Flame Runner

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Not to be confused with Flame Flyer or Flame Rider.
Flame Runner
FlameRunner-Rosalina.png
Rosalina on her Flame Runner.
Size Class Large
Strong stats Speed, Weight, Drift, Mini-Turbo
Weak stats Acceleration, Handling, Off-Road
Appearances Mario Kart Wii

The Flame Runner (known as the Bowser Bike in PAL regions) is a large-sized bike which appears in the game Mario Kart Wii. As the PAL region name suggests, the bike resembles Bowser; the coloring of the bike even mirrors Bowser himself. No other vehicles in Mario Kart Wii bear physical resemblances to its playable characters.

The kart counterpart for this bike is the Flame Flyer.

Bowser's Flame Runner makes a cameo appearance as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Stats[edit]

Speed: 60/80
Weight: 54/80
Acceleration: 18/80
Handling: 24/80
Drift: 51/80
Off-road: 21/80
Mini-turbo: 51/80
Drift Type:
In

The Flame Runner has great speed with good weight, drifting and mini-turbo: it is the third fastest bike in the game, behind the Sneakster and the Spear respectively. Its speed is tied with the Blue Falcon. However, the bike suffers from the worst acceleration among all bikes in the game, and its handling and off-road are also rather low.

Color schemes[edit]

On the Flame Runner, the color changes on the front wheel well and back wheel, the bike's body, and the exhaust pipe.

  • Wario: Purple well, yellow body, gold exhaust pipe
  • Waluigi: Dark Blue well and body, silver exhaust pipe
  • Donkey Kong: Maroon well and body, gold exhaust pipe
  • Bowser: Red well, yellow body, gold exhaust pipe
  • King Boo: Black well and body, silver exhaust pipe
  • Rosalina: Blue well, grey body, silver exhaust pipe
  • Funky Kong: Maroon well, light tan body, gold exhaust pipe
  • Dry Bowser: Brown well, grey body, silver exhaust pipe
  • Male Mii: Golden well, light tan body, silver exhaust pipe
  • Female Mii: Pink well, light tan body, gold exhaust pipe

Gallery[edit]

Trophy description from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Bowser + Flame Runner
Bowser + Bowser Bike
SSB4TrophyBowserFlameRunner.png Wii Mario Kart Wii (04/2008) Now THIS is a monster of a bike! It was obviously designed with Bowser in mind, since they both weigh a ton and both have trouble accelerating. Once you get up to top speed, though, these two really come into their own! Incidentally, Bowser is known as Koopa in Japan, but the Japanese name for this bike is Super Bowser. How rare. Now THIS is a monster of a bike! It was clearly designed with Bowser in mind, but since they both weigh a ton, they might have trouble accelerating. Once they get to top speed, though, they're a practically unstoppable team! Incidentally, although Bowser is known as Koopa in Japan, this bike still uses his English name there.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーバウザー
Sūpā Bauzā
Super Bowser
Spanish Moto de Bowser Bowser Bike
French (NOA) Moto Flammes Flame Bike
French (NOE) Bécane Bowser Bowser Bike
Italian Moto Bowser Bowser Bike
Korean 쿠파라이더
Kupa Raideou
Bowser Rider

Trivia[edit]

  • The Flame Runner is one of seven vehicles in Mario Kart Wii to go through a design change other than a palette-swap; the others being the Booster Seat, Bit Bike, Wario Bike, Shooting Star, Spear, and Phantom. In this case, Bowser's and Dry Bowser's Flame Runner have their exhaust pipes positioned lower than the other bikes. Also, Rosalina's Flame Runner features shorter handles than the other Flame Runners.
  • The Japanese name of the bike, Super Bowser, uses Bowser's English name instead of using his Japanese name of Koopa. This was later used with the DLC Bone Rattler from Mario Kart 8.