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These types of coin only appear if the player is using a Mario Card. They are found on every course in the game. The player can collect these types of coins that are on the ground. If a player collects a certain number of Mario Coins, he or she will gain a special private kart for the character or gain a special item only for him or her. The player can lose these types of coins like the ordinary coins by simply bumping into a wall.
There are also two other ways to earn Mario Coins: finishing high in a race and playing Challenge Games.
The following list are three ways Mario Coins are distributed:
Challenge game bonus
The player can also earn Mario Coin through Challenge Games. A player can play a Challenge Game by clearing all courses within a cup in 1st place. Regardless of the Challenge Game, the maximum Mario Coin the player can earn is 15. The table is as follows:
The Mario Coin reappears in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the sequel to Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. Unlike the previous game, Mario Coin appears on all game versions whether the player is using save data or not. A notable change is without the loss of Mario Coin by bumping into a wall. In international versions, it serves no purpose. A player can unlock content by earning 50 Mario Coins.
There are three ways Mario Coins are distributed:
A player can also earn Mario Coins through some other purpose, such as selecting the right chest after winning a one-on-one battle in the National Battle mode.
In April 21, 2016; an update was added to the Japanese cabinets. Here, Banapassport users gain 50 Mario Coin if they use inserted credits to continue their game after their race, called a Continue Bonus.