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Mario Kart Wii/Unused Bones & Animations

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This is a sub-page of Mario Kart Wii.

Hmmm...
To do:
Document the rest of the early animations found by Atlas. Zach#2169 on Discord has some GIFs if anyone is willing to upload them and format the page. In particular, document:
  • Add Bowser's early animations on Karts, as well as Standard Bike L / Flame Runner / Spear. For Wario Bike / Shooting Star / Phantom, some animations seem to be switched in comparison to the final version.
  • Daisy's early 1st (seems identical to Peach's used animation, likely a leftover) animation for Mach Bike / Sneakster / Dolphin Dasher.
  • Daisy's unused biker outfit has two animations called pc_hair_drive and pc_hair_wait, which are only used by Peach for her hair movement (Daisy's final variant of these animations are called ds_hair_drive and ds_hair_wait), which explains why her hair does not move when restoring this model. This is likely a leftover from Peach.

Koopa Troopa's and Dry Bones' Wings

The Koopa Troopa character texture, in which we can see the unused wing textures.

Koopa Troopa and Dry Bones have two unused bones named wing_l1 and wing_r1 in their model files. While the bones aren't used in this game, they were used in the game's predecessor, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, as Paratroopa's flapping wings, since both Koopa and Paratroopa shared the same model in that game. These were probably just leftovers from when Nintendo ported the Double Dash!! model to Mario Kart Wii. The bones aren't referenced in any of Koopa Troopa's or Dry Bones' animations, so if someone were to hack a texture over the bones, they wouldn't move.

The fact that Dry Bones has the same unused bones as Koopa Troopa implies that its model was based on the latter's.

Baby Princesses Cap

MKW-Bds-Unused-Losing-Daisy-Crown-Animation.gif

Baby Daisy and Baby Peach share the same bone structure as both Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. This isn't unusual, as it saves time for the developers of the game, but what is unusual is that the "cap" bone for the baby princesses isn't weighted to move their crowns around when doing tricks and the like, as would be the case with Baby Luigi and Baby Mario. Instead, the crown is part of the "face" bone, despite the crown itself being modelled in such a way that would make it possible to move. If you were to weight it correctly in a 3D model editor, it's revealed they have a unique animation for the crown. The losing animation will jiggle the crown as the Baby Princesses cry.

Luigi's Test Animations

MKWii-Luigitest.gif

Located within /Race/Kart/mdf-kart-lg.szs (Luigi's Standard Kart M) are 4 unused animations for Luigi. Two of them show Luigi putting his foot on the gas and brake pedals (there are no animations for this in the final game) and the other two are him punching to the left and right. These seem to be leftovers from Double Dash!!

(Source: Atlas)

Lakitu's Battle Sign

MKWii-LakituBattle.gif

Lakitu has an unused battle mode item called jugem_battle.brres, inside /Race/Common.szs. The animation seems to be a copy of the backwards animation in VS race, but with an X on the sign instead of a U-Turn. The animation's name is "jg_st" which probably means "stop" (For reference, the name of the "going back" animation is "jg_no"), so maybe was supposed to appear at the end of battle when all the karts stop and wave the sign? (similar to how he waves a flag after you finish a VS race)

Funky Kong's Tie Bone Leftover

Funky Kong has a bone named tie_1, which is a leftover from Donkey Kong's boneset, due to the developers using him as a base for Funky Kong. While the bone is animated (since both Donkey Kong and Funky Kong use the same animations), it is not rigged into any part of the model itself.

Peach, Daisy and Rosalina's Skirt Bone Leftover

Peach, Daisy and Rosalina have a bone named skirt_1, which is used for their dress model found when playing with karts. This bone, however, is also present on their biker outfit variant, which goes unused.

Peach and Daisy's Leftover Hair Bones

Both Peach and Daisy have 4 bones in their boneset called d_hair_1, d_hair_2, p_hair_1 and p_hair_2. The first two are used only by Daisy, while the last two are used only by Peach.

Early Character Animations

Some of the early "_2" vehicles found in /Race/Kart/ also contain unused animations for the characters.

Activate the code below and enter a VS Race / Time Trial / Battle to view these animations:

PAL NTSC-U NTSC-J NTSC-K
Gecko Code
06001498 0000000B
68616E64 6C655F6C
6F6400FF FFFFFFFF
04026050 4E800020
04553FCC 3A600001
04577084 38000001
04577108 38000000
04577950 3C608000
04577958 60631498
04577960 7C7F1B78
06001498 0000000B
68616E64 6C655F6C
6F6400FF FFFFFFFF
04025fb0 4E800020
0454dfac 3A600001
04570820 38000001
045708a4 38000000
045710ec 3C608000
045710f4 60631498
045710fc 7C7F1B78
06001498 0000000B
68616E64 6C655F6C
6F6400FF FFFFFFFF
04025f70 4E800020
0455394c 3A600001
04576a04 38000001
04576a88 38000000
045772d0 3C608000
045772d8 60631498
045772e0 7C7F1B78
06001498 0000000B
68616E64 6C655F6C
6F6400FF FFFFFFFF
040260b0 4E800020
04542024 3A600001
045650dc 38000001
04565160 38000000
045659a8 3C608000
045659b0 60631498
045659b8 7C7F1B78
(Source: MarioKartWii.com)

Luigi

Bike (Standard Bike M / Sugarscoot / Zip Zip)

