Top 10 Worst Mario Kart Items

The Top Ten


This item does nothing at all. I they remove the item. This is only good in coin runners. The God of mario Kart 8 deluxe did not think about the coin item and what it would do. This item is also only good in when it comes to buy new karts. When a red shell comes boop a coin and get hit by a red shell. This item is garbage.

Coins are useless. They do nothing. Get hit by a red shell. Lose 3. Hit by a blue shell. Same as last time. They don't defend you,they don't even do anything and at least 20 times during the race track YOU ALWAYS LOSE THEM. I would rather get a green shell because that thing is actually useful to block other stuff. Doesn't even make you go that faster. Doesn't make the game fun or entertaining. Vehicle customizations? I collected more than ten coins in two races and guess what. NOTHING HAPPENS. No one cares how much you got. They vehicle customizations you earn are some weird motorcycle, wheels the size of pennies, and flying thing you don't even need.USELESS

Imagine driving along in Mario Kart 8, as first place, on the last lap, you have ten coins, with all the other racers 30 seconds behind you, but then you see the dreaded red shell icon and the warning siren is getting faster by the second, then you get an item box, hoping you'll get a banana peel (or three of them), a shell of any kind (or three of them) a Bob-omb, or a horn, but you get a coin. You watch in horror as the red shell hits you, you drop three of your coins, and slow to a halt. But nobody passes you! You're thinking: yes! Maybe I can still win! But then the blue shell icon shows up! You get another box hoping it's a horn... and you get another coin. Again, the blue shell hits you, everyone passes you, and you come in twelfth place. Two seconds later, your controller is through your television screen.

You can get this item in LAST PLACE, you are doomed getting such a terrible item with everyone else getting stuff like stars, triple mushrooms, golden mushrooms, etc.
Mario Kart DS uses coins CORRECTLY, write down notes Mario Kart 8, you don't make them just items, getting coins just makes you more vulnerable.

Thunder Cloud

The thundercloud should be #1. Do you want to know why? The coin sucks, but it's better than getting no item at all, it gives you 2 coins and a tiny speed boost. In my opinion, the coin should be #3. The blooper...well it pretty much does nothing. It gives you worse handling, but the stat decrease is so small that you can't even notice it, so the blooper should be #2. However, the thundercloud is the only item that is WORSE than nothing. After a certain amount of time, it zaps you like a lightning bolt. Sure, it can be passed on to other players, but more often than not, the other racers aren't close to you. Furthermore, at the positions you get the thundercloud in, you could've gotten actual good items to help you catch up. You may say that the thundercloud gives you a tiny speed boost, but it does not nearly make up for the zap at the end.

The worst item without a doubt. All it does is shrink you down, making you slower and more vulnerable than the other racers, and don't even get me started on online lag. While it may give you full acceleration on all terrain, that is not enough to make up for it's negative effects. It's so hated that everyone who gets it will immediately try to pass it to someone else.

This item is so annoying in mario kart wii it messed me up lots in mario kart wii once I got 5th because I got this item in 3rd and it messed me up

Why does the Spiny Shell get more hate than this junk?! That item keeps the game balanced, while this thing is just a troll. Oh look I get a speed boost for like five seconds and then it shrinks me! what?!

Blooper Bloopers (Often Referred To Bloobers Until Paper Mario, Though Blooper was in use beforehand) are Squid-Like creatures that are found in the ocean. They made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros., and various kinds of them have appeared in the Mario games since, normally as enemies. Mario Party more.

This should be first honestly, the coin gives you a tiny speed boost and the thunder cloud, while a troll item, you can get to first palce easier and you can just pass it to another player, this thing dose nothing except inking your screen! The worst honestly

Can't the blooper be a single-player exclusive? In multiplayer it does nothing to the racers affected except not being able to see the gorgeous graphics in front of them. I want this thing removed from Mario Kart, it's useless!

These items are useless! They do nothing to the players in front of you! Why was this confirmed for Mario Kart 8?!

Literally no effect on the standings. Never met anyone affected by it.

Spiny Shell The spiny shell, commonly referred to as the blue shell, is a well-known power-up item of the Mario Kart series of video games.

This should be number one! You will find yourself going for the finish line before the blue shell hits you at the last second and everyone just overtakes you. Luckily you can avoid it by simply dropping out of first place before the shell is launched but on games such as Mario Kart Wii, I couldn't predict when they are being launched. This item is complete garbage!

The blue shell drives me crazy I was playing mario kart double dash on 150cc bowser castle and I got hit by a blue shell just before the finish line and got 3rd after thanks to the blue shell, I still got a gold trophy for getting 1st on Wario Coliseum , dino dino jungle, and rainbow road

The blue shell is so annoying today I was playing mario kart 8 deluxe on 200cc I got hit by a blue shell and I fell from 1st to 6th in a few seconds and finished 6th I got a silver trophy, I go so angry I had to redo the cup again it was on egg cup

The blue shell is annoying in 1st, and yesterday on mario kart wii 150cc race just before I won ds delfino square I got hit by a blue shell and got 3rd place, I got a silver trophy at the end, I had to replay the cup again to get a gold trophy, but it helpful when I was in 2nd or 3rd on lap 3 when it came or something

Fake Item Box

Mario Kart Double Dash basically ruined the box and made it far different from the others.

