Mini Bomb Kart

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A Mini Bomb Kart after a race is lost
A Mini Bomb Kart
Artwork of a Mini Bomb Kart chasing Mario and Toad from Mario Kart 64
Mario and Toad avoiding a Mini Bomb Kart

Mini Bomb Karts,[1] also named Bomb Buggies,[2] are yellow bombs with wheels found in Mario Kart 64. They appear on three different occasions: First, they can be seen in the Versus mode of the game, serving as obstacles. Second, when a player loses all of their balloons in Battle Mode and if there are at least two players left, they turn into a Mini Bomb Kart. In this state, they can drive like before, though they still count as having lost the battle. Instead, when they collide with a real driver, they explode and make the driver they crashed into lose one balloon. Once exploded, the Mini Bomb Kart disappears. If the player hits a Mini Bomb Kart in Battle Mode with a Super Star or another Mini Bomb Kart, there is no explosion, and the Mini Bomb Kart just disappears. At this point, the player is unable to participate further and must wait for the battle to finish. As a Mini Bomb Kart, the player is no longer displayed on the course's map and can no longer use items. Items can also hit the Mini Bomb Kart in the same manner as items hitting a racer; the Mini Bomb Kart does not explode if it hits an item, and Lakitu picks it up if it falls off the stage. Finally, when the player places fourth or lower in the Grand Prix, they drive away from the victory celebration. A Mini Bomb Kart appears and blows up the loser, which is followed by their losing portrait and the text "What a pity! You placed (number). Maybe next time!" appearing onscreen.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ばくだんミニカー[3]
Bakudan Minikā
Bomb Minicar
French Bombe à roulettes[4] Wheeled bomb
Italian Kart Mini Bomba[5] Mini Bomb Kart


  1. ^ Mario Kart 64 English instruction booklet, pg. 13
  2. ^ "There are no CPU racers, but there's an optional 'Bomb Buggy' which zooms about — if you crash into it, you lose precious time." – Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 26.
  3. ^ Mario Kart 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 13.
  4. ^ Mario Kart 64 European instruction booklet, page 55.
  5. ^ Mario Kart 64 European instruction booklet, page 35.