|Mario Kart Switch|
|Single-player, multiplayer, online|
|Predecessor||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|Media Included|| Nintendo Switch Catridge|
Mario Kart Switch is the next game in the Mario Kart series. It follows Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second game in the series released for the Switch, however the gameplay has been drastically changed from its predecessors as it marks the return of the "Double Dash" mechanic as a main feature. It is set to double the size of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as expand the concept of Battle Mode. The game is set to release in late 2018.
Like the other games in the franchise, MKS is a Racing game where the goal is to be the first to cross the finish line in (usually) 3 lap races with 12 players each around varied tracks, all of which have their own gimmicks to them, along with items found in item boxes along the way to make the game more challenging. MKS brings back the Double Dash mechanic from the 4th game in the franchise, which allows you to choose two players in a kart instead of one, allowing you to bring out a whole new array of tricks and fun into the game.
Gliding and Underwater Racing as well as Anti-Gravity return from Mario Kart 7 and 8 respectively, allowing tracks to go where they never have before. The game's tracks are closer to Wii's designs, however, with the shortcuts being more risky and more "open" so to say, with high risk, high reward kept in mind.
Grand Prix is the "normal mode" so to say, which allows players to compete against CPUs in 4 track cups for first place based off of a points system, which rewards points based on your placing in the races. The character with the most points at the end of the Prix wins.
Time Trials allows players to go on any track they want (of course if they're unlocked) and compete for the best time globally on the track. IF you rank in the top 10 times globally, you will have your replay checked by Nintendo to ensure you aren't cheating.
Versus is similar to Grand Prix where you can play races against CPUs for the best ranking, however multiplayer is available and the rules are completely changeable, allowing for a truly customizable Mario Kart experience.
Online also returns in this game, allowing players to play in online matches with other players, to increase their Global VR, a system which shows the best players online across the globe. Both Vs. and all Battle modes are available online, as well as Tournaments which are created by players, which, once joined, will make you join a team to face off in matches to earn the most points for yourself or your team in a period of time.
Mission Mode returns, last being seen in Mario Kart DS. There's 100 missions, divided up into 10 "worlds", one being an extra one. Each has a miniboss and a boss too.
|1-1||Drive through all Numbered Gates in order!||Luigi Land||0:35||Mario & Baby Mario|
|1-2||Collect 20 Coins||Second-Level Caverns||0:30||Peach & Yoshi|
|1-3||Complete a lap without touching a Goomba||Mario Circuit||2:00||Luigi & Mario|
|1-4||Steal the Shine from Wario and Waluigi||Battle Course 2||1:00||Toad & Luigi|
|1-5||Use the Super Bell to sift through a pile of Bananas for the Mission Flag||Choco Island 1||1:00||Donkey Kong & Diddy Kong|
|1-MB||Beat The Ghostly Racer in a 3-Lap Race.||Power-Up Palace||N/A||Your Choice!|
|1-6||Find five sheep and return them to Koopa before Bowser and Jr. steal them!||Pizza Place||2:00||Toad & Mario|
|1-7||Drive through every Numbered Gate in order.||Bowser Castle 2||1:30||Bowser & King Boo|
|1-8||Preform 10 Mini-Turbos before the time runs out!||Double Deck||0:40||Peach & Shy Guy|
|1-9||Complete the lap without hitting a Banana||Goomba's Giant Gym||1:30||Baby Mario & Spike|
|1-B||Beat Madame Brood||Cascade Arena||N/A||Your Choice!|
|2-1||Pop 5 Balloons.||Double Deck||1:00||Bowser & Pauline|
|2-2||Squish 5 opponents with the Mega Mushroom.||Frappe Snowland||0:30||Baby Mario & Baby Daisy|
- MB means Miniboss
- B means Boss
Battle modes are completely separate from the races. They come in many different modes in special tracks, where players will compete in arena matches against each other and many CPUs for the best score in the games. All of these games are available in Singe Player, Multiplayer and Online and are also fully customizable in offline games, including Team Battles. The battle modes are listed below-
- Balloon Battle- An all out classic war between teams or players. If you hit someone with an item, they lose a balloon and you get a point. Run out of Balloons and you're sidelined, and lose half of your points. Press on the C-stick and you blow up an extra balloon from the points you've collected, but doing so will remove a point. Most points before the game ends wins.
- Balloon Battle (Classic)- All the same rules apply as they do in normal Balloon Battle, however if you get sidelined, you're out. When sidelined, you get to be transformed into a bomb kart.
- Coin Runners- A collectahon- literally. The players drive around collecting coins around the battlefield, dropping them if they get hit. You may carry infinite amounts of coins instead of the normal 10, and the number will be displayed above your kart. Whoever has the most coins at the end of the round wins. Coins now respawn over time, like in Mario Kart Wii.
