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Mario Kart Wii Discussion Archives

PAL to NTSC[edit]

Hello there everyone. :)

Now that I've got almost every character and nearly a * rank, I'm turning my attention to this article. I notice that PAL players have already got the basics down, but according to the Manual of Style, we must use NTSC as the main and mention any PAL differences as the side. This doesn't just affect DK's Snowboard Cross to DK Summit, mind you:

  • Quite a few vehicles have different names: Rapide --> Zip Zip, Nitrocycle --> Sneakster, etc. Stats are still the same, though.
  • Competitions on Mario Kart Wii channel are called Tournaments

I would think there are other small tidbits as well. If I could get some more NTSC players to find all the differences between this and the PAL version, that would be great. :) Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 11:05, 4 May 2008 (EDT)

Argg! I have said it 2 times before and I will say it again. Use both the PAL and NTSC names. PAL names aren't less official than the NTSC names. If we use only NTSC names it will be confusing for PAL readers. And if we only use PAL names, it's confusing for NTSC readers. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits)

I said NTSC as the primary names and PAL as the secondary. We can't treat them equally, but close to it is fine. Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 14:52, 4 May 2008 (EDT)

I agree using both names is MUCH better as this was one of the only european pages as everyday this site is becoming more of an american site than an american AND a european site we should do a vote to decide what to do BEFORE we take action Superluigigalaxy 18:43 8 May 2008

Finally, something has been done to deal with this. I think we should change the WiiVehicles template to NTSC naming. For PAL people, we can have a redirect. I've already seen a redirect from the Bon Bon to the Sugarscoot. That way, both can be happy. Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 15:36, 4 May 2008 (EDT)

I think I have to agree with superluigigalaxy, because until something is officially chosen, the articles are going to keep on changing. I just saw someone add both names to the main article, and that really can't be done. Maybe we should make it a proposal? Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 16:20, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

The new vehicle chart is a step in the right direction but having two versions of the chart for PAL and NTSC is not gonna work. Names are the only difference, and the two big obnoxious charts is a lot of extra space for a simple difference of naming. Wholahay 15:56, 10 May 2008 (EDT)

I own the PAL version of Mario Kart Wii, and the worldwide challenges are called Competitions not Tournements, I'm not sure whether this is because the PAL version has a different name for it or not, but I think it needs revising. Please can someone with the NTSC version confirm this. By the way, I'm from Europe, and it is unfair to decide that because the majority of users are American that all articles should be written for American readers. I know that even though we don't have as many European users, we are open to European viewers just as much as American viewers. Scruffy 12:39 20 December 2008 (GMT)

I think Steve has statistics that show that 1% of the site's viewers are Europeans. The problem with naming is that an article can't have two names. So we had to go for the American names. Any European names are still listed in the article and there are redirects: Bon Bon.
And yes the American name for competitions is tournaments. It should even be in the article:

"Tournament Mode" (also known as Competition mode in PAL versions)

- Cobold (talk · contribs) 08:00, 20 December 2008 (EST)
I don't exactly know what PAL and NTSC means, but in the American and European version (for exaple) the Bon Bon is called the Bon Bon. In Africa, it's called the Sugarscoot. Why don't we redirect them as Bon Bon/Sugarscoot, then? Or maybe as Bon Bon (known in Africa as the Sugarscoot) ~ Qyzxf (talk)

Tricks? Stunts?[edit]

What are they called in the game & manual in English? My version only knows stunts. The article seems to know both. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 16:13, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

They're called tricks :) Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 16:18, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

I checked back my German manual and it still reads "Stunts". Maybe add a note to PAL difference and use "Tricks" on the other parts of the article. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 16:21, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

Tricks, stunts both have nearly the same meaning. I don't think we need to go out of our way just the note that.Knife (talk) 12:29, 11 May 2008 (EDT)

I lost you in the second sentence. What should we do exactly? - Cobold (talk · contribs) 12:33, 11 May 2008 (EDT)

Do nothing. Its fine to use them interchangeably.Knife (talk) 14:51, 11 May 2008 (EDT)

twinkle stars an item?[edit]

when i clicked on the twinkle star i came up as the shooting star "item", can someone tell me why this has been done please! Superluigigalaxy

Sounds like you are referring to the pipe trick. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 05:32, 11 May 2008 (EDT)

--Mauj.gif 19:55, 12 May 2008 (EDT) Baby Luigi:Unlock 8 Expert Staff Ghost, but like!!? I do not understand!

It means that eight of the staff records for Time Trial must be unlocked, but I'm not sure how you unlock those. Stumpers! 23:22, 13 May 2008 (EDT)

--Mauj.gif 16:40, 14 May 2008 (EDT) Thanks stumpers!

--Mauj.gif 16:33, 13 May 2008 (EDT)Hello!, well, and the mode: Bob-omb Blast of Mario Kart Double Dash!!, return in Mario Kart Wii?

Not that I am aware. Stumpers! 23:22, 13 May 2008 (EDT)

--Mauj.gif 16:40, 14 May 2008 (EDT) uummm..

There are two kinds of Staff Ghosts, Juniors and Experts. After you select a course on Time Trials, you can see your Ghost and the Junior SG. If you get a certain time, which is about 4 seconds faster than the Junior SG on most courses, it will say "You have unlocked an Expert Staff Ghost". If it says that, the Junior SG will be replaced by the Expert SG. And it doesn't mark the courses where you got an Expert SG. And the only Battle Modes are Coin Runners and Balloon Battle FH-sprite.pngFreekhenstraFH-sprite.png

--Mauj.gif 16:44, 14 May 2008 (EDT)Aahh,is easy!.

--Mauj.gif 16:40, 14 May 2008 (EDT)Oh buuu, I like the mode: Bomb-omb Blast,mmmm, well, Thanks, thanks, boys!!


I'm putting this up EARLY, cuz I see a horrible edit/flame war coming up between Garlic Man and ForeverDaisy09. Talk it out here before you choose to start an edit war. My Bloody Valentine

Size classes America-only?[edit]

I checked the manual, and I checked the game, and they both use Light - Medium - Heavy for me. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 11:45, 20 May 2008 (EDT)

No. The manual uses the weight-class system. But when I played the game and I unlockt a kart or bike, it said for example You have unlockt the Large kart Aero Glider. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits)

Read the title. My version, the European one, definitely uses weight classes, in manual and the unlock screens. I figure that the weight classes were changed to size classes in the American version, which was released later on. This would also explain why the manual uses weight classes nevertheless. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 17:35, 20 May 2008 (EDT)
Yes – on unlock screens it says "You unlocked a small size kart, the Blue Falcon". Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 17:49, 20 May 2008 (EDT)

Please note, Cobold, that Arend is European. :| My Bloody Valentine

But from where in Europe? Stumpers! 17:56, 21 May 2008 (EDT)

I am Dutch (Nederlands). But in almost every Nintendo game (and all Mario games), there isn't Dutch language option. The game uses the English language. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits)

Gotcha. Thanks very much! So what we might be looking at is that the English language versions use the big/little classes. I wonder if just German version uses the classic system or if the French/Spanish/etc. versions do, too? Stumpers! 14:10, 22 May 2008 (EDT)
My version says that I have unlocked the "Blue Falcon (Leicht)". The game uses Leicht, Mittel and Schwer, which definitely translate to Light, Middleweight and Heavy and not to size classes. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 14:26, 22 May 2008 (EDT)
Don't worry, I wasn't doubting you! :) Stumpers! 17:46, 22 May 2008 (EDT)
In the American Spanish version of the game, the karts are "Pequeños", "Medianos" and "Grandes", which means, "Small", "Medium" and "Large". And, anyway, the size of your Mii is decided by the size. I already make the experiment. (I'm latinamerican by the way. Sorry for the grammars horrors) --GinnyN 20:27, 24 May 2008 (EDT)

If you change the language of the Wii, the language of the games change too (I don't know if it works on American Wii's). There are 3 language options (6 on PAL Wii's). English, French, Spanich, (German, Italian and Dutch). It's only possible to choose the Japanese language on JP Wii's. You can change language in the Wii option menu. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits)

Dutch is not an possible option, but Spanish is. Just noticed. ~ Qyzxf (talk)
Just a reminder, the standard vehicles have S, M, and L to tell the difference. Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 20:13, 24 May 2008 (EDT)

Staff Ghosts[edit]

Shouldn't we make a table for the normal staff ghosts and the expert staff ghosts? The staff ghosts were listed in Mario Kart DS, I think we should list them here unless we list them on the courses' main articles. Is this a good idea? Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 21:37, 22 May 2008 (EDT)

I think they fit best on this page. We should list the driver and time of the junior staff ghost, the unlock time for the expert staff ghost and the driver and the time of the expert staff ghost itself. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 13:17, 23 May 2008 (EDT)

