Pipe Frame

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Pipe Frame
PipeFrameBodyMK8.png
The Pipe Frame in Mario Kart 8.
Strong stats Acceleration, Off-Road, Drift (MK7)
Acceleration, Handling (MK8)
Acceleration, Handling, Traction (MK8D)
Weak stats Speed, Weight, Traction (MK7)
Weight, Traction (MK8)
Speed, Weight (MK8D)
Appearances Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The Pipe Frame (also formerly known simply as the Go-Kart) is the original form of Kart that appears in the first three installments of the Mario Kart series and is the predecessor to the Standard Kart. Throughout the games it appears in, the kart has different colors depending on the driver. In their original appearances, the Pipe Frame acts as the one and only vehicle available. The abilities of the kart depend on the driver so the kart itself has no strong or weak points.

After a 10-year absence, the Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as an unlockable kart body in all three and generally gives a boost in acceleration and handling while decreasing the weight and traction.

Unlike the Standard Kart, the Pipe Frame does not appear to resemble a real go-kart, though its appearance is somewhat similar to a micro kart, a type of racing kart known for its small size, but powerful engines.

History[edit]

Name[edit]

This vehicle was simply referred to as a "go-kart" in its earlier appearances, and the name "Pipe Frame" was not yet implemented prior to its reappearance in Mario Kart 7.

Super Mario Kart[edit]

The kart makes its first appearance in Super Mario Kart, designed as simple, small go-karts with different colors for each character and various performance traits depending on the driver, and an ability to boost by drifting.

Each character's kart has different engines; some uses four-stroke and few others uses two-stroke, based on its sounds.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

The Pipe Frame is redesigned in Mario Kart 64, featuring realistic-looking wheels, new colors for every character and a cubical engine with dual exhaust pipes. It also has a different handling compared to its predecessor.

This time, all karts uses two-stroke engines, with the exception of Toad's kart, which use a softer sounding four-stroke instead.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

The kart's design and colors for this game remain unchanged from Mario Kart 64 aside from its handling, which reverted to that of Super Mario Kart to fit the game's two-dimensional environment.

Unlike in Mario Kart 64, all the karts now uses four-stroke engines.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

After being absent in subsequent games after Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart 7 as an unlockable kart body, using its same design from Mario Kart 64 to Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The character's emblem is shown underneath the engine. It is one of the three kart parts to have a different color for each character; the eight characters from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit retain the same color schemes, except for Peach, which has a slightly lighter pink color. Like in Super Circuit, it has a four-stroke engine with powerful-sounding exhausts.

In terms of stats, the Pipe Frame slightly boosts acceleration and off-road, but slightly hinders top speed and weight, which makes it the polar opposite of the Gold Standard in a way. It terms of its hidden stats, it gives a heavy boost in sea and air speeds, a good boost in mini-turbo and a slight boost in drift, while not hindering any other stat.

Color schemes[edit]

Character Color
Mario Red
Luigi Green
Peach Pink
Yoshi Lime green
Bowser Orange
Donkey Kong Yellow
Toad Blue
Koopa Light green-yellow
Daisy Yellow-orange
Wario Purple
Rosalina Turquoise
Metal Mario Blue-gray
Shy Guy Black
Honey Queen Fuchsia
Wiggler Brown
Lakitu Sky blue
Mii Color depends on Mii's color

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Pipe Frame reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe again as an unlockable kart body. This time, it now resembles the kart's original design from Super Mario Kart, featuring only one exhaust pipe instead of two as seen in Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 7. Additionally, the character emblem is now located in the front. Unlike its predecessor, it is now has a two-stroke engine and its sound is shared with the Standard Kart, Teddy Buggy, Wild Wiggler, and the Sneeker, only having a softer exhaust noise.

Unlike past installments, the colors of the Pipe Frame are now shared with multiple characters, featuring 23 unique colors used among the 36 characters (and of those, thirteen of the colors are exclusive to one character, counting alternate colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy, but excluding Miis). The eight characters from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit once again retain the same color as they were in the original games, while Koopa Troopa now has a yellow color, reminiscent of in Super Mario Kart. In addition, all the Koopalings (except for Morton) have unique colored steering wheels for their karts, as opposed to the standard black for the secondary color. Also, all the Koopalings have unique colored exhaust pipes, as opposed to the standard yellow for the tertiary color, and their wheel hinges are uniquely colored, instead of being colored gray.

