|Mario Kart NX|
|Platform(s)||Wii U, Nintendo NX|
|1-4 Player, 1-12 Player Online|
Mario Kart NX is an upcoming racing game for the next gen console of Nintendo. The game is the ninth installment in the mainstream series, and twelfth overall in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart NX is also known as the collection of the Mario Kart series.
The most prominent new addition within the game is the Track Builder which allows you to build your own courses. Bikes, ATVs, hang-gliders, underwater mechanics and anti-gravity are also confirmed to return.
The gameplay maintains the traditional elements of previous Mario Kart games, mostly from the three recent installments on the Wii, 3DS and Wii U respectively. Karts, which feature similar designs from Mario Kart 7, can be customized once again, alongside the returning bikes, which handle similar to the karts now and can only perform a wheelie via a boost, and the ATVs from Mario Kart 8 also return. The hang-glider, underwater mechanics and anti-gravity also return, as well as Coins, with the player being able to collect up to ten in one race as in Mario Kart 8. Like Mario Kart Wii, twelve racers are present in normal races. Tricks and the ability to look behind also return in this game. The most prominent return is Double Dash mode in which you can race with two drivers in one kart. Some item boxes on the track will turn into double item boxes. However there are no special items this time around, but there is chemestry which either can increase or decrease your stats while driving.
The newest feature introduced in the game is the Track Builder. You can build your own course with the blocks you have. You can construct your own course with the available pieces. You unlock new parts through Time Trails, Missions and by completing Grand Prix. You can save your courses and play on them with your friends. However playing on customized courses online isn't possible. Mario Kart TV also returns from Mario Kart 8 with all its features. A new addition is that, although DLC, you can play retro courses that already have been remade in previous games. Battle Stages also return again, after their absence in Mario Kart 8.
The game also features Wii U GamePad integration. In addition to the standard Off-TV Play, players also have the option of displaying the course map, and when neither the Off-TV display nor the map are being displayed, the GamePad can be used as a horn button. Players have the option to toggle between these features at will. The GamePad can also be used to toggle on and off the gyroscopic steering.
Additionally, if the player falls off the edge of the track, Lakitu will pick them up and drop them back on to the track. This makes glitches involving falling into areas impossible.
Point management works similar to Mario Kart Wii and 8, except that every racer gets at least one point in Grand Prix mode. Below is a chart of the point spread comparison between these nine games:
|Point Spread Comparisons (GP)|
|Super Mario Kart|
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
|Mario Kart: Double Dash!!|
Mario Kart DS
|Mario Kart Wii||15||12||10||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Mario Kart 7||10||8||6||5||4||3||2||1||-||-||-||-|
|Mario Kart 8|
Mario Kart NX
| Grove-green bg signifies victory results (great clapping, character(s) cheering), best after-race music|
Yellow-limegreen bg signifies moderate results (mild clapping, moderate character reaction), same music in Wi-Fi as winner (different in MKDS GP)
Normal bg signifies losing results, losing music; - means not available
In Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart Super Circuit, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race. If the racer fares this badly four times, the Grand Prix must be started over. In Mario Kart 64, 5th or worse forces the player to retry the race, but without the restrictions on how many times the player can retry a race. Starting with Mario Kart: Double Dash to recent installments including this one, the Grand Prix normally goes forth.
There are various game modes for Mario Kart NX. All modes available on singleplayer (some also on local and online multiplayer) are listed here.
Mario Kart NX's Grand Prix works similar to past installments. Only the Mushroom, Flower, Shell and Banana cups are available at the start of the game, the others which can be unlocked by completing them. Two new cups have been added for both the Nitro and Retro cups being Cherry and Boomerang cup respectively. There is the usual four-race marathon. However, players now have the option to do a multiplayer Grand Prix.
Time Trial mode lets the player complete a selected course in the fastest time possible. Like in Mario Kart 8, the user can upload ghosts onto Miiverse and other players can give their comments about it. Additionally the user gains a stamp once he or she has competed a race against a Nintendo Staff member ghost. Leaderboards also return.
VS mode can be played locally with up to 4 players. Players can set rules like which items appear, the difficulty level of the CPUs, and Team or Solo racing. Players can also set how the courses appear, choose a course after one is finished, or play all tracks randomly or in order.
