May 16th, 2014


Last week we started a poll asking the readers of Wii U Daily to pick their favorite drivers from the Mario Kart series. We left out the new characters from Mario Kart 8 as an option since the game isn’t available to the public yet. With plenty of series staples like Yoshi and Shy Guy, we wondered who are the most popular characters for people to play? The poll was left open for two weeks and in that time, we saw nearly 3,000 responses. You guys are passionate about Mario Kart!

So who’s the winner? That honor goes to Yoshi! Yoshi managed to capture 13.3% of the vote, meaning he’s the most popular driver among Wii U Daily readers who took the poll. In fact, Yoshi beat out the competition by a wide margin, as the next favorite driver in the series is Luigi, who managed to capture 8.46% of the vote. Luigi beat out Mario by less than a percent, as Mario got 8.26% of the vote.

Following Yoshi, Luigi, and Mario, Toad garnered the next biggest percentage of the votes at 8.16%. The voting for characters dropped off dramatically after that, with most characters only getting around 2% of the votes. Here’s the final list with the most popular at the top. Who did you vote for?

  1. Yoshi
  2. Luigi
  3. Mario
  4. Toad
  5. Rosalina
  6. Dry Bones
  7. Koopa Troopa
  8. King Boo
  9. Dry Bowser
  10. Funky Kong
  11. Diddy Kong
  12. Donkey Kong
  13. Wario
  14. Baby Luigi
  15. Daisy
  16. Waluigi
  17. Baby Mario
  18. Baby Daisy
  19. Toadette
  20. Princess Peach
  21. Baby Peach

While you’re at it, be sure and check out our Mario Kart 8 review!

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  • ActivesiN

    Luigi beat out Mario?! Year of Luigi FTW lol

    • Mario

      That year is over. -_-

  • Miguel Angel Barrueta Hernánde

    yoshi has been my main racer since mk64 (my first mk)

    • WiiUisgaming

      Mine too

    • Shota


    • Jack5221

      YES!! Yoshi is number one! He’s been my main since mk64 as well. All who oppose Yoshi shall suffer the wrath of my blue shell. >:)

      • Mario

        Mario: NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

        • Pokémon Fan

          Mario has better boneses though.

    • Tim van Broekhoven

      mine too. lots of yoshi love I see

  • That guy who hates Spike

    I’m actually surprised how low Toadette ranked. Thought she would be in the top 10.

    • She hasn’t been around for too long compared to the classic drivers

  • Mr Ninty

    hell yeah yoshi for the winn.

  • anthony optimo

    I like how my gf wants to play as toadette. This game is a panty dropper.

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    and so begins the year of yoshi:)

  • Ghasfarost

    And for this 2014 should have been the Year Of Yoshi U_U

    • Mario

      Sadly, Sonic’s taking over this year. Or so SEGA says.

      • Pokémon Fan

        Sonic isn’t taking over.

        • Pokémon Fan

          Not to hate on you though.

          • Mario

            Why not? Also, I know you didn’t meant to hate on me.

          • Pokémon Fan

            Because he isn’t popular right now. Maybe later though.

          • Mario

            Once Sonic boom comes out?

          • Pokémon Fan

            Probably. And Super Smash Bros.

    • TheSpeedymouse

      Yarn Yoshi and Yoshi’s New Island! This is the year of Yoshi AND Sonic!

  • Sam

    I forget who I voted for.

  • FutureFox

    No love for Peach at all.

  • greengecko007

    Interesting results. The top 8 are racers I regularly use in Mario Kart Wii. Sad to see that King Boo and Dry Bones won’t be returning for Mario Kart 8. I wouldn’t mind paying for a DLC character pack at all if it’s priced right.

  • condor87z

    Yay Luigi!

  • Graeme Lynch

    The fact that Bowser did not make this list only illustrates a lack of poor taste from the consumers on this site!

  • Oliver Barraza

    Really Peach is almost dead last!? Guess I don’t have to worry about racing against to many other Princess Peaches.

    • C4

      One of my favorites in Double Dash due to the pairing 🙂

  • Ducked

    Who doesn’t love Yoshi? And I’m surprised Toad is so high!

    My top 5 favorite drivers

    1: Diddy Kong
    2: Yoshi
    3: Mario
    4: Dry Bones
    5: Luigi

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Surprised? Toad was a universal favourite to many, and was extremely popular in Mario Kart 64. He’s always been a Favourite to many when it comes to Mario Kart.

    • Moreck

      I play exclusively as Toad :3

  • Ducked

    Question for Wii U Daily, or anyone else who may know.

    I probably should have asked this in the Mario Kart 8 review. But anyways. Does Mario Kart 8 support five players in local co-op, or just four?

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Just 4.

  • Toad. Always.

  • McBlink

    Look at all of the babies on the bottom of the list. Makes me wonder why Nintendo puts them in there. Know body asks for them.

    • Justin Carlson

      After I found out where my favorite driver was (Waluigi) I then looked to see where the babies ranked and thought the same thing you did.

  • cool1706

    I usually play as toad, so……… Yeah

  • palomino blue

    Super excited for ShyGuy.

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    Seriously, Peach got second to last?
    Kind of strange as she’s always been a favourite character to many when it comes to Mario Kart. She’ll be one of my main’s in Mario Kart 8.

    Even better that she’s becoming less popular, as I love using the characters that people seem to overlook. I like to use the characters online who hardly anyone uses. I like to stand out and look unique, so it’s all good.

    • Mario

      That’s cool man. 🙂

  • Noah

    Yoshi’s my boy. #1.

  • candyisgood

    Nobody voted for Bowser?

    • Mario

      Mario: HO HO HO HO HO!

  • wow I voted Shyguy, but he didn’t even make the list, I suppose I’m the only one voting him same for my other vote Bowser 😛

    Atleast Koopa Troopa (my personal favorite for fun reasons) made it in the top 10

  • Mario

    Mario: Luigi got a second and I got a third place? 0_o

  • smbmaster99

    No Shyguy? :c

  • Adrian

    I am guessing yoshi’s popularity bleeds over from the original super mario kart. I’ve always been a Donkey Kong player myself.

  • Vile-Okami

    Aw yeah, Luigi time!

  • Mike

    … Am I the only one who voted for Mii?

  • MysteryT

    Said that Mii isn’t on the list :c

  • Swampert Master

    Hey, Luigi bests Mario in a game named after him!
    -Luigi Kart confirmed XD!

  • Chase U

    Wario definitely my favorite since MK64! That fat bastard..

  • Derek

    What is with the hate on peach?

  • Nicolas Dorion

    there are way too many god damn babies in this game
    do we seriously need 5 babies

  • Moreck

    Maybe Nintendo will read this and get rid of those baby characters (not.) I just wish they were only selectable as a sort-of alternate costume for their respective main character, rather than sullying the selection screen.

  • Pokémon Fan

    What’s with the hate on Peach?

  • Where is Shy Guy?!

  • Shy Guy was in Mario Kart DS!

  • Cyntheta Luis

    First impression: Why hate baby characters :'(
    Later thought: nah, people mostly use baby characters “for fun” anyways. Including me who always use baby characters as secondary.

  • Santiago

    “Luigi beat out Mario by less than a percent” Perhaps you mean percentage point