The Standard Kart is a type of kart that appears in the Mario Kart series. They first appeared in Mario Kart DS and appeared in all Mario Kart games afterward. Before DS, all standard karts are the Pipe Frame model, though the Toad Kart and the Toadette Kart from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! are similar to the Standard Karts in design. Standard Karts generally have balanced attributes, not usually having any advantage or disadvantages in any particular stat. In Mario Kart DS, there are several variations of the Standard Kart, though each has stats that vary with each character or weight class.
Being a basic vehicle, the Standard Kart closely resembles a real go-kart, unlike other karts in the series.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart DS
The Standard Kart made its first appearance in Mario Kart DS. Each playable character has a Standard kart, being named "Standard" followed by an abbreviation of the character's name (MR for Mario, LG for Luigi etc.) These karts are redesigned, having white bumpers and a body frame of different colors that matches the character's color. The emblem of the character is shown over the hood, although the player can replace it for his or her own in the emblem maker option. Each character's Standard Kart has its own unique stats (though they also depend on the weight class of the character). Lightweight characters have better handling and acceleration while heavyweight characters have higher speed and weight. All Standard Karts in this game give two Mushrooms in Time Trials. The eight characters from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit have mostly the same color palettes for each of their respective Pipe Frames on their Standard Karts as they did in said games; or in the case of Peach and Wario, their Standard Karts are slightly lighter shades. There are 13 Standard Karts in the game; the Shy Guys, only usable in multiplayer, have the same stats as Yoshi.
Standard Karts have a enlarged version of the engine block from the Pipe Frames and the same exhausts from the mentioned vehicle. The karts in this game come with a four-stroke engine with distinctive, high-pitched sound, sharing the same sound with other karts.
Mario Kart Wii
Standard Karts reappear in Mario Kart Wii with a new different design featuring a two-stroke twin cylinder engine with four exhaust pipes and a more powerful sound and the emblem on the block in the front and on a license plate on the back. This time, there is a Standard Kart for each individual size class rather for each character. They are named Standard Kart S for small characters, Standard Kart M for medium characters and Standard Kart L for large characters. Along with the Standard Karts, there are also Standard Bikes due to the introduction of bikes in the game. Each size class of Standard Karts has its own stats that reflect on the respective weight class. Small characters are generally better with all stats except for speed and weight while large characters are the opposite.
Mario Kart 7
Standard Karts are redesigned in Mario Kart 7 with an appearance resembling the Toad Kart and Toadette Kart from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, while retaining the same engine sound from Mario Kart Wii. Like in Mario Kart DS, the emblem is once again located on the hood. In this game, the Standard Karts (along with the other karts) are equipped with retractable hang-gliders and propellers for driving underwater. It tends to have average stats, with below average stats in underwater handling and Mini-Turbo. This game also introduces the Gold Standard and the return of Pipe Frame, the kart that appeared in the first three Mario Kart games.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Standard Kart returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, once again redesigned and looking similar to the one seen in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, but with slightly more rounded bodywork and smaller engine block. Like in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7, the emblem is located on the hood. In Mario Kart 8 the Standard Kart again tends to have average stats, with above average air speed and traction while having below average acceleration and anti-gravity handling, while in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the Standard Kart has an increased acceleration, Mini-Turbo, anti-gravity speed, ground handling and anti-gravity handling at the expense of decreased traction and air speed, leading to average values in all stats. Like the Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 counterparts, it has a two-stroke engine and its sound is shared with the Pipe Frame, Teddy Buggy, Wild Wiggler, Sneeker, and Splat Buggy.
All CPUs may use this kart body, often pairing it with the Standard tires. However, the CPU-controlled heavyweights who have a large body frame (excluding Link, as well as Rosalina in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) will most likely pair this kart body with the Monster tires instead.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Mario Kart DS variations of the Standard Kart also appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Mario Circuit stage. They appear in multiple colors and are driven by Shy Guys. They act as hazards which can KO the players if they aren't careful.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Standard Karts from Mario Kart 8 are seen in the "Comet Observatory" trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where they are driven by Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Donkey Kong around Rainbow Road. Their race is interrupted by the sudden presence of Kirby on his Warp Star and his interaction with Rosalina and her Luma.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, in the Rainbow Road stage, Shy Guys once again appear racing in Standard Karts, though this time they are the ones used in Mario Kart 7. Mario's, Bowser's, and Shy Guy's Standard Karts from Mario Kart 7 make cameo appearances as trophies. Shy Guys also appear in the Mario Circuit stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with the same role as the other Mario Kart-inspired tracks, with the Standard models being from Mario Kart 8.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U additionally features Mario Kart DS Standard Karts in the same instances as in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, being driven by Shy Guys on the Mario Circuit (Brawl) stage.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Shy Guys drive around in Standard Karts on the Figure-8 Circuit and Mario Circuit once again, using their respective designs. A Standard Kart also appears as a Novice-class support spirit, using an artwork featuring Koopa Troopa from Mario Kart Wii. When used, it occupies one support slot and equips the fighter with a Boomerang at the start of a battle. The spirit's battle involves four Squirtle faced on the Figure-8 Circuit stage, with Green Shells as the only items that spawn, reflecting the artwork used to represent the spirit.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: Color Splash
In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Luigi can be seen driving his Standard Kart from Mario Kart 8, with the kart being made of paper and cardboard to match the game's art style. Once Mario and Huey collect all of the Big Paint Stars, Luigi appears and uses his kart to transport them to Black Bowser's Castle, with the help of a Rainbow Road created by the paint fountain.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Luigi is again seen driving a Standard Kart, with the design being the same as the one seen in the previous game. At the start of the game, Mario and Luigi use the kart to reach Toad Town.
Super Mario Run
In Super Mario Run, Mario on his Standard Kart appears as statue during the Mario Kart event, alongside the Banana statue and Blooper statue.
In the Animal Crossing series, the player can obtain the Standard Kart as a furniture item. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, it takes its appearance from Mario Kart Wii, while in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it takes its appearance from Mario Kart 7.
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Mario Kart Wii
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
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