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Unlockables

Alternate Ending Screen

Different "Thank you for playing" screen after credits.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Finish all classes with gold trophies on all cups (including mirror mode)Alternate Ending Screen

Contributed By: griffon_23.

Alternate Title Screen

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Finish all classes with gold trophies on all cupsAlternate Title Screen

Contributed By: NiGHTS0223.

Earn a star for your nickname

The staff ghosts have stars next to their nicknames when you see them on tracks. You can earn a star for yourself as well. It is only visible to other players in-game, but the star appears in your Records screen (Records button from the main menu) when you earn it.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Get a three star rating on all prixs.Have three stars next to your name on wifi.
Get a two star rating on all prixs.Have two stars next to your name on wifi.
Beat all cups in all modes with 1-star rating or betterStarred nickname

Contributed By: Forteblast and nobullet254.

Staff Ghost Times - Nitro Cups

These ghosts are unlocked in Time Trial mode by obtaining a specific time on each course. The ghosts are those of the staff who made the game, and are all very difficult to overcome. The times given for each track are those of the Staff Ghost; the ability to race the Ghost is acquired by timing a few seconds more than the Staff Ghost on that track. It varies from track to track, though the required time is usually within 5 to 10 seconds of the Staff Ghost's time.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
2:07:748Airship Fortress
2:19:661Bowser Castle
1:43:654Cheep Cheep Beach
1:54:601Delfino Square
1:31:262Desert Hills
2:14:607DK Pass
1:36:481Figure-8 Circuit
1:59:357Luigi's Mansion
1:56:533Mario Circuit
1:52:989Peach Gardens
2:16:246Rainbow Road
2:05:123Shroom Ridge
1:54:903Tick-Tock Clock
2:23:288Walugi Pinabll
2:14:868Wario Stadium
0:57:677Yoshi Falls

Contributed By: Tyranitar2008.

Staff Ghost Times - Retro Cups

These ghosts are unlocked in Time Trial mode by obtaining a specific time on each course. The ghosts are those of the staff who made the game, and are all very difficult to overcome. The times given for each track are those of the Staff Ghost; the ability to race the Ghost is acquired by timing a few seconds more than the Staff Ghost on that track. It varies from track to track, though the required time is usually within 5 to 10 seconds of the Staff Ghost's time.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
0:50:920Baby Park
2:14:403Banshee Boardwalk
1:52:258Bowser Castle 2
1:01:620Choco Island 2
2:15:571Choco Mountain
1:08:027Donut Plains 1
2:08:781Frappe Snowland
0:54:847Koopa Beach 2
1:29:759Luigi Circuit
1:46:581Luigi Circuit
0:50:688Mario Circuit 1
1:17:751Moo Moo Farm
1:30:600Mushroom Bridge
1:12:011Peach Circuit
1:44:400Sky Garden
1:48:793Yoshi Circuit

Contributed By: Tyranitar2008.

Unlockable Characters and items

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Finish 150cc Retro Class with Gold trophies on every cup150cc Mirror Mode
Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 50ccCharacter - Daisy
Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 50ccCharacter - Dry Bones
Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Retro Grand Prix on 100ccCharacter - Waluigi
Get a Gold Trophy on every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 100ccItem - 3rd kart for all characters
Get a gold trophy in every cup in Nitro Grand Prix on 150ccItem - Choose from 7 karts for each character
Get a gold trophy in every cup in the Grand Prix on 150cc mirror that you didn't use to unlock R.O.B.Item - Choose from any kart for each character
Get at least a 1-star ranking on all levels of every mission in Mission Levels 1-6Unlock "Mission 7" in Mission Mode
Finish either 150cc Mirror Mode Class with Gold Trophies on all cupsUnlock R.O.B. as a racer

Contributed By: CHEEEESEMAN, epochkun, and Jonbon1992.

Unlockable Cups

Each of the unlockable cups are only unlocked in one engine class at a time. For example, if you unlock Star Cup in 50cc you will still have to unlock it in 150cc.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Get Gold on Shell Cup and Banana CupLeaf Cup
Get Gold on Leaf CupLightning Cup
Get Gold on Star CupSpecial Cup
Get Gold on Mushroom Cup and Flower CupStar Cup

Contributed By: NDS_Master.

Secrets

Turbo Boost After Lakitu Retrieval

If you fall off the track or get stuck underwater for more than a couple moments, Lakitu comes to pull you out and place you on the track again. When he picks you up, wait until you're dropped onto the track again, then press the acceleration at that exact moment and you'll get a turbo boost if you timed it correctly.

Contributed By: DBM11085.

Turbo Boost at Start of Race

To get a turbo boost at the start of a race, do not hold the acceleration button down prior to the race starting. Wait until just after the number 2 in the countdown disappears, then hold A. If done right, you will receive a turbo boost as soon as the race starts.

Contributed By: DBM11085.