“Hello Kitty Kruisers” Strategy and Unlock Guide

Updated on July 16, 2019
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Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game Design. She is a life-long gamer.

“Hello Kitty Kruisers” Strategy and Unlock Guide
“Hello Kitty Kruisers” Strategy and Unlock Guide

“Hello Kitty Kruisers and Sanrio Friends” Unlockables Guide and Strategies

Hello Kitty Kruisers is a cute and simple kart racing game for Nintendo Switch (originally available on Nintendo Wii U). While it isn’t the most complex game out there, there is some unlockable content to obtain in the game, including new characters and karts. This game is simple enough for even young children to figure out, but this guide will help you to better understand how to unlock the hidden content and understand the game’s mechanics if you are having any trouble.

The entire roster of Sanrio characters available in "Hello Kitty Kruisers."
The entire roster of Sanrio characters available in "Hello Kitty Kruisers."

Characters in “Hello Kitty Kruisers”

There are ten characters total in Hello Kitty Kruisers, with six unlocked to start, and the remaining four to be unlocked. Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Chococat, My Melody, and Purin are unlocked when you begin the game. Tuxedo Sam, Kuromi, Hangyodon, and Cinnamoroll can be unlocked, bringing the full roster of Sanrio racers to ten. Each character has three outfits to choose from, which can be changed using the left thumb stick after selecting the character, before confirming your selection.

Though the vehicles are very slow, there are some speed boosts scattered around the race tracks.
Though the vehicles are very slow, there are some speed boosts scattered around the race tracks.

Vehicles and Controls

There are three types of vehicles available in this game; karts (cars), boats, and planes. Different stages require a specific type of vehicle. There are four of each three types of vehicles available to choose from when you first begin, with six more of each type available to unlock as you play the game. Land racing stages require karts, water racing stages use boats, and races in the air have you flying planes. Each vehicle has several different paint colors to choose from.

Driving any of the three types of vehicles is essentially the same, and the controls are straightforward. A button is gas, the left stick controls the direction you move (left and right to move any of the vehicles in that direction. For the planes only, pulling backward on the left stick makes the plane ascend, while pressing forward makes it descend). Skid around corners with the right trigger and deploy your items with the left trigger.

All Vehicles Available

All karts (cars), boats, and planes available in "Hello Kitty Kruisers."
All karts (cars), boats, and planes available in "Hello Kitty Kruisers."

How to Unlock Characters and Vehicles

It is very easy to unlock all of the unlockable characters and vehicles in Hello Kitty Kruisers. Simply play through the different game modes, and characters and vehicles will be available the next time you open the character and vehicle select screens. As you play through the four tours in Tournament mode and the challenges in Adventure mode, you should be able to unlock everything the game has to offer.

There are four tours, so as you play through each of these, you will unlock the four unlockable characters; Tuxedo Sam, Kuromi, Hangyodon, and Cinnamoroll. Some of the unlockable karts, planes, and boats will also unlock as you play through the tournaments.

Once you have completed all of the tournament tours (or you may wish to go back and forth between the two modes) play through all of the Adventure mode challenges to continue unlocking the rest of the vehicles. By the time I finished all of the challenges, I had unlocked everything. It should only take about an hour or two to unlock everything.

Quick Play and Tournament modes can be played in split-screen multiplayer.
Quick Play and Tournament modes can be played in split-screen multiplayer.

Game Modes

Hello Kitty Kruisers offers several game modes. In single player, you can choose from Quick Play, Tournament, or Adventure modes. With 2-4 players, you are limited to Quick Play or Tournament modes. These different modes are straight forward.

Quick Play

This mode allows you to pick a single track to race on against CPU players. Choose this mode if you don’t want to play through an entire 4-track tour. This mode can be played with 1-4 players.


Tournament mode lets you compete in a 4-track tour. You will race with a variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, and planes throughout the course of each tour. Once you complete each tour, the next tour will be unlocked. There are 4 tours in all. All ten characters race in every race, so you will have the chance to preview the full line-up before unlocking them all.

The goal of the Cupcake Hunt challenges in Adventure mode is to collect all of the cupcakes before the time runs out.
The goal of the Cupcake Hunt challenges in Adventure mode is to collect all of the cupcakes before the time runs out.

Adventure Mode

Adventure mode is only available as single player. In this mode, you test your skills against various one player challenges. There are four different types of challenges in this mode: cupcake hunt, rainbow gates, time trial, and apple run. Throughout the challenges, you will play as a variety of different characters and use all three different types of vehicles.

Cupcake Hunt

In Cupcake Hunt levels, you must collect all of the cupcakes before the timer runs out. It is not necessary to complete a full lap, and you can go around as many times as you need to within the time limit.

Rainbow Gates

Pass through all of the rainbow gates, which are shaped like Hello Kitty’s head. Your goal is to get through as many gates as you can in one lap, so unlike in Cupcake Hunt, you won’t be able to come back to get any you miss unless you turn around.

Time Trial

Complete the track under a certain amount of time to earn more stars. If you play a track you’ve already played, you will race against your ghost.

Apple Run

Collect 99 apples in the track. You are given more time each time you complete a lap, so don’t worry about collecting every apply right away. The apples respawn each time you finish a lap as well, which makes it very easy to collect 99 within the time limit.

Kuromi throwing a pie while being slowed down by the slow timer. The traffic cones will cause her to spin out if she hits them.
Kuromi throwing a pie while being slowed down by the slow timer. The traffic cones will cause her to spin out if she hits them.

Power Up Items

There is a variety of power up items available in this game, which will feel very familiar to players who have played Mario Kart games. You get power ups from sphere-shaped containers found on the racetracks. These multicolored, question marked containers looks suspiciously like the question blocks found in Mario Kart. When you obtain a power up item, you can press the left trigger on your controller to use it.

Mario Kart Equivelent
Pink pies that can be thrown at rivals.
green shells
Traffic Cones
Orange cones that cause enemies to spin out when hit.
bannana peels
speed boost
Gives user a temporary speed boost.
golden mushroom
Protects user from hazards.
super star
Slow Timer
nerf enemies
Temporarily slows down rival racers.
lightning bolt

A Final Word

This game is actually very simple and easy to figure out, even for younger children. There isn’t a lot in terms of unlockable content and winning races don’t require a whole lot of skill or strategy. This is a simple game for Hello Kitty fans, young children, and casual gamers who aren’t looking for something very complex. The cuteness and familiar Sanrio characters are the biggest draw to this game.

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