In the original appearance. It is useful to mix them with the Item Boxes, but always gets nerfed...

These are like Bananas, but you can't block anything with them!

I have no idea who falls for these...


It feels like you get hit by this thing five times in a single race

Wow, I love when I have a lightning when everybody is flying lol

Whats the lighting doing here it should be the 6'th best item

I feel like this item spawns 5 times a race

POW Block

This should be number 1. It comes up like four times per race, it barely affects the standings, it can't block incoming shells, it's practically useless!

I actually like the POW block, it requires some skill to avoid and it's great for you

This item is so annoying in mario kart wii, I hope it never returns in mario kart 9

This item is quite annoying on mario kart wii it comes up too much sometimes


The boo really isn't that bad of an item, even though the boo can leave you with nothing, you're invincible for 10 seconds as well. And it gets better if you get a GOOD ITEM.

The boo is 4th best mario kart item because this item turns you invisible for 10 seconds you can't get hit with spiny shells lighting bolts nothing it also steals the most powerful item and I am happy that it has returned in mario kart 8 deluxe and it will steal the most powerful item in the game and in the old games it would fail and get you no item but if there is nothing to steal in mario kart 8 deluxe you get a mushroom, triple mushroom and rarest bullet bill how do I know this well I test it so that's why I think you should the boo in the 4th best mario kart item

I remember hating when boo stole my item on mario kart ds as a kid

Why s the boo here he is a great item

Super Leaf

I think this should be #2, this item serves not a SINGLE use in races, battle-mode exclusive would've been better. You have this leaf stuck to your tail, only being able to take down the karts that are basically about to bump into yours. You can't grab another item with this thing on, You could've got a RED SHELL. Thank my eggs that it's been in only 1 game.

When I first got this in Mario Kart 7, I was so infuriated that I literally face palmed for an entire race. It's stupid on the kart and pretty useless.

It's great in battle mode, however in regular races it's just pointless!

This item is quite useless in races, more better to use in battle

Green Shell

See my comment for banana, same here except even better since it's so satysfying hitting people with these shells!

This should be number 3 it is an inconvenient version of the red shell.

This can't get anything. It's THE WORST

The Contenders


It's not bad! Sure it's not effective but it's great for defending yourself!

Already on the list!

It is too common. It is useless. It’s doesn’t do any real damage to any racer.

Bob-Omb Bob-ombs are a species found throughout the Mario series. They are small bomb-shaped beings who can create explosions by detonating themselves or being detonated.

At first glance, seems useful. Throw it, it ricochets and blows you up. You can't even control wher it goes.

I hate the bob-omb item, I aim too badly and get myself affected

You can't even aim with this trash

Who needs Bob-Ombs when there's triple red shells?

Yoshi Egg

This is easily the worst item ever invented in Mario Kart history. It can actually help your opponents, when it should be helping YOU.

It's the same as the red shell, no real need for this item

Like homing red shells, but MUCH weaker

Triple Bananas

I keep on getting these things over and over and it gets annoying

They're great!

Boomerang Flower
Red Shell

What red shells are good and fair

Red shells are like missiles.

Huh? They're among the best!

This is one of the best


It is actually really good

Super Horn

The fact that it can block the blue shell is why it is on the list. Before this crappy item existed, mushrooms could actually help with dodging the blue shell. Only for skilled players.

This gets away blue shells, obviously it rules! Also, this can knock out others.

This item only makes 8 easier for jobs. Also super lame and uncreative.

Why on Earth is this on the list, it can block the flipping blue shell.

Poison Mushroom

This item drove me nuts in super mario kart when peach used it, I always seemed to run it over and then get run over by cpu, and it takes awhile to be able to drive again, a few times I had to play 2 player with both toad and peach to just avoid this item that was the only way I was able to beat flower cup on 100cc with peach was not able use this item to mess me up

This item was on the original Mario kart and only the original and what really bugs me is only CPU can use this item

Cape Feather

Only good in Battle Mode

Chain Chomp

this items is the best but it does have flaws
unlike the bullet bill the chain chomp is much more eh how should I say this more crazier when you throw this on your kart you go faster and you fly around it's a fun item to use but a little wonky the other thing is that if you hit an item or the time runs out the chain chomp will unhook it self and get free and theres a disadvantage with this when it unhooks itself it goes around a lot until it despawns this means that theres a chance your own chain chomp can come towards you and crash you and sometimes when it unhooks theres a chance where you will fly off a track while you swing around and it unhooks when that happens theres no way to stop it

It can pull you off the track and doesn't even make you go faster like a bullet bill.

It's a frustrating version of the Bullet Bill, it tracks like Rainbow Road when you get this you just sigh


It’s pretty much the Bullet Bill but bad

Golden Mushroom

What? It's excellent!

Mega Mushroom
Fire Flower

This is excellent! It's a better version of Red / Green Fire from Mario Kart: Double Dash!

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