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Mario Kart 8 – How to Unlock Everything & Cheats

Mario Kart 8 – How to Unlock Everything & Cheats

by Steve CullumMay 9, 2014

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.



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.


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

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 (DLC) – To unlock these characters, you must purchase them from the in-game shop (after software update on August 27, 2014).

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



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 (Wii) Dry Dry Desert (GCN) Wario Stadium (DS) Tick-Tock Clock (DS)
Mario Circuit (GBA) Donut Plains 3 (SNES) Sherbet Land (GCN) Piranha Plant Slide (3DS)
Cheep Cheep Beach (DS) Royal Raceway (N64) Music Park (3DS) Grumble Volcano (Wii)
Toad’s Turnpike (N64) DK Jungle (3DS) Yoshi Valley (N64) Rainbow Road (N64)


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

Moo Moo Meadows (Wii) Mario Circuit Dry Dry Desert (GCN) Toad Harbor
Donut Plains 3 (SNES) Sherbet Land (GCN) Toad’s Turnpike (N64) Yoshi Valley (N64)



Mario Kart 8 will include 16 additional new courses, available via DLC. In order to unlock these cups, you must purchase the DLC Pack with the corresponding cups. Egg and Triforce Cups are available in DLC Pack 1. The Animal Crossing and Bell Cups are available via DLC Pack 2.

Egg Cup Triforce Cup Animal Crossing Cup Cat/Bell Cup
Yoshi Circuit (GCN) Wario’s Gold Mine (Wii) ??? ???
Excitebike Arena Rainbow Road (SNES) ??? ???
Dragon Driftway Ice Ice Outpost ??? ???
Mute City Hyrule Circuit ??? ???

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


  • 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


  • 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?


  • Standard ATV – Starter
  • Wild Wiggler
  • Teddy Buggy


  • 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


  • 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

Downloadable Vehicles via DLC: To unlock these vehicles, you must purchase them from the in-game shop (after software update on August 27, 2014).

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA (Part of Mercedes DLC Pack)
  • Mercedes 300 SL Roadster (Part of Mercedes DLC Pack)
  • Mercedes Silver Arrow (Part of Mercedes DLC Pack)
  • Master Cycle (Part of DLC Pack 1)
  • Tanooki Kart (Part of DLC Pack 1)
  • Blue Falcon (Part of DLC Pack 1)
  • B Dasher (Part of DLC Pack 1)




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.

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!

About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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