Like the Standard Kart, Standard Bike, and Standard ATV, the Pipe Frame body is occasionally used by all the CPU-controlled characters. Most CPU racers will always pair the Pipe Frame with the Standard tires, but several characters (usually medium and heavy racers) may use the Monster tires instead.

In Mario Kart 8, the Pipe Frame gives a good boost in handling and a slight one in acceleration, but it hinders traction and slightly hinders weight. In terms of its hidden stats, it offers a good boost in sea and air handling, and slight boosts in sea and air speeds, anti-gravity handling and mini-turbo, while only slightly hindering anti-gravity speed. It shares its stats with the Wild Wiggler, Standard Bike, Flame Rider, Varmint, W 25 Silver Arrow, and City Tripper. Overall, the Pipe Frame has the second highest stat total of any kart body, and the third highest among all vehicles.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Pipe Frame's stats have been altered: it now hinders speed, but gives a higher boost in aceleration and now slightly boosts traction. In terms of its hidden stats, it no longer increases water speed and now hinders air speed and air handling, while hindering anti-gravity speed further, with no compensation. It now only shares stats with the Varmint and City Tripper.

An early version of the Pipe Frame's body featured the same design it had from Mario Kart 64 to Mario Kart: Super Circuit, with the only exception being that the character's emblem was located at the front, like in the body's final version.

Color schemes[edit]

Character(s) Color Image
Body Wheel Hinges Steering Wheel Engine and Exhaust
MK8 Mario Icon.pngMK8 BabyMario Icon.pngYoshiRed-MK8.pngMii MK8.png (Red, Mario/Pikmin Suit) Red Gray Black Gold PipeFrameBodyMK8.png
MK8 Luigi Icon.pngMK8 BabyLuigi Icon.pngShyGuyGreen-MK8.pngMK8 Bowser Jr Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Green, Luigi/Yoshi Suit) Green Gray Black Gold MK8GreenPFIcon.png
MK8 Peach Icon.pngMK8 BabyPeach Icon.pngYoshiPink-MK8.pngShyGuyPink-MK8.pngMK8 Toadette Icon.pngMK8 Cat Peach Icon.pngVillagerFemale-Icon-MK8.pngInklingMii MK8.png (Pink, Peach/Kirby Suit) Light pink Gray Black Gold MK8PinkPFIcon.png
MK8 Daisy Icon.pngMK8 BabyDaisy Icon.pngYoshiOrange-MK8.pngShyGuyOrange-MK8.pngMK8 Tanooki Mario Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Orange, Varia Suit) Yellow-orange Gray Black Gold MK8OrangePFIcon.png
MK8 Rosalina Icon.pngMK8 Lakitu Icon.pngMK8 BabyRosalina Icon.pngYoshiLightBlue-MK8.pngShyGuyLightBlue-MK8.pngMK8DX Dry Bones Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Light-blue, Mega Man Suit, Rosalina Suit) Sky blue Gray Black Gold MK8LightBluePFIcon.png
MK8 MMario Icon.png Metallic gray Gray Black Gold MK8MMPFIcon.png
MK8 Yoshi Icon.pngMK8 Isabelle Icon.pngInklingMii MK8.png (Light-green, Animal Crossing Suit) Light green-yellow Gray Black Gold MK8LightGreenPFIcon.png
MK8 Koopa Icon.pngMK8 DKong Icon.pngYoshiYellow-MK8.pngShyGuyYellow-MK8.pngInkling Mii MK8.png (Yellow, PAC-MAN/Wario Suit) Yellow Gray Black Gold MK8YellowPFIcon.png
MK8 Toad Icon.pngYoshiBlue-MK8.pngShyGuyBlue-MK8.pngMK8 Link Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Blue, Hylian/Captain Falcon/Fox/Toad/Sonic Suit) Blue Gray Black Gold MK8BluePFIcon.png
YoshiWhite-MK8.pngShyGuyWhite-MK8.pngMii MK8.png (White) White Gray Black Gold MK8WhitePFIcon.png
MK8 ShyGuy Icon.pngYoshiBlack-MK8.pngShyGuyBlack-MK8.pngMK8 Dry Bowser Icon.pngKing BooMii MK8.png (Black, Bowser Suit) Black Gray Black Gold MK8BlackPFIcon.png
Mii MK8.png (Brown, DK Suit) Brown Gray Black Gold MK8BrownPFIcon.png
MK8 PGPeach Icon.png Metallic pink Gray Black Gold MK8PGPPFIcon.png
MK8 Bowser Icon.pngVillagerMale-Icon-MK8.png Orange Gray Black Gold MK8BowserPFIcon.png
MK8 Wario Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Purple) Purple Gray Black Gold MK8PurplePFIcon.png
MK8 Waluigi Icon.png Dark purple Gray Black Gold MK8WaluigiPFIcon.png
MK8 Iggy Icon.png Lime green Blue-violet Blue-violet Violet-purple MK8IggyPFIcon.png
MK8 Roy Icon.png Red-purple Light pink Light pink Violet MK8RoyPFIcon.png
MK8 Lemmy Icon.png Cyan Orange Orange Orange MK8LemmyPFIcon.png
MK8 Larry Icon.png Yellow Sky blue Sky blue Sky blue MK8LarryPFIcon.png
MK8 Wendy Icon.png Pink Light purple Light purple Cyan MK8WendyPFIcon.png
MK8 Ludwig Icon.png Dark blue Blue Blue Forest green MK8LudwigPFIcon.png
MK8 Morton Icon.png Dark gray Forest green Black Dark gray MK8MortonPFIcon.png

