********************************* Mario Kart DS FAQ/Walkthrough Latest Version: 1.2 Written by Matthew J. Dyl (a.k.a. TakerVersion1) Copyright© TakerVersion1, 2005 ********************************* ============================================================================= DISCLAIMER ============================================================================= This document was written entirely by me; hence I own all rights to it. If anyone wishes to reproduce this document please contact me. (email@example.com) If permission is given, by me and only me, I request the entirety of the walkthrough and this disclaimer remain intact. Since I am the creator and owner I can withdraw permission or request it be taken down, NO ACCEPTIONS! ============================================================================= Version History ============================================================================= Version 0.4: 12-15-05: Completed sections 1 – 5. Version 0.5: 12-16-05: Completed Character List Version 0.7: 12-21-05: Finished up to Level 3 Missions. Version 0.8: 12-22-05: Completed Staff Ghosts, Missions still incomplete. Version 0.87: 12-23-05: Did up to the Level 5 Missions, should be done soon. Version 0.96: 12-24-05: Completed up to Level 7 Missions, should be done after Christmas. Version 1.0 12-25-05: Everything in the Table on Contents is done! Version 1.2 2-22-06: Added I the “Bunny Hop” tech and added in tags. ============================================================================= Table of Contents ============================================================================= 1: Introduction [INTR0] 2: Controls & Techniques [CONTE] -Controls [CONTR] -Techniques [TECHN] 3: 1 Player Modes [1PLMO] -Grand Prix [1PMGP] -Time Trial [1PMTT] -V.S. [1PMVS] -Battle [1PMBA] -Mission Mode [1PMMM] 4: Multiplayer Mode [MULMO] 5: Nintendo Wi-Fi [NIWFC] -Setting Up [WFCSU] -Online Matches [WFCOM] 6: Characters [CHAR1] -Regular Characters [REGCH] -Hidden Characters [HIDCH] 7: Courses [COURS] -Nitro Circuit Courses [NITRO] -Retro Circuit Courses [RETRO] 8: Karts [KARTS] 9: Items [ITEMS] 10: The Un-lockables and Secrets [UNASE] 11: Missions Help [MIMOH] 12: Staff Ghost Times [STGHT] 13: Frequently Asked Questions [1FAQS] 14: Contact Information [CINFO] 15: Credits [CREIT] ============================================================================= 1: Introduction [INTR0] ============================================================================= After a long wait for a good game to hit the Nintendo DS, Mario Kart has finally arrived. The game lives up to all the hype and includes 12 playable characters, 16 new tracks and 16 old from SMK, MK64, MK:SC and MK:DD! Also with the new Mission Mode and Wi-Fi connections, this game could easily be the best in the series! Also you may notice tags in the Table of Contents, those are there to help you find a specific topic. Just Copy the tag, hit Ctrl + F, then paste the tag into the box to find it. ============================================================================= 2: Controls and Tehcniques [CONTE] ============================================================================= *-* Controls *-* [CONTR] The generic controls have been, for the most part, carried over from the past games. A Button: Accelerates during a race (must hold) in races, and selects options in the menus. B Button: Brakes and reverses (must hold) in races, cancels past selections in the menus. X or L Buttons: Uses items in races and can stop the item chooser earlier. X or L Buttons + Up: Shoots an item forward if it is not a shell, bomb, or special item (i.e. star or ghost) X or L Buttons + Down: Lays an item behind you if it not a regular drop item, or a special item (i.e. star or ghost) Y Button: Changes map view on the Touch Screen. R Button: Hold to powerslide, or drift while going around corners, and for “snaking” on straight-aways. Touch Screen: Changes map view on the Touch Screen. Select Button: Blows up balloons in battle mode. *-* Techniques *-* [TECHN] Drafting ------------- A basic move that requires nothing accept accelerating. All you must do is stay close behind someone, your kart will gradually speed up, then you’ll get a quick boost equivalent to a Mushroom. Very good for getting ahead, but be careful, they might drop something if you are right behind them. Drifting ------------ Another good move, good for making hard turns faster and can sometimes lead to a powerslide. Hold R and press Right and Left back and forth to turn sharper, if done right you get a powerslide which is like a weak Mushroom boost (varies on acceleration) Powerslide ------------- Another technique returning from MK64 and MK:SC. The powerslide is a great way to turn corners easier and speed up. Simply hold R like you would be drifting, and press Right and Left until you see Red Sparks. Release R to get a boost, if done fast enough around wide turns ou can get 2 to 4 on a regular basis. This is pretty much required to get Triple Stars in Grand Prix. “Snaking” ------------- Not a “real” move that the programmers made, but wow it pays off. Now this is powersliding on straight-aways! Now to do this, slide to the left and QUICKLY get the boost, slide right and continue over and over. This can rally be great for getting Triple Stars in Grand Prix, good for Time Trials and great for Wi-Fi, but people tend to abuse it. It seems most people who snake aren’t good at it, and if done incorrectly, it will make you lose time. Only a Master of the Snake can be unbeatable in Wi-Fi! Please, do not abuse this online, it pisses people off. The Bunny Hop --------------- Like snaking this is not a “real” technique. However it pays off if you are playing a no MT game, or if you cannot MT a lot. When you do this, instead of holding R keep hitting it so you hop a lot. When in the air you can cut in more, so it’s great for long sharp turns, like at Airship Fortress. I find this is seldom used, but it does pay off very nicely. ============================================================================= 3: 1 Player Modes [1PLMO] ============================================================================= *-* Grand Prix *-* [1PMGP] Grand Prix is, in a sense, the essence of Mario Kart. Unlike it past games that only had four cups to pick, now we get 8! (4 to start, 2 on each Nitro and Retro), the other 4 must be unlocked. You will race up to seven computer controlled characters, but only a certain two will cone in the top 3 with you. You compete for Gold, Silver, Bronze or embarrassment. You can rankings E through Three Stars in Grand Prix, once you get all Stars in each cup it will be above your name in Wi-Fi matches. (as well as Double and Triple Stars.) The Nitro course are all the new once, whereas the Retro are all older ones, one course from each old game is on each cup. This is divided into four Engine Classes or difficulties, 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and Mirror Mode 150cc. The higher the difficulty the faster the karts go too. *-* Time Trials *-* [1PMTT] Here you get to race a course alone! Once you complete it once you can choose to race your “ghost” who is your best record on that track. Once you do good enough you race a “Staff Ghost”, see that section for more details. *-* V.S. Mode *-* [1PMVS] This a funnier Grand Prix spin-off. You race 7 computer controlled characters and you pick the rest! Engine class, courses, win stipulations, difficulty and even teams or no teams! This is funnier to do than Grand Prix, try doing 32 races, Random, MM, its fun! *-* Battle Mode *-* [1PMMM] In battle you go head to head with 7 opponents and, like in V.S. get to choose the stipulations! However there are two different battle “modes: to pick, Balloon Battle and Shrine Runners. Balloon Battle ----------------- The objective here is to hit your opponents until they have no balloons left at all! Now you all get five, but you only start with one. In order to blow them up, hold Select. Also you can steal balloons from opponents by ramming them with a Mushroom Boost. You can have three balloons max. The game ends either once you are eliminated, or once all of your opponents are eliminated. Shine Runners ----------------- This game is much easier to win the Balloon Battle, and takes less time. The point is to collect the Shines. They randomly appear over the arenas, and you can steal them from opponents. You must shoot them, and then find the Shine until it lands so you can grab it. Every minute or so a timer goes down and when it hits 0 the character(s) with the least amount of Shines are eliminated, and their Shines