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Lakitu is a character who makes his first appearance in Mario Kart 7, like Toadette in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Baby Daisy in Mario Kart Wii, and Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach in Mario Kart 8. Unlike the generic green-shelled Lakitu enemies, Lakitu has a red shell, similar to Fishin' Lakitus from Super Mario World and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Dark Lakitus from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Mario Kart 7
Lakitu is a playable character in the Mario Kart game, Mario Kart 7. He is a featherweight character, with acceleration and off-road being his best stats. Lakitu is one of the unlockable characters, and the player needs to win the 150cc Lightning Cup to unlock him. When racing, Lakitu doesn't have his cloud with him, but the Cloud 9 kart resembles one, and is therefore Lakitu's signature kart. Lakitu's racing symbol is also the Lakitu's Cloud.
His American bio implies he is the Lakitu race referee, which is incorrect, as he has a red shell, and the two can be seen simultaneously when the latter picks him up. However, this implication is also enforced by the producer Hideki Konno, who refers to Lakitu as "that guy in the start of the race with the signal that counts down".
Mario Kart 8
The red-shelled Lakitu returns as an unlockable playable character in Mario Kart 8. Unlike in Mario Kart 7, however, Lakitu is a heavier lightweight (having the same weight as Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Toadette, Larry, and Wendy), being a little bit more focused on speed and weight than with acceleration, handling, and grip. Lakitu is the Normal Staff Ghost for SNES Donut Plains 3.
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