Stats[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: -0.25
  • Sea Speed: +1
  • Air Speed: +0.5
  • Acceleration: +0.25
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Handling: 0
  • Sea Handling: +0.25
  • Air Handling: +0.25
  • Off-Road: +0.25
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.5
  • Stability: 0
  • Drift: +0.25

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Ground Speed: 0
  • Water Speed: +0.25
  • Air Speed: +0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: +0.25
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Ground Handling: +0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.5
  • Air Handling: +0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: +0.25
  • Traction: -0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.25

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Ground Speed: -0.5
  • Water Speed: 0
  • Air Speed: -0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.5
  • Acceleration: +0.5
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Ground Handling: +0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.5
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: +0.25
  • Traction: +0.25
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.5

Gallery[edit]

Artwork[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Club Nintendo[edit]

"Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All"[edit]

Mario and Luigi driving karts in the Club Nintendo comic "Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All".

In the Club Nintendo comic "Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All", Mario and Luigi are seen driving karts in their mission to find a spaceship shaped like the Nintendo 64. They compete against Wario and Bowser and make another reference to the Mario Kart games by dropping Banana Peels and making them crash. The karts seen in this comic resemble those seen in Mario Kart 64. Unlike their video game equivalents, though, they can also be turned into jet skis by pushing a button on their steering-wheels.

Mario Kirby Meisaku Video[edit]

A Pipe Frame makes an apperance resembling the one in Super Mario Kart in the Mario segment of the Mario Kirby Meisaku Video where Mario drives it during his pursuit of the mysterious thief W. Eventually, after being attacked by some monsters, he spins out near a vegetable garden.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Kart SuperMarioKun.jpg

Pipe Frame karts are seen in the Mario Kart adaptions of Super Mario-Kun. The first time they appear, Mario races against other characters including Donkey Kong Jr. and Bowser.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Racing Kart Trophy213.PNG Super Mario Kart
9/92
The famous racing karts from the ever-popular Mario Kart racing series come loaded for speed with three different engine sizes: 50, 100, and 150 cc. The karts' handling differs with the characters driving them, but all of them utilize Mario Kart standards like drift, jump, and turbo. They're extremely durable and impossible to total.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スケルトン
Sukeruton
Skeleton
Spanish Tubiturbo Turbo Pipe
French Rétro Retro
Dutch Skelter Go-kart
German Go-Kart Go-kart
Italian Tuboturbo Pipe Turbo
Portuguese Tubomóvel Pipemobile
Russian Труботурбо
Truboturbo
Pipe Turbo

Trivia[edit]

  • In Mario Kart 64, Toad and Donkey Kong are the only characters to have unique engine sounds that is not shared with any other character.
  • In Mario Kart 7, white is the only Mii color to receive a unique Pipe Frame color, as no other character uses a white Pipe Frame.
    • In Mario Kart 8, this trait instead applies to the color brown, unless the alternate Yoshi and Shy Guy colors are not downloaded; in that case white remains an exclusive to Miis.
  • In Mario Kart 7, its engine is similar to the Mach Bike from Mario Kart Wii.
  • In Mario Kart 8, Morton Koopa Jr. is the only Koopaling who uses a black steering wheel instead of a multi-colored one.
  • A screenshot from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe published by Nintendo features Mario, Peach, and Yoshi driving Pipe Frames on SNES Battle Course 1 with Mario holding a Feather, likely as a homage to the original game.
  • In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Inkling Girl's orange variation uses the yellow Pipe Frame, though the icon on the kart selection screen shows the yellow-orange Pipe Frame instead.