How To Unlock Mario Kart Wii Characters


Michael Fassbender

How To Unlock Mario Kart Wii Characters

If you are a Mario Kart Wii enthusiast, you must be eager to unlock all the characters in the game. The characters in Mario Kart Wii are divided into light, medium, and heavy categories, which determine the type of kart or bike the character can use. Each character also has slight differences in their stats, which can affect their performance on the track. For example, Baby Mario has a stat bonus to weight and handling over the similar light character Toad. These differences are subtle and should not discourage you from choosing your favorite character. You can test different characters inside the same vehicles to compare their performance.

Unlocking Characters

Unlocking characters in Mario Kart Wii involves meeting specific criteria, such as winning cups, achieving star ranks, or playing a certain number of games. Here’s how you can unlock some of the characters:

King Boo

To unlock King Boo, you need to win the 50cc Star Cup.

Diddy Kong

Winning the 50cc Lightning Cup will unlock Diddy Kong for you.

Baby Daisy

Earn at least a 1-star rank in all 50cc Wii Grand Prix cups to unlock Baby Daisy.

Dry Bones

Win the 100cc Leaf Cup to unlock Dry Bones.

Mii (Outfit A) and Mii (Outfit B)

To unlock Mii (Outfit A), you need to win the 100cc Special Cup, while unlocking Mii (Outfit B) requires you to unlock all 32 fast staff data.

Bowser Jr.

Attain at least a 1-star rank in all 100cc Retro Grand Prix Cups to unlock Bowser Jr.


Winning the 150cc Special Cup will unlock Daisy for you.

Dry Bowser

To unlock Dry Bowser, you need to attain at least a 1-star rank in all 150cc Wii Grand Prix cups.


To unlock Birdo, you need to beat 250 people online or unlock 16 fast staff ghosts.


Playing Time Trial mode on all 32 courses will unlock Toadette for you.

Funky Kong

Unlock 4 expert staff ghost data records in Time Trial mode to unlock Funky Kong.

Baby Luigi

Unlock 8 expert staff ghost data records in Time Trial mode to unlock Baby Luigi.


Unlocking Rosalina can be achieved in two ways. The hard way involves completing all 150cc mirror Wii Grand Prix cups with a one-star rank or higher. The easy way is to have saved data on Super Mario Galaxy.

Unlocking Vehicles & Misc.

Aside from characters, there are also various vehicles and miscellaneous items that can be unlocked in Mario Kart Wii. For instance, winning specific cups or achieving star ranks can unlock different karts, bikes, and even alternate title screens.

Expert Staff Ghosts

In Time Trial mode, setting a certain time on the course will unlock a special staff ghost with an exceptional course time. If you think you’re up to the challenge, you can attempt to beat it.

World Records

If you have Wi-Fi on your Wii, you can download the current world records of every course in the game. This feature allows you to compare your performance with the best players globally.


What are the “retro stages” for Bowser Jr.?

The “retro stages” for Bowser Jr. include the Shell Cup, Lightning Cup, Banana Cup, and Leaf Cup.

How do you avoid the pow block?

To avoid the pow block in Mario Kart Wii, you can perform a trick by hopping just before the pow block hits the ground. This will minimize the impact and help you recover more quickly.

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