- Bob-Omb Blast- A subtype of Balloon Battle. Driving into an Item Box will instantly give you an extra Bob-Omb, which you can have 10 of at most. Bombs work differently in this mode- tapping slightly will only throw them in front of you, while holding down the item button before throwing will throw it like normal, and making it explode on contact with the ground. Otherwise, the game works the same as Balloon Battle. Oh, and Double Item Boxes show up in the last minute of the game.
- Shine Thief- A shine spawns in the middle of the map, take it and a counter will appear. Getting hit by an item will cause you to drop the shine, and someone using a Mushroom, Star or a well-timed Cape Feather can steal your shine! Keep the shine in your grasp for 20 seconds in total to win! Your kart slows down when holding the shine, though, so stay cautious!
- Renegade Roundup- 2 teams of 6, Renegades and Sherrifs- the Renegades must avoid being captured by the Sherrifs, who are armed with Piranha plants. The renegades must prevent their whole team from being captured by avoiding the Sherrifs and driving over P-Switches, which hold the jail cells where caught renegades are kept in, thus releasing every caught racer in that cell. The sherrifs' goal is to catch every renegade and have them all in prison at the same time. If the renegades escape for 5 minutes, they win!
- Cloudy Forecast- A hot-potato game using returning item Thunder Cloud. One player is assigned the Thunder Cloud, and must pass it on before it strikes the player its under. If you get struck, you're out and put in as a Bomb-Kart. The time you have to pass it on decreases each time someone is disqualified. Items ARE usable with the Thunder Cloud, as it is specifically edited for this Battle Mode, and the slight speed boost given during it is slightly boosted. Once a player is shocked, another random player is selected as the Cloud Carrier.
- Viral Racing- A game similar to Shine Thief and Cloudy Forecast, Viral Racing selects one person to start off the game as "it", sort of like tag. The player has a red virus from Dr. Mario on the top of its screen, and its goal is to infect people by touching them, and then making them join his team. Infections mean you get a slight speed boost but a debuff in item reception. Other players must try to escape the virus- if every player is succesfully infected in the time limit, the one player as the first virus wins, if at least 1 player is still uninfected, they win. The virus gets faster as time goes on, so be careful!
- Star Ball Scuffle- A bumper cars-like game, where everyone's kart is permenately stuck on top of a Star Ball from Mario Galaxy. All arena walls have been removed, and many things have been removed in place for out of bounds territory. The goal of the game is to knock people off the arena, gaining the star from their star ball, adding it to your collection in your ball. If you fall, you'll respawn but lose half of your stars, giving them to another player. The controls are similar to the Monkey Ball series. Stars gained appear in your ball, making your kart faster and harder to handle. Most stars by the end of the match. Oh, and like Super Smash Bros., items will make victims' percent rise based on the item, which'll make them easier to be bounced around. % is displayed above the kart and above the character's head on the minimap.
- Mushroom Canyon- A rectangular battle field seperated by a large cliff. This cliff features an army of bouncy red mushrooms, normal green mushrooms and glider blue mushrooms- use these to get to the other side. A large green Mushroom in the middle is a hectic area full of item boxes, so go there with cautions. On the cliff sides, many trees and rocks will get in your way. Battle carefully.
- (SNES) Battle Course 2- Now a floating battle course on an ocean, Battle Course 2 says mainly the same as its Super Mario Kart counterpart, other than the obvious graphical differences and a third dimension being added to the course. The course has palm trees and other floral decorations added around. The main difference is being able to go underwater, and anti-grav under the entire course- which has holes shaped in the walls on the other end, allowing you to fall into them and pop out on the other side by either feathering or by just driving into them on the flipside.
- Pizza Place- A large, circular battlefield on top of a pizza. The arena is cut into 10 triangular sections, which randomly fall into the abyss and respawn momentarily. There are many toppings such as pepperoni and sausage to do tricks off of. Some cheese gets hot, so try for your kart not to be burned.
- Double Deck- The course has now, of course, been designed to fit an HD enviornment. It has been enlargened and the map has been made taller to fit that the new top deck has support underneath and is not just a thin, two dimensional platform. The white walls have been made into a brick color and texture, and the colors of the space have now been made into brighter colors. The map is now at night and neon lights surround the edges of the course. In the middle of the top deck, the two sides of it now have a glider ramp. The center square in the bottom deck that was originally blocked off now is a half-sphere fountain.
- Tropical Mall- The Tropical Mall is a large, maze-like mall full of shops, based off of Coconut Mall. There are many hallways and paths to take, as well as corners and Anti-Gravity walls. The place is very reflective and futuristic. Obstacles include support beams, and palm trees, as well as a fountain you can go in underwater. The mall's superstore is somewhere you can drive, and there is many aisles and clothing racks to hide in. This map is one of the largest maps in the game.
