|Mario Kart: Burning Drift|
|Developer(s)|| Nintendo EAD
| September 1st, 2016 (US)
August 27th, 2016 (JP)
| ESRB- Everyone
PEGI- Three Years or Older
|Media Included|| Wii U:
Mario Kart: Burning Drift is the ninth installment of the Mario Kart series, and the second to be released on the Wii U. It will be the first game in the series to be developed by GalaxySoft Inc, and will be released on September 1, 2016 in the US, marking the twenty-fourth anniversary of Super Mario Kart.
The gameplay is similar to most other Mario Kart games. There's a new technique that can be performed, called the Burning Drift. It's like a regular drift, but it unleashes a wave of flames out onto the racetrack. However, the Burning Meter must charge up before it can be used. You can charge it up by performing drifts around the track. The anti-gravity sections from Mario Kart 8 return, along with the hang-gliding and underwater sections.
There are 28 characters playable in this game, and 17 of them are unlockable. The Koopalings return for their second Mario Kart appearance as unlockables.
|Baby Luigi||Light||Win the 50cc Leaf Cup|
|Toadette||Light||Win the 50cc Banana Cup|
Professor E. Gadd
|Light||Win 10 Online Races|
|Lemmy Koopa||Light||Win the 100cc Shell Cup|
|Iggy Koopa||Medium||Win the 50cc Shell Cup|
|Wendy O. Koopa||Medium||Win the 150cc Shell Cup|
|Medium||Win the 50cc Flower Cup|
|Ludwig Von Koopa||Medium||Win the Mirror Shell Cup|
|Princess Daisy||Medium||Win 10 Online Races|
|Roy Koopa||Medium||Win all time trials in the Shell Cup.|
|Larry Koopa||Medium||Win a Wi-Fi race on a Shell Cup course.|
|Shy Guy||Medium||Win a Local Multiplayer match.|
|Mii Outfit B||Varies||Win 150 races.|
|Petey Piranha||Heavy||Use the Potted Piranha Plant item 50 times.|
|Rosalina||Heavy||Have save data of Super Mario 3D World or win 100 races.|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||Heavy||Win all ghost races for the Shell Cup.|
|Dry Bowser||Heavy||Have save data of New Super Mario Bros. U or win 30 Wi-Fi races.|
Like almost all past Mario Kart games, there are exactly 32 courses, and 16 of them are new/returning.
|Mushroom Cup||Flower Cup||Star Cup||Special Cup|
|Luma Circuit||Aerial Skyway||Pixel Palace||Snowmad Hideout|
|Tropical Paradise||Hidden Village||Lemmy's Circus||Bowser's Castle|
|Old Clockworks||Gritz Canyon||Burning Drifts||Treacherous Mansion|
|Explosion Factory||Mario Circuit||Rock-Candy Caves||Rainbow Road|
|Shell Cup||Banana Cup||Leaf Cup||Lightning Cup|
|Wii Toad's Factory||GBA Sunset Wilds||U Sunshine Airport||3DS Rosalina's Ice World|
|DS Shroom Ridge||SNES Vanilla Lake 2||GBA Riverside Park||???|
|3DS Shy Guy Bazaar||U Dolphin Shoals||Wii Moonview Highway||???|
|SNES Mario Circuit 4||DS Luigi's Mansion||GCN Mushroom City||Wii Rainbow Road|
The items in this game are all returning, except for four new ones. One of them, the Fuel Canister, can automatically fill your Burning Meter.
|Fuel Canister||A new type of fuel that is highly flammable.||Fills your Burning Meter||1 time.|
|Gold Flower||This mysterious flower is said to turn the user into a living gold statue.||Causes an opponent to lose all their coins||10 seconds|
|Megavitamin||Dr. Mario's pills. Take one a day!||Gives an opponent a varying effect.||1 time|
|Triple Megavitamin||Dr. Luigi's pills, and there's three of them.||Gives three opponents a varying effect.||3 times|
Customization is back once again, first appearing in Mario Kart 7. This time, parts are seperated into New and Old parts (New being ones that originated from this game, and Old parts are ones that are returning).
|Standard BD||It's a very balanced body, but it does lower Off-Road stats.||"The standard racing model for the Mario Kart tournament."|
|Royal Rose||It has a huge advantage on Acceleration but is lower when it comes to Mini-Turbos.||"Peach's current kart, but Toadbert massproduced it through some new tech."|
|Funkplane||"A smaller and modified version of Funky Kong's plane."|
|Chilly-H||"This kart was created in the Arctic, and it may melt."|
|Silver Standard BD*|
|Chomp Chaser*||"A kart that is very odd, having the design of a Chain Chomp."|
In Mario Kart: Burning Drift, there are events that take place at certain tracks and several exclusive ones as well. This mode is similar to Mario Kart DS's Mission Mode. However, players can choose any character they desire, unlike the DS installment of the game.
|Event Name||Objective||Time Limit||Track|
|Drift and Burn!||Perform a Burning Drift.||1:00||Luma Circuit|
|Shot, Reverse Shoot||Avoid the Green Shells thrown by Toad.||N/A||Wii Toad's Factory|
|Tropical Freeze||Race against the other Kongs at Snowmad Hideout!||N/A||Snowmad Hideout|
|Driver's Creed||Practice driving backwards without hitting any of the targets.||0:45||Luma Circuit|
|Riverside Reversal||Can you make it around GBA Riverside Park in Mirror Mode?||2:00||GBA Riverside Park|
|Boo!||Obtain a Boo item and use it on Luigi.||0:30||Old Clockworks|
|Dr. Mario||Mario needs to get some pills to his patient, but he's out! Obtain a Megavitamin and get it to Toad.||2:00||Hidden Village|
|First Come, First Race||Race across all 4 of the first races from the Nitro Cups throughout 4 laps.||N/A||All of the first races from Nitro Cups|
|The Final Race||It's the final race in the game, and you must win 1st place at all costs!||N/A||Rainbow Road|
- Originally, a Double Dash mode was planned for this game, but was scrapped due to the amount of programming it would take to add sidecars for all of the bikes in the game.
- A sequel, Mario Kart: Frozen Speeds, was confirmed to be in development. The game will introduce the Ice Flower and will drop the Gold Flower. Not much is known besides that a new racer will be Fawful from the Mario and Luigi games.