Mario Kart DS item probability distributions

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The following tables are used in Mario Kart DS to determine the probability of receiving an item when an Item Box is opened. Even though the karts influence the probability of obtaining each item through their Items statistics, only the tables for one case are stored in the game's files; this case presumably refers to the use of the Standard karts, that have an Items statistics of 66. The probability is coded as percentage multiplied by two. The distributions are presented in the order used in the code.[1]

Races

In the races, the item probability distributions are chosen depending on the rank of the driver when the Item Box is opened.

Grand Prix races

Grand Prix races, drivers controlled by players
Item Rank
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 45 25 15 5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 55 40 25 20 10
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 90 30 15 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 35 20 10
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 30 40 45 40 35 10
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 10 30 55 60 70 30
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 20 20 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings 10 20 15
Artwork of Lightning 10 20 45
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 15 25 20 10
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 30 15 5
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 5 15 15 5
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 10 25 40 25
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 15 35 55
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg 10 20 45
BlooperMKDS.png 10 15 10 5
Boo 5 10 10 10 5
Unused Item
Grand Prix races, drivers controlled by software
Item Rank
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 60 25 35 30 30 25 15 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 15 70 35 30 15
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 50 35 25 20 15 15 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 35 20 10 5
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 10 20 40 40 45 70 70 30
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 15 25 35 40 45 55
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 15 15 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings 10 15 15 15
Artwork of Lightning 25
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 5 15 10 10 5
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 30 15 5
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 10 20 25
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 5 15 30
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg 10 25
BlooperMKDS.png 5 10 10 5
Boo 5 10 10 5
Unused Item

VS races

In the case of online VS races, two tables of item probability distributions are found in the game's code, both of them having the same values. Only one of them will be presented here. It must be noted that those tables have the probabilities coded for 8 players, while in the final game only up to 4 players can participate in an online VS race.

Local VS races, drivers controlled by players
Item Rank
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 40 30 15 5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 60 45 30 20 10 5
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 90 30 15 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 35 15 10
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 25 35 45 40 35 10
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 15 30 55 65 75 25
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 5 20 20 15
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings 10 20 20 10
Artwork of Lightning 35
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 10 20 15 5
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 35 20 5
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 5 15 15 10
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 10 30 35 35
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 15 45 60
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg 15 45
BlooperMKDS.png 5 10 15 10 5
Boo 5 10 10 10 5
Unused Item
Local VS races, drivers controlled by software
Item Rank
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 80 25 35 30 30 25 15 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 15 70 35 25 10
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 45 30 25 20 15 10 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 30 20 15 10 5
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 20 35 35 45 65 60 20
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 10 25 35 45 55 60
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 15 15 10 5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings 15 20 20 20
Artwork of Lightning 25
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 5 15 10 5
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 30 15 5
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 10 25 20
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 5 15 30
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg 35
BlooperMKDS.png 5 10 10 10 5
Boo 5 10 10 5
Unused Item
Online VS races
Item Rank
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 60 35 30 25 20 5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 50 45 45 40 30 10 10
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 100 40 20 10 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 30 20 10
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 30 40 35 30 20 10
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 15 35 40 45 55 60 45
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 10 15 20 20 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings 10 15 20 15 10
Artwork of Lightning 5 25 30
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 8 20 30 35
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 2 15 25 40
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg 20 30
BlooperMKDS.png 5 5 8 10
Boo 5 7 10 5
Unused Item

Special cases

These distributions are used in special cases (such as Missions mode; for example, the 8th distribution is used in the special Item Box of DK Pass, and the second during Mission 6-4. The last five distributions do not allow to obtain any item, it is possible that they are not used in the game.

Special cases
Item Distribution
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 1 40 200
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 1 1
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 200 100
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 200 100 9 9
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 200 190 100
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 200 40
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings
Artwork of Lightning
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 199 120
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 200 90
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS)
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg
BlooperMKDS.png
Boo
Unused Item

Battles

In the battles, there are three distributions each.

Balloon Battle

For Balloon Battles, items are determined by the number of balloons above the kart.

Balloon Battles, drivers controlled by players
Item Number of balloons
3+ 2 1
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 65 35 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 35 55 80
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 45 15
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 25 10
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 20 20 2
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 10 13
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 5 15 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings
Artwork of Lightning
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 15 10
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 5 15
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 20
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 25
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 5
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg
BlooperMKDS.png 5 10
Boo 15
Unused Item
Balloon Battles, drivers controlled by software
Item Number of balloons
3+ 2 1
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 95 75 15
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 35 55 80
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 20
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 15
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 25 20 15
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 5 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 15 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings
Artwork of Lightning
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 10 20
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 25
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS)
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg
BlooperMKDS.png 10 10
Boo 5 15
Unused Item

Shine Runners

It is not currently known how items get distributed in Shine Runners.

Shine Runners battles, drivers controlled by players
Item Distribution
1 2 3
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 60 35 5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 40 60 70
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 50 15
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 25 10
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 10 10 1
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 5 4
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 15 20 15
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings
Artwork of Lightning 15
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 25 10
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS 15
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 35
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 25
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS)
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg
BlooperMKDS.png 5 5
Boo 15
Unused Item
Shine Runners battles, drivers controlled by software
Item Distribution
1 2 3
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Green Shell 90 70 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Red Shell 40 65 85
Mario Kart Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Banana Peel with the common symbol of the eyes 25 5
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart DS 15 5
Artwork of a Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, also used for Mario Kart DS 20 15 8
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart: Double Dash. 2
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! artwork: Bob-omb (this artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS) 10 20 10
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! promotional artwork: A Spiny Shell, now with the capability of the wings
Artwork of Lightning 20
Triple Green Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 10 20
Artwork of Triple Bananas, from Mario Kart DS
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Concept artwork of a Star from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 5 20
A Golden Mushroom from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (This artwork is reused for Mario Kart DS)
MKDS Bullet Bill Artwork.jpg
BlooperMKDS.png 5 10
Boo 15
Unused Item

References