- (GBA) Battle Course 2- The other Battle Course 2. The new version of this track obviously has a visual upgrade, with the track being made of a darker brick, and the fire glowing brighter. It now looks more like a castle, with chains hanging from the ceiling and visible walls. The corners of the track are tilted and in Anti-Gravity. The bridges in the middle are now raised going towards the center platform, which now has Lava Bubbles jumping in and out of it. There's also Bowser Statues which will raise halfway through the match, shooting fire at nearby racers.
- Nintendo Switch- A map set literally on a giant Nintendo Switch floating in space. A large rectangular that's set into 3 parts- the Joycon(L), the Screen, and the Joycon(R). The Joycons will randomly detach (with a warning of course), which will cause all battlers on that joycon to go out of bounds. The whole track's an anti-gravity zone, and you can drive on the backside of the Switch, too. There's very little obstacles, being the Joysticks, the plus/minus, and the vents. The directional and letter buttons are bouncy instead of plain obstacles.
- Tart Top- A circular map where everything's made out of food. The map is now made in the same aesthetic of Mario Odyssey's Luncheon Kingdom, with many of the colors being neon and everything being subtley polygonal. The fork creatures from said kingdom now watch the battle as the audience, and you can see Mount Volbono in the distance. The walls are now anti-gravity walls, though. The bouncy strawberries and blinding cream puffs return. Otherwise, the map doesn't change much gameplay-wise.
Characters are split into 3 categories- Light, Medium, and Heavy- in which Light generally are the slowest but have the best traction, Medium are in between, and Heavy usually have high speed but low traction. Heavier and Lighter characters are sorted into 4 subcategories- Heavy (heaviest), Cruiser (heavier), Light (lighter), and Feather (lightest).
Due to the Double Dash mechanic in this game, characters are sorted into their default teams- however these teams are completely changeable. Teams are every 2 characters below.
* denotes no default partner for this character
- Cyan denotes Crazy 8 pack character.
- Pink denotes Kirby x Mario Kart Switch pack character.
All alternate costumes are unlockable in this game, mostly randomly through wins.
Orange denotes downloadable in Halloween Pack
These costumes for Mario are given to you if you own the game Super Mario Odyssey.
- Rosalina & Luma- Complete the 150cc Mushroom Cup
- Lakitu & Wiggler- Complete the 150cc Flower Cup
- Nabbit & Bandit- Complete the 150cc Star Cup
- King Boo & Petey Piranha- Complete the 150cc Special Cup
- Dry Bowser & Dry Bones- Complete the 150cc Leaf Cup
- Toadsworth & E. Gadd- Beat Boohemoth in Mission Mode
- Red Lakitu & Wiggler- Complete the 150cc Shell Cup
Like in other games, items are a crucial part to Mario Kart Switch. Items are found in Item Boxes around the track, and will give you a random item when driven through. Mario Kart Switch features a rebalanced item system, as well as the return of double items.
Items are used by the character currently in the back of the kart- and only the characters in the back of the kart can get their own special items. However, it's always possible to switch characters. You can also hold two items in this game like in Deluxe, with one being held by the driver and the other by the thrower- and you must switch to use both.
Exclusive items also return in this game, which make your choice of characters more important.
Items found on Track
These items are only found on the track.
|Causes a bell to attach to the back of your kart. This bell emits a magnetic repulsion field, which will push away any racers or items (barring a few like the Blue Shell) that get near you. Many projectiles, such as Red Shells, will instead go around you and target another racer. Doesn't last very long though!|
|Allows the user to shoot frozen balls, which will freeze victims in a block of ice. These people will keep their momentum but slide forward for a small while, like the freezies in Mario Kart: Double Dash. Otherwise, it is the same as the Fire Flower.|
|The cannon box puts a cannon on the player's head, which automatically shoots cannonball projectiles directed at enemies- it lasts a small while, and can manually be fired too. The cannonballs don't home in on other players, however, and break when they hit a wall.|
|A projectile item based on the Pie from the arcade series- the Watermelon is thrown overhand or rolled backwards- when thrown forward, it'll fly through the air and break when hitting the ground, causing a small explosion that causes players to lose traction and get their screen covered in pink goop, as if they got hit with a Blooper. It will also leave a small spot on the ground that will cause you to slow down in. Rolling it behind you will cause it to burst when it hits a wall or an object.|
Star Ball Scuffle Only
|Retrievable from item boxes only in SBS, the Green Star will gradually decrease your % as it lasts, as it is held over your head. However, it doesn't last very long and slightly slows you while using it.|
|N'aww, its a Poochy! But even better, its a little pilot in a biplane! Aww! When using this item, you can target a player on your screen to tap (or use the C stick to move between players and the item button) on them, and a tiny Poochy Plane will go on its way! It acts like a mix of a Blue Shell and Smash's Nintendog assist- Poochy will play with the driver, which would be a delight anywhere else but not when it slows you down slightly and covers your screen for a few seconds before flying off. However, it can only be found in lower places and you can only target people on your screen at the moment.|
BB, BBB, CF and VR Only
|In Balloon Battle and Bob-Omb Blast, it gives you an extra balloon, in Coin Runners it lets you recover all coins when hit, in Viral Racing it will let you knock into one infected person to cure them (when your team is in a pinch) and in Cloudy Forecast it lets you instantly transfer the Cloud to someone else. It is the rarest item in Battle Mode and only retrievable when you or your team is doing very poorly. It is a key component of Viral Racing.|
Mission Mode Only
|Acts as the "goal" in some missions, where you may have to find, steal, or save it. Grabbing it will promptly end the mission.|
credit to Ziegs (t∣b∣c) for the art.
