There are a number of characters featured in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that fans were hoping to see behind the wheel, with the likes of King Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr., and Splatoon‘s Inklings joining the race. However, some fans may not know that the debut of Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch also features a secret sixth racer that can be earned, and that character is none other than Gold Mario.

This is certainly a neat unlockable for players to strive for, but the process required to earn the golden rendition of the face of Nintendo is certainly not for the faint of heart. Indeed, the re-skinned Metal Mario stands as bragging rights for fans dedicated enough to win first place in every single race featured within the hardest mode in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – better known as 200cc.

It’s certainly not a walk in the park, but Game Rant’s here to help ease the process for players looking to unlock Gold Mario for themselves.

Build For Control Over Speed

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Customizing a kart is one of the most engaging aspects of Mario Kart 8, and tinkering with all of the parts in a bid to build the best one is sure to rope in a number of gamers. For the 200cc mode, however, control will be the name of the game for anyone hoping to win. Control of the kart can be gauged by the Traction and Handling meters, both of which help with precision turns and drifting.

Another note is that this will ultimately come down to the parts that users have unlocked beforehand, so trekking through some of the easier cups is far from a bad idea for those looking increase their odds of driving off into the sunset with Gold Mario.

Make Sure To Use The Breaks

The pedal to the metal mindset of Mario Kart is one of the reasons its so accessible to players, but playing in 200cc changes up that mantra in a hurry. As the mode will warn users going in, it’s crucial that players take their time going around corners and use their breaks when necessary. Fighting the urge to drift is sure to be a struggle for some, and the maneuver should still be executed when possible. Still, playing it cautiously instead of trying to fly around a corner has merit and could prevent something along the lines of a heartbreaking 5th place finish.

Just Win Gold 12 Times… in 200cc

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It’s going to be a grind and there’s no getting around this. Players can find solace in the fact that there’s no need to 3-star each and every cup, as a gold trophy in all 12 cups will suffice. Even then, this can be a frustrating endeavor for even the most skilled Mario Kart players, but those that change up their style of play to accommodate the blistering pace of 200cc will find themselves with some serious (and playable) bragging rights whenever they boot up their game.

Once all of the requirements have been met, fans can hop over to the character select screen and they’ll see a Gold Mario icon where Metal Mario once sat. Fans of the pudgy plumber’s metal variant should have no fear though, as the character acts as an alternate skin and can still be selected – similarly to the additional colors of Yoshi and Shy Guy.

Now all that’s left for players is to hop into a race and try out Gold Mario for themselves!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available for the Nintendo Switch on April 28, 2017

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