We should also list what kart/bike they use. The kart/bike that the staff use is different for the juniors and the experts, although the character stays the same. Also, I'm not quite sure how to find out the unlock time because usually you have to get about 5 seconds more (just an average), but none of it is exact. Should they be combined with the courses, or have their own section? Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 13:21, 23 May 2008 (EDT)

There should be a separate section for the ghosts. Also, some people at GameFAQs (scroll far down) seem to have found the unlock times. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 15:42, 23 May 2008 (EDT)

That's actually just the time they got. I did some of the ghosts with a time that wasn't as fast and I still unlocked the fast ghost. Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 18:49, 23 May 2008 (EDT)

I've actually already started work on a normal staff and expert staff table. The unlock times shouldn't be included because they aren't real times. Those are just the times the person who made the faq got. Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 20:55, 23 May 2008 (EDT)
Yeah, the unlock times on the faq aren't official or exact in any way. I got worse times on some courses, but still unlocked it. I think a table with the normal times and expert times, along with the character and bike/kart, and the driver's name would be sufficient.Marcelagus (TCE)
Don't do unlock times, they are all subjective right now. It would take a poll of thousands of drivers (who actually remembered their unlock times) to narrow it down. Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 10:59, 24 May 2008 (EDT)
Well is there any indication that Nintendo will release exact unlock times? A wiki is just a repository of knowledge. And this is knowledge that people definitely want to know being that so many of the unlocks are tied to unlocking expert staff ghost. In that sense it can be quantified that the times are not exact and any help on finding closer to exact times is welcomed. Something like "These times have been found to unlock Expert Staff Ghost. These times are not exact. Those with slower unlock times are encouraged to submit them to create a more accurate representation of the Expert Staff Ghost Unlock times." We could start with simply finding all the time on the different web pages and making sure those times are cross referenced with personal unlock times. Despyria 15:03, 18 August 2008 (EDT)

Staff Ghost Tables[edit]

I just finished the tables, but the section I made probably needs alot of editing Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 20:11, 24 May 2008 (EDT)
Actually, not too much, good job overall :) Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 21:26, 24 May 2008 (EDT)
Thank you :) Should the ghost mode on the Mario Kart Channel be added to the ghost section? Princess PeachEnPeachedPrincess Daisy 21:28, 24 May 2008 (EDT)


Whoever deleted the Trivia Q I added shouldn't do it. It is TRUE! When you choose, say, Mario, in DD, he will do the EXACT SAME ANIMATION if you were to PUT THE CURSOR on top of Mario in Wii. After you choose another character and kart in DD, the animation Mario does will be, once again, EXACTLY THE SAME if you CHOOSE Mario in Wii.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Supernicknoboy428 (talk).

But is that notable? - Cobold (talk · contribs) 16:07, 29 May 2008 (EDT)
I think it is. I saw it on the article, and went directly to DD to see if it was true, and it was! I thought it was kinda cool. LuigiZ3r0 Tw0Zerotwo.jpg
I really don't think reused animations are notable except when they occur across two series. Mario Party reuses animations all the time, for example. Stumpers! 00:43, 30 June 2008 (EDT)

final screen[edit]

i found a pic of the fianl congratulations screen. should i put it on the page? (The following image is deleted upon request.)


I don't see why not. Of course, it may be considered a "spoiler"... NMRodo

I would say to put it in the character section. -Moonshine

Yeap, this image have better quality Birdo blowing kiss M&LSS.gifBirdoshiYsh-left.gif


This question just rose in my head, but I couldn't help but wonder... Should we list the tournament challenges somewhere on the article? It's early, so we still have them all. In fact, only the third one started today, correct? NMRodo

No, the second one ended today, the next one will most likely start June 1st. And yes, they should be in the article, they're like the MKDS Missions, but online. To avoid confusion, they're called Competitions in Europe and Tournaments in the US. FH-sprite.pngFreekhenstraFH-sprite.png

Hello there!!!,please, how can I unlock the mirror mode?? Birdo blowing kiss M&LSS.gifBirdoshiYsh-left.gif

The answer should be in the article, but strangely it says nothing about unlocking requirements for Mirror Mode. My guess would be to beat every cup in in 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. Also, please do not ask questions like this on the talk page, the talk page is for discussing improvements for the attached article.Knife (talk) 00:27, 31 May 2008 (EDT)

All gold cups in 50cc, 100cc and 150cc are required. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 13:02, 2 June 2008 (EDT)
That wrong: Only Winning or Stars in 150cc cups are needed.
Long story: A few weeks ago I needed a second account (have more tha 30 mkw friends). In respect of both meanings I started with the 150cc cups (and do not touch 50cc and 100cc), take star ranks in all cups and as result the mirror was unlocked. I don't know if winning is enough but stars in all cups are enough. Because of the comment here I have not edited the article yet. -- Wiimm 11:53, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
There is no reaction to my sentence above. Perhaps there are two methods to unlocks the mirror cups: 1) Win all other cups. 2) Get stars in all 150cc cups. At the moment the article is definitely wrong (or not complete) at this point. Any suggestions? -- Wiimm 12:42, 28 August 2008 (EDT)
Isn't it something like Get 1st Place in all 150 cc Cups? Cause, most likely you don't get first place, you won't get a star ranking. C???
Star ranking is more than 1st place. So I don't know if 1st places in all 150cc cups are enough. That's my problem? -- Wiimm 17:28, 28 August 2008 (EDT)
I have cleared my second account and made a test: First I won 7 150xx cups. In the eighth cup I take the third place: That's not enough to unlock the mirror cups. But after winning the eighth cup the mirror was unlocked. And these means: The mirror cups are unlocked by winning all 150cc cups. (see this picture). I have won two cups with A and B ranking and this means that stars are not necessary. -- Wiimm 06:03, 26 October 2008 (EDT)

There's a new tournament announced! Looking at the picture's (found here:, you have to collect coins on Coconut Mall. FH-sprite.pngFreekhenstraFH-sprite.png

Not only that, but karts only...grr, you really have to retry a VS Tournament a lot to get a no blue-shell, mushroom-aided time. Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y

Another tournament announced! See link above for pictures and (Japanese) description. It seems to be a VS Race on Twilight House from DS. FH-sprite.pngFreekhenstraFH-sprite.png

The Tournaments list needs to be moved. A twice a month update is going to make the page very long and unwieldy. Maybe a mention of that there are Tournaments and the list moved to either the bottom of the page.... or better make a sub (child) page.
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Unlock times[edit]

I have bought the Japanese Official guide book, and it is listed with precise unlock times for fast staff ghosts. So, I'm just making it clear that these arren't from some Gamer site, and it's official. I'll start adding them now. Marcelagus (TCE)

Also, I have a concern about the tournaments section. Right now, it's relatively small with only 7 tournaments, but 2 per month means 24 per year. That section could get massive pretty quickly; Are we still going to keep each tournament the same size? Marcelagus (TCE)

Discussion of my (Wiimm) last time changes (expert ghosts)

  • In one of my accounts the race time for sherbet land is 02:42.536 and the expert ghost is unlocked. And this means that the Nintendo Official Guide book ist wrong at this point. If you want I make some screen shoots later at home.
  • If you take a look at your account you can see that the expert ghost time of mario circuit 3 is 1:26.659 and not 1:29.670.

Wiimm 01:13, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

  • Take a look at this picture and you see that my time is the correct one. This can be proofed by everyone. And this means that the Nintendo Official Guide has at least one or perhaps more errors.
  • The next picture shows the best time of my second account. And with this best time the expert and MII-B are unlocked. And this is an other error of the guide.

Wiimm 11:53, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

Are there possibly differences between the European and the American versions? I remember using an American guide for the staff ghosts, and all the times were wrong. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 13:02, 13 August 2008 (EDT)
Yes it could be -- but i didn't belive it. 63 Nintendo ghosts have the same time but one is different? For Mario Circuit 3 it can be verified: An american guy may compare the time.
The unlock times is more complex. I collect here in Germany many records too find out the unlock times on an empiric way. 31 times are near by but always smaller than the times here. The differences are between 1 msec up to 1400 msec. 14 differences are smaller than 100 msec. This is a good sign for my empiric work. Only my sherbet time is greater and that time was verified by me. I think this is an error in the guide. --- Wiimm 17:47, 13 August 2008 (EDT)
1.4 seconds isn't too bad. Feel free to edit any of the times if they are significantly off, like Sherbet Land. Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 02:30, 14 August 2008 (EDT)
I'm hearing a controversy about a American/PAL difference, but all of my times were from the Japanese official Nintendo guide book. o_0 Marcelagus (TCE)

I'm adding two stats to the Staff Times. Wii Wheel and Drift Type. It is notable that though most of the starting staff ghosts (I am assuming) are Automatic Drift and the Expert are Manual, Nin*Tkym Fast Staff on Moo Moo Meadows does the course automatic drift. I have to open a new license and get all the normal staff ghost to finish.

