The Badwagon is a default kart body that appears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It resembles a pink muscle car, as well as the Flame Flyer from Mario Kart Wii; specifically, it resembles a pig wearing sunglasses, as seen by its grille and lights. 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
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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 back of the car is adorned with stereo speakers, tailfins, neon lights and a Roy Smooth Sounds logo. 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 also 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.
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
The Badwagon returns in Mario Kart Tour. It appears to be equipped with the Retro Off-Road tires, based on their appearance in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game also introduces a blue variant, simply named the Blue Badwagon. Both versions of the kart increase score and boost time from Mini-Turbos and share the High-End classification, but are treated as two separate vehicles.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Badwagon appears as an Ace-class Shield-type primary spirit, using the Mario Kart 8 artwork featuring Pink Gold Peach. The spirit has two support slots and increases a fighter's movement speed when used. The spirit battle takes place on the Mario Circuit stage and has a Metal Peach as the opponent, reflecting the Pink Gold Peach artwork used to represent the spirit. Other than by winning this battle, the Badwagon spirit can be obtained by purchasing it from Funky Kong's Shack for 4000 Spirit Points at regular price.
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Mario Kart series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
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