- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Racing
- Release: Apr 28, 2017
- ESRB: Everyone
Hints & Secrets
Press the accelerator button when "2" appears and hold it down for a rocket boost at the start of the race.
Get an unexpected boost!
Some tracks have wheel carts on their antigravity portions. bump into them, and you'll be encircled by a blue streak, then obtain a speed boost. You can also bump into players' karts and get the same boost, plus a spinout for the victim. So maybe it's okay to drive a little recklessly in antigravity.
Fire Hopping (or Bunny Hopping) is a trick you can use throughout a race. Using this trick can make you move faster than your opponents, but only in certain situations. To perform this trick, you must be:
- Moving across a dash panel
- Receiving a boost from drifting
- Using items that would boost your speed (Mushroom, Star, Piranha Plant .etc)
- Startup boost (Only on specific courses)
- Anything else that would increase your speed for a brief period of time
In order to correctly execute the boost, you must rapidly drift into one direction and then drift in the other direction continuously until your boost wears out. This works well on straightaways, but can also be done when turning. Also, this is very effective when moving at an upwards slope. Level slopes work too, but fire/bunny hopping while moving at a downward slope will only cause your kart to decelerate. There are exceptions to fire hopping at such a slope, but there are very few. Some examples are the boost panels on the slope on Toad Harbor the boost panel facing on the anti-gravity slope on GBA Mario Circuit. Otherwise, doing this when moving downwards will hinder your performance.
Oh, and regarding the startup boost fire hopping technique, mentioned above, this only works on specific courses, as said above. Fire hopping at the start of a course is super effective on courses that start you facing upwards, for example, DS Tick Tock Clock. However, doing this on course that start you facing downwards, like Electrodrome, will only make your kart go slower than your opponents. Doing this on courses that start you off on a neutral slope will either make you accelerate, or have no effect on your speed. It depends on the course.
I hoped this helped you win some races on Mario Kart 8. This trick is really effective when used correctly.
Toad Harbor: Use trams as a speed boost
The trams in Toad Harbor usually knock you out when you drive into them by accident, however if you are flying after jumping from a ramp or booster you can actually use the roofs of the trams to your advantage. When in the air, try to land on a tram's roof, and you will bounce off it undamaged. For an extra helpful boost, perform a flip.
Collect the indicated number of coins to unlock body, glider, and wheel parts to customize your vehicles. You will unlock a new part for every 50 coins earned; after earning 1,000 coins, the intervals increase to 100 coins for each unlockable part. Coins can be earned in Grand Prix, VS mode, and online races.
- Cushion Wheels (Wheels): 50
- Mr. Scooty (Bike): 100
- Blue Standard (Wheels): 150
- Pipe Frame (Kart): 200
- Tri-Speeder (Three-wheeled Kart): 250
- Slick (Wheels): 300
- Wild Wiggler (ATV): 350
- Button (Wheels): 400
- Cloud Glider (Glider): 450
- Varmint (Bike): 500
- Plane Glider (Glider): 550
- Yoshi Bike (Bike): 600
- Flower Glider (Glider): 650
- The Duke (Bike): 700
- Circuit Special (Kart): 750
- Prancer (Kart): 800
- Crimson Slim (Wheels): 850
- Landship (Kart): 900
- Flame Rider (Bike): 950
- Retro Off-Road (Wheels): 1,000
- Steel Driver (Kart): 1,100
- Azure Roller (Wheels): 1,200
- Wario Wing (Glider): 1,300
- Comet (Bike): 1,400
- Off-Road (Wheels): 1,500
- Metal Wheels (Wheels): 1,600
- Jet Bike (Bike): 1,700
- Teddy Buggy (Kart): 1,800
- Waddle Wing (Glider): 1,900
- Bowser Kite (Glider): 2,000
- Hot Monster (Wheels): 2,100
- Cat Cruiser (Kart): 2,200
- Sponge (Wheels): 2,300
- Peach Parasol (Glider): 2,400
- MKTV Parafoil (Glider): 2,500
- Cyber Slick (Wheels): 2,600
- Sports Coupe (Kart): 2,700
- Unknown: 2,800
- Unknown: 2,900
- Unknown: 3,000
Turbo Boost at Start of Race
To get a turbo boost at the start of a race, simply wait until the number 2 in the countdown appears, then hold A until the race begins. If done right, you will receive a turbo boost as soon as the race starts.