Despyria 20:00, 2 January 2009 (EST)

Unlockable Characters[edit]

Are you sure that we need 5,000 WFC Ghost Races (one of the alternatives) for unlocking Mii outfit B? This number is awful great! -- Wiimm 09:04, 21 August 2008 (EDT)

I have the Premiere Guide, and it says that its one of the unlockable alternatives. --Palkia47 09:35, 21 August 2008 (EDT)
"5000 races" or "50 WFC Ghost Races" are plausible but "5,000 WFC Ghost Races" looks like an printing error. -- Wiimm 09:22, 22 August 2008 (EDT)
I would think so, too, but it is the truth. --Palkia47 09:38, 22 August 2008 (EDT)
I don't think that's excessive. It is a lot harder to unlock all 32 fast ghost than a mere 50 Ghost Races. Browser, Wario, or Rainbow alone could take 50 races to unlock the fast ghost. I think it is an effort to force people doing the hard way and rewarding perserverance at the same time. However a cheat on that is simply start a ghost race then quit it immediately. However you would have to do that 5000 times, but I'm sure that this has occurred to other people than myself. FYI I have the Outfit B by unlocking all Fast Ghost.Despyria 16:56, 29 August 2008 (EDT)

The unlocking conditions for Mii Outfit B are as follows:

  • Unlock, not beat, all Expert Staff Ghosts.
  • Win 5,000 WFC Ghost Races
  • Play, not necessarily win, 5,100 games, whether they be on Wi-Fi or not, whether they be races or battles.

Knife (talk) 14:17, 26 October 2008 (EDT)

Character Bonuses[edit]

From where was the information for Mario Kart Wii character stat bonuses obtained? The information is very unaccurate, and there is significantly more precise table of additional character stats which can be found on this page: For example, Dry Bowser's special stats are listed on the main article as being +2 for both Off road and Mini Turbo. However, the actual bonuses are +6 for both those stats... I've taken the liberty of changing all the stats listed on the main article to the more precise versions, if thats ok.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Churkirby (talk).

Cup Logos[edit]

Shouldn't we add the 8 Cup Logos? Some cups, such as the Mushroom Cup, can just use the item picture, but other cups, like the Special Cup, have no such picture. Having the pictures in one place would be helpful.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by StarBP (talk).

New Shortcut?[edit]

[Click Here]
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Panther2598 (talk).

That wasnt much of a shortcut. -Rosalina1234

You could improve this article[edit]

I didn't mean this article is terrible, but there could be improvement to it. I noticed that you keep saying "kart" most of the time, instead of "vehicle". Where are the "bikes"? TheMarioMan (T|C) 05:23, 7 June 2009 (EDT)

I saw Petey, Paratroopa and Hammer Bro on the character select screen in a picture, Are they playable? Luigi, Funky and Petey, Heroes!!! 20:04, 1 August 2009 (EDT)

No, they are not playable. The picture was probably fan art, or a hack(Not to mention paratroopa is in Double Dash, and the only time I have seen Hammer Bro playable is in Mario Party 8.). I have seen every character unlocked on the selection screen and they are not there. Toolsotrade 19:23, 10 May 2012 (EDT)Toolsotrade

Actually they were playable characters in the beta version. — BowserI'm Big Koopa (Talk to me!) Bowser Jr. 20:22, 10 May 2012 (EDT)

Petey Pirahna? Hammer Bro.? Paratroopa?[edit]

I was fooling around at the Spriters Resource And I was looking at the file selection Characters for Mario Kart Wii. It had Petey, Hammer Bro, and Paratroopa! I am not sure if this is custom! Luigi Funky And Petey!!

Not custom, I ripped it. They're beta icons. -Girrrtacos

But, what's up with paratroopa's???

It's like one of the MKDD beta icons.

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I have been thinking about rearranging some sections to improve flow and user friendliness. In particular moving the vehicle graph closer to the Character Modifier chart (or other way around). I was also thinking that the led into the vehicle graph is a little cluttered. The vehicle type might be better served at the bottom of the graph to flow better between the character mod graph and the vehicle graph. I would love some feedback on this and getting better linear flow through the whole article. I would hate to start moving things just to have them moved several times to make the overall flow work better.

It might be a sizable project, better to do it once than several times.--Despyria 01:15, 20 November 2009 (EST)

I was looking at the page verses the manual pages and think I can arrange it in a better way. I already moved vehicles and characters closer to each other. I also plan on removing the item art from the artwork area adding that into items. I think dropping course below vehicles, and items maybe above drivers gets it closer to the manual layout and makes more sense.--Despyria 12:05, 20 November 2009 (EST)

Vehicle Type?[edit]

Ok I have looked at this several times and it seems so subjective to me, at the very least in it's current form. The vehicle type should be quantifiable, and we should have the ability to add it to the chart and lose the example portion of the explanations. But I can't source anything in particular on the vehicle types as they apply to MKW. So as it is that area is incomplete and subjectively unhelpful.

I don't feel like I can make the determination which vehicle is which type. Does anyone else feel up to it? Should it be tagged as subjective until we get it sorted out?--Despyria 02:02, 20 November 2009 (EST)

It results hard determinate the exact value for each kart's stat, and the better recurrent idea is putting in this way. Sure, maybe it seems sorta inaccurate, but it makes easy for now to identify the classification.

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I think I managed to change that a bit to be a tad better. I might go through and add it to the graph if I think I have a firm handle on how it should shake out. ATM the disclaimer that it is subjective should be enough for people to form their own conclusions.--Despyria 12:02, 20 November 2009 (EST)

Ending Screens[edit]

Just uploaded these.


A group photo of all characters shown after the credits.

UhHuhAlrightDaisy 17:50, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

The only problem I see is this, why would you consider what you uploaded to be game artwork? I thought we mainly focus on what was released to the press in the respective sections. I'd have to take them out of the main article, but the pictures themselves can stay for further discussion for they still have a possible use for these parts (besides, you placed them here as well so that keeps them from getting them marked as "unused). --M. C. - "Mario Gals" Fan! User Page | Talk Page 01:30, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
Another problem is that there is no Mii visible on the picture, only its shadow. Beside that, its not really an artwork but a rip, due to the missing Mii. It can be requested to take a screenshot with the standard Mii you will get from scratch in the Mii-channel.
Lakituthequick.png Lakituthequick 05:11, 27 July 2011 (EDT)

Faulty Link[edit]

The link for Bowser's Castle (under the Tracks section) goes to the page for Bowser's actual castle. Shouldn't it go the the page for the Bowser Castle racecourse page? Mpeng|Talk

Or am I missing something? Mpeng|Talk

Rocket Start Explanation[edit]

I recently made a minor edit describing how the rocket start can be performed. I have two things to say about it: 1. I'm not sure it's worded correctly, someone change it if it's wrong. 2. To anyone who reads this, I would recommend that someone look out for missed details like this and change them accordingly.



Don't you think moving the music things to the track they belong to would make more sense than just dropping them on this page? Why Bother (talk)

I think it's done that way so people don't have to go to a specific article for a specific piece of music. The same thing was done with DK64 when I uploaded music from it. Mario4Ever (talk) 22:53, 13 July 2011 (EDT)
Maybe, but shouldn't it also be in the specific course? Then again, if we did something like that, we'd probably also have to do the same with Super Mario Galaxy music. Why Bother (talk)


In the vehicle chart, there's a "Drift-Type" column with In/Out as the possible values. What does this mean? This variable could use a bullet point explaining its definition like the other stats have in the list above the chart. Thanks.--FierceDeku

Re: It means what happens when you drift. "In" means you'll turn sharper and "Out" means you turn more loosely. All karts are outies. Most people already know what it is so theres no need to put a bullet point despite this being the only mario kart game to have vehicles that have a drift type of "In". [BanjoKazooieNutsAndBoltsSignature]

Toolsoftehtrade. what do you need? 12:57, 9 June 2012 (EDT)Toolsotrade


I recently made a change to trivia about the AI and how its known to be rubber band style, which means the AI is extremely hard and often referred to as "cheating AI". If you think its necessary to keep and improve it, be free to do so and this information has been taken from wikipedia the free encyclopedia. Thank you for contributing. --mkwiicheatback

That is considered opinion and not fact so it shouldn't be on this article Raven Effect (talk)

Re:No. MarioKartWii Cheatback found that from wikipedia. Go to wikipedia and read the entire freaking thing. Its there alright. --Wikipediacontenttaker

