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Time Trials

Mario Kart Wii Walkthrough and Guide

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Mario Kart Wii Guide - Time Trials

Time Trials

Time Trials allow you to set the best possible time for any given course. You can race alone, or compete against a Ghost to see who scores better.

A Ghost is a recording of a player that has played the course before and got a really good time on it. You can race against it to see who has the better tactic. Ghosts cannot interfere with you, nor can you it.

You look like you've seen a ghost...

In Time Trials, there are no item blocks. You start with 3 mushrooms and that's all you get.

You may be wondering “Why would I want to do this? It sounds like a pain...” and you'd be right, it's a pain. However, this is the fastest way to unlock a lot of the characters (this, or play 5,000 Grand Prix races). Plus, you get bragging rights.

Now, in order to unlock characters, you have to get a REALLY good time. Doing this unlocks the “Expert” Staff Ghosts. The Expert Staff Ghosts have times that you wouldn't believe on some tracks. Luckily, you don't have to beat the ESG, just unlock them. Beating them just gives you bragging rights.


- The best vehicles to use are the Heavy class. They have insane top speeds, and since there is nothing to slow you down (unless you go off course), you can reach top speed and hold it for the entire race.

- Perfect the start boost. It can shave a few seconds off your time, and helps off-set the heavy vehicles low acceleration.

- Learn ALL the shortcuts. You'll need them.

- Perfect your drift boosts. It's a little different with heavy vehicles, so if you're not used to them it'll take some time to get just right.

- Practice. Practice. Practice. This isn't something you can do a night before a party in hopes of unlocking all characters. This is going to take time. You'll often have to go over the same track a good 10 times before you even get close to a good time.

Below, you'll find a list of the time requirements to unlock an Expert Staff Ghost. Note that the times could be off by a second in either direction. The exact times are hard to get, obviously.

Expert Staff Ghost

Mushroom Cup

Luigi Circuit - 1:24.411
Moo Moo Meadows - 1:33.571
Mushroom Gorge - 2:05.494
Toad's Factory - 2:12.784

Flower Cup

Mario Circuit - 1:39.183
Coconut Mall - 2:24.788
DK's Snowboard Cross - 2:24.725
Wario's Gold Mine - 2:14.932

Star Cup

Daisy Circuit - 1:48.791
Koopa Cape - 2:54.897
Maple Treeway - 2:50.229
Grumble Volcano - 2:19.524

Special Cup

Dry Dry Ruins - 2:21.681
Moonview Highway - 2:07.016
Bowser's Castle - 2:55.017
Rainbow Road - 2:59.293

Shell Cup

GCN Peach Beach - 1:30.698
DS Yoshi Falls - 1:12.901
SNES Ghost Valley 2 - 1:03.752
N64 Mario Raceway - 2:07.915

Banana Cup

N64 Sherbet Land - 2:37.784
GBA Shy Guy Beach - 1:39.255
DS Delfino Square - 2:33.107
GCN Waluigi Stadium - 2:24.645

Leaf Cup

DS Desert Hills - 2:01.141
GBA Bowser Castle 3 - 2:50.637
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway - 2:49.028
GCN Mario Circuit - 1:55.267

Lightning Cup

SNES Mario Circuit 3 - 1:34.828
DS Peach Gardens - 2:29.006
GCN DK Mountain - 2:50.248
N64 Bowser's Castle - 3:06.723



