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Lightning Artwork - Mario Kart Wii
Lightning artwork from Mario Kart Wii.
First Game Mario Kart 64 (1997)
Appearances Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Kart Wii
Found Item Boxes
Effects Shrinks players

Lightning is an item from the Mario Kart series. Usage results in the player's adversaries shrinking. A similar item has the same effect, called the Thunderbolt. Players being affected by a Star will be unaffected by the Lightning.


Mario Kart series

Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit

In Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, upon Lightning's use, all other racers in a race are instantly turned tiny. A tiny racer is much slower than their regular counterpart, and is squished upon contact with a bigger racer. The racers turn to regular size after so many seconds, starting with the racer in eighth place. Being squished by another racer has the same effect as being squished by a Thwomp. Also, in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, using the item will stop the music from playing, but once the shrunken players return to normal size, the music restarts from the beginning.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart DS, the Lightning acts very similarly to how it works in Mario Kart 64. The only difference is that players who are tiny are not squished by their larger adversaries, but rather knocked aside fiercely.

Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii, the Lightning affects all other racers, similarly to how it has in other Mario Kart games. The item, however, can be cancelled out by use of the new Mega Mushroom item, which when used while tiny, brings the racer who used it back to normal size. If the racer already is giant upon the Lightning's use, they will become regular sized.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lighting makes an appearance as an item. When touched, it causes several different possible outcomes to occur. This item may make the character who touched it shrink, or make the opposing characters shrink. It may also make them giant, or even just the character who touched it giant.

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