How to Unlock Everything in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming Nintendo Switch on April 28, 2017. This updated and enhanced version of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U will feature even more characters, a brand new battle mode, steering help for newcomers, and much more!

If you want to know how to unlock everything in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, we’ve got the answers! The good news is that much of this version comes unlocked from the very start!! And if you don’t find what you are looking for, check back often, because we will keep this updated as often as we can with new information.

If you’re wanting to have a LAN party in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, click here to find out how!

If you’re looking for how to unlock everything in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, click here.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has 40+ playable characters, which includes the original 16 characters, all DLC characters from Mario Kart 8, and color variations available for at least three characters — all available from the start, except Gold Mario.


  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Toad
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Lakitu
  • Rosalina
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Toadette
  • Metal Mario
  • Pink Gold Peach
  • Iggy Koopa
  • Larry Koopa
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Ludwig von Koopa
  • Morton Koopa Jr.
  • Roy Koopa
  • Wendy O. Koopa
  • Mii
  • Link
  • Tanooki Mario
  • Cat Peach
  • Villager
  • Isabelle
  • Dry Bowser
  • Eight different colored Yoshis
  • Eight different colored Shy Guys
  • Dry Bones – New addition for Deluxe
  • King Boo – New addition for Deluxe
  • Bowser Jr. – New addition for Deluxe
  • Inkling Boy – New addition for Deluxe
  • Inkling Girl – New addition for Deluxe

Unlockable Characters:

  • Gold Mario variation for Metal Mario – Complete all cups in 200cc


In contrast to previous Mario Kart games, all courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are available in all CC levels from the start of the game in 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, 200cc, and Mirror Mode.

Original Courses:

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Circuit Sunshine Airport Cloudtop Cruise
Water Park Toad Harbor Dolphin Shoals Bone Dry Dunes
Sweet Sweet Canyon Twisted Mansion Electrodome Bowser’s Castle
Thwomp Ruins Shy Guy Falls Mount Wario Rainbow Road

Retro Courses:

Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Moo Moo Meadows (Wii) Dry Dry Desert (GCN) Wario Stadium (DS) Tick-Tock Clock (DS)
Mario Circuit (GBA) Donut Plains 3 (SNES) Sherbet Land (GCN) Piranha Plant Slide (3DS)
Cheep Cheep Beach (DS) Royal Raceway (N64) Music Park (3DS) Grumble Volcano (Wii)
Toad’s Turnpike (N64) DK Jungle (3DS) Yoshi Valley (N64) Rainbow Road (N64)


These courses were included as DLC in Mario Kart 8, but are included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Egg Cup Triforce Cup Animal Crossing Cup Bell Cup
Yoshi Circuit (GCN) Wario’s Gold Mine (Wii) Baby Park (GCN) Neo Bowser City (3DS)
Excitebike Arena Rainbow Road (SNES) Cheese Land (GBA) Ribbon Road (GBA)
Dragon Driftway Ice Ice Outpost Wild Woods Super Bell Subway
Mute City Hyrule Circuit Animal Crossing Big Blue

Battle Courses:

All 8 battle courses are from the beginning of the game.

Battle Stadium Sweet Sweet Kingdom Dragon Palace Lunar Colony
Urchin Underpass Wuhu Town (3DS) Luigi’s Mansion (GCN) Battle Course 1 (SNES)


Except where noted, items are randomly unlocked by collecting coins. Every 50 coins will unlock another random kart, bike, ATV, tire, or glider. After a player reaches 1,000 coins, items are unlocked every 100 coins.


