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The Fake Item Box is an item that debuted in Koopa Kart 64 and also appears in every game after that. It can easily be mistaken for a real Item Box because of its similar shape, size, and animation. The effect is usually stronger from a greater distance away. However up close, the Fake Item Box has an upside down question mark and may turn red depending on the game. It does not move either in some games. Fake Item Boxes are generally obtained by racers near the front of the race, being used as traps similarly to Bananas; however, from Koopa Kart: Double Dash!! to Koopa Kart Wii, Fake Item Boxes cannot block incoming shells.