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Expert Staff Ghosts are extremely good times set by the developers within the Time Trial mode. To unlock them, you must beat the Normal Staff Ghosts (no need to unlock) on Time Trial by several seconds, ranging from 3 seconds to as much as 10 seconds. They add an extra layer of challenge to the game, show some advanced strategies for stages (such as using the N64 Mario Raceway pipe as a trick ramp) and unlock additional karts and characters.

Unlockables

There are two types of unlockables that require beating a particular time - one is simply setting a time, and the other is by unlocking an Expert Staff Ghost. However, there are no unlockables for beating an Expert Staff Ghost. Note that you may need to restart the game once you have done the requirements for them to unlock. Time-based unlockables obtained by methods other than beating a given time are as follows:

  • Magikruiser (Small Bike) - Set times on 8 different courses
  • Birdo - Set times on 16 different courses
  • Toadette - Set times on 32 different courses
  • Torpedo (Large Bike) - Unlocked 12 Expert Staff Ghosts 


The unlock times required are laid out in the table below

Cup Track Normal Staff Ghost Time Unlock Time Expert Staff Ghost Time
Mushroom Cup Luigi Circuit 01:29.670 01:24.411 01:19.419
Moo Moo Meadows 01:37.856 01:33.571 01:25.90
Mushroom Gorge  02:16.110 02:05.494 02:01.011
Toad's Factory  02:22.480 02:12.784 02:05.593
Flower Cup Mario Circuit 01:44.777 01:39.183 01:33.702
Coconut Mall 02:30.764 02:24.788 02:13.333
DK Summit 02:34.693 02:24.725 02:17.546
Wario's Gold Mine 02:19.583 02:14.932 02:04.800
Star Cup Daisy Circuit 01:56.822 01:48.791 01:41.362
Koopa Cape 03:03.022 02:54.897 02:41.370
Maple Treeway 02:58.633 02:50.229 02:37.812
Grumble Volcano 02:28.237 02:19.524 02:11.852
Special Cup Dry Dry Ruins 02:30.949 02:21.681 02:14.286
Moonview Highway 02:16.802 02:07.016 02:04.163
Bowser's Castle 03:04.836 02:55.017 02:42.098
Rainbow Road 03:05.895 02:59.293 02:44.734
Retro Shell Cup Peach Beach 01:34.233 01:30.698 01:23.140
Yoshi Falls 01:16.461 01:12.901 01:09.175
SNES Ghost Valley 2 01:06.595 01:03.752 00:58.907
N64 Mario Raceway 02:14.799 02:07.915 01:59.053
Retro Banana Cup N64 Sherbet Land 02:48.651 02:37.784 02:28.356
GBA Shy Guy Beach 01:45.568 01:39.255 01:32.867
DS Delfino Square 02:41.807 02:33.107 02:24.169
GCN Waluigi Stadium 02:32.882 02:24.645 02:12.367
Retro Leaf Cup DS Desert Hills 02:10.233 02:01.141 01:52.686
GBA Bowser Castle 3 02:58.304 02:50.637 02:39.391
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway 02:58.264 02:49.028 02:37.782
GCN Mario Circuit 01:59.771 01:55.267 01:49.939
Retro Lightning Cup SNES Mario Circuit 3 01:38.880 01:34.828 01:26.659
Peach Gardens (DS) 02:34.894 02:29.006 02:16.777
GCN DK Mountain 02:57.744 02:50.248 02:38.130
N64 Bowser's Castle 03:19.323 03:06.723 02:55.933
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