are up for grabs. Collect the most Shines to win! *-* Mission Mode *-* Mission mode is a new addition to Mario Kart games. Now these are little tasks to do in the courses and arenas. There are eight missions on each level, and once you beat all 8 you can do the Boss Mission. Beat a Boss to move on to the next level. There are 7 levels total, but you only start with 6. In order to get the 7th level you must get at least a Star ranking on each mission in levels 1 – 6. Like with Grand Prix, the rankings go from E to Triple Star. For help on Missions go to the Missions Help Section, or the Missions FAQ, it’s helpful! ============================================================================= 4: Multiplayer Mode [MULMO] ============================================================================= This is very similar to Wi-Fi mode, only you can have more people. Now there is Normal Play, which is everyone has a MKDS Cartridge, or Simple Play. Now in Simple, some people don’t have a MKDS Cartridge, so they must download and join the game, and they can only pick Shy Guy! You must remain in 30 feet of each other in order to play. Other then that this can be fun, but its better if everyone has the game. ============================================================================= 5: Nintendo Wi-Fi [NIWFC] ============================================================================= *-*Setting Up*-* [WFCSU] Now this can be a bit confusing for most people. So I will try and make it as simple as possible. Now you need a high-speed internet connection, and either a wireless router, or the Nintendo USB Router. Some local areas, like McDonalds, have deals with Nintendo and you can get on Wi-Fi there. Now choose to set up and search for a connection point. Find your own, or one that will work to establish a connection. Like with everything wireless, the more bars the connection has, the better. After finding a connection point the system will run a test to see if it works right, and it should. After the test return to the main WFC (Wi-Fi) screen and choose to play. It will find you nearest access point you’ve established and then connect. (http://www.nintendowifi.com for more help) Also to you can get your friend code on the main WFC Screen. *-* Online Matches *-* [WFCOM] Now once you’ve connected you must search for players. Regional searches for players in your country. Worldwide, is pretty self-explanatory, if finds players world over and it usually the fastest way to play a game. Friends searches for any friends that you have that are currently searching. Finally I believe Rivals searches for players with about the same Win-Loss Record as you. The game will try to gather a total of 4 racers, if it cannot then you’ll play against 1 or 2. Now you must choose a racer and kart, once everyone picks or when the timer runs out the game begins. After you’ll each pick a course, the one with the most votes gets picked, or if any courses are tied, it picks one at random from the ones chosen. You will race in four faces total, and points will be awarded like in Grand Prix. You place 1st you get a win for every other person in the game. Now if someone disconnects before all four races they get a loss, but you don’t get the win, however if you play more then one person, and someone disconnects, they get 2 or 3 losses depending on how many people played. Also if that person disconnects, but you an another racer(s) finish all four, then regardless of what place you get, you receive a win for the person who disconnected. ============================================================================= 6: Characters [CHAR1] ============================================================================= Now before reading on, know that characters don’t have “stats”, in the fact everyone is the same, the only thing that makes any difference is the persons weight class. Once you get all the karts for everyone, you’ll have pretty much the same stats for everyone. *-*Regular Characters*-* [REGCH] Mario --------- Mario is the legendary hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, constantly rescuing Princess Peach from the dreaded Bowser. Recently Mario has traveled many different places in his games, like the Beanbean Kingdom. Mario is truly a man of unlimited ability, being a great hero and athlete in every single sport. Mario is most known for his super jump and he is a Medium Weight in this game. Luigi --------- Mario’s little brother, Luigi is the second hero of the Mushroom Kingdom. Although it’s clear Luigi is better then Mario, as seen in the “sports” games and multi-player games, he hasn’t starred in as many titles. It wasn’t until “Luigi’s Mansion” he became the hero. Luigi is easily superior to his brother, and is also a Medium Weight. Princess Peach ------------------ The damsel in distress who’d daily routine consists of being kidnapped by Bowser and saved by the Mario Bros (or usually Mario.) She has proven she can handle herself in the Mario “sports” games and in Mario Party. There are rumors about that there is a game where she will save the Mario Bros too. Peach is a Light Weight in this game. Yoshi --------- The longtime “side kick” of both Mario and Luigi! Well actually, it was Yoshi who saved the Bros when they were babies. Yoshi has stared in his own games and hi very popular among gamers. These colorful animals are found in almost every Mario game, including Mario Kart. In this game Yoshi is, as always, a Light Weight. Toad --------- Another character who makes appearances in almost every Mario game. It’s not really clear is every “Toad” is named Toad or if it’s the same “Toad” in every Mario game. It’s clear the Toad population is high, even in the Beanbean Kingdom. Toad makes his fifth appearance in the Mario Kart series, and is again, a Light Weight. Donkey Kong ------------------ A villain turned good, Donkey Kong made his debut back on the Atari system in the game “Donkey Kong” where he battled Mario for Peach. In all recent Kong games he has been aided by the Kong Family, and Mario has not made an appearance. Kong is making his fifth appearance in Mario Kart, despite being a product of Rare, Kong is a Heavy Weight. Wario --------- Weither Wario is Mario’s evil twin or just his inverse is still unknown for the most part. Wario debuted in his own game “Wario World” as a “good-bad guy”. Since then he has been in every Mario “sport” game and the Mario Parties. Wario debuted for Mario Kart in MK64, this marks his fourth appearance and he is again a Heavy Weight. Bowser --------- The famed nemesis of the Mario Bros. His hobbies include kidnapping Peach and making life for the Bros. difficult. Bowser debuted with Mario and Luigi and has been in almost every game since then. Bowser has proven to be “less evil” as the Mario Series continues to release games. This is Bowser’s fifth appearance in Mario Kart, and he is a Heavy Weight. Shy Guy --------- Only playable if Multiplayer. Shy Guy is a common enemy of the Bros. and has made appearances in some titles. I believe he is a Medium Weight in this game. *-*Hidden Characters*-* [HIDCH] Dry Bones --------- This surprise character has made his debut in this and Mario Party 7 as well. He is a regular baddy and member of Bowser’s army. This is also his Mario Kart debut and he has decent stats. Dry Bones reminds a lot of people about Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Kart, and maybe are the same person, but this one is you know…dead. Dry Bones is the fourth and final Light Weight. Daisy --------- Daisy is commonly called the “other princess”. She debuted in Super Mario or the GameBoy as the damsel in distress in place of Peach. Since Mario Party 3 she has been in various “sports” games and the Mario Parties. This his debut in the Mario Kart series along with Dry Bones and R.O.B. It’s still up for debate, but now I say she is a Medium Weight. Waluigi --------- Again, we assume he is the evil Luigi and Wario’s brother. (Wario Bros?) He debuted in Mario Party 3 and has been in many “sport” games since then. He has yet to be in any game of his own, unlike the Mario Bros and even Wario. This is Waluigi’s second Mario Kart appearance, his first being in Double Dash. Waluigi is a Medium Weight. R.O.B. --------- I need to say this; R.O.B. is NOT ROB64 from Star Fox64. In fact he is actually a NES device that appeared in many old games for help. R.O.B. makes his long awaited return, jumping from the NES to the DS! When it comes to weight only Bowser is in his league, which makes R.O.B. and Heavy Weight. ============================================================================= 