All Cup Tour

Win the Special Cup in the 150cc class to unlock the All Cup Tour, which is a combination of all of the four default cups.

Special Cup

Win the Star Cup in the 100cc class to unlock the Special Cup for all classes in versus and time trial modes.

Mirror mode

Win the All Cup Tour in the 150cc class.

Luigi’s Mansion battle arena

Win the Mushroom Cup in the 150cc class.

Tilt-A-Kart battle arena

Win the Flower Cup in mirror mode.

Daisy’s Kart

Win the Flower Cup in the 50cc class to unlock Daisy’s Bloom Coach Kart.

Diddy Kong’s Kart

Win the Star Cup in the 150cc class.

King Boo’s Kart

Win the Special Cup in mirror mode.

Koopa’s Kart

Win the Star Cup in the 50cc class to unlock Koopa’s Parakoopa’s Kart.

Luigi’s Kart

Win the Mushroom Cup in the 50cc class to unlock Luigi’s Green Fire Kart.

Baby Luigi’s Kart

Win the Mushroom Cup in the 100cc class.

Birdo’s Kart

Win the Flower Cup in the 150cc class.

Bowser Jr.’s Kart

Win the Special Cup in the 50cc class.

Petey Piranha’s Kart

Win the Star Cup in mirror mode.

Toadette’s Kart

Win the Mushroom Cup in mirror mode.

Toad’s Kart

Win the Special Cup in the 100cc class to unlock extra characters Toad, Toadette and extra vehicle Toad Kart.

Toadsworth’s Kart

Win the All Cup Tour in mirror mode.

Waluigi’s Kart

Win the Flower Cup in the 100cc class to unlock Waluigi’s Racer Kart.

Alternate opening and ending screens

Win the All Cup Tour in mirror mode.

All bonuses

Win all cups with a ‘Gold’ rank under all difficulty settings.

Taunts

To taunt enemy racers, press X or Y without having an item.

Unlocking new Karts in Grand Prix

Win a Grand Prix in first place to unlock a new Kart. There is a bonus Kart in each cc class and Grand Prix that you can win (nine total).

Daisy Cruiser: Shortcut

Drop down into the cargo area and get a double item box and an exhaust pipe that will give you a speed boost.

Mushroom Bridge: Shortcut

Drive on the bridge to get a massive speed boost; just do not fall off.

Mushroom Bridge: Shortcut

If you have a mushroom, you can go up the dirt hill and shave a lot of time off your score.

Mushroom City: Boost

When you locate a mushroom car, bump into it. If you do, it will throw out a mushroom on the ground to give you a boost.

Mushroom Bridge: Boost

When you locate a mushroom car, bump into it. If you do, it will throw out a mushroom on the ground to give you a boost.

Rainbow Road: Star power-up

Sometimes a shooting star appears every once in a while. When it hits the road, a star will be on the ground for you to pick up.

Yoshi Circuit: Shortcuts

Go all the way through the track until you reach the tunnel. After going through the tunnel, drive off the edge of the cliff into the side of the mountain. You must have a star or mushroom to get this shortcut.

Before you reach the first tunnel, instead of going around to the left go straight ahead with a boost to shave a few seconds off your time. There is a jump on the grass.

Peach Beach: Shortcut:

As soon as you go onto the beach, go left and up the ramp to cut a few seconds off your time.

DK Mountain: Shortcut

After you are shot up the hill, on the second turn on the grassy area of the mountain, power slide to the left. Then, let go and power slide again to the right. The back of your kart should hit the mountainside. Go forward to jump the abyss. Note: If you have a big kart and you fall, this will not work.

Dino Land: Shortcut

If you have a mushroom and are in the cave with the geysers, turn right, boost, and you will be able to make the jump.

Easy win

If you have three controllers, set the game up for a three player Grand Prix. Have the first and second player be the two kart duo and you control the lone kart. Play the game and the odds should be on your side, since one player is gone. When you finish, complete the other player. This works well when trying to unlock new bonuses.

Better chance of getting good power-ups

When approaching a power-up box, release the accelerator about half a second before picking it up. Wait until the item slot has stopped rotating and you know what your item is before you start pressing the accelerator again. By doing this you may lose time and position, but if timed correctly and performed at good spots where slowdown in minimal, this trick is well worth it.

Quick start

To get a boost, repeatedly tap A at the start of the countdown.

Quick restart

When you fall down in a course, press A as soon as Lakitu drops you. You will get a boost as you start up again.

Recommended combinations

Mario and Baby Bowser
Paratroopa and Wario
Luigi and Waluigi
Koopa and Bowser

Yoshi, Baby Mario and Luigi’s kart are a good combination. Baby Mario’s Chomp helps you when you are under fifth and Yoshi’s Homing Egg helps when you are on second and down.