Top 10 Best Mario Kart Wii Characters

The Top Ten
1 Yoshi Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. Often appearing as a sidekick and helper to Mario, Yoshi is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi's Island and the Super Mario franchises.

Yoshi has always been my favorite. He is my go-to Mario Kart Wii character. I usually play him with the Supa Blooper. The combo works well and is a good speed for automatic racers like me. I don't like Yoshi just because he's cute (although that is part of the reason). I like him because he's a good size for me and has a good attitude.

Yeah, I know he's really good, but why are you judging just for his looks? I bet half of you voted just because he's "adorable," and that does not matter!

But anyway, I like him, but I'm just here to point out that people are always judging by their looks!

2 Funky Kong Originating from the SNES Donkey Kong Country, in which he is the CEO of Funky's Flights, this Kong absolutely tears up the race track with a massive +4 speed and +3 off-road stat, making him the most popular character in Mario Kart Wii online play.

I'm sorry, how is this dude not #1? Don't get me wrong, I love my boy Yoshi, but look at this guy's design! Not only is Funky Kong one of the more obscure characters, who also happens to have like, the coolest design of any character in the game, but using him and the Flame Runner is one of the best combinations in the game.

Again, I love Yoshi. But as a Mario Kart character, Funky Kong is much more interesting. I'm super glad he's in MK8 Deluxe now.

What has been said about Funky Kong that hasn't already been said? He's one of the best characters in the game with his absurd speed boost, which is helpful for the Offroader. He's a beast on vehicles like the Flame Runner and the Spear. He's definitely a must-have character to unlock in the game, and the one I'd recommend getting after Rosalina.

3 Dry Bones Dry Bones is a common enemy species in the Super Mario series of video games since „Super Mario Bros. 3“ (1988). After his first debut as a playable character in „Mario Superstar Baseball“ (2005), he became a fan-favorite and also got playable in other spin-offs of the Mario series.

It's completely obvious that Koopa Troopa got ditched and replaced by Dry Bones in Mario Kart DS. Dry Bones may look creepy, but he is actually pretty cute for a skeleton turtle, especially if you see Mario Kart Wii's ending screen.

Dry Bones deserves the top spot, not Yoshi. Most people always play as Dry Bones in the Bullet Bike and the Mini Beast, and they are invincible! Nobody can defeat them! You rock, Dry Bones!

Cutest character ever! I like Dry Bones with the Bullet Bike and the Duck Bike thing. I think he is even cuter than Yoshi!

Dry Bones: 100/100. Masterpiece of a character.

4 Peach Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario... read more

Peach and Yoshi are the cutest characters. Peach has cool pink cars, and she says, "Oh, next time" if she loses. Though I like Mario, it's his fault Peach is always kidnapped. He is too late to defend her.

I just love Peach. Lately, I've been choosing either her or Yoshi. I always play time trials with her. Though I do adore Daisy, I haven't had the chance to play her, so, as of now, you go Peach!

Peach. My friend and I have cosplayed as her a few times. Not only is she good at Mario Kart Wii with the Mach Bike, but she is also a little prettier than Daisy. (Sorry, Daisy, no offense, but Peach wins this time.)

5 Dry Bowser Dry Bowser is the fossilized version of the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise, Bowser. He first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS after Bowser had been dumped into the lava and was left with his skeleton. Since then, Dry Bowser has appeared as a villain in games like Super... read more

First, let me explain some concepts of Mario Kart characters, and then I will describe why Dry Bowser is the best. In Mario Kart Wii, the characters themselves don't have much impact. It's the karts that determine everything. However, certain karts are only available to specific characters, so characters do have a slight influence.

There are three weight categories: small, middle, and heavy karts. Small karts are slower but have better acceleration and agility, middle karts have decent overall stats, and heavy karts are fast but have poor acceleration and turning abilities. Characters are also associated with specific weight categories, meaning small characters can only use small karts, middle characters can only use middle karts, and so on.

Therefore, regardless of your preferred character, you would be equally skilled using any other character in the same weight category. Dry Bowser is a heavy character, so I would be just as good with Bowser, Diddy Kong, etc., as they are all heavy characters. Ultimately, this list boils down to who looks the coolest, as Dry Bowser doesn't offer any advantages over other characters. However, he looks awesome and far cooler than any other character.