7: Courses [COURS] ============================================================================= *-* Nitro Circuit Courses *-* [NITRO] Mushroom Cup --------------- Figure 8 Circuit: The “non-gimmick” course of this game. It makes a simple “8” pattern and is great to get used to the controls and practice powersliding and even snaking. The only downside is on 150cc its harder to catch up if you fall back. Yoshi Falls: This race is dividing into an upper and lower level. Now the upper level takes longer, but has more item boxes and a few speed boosts. The bottom is much faster, but it has less item boxes and you run the risk of falling down a waterfall and losing valuable time. With the correct alternating of top and bottom this course is a breeze. Cheep Cheep Beach: Ah the typical beach level. These usually have speed jumps everywhere and crabs that can make you spin out. The tide will go in and out, so at certain turns you can cut across exposed beach area to save a few seconds. Powersliding is a breeze here, this level is one of my personal favorites. Luigi’s Mansion: This spooky level takes you through the mansion that made Luigi more famous. After passing through the mansion you go through a graveyard then some swamps that slow you down. Again powersliding is key in this course, and avoid the moving trees. This is another fairly simple level, and you should win easily. Flower Cup --------------- Desert Hills: This desert level can be hard, based on how you drive. If you can avoid the pokeys and fireballs this should be easy. Taking the winding turns helps too. Other then that, simply poweslide and don’t fall into the lake near the start and it’s an easy win. Delfino Square: A remake of the Mario Sunshine Plaza. This level is pretty straight forward, but be careful the road narrows when going through the city. Now there are two shortcuts, but one is useless without a Mushroom. The first is just after leaving the city, pull left and go up the small “ramp” towered the dock using the mushroom boost. The other is, pass this shortcut, turn sharply right into a small alleyway and boost, or else this was pointless. Near the end is a huge bridge with boosts and powerslide before reaching the finish line. Waluigi Pinball: Ok, this level is fun, shame it isn’t there for Wi-Fi Matches. Anyway after shooting up the hole thing, you’ll go on some cool little tracks, but avoid the giant pinballs. After that you’ll be on a big open area, avoid all bumpers, balls and paddles and make your way down to the finish. This level can be difficult at times, especially if you get blinded. Shroom Ridge: Despite this level being uber easy, I hate it! It’s fairly open and the only real obstacles are the oncoming traffic! Avoid the cars and again, powersliding is useful. Pay close attention to the touch screen to see on coming traffic, because you could loose valuable time getting hammered by one. Star Cup --------------- DK Pass: Possibly one of the best levels due to the awesome item box. This starts up off going up some winding hills to the top of the mountain. Then if you don’t loop around the road and go up the hill through the trees and regardless of your place the item box gives you a Star, Triple Mushrooms or a Red Shell! Make your way down the slope, avoid the snow balls and cross the finish. Tick-Tock Clock: This level is based on the level from Super Mario 64. You start off and you’ll see a big open area with clock hands. Go right or left, use the boost pads and avoid the hands. Get by the pendulum up ahead, then as your cross the gears move with them to save time. There will be another hand ahead, dodge it and head up. Near the end are two giants ramp things, ride the one moving towered the finish for some extra speed. Even on MM 150cc you should be able to win by a lot on this course. Mario Circuit: A course with this name always appears in Mario Kart games. Like Figure 8 this is pretty simple, your only task is avoiding the Goombas and Piranha Plant attacks. Beyond those two things this is easily done and powersliding helps you win here, big time. Airship Fortress: A great level that is a remake of the MB3 levels. It’s a shame this isn’t in Wi-Fi. You will board the airship after dodging some Bullet Bills. Avoid the wrench guys and enter the ship. Serve around the boxes, dodge the fire, and then turn left to shoot out the cannon! After drive down in a circle to exit the tower and make a feline for the finish. Powersliding down the tower can save a lot of time, but don’t mess it up or it will hurt you. Special Cup --------------- Wario’s Stadium: This course makes a return from MK64, but its not nearly as long. However there are many random rises in the course and many, many speed ramps. At one point there will be four speed ramps, placed over some stuff that slows you down, hit them all so you don’t lose time. Avoid the fire wheels and this level is a snap. Peach Gardens: This level is really simple, with many wide turns to powerslide on. However, there are a lot of Chomps, especially within the “hedge maze”. Don’t hit them, powerslide around wide turns until you reach a dirt path. Avoid the moles, then drive along the castle to reach the finish. This level is simple and having Mushrooms near flower gardens is a nice way to save time. Bowser’s Castle: The legendary course name returns in this game! Now you head straight and avoid the Thwomps. Head up to a room with a floor moving in the opposite direction, go all the way around to reach a short cut. Head up the spiral ramp and don’t fall in the lava. Crossing the spinning pipe is simple, if you fall you’ll lose a few seconds. Cross the moving platforms, then head to the finish. This course is awesome, and it sucks because it isn’t in Wi- Fi. Rainbow Road: Once again, this is the final course on the Special Cup! This is infamous for wide turns and no walls! Now you’ll go up a turning road, and use the power boosts to your advantage. Go straight until you go up and around a big loop. After you’ll do some winding turns, do not fall off. You’ll reach another big loop, and after that race to the finish, and do not fall off. I find it’s hard to comeback in this level, but it’s a lot of fun to be Bowser and shove people off the side. *-* Retro Circuit Courses *-* [RETRO] Shell Cup --------------- (SNES)Mario Circuit 1: The first course ever on a Mario Kart game! Complete with narrow roads and pipes obstructing you! There’s only one set of item boxes here, so that’s a downer. It’s almost impossible to catch up if you fall back. Powerslide near the end and you might be able to get a cheap win, but a win is a win. (N64)Moo Moo Farm: Why they put this in, I have no idea. Anyway it’s pretty simple; the only obstacles are the moles. Powersliding is simple here and essential for the win on harder levels. Well anyway make sure you’re a good distance ahead before the finish, or be ready for someone to quickly speed up, it happens a lot, trust me. (GBA)Peach’s Circuit: This course has no obstacles, just a lot of turns. This is a powersliders heaven, and can be done every few seconds. It can be intense at harder speeds, and the long straight away at the ends makes catching up hard if you’re behind. (GCN)Luigi’s Circuit: I absolutely adore this level. Now it’s simple, head straight and right to the turn, avoid the Chomp. Powerslide around the turn and come back out on the straightaway. Now you’ll see the finish to your left, but you must go right, avoid the other Chomp. This turn is smaller, powerslide and cross the finish to win. Banana Cup --------------- (SNES)Doughnut Plains: This level is pretty simple. With it’s wide turns powersliding is great too. Now after crossing the bridge, if you have a Mushroom boost across the grass through the hole in the wall. Keeping a confident lead is hard on this small course, so be ready. (N64)Frappe Snowland: I hate this level, it’s simple, but God I hate it. Anyway the only “difficult” task is dodging the snowmen, and even that is simple. After crossing the field of snowmen you’ll enter a section with snow walls around it. Powerslide and then cross the bridge to the finish, I’ve seen a lot of people lose in the last seconds because they didn’t Powerslide before the bridge. (GBA)Bowser Castle 2: This is really simple and very straight forward. Now make sure you get all the speed boosts and dodge all the Thwomps. Eventually you’ll reach first, an area with a lot jumps, make sure you can make the jump, because some are impossible. The second area is the same, only more boosts. Avoid all the impossible jumps then turn right to the finish. Avoid the final