Re:Hey. Looks like an arguement. If Raven Effect is right, then mkwiicheatback may have not used the exact words from wikipedia, or the said Rubber band AI effect maybe speculation posted on Wikipedia. WikipediaContentTaker maybe his sockpuppet, but the Rubberband effect speculation can be seen in the reception area on the article on wikipedia if you look closely. This is really all I can say about this "Speculation"(It is not an opinion though.) I really cant help any farther here but the administrators other than raven effect can negotiate to solve it. [BanjoKazooieNutsAndBoltsSignature]

Toolsoftehtrade. what do you need? 15:55, 13 June 2012 (EDT)Toolsotrade

Stars, not asterisks!![edit]

The staff ghosts are listed with an asterisk replacing a star. This is common, however, Mario Kart 7's includes the stars. This can be fixed, and should be, its a featured article!! DaShroom (talk · edits) 15:23, 17 August 2012 (EDT)

Never mind, this has been fixed. DaShroom (talk · edits) 15:26, 17 August 2012 (EDT)

Nin★Ichiro = Ichiro Suzuki? SOLVED[edit]

Prior to the recent events, Ichiro Suzuki was on the Seattle Mariners (MLB). He was just traded to the Yankees, but I was reading up on the Wiki and discovered that none other than Nintendo is the primary owner of the Seattle Mariners! Also, if you pay attention to the credits in Mario Kart games, you see Ichiro Suzuki occasionally. Could this Ichiro be the baseball player? P.S. I tried looking this up on Google, but the recent trade made it difficult. DaShroom (talk · edits) 15:32, 17 August 2012 (EDT)

Edit: I just looked this up here: and discovered that it indeed is the very same Ichiro. Wow, I never knew that before!

Is this trying to help out the wiki or does it belong in mindless junk? User:New Super Yoshi/sig

Letter and star rankings on GP?[edit]

Some of the unlockables are to get a * ranking on a certain cups. Does anyone know what gives you the particular rankings? Should this article have a section on the rankings? --Rosalina's stars 12:31, 26 September 2012 (EDT)


I unlocked her just by owning Super Mario Galaxy, i didn't win 50 races, i think i just got the game and she was unlocked due to my love for galaxy/ owning the game before getting mario kart wii. can we remove "win 50 race", as it is false. 14:57, 3 January 2013 (EST)

It's not supposed to be winning 50 races, you're supposed to simply do 50 races. I had a Super Mario Galaxy save file and I immediately didn't unlock her. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)

i didn't even play the game and i unlocked her. i just started the game and i unlocked her. thats all. no races done. 14:57, 3 January 2013 (EST)

That's odd. I didn't unlock her automatically when I played. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)

Weird, well i suppose something weird happened to my game or Wii. 14:57, 3 January 2013 (EST)


on the bike and kart articles they have images of the game which aren't on the gallery. I don't have an account (but act like i do) so i don't think i can add them. may someone sort this out? 13:38, 4 January 2013 (EST)

A quastain[edit]

Reference 4 shows in the items part error margin. What does that mean.
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You'll have to be more specific. Reference four is on the Bonuses and Vehicles section, not items.
'Shroom Spotlight Shokora (talk · edits) 18:32, 16 January 2013 (EST)

The right has items and one of the things there is error margin.what does that mean? Item possibilities it techinelly is what is error margin

Can somebody answer??

The table is just an estimate. There are probably some errors made due to the estimation. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)

Revert the names back to PAL[edit]

I don't understand! Please rename the karts back to the PAL versions, it makes it easier to know which is which.

Just think about it. If we renamed every kart to the PAL version, then Amercians could say "rename the karts back to the American version, it makes it easier to know which is which". Since there are more Americans visitors than English ones, we chose to name the karts (and every single other article in the wiki) after the north american name. It's the policy.
Banon (talk · edits) 18:22, 31 March 2013 (EDT)
No, more versions have the PAL names. Unless the policy had no idea but to give out that stupid rule.

The fluttering fire Paragoomba 14:38, 6 April 2013 (EDT)

What's wrong with the names now? We provide BOTH PAL and American names for this article, so I don't see the problem here. And excuse me, if you're going to say, "that American rule is stupid", I'm just going to say that "renaming all the names to PAL" is a stupid move too.

Mario (Santa)'s map icon from Mario Kart Tour Mario-HOHO! (Talk / Stalk) 18:51, 6 April 2013 (EDT)

Default colors on info-boxes[edit]

Settledproposal.svg This talk page proposal has already been settled. Please do not edit any of the sections in the proposal. If you wish to discuss the article, do so in a new header below the proposal.

canceled by proposer
Lately I have saw a lot of kart articles that have the wrong default colors on the info-boxes, (like seeing Diddy Kong's Sugarscoot instead of Peach's, the latter has the default color) So we should be better when it comes to them.

Proposer: A Paragoomba and the Koopa Bros. (talk)
Deadline: 17th May 2013, 23:59


  1. A Paragoomba and the Koopa Bros. (talk) Per proposal



Exact values for "Vehicle Stats" and "Driver Bonuses"[edit]

If you want more exact values, visit my (German) site:

I have found the tables in the MKWii DVD and copied them to my website. Some values are multiplied by a factor to get more manageable values. For offroad I recommend the column O2 or O3.

Wiimm (talk) 16:00, 4 June 2013 (EDT)


I know this isn't the right place for match-making races, but where can I go to do so? Chilex (talk) 00:16, 7 July 2013 (EDT)

Why removing item durations[edit]

See this diff:
The item durations were removed and an old false info inserted again (Mega Mushroom is not invincible for Lightning Bolt).
Why? -- Wiimm (talk) 15:58, 31 August 2013 (EDT)
It was an anon edit, replace the info with the factual one. Yoshi876 (talk)

Original Track, Arena, Driver and Vehicle Names in 10 languages/dialects[edit]

See this:
Is it interesting for this wiki?
All info are copied directly from internal MKWii files. I will do similar for driver and vehicles.
Wiimm (talk) 05:49, 10 September 2013 (EDT)
And now in all 10 languages/dialects supported by Nintendo.
Wiimm (talk) 17:34, 11 September 2013 (EDT)
Last not least: Drivers and Vehicles
Inserting are the alternative names for Rosalina: Rosalinda, Harmonie and Estela.
Wiimm (talk) 08:12, 15 September 2013 (EDT)

Hidden Levels?[edit]

I so on a website that in mariokart wii there are some hidden levels that go on forever that are inaccessible without hacking. Is theis true? this is where i found it from.
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Confusing wording?[edit]

In the trivia section, one of the statements is: "Mario Kart Wii is the only game in the Mario Kart series where the weight classes have equal characters, if one does include the download play exclusive Shy Guy in Mario Kart DS."

I don't understand what this means for two reasons. First, because I'm not sure what "equal characters" refers to. Some kind of character attribute besides weight? And second, because I would guess from the context that it should say "if one doesn't include" rather than "if one does include." I would reword the statement if I understood the intended meaning but I don't.
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Trivia section[edit]

Some of the info seems really unnecesary like the Peach , Daisy and Rosalina thing . Maybe it should not be there at all? Super Starbits (talk)

New Methods to use WFC[edit]

I think there should be a sentence talking about efforts to create a custom WFC server after the shutdown. Wiimmfi is a prime example of this. JoshTheGMan97 (talk) 13:45, 27 October 2014 (EDT)


how do i edit the References? it looks Blank when i go into Edit Mode, all it says is "< Refrences />" without the spaces. Toad the Mushroom (talk)

i wanted to edit the "Country Flag" from Spriters Resource thing, as it says "Not Found" and it's in the References... Toad the Mushroom (talk)

Should we add information from data mining?[edit]

In this page and in this page as well there is information on Mario Kart Wii coming from data mining. Should it be added to this page? if yes, how should the new section be named?

change it back[edit]

I think that the tables with the bonus stas. for the characters and the karts should be changed back to the way they were because it looks very confusing and I don't like the side scroll. So I think it should be changed back. Captain Toad, in Super Mario Maker. Captain Toad A Captain Toad sprite 09:33, 31 January 2016 (EST)

The original tables are still there, in the proper sections, the new tables are in a different section (Actual stats). Regarding the side scroll, that shouldn't happen, as their width was specified in percentages. Has someone any formatting suggestion on how to avoid this? Is there the possibility of setting relative text size based on the display resolution?--Mister Wu (talk) 09:53, 31 January 2016 (EST)

Battle Course music[edit]

The articles for all Wii battle courses should have their theme music included to improve their articles. -TheUnknown67 (talk) 19:30, 23 June 2016 (EDT) Note: any replies should be replied to my talk page.

