|Mario Kart: Mushroom Tour|
|Developer(s)||Red Blizzard Games|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo Wii U|
| Single Player |
|Genre(s)|| Racing |
Aside from all the new features in the game, several classic Mario Kart coponents are returning. These classic features include retro cups, mirror mode, and bikes. Also returning are the customizable kart options, gliders, and the ability to drive underwater. Coins, seen in Mario Kart 7, will not be returning.
As mentioned above, Mario Kart: Mushroom Tour will feature playable characters who do not originate from the Super Mario series. These characters come from Nintendo's other most popular franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, StarFox, Metroid, and Kirby.
Another new component in the game are Special Items, similar to those seen Double Dash!! These items are given to a racer automatically after completeing a lap. Each character in the game has a different item. For example, Mario's Special Item is a mushroom, while Donkey Kong's Special Item is a banana. The amount of items you get depends on your placing at the beginning of each lap.
One of the game's most biggest features is the Character Vault. The Character Vault acts as a shop/inventory for all the characters in the game. Here, unlockable characters can be purchased. Also, all characters can be upgraded by meeting specific criteria.
Upgrading a character can unlock new karts, make Special Items more powerful, or unlock alternate costumes.
|Mario||The star of Mushroom Kingdom returns again! But this time, he has his sights set on something besides saving the Princess! This time, the Kingdom is his!||All-Around|
|Luigi||Luigi is Mario's overshadowed brother. However, if he can win the key to Mushroom Kingdom, all of that will change!||Acceleration|
|Toad||Peach's right-hand man is joining the battle to become the ruler of Mushroom Kingdom! Toad is racing hard, and helping the Princess in any way he can!||Speed|
|Peach||Princess Peach has ruled Mushroom Kingdom for a very long time, and plans on keeping it that way! With the help of her loyal citizens, she'll be keeping the Kingdom away from Bowser at all costs.||Skill|
|Bowser||Bowser, king of the evil Koopas, is finally getting his chance to officially take over Mushroom Kingdom! He'll be racing with power, wit, and... well... fire. Mario and company better watch out!||Power|
|Yoshi||Yoshi may be a huge help to Mario in his other adventures, but in the Mushroom Tour, Yoshi is going solo!||All-Around|
|Donkey Kong||Coming from deep in the jungle, Donkey Kong has joined the line-up of racers looking to win Mushroom Kingdom. If he wins, Donkey Kong plans to create a monkey empire, where monkeys rule, and bananas are abundant.||Power|
|Wario||Besides Bowser, Wario is Mushroom Kingdom's greatest criminal, and with the help of Waluigi, the two plan on stealing the kingdom and all it's worth.||Power|
|Daisy||Peach's friend Daisy may be the ruler of Sarasaland, but that doesn't mean she isn't going to try and win Mushroom Kingdom as well! With the help of her flower power, Daisy is in it to win it.||Acceleration|
|Waluigi||Waluigi, along with his partner in crime, Wario, wants Mushroom Kingdom for his own, and he intends to make it so.||Skill|
|Diddy Kong||Diddy Kong has left the jungle to join the intense race for Mushroom Kingdom! Will he be able to win it all?||Speed|
|Baby Mario||If Mario as an adult can fight to win the kingdom, why can't his baby counterpart? Baby Mario and his army of infants are ready to take the gold, and Mushroom Kingdom!||Speed|
|Bowser Jr.||Bowser's only son, and master of the Koopalings, Bowser Jr. is revved up and ready to race! With his trusty Clown Car, Bowser Jr. is sure he can win Mushroom Kingdom, and make his father proud.||Acceleration|
|Shy Guy||Despite being timid, Shy Guy is a quiet troublemaker who has a desire for winning the gold.||Skill|
|Rosalina||Aside from watching over the galaxies, Rosalina enjoys racing every once in a while. And with an offer as tempting as ruling Mushroom Kingdom, Rosalina couldn't pass it up.||All-Around|
|Baby Luigi||Just like his baby brother, Baby Luigi is going to fight hard to try and win Mushroom Kingdom!||Speed|