Thwomps and cross the finish. (GCN)Baby Park: This is the smallest and simplest course, two straights and two curves. Powerslide around the curves for extra speed. This can get confusing because people up front could be lap people in last, messing up the orders a bit on the map. Remember this is 5 laps long, but shouldn’t take much longer then a minute. Leaf Cup --------------- (SNES)Koopa Beach 2: Another classic level, this is rally a simple turn. However avoid the green areas and don’t fall into the dark blue water when you must drier across the shallow water. Other then that, powerslide away and your fine. (N64)Chocolate Mountain: God this level rules. It’s a powersliders heaven as the first half is really all about doing the powerslide. Then they next half is a wide-ass turn with falling rocks, don’t fall into the gorge and powerslide a lot more for some speed. Unlike with the N64 version, the fence is never there, so be careful. Finish by going over the three hills just before the end. (GBA)Luigi’s Circuit: Hm…this name is popular. Anyway the trick here is to watch the touch screen a lot and powerslide. Dodge all the puddles, as they will make you spin out. Knocking other people into them is great, because they usually hit a wall too. Anyway remember to drift and powerslide and you should win with little to no effort. (GCN)Mushroom Bridge: This level is just like Shroom Ridge, and Toad’s Turnpike. Dodge traffic as you normally would and as always, slide around the turns. Now if you have a Mushroom or Star, when you leave the first tunnel there is a shortcut. Go straight up the hill and speed up so the sand doesn’t slow you. After the second tunnel the finish is the close, make sure you have enough room for an easy win. Lightning Cup --------------- (SNES)Chocolate Island 2: This level kicks off with a turn, but if you have a Mushroom or Star, there is a shortcut, like there was in Doughnut Plains. Now this level has received an addition, a giant chocolate puddle that makes you slide and slow down. After is an area with some bumps, these also slow you down so be careful. Slide around the last turn and the finish is right there. (N64)Banshee Boardwalk: This level is just how it was, with ghost and lacks of walls in many areas! Now after entering the little building you’ll come out and your almost done. Loop around and head to the finish. Like always, powersliding is huge here, and don’t let the big guys throws you around and hit you off the side. (GBA)Sky Garden: This level is sex…in Mario Kart form. After the first turn there is a ramp you can use if you have some Mushrooms, but you must use two to cross. Then is another one after that, where you need one to cross. After some more turns there will be a cloud in the little open area around a turn. Now you do not need a Mushroom for this one, but it helps, if you don’t have one you must hop the gaps. Head to the finish, and if you lose, stop playing this game. (GCN)Yoshi Circuit: This level is so freakin boring! It’s really simple and the track is a giant Yoshi outline. You’ll almost always have people behind you, so you must be alert. Powerslide on the many corners this level has and you should easily win. ============================================================================= 8. Karts [KARTS] ============================================================================= Now each person starts with two karts, you can unlock another for each, then four more karts of other people’s then finally all 36 for everyone. Once you get all 36 karts for everyone every racer is pretty much the same, give or take a few points on each stat. I have made some rough estimates to the average stats for each kart, Mario’s Karts --------------- B-Dasher Speed: 6/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 7.5/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 5.5/10 Items: 10/10 Standard MR Speed: 7/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 6.5/10 Handling: 6/10 Drift: 6/10 Items: 7/10 Shooting Star Speed: 6.5/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 6/10 Drift: 6/10 Items: 3/10 Luigi’s Karts ---------------- Poltergeist 4000 Speed: 7.5/10 Acceleration: 8/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 8/10 Drift: 3/10 Items: 3/10 Standard LG Speed: 7/10 Acceleration: 7.5/10 Weight: 6.5/10 Handling: 7.5/10 Drift: 3/10 Items: 7/10 Streamliner Speed: 6.5/10 Acceleration: 7.5/10 Weight: 5.5/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 3/10 Items: 10/10 Peach’s Karts ----------------- Light Tripper Speed: 5/10 Acceleration: 7.5/10 Weight: 4/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 10/10 Items: 3/10 Standard PC Speed: 4/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 5.5/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 9.5/10 Items: 6.5/10 Royale Speed: 5/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 7/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 9.5/10 Items: 10/10 Yoshi’s Karts ----------------- Egg 1 Speed: 6/10 Acceleration: 9/10 Weight: 3.5/10 Handling: 9/10 Drift: 4/10 Items: 3/10 Standard YR Speed: 5.5/10 Acceleration: 9/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 8.5/10 Drift: 5/10 Items: 7/10 Cucumber Speed: 5/10 Acceleration: 9/10 Weight: 6/10 Handling: 8/10 Drift: 4/10 Items: 10/10 Toad’s Karts --------------- Mushmellow Speed: 4/10 Acceleration: 9/10 Weight: 3.5/10 Handling: 7/10 Drift: 7/10 Items: 3.2/10 Standard TD Speed: 4/10 Acceleration: 8.5/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 6.5/10 Drift: 7/10 Items: 7/10 4-Wheel Cradle Speed: 3/10 Acceleration: 8.5/10 Weight: 6/10 Handling: 6/10 Drift: 6.5/10 Items: 10/10 Donkey Kong’s Karts ---------------------- Rambi Rider Speed: 7.5/10 Acceleration: 4/10 Weight: 9/10 Handling: 3/10 Drift: 7.5/10 Items: 10/10 Standard DK Speed: 8/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 7.5/10 Handling: 3.5/10 Drift: 8/10 Items: 6.5/10 Wildlife Speed: 8.5/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 6.5/10 Handling: 4/10 Drift: 8/10 Items: 3/10 Wario’s Karts ----------------- Brute Speed: 9/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 7/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 4/10 Items: 3/10 Standard WR Speed: 9/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 7.5/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 5/10 Items: 6.5/10 Dragonfly Speed: 8/10 Acceleration: 4.5/10 Weight: 9/10 Handling: 4.5/10 Drift: 4.5/10 Items: 10/10 Bowser’s Karts ------------------ Tyrant Speed: 9/10 Acceleration: 2.5/10 Weight: 10/10 Handling: 2.5/10 Drift: 6.5/10 Items: 10/10 Standard BW Speed: 9.5/10 Acceleration: 3/10 Weight: 8/10 Handling: 3/10 Drift: 7/10 Items: 7/10 Hurricane Speed: 10/10 Acceleration: 3.5/10 Weight: 8/10 Handling: 3/10 Drift: 7/10 Items: 3/10 Dry Bones’ Karts ------------------- Banisher Speed: 2.5/10 Acceleration: 9.5/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 9/10 Drift: 4.5/10 Items: 10/10 Standard DB Speed: 3/10 Acceleration: 10/10 Weight: 4.5/10 Handling: 9.5/10 Drift: 5/10 Items: 6.5/10 Dry Bomber Speed: 3.5/10 Acceleration: 10/10 Weight: 4/10 Handling: 10/10 Drift: 5/10 Items: 3/10 Daisy’s Karts ---------------- Power Flower Speed: 6/10 Acceleration: 6/10 Weight: 3.5/10 Handling: 3.5/10 Drift: 8/10 Items: 10/10 Standard DS Speed: 6.5/10 Acceleration: 6.5/10 Weight: 6/10 Handling: 4/10 Drift: 9/10 Items: 6.5/10 Light Dancer Speed: 7/10 Acceleration: 7/10 Weight: 5/10 Handling: 4/10 Drift: 9/10 Items: 3/10 Waluigi’s Karts ------------------- Gold Mantis Speed: 7.5/10 Acceleration: 6.5/10 Weight: 6.5/10 Handling: 6/10 Drift: 6/10 Items: 3/10 Standard WL Speed: 7/10 Acceleration: 6/10 Weight: 7/10 Handling: 5.5/10 Drift: 5.5/10 Items: 7/10 Zipper Speed: 6.5/10 Acceleration: 6/10 Weight: 7/10 Handling: 5/10 Drift: 5.5/10 Items: 10/10 R.O.B.’s Karts ------------------ ROB-BLS Speed: 10/10 Acceleration: 5.5/10 Weight: 7.5/10 Handling: 7/10 Drift: 3/10 Items: 3/10 ROB-LGS Speed: 9/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 9/10 Handling: 6/10 Drift: 2.5/10 Items: 10/10 Standard RB Speed: 9.5/10 Acceleration: 5/10 Weight: 8/10 Handling: 6.5/10 Drift: 2.5/10 Items: 6.5/10 ============================================================================= 9. Items [ITEMS] ============================================================================= This is a full list of all the items you can use in this game, as well as their functions. I’ve put them in alphabetical order to make is easier to find specific ones. Banana: This old-school item is fairly common in this game, it can be thrown ahead, dropped behind and dragged. If another racer hits a