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There are 30 playable characters confirmed for Mario Kart 8, consisting of 16 default characters and 14 unlockable characters.[1] 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.[2]

Starting Drivers

Unlockable drivers

  • Mii's weight is determined by the height and weight of the Mii.
Unlocking Criteria

Characters are unlocked at random by completing cups, unlike previous Mario Kart games.[3]

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.

Character Stats
Group Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
MK8 BabyMario Icon.pngMK8 BabyLuigi Icon.pngMK8 BabyPeach Icon.pngMK8 BabyDaisy Icon.png
MK8 BabyRosalina Icon.pngMK8 Lemmy Icon.png
2.25 3.25 2.25 4.75 4.5
Super Light
MK8 Toad Icon.pngMK8 Koopa Icon.pngMK8 ShyGuy Icon.png
MK8 Lakitu Icon.pngMK8 Toadette Icon.pngMK8 Larry Icon.pngMK8 Wendy Icon.png
2.75 3 2.75 4.25 4.25
MK8 Peach Icon.pngMK8 Daisy Icon.pngMK8 Yoshi Icon.png
3.25 2.75 3.25 3.75 4
MK8 Mario Icon.pngMK8 Luigi Icon.png
MK8 Iggy Icon.pngMK8 Ludwig Icon.png
3.75 2.5 3.75 3.25 3.75
MK8 DKong Icon.pngMK8 Waluigi Icon.png
MK8 Rosalina Icon.pngMK8 Roy Icon.png
4.25 2.25 4.25 2.75 3.5
MK8 MMario Icon.pngMK8 PGPeach Icon.png
4.25 2 4.75 2.75 3.25
Super Heavy
MK8 Bowser Icon.pngMK8 Wario Icon.png
MK8 Morton Icon.png
4.75 2 4.75 2.25 3.25