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Konami Krazy Racers (known in Japan as Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance) is a 2001 Massively Multiplayer Crossover Mascot Racer for the Game Boy Advance which reunited many Konami franchises into a Kart Racing Game.

Nearly a decade after its release, it has remained a rather valid kart racing game. It would later get a sequel for iOS and Android called Krazy Kart Racing, which includes racers such as Frogger, Sparkster, and Pyramid Head.

Compare with DreamMix TV World Fighters, a crossover Mascot fighter between Konami (and Hudson Soft and Takara) characters.

This game shows examples of:

  • Apologetic Attacker: Pastel always apologizes when she hits somebody. Nyami does as well, although she always says it in Gratuitous English as opposed to Japanese.
  • Batter Up!: When Power Pro summons Yabe, Yabe hits a baseball as a homing projectile. He is the only cameo character with a detailed animation for firing their projectile, as most of the others just transform into it with a shared morphing animation instead.
  • The Cameo: Every character has a companion who floats around them if the item roulette lands on the extremely rare Assist Character slot. There's Sasuke for Goemon, Death for Dracula, Yabe for Power Pro and so on.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Befitting for a cat girl, Nyami has little canines visible whenever she smiles in-game.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: If you want to choose a racer, you must press left or right (read: go either clockwise or counter-clockwise); then you have to choose the track, and in order to do so you have to press up in order to scroll down the index and vice versa.
  • Excuse Plot: The opening is the plot. Various characters receive a mysterious e-mail from "Konami Man" which invites them to a kart race. That's about it.
  • Expy: The default roster can be best described as a parallel to that of Super Mario Kart's, with four varying weight classes and two drivers in each.
    • Power Pro-Kun and Takosuke = Toad and Koopa Troopa (Lightweight)
    • Pastel and Nyami = Princess Peach and Yoshi (Light-Middleweight)
    • Goemon and Ninja (Gray Fox) = Mario and Luigi (Middleweight)
    • Dracula and Moai = Bowser and Donkey Kong Jr. (Heavyweight)
  • Forced Transformation: Instead of shrinking opponents, you can turn them into pigs to slow them down.
  • Game of Chicken: The Chicken Race minigame has players driving over a long straight road towards a pool. The one who manages to stop closest to the pool wins, while on the contrary getting too greedy and sinking is an automatic loss.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Go-Karting with Dracula and Pyramid Head, for just two examples.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • Unlocking the final two characters (KING and Vic Viper) requires the player to, on two specific tracks, jump off from a lane of jump panels at an angle then fire off a turbo boost from a Blue Bell to reach a secret island holding a giant gem that unlocks the characters. The courses' minimaps do not show the islands these gems are located on.
    • To unlock Ebisumaru you must set a record on the first Goemon course. The game does hint that the diamonds exist but never hints at this final secret.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Robbie the Rabbit appears as a representative of the Silent Hill series in the mobile version. Aside from removing the red stain, no attempts were made to reduce his creepiness.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Konami Man, who previously appeared in both Wai Wai World games, only gets a brief mention as the one that starts the racing tournament all the characters participate in.
  • Hot Potato: In the game mode "Bomb Chasers", one player gets a Cartoon Bomb. When it blows up, the other three players win. One can pass the bomb by bumping another kart; this will raise the timer to at least 30 seconds, so the victim has a chance to pass the bomb again.
  • Lighter and Softer: The game includes in its roster a fat, Laughably Evil version of Dracula as well as "Ninja", who actually is Gray Fox.
    • Krazy Kart Racing meanwhile features characters such as Pyramid Head (recycled from New International Track & Field) and Robbie Rabbit, with Robbie in particular lacking the blood around his mouth that he has in his other appearances (for obvious reasons), instead basically looking like a cutesy bunny.
  • Mascot Racer: One for most of Konami as a whole, covering a lot of their most popular franchises.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • On the Power Stadium track we can see the illustration from the boxart of Power Pro-kun Pocket 1 on the floor. The mole item and the moles seen as an obstacle in that track are the mascots of the Moglers team that appears from Power Pro-kun Pocket 2 on.
    • Dracula has been cutefied like he's come out of the Kid Dracula setting.
  • Rare Random Drop: Every character has a very rare Assist item that increases top speed for a while and then becomes a missile that targets whoever holds the next position.
  • Rule of Cool: Even with their original tones softened, being able to race as Dracula and Gray Fox is certainly saying something.
  • Secret Character
  • The Voiceless: While the Power Pros generally aren't silent protagonists, they never get voiced lines and this is applied both in this game and in DreamMix TV World Fighters.
  • A Winner Is You: Clearing the final set of missions just plays the staff roll.