banana they will spin out and depending on the situation, lose about a second or two. Blooper: When used it squirts oil onto all the racers ahead of the person who used it. This oil can seeing difficult, you must resort to the Touch Screen. The oil will clear up after a few seconds, or if you used a boost or a Mushroom, powersliding doesn’t remove the oil, and it may vary, you might get the whole screen covered, or a very small area. Bob-omb: This item can be throw ahead, dropped behind or dragged, but if you drag it will eventually blow up. Now when you drop it if anyone drives by it, it will explode, hitting those if the direct blast with the force of a shell, and making anyone nearby spin out. Now it’s set to shoot forward, so you must tell it to drop back. If no one drives by it for a few seconds it will explode on its own. Boo: This item allows you to steal an item from someone else at random. Also it will turn you invincible for a short period of time, you will not be seen by opponents or on the map. Finally, you are immune to things as you are with a Star. Bullet-Bill: When you get this you will become the Bullet-Bill and speed along the course, you do not have to control yourself. Also, anyone you hit will feel the equal effects of a shell or Bob-omb. Fake Item Box: This item is very similar to a banana, it’s just larger. It has all the same traits, only it will cause a person to fall forward an flip around, loosing about two seconds. Golden Mushroom: This is the best Mushroom, you can use it over, and over, and over until it times out. So keep taping X or L to continuously boost. This is great for making quick cuts across grassy areas and making up lost time. Green Shell: This is a standard shell, you can shoot it forward or backward, it can be dragged too. It will travel in a straight line until it hits a wall, and it will go away or bounce off. Also if it hits another racer it will go away and that person will lose about two to three seconds. Also if you are dragging one, and you hit anything, it will be dropped, but it will not move, and stay there like a banana or fake item box. Lightning: A very rare item, but it’s effects are great. It shrinks down ALL racers, making them loose not only there items, but making them spin a bit, and they will move much slower. This effect is brief, and everyone will soon regrow and regain their normal speed. The further ahead you are the longer it takes to get big again. Mushroom: An item that gives you a good boost and varies on your acceleration. It’s great for the various shortcuts in the courses, form recovering after a hit, or winning in the last seconds. Red Shell: This shell is superior to its green counterpart. It tracks the nearest enemy and hits them. However I shoot back it will not track someone and like green, will remain motionless if you get hit while dragging it. The only other drawback is that it cannot hit a wall, it does then it’s done. These shells are much “smarter” then they used to be and will almost always hit someone, unless you are in first. Spiked (Blue) Shell: This shell tracks down the person in first, the one way to dodge it is to use a Star (really only possible in the DK Pass). Also it will effect all nearby racers like a bomb does, so if your close to first. Last, like with the Red Shells, this one is “smarter” and if you try and drop down to second when it’s shot it will still hit you! Getting hit by this makes you lose from three to five seconds, so make sure you have a good lead. Star: The best item in the game, period. This can negate the effects of any item, shells, lighting, and even the spiked shell. Also you’ll speed up when using this like you would with a Mushroom, it has all the same effects. Like I said it makes you immune to everything, it also lasts longer then the Boos do. Ramming people while using the Star makes them lose some time too, it really is the best item in the game. Triple Bananas: Instead of getting one banana, you get three. You do not have to hold X or L to drag them and you can drop them whenever you feel. These are great for making Red Shells miss you, or for spinning out nearby racers. Triple Mushroom: You will receive Three Mushrooms, and they are great for cutting corners, shortcuts, and getting a fast cheap win. They are really, really good to get and seem as good as the Golden ones…I don’t know what. Triple Green/Red Shells: Again, you will get three of the respective shells you get. If you get green, use them as a shield to other people can’t hit you or pass on narrow tracks. If you get red, take your time, and pick off three people ahead of you. ============================================================================= 10. The Un-lockables and Secrets [UNASE] ============================================================================= Alternate Ending ----------------- To get this you must complete every Cup on every engine class, including MM 150cc, and you must get gold in each. Your rating doesn’t matter though. All the Cups and Mission Mode, Level 7 ---------------------------------------------- Star Cup: Complete the Mushroom and Flower Cups with Gold in each, must be done foe each engine class, ratings do not matter. Special Cup: Complete the Star Cup with Gold, must be done for all engine classes, ratings do not matter. Leaf Cup: Complete the Shell and Banana Cups with Gold in each, must be done foe each engine class, ratings do not matter. Lightning Cup: Complete the Leaf Cup with Gold, must be done foe each engine class, ratings do not matter. Mission Mode Level 7: You must complete all the first 6 level missions with at least a star in each in order to unlock Level 7. Mirror Mode -------------- 150cc Mirror Mode: To unlock MM with the 150cc engine class you must get a Gold in every cup on all the engine classes. NOTE: It’s debated you only have to complete the Retro Circuit with Gold in all on 150cc, but it makes for sense for the Gold in all. Secret Characters -------------------- Dry Bones: Complete the Nitro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be on the 50cc engine class, ratings do not matter. Daisy: Complete the Retro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done the 50cc engine class, ratings do not matter. Waluigi: Complete the Retro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done on the 100cc engine class, ratings do not matter. R.O.B: Complete the Nitro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done on the MM 150cc engine class, ratings do not matter. Getting all the Karts ------------------------- Unlock Everyone’s Third Kart: Complete the Nitro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done on the 100cc engine class, ratings do not matter. This gives everyone the their third respective kart. Four Extra Karts for Everyone: Complete the Nitro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done on the 150cc engine class, ratings do not matter. This allows up to Seven Karts per racer, their three original and four predetermined ones that belong to other racers. All 36 Kats for Everyone: Complete the Retro Circuit with Gold on each Cup, must be done on the MM 150cc engine class, ratings do not matter. This lets anyone drive any Kart, making everyone pretty much the same. ============================================================================= 11. Mission Help [MIMOH] ============================================================================= Level 1 ------------ Mission 1-1 Objective: Drive through all 5 numbered gates in order Strategy: This is real simple, drive along the track through all 5 gates. There is a good distance between them all, but there are Mushroom Boosts between them all. Getting a good ranking on this is real simple. Mission 1-2 Objective: Collect all 15 coins Strategy: Now this is also very easy, but you might end up missing some coins. Take the hard 3rd and 4th turns slowly but try and maintain a good speed. It could take a few shots to get a good ranking for new players. Mission 1-3 Objective: Destroy all ten item boxes. Strategy: This is real easy too, and all the boxes contain mushrooms, so use them when you get them. They are mostly located along the top half, with a few towered the middle. This shouldn’t be a challenge, and getting at least a star is easy. Mission 1-4 Objective: Get a Star and use it to hit 5 Cheep-Cheeps. Strategy: Here you must grab and item box then use the Star. Don’t go to fast, drive down and start ramming the fish. It shouldn’t take you more then two Stars, don’t go to fast, but don’t go to slow either. Mission 1-5 Objective: Drive through all 6 numbered gates in