|ESRB PEGI CERO|
Changes in Mechanics
The players can now hold two items in a racer either by hitting another Item Box while holding an item or grabbing a Double Item Box. Boo returns as well, giving the players an opportunity to steal an item from the players in front. The Cape Feather also returns in the game, allowing players to jump high and pass through wall, but is exclusive to battle mode.
There are now Purple mini-turbo Sparks, which activate after a couple seconds of drifting and give a much larger mini turbo boost. However, since it takes so long to generate them, it is only good on long curves. Also, The controversial fire hopping trick no longer works.
During a race, the displayed course maps are now white instead of blue.
In the menu, there are now options for Smart Steering and auto-acceleration. The former helps prevent the player from falling off the edge and the latter keeps the acceleration always on though not very fast.
The game includes all thirty-six racers from Mario Kart 8 including the DLC and the following new ones:
- King Boo
- Bowser Jr.
- Dry Bones
- Inkling (Boy)
- Inkling (Girl)
- Gold Mario - unlocked by completing all courses at 200cc
All 48 tracks from Mario Kart 8 will return as official courses, maintaining their cups and orders.
The game features 5 modes with 4 returning from earlier Mario Kart games. They are as follows:
The game will feature eight battle stages:
- Battle Stadium
- Sweet Sweet Kingdom
- Dragon Palace
- Lunar Colony
- 3DS Wuhu Town
- GCN Luigi's Mansion
- SNES Battle Course 1
- Urchin Underpass
The game supports all the amiibo the previous game supported as well as new ones. These unlock Mii Costumes for the game. There is only one new costume this time, the Inkling Mii Costume, unlocked by scanning a Splatoon series amiibo.
The game has a stronger reception than the original version, most likely due to the full expansion of Battle Mode, which many critics felt negative about in the original. On MetaCritic, the game has a 93, which is about 5 points higher than the Wii U version. The game has had strong sales in launch with the game debuts at the top spot in UK sales for its launch, being the first Nintendo title to do so since Pokemon White in 2011.
As of June 2017, 3.54 millions copies were sold worldwide. As of September 2017, it sold 4,42 million copies worldwide.