B Dasher

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B Dasher
MKT Icon BDasher.png
The B Dasher, in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Acceleration, Weight, Items (MKDS)
Speed, Handling (MK7)
Speed, Weight (MK8 and MK8D)
Weak stats None (MKDS)
Acceleration, Off-Road (MK7)
Acceleration, Traction (MK8)
Acceleration, Handling, Traction (MK8D)
Appearances Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo), Mario Kart Tour

The B Dasher is Mario's main kart of choice in the game Mario Kart DS. It returns as an unlockable kart body in Mario Kart 7, along with being a downloadable kart body in Mario Kart 8, and a randomly unlocked kart body in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is a long, skinny, white kart with stripes along each side and a massive engine block with four large exhaust pipes. It appeared on the box art of Mario Kart DS, and it resembles the real Honda RA272 Formula One car. It is the first vehicle in the series to have a racing car design; a feature that has became staple in the subsequent games, in which one or two vehicles have a racing design. Its name is most likely a reference to the controls of the side-scrolling platformer games - the player presses and holds the B button to dash. The B Button in SNES was also used for acceleration in Super Mario Kart. In Mario Kart 8, it is one of the several vehicles to have a supercharged engine, based on its sound. The B Dasher has a noticeable difference that the exhaust noise is louder and more audible compared to others. It additionally shares the same engine sound with the P-Wing.

In Mario Kart Wii, a kart called the Sprinter in American English is called the B Dasher Mk 2 in British English and Japanese, making it the Mario Kart DS kart's successor.

History[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Mario Kart DS artwork of the B Dasher

The B Dasher appears as the main kart in Mario Kart DS. Like the Standard Kart, it is balanced in stats and has average speed, good handling, sharp drift, above average acceleration, and high items & weight; it is one of the heaviest karts in the game, and its weight is tied with the Streamliner, Royale, Standard DK, Standard WL, Brute and Zipper. Its speed is tied with the Standard MR, Egg 1, Standard DS and Power Flower. Its acceleration sharing with the Standard MR, Standard LG, Streamliner, Royale, Standard PC, and Light Dancer. Its handling tied with the Standard PC, Light Tripper Standard WR, Brute, Dragonfly, Light Dancer, and Zipper. Its drift is tied with the Standard MR. In a minor note, despite its appearance would suggest, it has a weak-sounding two stroke engine, which is the same as Standard Kart.

To let any character use the kart, the player must obtain all the gold cups in 150cc Mirror Mode. Until then, only Mario can use this kart. Daisy and Waluigi can use this kart after the player has obtained all gold cups in 150cc Nitro or Retro Grand Prix.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The B Dasher, as it appears in Mario Kart 7

The B Dasher reappears in Mario Kart 7 as an unlockable vehicle and is noticeably more powerful than in Mario Kart DS. It features a speed and handling boost, but its acceleration and off-road stats are hindered during the process. In fact, the B Dasher is tied with the Blue Seven and Bolt Buggy for having the lowest acceleration of all kart bodies. Fortunately, it is tied with the Blue Seven, Bruiser, and Zucchini for having the highest speed of all kart bodies, and it's the fastest kart body to have a positive handling boost and to not have a negative impact on the air speed stat.

It now has a four stroke engine and its sound is actually the same as Mini Beast, Wild Wing, and Flame Flyer from Mario Kart Wii.

CPU Mario is more likely to be seen driving on this body, often using the Slick wheels and the Super Glider.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Red Yoshi, driving the B Dasher at GBA Mario Circuit

The B Dasher once again returns in Mario Kart 8 as part of the first downloadable content pack, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8. It uses the same exact stats as the Mach 8, Sports Coupe, Circuit Special, Gold Standard, and P-Wing. The design remains unchanged, aside from the engine being larger and more visible within the exhausts. Its sound suggests that it is possibly powered by a four-cylinder engine.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is unlocked randomly by collecting coins, and its stats have been altered so that it now reduces the water speed, air speed, acceleration, ground handling, water handling, air handling, anti-gravity handling and miniturbo stats while increasing the traction stat. The B Dasher now only shares its stats with the Circuit Special and P-Wing. CPU Mario, Daisy, Dry Bones, and Iggy are occasionally seen using this body paired with the Standard tires during races.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The B Dasher returns in Mario Kart Tour. It appears to be equipped with a new set of tires, and is classified as a High-End kart. The game also introduces two variants, simply named the Black B Dasher and Kabuki Dasher. All versions of the kart increase score and boost time from Dash Panels and share the High-End classification, but are treated as three separate vehicles.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the B Dasher appears as an Ace-class support Spirit, using its artwork from Mario Kart 7. When a fighter is equipped with the B Dasher spirit, it takes up one support slot increases the power of their neutral special moves (for example, Mario's Fireball). The spirit's battle takes place on Figure-8 Circuit, where the player has to face off against a team of Marios who can deal damage by running into the player.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS

  • Speed: 6/10
  • Acceleration: 7/10
  • Weight: 7/10
  • Handling: 5/10
  • Drift: 5.5/10
  • Items: 10/10

Mario Kart 7

  • Speed: +0.5
  • Sea Speed: -0.5
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: 0
  • Handling: +0.25
  • Sea Handling: 0
  • Air Handling: 0
  • Off-Road: -0.25
  • Mini-Turbo: 0
  • Stability: 0
  • Drift: 0

Mario Kart 8

  • Ground Speed: +0.5
  • Water Speed: +0.25
  • Air Speed: +0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: +0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.25
  • Weight: +0.25
  • Ground Handling: 0
  • Water Handling: 0
  • Air Handling: 0
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.25
  • Traction: -1
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.5

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Ground Speed: +0.5
  • Water Speed: -0.5
  • Air Speed: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: +0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.75
  • Weight: +0.25
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: -0.25
  • Air Handling: -0.75
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.25
  • Traction: -0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.75

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
B Dasher MetalMarioKart MK7.jpg Mario Kart Series Support (1) Ace Neutral Special ↑ Spirit Board Mario x3 Rule: Uncontrollable Speed
  • All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly
  • The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
Figure-8 Circuit Circuit - Mario Kart 7

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Bダッシュ
B dasshu
B Dash
Spanish Rayo GTI Thunderbold GTI, GTI stands for Gran Turismo Inyección (Gran Turismo Injection)
French Intrépide Intrepid
Dutch Sprinter Sprinter, probably from the Sprinter, which is outside North America known as the B Dasher Mk 2. Sprinter also means someone who runs fast.
German Bolide Racing Car
Italian Fulmine Lightning
Portuguese (NOA) Corisco Spark
Portuguese (NOE) Turbólide An aggregation of Turbo and Bólide (Racing Car)
Russian Турбо B
Turbo B
Turbo B
Korean B대시
B Daesi
B Dash

Trivia[edit]

  • In Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Mario's special kart resembles a stylized form of the B Dasher.
  • The B Dasher's name in Dutch is Sprinter, sharing a name with the Sprinter in Mario Kart Wii.

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