Which Mario Kart 8 Characters Will Be Shown Tomorrow?

Hype time! In less than 24 hours, the latest Nintendo Direct stream will have graced our computer screens, very likely revealing new footage and information on the upcoming Mario Kart 8! While there are no guarantees that any specific elements will be revealed, we would be pretty surprised if we didn’t see any new racers on the track, specifically those returning from past Mario Kart titles. To get us excited, vote for three characters you think will most likely appear in tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct! You can see the results of the poll at any time!

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Arcade characters are not included. If you’re feeling daring, vote for the Newcomer option if you think a brand new character will announced! For reference, here is a list of all the currently playable characters in Mario Kart 8:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Toad
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Daisy
  • Toadette
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Rosalina
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
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dixie fan
dixie fan
February 12, 2014 4:13 PM

i’m hoping for the miis and maybe dixie

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 4:29 PM
Reply to  dixie fan

Why would Dixie be revealed before Diddy.

dixie fan
dixie fan
February 12, 2014 4:39 PM
Reply to  Name

a lot of characters are revealed on the mario kart 8 trailer…he might appear too

dixie fan
dixie fan
February 12, 2014 4:39 PM
Reply to  Name

this isn’t smash,this is mario kart 8

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 5:00 PM
Reply to  dixie fan

I don’t see how that is even relevant. I just don’t see Dixie before Diddy. That’s like Daisy before Peach or Toadette before Toad.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 12, 2014 5:07 PM
Reply to  Name

Sometimes Nintendo does the “save the best for last” technique. It’s like Peach being the only unlockable Mario character in Fortune Street, Luigi, Baby Mario, Donkey Kong, Allie, Joy, and Brian being the starter characters in GBC Mario Tennis or Sheik being revealed long before Zelda for SSBM, among many other examples.

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 5:13 PM

Fortune Street is a crossover game and I’m pretty sure it was developed by Square Enix, not Nintendo. GBC Mario Tennis was years ago, currently they don’t usually reveal the secondary characters before the primary, and Sheik IS Zelda, so that doesn’t really count. Anyway, as I said, I don’t see Dixie appearing before Diddy, same with Smash if she’s going to appear.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 12, 2014 5:15 PM
Reply to  Name

No matter what, it’s still a possibility that Dixie comes first.

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 6:18 PM

It is, but I doubt it. Nonetheless, I’m still hoping for her inclusion.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
February 12, 2014 4:23 PM

Define DK Jr…..if your talking about the DK Jr. from the Arcade….No one way…absouletely no chance….not that I don’t want it to happen but the timeline is kinda messed up….then again Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Baby Daisy are able to race with their grown up selves……..but that’s different I think?
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Screw it…..It’s Nintendo Logic….

Steven
Steven
February 12, 2014 4:53 PM

I want HAMMER BRO!!!!

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 12, 2014 5:01 PM

There’s also Red, Blue, and Yellow Yoshis in MK:SC Single Pak VS or whatever, but I doubt they’ll be back anyways.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
February 12, 2014 5:09 PM

Bowser Jr, Shy Guy, and someone new, plz.

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
February 12, 2014 5:13 PM

Here’s my three that i’m really hoping for, Dry Bones, Shy Guy, and Lakitu. I also would like to see a newcomer, Petey Piranha, and Birdo.

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
February 12, 2014 5:14 PM

Okay, using common sense i’d say it’s either bowser jr., diddy kong, bird, and king boo. Anyone know the similarities appearance in mario kart-wise?

VideoTanooki
VideoTanooki
February 12, 2014 5:41 PM

Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, and Diddy Kong

Forge233
Forge233
February 12, 2014 5:45 PM

I know it’s a long shot but i really miss DK Jr.

galloots
galloots
February 12, 2014 6:05 PM

I would LOVE to see paratroopa :). I was obsessed with the Koopa/Paratroopa combo from dash 🙂

Cole Holbrook
Cole Holbrook
February 12, 2014 6:19 PM

Birdo, Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong and Shy guy are givens to me. And a newcomer hopefully! Maybe Nabbit, or Dixie? I would love for Petey to be back and I could see Luma for some reason

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 6:30 PM

My ideal MK8 roster:

Medium: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Birdo, Diddy, Dixie, Bowser Jr., E. Gadd, Hammer Bro., Magikoopa/Kamek.

Light: Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Toad, Toadette, Toadsworth, Koopa, Dry Bones, Nabbit, Shy Guy, Lakitu.

Large: Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, Dry Bowser, DK, Funky, King Boo, Petey Piranha, Rosalina, Honey Queen, Pianta, Wiggler.

Will they all appear? Probably not. But I can dream.