Sure, why not. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 19:38, 23 June 2016 (EDT)

100% Completion[edit]

I completed the mirror cups without getting at least 1 star on all of them, as such I didn't unlock Rosalina. But I got the 100% thanks for playing picture, and the title screen changed to one of the character alone, this was my only save file on the game but the article stats you need to achieve 100% for these features to show. Overall this has made me very confused
Shy Guy on WheelsSGoW sig.png(T|C|S) 15:39, 13 February 2017 (EST)

This title screen should show up simply for beating Mirror Cups. So I guess that information can be changed if you will. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 15:40, 13 February 2017 (EST)
Gold rank not just playing all of them. Red Yoshi in a construction hat walking Yoshi the SSM (talk) 15:51, 13 February 2017 (EST)

Getting star rank[edit]

Um,I noticed that you can unlock characters by getting star rank in cups (like Bowser Jr. unlockable by getting stars in all retro 100cc cups). It doesn't say how to get star rank, can someone add that? -PinkYoshiFan

Currently Nobody Knows Precisely How To Get At Least One Star On Any Of The Mario Kart Games Other Than Mario Kart 8. So Until Someone Finds That Out, No Info About That Will Be Put On There About How To Get A Star, Two Stars Or Triple Stars, For Completing A Grand Prix Cup.
Shy Guy on WheelsSGoW sig.png(T|C|S) 12:07, 12 March 2017 (EDT)

The Koopalings[edit]

Uh,the Koopalings are in Mario Kart Wii. Wariopig,Master Of Disguise

No, they aren't. Just Bowser, and him in Jr. and Dry forms. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 18:45, 17 April 2017 (EDT)

Unlocking Rosalina[edit]

I have seen other websites that say you can get Rosalina by earning 1 star in each of the 100cc cups and unlocking 18 expert staff ghosts. Is this true? If so, we should add it to the article. -YoshiFlutterJump (talk) 15:07, 30 April 2017 (EDT)

That's false. If that was true, then I would've unlocked her before I started the Mirror Cups. Rosalina can be unlocked earlier if you own a copy of Super Mario Galaxy though.
Shy Guy on WheelsSGoW sig.png(T|C|S) 15:27, 30 April 2017 (EDT)
Speaking of which, is it possible to unlock Rosalina with SMG2? Some websites say you can and others say you can't. -YoshiFlutterJump (talk) 20:20, 30 April 2017 (EDT)
I doubt it, considering SMG2 was not released until after Mario Kart Wii. MKWii wouldn't know what to look for. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 20:21, 30 April 2017 (EDT)
It can't. I have SMG2 and not the original, and it didn't unlock Rosalina. --A sprite of a Flame Chomp from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.TheFlameChomp (talk) 20:27, 30 April 2017 (EDT)

Battle Course Minimaps[edit]

I noticed that none of the battle courses from this game have any of their mini maps on their pages. I was wondering if I could add them so it would be more consistent with the other Mario Karts or if I should just leave them alone. LuigiMaster123's signature icon. LuigiMaster123 21:22, 15 July 2017 (EDT)

Just add them if you can, I don't think there's a particular reason why they're missing.--Mister Wu (talk) 01:47, 16 July 2017 (EDT)
They're missing mostly because mini-maps are actually flattened 3D models, and you need SZS Modifier with the tracks extracted to view them. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 01:49, 16 July 2017 (EDT)

Recent change in terminology[edit]

I would like to raise a major complaint with a recent change to the terminology made on this page regarding the way a kart drifts. From what I can tell, the reason said terminology was changed was because Nintendo's guidebook lists karts as being either "hang on" or "drift", which correlates to whether a kart of bike uses inside or outside drifting. I however do not think this is a particularly good reason to suddenly change the terminology, particularly without having a discussion on the matter first. The fact is, Nintendo has a history of poorly naming mechanics in their games, and as such their terms are sometimes rejected by the community. A good example of this is in the game "Super Smash Bros.", where what are referred to by 99% of the smash community as "tilts" are officially referred to by Nintendo as "strong attacks", despite most of them actually being rather weak attacks. In this case, "drift" and "hang on" do not even remotely describe the different ways in which some bikes drift that differs from the drifting of the other bikes and karts. Inside and outside drifting are the terms that have been used by the Mario Kart community for a very long time, while these "official" terms are so obscure that despite being a member of the Mario Kart community for quite some time, I (along with many other people) have never even heard of these terms prior to seeing them replace the former terms on this page. A quick Google search quickly reveals that these terms are, in fact, never used in the Mario Kart community outside of to simply state that those are technically the official terms. Furthermore the description provided on the article for what these different vehicle types mean is incredibly misleading, even implying that outside drifting vehicles are better than inside drifting ones (which is emphatically false).

For these reasons listed above, I would like to request that the replacement of the widely excepted drifting terms with these new ones be strongly reconsidered, as alienating the Mario Kart community by listing terms that are never actually used or often even recognized by the community seems like a very bad idea to me. I understand that the page is semi-protected, so since I am not autoconfirmed I obviously am not capable of making any fixes to the currently poor descriptions of these new terms in the event that they are decided to be kept anyway. Trainer Alex (talk) 13:13, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