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Jul 30th 2017 Guest
[color=green][/color] I beat the whole game. But I beat my ghost by shortcuts and ultra shortcuts.
ID #732961
Jun 4th 2015 Guest
In Koopa Cave I got a score of 2:52:581 and didnt unlock anything. Why is that?
ID #565504
Apr 16th 2015 Guest
DK Summit I unlocked with a time of 2:25.886.
ID #543734
Apr 4th 2015 Guest
People are getting scores like 1sec because they wait 2 hr which starts the count over
ID #537650
Nov 11th 2014 Guest
What if the time for the experts on my Wii are 4-5 seconds faster than the times listed above?
ID #470131
Jun 12th 2014 Guest
How do I know when I've got a expert ghost data, because I've unlocked Funky Kong, but I dont know how? And Funky Kong is unlocked by winning 4 experts? Or what?! PLEAS, how do I know when I have unlocked an expert? :-)
ID #398209
Jul 23rd 2015 Guest
It will say fast staff ghist has appeared in bottom left corner
ID #588390
Jun 8th 2014 Guest
mine was the ghost valley my time 58.563
ID #395830
Mar 4th 2014 Guest
You'll know when you unlock an expert (fast) staff ghost, cause when you beat a normal one by at least 2-3 seconds, it'll say, a fast staff ghost has appeared on (random) track! If the time on a staff ghost is different than or quicker than the staff ghost you raced against, it's the fast one. I usually complete all courses in one cup then move on to the next cup. Don't leave a track until you unlock the ghost! Some of the harderish courses are GBA Shy Guy Beach, SNES Ghost Valley 2, and SNES Mario Circuit 3. Oh, and BTW to unlock some characters they are: Unlock 8 fast staff ghosts for Baby Luigi, Unlock 4 for Funky Kong, and 32 for Mii Outfit B.
ID #361024
Jul 1st 2013 Guest
this helped a lot thx so much XOXO
ID #294044
Jun 4th 2013 Guest
Alright, so these times are true. What needs to happen is you need to get that time to unlock the ghost I believe. Once you've unlocked all Expert Ghosts (Which with enough practice, like they said, shouldn't take too long) you will need to exit to the license select screen, then enter back, and anything you would've unlocked should be unlocked. If you are confused as to if you've unlocked the Expert Ghost for a track, compare your time to the times listed here. If it is less then/equal to, then it is unlocked. Or just play all 32 in a row, and unlock them all in a row. Also, don't leave a track until you've finished it. If you are one who goes from track to track, keep records of the tracks you've completed. Good guide btw
ID #287826
May 10th 2013 Guest
What Tracks do you think is the most Glitched?
ID #281565
Apr 6th 2013 Guest
why are people getting 0.001 secs. how is it possible??? Smile
ID #271108
Feb 5th 2013 Guest
THE EASIEST TRACK ON WORLD :GCN Dk Mountain.My Time Is 1.20.243
ID #250547
Jan 30th 2013 Guest
I kneed 2 find out how 2 unlock funkie kowng SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!!!
ID #247749
Jan 25th 2013 Guest
Is anyone else got a 3 star rank 9999 points and is amazing
ID #246247
Aug 22nd 2012 stickman123
Where the hell can i get some((((((((( CHEATS ))))))))) Cause these arn't CHEATS there walk throughs and guides. That's all!!! I have been looking all over the internet for (((((((((( CHEATS )))))))))) not these unlockables and how to beat them......... I want just plain Really good (((((((((( CHEATS ))))))))) Not this!!! Can Someone just tell me a couple good ((((((((( CHEATS ))))))))) PLEASE!!!!! Thank You so much! plz reply to me as quick as possible. thk you!
ID #178813
Jul 24th 2012 Guest
Just unlock 8 expert staff ghost on any track
ID #168210
Jun 12th 2012 ktkruiser
i have tried to unlock baby luigi since i already have funky kong but i dont know which tracks i got expert staff in!!!!!! please help! addd another page for this or something ):
ID #151859
Jun 3rd 2012 Guest
how do you know when you've got a expert ghost data, because i unlocked funky kong but i dont know which tracks. PLEASE HELP!!!
ID #148325
May 6th 2012 Guest
Hehe flat!!
ID #140022
May 6th 2012 Guest
I'm Champ Rowe-Burnett Brandon,I go to ********* elementery school,I live at ******************************!I'm a pro at this game!!!
ID #140021
May 6th 2012 Guest
