|Fake Item Box|
A Fake Item Box from Mario Kart 64.
A Fake Item Box is an Item introduced in Mario Kart 64. It greatly resembles an Item Box, with the only real difference being the question mark and coloration (depending on the game). Instead of facing right side up, the question mark is facing upside down.
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! the fake item boxes have a second upside down question mark and will flash red.
In Mario Kart DS the fake item box appears on the touch screen as red instead of the normal blue. They do not have the question mark nor do they spin.
They also make an appearance in Mario Kart Wii, appearing similar to the one in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Unlike Mario Kart DS Fake Item Boxes, these bounce when they hit the ground. Also, in Balloon Battle or Coin Runners, Blue Team's Fake Item Boxes are blue, which makes them a little hard to notice.