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Mario Kart 8 unlockables - How to get all the racers, karts, and more

Mario Kart 8 gives gamers another great excuse to pick up Nintendo's console--especially those interested in some good, old school arcade racing. But once you get it… what do you do? Jump online? Invite friends over to play? Look up Mario Kart 8 cheats? Try to do time trials? The correct answer is all of the above, since doing just about anything in Mario Kart 8 will help you unlock goodies.

Unlocking characters

There are 30 Mario Kart 8 characters, 16 of which are available when you start the game. The other 14 need to be unlocked, and to do that, you'll need to get Gold on the different races. It doesn't matter which races you do, though; Unlike in previous Mario Kart games, the game will randomly distribute out the remaining 14 characters every time you get Gold on a new track, no matter the CC. 

  • Gold Peach
  • Larry
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Rosalina
  • Lemmy
  • Morton
  • Metal Mario
  • Mii
  • Roy
  • Ludwig
  • Lakitu
  • Toadette
  • Iggy
  • Wendy

Unlocking Parts

Every Kart is made up of three parts: a body, wheels, and a glider. Though many come unlocked from the start, there are a few dozen that you can get by collecting coins--the ones that you run into during play. Here are just some of the parts:

Wheels

  • Crimson Slim
  • Azure Roller 
  • Button 
  • Cyber Slick
  • Off-Road 
  • Metal 
  • Slick 
  • Sponge 
  • Hot Monster
  • Retro Off-Road
  • Blue Standard
  • Cushion

Gliders

  • Flower Glider
  • Peach parasol
  • Waddle Wing
  • Wario Wing
  • MKTV Glider
  • Bowser Kite
  • Cloud Glider
  • Plane Glider

Karts

  • Sneeker
  • Cat Cruiser
  • Comet 
  • Landship 
  • Mr. Scooty
  • Sports Coupe
  • Wild Wiggler
  • Circuit Special
  • Jet Bike
  • Teddy Buggy
  • Hot Monster
  • Pipe Frame
  • Steel Driver
  • Yoshi Bike
  • Varmint
  • The Duke
  • Biddybuggy
  • Prancer
  • Tri-Speeder
  • Flame Rider

Coins

Kart parts are unlocked randomly when you reach different coin benchmarks. While it starts off at 50 increments, it slowly grows as you collect more. 

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150
  • 200
  • 250
  • 300
  • 350
  • 400
  • 450
  • 500
  • 550
  • 600
  • 650
  • 700
  • 750
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 950
  • 1000
  • 1050
  • 1200
  • 1300
  • 1400
  • 1500
  • 1700
  • 1800
  • 1900
  • 2000
  • 2100
  • 2200
  • 2300
  • 2400
  • 2500

Unlocking the Gold Kart

Thought you'd found everything there was to find? Not so, unless you've found yourself in the possession of the illusive Golden Kart. In order to nab it, you'll need to get a Star Rank and a Gold in every Cup, including the Mirror mode versions. It's worth it, though--it's so shiny.

We'll update this article as we find more fun unlockables. 

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3 comments

  • Waldo - June 4, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    Thanks for the info guys. I will still probably just play however I want and see what happens though. This is one game I don't care about stickers, achievements or 100%-ing; it's about having fun with your family and buds. It's actually very liberating to say that.
  • tyson-schmidt - June 1, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    This is wrong-- you don't need just gold in every Grand Prix-- you need at least one star rank + gold in every Grand Prix including mirror mode. You get a star rank by having over 54 points by the end of the Prix. Pretty mad considering I just put in all the time to get gold on all the cups.
  • talleyXIV - May 31, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    I've been playing for 17 hours and I think I unlocked everything. I am a little sad.

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