There was a proposal for changing the terminology. Also, we use official terms rather than popular, but community-made terms. As shown on the proposal, there are three different guides that show that these terms are unofficial. --A sprite of a Flame Chomp from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.TheFlameChomp (talk) 13:20, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
As a general rule that may be fine, but in the case that the official term is so obscure that few people even know it exists, I think that is rather foolish. What good is using official terminology when nobody knows what you are talking about? The purpose of a wiki first and foremost is to be informative, and being so remarkably out of touch with the community you are trying to inform will just end up confusing people rather than informing them, hence you have fundamentally failed as a wiki. Trainer Alex (talk) 14:06, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
So are we done here? Inhaler (talk) 22:01, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
One other thing: Nintendo themselves aren't even consistent with regards to what they call it. In Mario Kart Wii they referred to it in the guidebook as "drift" and "hang on", but then they later changed their mind and now refer to bikes as being either regular or sports bikes. Since the official term in itself has a tendency to change, then surely that should be even more proof that using the official term is a bad idea, since there essentially is no official term to begin with. Trainer Alex (talk) 14:29, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
"The purpose of a wiki first and foremost is to be informative" We are. The original terms, as widely accepted as they are, were unofficial. If there is an official name that can be found, be it for terms, characters names, items, etc., we will use the official terms instead. They may not be commonly known now, but who knows? Maybe they will be, as you said yourself, the point of the wiki is to be informative. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 14:42, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
But again, these are not the official terms. Nintendo has since changed their minds on what the official terms are, and will likely change them again. There essentially is no official term, so why attempt to make something out of nothing? Trainer Alex (talk) 14:44, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Seems like everything is explained on the bike talk page. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 14:46, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
I know I don't normally make an appearance on this wiki, but I thought I would drop by to throw my hat into the ring (as I was made aware of this situation through Trainer Alex): it is my firm belief that, if something in a game is referred to by, and is much better known by, a fan name, then that takes priority. It might be a side effect of me spending most of my time on the SmashWiki (as that is one of the policies over there), but if we take a look at the tech mechanic, it is officially called a breakfall in Smash 64, an "ukemi" (受け身, lit. "passive") in Brawl (directly referred to as "passive" internally in Melee and Brawl), and "breaking your fall" in Smash 4. It's still named a tech over there because that is the commonly accepted term (little to no one would know what you're talking about if you called it an ukemi), and, if I'm quoting the page directly, "the word "tech" is borrowed from the competitive communities of other fighting games and traces its origin back to technical bonuses awarded in Capcom games for performing special maneuvers to escape grab attacks and get much less damage and more recovery time."
I know better than to complain about one wiki not following another wiki's policies; SmashWiki itself follows this rule too, and I've had little to no luck with complaining to other wikis in the past. But I still think that this name change is unnecessary, because, in the grand scheme of things, a colloquial term is better known than an official one if the two differ. That's not to say people can't change the terms they use, however. Aidanzapunk (talk) 16:56, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
I think there is an important clarification to be made: the inside drifting bikes do not really drift, they commit to the turn. I suspect that the unofficial inside drifting terminology was favored by the PRIMA guide of Mario Kart Wii, which didn't make such a distinction and used the term drift with all the vehicles even though the actual official guide from Nintendo clearly stated that bikes such as the Bullet Bike are hang-on tpye, i.e. rather have the biker hanging off the bike (technique that is referred to in Japan with the term hang-on). Having only the English terms from the Nintendo Official Guidebook, I didn't have much choice over which terms to use. Fast forward a few years and now the PRIMA guide of Mario Kart 8 finally uses official English terms to distinguish between bike types - standard bikes and sport bikes. This also reflects the bikes finally being a separate class recognizable in the vehicle customization screen. Since at this point we have North American terms which allow us to distinguish between vehicle types that were previously only differentiated in terms of gameplay, I proposed to use those instead. What is relevant, by the way, is that inside drifting cannot even fully apply to the sport bikes of Mario Kart 8, since they now no longer make the sharp turn toward the inside of the turn as soon as they land like in Mario Kart Wii, but rather go straight until they lean, at which point they start turning. While this collides with the concept of inside drifting, since they too now go toward the outside of the turn for a few moments after landing, if you watch the animation, they ultimately still commit to the turn, meaning that they are indeed the same bike types introduced in Mario Kart Wii. The developers simply used a more realistic physics engine to make them behave more like real life Moto GP bikes, leading to significantly different lines with respect to those seen in Mario Kart Wii, this being most evident in U turns in 200cc, where using the same strategies of Mario Kart Wii takes the bike toward the outside of the turn. At this point, using unofficial terms that mostly fail to reflect what those bikes do seems misleading to me. I understand the importance of said terms and my proposal had this aspect separated to avoid forcing this change along with the creation of the pages, furthermore I actually kept those terms in the page of the bikes and in the pages of the subtypes, standard bikes and sport bikes. Nonetheless, at this point I think it would simply be better to consider the hang-on type/sport bikes as bikes that lean instead of drifting - this way what happens with them in Mario Kart 8 finally makes sense.--Mister Wu (talk) 17:07, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
I mean, it's still considered drifting. They still use the "drift" stat, and other than not curving outwards, they behave like regular drifts (no speed loss, alterable angles without giving full angular control, mini turbo charges dependent on drift angle). Saying they "commit to the turn" implies that they're just turning, when what they are doing is very distinct from turning. Inside drifting is technically the most accurate term we have to describe it as well. As for the bikes in MK8, they kinda outside drift to begin with, before transitioning to an inside drift, so it's more of a hybrid of the two, hence I wouldn't recommend referring to them as inside drifting, but the inside bikes in MKW absolutely should be. Trainer Alex (talk) 17:39, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
The lines and behavior of a so called inside drifting bike has nothing to do with drifting, you can see how they are rather leaning while pointing forward when holding the jump button in Manual mode, which is not the case for outside drifting bikes, which rather point a direction almost orthogonal to where they are going. The sport bikes in Mario Kart 8 do the exact same, hence they should not deserve to be treated differently just because the community wrongly assumed that the behavior of Mario Kart Wii - always staying in the inside of the turn from the moment when they land - is the only corect one for this type of bikes, when it was likely an artifact of a less realistic physics engine back at the time. Since Nintendo clearly distinguished between "drift" and "hang-on" from the start and since in Mario Kart 8 this inside drifting behavior is no longer here, but the leaning and pointing forward definitely is, we have proof that the developers were actually trying to do something different, that the community misinterpreted since back at the time the developers didn't bother changing the terms used and the North American guide didn't even use the "drift type" and "hang-on type". The community couldn't know that because most of them couldn't read the Japanese guide. But now we know what they were trying to do and Mario Kart 8 showed that clearly, so I think we can start viewing things from a new point of view.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:59, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
SO, what is it you want to happen? Forgo the community approval to use these terms and ignore policy, or have another proposal to revert back to the fan-created terms? Either way, that's not how we do things here. I get SmashWiki has a different policy you're used to, but these terms are official and are used to distinguish between the different bike types. The only page I can think of where we credit an unofficial term is the Spiny Shell (blue) page, but even then, the fan term isn't what's used to define it. See also, MarioWiki:Naming. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 17:51, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Actually, Blue Shell is an official term, it was used in the version 1.3.0 patch notes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:59, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Well, then. I guess we don't use fan terms at all. We use {{conjectural}} terms, but that's different, as it means there no name to begin with. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:05, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Yes, I am familiar with your stance on these things, and I strongly disagree with it. Frankly, I find this wiki's general contempt for the fanbase you are supposedly making this wiki for to be quite irritating and counterproductive, and is a big reason why I am not an editor on this wiki. That being said, if you wish to stick to your traditionalist policies, that's fine, but I would at least request that on this one instance you be a tad more lenient. The so called "official" terms you are using barely qualify as official at all, and are not used unironically anywhere other than on this wiki and in the original source (which incidentally is the only instance of these terms being used anyway). Meanwhile inside and outside drift is the widely recognized, agreed upon and used terminology for the different drift types of the karts in Mario Kart Wii, and hence I think that on this occasion you absolutely should use these unofficial terms over the abysmal attempt at an official term that you currently using. That's what I have to say on the matter, and I think you'd find that everyone in the MKW community who continue to enjoy playing the game would agree with me. If you still wish to reject this then I don't think there's anything I can say to change your mind. Trainer Alex (talk) 18:22, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Hey, for what it's worth, I think Alex is right. What he's saying makes a lot of sense. Inhaler (talk) 18:36, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
...Assuming you mean Trainer Alex (my name is Alex as well :P), what he's saying may make sense, but it goes against the policy we have in place. Nothing is going to happen unless there is major community support otherwise. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 18:39, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Yes, I'm talking to Trainer Alex. Anyway, if it's a problem, why not just ask the community? Problem solved. Inhaler (talk) 18:47, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

my hot take in that the situation where a fan term is far better known than the obscure official equivalent, mentioning as an aside ("colloquially reffered to as [word]") is an acceptable thing to do to indicate that 1) yes, nerds use term X more often and it's probably what you should call it if you engage communication with said nerds and that 2) the Mariowiki willl neverthless let little stand in the way of its general contempt for the Mario fanbase.

Some may argue slipperly slope but I don't see an apocalypse of people adding Le Unofficial Term to pages forthcoming and I don't really see an issue as long as the text makes it clear it's a Nerd Name and Doesn't Come from Nintendo's Anus. Whatever. --Glowsquid (talk) 19:09, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

Where would that line be drawn, though? Would we add "Mario, colloquially referred to as "short, red, mustached man""? Yes, someone has actually said that to me. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:16, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
No it's a matter of context. Context is very important. Since essentially the entire MKW community refers to it by inside and outside drifting, and have never heard of these new terms, I think this is a situation in which an exception can be made to the policy. Similarly, very few people unironically call Mario "short, red, mustached man", and everyone knows him as Mario, so this would be an obvious case of when the policy absolutely should be upheld. Context matters! Trainer Alex (talk) 19:22, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Exactly. Hear us out, admins, and call us stupid, but we all think this could be a good and possibly beneficial idea. Inhaler (talk) 19:31, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
I feel like there's a great confusion on this. Community-made terms are already used in this wiki. Both inside drifting, inward drifting, outside drifting and outward drifting are used in this wiki. The community term of Boost for Mini-Turbos in Super Mario Kart is mentioned as well in the Mini-Turbo page, even though the Nintendo Official Guidebook of Super Mario Kart clearly named them Mini-turbo and the names of the exploits in the same page are those used by the community. I never meant to remove community-made terms altogether, but in this case I asked to rather limit their use to the relevant pages of the bikes since inward drifting bikes don't drift, making the term very confusing especially in the context of Mario Kart 8 where even the inside part is wrong.--Mister Wu (talk) 19:45, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
You know what else is confusing? Calling Doki Doki Panic our Super Mario 2 because it's really nothing but a copied game. But they still call it #2, don't they? Inhaler (talk) 20:02, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
That's completely irrelevant to this discussion. Anyway, Bike#Mario Kart Wii already has this information that's requested. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 20:08, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

"Where would that line be drawn, though?"

Short answer: You know it when you see it.

To take an example I used with you earlier: If something happened tomorrow and that the protagonist of the Doom series of video games was playable in the next Smash Bros. and that the lead didn't at least off-handely mention fans of the Doom games likes to call him Doomguy over his obscure and unpopular official names, it would be pretty stupid doing a disservice to the reader by not properly contextualising the character and making onlookers wonder why every source except this dumb Mario fansite call him Doomguy. On the other hand, if I got me and some guys to refer to Mario Kart Wii with the beautiful and multi-layered name of Mario Kart Pee it wouldn't be worth mentioning. Because nobody does that.

So yeah, applying this to the matter at hand:

On one hand: . Even if Mario Kart's Wii serious playerbase is sitll particularly active for a 10 years old game, the ten of thounsands (and I'm probably being very generous here) players that still actively discuss the game on forums and social medias and have developed their jargon to discuss the game is a tiny blip in the more than 37 million copies of the games sold. As the Super Mario Wiki generally leans toward a more generalist (or "normie" if you wean to be cute) coverage of the games, it could be argued that how a comparatively small number of players name The Thing That The Bike Does should matter little in how the wiki name its things. Furthermore, if the usage is so entrenched in said competitive's community, a fansite's usage of another term would do little to diminish its ability to enforce and disseminate its prefered term.

On the other (and this what I'm leaning toward at the moment): One could also argue than anyone who specifically seek to read about Mario Kart Wii s gameplay mechanics in 2018 is going to come in contact with the more popular term, and furthermore, would probably do so in the goal of discussing the mechanic with otherp layers or writing about it. Using an aside statement to mention the fan jargon (while still using the official term in the rest of the body to respect Mariowiki's policies) would not diminish the wiki's house style while giving reader heads-up about how to discuss the game with their peer. Basically: context and audience matters.

