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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash Double Dash]]'', King Boo's ability to use every other racer's special items seems like a lack of creativity from the developers. However, think of what Boos do in ''Mario Kart'': they steal other racers' items. TheGhostKing only does this to its logical extreme.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash Double Dash]]'', King Boo's ability to use every other racer's special items seems like a lack of creativity from the developers. However, think of what Boos do in ''Mario Kart'': they steal other racers' items. TheGhostKing only does this to its logical extreme.a superior level.


* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash Double Dash]]'', King Boo's ability to use every other racer's special items seems like a lack of creativity from the developers. However, think of what Boos do in ''Mario Kart'': they steal other racers' items. It is purely logical that their king can do this to a whole new level.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash Double Dash]]'', King Boo's ability to use every other racer's special items seems like a lack of creativity from the developers. However, think of what Boos do in ''Mario Kart'': they steal other racers' items. It is purely TheGhostKing only does this to its logical that their king can do this to a whole new level.extreme.



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* 7's Rock Rock Mountain's music. It's [[{{Pun}} rock.]]


* [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''. You have the main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.

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* [[http://www.[[https://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.com/File:MK8_NA_Box_Art.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''. You have the main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.




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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash Double Dash]]'', King Boo's ability to use every other racer's special items seems like a lack of creativity from the developers. However, think of what Boos do in ''Mario Kart'': they steal other racers' items. It is purely logical that their king can do this to a whole new level.


%%* There is a bit of Horror for Rosalina in 8. After the races, Baby Rosalina gets to go home to her mother.
* So you're racing, and after taking a break and going to the fridge for a soda/water/what-have-you, you pause and realize that there were babies in the race. Babies whom the other characters (even Mario!) are just as willing to [[WouldHurtAChild hurl bullets, shells, and even bombs at]] as they are the adult racers.
** It goes both ways: These [[EnfantTerrible babies]] are just as willing as the other racers.


* Inklings from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' appear to be playable in ''Mario Kart 8 Deluxe''. That makes it even worse to their own species to racetracks with underwater sections, Inklings dissolve when contacted with water (although Inklings also appear in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' and can swim underwater, that's just Mario in a costume).

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*** Despite real-life turtles having irremovable shells, nothing says that Koopa-Troopa's simply can't take off the shells that they are born with.


* Why is [[Franchise/LegendOfZelda Link]] so good at driving a kart? Ganondorf used a computer in [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros Brawl]] so it's natural that Link would know how to drive.

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* Why is [[Franchise/LegendOfZelda [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] so good at driving a kart? Ganondorf used a computer in [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros Brawl]] so it's natural that Link would know how to drive.



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* Dry Bones's high acceleration and handling make it easy for him to recover from damage. This goes along well with his status as a RevivingEnemy in the main series; knock him down and he always gets back up.


*** When Mario stomps on a Koopa, it loses its shell and then Mario stomps the Koopa, leaving only the empty shell. After all these years of adventures of stomping Goombas and Koopas, I think they may have found a solution to all of the empty Koopa shells lying around. That's right. ''Let's throw around dead Koopas' shells as weapons!''


* It may be a bit unusual at first for an Arabian theme stage to deal with Shy Guys, but it has shout-outs to VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2, which was originally called ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', which itself was an Arabian themed game. (And also the first true appearance of the Shy Guys)
* Why is Waluigi Pinball in ''7'' despite Waluigi not being in the game? To make up for not being able to play on Waluigi Pinball online in Mario Kart DS!
* [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing SuperMario3DWorld. You have the main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.
* From ''DS'' onward, every Mario Kart has had 32 courses. The same as the number of levels in VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1, and in the same arrangement (8 cups\worlds with 4 levels each). Granted, it could be unintentional, but still.
* The new Rainbow Road in ''Mario Kart 8'' threw many for a loop. Think of it this way, though. The retro Rainbow Road brought back from ''MarioKart64'' has a mystical, enchanted, magical aesthetic to it. What's the logical way to differentiate a new Rainbow Road from that? Make it a constructed, man-made, spectator track.

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* It may be a bit unusual at first for an Arabian theme stage to deal with Shy Guys, but it has shout-outs to VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', which was originally called ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', which itself was an Arabian themed game. (And also the first true appearance of the Shy Guys)
* Why is Waluigi Pinball in ''7'' despite Waluigi not being in the game? To make up for not being able to play on Waluigi Pinball online in Mario ''Mario Kart DS!
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* [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing SuperMario3DWorld.''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''. You have the main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.
* From ''DS'' onward, every Mario Kart has had 32 courses. The same as the number of levels in VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', and in the same arrangement (8 cups\worlds with 4 levels each). Granted, it could be unintentional, but still.
* The new Rainbow Road in ''Mario Kart 8'' threw many for a loop. Think of it this way, though. The retro Rainbow Road brought back from ''MarioKart64'' ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'' has a mystical, enchanted, magical aesthetic to it. What's the logical way to differentiate a new Rainbow Road from that? Make it a constructed, man-made, spectator track.



* At the start of the second and third laps of Mute City, you'll get a speed boost not there at the start of the race. If one thinks back to any of the F-Zero games, they'll remember that the second lap is when boosts are given. So basically, on the second lap, [[MemeticMutation YOU GOT BOOST POWER]]

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* At the start of the second and third laps of Mute City, you'll get a speed boost not there at the start of the race. If one thinks back to any of the F-Zero games, they'll remember that the second lap is when boosts are given. So basically, on the second lap, [[MemeticMutation YOU GOT BOOST POWER]]POWER]].



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** Alternately, Link's always been good at picking up how to use something new!


* [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing SuperMario3DWorld. You have the [[spoiler: six]] main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.

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* [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/72/Box_UK_-_Mario_Kart_8.jpg The box art for]] ''8'' is apparently referencing SuperMario3DWorld. You have the [[spoiler: six]] the main characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, [[spoiler:and Rosalina]], the playable characters, and Bowser, the main antagonist.

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** [[https://www.mariowiki.com/images/a/a4/RosalinaSMG2concept.png The storybook might've been more accurate...]]

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