|The Phanto Key is an item dropped behind or thrown in front of the character, like the Banana, however it is more close to the Thunder Cloud than anything. Instead of attacking the person retrieviving the item, it will lay on the ground waiting for a poor driver to pick it up. Once picked up, the driver will be persued by a Phantom who will fill the item spot and slow down the driver until the key disappears- however, you can get rid of it quicker by passing on the key (which hovers over your kart) to another driver.|
There are a total of 40 non DLC tracks in Mario Kart Switch, each with their own gimmicks and special features. The tracks in this game, along with the returning gimmicks of Gliders, Underwater Racing and Anti-Gravity also return the Pipes from Double Dash, used in shortcuts. 2 more cups, the Spiny Shell and Super Horn cups are being released free with the release of the game, where a ballot was held for the community's favorite retro course from each game.
|Fantasy Meadows||GCN DK Mountain|
|SNES Koopa Beach 1||Cookie Path|
|Checker Knights||64 Frappe Snowland|
There's also another 2 cups named the All Cup Tour- which'll bring down a dropdown menu allowing you to choose between Nitro, Retro or Full-on. Nitro plays Mushroom, Flower, Egg, Star and Special, the Retro plays Shell, Banana, Bell, Leaf, and Lightning, and Full-on does all 10 in the base game.
- Luigi Land is a simple track themed after Luigi, or to a lesser extent Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. The land takes place in a large cloudy land with clear, sunset colored skies. Many Luigi-themed decorations are found around, and at one point you ride up the back of a giant Luigi statue. Pillow People can be seen watching from a distance. Bouncy Clouds are exclusive to this track, though they act exactly the same as Bouncy Mushrooms. As this is the first track in the game, it does not have many sharp turns. The music is a remix of Wii's Luigi Circuit.
- Second-Level Caverns takes place in a cavern designed after New Super Mario Bros. U, with multicolored crystals being scattered around, and a blue pathway allowing characters to drive without having to hit the darker blue offroad. Fans watching are traditional underground enemies as you wind through these caves, with blue piranha plants scattered around. There are many offroad areas, which allow you to cut through them, but otherwise its a pretty simple track. There is a section where you must avoid shifting crystals while gliding down, but the more skilled racers can try and to a well timed trick to maintain their speed.
- Power-Up Palace is a large castle turned museum, showcasing many items that the Mario Bros. have used in both their adventures and racing tournaments in glass boxes. The track is simple but winding, not having much obstacles other than the occasional Goomba but requiring a bit of drifting here and there. Racers drive on a wide pathway throughout the castle, with a white floor acting as the "offroad". Item boxes near certain showcases have a higher chance of containing the respective item. The outside portion connects the rear of the castle to the front side and makes it a true circuit.
- Toadette's Pink Rink is a racetrack built into a hockey stadium. Racers drive through the outskirts of the arena, where food vendors sell their goods, and then can choose a pathway. The bottom pathway requires racers to race through the ice, where they must avoid Skate Guys, pucks and more, making it the quicker but more challenging route, or the top route through the seats, where it takes slightly more time but is a pretty safe route. The place is themed after Toadette, where a statue of her can be spotted, and a logo in the shape of her head is the main hockey team's logo.
- Goomba's Giant Gym stays true to its name- it's a very large gym, full of Goombas! These Goombas are training for their next raid of the Mushroom Kingdom. In the background, you can see comical events like Goombas wearing headbands attempting to lift weights, or trying to run on a treadmill, falling and getting back up again. Anyways, it's quite a simple track in its shape, but it also has a lot of obstacles- obviously, you might see some goomba's running to and fro, fitness balls that roll down the track randomly, and more. You can also drive upon the walls, which is a bit quicker though you might need to avoid some cabinets and gym supplies.