Battle Mode again featured specially build stages, which were absent in Mario Kart 8. However unlike other installments Mario Kart NX doesn't feature any Retro stages but instead has more new battle stages. Balloon Battle can be played in teams or in free-for-all mode. It combines survival battle mode from Mario Kart DS and earlier installments and the timed points battle mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii; all players start with 3 points and 3 balloons each. Successfully making an opponent lose a balloon awards the player a point, and losing a balloon through any method will cause the player to lose a point. Balloons can never be regained (unless one is stolen from another player with a Mushroom), and if all balloons are lost, points can no longer be lost or gained. Defeated players can still drive and attack players as a Ghost however, so a player with a high score and no balloons can still win. Players can also now adjust the time limit from one to five minutes.
Mirror mode returns in this game, as an unlockable mode. It is unlocked by getting a gold trophy on all cups on 150cc. It also can be used as a set rule for online tournaments.
Double mode makes it return from Mario Kart: Double Dash as an unlockable mode. It is unlocked by getting a trophy on all mirror mode cups. It also can be used as a set rule for online tournaments.
Just like in some previous Mario Kart games, players can race matches online against each other. This time players can race with random people both Worldwide and Continental, they can play in a Friend lobby, and they can start and participate in Tournaments. Players can set their own rules for tournaments.
The new mode in the game is Track Builder in which you can build your own tracks. You have a standard set of building parts and more can be unlocked upon completing Time Trails, Grand Prix and Missions. You can save your courses and play on them along with your friends in VS mode.
Mario Kart NX brings back many characters that were cut from previous games like Petey Piranha, Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong and Birdo. The game introduces 16 new characters to the series: Baby yoshi, Polterpup, Dixie Kong, Nabbit, Blooper, Hammer Bro., Kamek, Flutter, Eario, Pauline, Professor E. Gadd, Tiny Kong, Chargin' Chuck, Fawful, Boom Boom, Lubba and Plessie. Eario making his first appearance in the Mario universe as well.
There is a total of 43 characters with 20 of them being unlockable. There are 7 different weight classes: Feather, Super Light, Light, Medium, Cruiser Heavy and Super Heavy.
Amiibo make a return in Mario Kart NX, however this time around not as special costumes for Mii characters. This time around they can unlock new characters, new tracks or special costumes for already in-game characters.
|Unlocks the Tanooki Mario costume for Mario.|
|Unlocks the Mr. L costume for Luigi.|
|Unlocks the Shadow Queen and Cat Peach costumes for Peach.|
|Unlocks the Dark Bowser outfit for Bowser.|
|Unlocks 8 new colors for Yoshi to use: Red, Blue, Light Blue, Yellow, Pink, Black, White and Orange.|
|Unlocks the Captain Toad outfit for Toad.|
|Unlocks the Cosmic Clone outfit for Rosalina.|
|Unlocks the Koopalings as alternate skins for Bowser Jr.|
|Unlocks the Biker costume for Wario.|
|Unlocks the Dr. Mario costume for Mario.|
|Unlocks the Celebration Kong outfit for Donkey Kong.|
|Unlocks the DK Jungle course and the Barrel Train kart.|
|Unlocks the Metal Mario costume for Mario.|
|Unlocks the Pink Gold Peach costume for Peach.|
|100x100px||Unlocks the Construction Mario costume for Mario.|
|Unlocks Link as a new playable character.|
|Unlocks the Hyrule Circuit track, the Master Cycle bike, the Triforce Tires and the Hylian Kite glider.|
|Unlocks Kirby as a new playable character and the Warp Star kart.|
|Unlocks the Dream Land course, the Halberd ATV and the Wheelie tires.|
|Unlocks Samus as a new playable character, the Gunship kart and Brinstar as a course.
Note: When Samus is in a kart or ATV she wears her Aran Suit, however when riding a bike she wears her Zero Suit.
|Unlocks the Landmaster kart.|
|Unlocks Villager as a new playable character.|
|Unlocks the Animal Crossing course, the City Tripper bike, the Leaf Tires and the Paper Glider.|
|Unlocks the Wuhu Loop and Maka Wuhu courses.|
|Unlocks the Coliseum battle arena course.|
|150x150px||Unlocks Cynthia as a new playable character, the Safari Zone course and the Poké Tires.|
|Unlocks Mewtwo as a new playable character.|
|Unlocks Captain Falcon as a new playable character, the Mute City and Big Blue courses and the Blue Falcon kart.|
|150x150px150x150px||Unlocks the Palutena's Temple course and the Icarus Wings glider.|
|Unlocks the Referee costume for Mario.|
|Unlocks the Garden of Hope course, the S.S. Dolphin kart and the Winged Pikmin glider.|
|Unlocks three courses; Onett, Fourside and Saturn Valley.|
|Unlocks the Game & Watch battle stage.|
|Unlocks the Dog kart and the Duck glider.|
|Unlocks R.O.B. as a new playable character and the ROB-BLS kart.|
|Unlocks the Squid Speedway course.|
|Unlocks the Kitchen course.|
Unlocks the Order of no Quarter battle arena and Knight armor for certain characters:
|Unlocks the Riki kart.|
|Unlocks the Green Hills course.|
|Unlocks the Rush kart and Beat glider.|
|Unlocks the Pac-Maze course.|
20 new tracks have been added to the game as Nitro courses. However many previous courses in the Mario Kart series have been added to the Retro Courses. Like in Mario Kart 8 they have been updated that they look completely different and feel new. Most of them making use of the paraglider, underwater and anti-gravity. There are 36 Retro courses in total, with the last 16 being Downloadable Content.
