The Blue Falcon is a small kart that first appears in Mario Kart Wii. In Mario Kart 8, it appears as a kart part in the first downloadable content pack, and in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe it is an unlockable kart part. It is modeled after the vehicle of the same name used by Captain Falcon in the F-Zero series. The Blue Falcon in Mario Kart Wii is based on its more modern design from F-Zero X on the N64 and F-Zero GX on the GCN, while the one in Mario Kart 8 is based on its design from the original SNES F-Zero. In Mario Kart Wii, the coloring of Baby Mario's variant is the same as the Blue Falcon the kart is based on and the emblem is located on the two tailfins and hood. The kart bears less resemblance to the vehicle it is based on in Mario Kart Wii, having three wheels and a battery at the bottom. Its depiction in Mario Kart 8 is more accurate; it now emits flames, which changes color during a mini-turbo drift, instead of exhaust smoke. In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the emblem is located on the sides of the kart.
The Blue Falcon can be unlocked in Mario Kart Wii by winning the Lightning Cup in Mirror Mode, or by playing 4,200 races. It does not have a bike counterpart for the small size class, being more similar to the medium bike Sneakster and the large bike Spear. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it can be unlocked randomly by collecting coins, as per the other previously DLC-exclusive vehicle parts.
Mario Kart Wii
The Blue Falcon has great speed; it is the fastest small vehicle in the game. In fact, its speed is equivalent to the Flame Runner's. It is also the fastest vehicle without a counterpart in the game. However, the vehicle is rather light and has average drifting and acceleration, but its other stats are rather low. In fact, the Blue Falcon is the only small vehicle to have a Mini-Turbo lower than thirty, unless driven by Baby Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Dry Bones, or the Mii based on their Mini-Turbo bonuses. Its weight is tied with the Standard Kart S. Its acceleration is tied with the Super Blooper. The Blue Falcon's off-road is rather poor; it has the worst off-road performance, handling, and Mini-Turbo out of all small vehicles.
Although it is called the Blue Falcon, most characters driving this vehicle have non-blue color schemes; for example, Dry Bones has a black Blue Falcon. If Baby Luigi or Baby Daisy ride the Blue Falcon, it can surpass the Sprinter's and Flame Runner's default speed by one point.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Blue Falcon returns in Mario Kart 8 as one of the vehicles included in The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack, as well as one of the three retro vehicle bodies to return in the game along with the B Dasher and Pipe Frame. The model is redesigned to look like the original Blue Falcon from F-Zero for the SNES, complete with flames coming out from the exhausts and an engine noise mimicking that of its original counterpart, and it no longer changes color depending on which character is using it. It can also be used by a character of any weight class, as opposed to being exclusive to lightweight characters. Its sound is actually a deeper pitched version of the Jet Bike. The exhaust flames changes color when performing a Mini-Turbo.
In terms of its stats, the Blue Falcon's stat distribution is similar to that of the Soda Jet from Mario Kart 7; it gives a high boost in speed and acceleration as well as an average Mini-Turbo, at the cost of some weight and traction. Also, the Blue Falcon's stats are shared with the Streetle, which is available in the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 DLC pack.
A Stamp of the Blue Falcon became available in Version 4.0 of Mario Kart 8, which was released on April 23, 2015.
In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it can be unlocked randomly by collecting coins and now shares stats with the Splat Buggy. It provides a higher boost to traction, anti-gravity handling, and water handling, while reducing water speed, air speed, acceleration, weight, ground handling, and air handling.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 8
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