|Koopa||Koopa is one of Bowser's many minions, but has his own plans. Aside from being a part of Bowser's army, Koopa will be racing for the prize.||Skill|
|Lakitu||Lakitu has taken a break from working to join the races! Lakitu is often overlooked, but if he wins Mushroom Kingdom, that shouldn't hapeen ever again...||Acceleration|
|Dixie Kong||Dixie Kong is Diddy Kong's girlfriend, and an experienced racer. Despite coming from the jungle, Dixie Kong loves the idea of having Mushroom Kingdom for herself.||Speed|
|Birdo||Birdo is a strange creature, but that doesn't excuse her from the chance to win Mushroom Kingdom. She'll use her many skills in... to try and win the grand prize.||Power|
|Toadette||Although she plans on rooting for Toad, Toadette is just as confident in winning the gold and taking home the rights to the kingdom!||Speed|
|Link||Coming all the way from the kingdom of Hyrule, Link is looking for an oppurtunity to save another kingdom, Mushroom Kingdom, from any evil.||All-Around|
|Kirby||Kirby has left his home in Dreamland to join the Mushroom Tour. Can he leave with the kingdom in his chubby hands?||Skill|
|Samus||The bounty hunter of the Metroid series has joined the competiton!||Power|
|Fox||Not only is Fox McCloud skilled behind the Arwing, but behind a kart, too. Will he be able to take on some of Mushroom Kingdom's greatest racers?||Speed|
|Bowser Jr.||Win 50cc Mushroom & Flower Cups||Win 20 Races|
|Shy Guy||Win 100cc Mushroom & Flower Cups||Win 50 Races|
|Rosalina||Win 150cc Mushroom & Flower Cups||Win 100 Races|
|Baby Luigi||Win 50cc Star & Special Cups||Win 120 Races|
|Koopa||Win 100cc Star & Special Cups||Win 150 Races|
|Lakitu||Win 150cc Star & Special Cups||Win 200 Races|
|Dixie Kong||Win 50cc Banana & Shell Cups||Beat All Donkey Kong Time Trial Ghosts|
|Birdo||Win 100cc Leaf Cup||Beat All Yoshi Time Trial Ghosts|
|Toadette||Win 150cc Lighting Cup||Beat All Toad Time Trial Ghosts|
|Link||Complete Story Mode with Team Mario|
|Kirby||Complete Story Mode with Team Peach|
|Samus||Complete Story Mode with Team Koopa|
|Fox||Complete Story Mode with Team DK|
Character Vault Prices
After the criteria to unlock a character is met, the character must be purchased using coins. Coins can be found along courses. Players must collect coins to purchase vault items.
|Bowser Jr.||50 coins|
|Shy Guy||50 coins|
|Baby Luigi||100 coins|
|Dixie Kong||150 coins|
Aside from the retro courses found in the Story Mode, there are a total of 8 cups and 32 courses in the game, all brand new. This is different from many past Mario Kart games, where the Banana, Shell, Leaf, and Lightning cups all feature retro courses. In Mushroom Tour, all cups feature new courses.
The events of Mario Kart: Mushroom Tour revolve around a competiton to win the famous Mushroom Kingdom.
At the beginning of the game, Princess Peach can be seen in the castle along with Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Daisy, Baby Mario, Donkey Kong and other inhabitants of the kingdom celebrating the kingdom's 50th anniversery. As usual, Bowser crashes the party. This time, Bowser has recruited fellow villains Wario and Waluigi to attack the anniversery party, and of course, kidnap Peach.
While Mario and Luigi are distracted by Wario and Waluigi, Bowser manages to find Peach. Once Mario and Luigi fight off their evil dopplegangers, they begin to attack Bowser. Discouraged, Bowser calls upon Kamek for assistance.
When Kamek arrives, he immediately opens up a mysterious vortex to somehow assist Bowser. However, the vortex is apparently too powerful, and sucks up everyone at the anniversery party, including Bowser and his gang.
Havin informs the group that he is the best racer in this alternate universe. So confident, Havin challenges Mario and company to a race across the kingdom, the winner taking complete control of the kingdom. Of course, Bowser immediately jumps on the offer, causing Mario and friends to do the same.
Story mode is played through teams, which are in groups of three. Because story mode can be completed with each team, special unlocking criteria can be met by completeing the story mode for each team, respectively.