Like all the games in the series, MarioKart has introduced 20 retro courses, as well as 20 new ones. 16 characters are included in the starting character roster, with new ones when you complete cups, bringing the total to 26. The game is known to now feature some of the characters from Mario Kart Arcade. Furthermore, the game introduces three new power-ups; mini mushroom, which allows your steering to be easier and for you to go faster, the golden banana, which pulls enemies in and when they touch them they spin out of control and finally the rain cloud, which makes it rain on you, making it extremely slippery driving around.
In MarioKart on the 7Si, expansion packs are allowed, and in most cases, they add new courses, characters and options. On the 7Si you must buy the customization pack if you wish customize your car, as the 7Si version is relatively clutter free.
On the Nintendo NX, the game already features the customization pack. On the NX, unlike the 7Si, expansion packs are only for online sale, whereas the 7Si's are for both online sale and store sale.
In all versions of the game there is the option to make your own courses. This is the new creator feature, adopted from Super Smash Bros. stage builder. The option allows you to change the layout of the track from above and then customize the circuits aesthetics from ground level. In terms of design choice, it is much more advanced then the SSB4 stage builder, as it contains items from most of the courses, as well as more being added with many of the expansion packs.
Italics: Absent from Mario Kart 8. Bold: New character.
- Diddy Kong
- Donkey Kong
- Funky Kong
- King Boo
- Koopa Troopa
- Honey Queen
- Shy Guy
All courses in MarioKart excluding the custom ones and the ones in DLC packs and expansion packs.
|Mario Raceway||Luigi Megalopolis||Toadette Town||Mini Kingdom|
|Coaster Cradle||The Starliner||Bowser's Castle||Artistic Arena|
|Peach Parade||Hill Meadow||Dolphino Dive||The Ski Lodge|
|Delfino Residences||Toad's Canyon||Sparkly Cave||Rainbow Road|
|(Wii U) Sunshine Airport||(DS) Luigi's Mansion||(3DS) Alpine Pass||(GBA) Broken Pier|
|(Wii) Toad's Factory||(GP2) Mario Highway||(SNES) Ghost Valley 1||(Wii) Koopa Cape|
|(GBA) Riverside Park||(Wii) Coconut Mall||(DS) Waluigi Pinball||(64) Choco Mountain|
|(DS) Shroom Ridge||(GCN) Wario Coliseum||(Wii U) Electrodome||(GP2) Rainbow Downhill|
|Bell Cup||Egg Cup|
|Toadsworth Manor||(GCN) Yoshi Circuit|
|Bamboo Port||Sapphire Aquarium|
|Chan Chan Point||(GP) Diamond City|
|(Wii) Rainbow Road||(3DS) Maka Wuhu|