|Lakitu in Mario Kart 8.|
|First Appearance||Mario Kart 7 (2011)|
|Latest Appearance||Mario Kart 8|
|Total Appearances|| Mario Kart 7|
Mario Kart 8
|Weight Class(es)|| Feather (MK7)|
Lakitu is the referee that has appeared in every Mario Kart game since the series inception. He will perform various helpful duties; most importantly, he will start the race or battle by using his Start Signal. If the player is driving in the wrong direction, he will appear holding a "Wrong Way" or a U-Turn sign until he/she turns around. After crossing the finish line, he will appear to indicate the lap the player is on with his lap sign or wave a checkered flag to indicate the race is over. And, of course, if the player falls off the track or goes out of bounds, he will use his fishing pole to get them back onto the track. In Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, Lakitu charged the player coins to drop them back onto the track.
If the player taps the Acceleration button just as they hit the ground after Lakitu drops them onto the track, they can perform a recovery boost.
Mario Kart 7 is the first time that Lakitu is made available as a racer. As in all other Mario Kart games, he resembles a turtle on a cloud. This Lakitu has a red shell opposed to the referee, who has a green shell. His stats match those of Toad, Koopa Troopa, and Shy Guy, which makes him a featherweight racer. He is the staff ghost racer for Piranha Plant Slide and SNES Rainbow Road.
The red-shelled Lakitu racer returns in Mario Kart 8 as well as the green-shelled referee. His stats match those of Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Toadette, Larry, and Wendy. He is the staff ghost racer for SNES Donut Plains 3.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Lakitu.
|Mario Kart 7 characters|
|Feather||Toad • Koopa Troopa • Shy Guy • Lakitu|
|Light||Peach • Daisy • Yoshi|
|Medium||Mario • Luigi • Mii|
|Cruiser||Donkey Kong • Rosalina • Wiggler|
|Heavy||Wario • Bowser • Metal Mario • Honey Queen|
|Mario Kart 8 characters|
|Light||Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Baby Rosalina • Toad • Toadette • Koopa Troopa • Shy Guy • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Wendy O. Koopa • Lemmy Koopa|
|Medium||Mario • Luigi • Peach • Daisy • Yoshi • Ludwig von Koopa • Iggy Koopa|
|Heavy||Wario • Waluigi • Donkey Kong • Rosalina • Bowser • Roy Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Metal Mario • Pink Gold Peach|