- The Hedges of Illusion are a legendary hedge maze in the heart of the Forest of Illusion. Like early course Yoshi Valley, this maze has many twists and turns and alternate routes. Routes include a straight-forward, easy one, a hidden one with a fake wall, and another one which allows you to anti-gravity it up! The course is pretty long, though, so the course is sectioned, and ends when you exit the maze. On this course, your placing will always display as ?.
- New Donk Parade is a yearly festival based upon the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New Donk City, set at night. Here, you'll drive on the side of buildings, on top of floats, and glide around large balloons in the large city. The parade is on the main street only, while the track goes both through it but sometimes out of it. There's a point where you must drive up the side of a building, and then glide around Mario-themed balloons to another building, and through a fountain with your underwater capabilities.
- Sashimi Square ends the Flower Cup with a "Japanese Village"-type look similar to 8's Dragon Driftway, where the road full of twists and turns takes you through a brick path in a village, and around classic cherry blossoms. The place also has a prominent "sushi" theme, with one of the main obstacles being in a glider path, where a large pair of chopsticks contain an item box, but will spin you out if it closes on you. It also has a new enemy, Sushies, which are designed after Salmon Rolls, which will chase racers that get too close. You can also take a detour on the side of a series of buildings, or even cut through a little restaurant as a shortcut!
- Warp Pipe Plunge starts off the Egg Cup with an overworld-themed world, similar to Mario Kart 7's Piranha Plant Slide. Drivers must go through many Warp Pipes which will teleport them to other areas of the track. Though not a maze track, since the pipes will ultimately lead to the same area after every single one, many of them will lead out over the track into gliding sections, while others will go underground, etc. The trick is that each set of pipes will randomly be picked. Each pipe has an assigned "letter", being A, B, C, or D. A will match up to A, etc. but the exit pipe of A will change each time, making each race a new experience. However, each pipe is set to default permanently in Time Trials.
- Mario Circuit is the poster child (other than Rainbow Road) of the Mario Kart series, and has found itself in every installment of the game. This new track is found smack-dab in the middle of the Nitro cups, and is a perfect "Goldilocks-Zone" track. The track is set, like tradition, on Peach's Castle's grounds and surrounding areas, but now at night. As you drive through Toad Town, you find yourself going downhill through the main street of the town. As you exit Toad Town, you get the choice to go underwater and underground for a short section, or keep above ground and avoid a bunch of Goombas. When you near the castle, you hit a glider ramp which will take you on top on the roof through the classic cannon, where you'll then go up with anti-gravity to the tippy top, and glide of it back to the start of the course.
- Waluigi Casino is a track in a big casino run by Waluigi, and has a bunch of coins and roulettes, with a purple theme. You wind through the different alleys of the casino, and find some oversized coins and a giant roulette for you to drive on. The obstacles you may find things like giant rolling Chain Chomp balls, and a giant statue of Waluigi that will wave its fist on the track, causing small shockwaves. The aesthetic is similar to Waluigi Pinball's. At one point, you drive outside of the casino and into the giant Waluigi statue outside the building's mouth, taking you to a secret room full of gold coins.
- Delfino Plaza takes place in a slightly edited version of Super Mario Sunshine's area of the same name. It starts in the northwestern corner of the island, where there's only a little bit of driving before a ramp throws you on top of the long building that bridges over the water. When you drive off of it and fall onto the ground below, the track takes an immediate U-Turn, making you go through the pathway directly beside the building you just drove on. You then take a right and go on the straightaway, where you then take a left to the wide section. On top of the star artwork, an item box with a boosted chance to get a star resides. You can then either go through the pathway featuring the red-roofed buildings, or use anti-gravity to use a risky shortcut on top of the brown-roofed buildings which requires a mushroom, by jumping from one house to the other and then skipping a small portion of the course. Once you're on the now-trackified beach, you need to take a left then a right then plunge into the water with your water capabilities, which calls for you to avoid bloopers which will ink you, and cheep-cheeps who only act as dumb obstacles. When you get out of the water, you're at the end of the beach, where you drive out of the sand and go to the normally-graffitied statue which now is converted into a glider ramp, which will take you up into the air and through the shine statue tower (which will spin when touched) and to a path behind it, which will take you straight to the finish line.
- Blizzard Bay takes place near the Seaside Kingdom (you can tell by the snail creatures), however it's having very unusual weather. Taking place during a snowstorm, the track is mostly simple. You start out on the beach, covered in snow, where you take a right and wind through a palm forest covered in snow. Then, out of the forest you go across a wide part across frozen-over ice, which is a bit slippery. Then, you fall into a great crack in the ice. You fall down into a sand road underwater, where you've got to avoid Eels and wind around clams and corals to get across to shore.
