With the release of Mario Kart 8 just a month and a half away, we’re starting to see more press info surrounding the game. Some rumored characters have been leaked like Diddy Kong, but the above photo is the first look we’ve seen at the roster screen for the game yet. Notice some of the question marks there mean Nintendo is keeping these characters secret for now, or perhaps they’re unlockable once you play the game more? Either way, it looks like this Mario Kart game will have the biggest roster yet. With the addition of the Koopa Kids as playable characters, Nintendo could be drawing inspiration from its other series as well. Who would you like to see given their own kart in the upcoming game? [via VG247] local_offer mario kart 8 Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Why Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic Nintendo will not have an E3 press conference Nintendo profits are up 520% Breath of the Wild sells 3.8 million units Is Nintendo shafting Axiom Verge because of Dan Adelman? Nintendo doesn't need 3rd parties, says Stardock CEO Thomas Fitzgibbon Judging by the pattern of the roster, I would predict that the first question mark character would be Baby Rosalina, the second question mark could be Dry Bones, Wiggler or Queen Bee and the last question mark could be either Dry Bowser or maybe the randomly select character button. I doubt we’ll see any characters outside the Mario franchise sadly 🙁 Keith Donkey Kong isn’t part of the Mario Franchise….ugh, seriously pay attention lol Aleks He kinda is. Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong in the 80’s. Je Saist … Actually he is. (Cranky) Donkey Kong’s first appearance was a puzzle platform game where Mario tried to rescue Pauline: http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/563403-donkey-kong I think later canon from Rare established that the Donkey Kong of Donkey Kong Country was Donkey Kong Jr; http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/578616-donkey-kong-jr Could be wrong on that, but Rare has been known to use Cranky Kong to make references to the original NES titles. DragonSilths Yeah he is, Mario was originally Jumpman in the original Donkey Kong. Also Mario Vs Donkey Kong games lol. Keith Very true. My apologies 😉 Virus6 Shows how much you know about Nintendo’s flagship franchise. WiiUltra Baby Rosalina? I doubt it. My guesses are King Boo, Dry bones and Dry Bowser just like before. Ian Settlemyer R.OB. should make it into this game. DragonSilths He isn’t from Mario. Mario Well, he doesn’t exactly have a franchise either. DragonSilths True, but this is MARIO KART not Smash Bros Kart lol. Its all about Mario characters not Nintendo characters. rp17 ROB was already in Mario Kart DS… Carlos Webster Good point. DragonSilths Never played MK DS. Ian Settlemyer No, but he was playable in Mario Kart DS. DragonSilths Then it was like Snake in Smash Bros Brawl, a 1 time special occasion. Decker Shado If those three question marks aren’t Sonic, Tails, and Eggman… I’ll… I’ll.. I’ll do the unthinkable! I’ll write a blog about how Nintendo is DOOMED! And it’s for kids! I SWEAR! Keith You seriously need some counciling. It’s a racing game designed around just the Mario Franchise. With ppl like you around, I fear that our country is DOOMED!! Pathetic Decker Shado …seriously, was the sarcasm THAT hard for you to spot? Keith No….just pointing out the obvious 😉 Je Saist Given Keith’s other posts, yes, the sarcasm was that hard for him to spot. And no Keith, you were not pointing out the obvious. Pointing out the obvious would be noting that you are trolling these posts. Pointing out the obvious would also be noting that your grasp of Nintendo History is about as firm as a bowl of melted jelly. Keith Nice burn kid 😉 Zorpix Too many babies, too many koopas. #Justsayin #zorpix2015 Will W I hope we see baby Wario and Waluigi. URFTBOUND4LIFE . No…Those slots should be reserved for Diddy and Dixie(or Cranky) Guest There could be more, I Mario Kart Wii, the rosters expands as you unlock more characters. See ? http://content5.videojug.com/59/59dc6414-2b53-5cd3-c7d9-ff0008cd223f/how-to-unlock-all-characters-in-mario-ka.WidePlayer.jpg http://www.supercheats.com/guides/files/guid/mario-kart-wii/unlock1.jpg http://pad3.whstatic.com/images/thumb/d/d7/Unlock-All-Characters-in-Mario-Kart-Wii-Step-13.jpg/527px-Unlock-All-Characters-in-Mario-Kart-Wii-Step-13.jpg Zorpix true. Very true. but still… Johnathan Rivera Totally agree with you. It’s like SSB Melee. Clone characters. Mario & Luigi, Baby Mario & Luigi, and every single Koopaling are all sets of clones. So dumb I swear. I want Super Smash Kart. Why hasn’t Nintendo thought of this insanely obvious idea? Zorpix When we had Rosalina’s announcement trailer that showed Kirby flying along with karts, I was sure that’s what was happening. Sadly, nothing yet cement dorado I would love game and watch as a character stealth20k 30 