6 Daisy Princess Daisy is a fictional character in the Mario series of video games, in which she is the princess of the fictional region of Sarasaland.

Same speed stat as the legendary Funky Kong, a massive +4 speed, plus an extra mini-turbo stat, which is more valuable than Funky Kong's off-road on certain tracks. The main thing holding her back is vehicle choice, but if she had access to the Flame Runner, I'd imagine she'd reach the same popularity as the legend Funky Kong himself.

Daisy is just plain awesome. I can never stop playing as her, but she's the hardest female to unlock! I got Rosalina first, but she sucks and I hate playing as her. She cheats too. Some people, like Daisy and Yoshi, don't cheat and play the game without winning and sore losing like Rosalina.

7 Toad Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has... read more

He is the king of Mario Kart! Although most think Funky Kong is much faster than this little mushroom, for scientific reasons, they are all wrong. Let me explain:

1. Toad has the best acceleration in the game, and you need acceleration to get to high speeds.
2. Toad is a lightweight, so he'll whizz as he's not putting much pressure on the kart/bike he is using.
3. Finally, Toad, in the actual games (like New Super Mario Bros. Wii), is always the quickest dude on the block, and Funky Kong is quite slow when running, which is rather shocking.

I found out all of this from my general knowledge and scientific research.

8 Baby Luigi Baby Luigi is the infant version of the major character in the Super Mario franchise, Luigi. He is known for his appearances as a playable character in various Mario games.

Baby Luigi! He's the bomb! He is better than the girls because he doesn't fully cry. He doesn't need a pacifier like those whiny brats in diapers. Baby Luigi is a big boy who is a monster on the track. Baby Luigi, let's go!

To me, he is the cutest baby character. Very helpful when using the Bullet Bike, Booster Seat, and the Falcon one. He is overall badass, and when I unlocked him, I never was any other character afterward.

Tied with Baby Mario for the heaviest lightweight, but he has an impressive speed boost.

9 Luigi Luigi, originally a palette swap of Mario named Green Mario, is a major character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger, taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's unofficial mascot... read more

Luigi is my favorite just because I can always win using Luigi if I'm playing in manual. I also really like Yoshi, Toad, Dry Bowser, and Waluigi.

I can relate to Luigi way too much. I'm clumsy, I'm scared, but I'm also protective of my loved ones.

In my opinion, the best character in every single Mario and Luigi game.

10 Rosalina Rosalina, known as Rosetta in Japan, is a major character in the Mario Franchise created by Nintendo. She first appeared in the 2007 Mario Game, Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii and later returned for the game's sequel in 2010. Since then, she has been featured in many main-series Mario Games... read more

Rosalina is really cool, has good manual stats, and looks awesome with her little Luma! She is actually really easy to unlock and is the only female heavyweight. She should be at No. 1. She is at a whole new level when playing with manual.

Pretty terrible for beginners on automatic (except for the handling), though.

My top 10 would be:

1. Rosalina (if playing manual)
2. Daisy
3. Mii (heavy)
4. Dry Bones (if playing manual)
5. Peach
6. Yoshi
7. Koopa Troopa (if playing manual)
8. Luigi
9. Toad (great drift but pretty bad for automatic)
10. Baby Mario

Those are the top 10 best characters. Baby Luigi and Funky Kong would top Peach, but I never play time trials and haven't unlocked them yet. Get Rosalina at Number 1!

The Contenders
11 Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopas, or just simply Koopas, known in Japan as Nokonoko, are a fictional race of turtle-like creatures from the Mario series, as well as its sister Yoshi series. They most often appear as common ground enemies.

Koopa is a lightweight, and he has the worst karts, but he is the only character in the lightweights that goes faster in the marina courses with the Cheep Cheep car.

Pick Koopa, Daisy, or the blue dress princess, and I guarantee you'll win the game.

I love Koopa Troopa! Forget about that son of a gun Mario! Koopa Troopa is the best!

I always use Koopa, and hey! I always win. He's amazing and cute.

12 Mario Mario, originally named Jumpman, is the main character of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario game, including games in spin-off series as a playable character, with... read more

Mario's speed and jump might be lower than Yoshi, who I prefer to use, but I find Mario should be ranked around 4th or higher. They top the characters according to their stats, not about being the main character or whatsoever.