order. Strategy: Pass through the one in front of you, then head up and left. The remaining five gates are along the edge, so don’t fall off. If you can, powerslide to save time. I believe you must do it before the timer gets under 20 seconds for a Star. Mission 1-6 Objective: Drive through the mansion…backwards! Strategy: This is simpler then it looks. Hold be and remember, right turns left and left turns right. There are no hard turns and there is little to avoid. Look at the map on the Touch Screen and you’ll easily get at least a Star. Mission 1-7 Objective: Collect all 20 coins Strategy: Ok here all the coins are grouped in a straight line. Right off the start you’ll get a Triple Mushroom. Use it on the straight- aways for extra speed. Be careful on the wide turns, other then that this mission is very easy. Mission 1-8 Objective: Perform 4 powerslide turbo-boosts in one lap. Strategy: This level has four turns, so it works great. All of the turns are wide enough to powerslide at least once if your lucky you can get two. Be quick, because you have little time to do this. Level 1 Boss Objective: Use the Mushrooms to crash into the Big Bully and knock him off the stage. Strategy: Make sure he doesn’t knock you off the side, if he does you lose a balloon, once you lose all three your out. Drive around and get a Triple Mushroom and then ram the Bully. Repeat the ramming until he falls off the side. Level 2 ----------- Mission 2-1 Objective: Crash into all 10 wooden crates to destroy them. Strategy: There are a few ways to do this, but this tends to work. Crash through the first three, then turn down the dock, hit the one at the top. Go down the dock and hit the one at the end. Quickly spin around and hit all the other ones on the way back up the dock. Turn around, drive along and hit the other ones while powersliding right around the corner. Take a sharp right after the bridge and take out the last box. Mission 2-2 Objective: Collect all 10 coins Strategy: This level tries to trick you. Once you start go in reverse to grab the first coin. Then go forward and grab the next group. Round the corner, stay along the middle of the track and grab the last remaining coins. Mission 2-3 Objective: Drive through all 5 numbered gates in order. Strategy: The first gate is on the track, then grab the Mushroom Boost, cut across the grass and go through the second gate. Continue along the course and powerslide around turns. Gate three and four are close, with some turns and boosts in between. The fifth gate is on the last wide turn, continue to powerslide and get the boosts to get a good rating. Mission 2-4 Objective: Destroy all 5 item boxes Strategy: In this level you must chase down the five item boxes. Stay in sight the entire race to make sure you get a good ranking. Each box contains a Mushroom, and you should be able to get the first one by the time 5 seconds pass. If you don’t slip up this is a real easy. Mission 2-5 Objective: Collect all 20 coins Strategy: This level is a joke, really. Just drive along the coast to grab most of the coins, and you must go over a jump to get a few. This is an easy Triple Star ranking. Mission 2-6 Objective: Use Bob-ombs to destroy all 5 Pokeys. Strategy: This is a little hard. You must drive around a small area and grab Bob-ombs from the item boxes. You must be quick at shooting the Pokeys and grabbing more bob-ombs, or else you’ll lose a lot of time. Also try not to miss, because that will cost you some time. It may take a few attempts to get a good ranking. Mission 2-7 Objective: Drive through all 10 numbered gates in order. Strategy: Since you’re on the GCN Luigi Circuit it may get confusing. Pass through #1, then head strait. Gate #2 is on the left, and #7 will be on the right. Continue straight and you’ll see Gate #3 on the right and #6 on the left. Pass around the long turn, then continue to go through Gates #6 and #7. Go around the last turn to grab the final Gates along the turn. Mission 2-8 Objective: Perform 6 powerslide turbo boosts in 3 laps. Strategy: This one is real easy, I mean it is Baby Circuit, just slide around the turns, don’t go to wide. Grab the Stars from the item boxes to save you some time. This is easy to complete, but getting a Triple Star might prove difficult. Level 2 Boss Objective: Hit the Eyerok’s eyeball 3 times with shells. Strategy: Now this boss is from Mario 64, but he is different. You must hit him with shells, and only three times total, not three for each eye, just three total. This is real easy and I got a Double Star on my first try. Level 3 ----------- Mission 3-1 Objective: Destroy all 5 item boxes Strategy: This is pretty hard for a Level 3, mostly because it’s played on the pinball area of Waluigi’s Pinball. The boxes will move around the area, and you must dodge balls and bumpers on the process. I’d use the Touch Screen for this, don’t rush to complete it, get good and used to the level, then go for the higher rank. Mission 3-2 Objective: Drive through all 5 numbered gates in order…backward! Strategy: This mission is much easier them some of the previous one, as by now you are used to driving backward. Head straight to get the first two, then at the fork head for Gate #3. Continue around the turn to pass through the final two gates. Mission 3-3 Objective: Collect all 15 coins while avoiding Chain Chomp Strategy: This is another simple mission. Ok there is a circle of coins around the Chomp. So go straight into the circle, then hold Left while you accelerate. If you do it quick enough you’ll avioid Chomp completely and get a good ranking. Mission 3-4 Objective: Reach the finish before Yoshi Strategy: Beating Yoshi in Yoshi Falls is real easy. Make sure you grab all the item boxes, they contain Mushrooms or Stars. Now every now and then half the track will be closed off, so be careful. Stay close to Yoshi and don not slide off any waterfalls. Mission 3-5 Objective: Drive through all 8 numbered gates in order. Strategy: This one looks real hard to begin, but it isn’t. Head right through the first gate, then into the lower right pipe. Ride around the upper level to get the next three gates, then go into the top left pipe. Head straight into Gate #5, then loop around to pass through #6. Go up the ramp again, pass through Gate #7. Drop down to your right and go through the eighth and final gate. This is pretty easy once you memorize the level. Mission 3-6 Objective: Hit the Monty Moles with a shell 5 times Strategy: I don’t have a real strategy for this one. Jusr grab the item boxes, and get your timing down. It took me a few tris to get a Star ranking, but it got easier and easier. Study and learn the timing, and in no time this will become a breeze. Mission 3-7 Objective: Perform 10 powerslide turbo boosts in 1 lap! Strategy: This one is hard, since DK blows at the powerslide. You are on Shroom Ridge, so cars are another problem. Don’t worry to much about the small turns, but try and get at least three on the first big turn, and two on the rest. People tend to forget the turns near the end. You have a lot of time, but getting the Star takes a few attempts. Mission 3-8 Objective: Collect all 20 coins Strategy: This one takes place in the Twilight House and can prove hard. Luckily we have a good map in the FAQ section and I have a strategy. Head straight to grab the first coin then turn left to get the next one. Turn right to grab another coin, head right into the next room near the barrier and grab the 4th one. Quickly back out, head straight and grab the coin to the right on the ledge. Dodge the banana, turn right into the next room to grab a coin. Turn left out of the next one, and grab the coin on the way. Grab the coin near the side of the ledge and turn right. Go around the banana, then take the next coin. Turn right and circle around the room to get two coins then leave and continue right. Grab the next two coins while dodgeing groups of 3 bananas and turn right once more. Turn back into the house, grab the lone coin and move left. Circle around the room to get the final coins. It’s not to hard and pretty easy to get a Triple Star. Level 3 Boss Objective: Reach the finish before Goomboss. Strategy: This race makes you be Toad racing in Baby Circuit for 3 laps. Now this is pretty hard the first few times, as Goomboss can easily out race you. Every now and then he’ll slow down to throws Goombas and even Mushrooms at you. You have to powerslide the turns, and every lap he stops for a moment to grow. On the last lap he will jump over and cut about a third off. Stay ahead and don’t let him beat you on the home stretch. Getting a good ranking may take