Mario Kart Characters: Where Are They Now?

There is no going around it; Mario Kart 8 omits many playable characters from past titles in the series, many of which have become fan favorites and regular to the series. The roster of Mario Kart 8 has been a topic of heated discussion lately, especially after it was confirmed that the final roster consists of the 30 characters we have already seen. So what about the old characters? What have they been up to since their last Mario Kart game?



Birdo makes an appearance in Mario Kart 8 in a rather interesting sign. The “Women of Racing Organization” make their representation on Royal Raceway, featuring several different ads throughout the track. The sign features prominent female Mario Kart racers, including Birdo.


Dry Bowser

Bone Dry Dunes is a track featuring a scorching hot desert and plenty of bony enemies. It’s no surprise that a giant statue of Dry Bowser is prominently featured in the track.

Dry Bowser gets another nod in one of the many ads found throughout the game. This one reads “Undead Motors” and features Dry Bowser’s emblem and face right in the middle.


Dry Bones

Sadly, Dry Bones makes perfect sense to include in a track based heavily on bones. Excessively large Dry Bones can be found as track obstacles near the end of Bone Dry Dunes.



While Luma itself was never a playable character, the little guy was always found hanging around Rosalina in Mario Kart Wii. As it was in Mario Kart 7, this is no longer the case, but Luma has found a new home in running Galaxy Air, one of the many airlines found in Sunshine Airport.



Multiple Paratroopas of varying colors can be found at the very start of Cloudtop Cruise. The flying Koopa also represents Paratroopa Airlines, one of the recently revealed airlines taking flight in Sunshine Airport.



Wiggler fans rejoice! This classic Mario enemy is not exactly playable, but his presence is felt through the Wiggler kart. Just think of it as Double Dash!!


Funky Kong

This one might be a little bit of a stretch, but one of the trucks in Toad’s Turnpike is dragging a surfboard behind it. There isn’t any definitive indication that this is Funky’s surfboard, but one can always hope. The stickers on the truck read “Cheep Cheep Beach.”


Did you catch any we missed? Do you think any of these point to the possibility of future characters through DLC? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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May 15, 2014 6:44 PM

I wish Wiggler was playable, but at least he is a kart.

May 16, 2014 3:38 PM
Reply to  BlooperLover

I dont’t know why but that’s the kart who I’m more excited to try.

May 16, 2014 3:42 PM

About the karts, bikes, tires and gliders. I dont know if you already know but this time is a bit different. In MK7 you get them by order, here is random with the exception of gold parts. You obtain them every 50 coins you collect (normal parts, not the gold ones, that are unknow how to obtain at the moment).

May 16, 2014 4:37 PM

I want DLC in mario kart 8 I also want google to stop deleting my accounts MK KINGZ will stay strong F*ck you google

Lots of Lilian
Lots of Lilian
May 17, 2014 6:36 PM

I’ve already said this before, but the roster is pretty bad in this game, which is why I made up my own custom roster of 30 characters (including Mii). And I don’t really know where this’d be suitable, so I’ll just put it here^^ Light (10): Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Baby Mario, Toadette, Lemmy Koopa, Larry Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Nabbit**, Sprixie Princess** Medium (9): Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Iggy Koopa, Ludwig Von Koopa, Birdo*, Diddy Kong* Heavy (10): Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario, Waluigi, Rosalina, Roy Koopa, Morton Koopa, Honey Queen*, Dry Bowser*, Monty Mole** Any (1): Mii… Read more »

May 18, 2014 12:47 AM

DLC cups:
Egg Cup: 4 levels + Birdo + Kart
Boo Cup: 4 levels + King Boo + Kart
DK Barrel cup: 4 levels + Diddy Kong + kart
Bowser’s shell cup: 4 levels + Bowser Jr. + Kart
Bone Cup: 4 levels + Dry Bowser + Kart
Rainbow Cup: 4 levels + Luma + Kart

Okki Lola
Okki Lola
May 20, 2014 7:45 AM

In the Netherlands Bone Dry Dunes is called “Dry Bowser’s Woenstijn”. In Englisch “Dry Bowser’s Woenstijn” means Dry Bowser’s Dessert… Maybe he will return as DLC or something?