|Mario Circuit||Toxic Forest||Whale Bay||Fawful Factory|
|Nabbit's Treasure Room||Wario's Penthouse||Momo Carnival||Gamble Freeway|
|Junior's Playhouse||Daisy's Ski Resort||Monty's Catacombs||BIT Land||Bowser's Castle|
|Sahara Oasis||Yoshi's Island||Magic Library||Riverside Road||Rainbow Road|
This time around the Retro Courses take on a whole new personality. Each cup now has 8 courses, making it the biggest selection of retro courses yet.
|SNES Mario Circuit 2||SNES Ghost Valley 2||SNES Vanilla Lake 1||SNES Donut Plains 3||SNES Rainbow Road|
|N64 Kalimari Desert||N64 Toad's Turnpike||N64 Royal Raceway||N64 Yoshi Valley||N64 Banshee Boardwalk|
|GBA Riverside Park||GBA Cheese Land||GBA Ribbon Road||GBA Broken Pier||GBA Sky Garden|
|GCN Dry Dry Desert||GCN Daisy Cruiser||GCN Sherbet Land||GCN Baby Park||GCN Wario Colosseum|
|DS Cheep Cheep Beach||DS Waluigi Pinball||DS Luigi's Mansion||DS Airship Fortress||DS Tick-Tock Clock|
|Wii Moo Moo Meadows||Wii Coconut Mall||Wii Maple Treeway||Wii Moonview Highway||Wii Grumble Volcano|
|3DS Daisy Hills||3DS Rock Rock Mountain||3DS Piranha Plant Slide||3DS DK Jungle||3DS Bowser's Castle|
|Wii U Thwomp Ruins||Wii U Wild Woods||Wii U Mount Wario||Wii U Cloudtop Cruise||Wii U Super Bell Subway|
|Mountain Shrine||Win 10 Battles|
|Taffy Tower||Win 5 Battles Online|
|Metal Mineral Cave||Win once on all the default battle stages with any character|
As in all Mario Kart games, Mario Kart 9th keeps the use of items during the races. Three new items have been added to the list, being the Freezie, the Propeller Mushroom and the Fire Bar. The Poison Mushroom makes also a return as an item since its first appearance in Super Mario Kart.
Like in Mario Kart 8, players are restricted to carry only the item they're currently holding or dragging. Releasing the item in use will allow the player to take another from the boxes. The balance of items for the gameplay remains the same. And like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! the players hold the items in their hands.
