There are 30 playable characters confirmed for Mario Kart 8, consisting of 16 default characters and 14 unlockable characters. There are 9 characters that make their first appearance as playable characters in the series, including the Koopalings (indicated by an * in the gallery), and 2 more making their overall debut in the Mario franchise; Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach (indicated by an **). There are 3 weight classes dependent on the size of the kart the characters ride on (with the exception of Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach): light, medium, and heavy, though a group of certain drivers in a class have differing stats to another group.
- Mii's weight is determined by the height and weight of the Mii.
Characters are unlocked at random by completing cups, unlike previous Mario Kart games.
Driver Base Stats
Just like in Mario Kart 7, characters in a specific group have their own stats. The units are out of 6, displaying the different stats.