- Boardwalk Boomerang takes place at a boardwalk amusement park/fair, which is full of the "Bro." species (Hammer, Boomerang, etc.) as the parkgoers. The track is sorta a large oval, though not completely as it is a bit misshapened. The boardwalk's night setting is complimented with the huge moon staring at you from the background. There's a little dip into the water where your aquatic propellers are used. You might need to watch out for the illuminated roller-coaster which sometimes dip down to knock out uncareful racers. When the 3rd person reaches lap 3, Gooper Blooper will pop out of the water and pull the deck down, spraying goop everywhere. The track is tilted at this point and all the coins fall towards the tilt, and some goop will slow you down. On Time Trials, Gooper Blooper won't appear
- Ninji's Jungle Fortress, a fortress in a poisonous jungle. You drive through a windy jungle to start, where you avoid purple piranha plants, and wind through the trees and into a large jungle fortress full of Ninjis. The Ninji's base is largely themed after Super Mario Bros. 2 and its enemies, with paintings of the Shy Guys, Tweeters, Pidgits, and Phanto suspened on the wall. The climb up the fortress is corner-sharp turns and stairways, while avoiding obstacles such as Ninjis or even an 8-bit Mouser who will toss bombs at you through a Super Mario Odyssey-esque mural. Once you reach the top of the castle, a glide down to the ground while dodging Pidgits will do.
- Bob-Omb Factory is the place where Bob-Ombs are made. Well, artificial Bob-Ombs, the ones used in races. The Bob-Ombs that aren't part of Bowser's troop or used in sports games aren't robots. Inside, a very explosive winding track is found, based off of classic steampunk. Many obstacles are, obviously, found here, and many are equally as explosive as they are avoidable, so keep caution. Winding up a spiral up the factory is a big part of the track, and driving on Tick-Tock Clock inspired gears keeps your gears grinding, pun intended. Pistons will also crush you, so stay aware. Most of the track is on grates and in the final lap, those grates start to fall through due to explosion damage, which'll make the track tougher than it is.
- Birds-Eye Peaks takes place high up in the mountains, with an aesthetic similar to World 6 from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The winding and windy pathway around the cliffs is very treacherous, and while there's many wider sections with offroad and regular road, you might want to look out because, if you're not careful, you might fall off. There are a couple rope bridges which have no railings but are wider than DK Mountain's, which connect cliff areas. Going into anti-gravity, you can drive on the side of a cliff edge for a portion of the track, where a bridge has collapsed. There is a spiral down the edge of the mountain, with half of it outside and the other half inside the cave. You should look out for Piranha Plants, Monty Moles, and even the wind itself. As the race goes on, the wind gets stronger and causes a blowing effect as well as another bridge to collapse, and a glider panel to open up which will allow you to glide across the large gap.
- Cascade Cruise takes place in the Cascade Kingdom. A short but hard track, Cascade Cruise has you winding around cliff's edges and over rivers. Unlike Delfino Pier, Cascade Cruise's map does not take shape in Super Mario Odyssey's Fossil Falls and instead is in an unnamed location of the kingdom. As you wind and drift across and through giant waterfalls, eventually behind one you'll find a cave which will have you swinging through it up to the top of a cliff which houses a glider ramp. Throughout the map, you'll find dinosaur fossils to trick off of, and even drive through one as an offroad shortcut. There's also grazing Apatosaurus and Triceratops, which will sometimes walk in front of the track and block part of it. However, your biggest problem is the T-Rex, which will roam down the track, and bite your kart if you get in its way, causing you to spin out.
- Bowser's Castle is set in the namesake's Kingdom, a Japanese-themed kingdom surrounded with multicolored clouds. The large castle is modeled after a Japanese temple, likewise. Bowser's Castle is a 3-section track that has you traversing the full length of the castle, from the ceiling to the basement. The first part of the track takes place in the "living" area of Bowser's Fortress, and while dark and sinister, are carpeted and roomed, with statues of Bowser as well as folding screens and such. Thwomps make an appearance on this floor, and as you traverse to the other side of the castle which holds the stairs and the entrance to the second segment, you'll find yourself avoiding Thwomps as well as Stairface Ogres. The stairs are held in a courtyard placed inside the castle, with a Piranha Plant among the flowers spitting fire at the racers. Soon, the stairs will take you to the Kingdom's infamous roofs, which are slightly slanted. On the roof, you'll have to drive around many walls and such as to not fall into the castle, which is now out of bounds, and find the pipe which will take you to the basement. The basement is the final section, and is THE stereotypical "Mario Kart Bowser's Castle", with walls and pools of lava and a gravely road. As you drive through it, avoid getting hit by Podobos which jump while you glide over lava, and go anti-gravity to corkscrew around a Banzai Bill launcher. A spinning cylindrical platform over lava is also found here. Soon, as you race up stairs with Bowser paintings placed up the walls, the large Bowser statue will spit giant Mario Kart Wii-esque fireballs, which you can dodge by going to the side or hoping that there will be one of the "fireball ramps" which will make the ball jump above you. When you finally exit the castle up the stairs, your finish line lies behind a bunch of lava fountains.
