Mario Coins take the place of regular coins for players using a Mario Card. There are 25 Mario Coins located in each course, except in Challenge games. If a player collects a certain number of Mario Coins, they will gain a special private kart for the character or a character-exclusive special item. Even if the player loses coins by bumping into a wall or taking damage, it will still count towards the player's Mario Coin total at the end of the race. Bonus Mario Coins are awarded for the player's finishing position and their performance in the Challenge game if one is played.
The following list are three ways Mario Coins are distributed:
This means that the maximum amount of Mario Coins that can be collected in one race is 55 (assuming that the Challenge game is played).
Challenge game bonus
The player can also earn Mario Coins through Challenge Games. A player can play a Challenge Game by clearing all courses within a cup in 1st place (this will also happen if the player selects a cup they have already completed and finishes 1st on the round that they selected to race on). Regardless of the Challenge Game, the maximum Mario Coins 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 except v1.06 of the international version whether the player is using save data or not. In international versions on versions before v1.06, it serves no purpose. There are now 35 Mario Coins laid out on each track. For every 50 Mario Coins collected, the player gets a Slot Chance where the player can unlock an item, special kart, or an extra character.
There are three ways Mario Coins are distributed:
This means that the maximum amount of Mario Coins that can be collected in one race is 75.
While playing races is one way to earn Mario Coins, there are also other ways to earn Mario Coins, depending on the current game version and the events that are taking place.