is so cool Joseph DiPierno Who says that another line doesn’t unlock? Mads Nobody. Your might have noticed the “?” in the headline? Justin Thomas McGowan Link. Joshua V. Boo isn’t on the Roster ? I’d like to see the Greenie ghost from Luigi’s Mansion 2 Mercurio2054 Estoy esperando el juego por horas. Keith English kind sir, this is America where our main language is English. Plus, this fourm & article is written in English so if you can read it than I’m guessing you can type it in English. Daniel Well “America” includes central america, south america, etc, so yeah more than one language, so english is not “Americas’s” main language. Mercurio2054 thanks. Nintendoom! I’m always reminding people about that, lol. Keith Okay smart a.s.s…..it’s definitely the United States of America’s “current” & main language. I wouldn’t post English in a Mexican forum & this kind sir shouldn’t post in a “all English” forum. Just my 2 cents. Don’t like it?? Deal with it 😉 Mercurio2054 it’s like: “i can’t wait for this game!” WhataShame Wow. You’re an idiot. Have you taken a look at the demographics breakdown and related population projections for the US lately? You need to learn Spanish, tool. Keith Tool All my point was is that the he/she “eyeball” person shouldn’t be posting Español in an all English forum. There’s obviously no rules Keith lol who says that I don’t speak or can write/type in Español?? Who says that I’m not even Mexican?? That’s right fool lol All my point was is that you shouldn’t post in a all English forum’s. Obviously there’s no rules against it but I’m just trying to look out for little kid’s like you from being confused 😉 WhataShame Yeeeah… Right. That is just a piss poor excuse for the same old tired ‘you’re in ‘Merica… speak english’ b.s. You can copy/paste in your browser and get a translation if you like. 5 year olds know how to do that. ‘Merica. Blue Hernandez It would be cool if they had Sonic. DragonSilths He has his own racing game, he isn’t from Mario. ThugSmokerzOnly neither is Donkey Kong and Diddy. But they’re still Nintendo, unlike Sonic. Prince Ali Actually, Donkey Kong and Mario exist in the same universe. If you recall, Mario’s first game was Donkey Kong, back when he was not a plumber but a carpenter and named “Jumpman.” He was then renamed “Mario” in Donkey Kong Junior. This is why Donkey Kong appears in Mario games like Mario Party and Mario Kart. There is also a series devoted to the two now, Mario vs Donkey Kong. Blue Hernandez Sonic and Mario appearantly cross universes so there’s that. ThugSmokerzOnly this is true! triplegamer3K . Plus Diddy already has some racing games, And quite great ones,i might add. Blue Hernandez I’m fully aware. I do like seeing the two of them in the same games though. Nicolas Dorion Please, no more Sonic. He’s not part of the Mario universe, he should stay in his own shitty racing games triplegamer3K . HEY! Don’t diss allstars racing transformed! That game is AWESOME!!! Blue Hernandez Sonic allstars racing transformed set the bar of where Mario Kart should’ve been, and are now, finally going. I’d have a little more respect for that game because MK7 was shit. COMIN4DATASS Hopefully Dixie Kong, Boo, and Piranha Plant from Double Dash make it on the roster. Wooopigsooie Haha, think of Piranha Plant holding a piranha plant power-up! Pinky Peach I would say the 3 question marks are Dry Bones, King Boo, and Birdo. ShortyStock I’m pretty sure that DiddyKong is makin it in, I hope for King Boo and Dry Bowser for the two other spots. Kuromad Pretty sure that the Mii is also returning. And I think Diddy, Cranky and Dixie also have a chance this time. Flintinator It’s not really a rumor, 27 characters are already confirmed, just three more to go simkenno That’s amazing 🙂 but where’s king boo ? Where is he !!! 🙁 :O LordiMcKill I hope it’s someone outside of the Mario franchise like Sonic, Link or Metroid. greengecko007 I don’t wan’t to sound spoiled, but I honestly hope it’s more than 30, because that only leaves 3 unknown characters left, and I would still like to see Dry Bones, Birdo, Koopa Paratroopa, Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, King Boo, Petey Piranha, and Mii characters return. That’s a total of 9 other characters, and would fill up the 3 remaining slots, as well as another row. There’s no reason this Mario Kart game shouldn’t have a huge roster, especially since the devs are actually taking the time and using resources to make it look like a true “next gen” game. DragonSilths Fuck the Mii’s seriously why are people so fascinated with the bland generic avatars? Mario Because they represent us in the game. DragonSilths It ruined MK7. Its called Mario Kart not Mii Kart. Mii’s are bland boring and generic. Derian D’Intino True it’s generic if you represent yourself. But it’s the possibilities. Who wouldn’t love beating characters from the Mario universe using various famous people like Chuck Norris or Barrack