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 6:31 PM
Reply to  Name

Oh, also Mii.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 7:56 PM
Reply to  Name

nabbit as light? e gadd as medium? idk…

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 8:06 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Nabbit is a tiny bunny-like creature, and E. Gadd is almost as tall as Mario.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 8:21 PM
Reply to  Name

because of his hair.

lew.coll1
lew.coll1
February 13, 2014 7:57 AM
Reply to  Name

If this was the official roster, I’d be really happy!

mk8
mk8
February 15, 2014 7:39 AM
Reply to  Name

i think dixie would be more of the light type.

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
February 12, 2014 6:39 PM

Following Name’s lead, I think that every MKW character is good for this game. In terms of newcomers, I think there will be 2 per traditional weight class.

Medium: Dixie Kong, Hammer Bro
Light: Shy Guy, either Toadsworth, Prof. E. Gadd, or Lakitu
Heavy: Petey Piranha, King K. Rool

Name
Name
February 12, 2014 7:50 PM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

………Shy Guy, Lakitu, and Petey aren’t new. ._.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 8:19 PM
Reply to  Name

.

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
February 12, 2014 9:52 PM
Reply to  Name

Ah, I meant to be added to the MKW roster.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 7:57 PM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

E GADD FTW

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 7:59 PM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

r u kidding me? king k. rool hasn’t appeared in a while, and while it’s true that characters like toadette that haven’t appeared in a while have appeared after a long hiatus, I doubt somebody like king k. rool will appear again, since he’s owned by rare. Ever since Super Mario Sluggers, he has yet to appear, getting replaced by those weird masks.

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
February 12, 2014 9:52 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Actually, King K. Rool and the Kremlings ARE owned by Nintendo. They were registered under DK’s license that was owned by Nintendo way back when. If K. Rool WAS owned by Rare, he wouldn’t have even appeared in Mario Super Sluggers.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 13, 2014 3:31 PM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

whoops sorry

That Guy Over There
That Guy Over There
February 12, 2014 6:41 PM

I would like to see Hammer Bro. (newcomer) and Bowser Jr., but mainly Lakitu!

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 12, 2014 8:01 PM

People definitly returning although yet to be confirmed:
birdo
diddy kong
bowser jr.
king boo

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
February 13, 2014 12:19 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

yeah those characters have appeared in every console mario kart since double dash

lolololololmario
lolololololmario
February 15, 2014 2:31 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

and by that two, Double Dash and Wii

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
February 12, 2014 11:25 PM

I voted for Newcomer, Petey, and Birdo.

I mainly want several Newcomer characters like E. Gadd or Captain Syrup, but I loved playing as Birdo in Mario Kart Wii and as Petey in the Gamecube Mario Spin-offs so I hope they both return!

James East
James East
February 12, 2014 11:51 PM

Mii, Bowser Jr and Lakitu.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
February 13, 2014 12:42 AM

New Characters I suppose will be in the game are 4 (like the other games): Kamek, Nabbit, Cranky Kong (any Kong making a Mario Kart Debut will do) and a Pianta.

lew.coll1
lew.coll1
February 13, 2014 7:55 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

Great ideas!

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
February 13, 2014 5:38 AM

Maybe a newcomer, I want Hammer Bro. For returned characters I want Diddy, Birdo, Shy Guy, Dry Bowser and Wiggler.

T0blet
T0blet
February 13, 2014 7:54 AM

Anything but Funky Kong and I’m fine with it. :p

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 13, 2014 9:41 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Yeah I didn’t like Funky Kong, I never used him. I also hope ROB isn’t in he was just random.

lew.coll1
lew.coll1
February 13, 2014 7:54 AM

I want Paratroopa to return. It doesn’t get enough attention in current Mario games (or at least I don’t think).

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 13, 2014 9:40 AM
Reply to  lew.coll1

I agree, I loved racing with paratroopa, koopa, and yoshi in Double Dash. He is a main enemy.

Kamek#1fangirl
Kamek#1fangirl
February 13, 2014 8:14 AM

I want kamek as a newcomer

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 13, 2014 9:41 AM
Reply to  Kamek#1fangirl

I think this is the game where Kamek makes his debut. He is a major enemy and was supposed to appear in Mario 64.

David LOL Carr
David LOL Carr
February 13, 2014 8:38 AM

You’ve doe the percentages wrong and I really really want Boom Boom and Nabbit

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 13, 2014 9:43 AM

I hope Paratroopa, Shy Guy, King Boo, or Dry Bones is shown. That would make my day.

DK64fan
DK64fan
February 13, 2014 1:28 PM

I want all of them xD But I want Dry Bowser,Diddy kong & Bowser Jr the most