Fake Item Box


MK8 Fake Item Box

The Fake Item Box, as it appears in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Platinum respectively.
Item Type Container
Kind of Item Item Box
First Appearance Mario Kart 64
Latest Appearance Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Presents itself as a regular Item Box, but flips anyone over that picks it up

The Fake Item Box (occasionally called just Fake Item) is a common Mario Kart item resembling an Item Box. The only differences are the occasional red glare and the upside-down question mark. Though it appears to be colored similarly to a normal Item Box from farther away, it looks more reddish the closer someone is to it. When a driver makes contact with one, their car flips, as if they got hit with a green or red shell, except it electrocutes the kart by playing a red lightning-like effect. Fake Item Boxes appear more frequently in positions near the front of the pack. Usually, the Fake Item Box is unable to block the items behind the user, but some games allow the Fake Item Box to block items and be placed in midair.

In Team Battles (Mario Kart Wii only), Fake Item Boxes are the color of its respective team. Therefor, the item can also be blue instead of red.

Previous games had different styles for the Fake Item Box, to match with their Item Box counterpart. The ones in Mario Kart 64, for example, had the upside down question mark as its only difference, while the one in Mario Kart DS bore no question mark at all.

In Mario Kart Wii the Fake Item Box's ¿ gets a purple outline to go with its red color, which stays with it for fanon Mario Kart games.

In the Mario Kart Arcade GP games, a Fake Item Box would cover the screen with a jack-in-the-box character for a second. The player will not lose much momentum, unlike the other counterparts.


Koopa Kart Series

Koopa Kart

Fake Item Boxes appear in Koopa Kart with their normal functions.

Super Koopa Kart

Fake Item Boxes make their normal appearances in Super Koopa Kart.

Mario Kart: Double Dash 2!!

Fake Item Boxes appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash 2!! as a basic item.

Mario Kart Silver

Fake Item Boxes appear in Mario Kart Silver. In this game, they look like regular Item Boxes, except that they have an upside down question mark. It causes opponents to flip over once hit.

Mario Kart Platinum

The Fake Item Box appears in Mario Kart Platinum. In this game, it returns to its Mario Kart Wii look, is able to block items again, and can be placed in mid-air. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. There are also two new variations of the Fake Item Box: the Double Fake Item Box (to go with the Double Item Box) and the Triple Fake Item Box (despite not having a Triple Item Box).

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 3

Normal Fake Item Boxes appear in this game, along with Waluigi's new special item, Exploding Fake Item Boxes.

Dry Bones Kart series

First Three Appearances

The Fake Item Box debuts in these three games in the Dry Bones Kart series. In these games, the Fake Item Box looks similar to a real Item Box, except it has a ¿ inside. It blasts any kart into the air that touches it. It also blocks shells and can be placed in midair.

Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!! to Dry Bones Kart Wii

The Fake Item Box returns in Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!!, Dry Bones Kart DS, and Dry Bones Kart Wii, where it is colored red (returns to its look in first three appearances in Dry Bones Kart DS) and cannot block items or be placed in midair. It is also nerfed, as it only flips the kart that touches it.

Dry Bones Kart 7

The Fake Item Box retains its look from Dry Bones Kart Wii, and returns its shell blocking abilities and is now able to be placed in midair again.

Dry Bones Kart 8

The Fake Item Box retains its look, shell blocking abilities, and midair placing ability from Dry Bones Kart 7, and now blasts players into the air again.


Blue Fake Item Box

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Mario Kart Silver

Playable Characters

Default Characters
ToadToadetteBaby MarioBaby LuigiKoopa TroopaLakituMarioLuigiPrincess PeachYoshiBirdoDiddy KongBowserDonkey KongWarioWaluigiKing BooWigglerMii

Unlockable Characters
Baby PeachBaby DaisyShy GuyKoopa ParatroopaDry BonesBooGoombaToadsworthPrincess DaisyBowser Jr.NabbitNokiMonaDixie KongKamekProfessor E. GaddRosalinaPetey PiranhaDry BowserKing Bob-OmbPiantaCranky KongBoom BoomPom Pom

Downloadable Characters
Surprise Pack MIPSWhittleAshleyHammer Bro.KritterPauline
Heroes Pack Baby WarioBaby Donkey KongTimer the TigerNeilRobotic Operating BuddyMr. Game & Watch
Villains Pack ShroobKoopa KidDimentioMouserMetal MarioAntasma
Koopalings Pack Ludwig von KoopaRoy KoopaWendy O. KoopaMorton Koopa Jr.Iggy KoopaLemmy KoopaLarry Koopa