a few attempts. Level 4 ---------- Mission 4-1 Objective: Reach this finish before Donkey Kong Stratagey: Here you will race DK in a slightly modified DK Pass, wait, and it’s backward! Avoid the giant fields of evil snowmen and also the giant snowballs. Remember every item box has a Mushroom or Star, and remember to save one for the awesome short cut over the hill. On the way down the summit it is a lot easier to fall, and there are tons of snowmen before the end. Provided to do this fast enough will few problems, you should get a good rank. Mission 4-2 Objective: Blast 20 crabs Stratagey: You will be on the island battle area, and the crabs will move in on you. Now all the item boxes contain shells or bombs. Now they will multiply fast, so as you play remember that they can make you spin out. Hit them from a distance with the shells, and drop bombs into huge groups of them. This isn’t to hard, but like most of them, getting a good rank may take a few tries. Mission 4-3 Objective: Reach the finish before the red car. Stratagey: This mission is a joke, really. Now you will find yourself on Shroom Ridge and you must outrace a speeding red car. Like all the other levels, the boxes contain mostly Mushrooms and Stars. You should pass the car by the second turn, and remember to powerslide. If you don’t get a good rank on this stop playing…now. Mission 4-4 Objective: Drive through all 7 numbered gates in order Stratagey: This level takes place in the one Desert level. Now head straight and pass through gate #1. Powerslide around the turn and grab the Triple Mushrooms. Now when you get near Gate #2, behind the pyramid, use the Mushrooms and pass #2 and #3, all off course. Head up the hill and pass through number 4. Grab another item box and round the turn through gate #5. Now speed over the hills with the Mushrooms, make sure you don’t miss #6. The final gate is just around the turn near the finish. Getting a triple Star is real easy. Mission 4-5 Objective: Collect all 15 coins, if you get squashed by a Thwomp, you fail! Stratagey: Wow, just look at this. Now the only way to get the first set is to get the turbo start. You will safely pass under the Thwomps, then turn around. Now line up against the front one and wait. The moment the start to rise accelerate, and you should pass through safely, This is pretty easy once you get the timing down. Mission 4-6 Objective: Collect all 10 item boxes while avoiding the Fake Items! Stratagey: This is real easy. You will be on Choco Mountain, and all you must do is not touch any Fakes. Use the Touch Screen, as the Fakes come up as red on it. This mission is another easy one…so make sure to get a Triple Star. Mission 4-7 Objective: Drive through all 10 gates Stratagey: Unlike most, it doesn’t matter how you do this. Heas right down the middle, while avoiding all the bumpers. Once you pass the second gate, head left and follow the arrows. Loop around to the center again, and then take a sharp right. Loop around the other side now, and you just grabbed yourself 10 gates. Use the map if you have problems. Mission 4-8 Objective: Perform 9 powerslide turbo boosts in 1 lap. Stratagey: This one takes place on Luigi Circuit, from the GBA. It’s real easy with all the wide turns, so don’t worry to much. Your only task is maneuvering around the puddles. Other then that, this is real easy, but you will need to powerslide more than 9 times to get a good rank. Level 4 Boss Objective: Collect 50 coins while avoiding King Boo! Stratagey: This level is (censored) ridiculous! Ok there are a series of platforms that will all be dotted with coins. Immediately start driving and gather as many as possible. Eventually Boo will steal your coins and all the others will vanish. So you must catch him, then ram him in the front to get them back. To get a good ranking you must be quick at gathering coins, and catching Boo. There is absolutely no way to avoid him stealing your coins, so gather the 50 as fast as you can. A good way to gather coins fast is powersliding around the platforms, then getting the boost at the end. I’ve only been able to get a Single Star on this one so far… Level 5 ----------- Mission 5-1 Objective: Reach the finish before the stay Chain Chomp Strategy: Now here got gotta conserve the Triple Mushroom you get at the start. Use the first to cut through the flowers after the first turn. After going up the hill, use another one to cut those flowers, head into the bush maze. Avoid the Chomps, then use the Mushroom at the top of this hill bu these flowers. Make your way to the end, and remember the Monty Moles ahead. Powersliding in this really helps. Mission 5-2 Objective: Drive backward to grab 15 coins, if you hit a snowman you fail. Strategy: This level is a joke for Level 5. Just accelerate backward and grab the coins, don’t worry about going to fast, since that’s nearly impossible. Just maneuver around the snowmen and your good to go. Mission 5-3 Objective: Destroy all 5 item boxes Strategy: This level looks hard, but it isn’t. In fact, I’d try to catch up to the front one, then sit there and let the other 4 run into you. This is a great way to easily beat this level. If not, then be careful of the deep water and try to catch them as fast as you can. If you do it the “real” way then getting a good rank could take a few tries. Mission 5-4 Objective: Drive through all 10 numbered gates in order Strategy: Here we are in Bowser’s Castle 2. It’s real easy to do, but you need to get a real good time for a good rank. You have to drift around all the turns, avoid all the Thwomps and hit a lot of the speed boosts. Some of the gates are placed in areas that you might not regular drive through, so use the Touch Screen for guidance. This could take a few tries (like always) but once you know where all the Gates are it’s a breeze. Mission 5-5 Objective: Complete 1 lap in the opposite direction within the time limit. Strategy: This is another easy level, and the only hard part is driving around the blocked off areas, while dodging traffic. Other then that this level is a snap, you gotta remember to grab any boosts along the track, and you will have to go over the little shortcut that slows you down. You should get at least a Star on your first try. Mission 5-6 Objective: Collect all 18 coins Strategy: Hm…18 isn’t a random number. Anyway here you are on the worst battle level in history, Tart Top. The coins are set up on a path, kinda, and the only thing you have to do is make sure you don’t miss the coins floating above the ramp. You will loop around, then jump, loop around, then jump, you get the idea. This is pretty annoying, and I’ve only bothered to get a Single Star. Mission 5-7 Objective: Drive through all 8 numbered gates in order Strategy: This level takes place on the snowy field near the end of the DK Pass. You will head up from the finish, backward. The gates themselves are easy to reach, and your only task is maneuvering around the giant snowballs. Up in the hilly area this can be hard, so really look at both maps. If you get hit by even one snowball kiss a good ranking good-bye, so be patient and give it a few tries. Mission 5-8 Objective: Reach the finish before Mario Strategy: You will be Luigi against Mario, finally the true superior will be revealed! Anyway this is on Mario Circuit and is pretty easy. The only thing you have to be aware of are the Gombas, and remember to grab the Mushrooms. Mario is pretty easy to beat, so try and get a good ranking, rather than just winning. Level 5 Boss Objective: Hit the Big Bom-omb with 3 Bob-ombs. Strategy: The first hit is real easy, just grab a bob-omb from the item box and launch it at him. Now he will start to throw bob-ombs and item boxes around. So grab another bob-omb and hit him a few more times. This is real easy to get a good rank in. Level 6 ---------- Mission 6-1 Objective: Drive backward across the spinning bridge, if you fall, you fail. Strategy: Now you should know how easy it is to do it normally, so remember, falling isn’t the main problem, it’s not mixing up the buttons, since your going backward. This is easy, if you don’t get a good rank then give yourself a timeout. Mission 6-2 Objective: Get Stars and run over 15 Rocky Wrenches Strategy: This mission isn’t hard, just a bit annoying. I find that getting a star, then driving through the group of them, then grabbing another Star and repeating is a good tactic. So long as you drive out of your way to hit some, this is real easy. It may take some time to get a Triple Star; luck plays some factor in this one. Mission 6-3 Objective: Collect all 30 coins Strategy: For a Level 6 this