Obama? Mario Lol. DragonSilths They aren’t them though. Its a cheap knock off character model that someone made to look similar to a person. Big whoop. If it was Obama himself then whatever. But I never understood why people like making celebrities and such. Besides their money they are no different then everyone else. Frank Miis will be in Mario Kart 8, and likely in Smash Bros. 4, whether we like it or not. So yeah, it’s better to get over it. DragonSilths Better not otherwise half the sales will disappear. greengecko007 They’re only generic if you make them generic. By being able to pick from a plethora of eyes, hair styles, face and nose shapes, and being able to adjust size and placement, there’s a reasonably deep level of customization with the Miis. I know that not everyone is fascinated with them, but I personally would like to have the option to use Miis in Mario Kart 8. DragonSilths Sigh. Keith Their fascinated for the same reason why your so fascinated with your pathetic masks which cover your obviously hideous face 😉 DragonSilths Oh look its you again. A person who doesn’t even have an avatar. The mask in my picture is a WWE mask. I am showing that I like the WWE. Also my hoodie in the picture is a CM Punk hoodie, also WWE. MarkyWiiU I think the two up will be Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong or Diddy kong and Bowser jr. and the one at the bottom will either be Bowser jr. or Dry Bowser Will (ishigum) Please add an every man for himself battle mode option for online play!! Linus Stop calling them Koopa Kids. They are now the Koopalings… Mario Different names, same character. ETeach I won’t. And I won’t stop calling Bowser King Dad either. CEObrainz What if Kirby is a secret character and that smash bros trailer was a reverse troll? Mario It would everyone’s heads upside-down. Literally. Cole Brinley Lol, your comment made me laugh. Thank you. Josiah Parsons I was about to make a stiff comment about literally/figuratively, but it is funnier this way and I bet you meant it that way. Mario I did. 🙂 URFTBOUND4LIFE . I’d get nosebleeds and pass out on the floor from excitement Seriously though,they should give Air Ride the HD treatment for the Wii U,if not a new game all together. Who wouldn’t want to play City Trial online? ETeach For a minute I saw Metal Mario and thought it was a Shroob. Instant hype-train crash. German2508 Who is the top-right character? Wooopigsooie It’s metal Mario, who’s apparently from Mario Kart 7 though I never played it. I always though he was a dumb character considering I don’t know of any main Mario games he was in. Vile-Okami Super Mario 64… Skelterz They should remove the stupid baby clones and put like king bob omb in there along with a few other villain characters, it wouldn’t hurt to see characters from different franchises in there to like link from wind waker or something like the leaf could be his glider and he could have like a king of red lions kart i dunno it would just be cool, Logan Wayman Hopefully one of the characters is Nabbit! Kyle I have been hoping Nabbit for some time now but eh. The very last slot only make since to be Bowser Jr. but there’s way too many Koopas as is. What I hope: Nabbit, King Boo, and Diddy. What It will likely be: Baby Rosalina, Diddy, Bowser Jr. Or Dry bowser. Rinslowe I’m happy with the list of known playable characters so far, tbh. Everything else is just gravy. Need to play this game already… pklucas1 They did some heavy hinting on Kirby MerryBlind . Well he would be a great addition, unlike Link or whatnot. Zakariyya Al-Quran I want Mario Kart to be like SSBU and have all Nintendo characters, not just Mario, that would be BOUSS and everyone would play that, the only problem would be the name Virus6 I’m still unsure if I’d like that. Although it just makes sense to have Kirby on his Warp Star Cole Brinley Dude…They could just call it ‘Smash Kart’. Cart with a “K” still because Nintendo enjoys spelling things incorrectly. greengecko007 Kart with a K is an accepted spelling of the word, and from my personal experience, the more common variant. Ian Settlemyer Bowser Jr. Diddy Kong, and R.O.B. Lord Tywin They should have Professor E. Gadd as a playable character! Michael Hancock I want Drumstick, T.T. and Bumper. I am not joking. I wouldn’t joke about Bumper. This is SERIOUS business. Bomberman I kind of want Kirby to be playable character. Marcus Hunter I could see two of the slots with Bowser Jr. and the Mii gamesplayswill I’d love the see Olimar in it. How funny would it be throwing a purple pikmin at someone’s kart? SpareChnge Let’s see 5 down and 6 across. my math states that 5*6 is 30. So this rumor…looks real to me…Bring on the DLC characters! William Cole 7 of them are useless… guess who they are. Ernesto Avilez You can never have to many characters. GABRIEL GARCIA Is koopa lings !! not koopa kids babe;) DarkK Fuck the koopalings, seriously. 8 character slots wasted.