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Ranking Every Item in the Mario Kart Games

Updated September 24, 2019 15.6k votes 1.0k voters 22.0k views35 items

List RulesVote up the Mario Kart items that most consistently help you win races

Which items are you happiest to get from item boxes on any track? Mario Kart is one of those classics that has been around since NES, and continues to get amazing upgrades with each new Nintendo console, upgrades that include adorable and devastating weapons. Years ago, your dad was probably taking the lead away from Bowser by knocking him out with a red shell - now, you're stunning nieces, nephews, and other whippersnappers with Boomerang Flowers and Super Horns. Luckily, some items have remained steadfast, while other less popular ones got canned with each new iteration.

Take a look at this comprehensive list of all the items you can get in Mario Kart, then either mourn the lost ones or celebrate the new ones. Rank your favorite item in the Mario Kart franchise, whether it's from Mario Kart 64, Double Dash, or any other iteration of the finest racing series in Nintendo's stable. But don't ever challenge me to a game. Seriously. I will beat you with the horrifying swiftness and terrible grace of a blue shell late in the third lap.

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  • Bullet Bill1
    568
    96

    Bullet Bill

  • 2
    507
    89

    Star

  • Triple Red Shell3
    518
    94

    Triple Red Shell

  • Golden Mushroom4
    454
    97

    Golden Mushroom

  • Mega Mushroom5
    449
    109

    Mega Mushroom

  • Triple Mushroom6
    414
    97

    Triple Mushroom

  • Red Shell7
    396
    104

    Red Shell

  • 8
    418
    119

    Lightning

  • Bowser Shell9
    414
    138

    Bowser Shell

  • Crazy Eight10
    343
    108

    Crazy Eight

  • Boo11
    328
    107

    Boo

  • Lucky 712
    306
    101

    Lucky 7

  • Chain Chomp13
    341
    119

    Chain Chomp

  • Mushroom14
    325
    113

    Mushroom

  • Yoshi Egg15
    319
    111

    Yoshi Egg

  • Potted Piranha Plant16
    325
    116

    Potted Piranha Plant

  • Super Horn17
    312
    116

    Super Horn

  • Fire Flower18
    308
    119

    Fire Flower

  • Triple Green Shell19
    299
    115

    Triple Green Shell

  • Giant Banana20
    283
    109

    Giant Banana

  • Bob-omb21
    302
    120

    Bob-omb

  • Banana Bunch22
    278
    118

    Banana Bunch

  • Boomerang Flower23
    254
    124

    Boomerang Flower

  • Fireballs24
    245
    128

    Fireballs

  • Birdo Egg25
    238
    133

    Birdo Egg