I don't see a sliperry slope fallacy being ground against this, but I don't feel strongly about this particular instance either. --Glowsquid (talk) 20:12, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

I just don't see this being a good idea at all. The closest we really come to fan created terms are conjectural articles, but that's because a name hasn't actually been found for something. Using a fan name for something that already has an established name just seems very unnecessary. IMO, I'd go with "Doomguy"'s unpopular official name over a fan name, because he actually has a name (sure, I don't know what it is because I don't play Doom, and this is my first time hearing "Doomguy", but that's beside the point). Popularity of the name shouldn't be the determining factor for how we name something, otherwise we'd have the Super Mario Bros. 3 article labeled SMB3 or Super Mario 3, because those are just easier to say. Nowhere on MarioWiki:Naming does it say we can use fan created terms outside of conjectural articles. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 20:26, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Renaming Super Mario Bros. 3 to an abbreviation is not the same case at all. I'm not going to sugarcoat this: that is a pretty piss poor comparison, though not as bad as "short, red, mustached man" and Mario 2/Yume Kōjō from above. I say that the aside thing that Glowsquid mentioned is really the best option; it keeps the wiki consistent in using official terms, but it also helps avoid confusion. PikaSamus (talk) 21:39, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Are we done here? Inhaler (talk) 22:01, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
Nothing can really be done anyway until after the 28 days of the previous proposals are finished, at that point I can make a second proposal to add the "commonly referred to" statements to other pages, so we see the opinions on the matter.--Mister Wu (talk) 23:25, 5 May 2018 (EDT)
"Using a fan name for something that already has an established name just seems very unnecessary."
I again reiterate that this is not something to be applied to everything. Your argument towards Mario 3 is a good example (despite it not being relevant to bring up when you did): an acronym is something we wouldn't change because it's just a simpler way to refer to something longer (and thus would be made into a redirect), but if something is better known by a different name, then people will have better luck finding it by that name instead of the official one. Tripping in Smash is officially called "prat falling", but no one calls it that; Lucario and Charizard's Final Smashes are both officially called Mega Evolution, but fans call them Mega Lucario and Mega Charizard X, respectively; if you want a non-Smash related comparison, the avatars from Fire Emblem Awakening/Fates, officially, have no name, but they're commonly referred to by their default names, Robin and Corrin, respectively. Even in real life, if someone is known by a nickname, you're more likely to know that person if someone mentions their nickname to you rather than their real name. Aidanzapunk (talk) 15:55, 6 May 2018 (EDT)
Again, the Bike, standard bike and sport bike pages contain all the terms: inside drifting bike (which is not the term currently used by the competitive community, but rather by Reddit, GameXplain and this wiki), inward drifting bike (which is the term currently used by the competitive community), outside drifting bike (which is not currently used by the competitive community), outward drifting bike (which is currently used by the competitive community). Your point about searching the bike type doesn't really apply.--Mister Wu (talk) 16:34, 6 May 2018 (EDT)
Aidanzapunk explains why Shell Helmet and Shellmet should be kept: They are called these by the SMM community. But, these names refer to two different things. Red Yoshi in a construction hat walking Yoshi the SSM (talk) 09:42, 7 May 2018 (EDT)

One thing that can be done without colliding with the current proposal is adding redirects: now if we search for inside drifting bike, inward drifting bike, inward-drifting bike, outside drifting bike, outward drifting bike and outward-drifting bike we are taken to the appropriate pages. Sorry that I didn't think about manually adding those by myself when I created the pages, I should have done so since those terms are mentioned in the introductions of the pages (while the variations inward-drifting and outawrd-drifting are effectively used by the competitive Mario Kart Wii community in the rules of tournaments).--Mister Wu (talk) 08:50, 7 May 2018 (EDT)

So....why did they end up being made? From what I can see above, general consensus says these shouldn't be used even as redirects, because something about competitive communities needing to be held in contempt and not given credence when there's official names that are different. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 23:05, 11 May 2018 (EDT)

Those names are mentioned in the introductions of the pages, as this was part of the proposal, plus someone looking for the most common terms should find the pages that then show what are the official terms. One thing is having those names widely used on the Wiki - not agreed upon -, one thing is allowing people who look for the most common terms using the search function to find the correct pages, which then rather use the official terms.--Mister Wu (talk) 14:17, 12 May 2018 (EDT)
"Most common" doesn't mean "those solely used by some die-hard circles," though. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 17:23, 12 May 2018 (EDT)
To be fair, variants of those terms are also used on Reddit and even GameXplain used the terms inside drifting and outside drifting. After all, only recently we discovered that those terms likely stemmed from the community and that in the Nintendo Official Guidebook of Mario Kart Wii Nintendo had used alternative terms that showed how hanging off the bike was not considered drifting.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:26, 12 May 2018 (EDT)
So? Reddit using a term that Nintendo doesn't makes it even less credible than Nintendo simply not using it, TBH, as it makes it even more fancruft-y. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:52, 12 May 2018 (EDT)
I wasn't talking about the origin of the terms, just how much they are used among the players' community. These terms were not found on the guides, so they most likely stem from the community of players who played Mario Kart Wii and are still widely in use nowadays - Reddit was just an example of a non-competitive community that nonetheless uses them, much like GameXplain is not a channel dedicated just to competitive players. In terms of content, this wiki switched to the official terms following my proposal, with the unofficial terms now being mentioned in the pages of the vehicles classes. Still, when it comes to searches, the users are more likely to use the unofficial terms, hence the redirects and the disambiguation page, whose aim is not adding or changing content on the pages of this wiki, but rather directing users to the pages they are looking for, which then use the official terms. The discussion above is about the introduction of the unofficial terms along with the official ones in other pages as well, such as this one, which is a matter of actual content in the pages. If you think we should extend the limitations of my proposal to the redirects, this would be a different discussion which likely warrants a different proposal as well to have actual effects, since even the current limitations find some people in disagreement.--Mister Wu (talk) 08:50, 13 May 2018 (EDT)
Wow, I was reading through this and you guys are incredibly out of touch with the Mario Kart Wii Community. Additionally, for the record "inside" and "inward" drifting are both used completely interchangeably by the community, so I don't know where you're getting your information from on that regard...
In any case I was wondering what the name of the guidebook that these new terms came from is, as I couldn't find them in the instruction booklet that comes with the game. Trainer Alex (talk) 08:09, 8 June 2018 (EDT)
Looking back through the conversation, it looks like the Mario Kart 8 Prima guide. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 21:01, 8 June 2018 (EDT)
If by "Mario Kart Wii Community" you mean the competitive Mario Kart Wii community, stating that people here are "incredibly out of touch" with it might be a bit inappropriate...
The guidebook we are referring to, which are referenced in the respective pages of the bike types, are the Nintendo Official Guidebook of Mario Kart Wii, page 14 and following. In the case of Mario Kart 8, we refer to the Mario Kart 8 Official Game Guide by PRIMA, page 28.--Mister Wu (talk) 21:48, 8 June 2018 (EDT)
A better point would be that it doesn't matter how "in" or "out of touch" people are with that community, but that, due to them being little more than a fan group with no officiality whatsoever, it doesn't matter what nicknames they give things. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 01:49, 9 June 2018 (EDT)
Except that it does. Since everyone uses the terms inside and outside drifting, newer players are going to just end up being confused by the poor attempt of this wiki at describing the different drift types. You act as though "drift" and "hang-on" are the official terms, but they're not. Some random employee at Nintendo decided to call them that at the time of the guidebook being written, but Nintendo have since changed their stance to classifying bikes as either standard or sports bikes, so if you wanted to actually use the official terms, at the very least you should change the vehicle type column categories to "Kart", "Bike" and "Sports Bike", as those are in fact the official terms. But even then, I would argue that this doesn't really explain the fundamental difference in how the two bike types drift (but it's leaps and bounds better than "drift" and "hang-on", especially since the hanging on animation is specific to the character, NOT the bike. Characters like King Boo who hang on to bikes when drifting will hang on regardless of if the bike is inside or outside drifting). Trainer Alex (talk) 05:22, 9 June 2018 (EDT)
Pardon me, "everybody?" I certainly don't. Methinks this community may be smaller than you let on. Where are those terms used in any official writing? Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 05:33, 9 June 2018 (EDT)
For the umpteenth time, I am aware that they are not the "official" terms, but "Drift" and "Hang on" are not the official vehicle type terms either. The official terms are Kart, Bike and Sports Bike. Trainer Alex (talk) 08:01, 10 June 2018 (EDT)
Expect that "drift" and "hang on" are still official terms, they're just obsolete since we got these new official terms. SmokedChili (talk) 09:29, 10 June 2018 (EDT)
Or rather, they are still the official terms for MKW, while "Standard Bike" and "Sport Bike" are the ones for MK8. SmokedChili (talk) 09:35, 10 June 2018 (EDT)
Where in MKW material are they called that? In this kudzu of a conversation, I can't figure it out. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 22:05, 10 June 2018 (EDT)
The terms are used in the Nintendo Official Guidebook of Mario Kart Wii, page 14 and following. In particular, the terms used are 「ドリフトタイプ」 and 「ハングオンタイプ」, that are English words written in Katakana, more specifically drift type and hang-on type.--Mister Wu (talk) 09:23, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
OK, well until we have "salaryman" redirect to Businessman and "Heyho" redirect to Shy Guy, this will be a very glaring exception to how we do things. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 16:07, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
The PRIMA guide of Mario Kart Wii doesn't distinguish between bike types, hence the official English words come from the official guide of Nintendo, which does distinguish between bike types. Also, there's no redirection at all, we use sport bike and standard bike links and we didn't make a redirection link for hang-on type and drift type.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:33, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
OK, well people keep telling me contradictory information on this, and like I said before, this conversation is unfollowable kudzu at this point. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:46, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
Wait, so those terms aren't even the official english terms, and they're just a (seemingly rather poor) translation of the Japanese text? Why then are they being used as if they're the official english terms? Trainer Alex (talk) 15:36, 14 June 2018 (EDT)
They are official English terms, just written with Japanese characters - Katakana. Not every English word in Japan is written with Latin script.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:51, 14 June 2018 (EDT)