Mario should totally be #1. He's the very character who started the whole series. Screw you people who think Mario is just a fat, stupid Italian plumber. I think he's awesome!

I think Mario should be number 1-3 on this list. He always plays very well, and with the Mach Bike, I've beaten the expert staff ghost data on so many courses!

13 Toadette Toadette is a character in the Mario series. She is a female Toad who first appeared in the Nintendo GameCube video game Mario Kart: Double Dash.

Toadette is a very good Mario Kart Wii character because she gets a boost for off-road and speed. She's lightweight, so most of her karts or bikes have good acceleration. If you get hit by a pesky blue shell, you'll recover in no time.

She is super cute! But even if she wasn't, she is a fast character who is good for off-road courses. If she is hit by a blue shell, a red shell, or anything else, she can easily recover and go back to first in no time!

She's my main, basically my Mario Kart Ulala (she's my main in Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing). I'd highly recommend using her with the Tiny Titan or Booster Seat.

14 Bowser Jr Bowser Jr., or sometimes simply Jr., is a video game character who appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise as the secondary antagonist. He is the youngest son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.

Come on, everyone, make this higher! Bowser Jr. is my all-time favorite character in not just the whole of video games but in the history of all fictional media! He's cute and mischievous, so please vote!

When I do a single-player versus match in Mario Kart Wii, I play a team race as Bowser Jr. with Dry Bones and Koopa Troopa on my team. That is just the way I do things. I like Dry Bones and Koopa Troopa!

Bowser Jr. is my favorite character, and he has the best cars. He is the fastest one when I play him, and I think that he should be #2.

15 Mii

Should be number 3 on the list stats-wise if large or medium weight. One of the most underrated characters in the game. Better than Yoshi with the Mach Bike. I can even beat some Funky's and Daisy's online too!

The Mii is the best character because you can customize everything about him or her - the face, the weight class, and, if you have Mii Outfit B, their clothes.

Miis are actually very good characters in performance too, especially at weight Medium.

Mii should be higher than Peach! I'm sick of those Peach fans who think Peach should be number one. Screw that! Mii, Yoshi, and Rosalina are all way better than Peach!

16 Diddy Kong Diddy Kong is a fictional character in the Donkey Kong series of video games, first appearing in the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country.

I love to play as Diddy Kong with the Sprinter and the Super Blooper because he helps them in the stats they aren't good in. He's always been my favorite character because he's a chimp, and it's fun to watch him do those backflips.

Diddy Kong has a great mini-turbo boost and also a decent drift boost. I even used him on the Mach Bike to get Funky Kong.

How is Peach above Diddy? I used Diddy to unlock a lot of characters and vehicles. Make him higher. Take Peach off. She sucks.

17 King Boo In the Super Mario series, King Boo is the leader of all the Boos and a major antagonist. He is an ally of King Bowser. He is depicted as a large white Boo with a crown similar to that of Princess Peach... read more

He's the easiest to unlock, making him beneficial (because Dry Bowser is incredibly hard) since he's helped me defeat everyone. He may not seem fast, but his handling is incredible. Also, I think some people have noticed this: King Boo is easily the lightest of the large characters, which helps. 10/10.

I unlocked most of my characters because of him! Mainly the harder ones to unlock like Rosalina (the hard way) and Dry Bowser. He rocks!

He was supposed to be a normal weight, but since he lacks arms, the developers put him in the Heavyweight class. Shame on you, Nintendo!

18 Baby Mario Baby Mario is the infant version of the major character in the Super Mario franchise, Mario. He is known for his appearances as a playable character in various Mario games.

Baby Mario is my favorite because he has Mini Beast and Bit Bike, the two best vehicles in the whole game. I always win as him. Rock on, Baby Mario!

He should be number 1. He has Mini Beast and Bullet Bike and the Bit Bike, which is one of his best bikes!

Tiny is mighty! Baby Mario should be in the top 5. Plus, he is a lightweight, so he's really fast!

