Top 10 Mario Kart Items

One of the aspects of Mario Kart that makes it appealing is the items. Throughout the eight games in the franchise, there have been over 36 items. Some of them return game after game, but others have only popped up once. With Mario Kart 8 launching soon, we looked back at each game and put together our list of the Top 10 Items in Mario Kart.

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Item Image Description Appearances
#10)
Boo
NF_MarioKart_Item_Boo Boo, in Super Mario Kart, slowed down the lead racer, but since then, allows you to steal items from other characters. It also allows you to go invisible for a short time, like a ghost. Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart DS
#9)
Potted Piranha Plant
NF_MarioKart_Item_PiranhaPlant The Potted Piranha Plant, first appearing in Mario Kart 8, attacks nearby racers, gobbles up nearby coins, and gives your kart a boost each time it lunges forward. Mario Kart 8
#8)
Fire Flower
NF_MarioKart_Item_FireFlower The Fire Flower gives everyone the ability to throw fireballs, which was limited to certain players in previous games. This will cause others to spin out each time they are hit. Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8
#7)
Triple Green Shells
NF_MarioKart_Item_triplegreenshell Green Shells can be used for offense or defense. When shooting, they go in a straight line. A set of three green shells will circle the driver, adding additional defense capabilities. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart
DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8
#6)
Thunderbolt
NF_MarioKart_Item_lightning The thunderbolt (or lightning bolt) attacks all racers that are not currently invincible by shocking them, which will shrink the racer and make him or her slower for a short time. All Mario Kart games
#5)
Blue Spiny Shell
NF_MarioKart_Item_Spiny-Shell The dreaded spiny shell will seek out and flip the racer currently in first place. In some games, it will also knock over others on its way to the first place racer. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8
#4)
Triple Bananas
NF_MarioKart_Item_bananas Bananas can be used offensively, by placing them around the track, or defensively, by holding them behind you. Triple bananas add even more defensive capabilities, in addition to having three banana peels to create slipping hazards. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8
#3)
Golden Mushroom
NF_MarioKart_Item_goldenmushroom The Golden Mushroom builds on the boost of the Super Mushroom, by allowing multiple boosts for a limited period of time. This can be very helpful when coming from the back of the pack. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8
#2)
Star
NF_MarioKart_Item_star Stars do exactly what you think they would in a Mario game – they give you invisibility and allow you to flip any opponent you run into along the way. They also give you a bit of a boost during the duration of their power. All Mario Kart games
#1)
Triple Red Shells
NF_MarioKart_Item_tripleredshells Red Shells are the same as Green Shells with one major difference. When thrown forward, they have homing capability that will hunt down the nearest driver ahead of you. Triple Red Shells mean triple the offensive power and triple the defensive power as they circle your kart. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8

 

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Bullet Bill: A great way to catch up when you are far behind. (Featured in Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8)
  • Coin: Prevent yourself from getting spun out and gain a small speed boost. (Featured in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8)

Mario Kart has some amazingly fun items to use, but those are our 10 most favorite items from all eight games. What are your favorites? What would you have put as your top 10? Feel free to list them in the comments below!

 

About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

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