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Mario vs Bowser title screen in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

All Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables

Learn everything a few thousand races can earn you

Nearly 10 years after its original launch on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 is still going strong with several Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables. The Nintendo Switch’s Deluxe version is receiving steady waves of downloadable content and it holds the distinction of being the best-selling game on both the Wii U and the Switch.

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Most of the unlockables from the original game became available from the start when the Deluxe version launched, including every racetrack. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of hidden goodies that players can obtain by collecting coins on the various tracks, among other methods.

Here’s an overview of all of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables.

All Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables


Gold Mario, the only playable character among the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables
Gold Mario is an unlockable variant of Metal Mario. | Provided by Super Mario Wiki

There is only one true unlockable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Gold Mario. To unlock Gold Mario, players must complete every single cup in the 200cc Grand Prix. Afterward, Gold Mario will become the default variation of Metal Mario on the character select screen.

Beyond this, the only other characters that aren’t in the base roster are those that must be purchased as DLC. Currently, Birdo is the only DLC character available in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, Nintendo has confirmed that more DLC characters are on the way.

Vehicle parts

Upon first loading up the game, players will have access to five karts, two standard bikes, one sports bike, two ATVs, six tires and four gliders. The rest of the vehicle parts in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are unlockables.

Players cannot choose the order in which they unlock new parts. Instead, they will randomly unlock a new part after obtaining a certain number of in-game coins. For the first 450 coins, they will get a new part every 30 coins. Then, they will unlock a new part every 50 coins up to 1,500 coins. Finally, new parts will become available every 100 coins until the player reaches 3,100 coins, at which point they will have unlocked every standard car customization.

Here is an overview of every vehicle part that players can unlock in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:

  • Karts
    • Pipe Frame
    • Mach 8
    • Cat Cruiser
    • Tri-Speeder
    • Badwagon
    • Prancer
    • Biddybuggy
    • Landship
    • Sports Coupe
    • GLA
    • W 25 Silver Arrow
    • 300 SL Roadster
    • Blue Falcon
    • Tanooki Kart
    • B Dasher
    • P-Wing
    • Koopa Clown
  • Standard bikes
    • The Duke
    • Flame Rider
    • Varmint
    • Mr. Scooty
    • Master Cycle Zero
  • Sports bikes
    • Sport Bike
    • Jet Bike
    • Yoshi Bike
    • Master Cycle
  • ATVs
    • Wild Wiggler
    • Teddy Buggy
    • Bone Rattler
    • Inkstriker
  • Tires
    • Slick
    • Metal
    • Button
    • Wood
    • Cushion
    • Blue Standard
    • Hot Monster
    • Azure Roller
    • Crimson Slim
    • Cyber Slick
    • Retro Off-Road
    • GLA Tires
    • Triforce Tires
    • Ancient Tires
    • Leaf Tires
  • Gliders
    • Cloud Glider
    • Wario Wing
    • Waddle Wing
    • Peach Parasol
    • Flower Glider
    • Bowser Kite
    • MKTV Parafoil
    • Hylian Kite
    • Paraglider
    • Paper Glider

Gold vehicle parts

There are also three gold vehicle parts that, like Gold Mario, are unlockables in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, players will not randomly obtain these merely by collecting coins as they would any other vehicle part.

To unlock the Gold Standard kart, players must earn a one-star ranking in every Mirror Cup available in the base game. Meanwhile, they can get Gold Tires by beating all 48 staff ghosts in the base game in 150cc Time Trials. Finally, players can unlock the Gold Glider by collecting 5,000 coins.

Title screens

Link's alternate title screen in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Link’s alternate title screen. | Screengrab provided by GameXplain via YouTube

Players can unlock alternate title screens and voice clips to replace Mario when loading up the game. To unlock these, players will have to win a gold trophy in every Mirror Cup and 200c cup available in the base game.

After a player has earned all of the required trophies, the following characters can randomly appear on their Mario Kart 8 Deluxe title screen:

  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Luigi
  • Mario (anti-gravity mode)
  • Rosalina
  • Peach and Yoshi
  • Villager (Male) and Isabelle
  • Baby Rosalina, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi
  • The Koopalings
  • Mario and Bowser

Mii costumes

amiibo Mii costumes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Some of the Mii costumes and corresponding amiibo for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. | Provided by Super Mario Wiki

The list of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unlockables also includes multiple character-themed Mii costumes. To unlock these costumes, players will simply need to scan an amiibo for the corresponding character or series.

Here are all of the Mii costumes that players can unlock with amiibo:

  • Mario Suit
  • Luigi Suit
  • Peach Suit
  • Yoshi Suit
  • Donkey Kong Suit
  • Hylian Suit
  • Captain Falcon Suit
  • Kirby Suit
  • Varia Suit
  • Fox Suit
  • Toad Suit
  • Bowser Suit
  • Wario Suit
  • Rosalina Suit
  • Pikmin Suit
  • Animal Crossing Suit
  • Mega Man Suit
  • Pac-Man Suit
  • Sonic Suit
  • Splatoon Suit
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