canyon Twisted Mansion Electrodome Bowser’s Castle
Thwomp Ruins Shy Guy Falls Mount Wario Rainbow Road

 

Retro Courses:
As with previous games, there is another set of four cups, which each contain courses from past Mario Kart titles. Shell Cup is available from the start of the game. Similar to the original courses, you will unlock each cup by defeating the cup before it.

Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Moo Moo Meadows (MKW) Dry Dry Desert (MKDD) Wario Stadium (MKDS) Tick-Tock Clock (MKDS)
Mario Circuit (MKSC) Donut Plains 3 (SMK) Sherbet Land (MKDD) Piranha Plant Slide (MK7)
Cheep Cheep Beach (MKDS) Royal Raceway (MK64) Music Park (MK7) Grumble Volcano (MKW)
Toad’s Turnpike (MK64) DK Jungle (MK7) Yoshi Valley (MK64) Rainbow Road (MK64)

 

Battle Courses:
All 8 battle courses are from the beginning of the game.

Moo Moo Meadows (MKW) Mario Circuit Dry Dry Desert (MKDD) Toad Harbor
Donut Plains 3 (SMK) Sherbet Land (MKDD) Toad’s Turnpike (MK64) Yoshi Valley (MK64)

 


ITEMS:
Except where noted, items are randomly unlocked by collecting coins. For every 50 coins, you will unlock another random kart, bike, ATV, tire, or glider.

Karts:

  • Standard Kart – Starter
  • Pipe Frame
  • Mach 8 – Starter
  • Steel Diver
  • Cat Cruiser
  • Circuit Special
  • Tri-Speeder
  • Badwagon – Starter
  • Prancer
  • Biddybuggy – Starter
  • Landship
  • Sneeker
  • Sports Coupe
  • Golden Standard – Win all cups, including Mirror Mode
  • Blue Falcon – Purchase AOC Pack 1

Bikes:

  • Standard Bike – Starter
  • Comet
  • Sport Bike – Starter
  • The Duke
  • Flame Rider
  • Mr. Scooty
  • Jet Bike
  • Yoshi Bike
  • Moter Dozer
  • Golden Bike – Collect 20,000 coins?

ATVs:

  • Standard ATV – Starter
  • Wild Wiggler
  • Teddy Buggy

Tires:

  • Standard – Starter
  • Monster – Starter
  • Roller – Starter
  • Slim – Starter
  • Slick
  • Metal
  • Button
  • Off-Road
  • Sponge
  • Wood – Starter
  • Cushion
  • Blue Standard
  • Hot Monster
  • Azure Roller
  • Crimson Slim
  • Cyber Slick
  • Retro Off-Road
  • Block
  • Cream Blocks
  • Ring
  • Spicy Rings
  • Golden Tires – Beat all 32 staff ghosts

Gliders:

  • Super Glider – Starter
  • Cloud Glider
  • Wario Wing
  • Waddle Wing
  • Peach Parasol
  • Parachute – Starter
  • Parafoil – Starter
  • Flower Glider
  • Bowser Kite
  • Plane Glider
  • MKTV Parafoil
  • Koopa Kite
  • Golden Glider – Collect 10,000 coins

 


 

STAMPS:

Similar to NES Remix and Super Mario 3D World, you will earn stamps, which you can use in Miiverse, after you meet specific requirements (i.e. win a cup, collect 50 coins, etc).

  • Character Stamps – Win a cup with that character.
  • Other Stamps – Complete time-trial for a specific track.

 


Other Unlockables:

  • Mirror Mode – Win all 150cc Cups

 


MORE INFORMATION: For more information about Mario Kart 8, check out our huge compilation of everything we know so far. http://bit.ly/mariokart8info.


UPDATES: We will try to keep this updated as we find out more information. So, keep checking back! And if we’ve missed anything, kindly let us know in the comments. Thanks!

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