Mario Kart 8 Hints, Tips, Tricks, Secrets, & Glitches

Getting Rocket Boost

You can get "rocket boost" by pressing the accelerator button and when "2" appears, hold it down for a rocket boost at the start of the race.

Mario Kart 8 Unlockables & Awards

Vehicle Part Unlocks

Each time you collect 50 coins, you will get a random vehicle part unlocked. After you've collected 1000 coins, you'll have to get 100 coins for each unlocked part. Note, this doesn't apply to the gold parts.

Getting Other Racers

When you're playing in Grand Prix mode, if you get first place on any Cup at any CCs, it will give one of the 14 Characters at random. You can't repeat this to unlock more people if you use the same CC and same Cup.

Unlockable Gold Parts / Awards

  • Gold Glider : Collect 10,000 Coins (Multiplayer gives players the total amount of Coins collected by all players during each race)
  • Gold Handle : Use the Wii Handle for 50% of your most recent 100 stages
  • Gold Standard Kart : Get at least one star (54 points or more) on every 150cc and Mirror Mode race
  • Gold Tires : Beat all of the Time Trials Staff Ghosts