How to unlock Mario Kart Wii characters

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Preliminary information

Prima di enter the dettaglio della procedura su how to unlock Mario Kart Wii characters, I believe it is of fundamental importance to explain to you how the Nintendo EAD title works.

Well, Mario Kart Wii is a driving video game, which can be played through various input methods. The most common involves the use of the Wiimote (the wireless controller) associated with a Nunchuk (the pad with the analogue), both included in the Wii Mini sales package. For more information, I recommend that you take a look at my guide on which Wii to choose.



If you have the original console model, however, you may need to purchase accessories separately. Other than that, many players prefer to use the Classic Controller (the pad with the cable) or the Wii Wheel (the steering wheel where the Wiimote sits), both sold separately.

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The game features four single player modes: Grand Prix, Try in time, Race challenge e Battle. The online modes were instead suspended in 2014, as can be read on the official Nintendo website. Despite this, Mario Kart Wii is still quite enjoyable and features a huge variety of characters and vehicles. The former are divided into three categories: small, medium and large.

Each class has three karts and three bikes and each character has unique characteristics that allow him to have a small bonus in the following skills: Speed, Weight, Acceleration, Maneuverability, Drift, Off the track e Miniturbo. All values ​​that can also be improved with the use of vehicles. In short, unlocking all the characters and vehicles of Mario Kart Wii is important to be able to find the ideal combination to show off during the races.



To access the aforementioned modes, you just have to select the item A player from the main game screen and choose between Grand Prix, Try in time, Race challenge e Battle. You can win races using any character and vehicle. To unlock the Nintendo Staff Experts, or ghosts, you have to play in the mode Try in time. To access the Mirror mode, you must first win all the trophies 150 cc and then select the item Speculating in the class selection screen.

Il Rétro Grand Prize includes all maps that were already included in previous Mario Kart titles. The circuits are easily recognizable because they are marked with the words "SNES", "N64", "GBA", "GCN" or "DS" and are part of the trophies Shell, Banana, Leaf e Lighting bolt (i.e. those present in the bottom row of the map selection screen). The Nitro Grand Prix instead it includes all the original circuits implemented for the first time with Mario Kart Wii, or those that are part of the trophies Mushroom, Flower, Stella e Analysis.

Unlock Mario Kart Wii characters

I unlockable characters in Mario Kart Wii there are 12, but the Mii character has two different “skins”, called Version A and Version B. Below you will find all the details to unlock each individual character.


  • Diddy kong: you must win the Lightning trophy in the 50cc class. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 450 races;
  • Re Boo: you must win the Stella trophy in the 50cc class. It is automatically unlocked after 750 games;
  • Baby Daisy: you must get at least one star in the final rank of all the trophies of the Nitro Grand Prix of the 50cc class. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 1950 races;
  • Mii (Version A): you must win the Special trophy in the 100cc class. It is automatically unlocked after 1650 games;
  • Mii (Version B): You must unlock all 32 Nintendo Staff Experts in Time Trial mode. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 5100 races;
  • Tartosso: you must win the Leaf Trophy in the 100cc class. It is automatically unlocked after 1050 games;
  • Bowser Junior: You must get at least one star in the final rank of all the Retro Grand Prix trophies of the 100cc class. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 3450 races;
  • Skelobowser: you must get at least one star in the final rank of all Nitro Grand Prix trophies in the 150cc class. It is automatically unlocked after 4350 games;
  • Daisy: you must win the Special trophy of the 150cc class. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 2850 races;
  • Strutzi: You must complete a race in 16 different circuits of the Time Trial mode. It is automatically unlocked after 1350 games;
  • Toadette: You must complete a race on all 32 tracks available in Time Trial mode. Alternatively, the character is automatically unlocked when you have completed 3150 races;
  • Rosalinda: Your console must have a save of the Super Mario Galaxy game, the platform title released in 2007, and you must win all trophies in Mirror mode. It is automatically unlocked after 4950 games with no saves and after 50 games with Super Mario Galaxy saves;
  • Funky kong: You must unlock 4 Nintendo Staff Experts in Time Trial mode. It is automatically unlocked after 2250 races. You can also unlock this character by completing 5 races in Time Trial mode (Ghost Races);
  • Baby Luigi: You must unlock 8 Nintendo Staff Experts in Time Trial mode. It is automatically unlocked after 3150 games.

In short, the best way to start unlocking characters is simply to play Mario Kart Wii and follow the instructions I have listed above.



Tricks to unlock Mario Kart Wii characters

Given the amount of actions to be performed to unlock all Mario Kart Wii characters, some players decide to resort to some tricks to reach your goal faster.

In reality we are not talking about real tricks, but more simply about tricks to be put into practice during your games to be able to reach the finish line in the shortest possible time. My advice is to learn well how objects work found in the mysterious boxes inside the game.

For example, a banana can be useful for making opponents "slide", while the rocket can get you to the top position in seconds. In short, using items can be a great advantage to quickly unlock Mario Kart characters, considering that you have to win a lot of races. I also advise you to keep an eye on the map: there are often some shortcuts which can save you a lot of time.

Another very useful device is the one related to the so-called Departure Rocket. By pressing the acceleration button (A with the Wiimote) when the start timer reaches about 2, your vehicle will acquire a kind of boost and you will be able to easily overtake the opponents. Staying in the advanced controls, shaking the Wiimote while your character is in the air you will get a little "push" as soon as he touches the ground again. For more advice provided directly by Nintendo, I recommend that you consult the official Mario Kart Wii page.

How to unlock Mario Kart Wii vehicles

I unlockable vehicles in Mario Kart Wii there are 18, of which 9 karts and 9 motorcycles. Below are the details to unlock each individual vehicle.


  • Smack-Mobile: you must get at least one star in the final rank of each Grand Prix Retro trophy of the 50cc class;
  • Minirally: You must unlock a Nintendo Staff Expert in Time Trial mode;
  • Blue Falcon: You must win the Lightning Bolt trophy in Mirror mode;
  • Super Calamako: you must win the Leaf trophy of the 50cc class;
  • Retro racing car: you must win the Leaf trophy of the 150cc class;
  • Glory: You must unlock 24 Nintendo Staff Experts in Time Trial mode;
  • Piranha Turbo: you must win the Special trophy of the 50cc class;
  • Protoracer: you must get at least one star in each 150cc class Retro Grand Prix trophy;
  • Flash GT: you must win the Lightning trophy in the 150 cc class;
  • Quaquaraqua: you must win the Stella 150cc class trophy;
  • Cam cruisers: you have to play in 16 different circuits in Time Trial mode;
  • Bubble Jet: you must win the Leaf trophy in Mirror mode;
  • Jalapeno: you must win the Lightning trophy in the 100 cc class;
  • Nitrocicletta: You must get at least one star in the final rank of each 100cc class trophy;
  • Delfinator: you must win the Star trophy in Mirror mode;
  • Stella motorcycle: you must win the Stella 100cc class trophy;
  • Sprint Torpedo: You must unlock 12 Nintendo Staff Experts in Time Trial mode;
  • Motorcycle: You must win the Special trophy in Mirror mode.

Ultimately, even the vehicles are unlocked simply by playing the Nintendo title and I assure you that by following the instructions I have illustrated above you will be able to reach your goal in no time.

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