Pipe Frame

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Pipe Frame
MKT Icon PipeFrameRed.png
The Pipe Frame in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Acceleration, Off-Road (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, Super Smash Bros. Melee (trophy cameo) Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour

The Pipe Frame (also formerly known simply as the Go-Kart until Mario Kart 7, also called Racing Kart in Super Smash Bros. Melee) 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.


Mario Kart series[edit]

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.

Toad and Donkey Kong are the only characters to have a unique engine sound that is not shared with any other character.

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 and 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. Its engine is similar to the Sprinter from Mario Kart Wii. It also shares it with the Blue Seven.

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. In 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.

White Miis are the only color to receive a unique Pipe Frame color, as no other character uses a white Pipe Frame.

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 Magenta
Wiggler Brown
Lakitu Cyan
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 aside from the brown color). 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 retains the yellow color from Super Mario Kart. In addition, all the Koopalings (except 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. 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.

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 Donkey Kong and Koopa Troopa in Mario Kart 8, as well as Dry Bones and Ludwig in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, occasionally also use the Monster tires instead. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, CPU Toad is occasionally seen using this body equipped with the Slim tires; Toad, as well as the babies, also equip it with the Parafoil.

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 so that it now hinders speed, but gives a higher boost in acceleration 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 its 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.

The Mario Kart 8 version of the Pipe Frame was used in a LINE set of stickers based on the game and was used in a Google Maps Easter egg for Mar10 Day 2018, which ran for a week ending March 17, 2018.

Color schemes[edit]
Character(s) Color Image
Body Wheel Hinges Steering Wheel Engine and Exhaust
MK8 Mario Icon.pngMK8 BabyMario Icon.pngRed YoshiMii MK8.png (Red, Mario/Pikmin Suit) Red Gray Black Gold PipeFrameBodyMK8.png
MK8 Luigi Icon.pngMK8 BabyLuigi Icon.pngGreen Shy GuyMK8 Bowser Jr Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Green, Luigi/Yoshi Suit) Green Gray Black Gold MK8GreenPFIcon.png
MK8 Peach Icon.pngMK8 BabyPeach Icon.pngPink YoshiPink Shy GuyMK8 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.pngOrange YoshiOrange Shy GuyMK8 Tanooki Mario Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Orange, Varia/Inkling Suit) Yellow-orange Gray Black Gold MK8OrangePFIcon.png
MK8 Rosalina Icon.pngMK8 Lakitu Icon.pngMK8 BabyRosalina Icon.pngLight-blue YoshiLight-blue Shy GuyMK8DX 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.pngYellow YoshiYellow Shy GuyInkling MK8D BotW Link Icon.png Mii MK8.png (Yellow, PAC-MAN/Wario Suit) Yellow Gray Black Gold MK8YellowPFIcon.png
MK8 Toad Icon.pngBlue YoshiBlue Shy GuyMK8 Link Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Blue, Hylian/Captain Falcon/Fox/Toad/Sonic Suit) Blue Gray Black Gold MK8BluePFIcon.png
White YoshiShyGuyWhite-MK8.pngMii MK8.png (White) White Gray Black Gold MK8WhitePFIcon.png
MK8 ShyGuy Icon.pngBlack YoshiShyGuyBlack-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

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart Tour, retaining its original Super Mario Kart design and appears to be equipped with a new set of tires debuting in said game. It is classified as a Normal kart. Slipstreaming lasts longer and yields more points when using this kart.

Color schemes[edit]
Character(s) Color Image
MKT Icon Mario.png MKT Icon BBMario.png MKT Icon MarioHakama.png Red MKT Icon PipeFrameRed.png
MKT Icon Peach.png MKT Icon Toadette.png MKT Icon BBPeach.png MKT Icon Peachette.png MKT Icon PeachKimono.png Pink MKT Icon PipeFramePink.png
MKT Icon Yoshi.png MKT Icon BowserJr.png MKT Icon Iggy.png Chartreuse MKT Icon PipeFrameLimeGreen.png
MKT Icon Daisy.png MKT Icon DonkeyKong.png MKT Icon BBDaisy.png MKT Icon Koopa Troopa.png MKT Icon Larry.png Yellow MKT Icon PipeFrameYellow.png
MKT Icon Toad.png MKT Icon Ludwig.png Blue MKT Icon PipeFrameBlue.png
MKT Icon Rosalina.png MKT Icon Baby Rosalina.png Turquoise MKT Icon PipeFrameTeal.png
MKT Icon Bowser.png MKT Icon DiddyKong.png Orange MKT Icon PipeFrameOrange.png
MKT Icon Lakitu.png MKT Icon Lemmy.png Cyan MKT Icon PipeFrameCyan.png
MKT Icon Wario.png Purple MKT Icon PipeFramePurple2.png
MKT Icon Shy Guy.png Gray MKT Icon PipeFrameGray.png
MKT Icon Dry Bones.png MKT Icon Morton.png White MKT Icon PipeFrameWhite.png
MKT Icon Roy.png MKT Icon Wendy.png MKT Icon Pauline.png Magenta MKT Icon PipeFramePurple.png
MKT Icon Metal Mario.png Metal MKT Icon PipeFrameMetal.png
MKT Icon MarioMusician.png MKT Icon DryBowser.png Black MKT Icon PipeFrameBlack.png
MKT Icon Gold Mario.png Gold MKT Icon PipeFrameGold.png
Green MKT Icon PipeFrameGreen.png
Indigo MKT Icon PipeFrameIndigo.png
Brown MKT Icon PipeFrameBrown.png
Pink Gold MKT Icon PipeFramePinkGold.png

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 appearance 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. Melee[edit]

A Pipe Frame appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy under the name "Racing Kart". The trophy can be obtained at random in the Lottery or in the game's single-player modes.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Racing Kart Trophy213.png Super Mario Kart
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.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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




Mario Kart 7[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スケルトン
Spanish Tubiturbo Turbo Pipe
French Rétro Retro
Dutch Skelter Go-kart
German Go-Kart Go-kart
Italian Tuboturbo Pipe Turbo
Portuguese (NOA) Tuboturbo Pipe Turbo
Portuguese (NOE) Tubomóvel Pipemobile
Russian Труботурбо
Pipe Turbo
Korean 스켈레톤