May 19th, 2014


As we barrel closer to the release date of Mario Kart 8 on May 30, we’re taking a look at everything that makes Mario Kart one of the best racing series available. We already explored the characters of the series, looking at which drivers players like to choose and who suits players the best. The overwhelming majority of you chose Yoshi in the last poll, who managed to claim 13.3% of the vote. Of course, other characters may not have been as popular as Yoshi, but with the new koopalings in Mario Kart 8, you may just find you have a new favorite.

With characters out of the way, this week we’re going to explore favorite items and weapons to be used in Mario Kart. Some are certainly offensive items, like the homing red shell, while others like the red mushroom give you a quick boost to get across the finish line before your best friend. There’s quite a few items that can be used strategically and with the addition of new items like the boomerang flower and the super horn in Mario Kart 8, we’re excited to see what players end up using most. So have at it! Vote for your favorite item to use in the Mario Kart 8 series below and tell us your favorite!

If you haven’t already, you can check out our Mario Kart 8 review as well.

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  • Sam

    Unrelated, but I almost fainted when I saw this: Now, it
    s probably fake, but if those GCN games are released…

  • gamesplayswill

    Why the hell is the Blue Shell on this list?!?!? I mean, I spend countless nights having night terrors because of it!

    • It’s on the list as spiny shell, which is what it’s called. Blue shell is just what players usually refer to it as.

      • gamesplayswill

        Force of habit, annoyingly!

      • Sam

        Yes, Spiny Shell is the official name of the most notorious Mario Kart item in existence.

      • CEObrainz

        It seems that you are replying to a different question, he asked why is it on the list not where is it…

  • Wooopigsooie

    Golden mushroom FTW!

  • CEObrainz

    I chose the Spiny Shell….I’m evil like that….hehehe….

  • Sdudyoy

    Spiny shell, it’s never cost me a race, but it’s helped me win tonnes!

    • Sam

      It’s cost me plenty! I voted for Bullet Bill. I love sticking behind on the first lap, getting an Item Box, and blasting by everyone en route to another victory!

    • Phoenix Maybe

      The spiny shell had always helped me, but whenever I use it just opens the way for another racer to be in first while I only move up a place or two. I guess that shows how bad of a racer I am.

  • Nintendo Of North Korea

    Spiny shell is not that annoying and it’s really helpful, it gets my vote!

  • Waluigifan

    Where’s the feather? Or is it MK8 only and not the whole series?

  • RockieOllie

    Where is the Boo from Mario Kart 64!?

    Other: Boo!

    • Jason

      I never liked the Boo. It always takes your items at the most critical times.

  • Sam Unrelated, sorry, but I had to show everyone this. It’s probably fake, but if it isn’t…

  • condor87z

    There’s nothing quite as satisfying as uses lighting and then squishing everybody.

  • Pokémon Fan

    Triple Mushrooms get my vote you can dodge Spiny Shells with them and they are super helpful for shortcuts!

    • TCar

      Agreed! I purposely would fall back just to try and get them. Then hold on to them through the course.

      • Pokémon Fan

        Fourth and Fifth are good for that.

        • TCar

          Yay, but they are one time use items. The Mega Mushroom is good to build a giant lead while the single mushroom gets you through one shortcut. The three mushrooms allows you to use one mushroom at three shortcuts in one race.

          • Pokémon Fan

            No not really for the Mega Mushroom I’m not dissing it or anything but it won’t really help with leads.

  • BushBacon

    Everyone knows that the Chain Chomp was the best item.

    • darkcreap

      Chain Chomp? In which game did they put that item?

      • MarkyWiiU

        I know they put it in Mario Kart Double Dash for a special item for Baby Mario and Baby Luigi but i don’t know if they put it in a older game

    • Assassinated23

      Agreed, that’s my favorite too.

    • Miguel Rodríguez

      that was a pain in the ass, i hated that item.

    • Noteak

      Haha my sister and I would get in last place just so we could get it and mow threw people, good times, good times…

  • darkcreap

    Not surprised that my favourite (the triple red shell) is also everyone’s favourite. By the way, when do you publish the results for the second Mario Kart 8 contest?

  • Phoenix Maybe

    Able to destroy Spiny Shells? Super Horn gets my vote!

  • BrotherDump

    Golden mushroom does it for me!

  • Thomas Vienna

    What about Lucky 7? I suppose Crazy 8 will do.

  • LukeMM95

    Probably the golden mushroom but I also really like using the shells. The green shell especially, is so satisfying to use when someone is right in front of you.

  • Pokémon Fan

    I will trade Pokémon with people who have Pokémon X or Y!

  • jreed3842

    Mine is obviously that stupid lightning cloud! Isn’t that EVERYONE’s favorite?! Lol.

    • That guy who hates Spike

      I thought it was a pretty cool item. Unless, you gave it to me when it was going to zap.

  • Lusunup

    literally no point in Blooper… if it just there to be annoying then fucking congratulations you when the medal!!

  • steveb944

    Why does Bullet Bill have so many votes? It must be the sucky players cuz for me it’s a rare item.

  • Assassinated23

    I love the Babies’ special, the Chain Chomp from Mario Kart Double Dash.

  • Kobe

    Thunder cloud was the awesomest item to me.

  • WT Herrod Jr.

    I voted triple bananas. I play defense and they are handy hanging out back there to block shells (and you’d be surprised how often the computer racers just run into them while still attached). Also good for maintaining a good lead when left in strategic places.

  • Derek

    I think the bullet bill was too much of an advantage in Mario kart Wii. The chain chomp from double dash was less of an advantage therefore I think the chain chomp is better.

    • William Stuart

      Yeah, I love double dash, but probably mostly because as a child, a bad game is less obvious, but I used to love how the drifting worked in that game, along with the special items. Ahh the multiplayer was awesome as well so many memories.

  • LevenThumps

    I voted for the Star. Nothing can stop the invincible racer.

  • Blue Shell all day. Though once that Yellow Shell shows up…well..mwahahaha

  • AkaLink77
  • Pinky Peach

    The Spiny Shell >:)

  • Super Buu

    Red Shells are a favorite of mine.

  • MysteryT

    Boomerang and Golden Mushroom! 😀

  • Nintengoth

    If I knew how to put a pic on here id show you all my Blue Shell tattoo lol

  • Rogelio

    If Mario Kart 8 has the options like Mario Kart Wii where theres the option to make the items more aggressive, its going to be like hell… Race+Aggressive option turned on= Spiny shells everywhere

  • William Stuart

    Green shell is definitely the best, it’s the hardest item to master and can be your saviour at so many points. I grew up on Double Dash, and always used the Koopa’s, and the most satisfying thing was landing a vital green shell hit. I feel like new Mario karts (while obviously probably better games without my bias) have too many over powered items. I think a mode where you only had green shells and bananas would be epic.

  • smbmaster99

    Bob-omb, because it’s just so satisfying to throw an explosive, get multiple racers in the blast radius and then avoid said blast radius and skidoo on into first place 😛

  • Elitepwnsface

    Red shells

  • Zodiark

    Easy question. Where would I be without my trusty banana to protect me from red shells when in first place?