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.
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.
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:
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.
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.