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Well, this is my first time on the speedrun boards but a veteran in the Mario Kart series.

In the international ver of the game, the game chooses the items and the kart for you via a slot machine roulette (throw forward, throw backwards and a special item). These will be used in the race until the game ends. Each play is different so pay attention to the items allocated! The JP ver. will allow you to choose any 3 items of your desire for your race. (Throw forward, throw backwards, special items)

In this guide I will be talking about the items used in the game used by the player or the AI as well as methods on how you can counterattack each move. You can also block the attack by doing a dragon drift (hop left and right by moving the steering wheel left and right) or when drifting.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Throw forward items

The basic methods of an offense in a race. Some items are homing and uses a lock on, otherwise, you have to trust your instinct in aiming well.

Green Shell/Triple Green shell
First appeared: Super Mario Kart/Mario Kart 64
Countered/Blocked?- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Yes

Fire the green shell forward on your opponent, the shell will withstand a few hits before it disappears.

Red Shell:
First appeared: Super Mario Kart
Countered/Blocked?- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Yes

Fire a red shell that locks on to the opponent, this does not guarantee a true lockon in air attacks.

Black Shell/Triple Black Shell
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Countered/Blocked?- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No

Works like a green shell but explodes on impact within a radius on the target

Gold shell/Triple Gold Shell
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Countered/Blocked?- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Yes

Works like a red shell but more powerful. The most used item by veteran players.

Bowser Shell
First appeared: Mario Kart Double Dash
Countered/Blocked?- Yes
Item approaching warning? No

Fire a Bowser type shell that can hit all opponents within range for a while around a specific area

Spiny Shell
First appeared: Mario Kart 64
Countered/Blocked?- No (just kidding, you can in this version only_
Item approaching warning?- No

Fire a blue shell that homes in on the racer that is in 1st place.

Silver Pan/Triple Silver Pan
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning? No

Throw a pan that locks on to the opponent and whacks them down reducing their speed.

Gold pan
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning? No

Like the silver one, but lasts longer.

Tornado/Triple Tornado
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No

Thunder Cloud
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Untested (mostly no)

Snow Cloud
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Untested (mostly no)

Rain Cloud
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Untested (mostly no)

Soft Gummy
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- Untested (mostly no)

Chain Chomp
First appeared: Mario Kart Double Dash (Item usable for Baby Mario and Luigi), appearance in Mario Kart 64 (Rainbow Road appearance only)
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- no

POW Block
First appeared: Mario Kart Wii
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No

Fireball
First appeared: Super Mario Kart (Bowser's item AI), Double Dash, Mario/Luigi's special item
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No

Barrel
First appeared: Mario Kart series (appearance only) Mario Kart Arcade GP (DK's item only)
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No

Mustache Rocket
First appeared: Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Countered/Blocked- Yes
Item approaching warning?- No
Note: Its more of Waluigi's item since the L is upside down and reversed.

(More to edit soon!)