With the addition of Link, the inklings, and Animal Crossing characters into Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo has really opened the door for a Smash Bros-esque collage of Nintendo IP to be playable in the popular racing game franchise.
We may have already broken down the 8 Characters That Should Be Added To Mario Kart here on GameSkinny, but the Nintendoverse is simply too huge to be compressed into just one small list; so here we are with 7 more characters that should be added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The fan-favorite party member from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars hasn't received much screen time since his debut aside from a few cameos here and there, but that hasn't stopped players from begging for him to be in every Super Smash Bros. game since Melee. And while it may be even more of a long shot to see him behind the wheel of a racing kart, it would be fantastic nonetheless.
This recurring antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga just needs more attention all around. Everything you need to know about Fawful is in the image above. He's just...Fawful.
No, I do not mean a pikmin. I mean pikmin, as in the plural form of pikmin. Just like how a swarm of pikmin must band together to defeat a single large enemy, I want to see a team of these little guys working together to operate a single racing kart. That means three of them handling the steering wheel, four of them on item duty, another pair operating the glider, etc.
I think it would make for a very comical scene to watch seven or so little pikmin hopping around the seat of a kart trying to maneuver it through one of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's wild tracks, especially with Luigi staring daggers at them from second place.
You may be tempted to count him out of racing due to his old age, but don't forget that Toadsworth was actually a playable character in both of the Mario baseball games. I don't know why he's never been included in anything besides baseball, but maybe it's time for him to put down the bat and pick up the...um...kart?
Despite only being first introduced to the franchise in New Super Mario Bros. U in 2012, Nabbit has already gotten (or should I say stolen) a few turns as a playable character. After being playable in New Super Luigi U, Mario Golf: World Tour, and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it seems only logical for his next step to be stealing the spotlight in Mario Kart.
Samus/Zero Suit Samus
Not only could our favorite forgotten bounty hunter be included in the next Mario Kart, but we could even see two different characters: the armored and zero suit version, as heavy and medium weight racers respectively. That may sound silly, but don't forget that this is the same series that currently has five distinct playable versions of Mario. Now does anyone care to take bets on whether we'll see either of these two in a Metroid game or a Mario Kart first?
This one is admittedly the most probable on this list due to R.O.B. having actually already appeared in Mario Kart DS. In fact, the robotic operating buddy even has the distinction of being the first non-Mario character to be playable in a Mario Kart game. Take that, Link.
Despite Mario Kart DS being R.O.B.'s first and only foray into the racing world, his renewal on the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U roster proves that he has not been forgotten. Perhaps someday we will get to see those innocent robo-eyes behind the wheel of a kart again.
Though most of these characters are admittedly unlikely to make the cut, it's hard not to dream. As long as they stop adding koopalings and Marios, though, I'll be happy.
We came up with eight characters that we wanted in Mario Kart and then even managed to think of seven more. So which characters, Nintendo or otherwise, would you like to see in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!