How to use LAN play
To use LAN play, on the opening screen where it says Press "L" and "R" to play, hold down "L" and "R". While holding "L" and "R", press down on the Left Stick. At this point you may let go of those three buttons. LAN play will now be an option instead of Wireless play.
Fast Coin Farming
- Step 1: You need two Joy-Cons, two single ones are ok, you get two if you buy the Switch.
- Step 2: Select Multiplayer mode, then select 2 players.
- Step 3: Select VS Race
- Step 4: It doesnt matter which Character or Vehicle you choose, one that got Speed AND Accelerationwould be good (like Mario)
- Step 5: While setting up your Vehicles, press the + or - on each controller and make sure the settings are like this: Auto Steering: ON, Control: Joystick (motion control will NOT work), Auto Accelerate: ON
- Step 6: After setting up the Karts, the next screen takes you to race settings. Select 200cc Race at the very top, and then copy the setting below: Teams: No Teams, Items: No Items, COM: No COM, COM Vehicles: All Vehicles, Courses: Choose, Race Count: 48 Races (this number can change, however, 48 is ideal if you will be coin farming for an hour or two)
- Step 7: After this, it is time to pick the track. Go under the Egg Cup, select Mute City and start the race.
- Step 8: At this point, you can set both controllers down and let the game do the rest.
Note: Each race takes about 2 minutes & 30 seconds so you can complete a cup about every 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy this and go get yourself that Gold Glider.
Choose the season on the Animal Crossing track
When starting a race on the Animal Crossing track while playing offline in any mode other than time trials, hold one of the four shoulder buttons (L for Spring, R for Summer, ZL for Fall, or ZR for Winter) to choose the season the track appears as.
Various Gameplay Tips
- Tip 1: Press accelerate just as the start timer hits '2' for a turbo start.
- Tip 2: It's always better to release the accelerator than to shoot off the edge of the track.
- Tip 3: Get used to hitting 'R' whenever your character jumps for another little boost.
Alternate credits and title screen
Earn a Gold Trophy on every 150cc speed race and every Mirror Mode race.
Earn a Gold Trophy on all eight Grand Prix tracks.
Glider part, Wheel part or Body part
Gather coins in Grand Prix, VS mode, and online races. In the beginning, each time your overall coins boosts by 50 you will unlock a new Glider part, Wheel part, or Body part. After getting 1,000 Coins, new parts will appear just after your complete coins boosts by 100.
Unlockable Gold parts
To unlock the following Gold parts, complete the following tasks:
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|Gold Glider||For this you need to collect 10,000 Coins.|
|Gold Handle||Use the Wii Handle for at least 50% of your most recent 100 stages.|
|Gold Standard Kart||Get at least one star (score at least 54 GP) on every 150cc and Mirror mode race.|
|Gold Tires||Break all of the Time Trials Staff Ghosts records.|
First you need to have a Gold Trophy on any track in Grand Prix mode to unlock among the following characters at random. Note: Once a character has actually been unlocked on a certain track and CC class, you will not have the ability to unlock another new character from that exact same circumstance.
- Metal Mario
- Baby Rosalina
- Gold Peach
Unlocking Vehicle Parts
Vehicle parts are unlocked at random every time you get 50 coins. Once you reach 1000 coins total kart parts are unlocked every 100 coins. The only exceptions to this rule are the gold parts.
To unlock the following, complete the following tasks:
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|Banana Cup||Complete the Shell Cup.|
|Flower Cup||Complete the Mushroom Cup.|
|Leaf Cup||Complete the Banana Cup.|
|Lightning Cup||Complete the Leaf Cup.|
|Special Cup||Complete the Star Cup.|
|Star Cup||Complete the Flower Cup.|
Unlockable Grand Prix stars
To unlock the following Grand Prix stars, complete the following tasks:
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|One star||Earn 54 points (2 first and 2 second place finishes) or 55 points (3 first and 1 third or fourth place finish)|
|Three stars||Earn 60 Points (4 first place finishes)|
|Two stars||Earn 57 points (3 first place finishes and 1 second place finish)|
Unlockable Parts (100 Coins)
Collect coins in Grand Prix, VS mode, and online races. At first, each time your total coins increases by 50 you will unlock a new Glider part, Wheel part, or Body part. After getting 1,000 Coins, new parts will appear only after your total coins increases by 100.
You can unlock up to thirty different character stamps by completing any Grand Prix in first place with a specific character. You can also unlock up to thirty two track stamps by beating the normal staff ghost time for a specific track.
