How do the total coins add up?

Every time I collect one or only the ones I'm holding at the end of the race? In the latter case, it would always take at least 5 races (5 * 10 = 50) to unlock something since holding coins is limited to 10.

I assume it's the first case though since I possibly unlocked a new part after a Grand Prix (= 4 races).

  • Not sure for this game, but in MK7 it was "coin count at end of race".
    – Toomai
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 14:48

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The number of coins added to your total is the number of coins that each local player has at the end of each race. This means that you can get a maximum of 10 coins per race with one player, but 40 coins per race with four players.

Although you can collect enough coins to unlock multiple parts in a single grand prix or VS match, you can only unlock one part at a time. You must then return the the menu after viewing the newly unlocked part to receive any further parts that you have enough total coins to unlock.


It's the coins collected at the end of the race. It can be possible that you have multiple unlocks in a row after a grand prix, for example if you start with 95 coins.

  1. After grand prix 1, you can have 135 coins, and unlocked something
  2. After grand prix 2, you can have 175 coins, and unlocked something
  3. After grand prix 3, you can have 205 coins, and unlocked something

After GP4 it stops, but in one grand prix you have again a coin amount just under 50, so you'll unlock again in a row. If you quit or restart the grand prix after a few races, you still obtained some coins. Therefor it isn't necessary to get 40 coins every grand prix.

  • Also note that all players contribute, so if you (for example) do a 32-race VS series with 3 players, you can get up to 960 coins (but you can't unlock more than one thing at once, they'll get bufferedone at a time).
    – Toomai
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 20:31
  • If you play and "rage-quit", will it still count your current points towards your total score? Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 21:59
  • Good question. I have no idea. If you quit the game normally (via the menu ingame) I think it is done, because I was awarded a couple of times with a new customization. When you throw the controller away, unplug the Wii U, I guess it is not awarded. If it is awarded between races in a Grand Prix, I don't know
    – Mathias711
    Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 22:01

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