|Strong stats||Various (MKDS) |
Drift (MKW, (Standard Kart S))
None (MKW (Standard Kart M))
Weight (MKW (Standard Kart L))
None (MK7, MK8)
|Average stats||Various (MKDS) |
Speed, Acceleration, Handling, Off-Road, Mini-Turbo (MKW (Standard Kart S))
Speed, Weight, Acceleration, Handling, Drift, Off-Road, Mini-Turbo (MKW (Standard Kart M))
Speed, Acceleration, Handling, Drift, Off-Road, Mini-Turbo (MKW (Standard Kart L))
Speed, Weight, Acceleration, Handling, Off-Road (MK7)
Speed, Weight, Acceleration, Handling, Traction (MK8)
|Weak stats||Various (MKDS) |
Weight (MKW (Standard Kart S))
None (MKW (Standard Karts M and L), MK7, MK8)
|Appears in||Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, Mario Kart Tour, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Run (statue cameo), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Paper Mario: The Origami King|
- This article is about Standard Kart. For other articles that use the name Standard, see Standard.
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, modeled directly after the Toad Kart and Toadette Kart from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 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 have been rebuilt in Mario Kart Wii with a new 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 size 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 rebuilt again 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's Standard Kart
Luigi's Standard Kart
Toad's Standard Kart
Bowser's Standard Kart
Koopa Troopa's Standard Kart
Shy Guy's Standard Kart
Lakitu's Standard Kart
Wiggler's Standard Kart
Orange Mii's Standard Kart
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Standard Kart rebuilt once again 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.
- ¹ - These Standard Karts have uniquely colored exhaust pipes, whereas every other Standard Kart has black exhaust pipes with yellow tips:
- Tanooki Mario's Standard Kart has exhaust pipes with brown and orange stripes, plus slate tips.
- Cat Peach's Standard Kart has pink exhaust pipes with yellow tips and stripes.
- Gold Mario/Metal Mario's Standard Kart has gray exhaust pipes with slate tips.
- Pink Gold Peach's Standard Kart has metallic copper rose exhaust pipes with light-gold tips.
- Dry Bowser's Standard Kart has black exhaust pipes with red-orange tips and stripes.
- All of the Inklings' Standard Karts have black exhaust pipes with the tips' color matching the Inkling selected.
- Link's Standard Kart has metallic dark-blue exhaust pipes with gold tips and stripes.
- Male Villager's Standard Kart has black exhaust pipes with vermilion tips and stripes.
- Female Villager's Standard Kart has pink exhaust pipes with white tips and stripes.
- Isabelle's Standard Kart has dark teal-green exhaust pipes with light-yellow tips and stripes.
- ² - Both of Link's costumes use the exact same Standart Kart, however Champion’s Tunic Link's Standard Kart uses a different sprite in the menu.
- ³ - These Standard Karts have a different colored steering wheel, rather than black:
- Female Villager's Standard Kart has a light-brown steering wheel.
- Isabelle's Standard Kart has a golden yellow steering wheel.
Mario Kart Tour
The Mario Kart 8 Standard Kart returns in Mario Kart Tour, as two separate karts. Mario’s color scheme appears as the Red Standard 8 and is classified as a Super kart. Luigi's color scheme is used for a variant of this kart, called the Green Standard 8, which is also classified as a Super kart.
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. Towards the end, Luigi arrives at Peach's Castle using a Glider equipped to the kart.
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.
Super Nintendo World
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the vehicle Mario creates in the kart workshop appears to be based on a Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii. During the encounter with the Koopa Troop on Rainbow Road, Mario's kart is blown up by the Koopa General firing Bullet Bills from his vehicle.
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.
Profiles and statistics
Mario Kart Wii
Standard Kart S
Standard Kart M
Standard Kart L
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|#||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|86||Standard Kart||Mario Kart Series||Support (1)||Novice||Boomerang Equipped||Spirit Board||Squirtle ×4||
Rule: Item: Green Shell
|Figure-8 Circuit||Mario Circuit - Super Mario Kart|
2015 nengajō for Nintendo DREAM based on Mario Kart 8
Artist at Nintendo working on concept art for the Standard Kart in Mario Kart 8
Artwork from Nintendo's social media accounts celebrating 10 million Nintendo Switch units sold worldwide
Group artwork for Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge from Super Nintendo World
Names in other languages
|Chinese (Simplified)||标准车 (Mario Kart 7)
标准型卡丁车 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Biāozhǔn Xíng Kǎdīngchē
- The Toad Kart and Toadette Kart in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! greatly resemble the Standard Kart in its sequel, Mario Kart DS.
- The Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii is the only version of this kart that do not appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, as Shy Guys are seen driving the version of the kart from Mario Kart 7 in the 3DS version and the Mario Kart 8 version (which was already seen in the "Comet Observatory" trailer) in the Wii U version, and the Mario Kart DS version of the karts returns from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- In Mario Kart 7, the Standard Kart has a similar engine sound as Mario and Luigi's kart in Mario Kart 64.
- Tanooki Mario's Standard Kart in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has exhaust pipes that are patterned after his tail, which could be a pun on the term "tailpipe". His Standard Bike also has this.
- Nintendo (December 18, 2020). Super Nintendo World Direct 12.18.2020. YouTube. Retrieved December 18, 2020.