It's me again,Hello,I've unlocked EVERYTHING!!!Mii outfit c and d aren't real![size=19][/size]
ID #140020
May 6th 2012 Guest
ID #140017
May 6th 2012 Guest
I'm the world champion on all levels!And on Wi-Fi!
ID #140015
Mar 29th 2012 Guest
Spoiler you haft to scratch your ball sack for time trials I only need two characters now
ID #127440
Feb 24th 2012 Guest
[size=12][size=12][b][/b] [/size] [/size] cool
ID #118014
Jan 22nd 2012 Guest
Thanks for trying to help these people! I will practice a LOT! I hope you can come over to my house and try to earn Birdo.(To get her, you have to win 16 time trials witout messing up. Its hard!)
ID #108354
Jan 22nd 2012 Guest
is hard!!
ID #108304
Jan 13th 2012 Guest
Need all of 'em
ID #105578
Jan 12th 2012 Guest
i have un-locked mii outfit b!!!!!
ID #105123
Jan 8th 2012 Guest
I find it hard to drift with big bikes so im not sure ill use 'em
ID #104210
Dec 22nd 2011 Guest
Thanks this helped me a lot
ID #97426
Dec 1st 2011 Guest
i beat the ghost but still did not have it
ID #91929
Oct 12th 2011 Guest
um... do u have to beat the ghost or just get a good time
ID #79910
Aug 28th 2011 Jasonranger926
I need to unlock the expert staff ghost on SNES Mario Circuit 3. I do the trial on automatic and this is the last ghost I need to unlock. Can somebody please help me I have been trying to unlock this ghost for a week. Please tell me what character and what vehicle to use. Remember I do this on automatic and I have tried manual but its to hard ti control.
ID #70828
Aug 10th 2011 Guest
thx this really helped - also u can use yoshi in the Turbo Blooper, it has great off-road and is excelent on the short cuts (even the ones where u need boosts like Dry Dry Ruins)!
ID #65997
Jul 23rd 2011 Guest
i can beat some of the ghost on their time i just can't beat them by the time i need to
ID #60487
Jun 17th 2011 Guest
I beat the whole game I just can't get the expert ghost in shy guy beach and yoshi falls does any one have any tips. Help me my email is [email protected]
ID #49789
May 28th 2011 Guest
Hi.I beat the world champions time on Luigi Circuit but i'm not world champion.Why?
ID #45541
Mar 23rd 2011 Guest
i have a faster time than the world champion on koopa cape but i am not the champion why?
ID #33901
Mar 21st 2011 Guest
ID #33542
Feb 25th 2011 Guest
You haf to beat the expert by 4 seconds to get anything I saw it with my own eyes on with what I'm using now
ID #30354
Jan 29th 2011 Guest
How do the world champions get their mini turbos earlier than usual? They barely take a tight turn, but it shows up for them anyway. What do I have to do in order to do the same?
ID #27201
Jan 16th 2011 Guest
First this site almost blew up my computer 2 times. i have WAY better tips. i beat by a million seconds and i don't have all the expert ghosts. are these nooby times the ones you got? everyone reading this, don't beleive this bs site
ID #25609
Jan 13th 2011 Guest
ok so on GCN DK Mountain i got 02:23.516 AND THE TIME TO BEAT IS 02:38.130. and it STILL WONT UNLOCK. i dont know whats goin on it took me all day to get a score that good but its the only one that doesnt give me the expert staff. i didnt even hit a single wall and used the best short cut. someone PLZZZZZZZ help
ID #25251
Jan 9th 2011 Guest
in shy guy beach i got 1 minutes and 22 seconds im near the world record if you see a guy name @inkylewr thats me on momo meadows i got 1 minute and 17 seconds
ID #24788
Jan 9th 2011 Guest
This is all COMEPLETELY wrong!!!!! Can't believe i almost believed it! not one is right! to my wii and my friend's wii!!!
ID #24713
Jan 3rd 2011 Guest
Thank you soooo much
ID #23926
Dec 30th 2010 Guest
my username on mario kart wii is @inkylewr my record from grumble volcanoe is 20 seconds flat just of the world record if you would like to add me on google and write mario kart wii freind codes exchage then double click the 1st one and find my user name in australia and my username is @inkylewr
in shy guy beach i have the continet record but im 1 second of the world record i am very good at mario kart wii my online rating in 9999 and on mario circut i got 59. 999 seconds in yoshi fall im coming 10th in world wide or 6th i have some world records plz add me
ID #23296
Nov 19th 2010 Guest
wrong but very good and interesting cheats
ID #18595