- Rainbow Road, the poster child of the Mario Kart series, is traditionally the last race in the Nitro cups. Rainbow Road, like always, takes place in space. This time, the track is all anti-gravity, and the developers decided to go crazy with it. Zooming around asteroids while corkscrewing at a tilted angle on a rainbow, with a sideways loop-de-loop around a planet. Players must race around stars and zip around holes in the track, as well as trick off of wavy sections of the track. The only pause in Anti-Gravity is the glider part, which has you avoiding comets to get to the other end. A hazard on this track is the lack of railings, which will cause you, like tradition, to fall off a couple times at least. The track has an abundance of speed panels and even a couple Thwomps and Octogoombas thrown in there. On this track, Star Bits replace coins. On this track, the final spiral section of the track is accompanied by an alien spaceship on the third lap, which will set up on top of the long spiral and cause the track to gain holes and Octogoombas to start roaming it.
- Choco Island 1 has been treated like the GBA tracks in Mario Kart 8- it has been lengthened and terraformed. However, many other aspects of the track remain the same. The mud now is replaced by drivable Chocolate Milk, being fountained out from a straw in the middle of said pool. Instead of small pools of the milk, the whole section they are found in is submerged. The first bend of the course is now on the side of a cliff in Anti-Gravity. Goombas are the only major obstacle in this course, along with some small piranha plants that don't bite, but spin you out when hit.
- Toad's Factory is very changed from its appearance in Mario Kart Wii. The outside section with the swaying platforms now features a small glider ramp which opens on the second lap. As you reenter the building, it is now an anti-gravity section as the course now is tilted. The conveyors now also have anti-grav pillars in the middle of them, and the track twists back to normal in the siren section. As you jump out the building, the small out-of bounds water section's shortcut has now been made official, as there is a ramp floating in the lake. The sides of the machinery are now anti-gravity, which allows players to jump from one to another. The booster ramp is now a glider ramp which takes you to the finish line.
- Riverside Park takes place in a tropical jungle, with a large river flowing through it. The track, like all GBA and SNES tracks, recieves a major overhaul and enlargement, with not only the graphics changing but the flatness of the track being reverted. The first curve of the track is now slanted higher up on a hill, with overgrowth on the sides of the track blocked off by a fence. As players drive down the hill, the next straightaway is now faced behind a waterfall in anti-gravity. The bridge shortcut has been removed. The next turn stays mostly the same save terraforming, but the ramp and the first part of the next straightaway has been replaced with a muddy underwater section with the same boost panel. The next couple turns have now been filled with trees you must avoid, but the second water shortcut can be performed over the now-poisoned section of the water if you have a mushroom. The bridge is now arched, and the following spiral now isn't a ramp and instead goes under the track.
- Shroom Ridge, while recieving a large graphical upgrade with more flora and texture quality, remains mostly the same. Some of the "Ridge" parts are slanted to make them Anti-Gravity, but otherwise it remains the same. It also has a couple glider cars, surfboard cars, and other cars that appeared in Mario Kart 8.
- Shy Guy Falls remains exactly the same as the Wii U version, bar from the shortcut during the final turn being harder to preform and some wet spots found on the track, as well as Monty Moles being found as a stage hazard.
- Mushroom City, other than a large graphical update which now sets it in a larger, jarring city in the style of Tokyo, the layout of the track is mostly similar, down to the pink shortcut which allows you to cut across a part of the track. However, many anti-gravity sections have been added on the walls of buildings, allowing you to avoid dangerous cars, including the fabled Bomb Car. The gap before the finish line now has a glider ramp, which you can use to fly above as a shortcut, however be weary of the Wiggler Monorail that will knock you out of the sky if your timing's off.
- Wuhu Loop stays massively unchanged from its 3DS counterpart. However, now the ramp shortcut suspended in grass in the first section of the track is a glider ramp. Also, in the tunnel in the second section, you can wall ride.
- Wario Stadium has recieved a large overhaul. Other than the inevitable graphical update, which now places it in a larger, more developed stadium not unlike 8's version of the DS rendition of a similar track, the glitch at the beginning has been removed. The large bumpy section in the middle of the track now has a glider ramp on the first one. The portion here is now a transition to anti-grav, where the track will slant to the right wall and will continue like that with gravity-bumpers until the next bumpy section. The chance to fall off the ramp and lose progress has been removed, and you will now only get saved by Lakitu when falling off. Also, there's a glider ramp at that jump, which extends the gap and allows you to catch speed by gliding through rings. There are now spotlights placed around the stage which move around. The spotlights each hold an Item Box which you can grab. Lastly, the track now lasts only 2 laps.
