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MKT Icon Badwagon.png
The Badwagon in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Weight, Traction (MK8)
Speed, Weight, Traction (MK8D)
Weak stats Acceleration, Handling (MK8, MK8D)
Appearances Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo), Mario Kart Tour

The Badwagon is a kart from the Mario Kart series. It resembles a magenta muscle car with stereo speakers and a Roy Smooth Sounds logo on the rear, as well as the Flame Flyer from Mario Kart Wii. The emblem is located on the hood. The vehicle's name is a pun on the bandwagon effect, a psychological phenomenon where individuals more easily conform to a trend set by a larger group of people regardless of contrary evidence.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Badwagon first appears in Mario Kart 8 as a default kart body. Though muscle cars are typically built for speed, the Badwagon does not offer a ground speed boost (though it offers a water speed boost); it excels at weight and traction while acceleration and handling are lowered. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, however, it offers a speed boost on the ground while the water speed is reduced.

The stereo speakers and the lights animate to the beat of the background music, while they are idle in the beginning of the race and briefly when the final lap jingle plays. It shares its stats with the Tri-Speeder, the Steel Driver, the Standard ATV, and the GLA. Artwork of the kart shows that it has four-wheel steering, though it is not used in-game. It has the engine sound of a V-twin with loud and distinctive exhaust noise.

A CPU-controlled Peach will occasionally use this vehicle body, paired with the Standard tires.

While this vehicle body is available right from the start in Mario Kart 8, in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it must be unlocked by collecting coins. CPU King Boo, Roy, Wario, and Pink Gold Peach occasionally use this body during races with the Off-Road tires.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Badwagon returns in Mario Kart Tour, where it is classified as a High-End kart. It offers longer-lasting Mini-Turbo boosts and increases the amount of points earned for performing one. It uses the Retro Off-Road tires (although a screenshot showed it with the Pipe Frame’s tires instead). Unlike its first appearance, the kart's speakers do not move and the lights do not flash. The game also introduces a blue variant, simply named the Blue Badwagon, which is also classified as a High-End kart, but it is exclusive to the New York Tour.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Badwagon appears as an Ace-class Shield-type primary spirit with two support slots. It is represented by Pink Gold Peach's Mario Kart 8 artwork, where she drives a Badwagon. When used, the spirit increases movement speed. Its puppet fighter is a Metal Peach and is fought on the Mario Circuit stage; defeating her in battle will earn the player the spirit. The Badwagon spirit can also be obtained by purchasing it from Funky Kong's Shack for 4,000 Spirit Points at regular price.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8

  • Ground Speed: 0
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.75
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.75
  • Traction: +0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.75

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Ground Speed: +0.5
  • Water Speed: -0.25
  • Air Speed: -0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: 0
  • Acceleration: -1
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.75
  • Water Handling: -0.25
  • Air Handling: -0.75
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.5
  • Traction: +0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: -1

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special skill MKT Icon Mini-Turbo.png Mini-Turbo Plus
Favored courses Bonus points ×2
MKT Icon Yoshi Circuit R.png
GCN Yoshi Circuit R
MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1.png
GBA Bowser's Castle 1
MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon Rock Rock Mountain R.png
3DS Rock Rock Mountain R
MKT Icon Daisy Hills R.png
3DS Daisy Hills R
MKT Icon Kalimari Desert.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
MKT Icon Neo Bowser City R.png
3DS Neo Bowser City R
Bonus points ×1.5
MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1R.png
GBA Bowser's Castle 1R
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 2RT.png
Tokyo Blur 2R/T
MKT Icon Toad Circuit RT.png
Toad Circuit R/T
MKT Icon Rock Rock Mountain T.png
Rock Rock Mountain T
MKT Icon Choco Island 1.png
SNES Choco Island 1
MKT Icon Choco Island 1R.png
SNES Choco Island 1R
MKT Icon Choco Mountain T.png
N64 Choco Mountain T
MKT Icon Choco Mountain R.png
N64 Choco Mountain R

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
Badwagon SSBU Badwagon Spirit.png Mario Kart Series Primary (2) Ace Shield
Speed ↑
Funky Kong's Shack; Spirit Board Peach
  • The enemy is metal
Mario Circuit Mario Circuit - Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビートデイモン
Bīto Deimon
Beat Deimon (corruption of demon)
Spanish (NOA) Clásico Classic
Spanish (NOE) Pandillero Mobster
French (NOA) Stéréo-bolide Porte-manteau with stéréo, referring to the stereo speakers on the back and bolide, a fast vehicle
French (NOE) Beat-bolide From beat and bolide (racing car)
Dutch Blingbolide Bling Racing Car
German Cool-Cabrio Cool convertible
Italian Discocabrio Disco-convertible
Portuguese (NOA) Carango Slang word for "car"
Portuguese (NOE) Estereomóvel Stereomobile
Russian Крутачка
Portmanteau of круто (colloquial for "cool" or "awesome") and тачка (colloquial for "car")
Korean 배드왜건
Bad Wagon