Items found on the track
|Gives the player a random item. Items given are based on the player's position.|
|Gives the player a small boost and increase top speed when more are collected, up to a max of 10.|
|Throw the Freezie forwards or backwards, it will slide forwards (just like a Green Shell) and when hitting the opponent they freeze immediately, as they would do when they hit a Freezie in the Sherbet Land track.|
|Grants the user the ability to roughly perform a Spin Jump. This can be useful for jumping over barriers, as a quick and easy shortcut, and for jumping over enemy projectiles. The paraglider also opens when used.|
|The Fire Bar will spin around the player protecting them from any obstacles and projectiles fired at it. With each hit a fire ball will disappear, when the fire bar is empty the item disappears. There are five fire balls.|
|Grants the player 2 extra coins.|
|Travels in a straight line and knocks over a kart it hits.|
Triple Green Shells
|Three green shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.|
|Homes in on the closest kart in front of the player and knocks it over.|
Triple Red Shells
|Three red shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.|
|Protects the player from incoming items, and spins out other racers that hit it.|
|Three bananas that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks.|
|Provides the player's kart with a small speed boost.|
|Orbits the player's kart, providing them with three separate speed boosts.|
|Provides the player's kart with continuous speed boosts for a short time.|
|Looks like a regular Mushroom but with a darker shade, and an angry face. It can be thrown, and anyone who picks it up will shrink.|
|Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time that cause other karts to spin out on impact.|
|Can be thrown up to three times, hitting racers forward and when it returns.|
|Provides the player invincibility from all terrain and items, and also giving a speed boost.|
|Gives the player's kart a tail that can be used to deflect items, knock over opponents and collect coins.|
|Sprays ink on all racers ahead and reduces their visibility.|
|Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius.|
Potted Piranha Plant
|Automatically chomps on obstacles and other racers, giving a short speed boost for each bite.|
|Targets the racer in first place, knocking over all other karts in its path.|
|Causes all opponents to drop their items, shrink, and drive slowly for a short time.|
|Transforms the player into a Bullet Bill, rocketing through the track with auto-pilot, and providing invincibility from all terrain and items.|
|A POW block appears on screen and causes any racer on the ground ahead of the user to spin out and drop their items. Players who deploy the wheelie button get a milder version of the effect.|
|Emits a radial shockwave hitting racers, as well as destroying all obstacles and items|
As in Super Mario 3D World, NES Remix and Mario Kart 8, players can obtain stamps to use in Miiverse posts. There are 90 stamps in the game: 28 are available from the start, while the rest can be obtained by winning a Grand Prix with certain characters or defeating staff members ghost in Time Trial in all the stages.
|Stamp||How to get it||Stamp||How to get it|
|Mario||Complete a Grand Prix as Mario||Luigi||Complete a Grand Prix as Luigi|
|Princess Peach||Complete a Grand Prix as Princess Peach||Princess Daisy||Complete a Grand Prix as Princess Daisy|
|Toad||Complete a Grand Prix as Toad||Toadette||Complete a Grand Prix as Toadette|
|Bowser||Complete a Grand Prix as Bowser||Bowser Jr.||Complete a Grand Prix as Bowser Jr.|
|Yoshi||Complete a Grand Prix as Yoshi||Birdo||Complete a Grand Prix as Birdo|
|Wario||Complete a Grand Prix as Wario||Waluigi||Complete a Grand Prix as Waluigi|
|Donkey Kong||Complete a Grand Prix as Donkey Kong||Diddy Kong||Complete a Grand Prix as Diddy Kong|
|Koopa Troopa||Complete a Grand Prix as Koopa Troopa||Hammer Bro||Complete a Grand Prix as Hammer Bro|
|Baby Mario||Complete a Grand Prix as Baby Mario||Baby Luigi||Complete a Grand Prix as Baby Luigi|
|Baby Peach||Complete a Grand Prix as Baby Peach||Complete a Grand Prix as BabyDaisy|
|Rosalina||Complete a Grand Prix as Rosalina||Complete a Grand Prix as Polari|
|Kamek||Complete a Grand Prix as Kamek||Boom Boom||Complete a Grand Prix as Boom Boom|
|Dixie Kong||Complete a Grand Prix as Dixie Kong||Tiny Kong||Complete a Grand Prix as Tiny Kong|
|Lakitu||Complete a Grand Prix as Lakitu||Chargin' Chuck||Complete a Grand Prix as Chargin' Chuck|
|Professor E. Gadd||Complete a Grand Prix as Professor E. Gadd||Eario||Complete a Grand Prix as Eario|
|Shy Guy||Complete a Grand Prix as Shy Guy||Nabbit||Complete a Grand Prix as Nabbit|
|Complete a Grand Prix as Wiggler||Flutter||Complete a Grand Prix as Flutter|
|Dry Bones||Complete a Grand Prix as Dry Bones||Complete a Grand Prix as Baby Blooper|
|King Boo||Complete a Grand Prix as King Boo||Petey Piranha||Complete a Grand Prix as Petey Piranha|
|Complete a Grand Prix as Metal Mario||Complete a Grand Prix as Pink Gold Peach|
|Fawful||Complete a Grand Prix as Fawful||Complete a Grand Prix as Midbus|
|Complete a Grand Prix as Geno||Complete a Grand Prix as Mallow|
|Mii||Complete a Grand Prix as Mii|
|Stamp||How to get it||Stamp||How to get it|
|Mechanic Toads||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Mario Kart Parkour||Pipe Factory||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Eario Circuit|
|Toy Robot||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Junior's Playhouse||Klepto||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Sahara Oasis|