Red ShellRed Shell TrioGreen ShellGreen Shell TrioBanana PeelBanana Peel TrioBlooperBob-OmbFire FlowerStarLightning BoltBullet BillBlue Spiny ShellMushroomMushroom TrioGolden MushroomPOW BlockRed BooWhimpFreezieBowser's ShellMega MushroomMini MushroomDash PepperPropeller MushroomYoshi EggFake Item BoxOil BarrelHeartSuper LeafTweesterBumperPotted Piranha PlantBoomerang Flower

Super Mario Kart 8+
Playable Characters
Mario Kart 8 drivers FEATHER Baby Mario · Baby Luigi · Baby Peach · Baby Daisy · Baby Rosalina · Lemmy
LIGHT Toad · Toadette · Koopa Troopa · Shy Guy · Lakitu · Larry · Wendy · Isabelle
MEDIUM Peach · Daisy · Yoshi · Cat Peach · Female Villager
STANDARD Mario · Luigi · Tanooki Mario · Iggy · Ludwig · Male Villager
CRUISER Donkey Kong · Rosalina · Waluigi · Metal Mario · Pink Gold Peach · Roy · Link
HEAVY Bowser · Wario · Dry Bowser · Morton
New drivers FEATHER Paratroopa · Sprixie Princess
LIGHT Dry Bones · Toadsworth · Spike
MEDIUM Bowser Jr. · Diddy Kong · Ashley
STANDARD Birdo · Nabbit
CRUISER King Boo · Wiggler · Zelda
HEAVY Honey Queen · Pianta · King Bob-omb
Downloadable drivers FEATHER Yellow Sprixie Princess · Red Sprixie Princess · Blue Sprixie Princess · Light Blue Sprixie Princess · Orange Sprixie Princess · Purple Sprixie Princess
LIGHT Tostarenan · Olimar
MEDIUM Callie · Marie
HEAVY Boom Boom · Funky Kong · Petey Piranha
via amiibo at launch Fire Mario · Ice Luigi · King Boo · Meowser · Gold Mario
Version 3.2 Yarn Yoshi · Captain Toad · Boomerang Peach · Silver Luigi · Wario
Alternate colours Green Paratroopa · Blue Paratroopa · Yellow Paratroopa · Blue Toad · Green Toad · Yellow Toad · Purple Toad · Red Koopa Troopa · Blue Koopa Troopa · Yellow Koopa Troopa · Green Shy Guy · Blue Shy Guy · Light Blue Shy Guy · Yellow Shy Guy · Pink Shy Guy · Black Shy Guy · White Shy Guy · Orange Shy Guy · Green Lakitu · Yellow Lakitu · Green Dry Bones · Blue Dry Bones · Red Dry Bones · Red Yoshi · Blue Yoshi · Light Blue Yoshi · Yellow Yoshi · Pink Yoshi · Black Yoshi · White Yoshi · Orange Yoshi · White Tanooki Mario · Pink Pianta · Yellow Pianta
Non-Playable Characters
Hazards Barrel · Bone Piranha Plant · Boo · Cataquack · Chain Chomp · Cheep Cheep · Conkdor · Deku Baba · Dry Bones · Fire Snake · Freezie · Frogoon · Goomba · Keese · Mechakoopa · Monty Mole · Mr. Resetti · Octoomba · Piranha Plant · Pokey · Screaming Pillar · Shy Guy · Sidestepper · Swoop · Thwomp · Tiki Goon
Background Characters Boo · Boomerang Bro. · Dry Bones · Fire Bro. · Fishbone · Goomba · Hammer Bro. · Jellybeam · Koopa Paratroopa · Lakitu · Luma · Mini Toad · Noki · Pianta · Shy Guy · Toad · Unagi · Yoshi · Blathers · Cyrus · K.K. Slider · Mabel · Reese · Rover · Sable · Tom Nook
Mario Kart 8 items Coin · Green Shell · Triple Green Shells · Banana · Triple Bananas · Red Shell · Triple Red Shells · Boomerang Flower · Fire Flower · Potted Piranha Plant · Mushroom · Triple Mushrooms · Golden Mushroom · Bullet Bill · Super Horn · Blooper · Star · Bob-omb · Lightning · Crazy Eight · Spiny Shell
New items Blue Coin · Double Cherry · Boo · Fake Item Box · Freezie · Cape Feather
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