Lakitu (character)

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This article is about the red-shelled Lakitu character. For information about the generic Lakitus often appearing as enemies in the Mario series, see here.
Lakitu
Lakitu MK7.jpg
Lakitu, as he appears in Mario Kart 7.
Full Name Lakitu
Species Lakitu
First Appearance Mario Kart 7 (2011)

Lakitu is a character who makes his first appearance in Mario Kart 7, like Toadette in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Baby Daisy in Mario Kart Wii. 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.

History[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Lakitu, and his kart in Mario Kart 7. Note that Lakitu's artwork is a palette swap of the New Super Mario Bros. artwork for generic Lakitus.

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's 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.[1]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Lakitu as he appears in Mario Kart 8

The red-shelled Lakitu has been confirmed to return as a playable character in Mario Kart 8.

Official Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Class: Feather
  • Stat Boosts
    • Speed: 3
    • Acceleration: 4
    • Weight: 2.25
    • Handling: 3
    • Off-Road: 4
  • Bios
    • Site
      • Flag of USA.png "Usually busy fishing out fallen racers in the kart races, Lakitu has finally decided to show off his driving skills."
      • Flag of Europe.png "A lightweight driver who excels at handling, Lakitu has finally decided to take to the track!"
    • Guide: "Lakitu got tired of officiating races, so he decided to enter one himself. Select this little guy to enjoy the acceleration and drifting shared by all lightweights."

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - Hideki Konno Interview (Retrieved April 11, 2014)