May 6th, 2014


With the release of Mario Kart 8 only a few weeks ago, we’re ramping up our excitement here at Wii U Daily. We’ve seen comparisons of a lot of the old tracks brought to life in the new Mario Kart 8 engine, as well as listened to some of the new songs available on the soundtrack. It’s all great, but there’s one supreme question that still needs to be asked. Who is your favorite Mario Kart driver?

Some players only choose a character because they like the character from its original games, while others go for what they believe is an advantage. It’s one of the reasons why Funky Kong and Dry Bowser were so popular in Mario Kart Wii, since they were classed as heavy characters who could drive heavy karts with top speed and okay handling. Regardless of whether you only play with a character to win, or you play with a character because you like their personality, Mario Kart 8 is bringing several new characters to the table that have never been playable before.

We’re looking forward to playing with the Koopa Kids as much as you guys, but let’s take a moment to discuss past characters who are returning.

Wii U Daily Staff’s Faves


My favorite Mario Kart character to play is a mix between Bowser and Wario. Since the game has a huge reliance on using weapons to completely screw up your fellow racer’s plans, both Bowser and Wario make me feel a little less evil about throwing out that boomerang or the blue shell. Still, if I had to pick between one of them I’d pick Bowser.

– Ashley King

I like Yoshi because he’s fun and adorable; but, Mario’s always been my favorite because he’s the hero, Mario was the first game I ever played and he’s always had a special place in my heart because of that. Also, it just feels right somehow, playing as the main character.

– Colin Malone

Well, being a furry, I have to go with Yoshi. He’s so adorable and is a lightweight, which is really my forte. However, since all my friends started picking him first, I grew to like Shy Guy. He just has a cute little “Wow wow!” noise that I absolutely adore. He’s also a leightweight, so he’s good with handling as well, though that’s more determined by kart now. However, when I start holding the weekly Zorpix Tournament, I’ll be racing as my Mii so you can get a peek of my face 😉

– Zorpix

What’s your pick?

Last month when Nintendo aired the Super Smash Bros. dedicated Nintendo Direct, we took a poll of all the changes announced and asked you to pick which are your favorite. We let you select multiples and after a week, we examined the results to determine which features were the most popular among the community. We’re going to be doing the same with Mario Kart, where you can choose multiple drivers if you happen to have several favorites. Keep in mind this list only includes characters from Mario Kart Wii, since Mario Kart 8 isn’t available yet.

If you want to select one of the new characters, just hit the option for New Character and we’ll tally that among the rest. Let us know why you picked a certain character in the comments and we’ll highlight the best of those comments next week! Be sure to check out the Wii U Forums as well, as tons of great conversation is going on over there in terms of the new game mechanics and new characters that have been announced so far.

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  • ActivesiN

    Yoshi all day

  • jjbredesen

    Baby Mario!

  • Raptok


  • Pebbicle

    I am disappointed at the lack of votes for Koopa Troopa ._.

  • Yoshifan3

    Your mom.

  • Yoshifan3


  • I voted for Sonic.

    Of course, Zorpix’s pick is forthcoming. Always Zorpix, he’s so…. Zorpix. (This is a tone of disapproval.)

  • Relick

    Rosalina guys come on.


  • Kelly

    Oh my god Dry Bowser is a thing? omg omg omg GIMMEH

    • Rick van der Linde

      Mario Kart Wii unlockable, as one of the few ppl I actually love Mario Kart Wii

      • Kelly

        I got my wii very late into its lifespan (didn’t have the money for it before) so I’m actually trying to complete it right now, before Mario Kart 8 comes out – going to figure out what I have to do to get him now! Double dash was my favorite MK though.. Wish they’d bring that back! Loved the different special items pet character 🙂

        • Rick van der Linde

          I believe you have to get at least 1 star for every race on every cc? Good luck 🙂

      • greengecko007

        I loved Mario Kart Wii, and have been playing it a lot in anticipation. It’s completely unbalanced, but it’s still a ton of fun and has the best controls so far in the series (Double Dash had tracks made out of soap, and I never got MK7).

        • Rick van der Linde

          I used to do a 32 race every sunday after a night drinking with 3 friends, one time we got a tie… 367 points each… It was balanced enough for us 😛

          • greengecko007

            The main issue with the balance of Mario Kart Wii was that once you got good at controlling the bike vehicles, there was basically no challenge. If you’re playing with friends though, and are about equal in skill, it’s not as much of an issue.

  • Kaleb

    Birdo sitting idle waiting for someone to pick her.

  • ZeldaFan83

    Where’s Dry Bones in MK8? I haven’t seen him in the roster that they showed in videos with all 30 characters that are in the game.

    • greengecko007

      It’s not confirmed that there are only those 30 drivers in the game. Diddy Kong was possibly leaked, which gives room for more potential drivers.

      • ZeldaFan83

        I hope so. Dry Bones is awesome.

        • greengecko007

          Dry Bones and King Boo were two of my favorite drivers from MK Wii, so I still have my fingers crossed for their return.

  • Keith

    Luigi hands down!!

  • jreed3842

    Toad… For ever and for always. He’s been my favorite since the SNES days!

  • Kenshin0011

    I’ve always been a Yoshi user in Mario Kart…Though I used Shy Guy a lot in MK7, but he’s not on the list?

    • hey, same boat! 😀

    • EDKMN

      Shy guy is on this list.

  • Rick van der Linde

    Daisy for no reason.

  • Officer Raichu


  • Ultrasyd

    Toad / Yoshi.

  • Jason

    Funky Kong all the way, I’m so mad he’s not in MK8.

