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MarioKart DS

How do you unlock characters? Thanks for your help!

Games Guru: You unlock characters by winning the gold in different tournaments with different engine classes. You unlock Princess Daisy, for instance, by winning the Retro Cup with a 50cc. Win it with the 100cc kart, and you

unlock Waluigi. You unlock Dry Bones by winning the Nitro Grand Prix in 50cc.

Do you have any tips for this game?

Games Guru: Did you see the movie “Cars?” Remember when Doc was trying to teach Lightning McQueen how to drift around corners? Well, that lesson is ultra-valuable in MarioKart. If you hold the Right shoulder button down as you make turns, your car will go into a speed-saving slide around the turn.This is the key to fast, fast race times.

How do you unlock characters? Thanks for your help!

Games Guru: You unlock characters by winning the gold in different tournaments with different engine classes. You unlock Princess Daisy, for instance, by winning the Retro Cup with a 50cc. Win it with the 100cc kart, and you unlock Waluigi. You unlock Dry Bones by winning the Nitro Grand Prix in 50cc.

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61 Comments on MarioKart DS

  1. How do you beat mission 4 level 3

  2. Boo I just want to tell you, your talking about Mario kart WII not Mario kart DS.

  3. Dooku I am with you, can NOT get king boo I No because I have a friend who has all the caracters and I did NOT see king boo.


  5. im trying to get 1st place in the star cup on 150 cc. i cant beat rain bow road.

    • here is a tip. dont drift on the corners unless you are really good. use a big dude like bowser so you dont get knocked off.


  7. Dear boo, YOU CANNOT UNLOCK KING BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. B flat Clarinet // November 21, 2009 at 7:28 am // Reply

    all staff ghosts beat but 2
    if ya’ll wanna know why staff ghost r.o.b. is red, it’s a Japanese version

  9. i beat goast staff moad at least 3 or 4 times

  10. i unlocked everyting without to much help

    i only knew i could do that when i saw a kid playing rob
    to get rob unlock mirror mode and win all in mirrior mode
    ultimate combo for rainbow road
    bows3r to knock off and not get knoked wit dry bone reg cart

  11. To boo, your friend either hacked the game or just used action Replay to change the characers.

  12. this game is pretty good but Mariokart 64 is the best mariokart game

  13. How do you unlock king boo?
    I went to a friends house and he even had KAMEK (aka koopa crag). WHAT ARE ALL THE UNLOCKABLE CHARACTERS???? HOW DO YOU GET THEM??????

  14. There is an item in DK Pass that only gives me stars and 3 mushrooms,even when I’m in 1st.It is the one in the snow that slows you down.Also I beat 2 staff gousts:the one on figre 8 circuit, and gcn mushroom bridge, both with R.O.B. in his standard.It takes a lot of snaking to beat them though.

  15. What is the last charecter u unlock?

  16. B flat Clarinet // October 30, 2009 at 4:34 am // Reply

    In Vs: 202 wins against 62 losses
    I am triple stars now

  17. all right, those tips were a little helpful half of those tips i have already used. As i was flipping through the time trials, i noticed that there was a car that i had never seen before. i have a hunch that it is part of the already programmed game.

  18. gamerdude14579 // October 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm // Reply

    thanks 4 the tips

  19. pokefreak6464 // October 16, 2009 at 11:17 am // Reply


  20. This is my nickname! // October 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm // Reply

    Shy Guy can exist without hacking. When you do multiplayer with just one game-pak, everyone who doesn’t have a game becomes Shy Guy.

    When you mash left and right while drifting, you’ll see sparks. When the sparks turn yellow and keep spraying out, stop drifting and you get a little speed boost. Snaking is when you drift and boost back and forth instead of driving straight. That way you can go really fast. 🙂

  21. There is 7th set of missions.To get it, beet ALL others missions with a star rank or better to get it.The boss is wiggler.

