There are a total of thirteen different cups that have appeared throughout the main series: the Mushroom, Flower, Star, Special (since Super Mario Kart), Lightning (first appearing in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and since Mario Kart DS, Shell, Banana, Leaf (also since Mario Kart DS), Egg, Triforce, Crossing, and Bell (for the two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs), and the All-Cup Tour (exclusively in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!). Each cup usually contains four courses (with the exceptions being Super Mario Kart, where each cup has five, and the All-Cup Tour in Double Dash!!, which is a mixture of all four other cups in the game). When the player ranks in the top three in a Grand Prix, an award ceremony will be held, and they will see a unique trophy based on the cup with gold (1st), silver (2nd), and bronze (3rd) variants. In each installment since Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, completing certain cups will unlock different rewards, such as characters and karts.
In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, a ranking system for the cups was introduced. After being absent from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, the ranking system was reintroduced in Mario Kart DS. The ranking system has stayed since, though the system was revamped in Mario Kart 8 to only be based on the points that the player earns (with 60 earning the player three gold stars). While it was only cosmetic in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, it does net rewards in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8. In Super Circuit, the player can earn an alternate title screen by getting three stars in every cup, while in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 the player can earn kart parts (being the Gold Tires and the Gold Standard, respectively).
Outside of Grand Prix, cups are still used to categorize the different tracks in other modes that use these tracks. Since Mario Kart Wii a simple trophy is also given out at the end of a round of Vs. Mode or Battle Mode (despite the latter having little to nothing to do with cups).
The arcade Mario Kart games, including Mario Kart Arcade GP, Arcade GP 2, and Arcade GP DX, feature different cups based on different characters in the games (except for the Rainbow Cup). These cups include the Mario Cup, Donkey Kong Cup, Pac-Man Cup, Wario Cup, Bowser Cup (all in the first two games, with the former and latter appearing in DX as well), Yoshi Cup, Waluigi Cup, Rainbow Cup (exclusively in Arcade GP 2), Toad Cup, Don-chan Cup, and Bowser Jr. Cup (exclusively in DX). It should be noted that the three cups exclusive to Mario Kart Arcade GP DX are nearly identical to the Yoshi Cup, Donkey Kong Cup, and Waluigi Cup, respectively. Unlike their console counterparts, the cups in the arcade games only include two courses each. Both of these courses share a theme, such as a beach or an amusement park. Due to this, many of these courses share several major elements with one another.
Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros. series, trophies based around various Nintendo properties (including the series itself) appear. First appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Trophies are collectible figures the player can find in the aforementioned game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. In Melee, trophies were introduced to replace the doll concept of the first Super Smash Bros., and have appeared in every subsequent game since. According to the story of The Subspace Emissary, the characters in this world are all trophies created and brought to life by Master Hand, and exist for no reason other than fighting. Whenever the characters are defeated in battle, they are forcibly reverted to trophies. Also, interestingly, trophies of the smashers in the Subspace Emissary are grey, shiny, full-size statues instead of the smaller trophies or statuettes seen in the Trophy Galllery.
There are many ways to collect trophies in the Super Smash Bros. series. Common trophies can be collected by finding them in some Adventure mode stages or Smash Run, by getting them in a Classic mode bonus stage, by getting them in a lottery in Melee, by playing Coin Launcher in Brawl, by playing Trophy Rush and Stadium Mode in 3DS / Wii, and by buying them in the Trophy Shop in 3DS / Wii U. Some trophies can only be unlocked by completing certain event missions. To unlock trophies of the fighters (except for the alternative trophies in Wii U, which are common trophies, players must complete Classic, Adventure, or All-Star mode. Once a trophy is collected, it can be viewed in either the Trophy Gallery, where players can closely observe a trophy and read a description of it, or the Trophy Hoard, where all of the trophies the player has collected will be displayed together. In addition, in Brawl and Wii U players can take photos of their trophies with the Photo Booth feature.
List of Trophies in Melee
There are a total of 293 trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, there are three trophies that the player can only get through an Action Replay device in the American version, while they are completely removed in the PAL version.
List of Trophies in Brawl
There are a total of 544 trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
List of Trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Trophies return in the fourth installments of the series, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Like the stages in both games, Trophies in the Nintendo 3DS version will mostly be from handheld games, while Trophies in the Wii U version will mostly be from home console games. It was mentioned that only the Nintendo 3DS version would already contain more trophies than Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There is a "Trophy Shop", where trophies can be purchased by either coins from battles or Play Coins. Some of these trophies can also occasionally be purchased at a discount. The 3DS version has a total of 685 trophies, while the Wii U version has 716.
Mario Golf series
In the Mario Golf series (except for Toadstool Tour), there are Gold, Silver, Bronze trophies. Players can earn these trophies by placing in the top three in a Tournament. In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, the player only receives a trophy if they get 1st place.
Mario Tennis series
In the Mario Tennis series, trophies reappear with the same purpose as in the Mario Golf series. Like in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, they can only be earned by ranking in 1st place.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
In Mario Hoops 3-on-3 there are trophies for each cup. The cups are: The Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, the Star Cup, and the Rainbow Cup. Once the players collects all four for the first time, they can play all four cups again on Hard Mode. There are bronze, silver, and gold versions of each trophy, though instead of being based on the player's position (they can only get trophies by placing in 1st), the trophy is based on how many points a player earns in a tourney (200+ over all CPUs for gold, 199-100 for silver, and 99- for bronze). Each bronze, silver, and gold trophy for each cup offers a different reward.
Super Mario Strikers
In Super Mario Strikers, trophies are awards won by achieving a certain number of special actions. Additionally, all cups of the game are trophies, including the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, the Star Cup, the Bowser Cup, the Super Mushroom Cup, the Super Flower Cup, the Super Star Cup, and the Super Bowser Cup. The cups' trophies are won by winning the cup. These special trophies can also be unlocked:
Winning a gold trophy also unlocks certain cheats available in the Options menu.
Mario Strikers Charged
In the sequel to Super Mario Strikers, Mario Strikers Charged, players can earn one of three trophies, the Fire Cup, the Crystal Cup, and the Striker Cup. To win the cup, players must beat the champion of the cup in the best 2-out-of-3 series. If the player wins two games, then the cup is theirs.
In addition to the three main cups, all three also have two bonus trophies known as the Golden Foot and Brick Wall awards. These are based on goals for and goals against, respectively.
Mario vs, Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem, the player can earn a gold trophy if they do well enough on a level. Before a player can upload his/her own level, they must Play Test it and earn at least enough points for a trophy.
Mario Sports Mix
In Mario Sports Mix, if players beat tournaments for any sport, they will receive a trophy for finishing the final match of that specific tournament.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, if Mario returns to where he found the Bowling Ball in the Bafflewood after knocking down the pins at Strike Lake, he will find a gold trophy (supposedly to him, as it has his name on the bottom). If he takes it to one of the Sling-a-Things found in the game, he can collect the Trophy sticker. If he uses the sticker in battle, the man on top of the trophy will toss his ball at the enemies to damage them.
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