Through playing Grand Prix mode, you will earn coins. Collect enough to unlock a random kart/wheel/glider part. This will continue until all regular parts are unlocked.
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|Part 01||Collect 30 Coins total|
|Part 02||Collect 60 Coins total|
|Part 03||Collect 90 Coins total|
|Part 04||Collect 120 Coins total|
|Part 05||Collect 150 Coins total|
|Part 06||Collect 180 Coins total|
|Part 07||Collect 210 Coins total|
|Part 08||Collect 240 Coins total|
|Part 09||Collect 270 Coins total|
|Part 10||Collect 300 Coins total|
|Part 11||Collect 330 Coins total|
|Part 12||Collect 360 Coins total|
|Part 13||Collect 390 Coins total|
|Part 14||Collect 420 Coins total|
|Part 15||Collect 450 Coins total|
|Part 16||Collect 500 Coins total|
|Part 17||Collect 550 Coins total|
|Part 18||Collect 600 Coins total|
|Part 19||Collect 650 Coins total|
|Part 20||Collect 700 Coins total|
|Part 21||Collect 750 Coins total|
|Part 22||Collect 800 Coins total|
|Part 23||Collect 850 Coins total|
|Part 24||Collect 900 Coins total|
|Part 25||Collect 950 Coins total|
|Part 26||Collect 1000 Coins total|
|Part 27||Collect 1050 Coins total|
|Part 28||Collect 1100 Coins total|
|Part 29||Collect 1150 Coins total|
|Part 30||Collect 1200 Coins total|
|Part 31||Collect 1250 Coins total|
|Part 32||Collect 1300 Coins total|
|Part 33||Collect 1350 Coins total|
|Part 34||Collect 1400 Coins total|
|Part 35||Collect 1450 Coins total|
|Part 36||Collect 1500 Coins total|
|Part 37||Collect 1600 Coins total|
|Part 38||Collect 1700 Coins total|
|Part 39||Collect 1800 Coins total|
|Part 40||Collect 1900 Coins total|
|Part 41||Collect 2000 Coins total|
|Part 42||Collect 2100 Coins total|
|Part 43||Collect 2200 Coins total|
|Part 44||Collect 2300 Coins total|
|Part 45||Collect 2400 Coins total|
|Part 46||Collect 2500 Coins total|
|Part 47||Collect 2600 Coins total|
|Part 48||Collect 2700 Coins total|
|Part 49||Collect 2800 Coins total|
|Part 50||Collect 2900 Coins total|
|Part 51||Collect 3000 Coins total|
|Part 52||Collect 3100 Coins total|
Alternative title screens
Once having won gold trophies for all 150cc mirror and 200cc cups, alternate title screens will start to appear.
Unlock Mii Racing Suits
Use amiibo to get racing suits!
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|Animal Crossing Suit||Use the Smash Bros Villager or Animal Crossing series Isabelle amiibo|
|Bowser Suit||Use the Smash Bros Bowser or Mario series Bowser amiibo|
|Captain Falcon Suit||Use the Captain Falcon amiibo|
|Donkey Kong Suit||Use the Smash Bros Donkey Kong or Mario series Donkey Kong amiibo|
|Fox Suit||Use the Smash Bros Fox or Star Fox series Fox amiibo|
|Kirby Suit||Use the Smash Bros Kirby or Kirby series Kirby amiibo|
|Link Suit||Use the 8-Bit Link, Smash Bros Link or Legend of Zelda series Link amiibo.|
|Luigi Suit||Use the Smash Bros Luigi or Mario series Luigi amiibo.|
|Mario Suit||Use the Smash Bros Mario or Mario series Mario amiibo|
|Mega Man Suit||Use the Mega Man amiibo|
|PAC-MAN Suit||Use the PAC-MAN amiibo|
|Peach Suit||Use the Smash Bros Peach or Mario series Peach amiibo|
|Pikimin Suit||Use the Olimar amiibo|
|Rosalina Suit||Use the Smash Bros Rosalina or Mario series Rosalina amiibo|
|Samus Suit||Use the Smash Bros Samus or Metroid series Samus amiibo|
|Sonic Suit||Use the Sonic amiibo|
|Splatoon Suit||Use the Inkling Boy or Inkling Girl amiibo|
|Toad Suit||Use the Toad amiibo|
|Wario Suit||Use the Smash Bros Wario or Mario series Wario amiibo.|
|Yoshi Suit||Use the Woolley World Yoshi, Smash Bros Yoshi or Mario series Yoshi amiibo|
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