Does this game run on the Havok engine like Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
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As far as I know, this wasn't confirmed so far, and I doubt it, since neither the logo nor info about the use of that engine are found in the game. The game itself isn't using proper forces calculations to handle many gameplay-related cases, like collisions with walls or even just accelerating or drifts.--Mister Wu (talk) 20:44, 26 August 2018 (EDT)

Character Stats[edit]

I watched a twitch live stream of a Tool Assisted Speedrun for Mario Kart Wii. In this specific stream, certain characters were compared for acceleration and mini-turbo. I have edited one of the charts to match the findings on this stream.

CobaltYoshi27 (talk) 00:28, 5 December 2018 (EST)

We don't base the data on videos, but on actual data found here, as far as the characters are concerned. Heavy Mii was probably misattributed there before, as it's fixed on those tables as well. Thanks for telling us about the wrong stats!--Mister Wu (talk) 23:07, 5 December 2018 (EST)

Character-vehicle discrepancy[edit]

I've noticed that the character showcased on the vehicles in the vehicle list for this page doesn't match up with the character showcased at the top of the individual vehicle pages. It's a small detail but I really think we should be consistant with which character-vehicle combination we primarily display. Is there any way we can come to an agreement on the characters which should be shown on each vehicle? Trainer Alex (talk) 16:35, 17 January 2019 (EST)

2nd Best-selling Mario game[edit]

Shouldn't it be mentioned somewhere on the article that it's the second best selling game in the entire Mario franchise, because that's no small feat.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by LukeMo (talk).

I need a source for that, but sure, it can be mentioned in the sales section. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 15:27, April 23, 2020 (EDT)

ALERT: Majority of character descriptions needs some major adjustments ASAP[edit]

Relaying what Doc Von Schmeltwick said in his previous edits before mine in terms of the character descriptions when someone put in the tables for this article, but the majority of them in this section need some serious adjustments and look like there were "personal opinions" put into them as well. I tried to fix the ones involving the Mario female characters (and some others), but the rest of them seriously need to be checked into ASAP. Anyone else looking into this? --M. C. - Profile | Talk Page 08:40, July 11, 2020 (EDT)

I don't see why we need descriptions at all, honestly. The only other main series Mario Kart game where we have character descriptions at all is Mario Kart DS, the rest of them just have galleries with extra relevant information like their weight class. Either the descriptions on this page (and on MKDS', for that matter) should be replaced with official descriptions if we can find them, or removed entirely for consistency with the rest of the series. --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 12:12, July 11, 2020 (EDT)
Looks like the "flowery writing" in the respective section has now been neutralized for the most part by myself and some other people, so this "talk" status and the "rewrite" status for the section has been taken off now. --M. C. - Profile | Talk Page 06:19, July 12, 2020 (EDT)
I wouldn't say the conversation is quite over yet since I brought up the possibility of removing the bios entirely. I'd like to see what other users have to say about the idea. --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 12:35, July 12, 2020 (EDT)
Meh, I'm not really for bios either since we'll get disputes over interpretations of the character like what happened above. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 14:29, October 10, 2020 (EDT)

Nintendo Wifi[edit]

The article says that you cannot play MKWii online due to the termination of Nintendo Online. This may not be true. By downloading the mod CTGP Revolution, you can play on a custom server called Wiimmfi. We should put ont this artocle that you cannot play online anymore officially, and that there are hacks that would still allow online play.

CoolSwitch (talk) 11:05, August 14, 2020 (EDT)

We don't cover unofficial material in main articles. As far as Nintendo-endorsed services go, you cannot play this game online. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 11:18, August 14, 2020 (EDT)

Add a Reference[edit]

In the Bowser's Castle Track, part of the Majora's Mask song plays. I don't see that reference.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Daybroken (talk).

First, it's not an explicit reference, I never heard it. Second, references to other games sections should be Mario only. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 14:28, October 10, 2020 (EDT)

Could anybody add this "Reference to other games" entry?[edit]

Some of the HUD bubble graphics from Pikmin were reused in this game. For example, the squared bubble here is used for the "Back" button in many of MKWii's menus. Also, the bubble that indicates the day is used in the Main Menu, covering the Miis face (main menu screenshot, it's more apparent when ripping the icon from the files). For comparison: Pikmin sprites

I can't edit the page myself (This page has been protected to prevent editing or other actions)--B squo (talk) 16:02, April 23, 2021 (EDT)

These are only really coincidences, quite a few games use similar shapes in their menu graphics. It's not something that is entirely based on Pikmin, and the graphics aren't really one-for-one to each other either. BBQ Turtle (talk) 16:08, April 23, 2021 (EDT)

Some things that could be added to the "Differences in multiplayer modes" section[edit]

Here are a few things that I think could be added to the "Differences in multiplayer modes" section:

  • Wheelies do not emit sound.
  • The graphical effect for miniturbos and also the fire seen when boosting are slightly different (they look a bit simpler)

(The following ones are a bit more specific):

  • In Mario Circuit, some 3D flowers are located in different positions, such as the one seen here. In addition, one of the 3D trees (seen to the left a little bit after the finish line) is positioned slightly more to the left (so it's not centered relative to its shadow). All of these are actually leftover from an earlier version of the track, since these objects could be seen in those positions in the E3 2007 trailer of the game.
  • Although this is a little bit more trivial, in Mario Circuit, some 2D trees are merged with 3D trees (though this is hard to see in-game without the use of a free camera).
    The preceding unsigned comment was added by B squo (talk).

Rosalina help.[edit]

Okay, I'm confused. On the MKWii page, it says that Rosalina's standard unlock criteria is to rank 1 star or higher in all Mirror Cups. OK, simple enough, right? NO! The alternate criteria is to play 4,950 races (too much for me, good thing she is unlocked from the start in MK8DX) OR play 50 races with a SMG save file. 50 is much more manageable, but on this talk page there's an implication that she can be unlocked with just a SMG save file. What's the deal!? SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) 13:20, February 27, 2023 (CST)

It's not automatic. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 20:47, February 27, 2023 (EST)
UPDATE! Wikihow makes things even more crazy. Wikihow states the same things that this very wiki says. However, there are additional "ways" to unlock Rosalina. Get at least 1 Star Rank for all Mirror Grand Prix Cups, play 4,950 games, or get at least 1 Star Rank for all 150cc Wii Grand Prix cups and beat 18 Staff Ghosts. HUH!? SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) 12:47, March 16, 2023 (CST)
This is kind of a late response, but is Wikihow wiki with trusted sorces? Because I think what it says on the page about Rosalina's unlock criteria right now is correct. Having five ways to unlock Rosalina, as Wikihow says, is kind of a lot. -- One of Rosalina's several recolors artwork. FanOfRosalina2007Princess Peach ready for Christmas (talk · edits) 18:38, December 4, 2023 (EST)

Small correction regarding Expert Staff Ghost unlock times[edit]

The unlock times for the expert GCN Waluigi Stadium and N64 Sherbet Land staff ghosts are slightly incorrect. The correct times are 02:26.334 and 02:43.142 respectively. (see the Expert staff ghost unlock times section at the bottom of this page for more information). --B squo (talk) 13:20, July 29, 2023 (EDT)