Mario Kart 8: Unlockable Characters, Parts & Karts Guide

Earn gold trophies and get big rewards in Mario Kart 8 with our super-fast unlockables guide. There are 14 characters to unlock, 2 alternate title cards, 1 extra mode, 1 Golden Kart, and a ton of parts to earn — if you know what to do. Don’t waste time on the track, go for first place and get everything there is in Nintendo’s WiiU racer.

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Unlockable Characters, Parts & Karts Guide

Work-In-Progress: It’s still early, so there might be even more to unlock! Did we get something wrong or are we missing something? Let us know in the comments!

How to Unlock Characters

  • Out of the 30 characters available in Mario Kart 8, 16 are available from the start while the additional 14 need to be unlocked.
  • To unlock a character, you’ll need to earn Gold on any track. Getting a Gold Trophy will unlock one of the 14 characters listed below:
    • Rosalina
    • Metal Mario
    • Lakitu
    • Toadette
    • Baby Rosalina
    • Gold Peach
    • Iggy
    • Roy
    • Lemmy
    • Larry
    • Wendy
    • Ludwig
    • Morton
    • Mii

How to Unlock Parts

  • There are tons of parts to unlock in Mario Kart 8. You’ll unlock Glider parts, Wheel parts, and Body parts to customize your rides.
  • To earn more of these, you’ll need to collect Coins. At every 50 coin interval, you’ll unlock a new part.
  • Coins are earned in Grand Prix, VS Mode, and in online races. Every time you collect 50 coins, another part will unlock.
  • After earning 1,000 Coins, the intervals increase to 100 Coins for each unlockable part.

How to Unlock the Gold Kart

  • There is one hidden Kart in Mario Kart 8; the Gold Kart. You can earn it by getting Gold on every track.
  • Not exactly easy, but you’ll be able to show off with a shiny new ride if you can pull it off.

How to Unlock Mirror Mode

  • This additional racing mode unlocks after earning Gold Trophies on all 8 Grand Prix tracks.

How to Unlock an Alternate Credits & Title Screens

  • Finally, you can get a different credits sequence and new Title Screens for multiplayer / singleplayer game modes.
  • All you’ve got to do is earn Gold Trophies on every 150cc speed race, and every Mirror Mode race.

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