Mario Kart 8 Roster
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exactly what it sounds like — all of the goodies from the Wii U original, plus the DLC and a dollop of extras in one rather nice package. That means a packed character roster of over 40 racers, among other things, each with distinct looks, stunt animations and traits that could help you on the racetrack.

The differences mainly come down to size, with heavier characters being big on top speed and weight, 'medium' characters that serve as all-rounders, and light characters that have terrific handling and acceleration but are vulnerable to being pushed around. There are slight variations in those core weight classes too, which will be highlighted in the racers' entries. The only character without a fixed 'weight' is Mii; the game takes the dimensions you've applied to the character in order to assign a weight class.

The good thing is that all but one character is available from the start in MK8 Deluxe — to get Gold Mario you'll need to win a Gold trophy in every 200cc Cup; you do not need to get three stars in them all, thankfully!

So there you have it. Also, with the release of Waves 4, 5 and 6 of the Booster Course Pass, we'll be updating this guide to include any of the DLC characters as they're announced.

With that out of the way, let's check out the roster (in the order they appear on the screen):

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Full Character List

1. Mario (Medium-Heavy)

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2. Luigi (Medium-Heavy)

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3. Peach (Medium)

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4. Daisy (Medium)

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5. Rosalina (Heavy)

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6. Tanooki Mario (Medium)

Tanooki Mario
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7. Cat Peach (Medium)

Cat Peach
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8. Birdo (Medium)

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Added in Wave 4 of the Booster Course Pass.

9. Yoshi (Medium)

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10. Toad (Light)

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11. Koopa Troopa (Light)

Koopa Troopa
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12. Shy Guy (Light)

Shy Guy
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13. Lakitu (Light)

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14. Toadette (Light)

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15. King Boo (Heavy)

King Boo
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16. Petey Piranha (Heavy)

Petey Piranha Temp
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Added in Wave 5 of the Booster Course Pass

17. Baby Mario (Very Light)

Baby Mario
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18. Baby Luigi (Very Light)

Baby Luigi
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