  • DoctorWily

    Dry Bowser for sure on the Wii for the reasons mentioned in the article. I play to win! I’m looking forward to seeing what Metal Mario can do. I loved Metal Mario in Mario 64. I still believe that there are 5-10 unannounced characters that will need to be unlocked in MK8 and I’m hoping that Dry Bowser, Dry Bones, and Funky Kong are some of them.

  • gamesplayswill

    Ludwig Von Koopa.

    “He’s not on the list dude, the Mario Kart 8 roster can’t be on here”

    …. *glares* They are now

    • Don’t worry, I had a hard time not picking him as my fave too since he’s my favorite Koopa Kid. 🙂

      • gamesplayswill

        You have to admire that haircut along with his “evil English villain” tone whenever you fought him in mario Wii/U 😀

      • FutureFox

        As much as I like the comic wouldn’t this have been better served under a SSB article?

      • condor87z

        If only mega man was in Mk8.

        • DoctorWily

          If they put Mega Man in MK8, then they’d need to put me in there too! My body is ready!

          • Mario

            Megaman? Why not Sonic?

          • condor87z

            He’s just too fast 😛

          • Mario

            When he runs. Not when he drives. :-p

          • Right?! Get him in there!

  • I took Donky, Bowser and Koopa Troopa, Koopa Troopa being my favorite.

    Donky is just plain Funny, Bowser is just awesome. But Koopa Troopa looks so cute and funny, no other reason really I haven’t played many Mario Kart games to begin with. Only Snes, N64 and Wii Version (in game store only for Wii version) I have MKDS, came with the bundle but never really played it. Only Snes and N64 have been played a lot by my hands. Other then that ever had a lot with MK games myself, and only payed it vs mode with friends when they still like N like me. That has changed since GC era sadly.

  • Christian Schoff

    Luigi and Mii. ^_^

  • Well, you already read my staff pick 😛

  • Wilks

    Yoshi easily! ♥

  • Maxid765

    Yoshi FTW

  • Ducked

    Diddy Kong. However, I do wish Kirby was in Mario Kart. I know he’s not a Mario character, but I just feel like he should be in the game.

  • uPadWatcher

    One word– YOSHI!

  • Jason

    My favorite character in Mario Kart DS is Bowser, and my favorite in my favorite in Mario Kart Wii is Mario, but I’ve only played as him and maybe Toad. I recently tried playing it again, and testing a different character, but my disc got scratched.

    • Jason

      When i get Mario Kart 8, I’ll try out Mario, Luigi, Metal Mario, Toad, Yoshi, Shy Guy, Iggy and Ludwig.

  • BrotherDump

    Bowser jr!!! I kicked ass with him on the wii!!!

  • Sdudyoy


  • condor87z

    Luigi Son!

  • Johan Lindqvist

    Toad/Toadette player here 🙂

  • Yoshi. +999 🙂

  • MarkyWiiU

    Shy Guy will always be my favorite! <3

  • Carlos Webster

    I chose toad because he’s so cute that he reminds me of a little baby, and I really like babies. Like this one-

  • Kobe

    I didn’t ever know that Yoshi was so popular. Anyways i love Larry because he looks so awesome in HD and he’s cheerful and I like his colors and just everything about him.

  • Enumerating Wishes

    For me it’s kind of between Toadette and Mario. I voted Toadette because I prefer lighter karts, damage recovery and drifting is usually a bit easier.

  • Gordon Tillett

    Koopa Troopa. The guy is adorable. I am looking forward to playing with Roy and Ludwig in the new game.

  • ZeldaFanzzzz

    obviously the one and only MARIO!!!

  • Nookling

    Why is it only Wii characters plus new ones from 8? My favorite is still on the list but I’m sure a TON of people wanted to pick Honey Queen


    Donkey Kong since the very beginning

  • Virus6

    I always play as Luigi. Sometimes that happens to be Baby Weegee as well…

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Where the hell is Shy Guy on the list?

  • Lakitu

    Laktiu! His voice is cute I love his in mario kart 8! ^_^

  • steveb944

    Why isn’t Mii on the list? I love picking myself when awesome Dry Bones isn’t available.

  • cthreep

    My preference is different for each MK game. N64 was Yoshi, NGC was waluigi for his bombs special, and Wii was donkey Kong for his weight class.

  • Pinky Peach

    Well do I really have to say anything? Of course Princess Peach is my very main, on any game, even Smash Bros. So, my dear Peach, we will kick some ass in Mario Kart 8! >:D
    Because she is really nice to me and her favorite color (her signature color) is pink, which is my favorite color too.

  • Noah

    Yoshi for the win!

  • I don’t see SHY GUY in the poll! What the?

  • MysteryT

    I actually prefered playing as my Mii with the dolphin bike on MKWii.
    On MK7 I prefered Metal Mario. I didn’t even know that the characters had different abilities xD

  • Cyntheta Luis

    My favorite is always Boo, King Boo for this instance. Always feel extra satisfactory when tricking people.

  • zoohero
  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    I choose dry bones, because he was my fave character from mario kart DS and I was soo beast with him and his tank kart, i love yoshi too soo much, but i like dry bones a bit more, its sad he isnt in mario kart 8 🙁

  • Waluigifan


  • Curtis Hofer


  • Moyack

    lol I though i was the only one with yoshi!!

  • Maxime Lemieux

    WALUIGI NUMER ONE ! Although he’s normally my Mario party character and not my mario kart one.

  • Brian Lockett

    I think Zorpix should be in Mario Kart.

  • William Cole

    Toad was always that dude that nobody cared about but he’d be a total beast.

  • bitxd


  • Toadette/Daisy user
    Daisy if i want to win and use automatic, toadette when I want boosts