Shine Thief is a Battle Mode originally exclusive to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but reintroduced in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The goal of this mode is to keep a Shine Sprite in possession until time runs out. This means that unlike Balloon Battle, which is focused on offense, winning Shine Thief requires a great defense and good evasion skills. Other racers can use items to knock the Shine Sprite out of a player's possession and steal it. When hit with an item, it takes a few seconds to be able to pick the Sprite back up.