  • Standard Kart – Starter
  • Mach 8 – Starter
  • Badwagon – Starter
  • Biddybuggy – Starter
  • Pipe Frame
  • Steel Diver
  • Cat Cruiser
  • Circuit Special
  • Tri-Speeder
  • Prancer
  • Landship
  • Sneeker
  • Sports Coupe
  • Blue Falcon
  • Tanooki Kart
  • Blue Falcon
  • B Dasher
  • Streetle
  • P-Wing
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Mercedes 300 SL Roadster
  • Mercedes Silver Arrow
  • Golden Standard – Win all cups, including Mirror Mode


  • Standard Bike – Starter
  • Sport Bike – Starter
  • Comet
  • The Duke
  • Flame Rider
  • Mr. Scooty
  • Jet Bike
  • Yoshi Bike
  • Moter Dozer
  • Master Cycle
  • City Tripper
  • Koopa Clown – New addition for Deluxe
  • Golden Bike – Obtain a minimum of one star ranking in all cups of every engine class (unconfirmed)


  • Standard ATV – Starter
  • Wild Wiggler
  • Teddy Buggy
  • Bone Rattler
  • Splat Buggy – New addition for Deluxe
  • Inkstriker – New addition for Deluxe


  • Standard – Starter
  • Monster – Starter
  • Roller – Starter
  • Slim – Starter
  • Wood – Starter
  • Slick
  • Metal
  • Button
  • Off-Road
  • Sponge
  • Cushion
  • Blue Standard
  • Hot Monster
  • Azure Roller
  • Crimson Slim
  • Cyber Slick
  • Retro Off-Road
  • Block
  • Cream Blocks
  • Ring
  • Spicy Rings
  • Triforce Tires
  • Leaf Tires
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA Tires
  • Golden Tires – Beat all 32 staff ghosts


  • Super Glider – Starter
  • Parachute – Starter
  • Parafoil – Starter
  • Cloud Glider
  • Wario Wing
  • Waddle Wing
  • Peach Parasol
  • Flower Glider
  • Bowser Kite
  • Plane Glider
  • MKTV Parafoil
  • Koopa Kite
  • Hylian Kite
  • Paper Glider
  • Golden Glider – Collect 10,000 coins

amiibo Support:

Players can scan in amiibo using the NFC function of the Nintendo Switch to provide additional racing suits for Mii characters. The following amiibo are supported, including all variations of the character (example: all Link amiibo from Super Smash Bros. and The Legend of Zelda lines will unlock the same suit).

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Yoshi
  • Peach
  • Donkey Kong
  • Link
  • Toon Link
  • Kirby
  • Captain Falcon
  • Samus
  • Fox
  • Mega Man
  • Sonic
  • Villager (all Animal Crossing amiibo unlock this suit)
  • Pac-Man
  • Toad
  • Wario
  • Olimar
  • Rosalina
  • Bowser
  • Splatoon characters – New addition for Deluxe


There are staff ghost times for each track in the game. In Mario Kart 8, beating a staff ghost unlocked a stamp you could use in Miiverse. We are not yet sure what will happen if you beat a staff ghost time in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Course Staff Name Country Time Character Vehicle Combination
Mario Kart Stadium
Water Park
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Thwomp Ruins
Mario Circuit
Toad Harbor
Twisted Mansion
Shy Guy Falls
Sunshine Airport
Dolphin Shoals
Mount Wario
Cloudtop Cruise
Bone-Dry Dunes
Bowser’s Castle
Rainbow Road
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
GBA Mario Circuit
DS Cheep Cheep Beach
N64 Toad’s Turnpike
GCN Dry Dry Desert
SNES Donut Plains 3
N64 Royal Raceway
3DS DK Jungle
DS Wario Stadium
GCN Sherbet Land
3DS Music Park
N64 Yoshi Valley
DS Tick-Tock Clock
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
Wii Grumble Volcano
N64 Rainbow Road
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Excitebike Arena
Dragon Driftway
Mute City
Wii Wario’s Gold Mine
SNES Rainbow Road
Ice Ice Outpost
Hyrule Circuit
GCN Baby Park
GBA Cheese Land
Wild Woods
Animal Crossing
3DS Neo Bowser City
GBA Ribbon Road
Super Bell Subway
Big Blue

UPDATES: We will try to keep this updated as we find out more information. So, keep checking back! And if we’ve missed anything, kindly let us know in the comments. Thanks!


If you’re wanting to have a LAN party in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, click here to find out how!

If you’re looking for how to unlock everything in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, click here.

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