Bat (Mario Kart 64)

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A bat from Mario Kart 64
First appearance Mario Kart 64 (1996)

Bats,[1] also referred to as Mad Bats,[2] are creatures that appear on Banshee Boardwalk in Mario Kart 64. Specifically, they appear in the abandoned house area, where clouds of them fly out from a pair of coffins. Unlike with other obstacles in the game, hitting bats simply causes the racer to slow down rather than spin out, while the bats disappear in a star-like effect. They are not present in time trials of the course, likely due to the fact that time trials in the game are invalidated by hitting walls or obstacles, with the bat cloud being so thick as to be fairly difficult to avoid the bats.

In the Mario Kart DS iteration of the course, the bats are replaced by Swoops. Unlike the generic bats, the Swoops are present in the Time Trial mode, likely due to this game not having the issue of hitting obstacles negating record-keeping.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コウモリ[3]

Chinese 蝙蝠[4]


  1. ^ Mario Kart 64 instruction booklet, page 33.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #52, page 41.
  3. ^ Mario Kart 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 33.
  4. ^ Mario Kart 64 Chinese intruction booklet, page 32.