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)
Latest Appearance Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Latest Portrayal Dex Manley (2011-present)

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.

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 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".[1]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Lakitu, as he appears in 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.

The main color used in his vehicles is sky blue, with yellow used as a secondary color. This is true for his Standard Kart and Standard Bike, while his Super Glider has the colors switched: yellow glider with a sky blue stripe. However, his Standard ATV's secondary color is orange.

Official profiles and statistics[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."

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Lakitu's emblem from Mario Kart 8.
  • Weight Class: Light
  • Stats
    • Speed
      • Ground: 2.75
      • Water: 3.25
      • Air: 2.75
      • Anti-Gravity: 3
    • Acceleration: 3
    • Weight: 2.75
    • Handling
      • Ground: 4.25
      • Water: 4.25
      • Air: 4
      • Anti-Gravity: 4.5
    • Traction: 4.25
    • Mini-Turbo: 2.75
  • Bio: "Watch enough races, and you’ll eventually want to be in one. Lakitu joins the fray, and as you might expect he shows excellent ability in the air."
Staff ghost time
Course Staff Name Country Time Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
SNES Donut Plains 3 Nin★Frank United Kingdom 1:39.148 Pipe Frame Monster MKTV Parafoil

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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