19 Waluigi Waluigi is a lanky self-centered, brusque young lad as he is considered evil and the main rival of Luigi. Waluigi is shown causing local havoc in most games he appears in alongside his partner Wario. Waluigi is not instinctively evil or the antagonist (not counting DDR), as a matter of fact, he shows... read more

I'm gonna say, Oh yeah, Waluigi time! Waluigi is the best in my opinion. He and Yoshi are the ones I use the most. He isn't in Mario Kart 7 because they didn't add him! That game sucks altogether. Metal Mario and Honey Queen? God, no! He and Diddy should have got into that game. He's the third best for me to use after Yoshi and, surprisingly, Diddy Kong! So, you better fear because Waluigi is in town!

He's a large-weight, so he gets a weight bonus from his karts and bikes, plus he statistically has massive bonuses in drift, acceleration, and off-road. What more could you ask for?

20 Bowser Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first... read more

How is Bowser way lower than his dry counterpart? Dry Bowser is literally just Bowser but dry, yet he is more popular than Bowser just because he "looks cool and breathes blue fire." Come on, Bowser himself is way cooler than Dry Bowser and should be higher than him.

King Bowser, he is the king. He needs to be hailed. How can you like Dry Bowser over Bowser? People bash Bowser, yet pick Dry Bowser. FYI, they are the same person. Dry Bowser is simply an undead version of the king himself, Bowser. I've always picked Bowser in every game: Mario Kart, Smash, Parties, etc.

21 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.

I love Donkey Kong! He is awesome. He is the only character that I ever use.

Come on! The first Mario game was named Donkey Kong! Make him higher, guys!

Should be WAY higher, best guy ever. So fast and strong, gets me first place all the time!

22 Baby Daisy Baby Daisy is the infant version of the major character in the Mario Bros . franchise, Princess Daisy . She is known for her appearances as a playable character in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 . She is also found as a playable character in Super Mario Sluggers for the Wii .

I have played her many times and, despite how light she is, she is a really good character. Plus, she is so much less annoying than Baby Peach.

I love this baby. She is so cute and adorable. She is my 2nd favorite Mario Kart character. I don't get why so many people hate her. Anyway, I don't care if they dislike my comment. I love Baby Daisy.

Baby Daisy is in the top 3 for best babies because she is adorable, fast, and is the little version of awesome Daisy!

23 Birdo Birdo is a dinosaur that is well known for her (or his) confused Gender. It was originally stated that Birdo was a male who believed he was a female, but this was changed in later games. Birdo is commonly referred to as a girl, however, they are in a relationship with Yoshi. Birdo first appeared in... read more

How is Birdo the worst medium? It is a boy, it is a girl! Whatever! Why does everyone care so much about gender? Gender and voices don't make a character. It's personality and who is good or not!

Anyway, you can all blame Birdo for the worst characters and not Yoshi? Because basically, Birdo protects the egglings and got her nose cut off in a battle. Besides, the nose gives Birdo more power, and for Yoshi, he needs Birdo, or else he'll have blind and deaf Shy Guy and babies.

Rosalina sucks because she cheats, and Birdo is original. She is from the Super Mario Bros Super Show! Birdo is ugly, but she is powerful, and she is great to play as. Today, dialogue states Birdo as a she.

24 Baby Peach Baby Peach is the infant version of the major character from the Mario Series, Princess Peach. She is mostly known for her appearances in the Mario Kart Franchise in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 as a playable character, but she also appears in other Mario games, including Yoshi's Island DS, in which... read more

Baby Princess Peach is adorable and less annoying than others, such as Funky Kong and the other babies, Mario and Luigi. Baby Princess Peach rocks like Princess Peach.

When I was a kid (3-5), all I would ever do was play as Baby Peach on the monster truck thingy. And only on Luigi Circuit or Moo Moo Meadows (I was afraid of falling off the course). I must have played it about half an hour a day!

Kinda annoying sometimes, I will admit, but she is my lucky character. I cannot tell you how many times I have won with her.

25 Wario Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

Wario is the best character in Nintendo, in my opinion! I know he's fat, greedy, and mean, but guess what? I'm starting to grow fat, I like money, and I can be a little negative now and then. And who isn't?

Plus, I like how he has the W on his cap. He is a winner!

This guy is the most underrated character. With him on the Flame Flyer, his stats match Funky Kong on the Flame Runner. I am serious. He needs to be more liked in Mario Kart Wii because he is one of the best characters.

Wario's the best character in the game for me! I like using him in the Offroader because it helps me perform shortcuts and the Flame Runner because it's the most used vehicle!

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