Filename Description
1st.chr0 Winning a match in 1st place
Early Version Final Version
MKW 1st 2.gif MKW 1st.gif
Filename Description
bad.chr0 Losing a match
Early Version Final Version
MKW Bad 2.gif MKW Bad.gif
Filename Description
gut.chr0 Hitting an opponent with an item
Early Version Final Version
MKW Gut 2.gif MKW Gut.gif
Filename Description
jump.chr0 Going through a cannon
Early Version Final Version
MKW Jump 2.gif MKW Jump.gif
Filename Description
throw_f.chr0 Throwing an item forward
Early Version Final Version
MKW Throw f 2.gif MKW Throw f.gif

Kart

Filename Description
1st.chr0 Winning a match in 1st place
Early Version Final Version
MKW 1st Kart 2.gif MKW 1st Kart.gif
Filename Description
good.chr0 Winning a match in 2nd to 5th place
Early Version Final Version
MKW Good Kart 2.gif MKW Good Kart.gif
Filename Description
throw.chr0 Throwing an item forward
Early Version Final Version
MKW Throw Kart 2.gif MKW Throw Kart.gif

Peach

Bike (Mach Bike / Sneakster / Dolphin Dasher)

Filename Description
sjump_sc.chr0 Down trick
Early Version Final Version
MKWii Peach Early trick anim 1.gif MKWii Peach Final trick anim 1.gif

Daisy

Bike (Mach Bike / Sneakster / Dolphin Dasher)

Filename Description
sjump_sc.chr0 Down trick
Early Version Final Version
MKWii Daisy Early trick anim 1.gif MKWii Daisy Final trick anim 1.gif

Donkey Kong

Bike (Wario Bike / Shooting Star / Phantom)

Filename Description
wait.chr0 Idle
Early Version Final Version
MKWii DK Early wait anim.gif MKWii DK Final wait anim.gif

Funky Kong

Bike (Wario Bike / Shooting Star / Phantom)

Filename Description
wait.chr0 Idle
Early Version Final Version
MKWii FK Early wait anim.gif MKWii FK Final wait anim.gif

Waluigi

Bike (Wario Bike / Shooting Star / Phantom)

Filename Description
wait.chr0 Idle
Early Version Final Version
MKWii WL Early wait anim.gif MKWii WL Final wait anim.gif

Dry Bowser

Bike (Standard Bike L / Flame Runner / Spear)

Filename Description
1st.chr0 Winning a match in 1st place
Early Version Final Version
MKWii db 1st early.gif Mkwii db 1st final.gif
Filename Description
good.chr0 Winning a match in 2nd to 5th place
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Good early.gif Mkwii db Good final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_mb.chr0 Right trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Sjump mb early.gif Mkwii db Sjump mb final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_sa.chr0 Up trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Sjump sa early.gif Mkwii db Sjump sa final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_sb.chr0 Left trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Sjump sb early.gif Mkwii db Sjump sb final.gif
Filename Description
wait.chr0 Idle
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Wait early.gif Mkwii db Wait final.gif
Filename Description
wait2.chr0 Driving
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii db Wait2 early.gif Mkwii db Wait2 final.gif


Rosalina

Bike (Standard Bike L / Flame Runner / Spear)

Filename Description
bad.chr0 Losing a match
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii rosa Bad early.gif Mkwii rosa Bad final.gif
Filename Description
gut.chr0 Hitting an opponent with an item

NOTE: The early version lacks the file gut.pat0, which explains why her face expressions are not animated in the early version.

Early Version Final Version
Mkwiii rosa Gut early.gif Mkwii rosa Gut final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_st.chr0 Starting a trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii rosa Sjump st early.gif Mkwii rosa Sjump st final.gif

Birdo

Bike (Mach Bike / Sneakster / Dolphin Dasher)

Filename Description
1st.chr0 Winning a match in 1st place
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo 1st early.gif Mkwii birdo 1st final.gif
Filename Description
drift_l.chr0 Drifting to the left
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo drift l early.gif Mkwii birdo drift l final.gif
Filename Description
drift_r.chr0 Drifting to the right
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo drift r early.gif Mkwii birdo drift r final.gif
Filename Description
good.chr0 Winning a match in 2nd to 5th place
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo good early.gif Mkwii birdo good final.gif
Filename Description
gut.chr0 Hitting an opponent with an item
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo gut early.gif Mkwii birdo gut final.gif
Filename Description
jump.chr0 Going through a cannon
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo jump early.gif Mkwii birdo jump final.gif
Filename Description
jump_ed.chr0 Back to driving after going airborne
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo jump ed early.gif Mkwii birdo jump ed final.gif
Filename Description
jump_st.chr0 Going airborne
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo jump st early.gif Mkwii birdo jump st final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_ed.chr0 Back to driving after doing a trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump ed early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump ed final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_ma.chr0 Up trick (Jump Boost Pad - Halfpipe)
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump ma early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump ma final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_mb.chr0 Right trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump mb early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump mb final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_mc.chr0 Down trick (Jump Boost Pad - Halfpipe)
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump mc early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump mc final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_sa.chr0 Up trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump sa early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump sa final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_sb.chr0 Left trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump sb early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump sb final.gif
Filename Description
sjump_sc.chr0 Down trick
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo sjump sc early.gif Mkwii birdo sjump sc final.gif
Filename Description
throw_f.chr0 Throwing an item forward
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo throw f early.gif Mkwii birdo throw f final.gif
Filename Description
throw_f_ed.chr0 Back to driving after throwing an item forward
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo throw f ed early.gif Mkwii birdo throw f ed final.gif
Filename Description
wait.chr0 Idle
Early Version Final Version
Mkwii birdo wait early.gif Mkwii birdo wait final.gif