one has to be a joke. It takes place on a very linear course, and that is Choco Mountain. The coins are all in groups of like 3, and are spaced pretty well. It shouldn’t take you more then oen try to get a good rank here. Once again for a Level 6 this is far to easy for you, so don’t do poorly. Mission 6-4 Objective: Destroy all 10 item boxes Strategy: Honestly, this mission is very Level 6 worthy, and I have no real strategy for it, check the Missions FAQ if you need a lot of help. You must navigate the areas and different levels and find the patterns of the boxes. Now you have a lot of time to do this, so don’t worry to much. Getting a Triple Star is still really easy once you know where all the boxes are, and their patterns. Mission 6-5 Objective: Drive through all 8 numbered gates in order. Strategy: This takes place in the ultimate shortcut level, Sky Garden. You must get the item box at the start, or you have no chance of getting a good rank, or even completing it. Drive around, and go through Gate #1. Use a Mushroom before the ramp, then once you lose your boost use another one as you pass along the clouds. Loop around the turn and use the third Mushroom on the other ramp. There is another box ahead, don’t miss it. Go around the turn, then when you see the next gate, use a boost to go over the clouds, use the second one right after. Now continue to the end, and use the last Mushroom whenever. Provided you don’t slip up you will get a Triple Star. BANK ON IT!!! Mission 6-6 Objective: Perform 14 powerslide turbo boosts in one lap Strategy: This level makes you be Yoshi on, dun dun, Yoshi’s Circuit! Now to succeed here you must powerslide on almost every turn, and if you can snake, that’s friggin great!!! I’ve only managed to get a Single Star, so don’t hit anything, powerslide, and snake! That’s all the advice I can give you. Mission 6-7 Objective: collect All 40 coins Strategy: Once again I have no strategy. I got lucky when I got the Single Star. You must simply, not hit anything and avoid the clock hands. That’s all, sorry, check the Missions FAQ again. Mission 6-8 Objective: Reach the finish before Peach Strategy: This race takes place with you as Bowser, racing Peach, backward on Peach’s Garden. One thing to remember is some of the arenas are blocked off, so Stars, and Mushrooms help here. Beating Peach isn’t hard, but doing the race fast enough and getting a good time can be. So it make take a few tries to get a Triple Star, mostly because Bowser’s kart is terrible. Level 6 Boss Objective: Use Mushrooms to hit Chief Chilly and knock him off the platform 3 times. Strategy: This is harder version of the Big Bully Boss, so use that strategy. However the third time he will start to jump out of the way, causing you to go into the water. So, if you can ram him just as he jumps back onto the platform after the second hit, then he won’t jump and you just got a Triple Star. Level 7 ----------- Mission 7-1 Objective: Perform 6 powerslide turbo boosts in 1 lap. Strategy: The thing that makes this hard is that it is Rainbow Road, a.k.a. the easiest place to fall of the side, ever! However this isn’t to hard. You should try to get two slides around the rising turn before the first loop. Try to get a total of 3 before the second loop, and then one more before the end. Provided you don’t hit any walls, or fall for that matter, you should get a good rank. Mission 7-2 Objective: Reach the finish before Bowser. Strategy: This level is fun, it takes place in Bowser’s Castle but remember, some areas will be blocked off. Those are the area with the shortcut (you must take the short cut) and the area with the spinning pipe, you must fall off the side. Every box contains Mushrooms, Stars and Red Shells, so staying ahead isn’t hard. In all this is one of the easier missions on Level 7. Mission 7-3 Objective: Complete 2 laps within the time limit! Strategy: Another real easy Mission, especially for Level 7. You must do two laps on Tick-Tock Clock, within 1:30 seconds. Now every box you’ll find has Mushrooms in it, just to make this easier! After the first lap the clock seems to “stop”, but that’s not an issue really. Getting a good rank here is almost easier then 7-2. Mission 7-4 Objective: Use shells to defeat the 30 Goombas in the time limit! Strategy: This mission is again, really easy. You are on Mario Circuit, and there is a pack of Goombas headed awa from you. So approach them, grab a nearby item box and unload with shells. They will move along the course, so try and remember that. Provided you stop them before the Giant Piranha Plants, you should get a least a Star. This can be annoying, but it is very doable. Mission 7-5 Objective: Collect all 20 coins. Strategy: Once more, another easy Mission for Level 7. You must collect 20 coins on Wario Stadium The only difficult aspect of this is some coins are located in midair after some ramps. Provided you don’t hit walls, or miss coins, this is real easy. Level 7 isn’t to hard is it? Mission 7-6 Objective: Drive through all 8 numbered gates in order. Strategy: Easily, the most annoying, not hardest, but annoying mission ever! You are on the giant DS, and the gates are in a circle, in this order, 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4, 8. You must pass through the circle twice, within 11 seconds! Now it’s very narrow, and if you miss a Gate, or hit the side of one, forget it. You must drive slowly, but not to slow. It’s very hard to perfect this, and I’ve only been able to finish with a second, getting a Star Mission 7-7 Objective: Drive backward and collect all 12 coins, if you hit a burner you fail. Strategy: This isn’t to hard, and trust me, be patient and take your time. You must navigate a box maze located inside an Airship. Now do not go through any boxes, just navigate your way around the maze until your out. After that get the coins situated near the giant burners. This isn’t hard, you like Mission 6-4, and getting a good rank is easy to come by. Mission 7-8 Objective: Destroy all 10 item boxes, while avoiding the Fake Items. Strategy: This level seems simple, I often dozed off and lost. Anyway drive along the Boardwalk, while avoiding Bananas and the Fake Items. Remember, each box contains a Mushroom, so use it once you get it. Once you enter the little house you’ll have to loop around the hole in the ground to grab a box in the corner. Then on the way out there is a line of fake boxes, go around that while getting another box. Continue along the course until you get to the final box, surrounded by Bananas. This is pretty easy, but doing it fast enough to get the Triple Star is hard. Level 7 Boss Objective: Reach the finish before Wiggler! Strategy: This final Boss is easy, it all comes down to the 1st lap really. Now right off the start Wiggler will hit over a car, if you can get under it and get the Mushroom fast enough that’s super! Now remember not to miss the Stars in the boxes moving along the course. For the first two laps, do not take the shortcut, because you can grab another Star while looping around it. Knock over Cars to get Mushroom’s Boost, which will also make this easier. The last lap it totally up to you, but you should have enough distance to win. I got a Triple Star on this my first try! =) ============================================================================= 12. Staff Ghost Times [STGHT] ============================================================================= This, unlike the rest of the FAQ, will not be separated by Retro and Nitro Circuits. Now these times were achieved my Mario Kart DS Staff members. Once you get close to their times you can race their ghosts, and some are really hard to beat. The courses are arranged in alphabetical order. The times are a rough estimate, so give or take a bit. Staff Ghost Times --------------------- Airship Fortress: 2:07 Baby Park: 0:51 Banshee Boardwalk: 2:14 Bowser Castle: 2:17 Bowser Castle 2: 1:52 Cheep Cheep Beach: 1:54 Choco Island 2: 1:02 Choco Mountain: 2:15 Delfino Plaza: 1:52 Desert Hills: 1:31 DK Pass: 2:14 Donut Plains 1: 1:08 Figure 8 Circuit: 1:36 Frappe Snowland: 2:09 Koopa Beach 2: 0:55 Luigi Circuit(GCN): 1:29 Luigi Circuit(GBA): 1:46 Luigi’s Mansion: 2:00 Mario Circuit: 1:56 Mario Circuit1: 0:51 Moo Moo Farm: 1:18 Mushroom Bridge: 1:30 Peach Circuit: 1:12 Peach Gardens: 1:53 Rainbow Road: 2:17 Shroom Ridge: 2:05 Sky Garden: 1:44 Tick-Tock Clock: 1:55 Waluigi Pinball: 2:23 Wario’s Stadium: 2:15 Yoshi Circuit: 1:48 Yoshi Falls: 0:57 ============================================================================= 13. 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