|Description||Causes any karts that touch it to spin out.|
|First appearance||Super Mario Kart|
|Latest appearance||Mario Kart 8|
The Banana (also known as the Banana Peel) is one of the most common items in the Mario Kart series. A Banana Peel causes a vehicle to spin-out if the vehicle touches the slippery item. These items are probably the least effective item in Mario Kart, but tripping on a bunch can effect you greatly. Even one banana can decide whether you're in 1st place or 2nd place. Banana Peels can either be placed behind a vehicle (this wasn't avaliable in Super Mario Kart), or be thrown forward down the track. They can also be trailed behind a vehicle by holding the item button (it does not need to be held for triple/bunched bananas); this protects the driver from incoming projectiles like the Red Shell and Green Shell.
In Mario Kart 8, Triple Bananas circle around you, rather than go behind you.
There is also a larger variant exclusive to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! called the Giant Banana. When a driver hits a Giant Banana, the fruit will split into three normal Bananas. This gigantic special item can only be used by Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and King Boo and Petey Piranha, who are able to use any special item.
The Banana Bunch is an item exclusive to Mario Kart 64. It is a row of five Bananas that trail the user's kart. Hitting another racer with the trail causes all the Bananas to drop and a crazy sound effect to play. This is one of the few normal items that have only appeared in one incarnation; although a Triple Banana variant took its place in Mario Kart DS and onward, neither version appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and also in Mario Kart 64, it is possible to prevent spinning out from hitting a Banana. It is accomplished by holding the B button (brake) until a musical note appears over the character's head. This can only be done if the racer is driving straight; hitting a Banana going into a turn will always yield a spin-out. Though done a little differently, this is also possible in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (by tapping the "B" button)
The Triple Banana is served as a replacement for the Banana Bunch, instead of being a row of five bananas, it's now a row of three bananas. Like the Banana Bunch, it didn't appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Obstacle for other players. Shield for green and red shells.