|Piranha Plant||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Mario Circuit||Treasure Chest||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Nabbit's Treasure Room|
|Lantern Ghost||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Yoshi's Island||Penguin||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Daisy's Ski Resort|
|Bramball||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Forest of Illusion||Wario Portrait||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Wario's Penthouse|
|Undergrunt||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Monty's Catacombs||Book||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Magic Library|
|Whale||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Whale Bay||A peach||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Momo Carnival|
|Flag Pole||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on BIT Land||Cheep Cheep||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Riverside Road|
|Vacuum Machine||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Fawful Factory||Bouldergeist||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Bouldergeist's Planet|
|Lava Bubble||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Bowser's Castle||UFO||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Rainbow Road|
|Hydraulic Machines||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Toad's Factory||Mansion||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Boo Lake|
|Boo||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Twisted Mansion||Magic Carpet Shy Guy||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Shy Guy Bazaar|
|Chairlift||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on DK Summit||Dolphin||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Dolphin Shoals|
|Peach's Castle||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Mario Circuit (3DS)||Thwomp||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Thwomp Ruins|
|Ice Shard||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Vanilla Lake 1||A snowboarding Shy Guy||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Mount Wario|
|Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on||Wiggler Bus||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Mushroom City|
|Crane||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Wario Stadium||Sand Ship||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Bone Dry Dunes|
|Mecha Koopa||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Bowser's Castle 4||Plessie||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Lakeside Park|
|Airship||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Cloudtop Cruise||Dome||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Wario Colosseum|
|Starshroom||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Rosalina's Ice World||Rainbow Star||Win a Time Trial race against a Staff Ghost on Rainbow Road (DS)|
|Hamburger||Win a battle on Drive-Through||Flower||Win a battle on Garden Planet|
|Traffic light||Win a battle on Highway Roundabout||Lucky Bell||Win a battle on Mountain Shrine|
|Taffy Tower||Win a battle on Taffy Tower||Crystal||Win a battle on Metal Mineral Cave|
|Stamp||How to get it||Stamp||How to get it|
|Item Box||Already unlocked.||Coin||Already unlocked.|
|Banana||Already unlocked.||Super Leaf||Already unlocked.|
|Mushroom||Already unlocked.||Poison Mushroom||Already unlocked.|
|Propeller Mushroom||Already unlocked.||Golden Mushroom||Already unlocked.|
|Shell||Already unlocked.||Spiny Shell||Already unlocked.|
|Fire Flower||Already unlocked.||Boomerang Flower||Already unlocked.|
|Star||Already unlocked.||Lightning||Already unlocked.|
|POW Block||Already unlocked.||Super Horn||Already unlocked.|
|Blooper||Already unlocked.||Bob-Omb||Already unlocked.|
|Potted Piranha Plant||Already unlocked.||Bullet Bill||Already unlocked.|
|Freezie||Already unlocked.||Fire Bar||Already unlocked.|
|Stamp||How to get it||Stamp||How to get it|
|Goomba||Already unlocked.||Fishin' Lakitu||Already unlocked.|
|Toads||Already unlocked.||Pianta||Already unlocked.|
|Balloon||Already unlocked.||Finish flag||Already unlocked.|
|Cheep Cheep||Already unlocked.||Piranha Plant||Already unlocked.|
In total there are four Downloadable packs. Purchasing them all together is $15.00.
The Koopalings Pack includes, like the name already indicates, all the Koopalings: Lemmy, Larry, Wendy, Iggy, Ludwig, Roy and Morton. There is only one additional vehicle parts which is the Koopa Clown (Kart). The pack only costs $4.99.
This pack includes various characters from the Nintendo universe. The pack includes: Pikachu, Kirby, Villager, (Zero Suit) Samus, Link, Mach Rider and R.O.B., the last one making its second appearance in the Mario Kart franchise. Additional vehicle parts are: ZERO-ONE (ATV), Wheelie (Bike), Gunship (Kart), Master Cycle (Bike), Mach-Rider (Bike), ROB-BLS (Kart), Blue Falcon (Kart), Trifoce Tires, Snap Wheel (from the ZERO-ONE), Metroids (Tires). Just like the previous pack it only costs $4.99.
The Alternate Pack is a pack which has six different alternate costumes for certain characters in the game. Peach, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, Rosalina, Bowser and Wario. They won't take up spaces in the character select but instead when you select the character with an alternate costume, you can also select their alternate costume. This pack only costs $1.99.
The Retro Pack is a brand new section. They are four Grand Prix including Retro Courses that already have appeared as Retro Courses in other Mario Kart games. They all have been given a visual update. This is also the most expensive pack, as it is $7.99.