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Artwork of Don-chan from Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Don-chan in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
Full name Don Wada
Species Taiko Drum
First appearance Taiko no Tatsujin (2001, Taiko no Tatsujin series)
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival (2022, Taiko no Tatsujin series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, cameo, Mario-related media)
Latest portrayal Miki Narahashi (2004-present)

Don Wada, typically known as Don-chan, or simply Don, is the main character of the Taiko no Tatsujin series, and appears as a default playable character in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.[1] He has poor speed, average acceleration, and great handling, sharing these statistics with Toad, Bowser Jr., and Lakitu. He also has two downloadable palette swaps in the game that dress him in strawberry and knight costumes, known officially as Strawberry Don-chan and Hero Don-chan respectively. These variants allow him to use the Cake and Shield Special Items respectively. Additionally, Don-chan appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the characters that Pac-Man can randomly summon during his Namco Roulette taunt.[2]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どんちゃん
From「どんどん」(dondon, an onomatopoeia for a drumming or beating sound) and「ちゃん」(-chan, a Japanese affectionate honorific)


  • Preceding Don-chan's appearance in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the Mario franchise crossed over with the Taiko no Tatsujin series, as music from Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii appeared in the Taiko no Tatsujin series prior.