  22. I BEAT EVERYTHING // September 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm // Reply

    a robot my mistake shy guy does exsist if u hack

  23. I BEAT EVERYTHING // September 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm // Reply

    shy guy doesnt exsist in mario kart ds

  24. I BEAT EVERYTHING // September 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm // Reply

    The best combination in races on rainbow road is Bowser with dry bones tank or kart

  25. newjedimaster u can get mariokart wii at gamestop or walmart

  26. If it is not a myth, how do you unlock Shy Guy? Also, how was the myth created? No lies, OK?

  27. XD i just got an action replay ds and than i found out that the Red shy guy code i put in doesn’t make the shy guy talk

  28. i don’t know how to unlock shy guy and whats snaking

  29. pokefreak6464 // September 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm // Reply

    to auburn s, that is true, but it doesn’t always work

  30. Is it true that you can only get Shy guy with Action Replay Ds? And i’m talking about on GP’s,Vs races,and on other stuff not on WI-Fi or Ds download play.

  31. I beat ever aspect of the game except for mission level 7 which I am working on now (unlocked by getting a star or higher on every mission for levels 1-6)

  32. Whats mirror mode and whos R.O.B?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  33. How do you beat the ”perform 14 slide boosts in one lap” mission? I can’t beat it!

  34. goes up to 30 karts

  35. With Action Replay DS, you can play as different colored Shy Guys, Including a pitch-black one with no face! :mrgreen:

  36. i also don’t get how to unlock daisy or waluigi so can someone tell me how to unlock them to

  37. but i don’t get how you unlock r.o.b or shy-guy so can someone please tell me how

  38. yeah this game is so easy i beat everything but a few missions

  39. Silver Spiker // August 9, 2009 at 7:14 am // Reply

    Yes! Got ROB!

  40. R.O.B. Sentry // August 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm // Reply

    I have all characters, Mirror Mode, and a new Title screen! You get Mirror Mode by beating all Cups in all Classes. You get R.O.B. by beating Mirror Nitro Grand Prix. You get All Cars Unlocked for All Characters(yes, even the standards)by beating all Mirror Cups in both Retro and Nitro!

  41. Yamaha dude // August 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm // Reply

    I was in New Hampshire and I got Wifi again (I don’t know when I’ll have Wifi again)
    283 wins and198 losses

  42. How do you unlock shyguy!?!?

  43. If you play Mario Kart Wii and play on Nintedo Wi-fi conection a lot watch out for Steve Urkal he hacked the game and want let no one win (every time I passed him he got a blue shell and threw it at me and one time me and someone else was about to past the Finish Line than he just got a star and hit both of us) So beware!!!

  44. mariokartmaster // July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am // Reply

    I have every character: mario, luigi, yoshi, peach, DK, bowser, wario, toad, dry bones, daisy, waluigi, r.o.b., and shy guy. I also have all karts. My favorite is dry bones in rob-legs. I would love to challenge all of you.

  45. In the battle sections, how do you play Ballon battles????????

  46. To Crazyboy,
    You don’t have to get two stars or higher to get those unlockables you only have to get the gold trophy and Peach, Mario, Luigi, Wario, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, and D.K. are unlocked from the begining.

  47. You can unlock all characters by getting a 2 star rating or higher on every race,( you get this by learning how to do snaking. Its legal. You press and hold r while racing and at the same time pressing left and right on analog stick. You can unlock mirror mode, by getting 2 stars or higher on 150 race. You have to have 4 straight in a row. And you have to do very good on every race. Its alot of fun! For r.ob. get one star or higher, in 4 races, in mirror mode. The characters you can unlock are, daisy, peach, luigi, mario, shy guy( on internet mode), wario, waluigi, yoshi, bowser, toad, and etc.

  48. MarioDude // July 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    U know that the gamesguru didn’t mention you can unlock R.O.B.

  49. NewJediMaster // July 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm // Reply

    Where is the Wii verson of MarioKart?

  50. I beat everything but the missions. And my favorite carts are STANDARD YOSHI,THE CUCOMBER,andROB-BLS

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