Starting Grid

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The Starting Grid for the Maka Wuhu race in Mario Kart 7

The Starting Grid is an element that appears throughout the Mario Kart series. The grid can carry up to twelve characters with a marker for each character on the track. When Lakitu gives the signal to begin racing, the characters will leave the grid as they race for first place.


Game Grid size Characters
Super Mario Kart 4×2 8
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 2×4
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP / Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 / Mario Kart Arcade GP DX 3×2 6
Mario Kart Wii 4×3 12
Mario Kart 7 2×4 8
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 2×6 12
Mario Kart Tour 2×4
4×2 (New York Minute 4)