The kart system in this game drops the customization feature and brings on a more preset approach, meant to resemble that of Mario Kart Wii's or Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'s. Each kart has a different color scheme for every possible character combination, with the secondary character's color taking on the highlights while the main character's determines the main color. Likewise, when there's emblems on the kart it will display whoever is driving it.
The Karts can be used by any character, though they are "signature" and based off of the characters in the game, anyone can use them. You can put stickers on each kart to your liking as well.
|The Standard Kart retains its design from Mario Kart 8, however it is given space for a second driver. Resembling a classic Go-Kart, the Standard Kart has a bumper as well as a place for the character's emblems on the front. This time, the primary color is the usual paint job we've gotten for every kart since DS, however the bumper is now colored like the secondary racer instead of usually white. It's the jack of all trades, but the master of none. Its glider resembles the Super Glider from Mario Kart 7.||N/A||Default|
|An outwards-drifting bike which retains its design from 8, save for the added sidecar which goes along with the bike itself just fine. The bike is a combination of the generic motorbike and the Standard Kart, fitting both aesthetics really well. It has, like its kart counterpart, the Standard Wheels and Glider, and retains the middle ground.||N/A||Default|
|Gold Standard||One of the only karts without a specialized paint job, the Gold Standard is a gold and shiny kart. Sporting golden everything from Golden Wheels to a Golden Glider, the Gold Standard, however, is just a clone of the Standard Kart.||N/A||Unlocked with the completion of all 200cc cups.|
|Pipe Frame||The classic Mario Kart, this kart is pretty fast but has low handling capabilities. The Pipe Frame's wheels are wider and puffier than the Standard's, which makes it quite a good offroader as well. The Pipe Frame now has a small upwards lift that will hold the second driver. The secondary color here is the exhaust pipes, which will be tinted by the character's color. It uses the 64 Glider, a glider with Mario Kart's 64 logo on it.||N/A||Unlocked with the completion of the 150cc Shell Cup.|
|B-Dasher||Fun-fact: The B-Dasher was the first dedicated racing kart to appear in Mario Kart! The B-Dasher is a sleek tubular racecar and the poster child of Mario Kart DS, being Mario's signature kart and being quite a fan-favorite. The kart is all-around save for the speed, which is boosted but to the cost of the acceleration. The primary color is the stripes on the exhaust and the front of the car while the secondary takes place in the wheels. The wheels are quite standard, though the glider is designed for racing, with an aesthetic similar to that of the kart itself.||Mario||Default|
|Wild Wing||Mario Kart Wii's trademark Wild Wing is a racing car packed with both style and fierceness, its headlights resembling angry eyes and the wings on the back fluttering with grace. Mario's known to ride in it, and it retains the same shape as its Wii appearance save for a platform at the back for the second racer to stand. It excels in Speed and Weight but not so much in Acceleration and Off-Road. The secondary color will take on both the white stripe borders as well as tint the wings. Its racing-based vortex wheels help speed it along, and the addition of a pair of wing-shaped gliders sure help it.||Mario||Beat Mario Circuit's Staff Ghost.|
|Poltergust 5000||The Poltergust 5000 is Luigi's vacuum weapon changed into a kart by Professor E. Gadd. The Poltergust is a quick but bad handled kart, much similar to its owner, and is, like most "retro" karts, mostly unchanged from its last appearance. With the Poltergust, the color schemes you'll get are the primary replacing the normal red, with the silver nozzle taking on the secondary's tint. The wheels have E.Gadd's emblem ingrained into them and the glider is boo-shaped.||Luigi||Default|
|Motorbike L||A sleek bike designed for racing, themed around Luigi himself, with a wavy line around it seperating green from the primary color with a secondary-colored line. The bike is destined for speed though suffers in acceleration capabilities. The sidecar is small but speedy as well. The wheels are purple, going well with the green, and the glider is shaped like Luigi's hat.||Luigi||Beat Luigi Land's Staff Ghost.|
There are many bosses in this game, found in the Boss Battle mode, and the Mission Mode. They must be beaten to win, and most have 3 phases.
These moons are collectible badges which will be earned by completing achievements. These moons have different colors based on the type of thing required to do. They will unlock palette swaps and stickers, as well as being added to the Moon Scrapbook to be looked in and found later.
- Green- "Cup" achievements which will be earned through placing in Grand Prix cups.
- Blue- "Time Trial" achievements, earned through beating Staff Ghosts or getting good times on courses.
- Yellow- "Coin Collecting" achievements, earned with coin collecting milestones.
- Red- "Online" achievements, earned through winning streaks and VR in online modes.
- Purple- "Battle" achievements, earned with things like Balloon Popping milestones and such.
- Orange- "Misc." achievements.
- Pink- "Mission" achievements, earned through beating missions under certain conditions.
A list of all achievements can be found here.
Stickers can be found and collected to be put on your Karts in the "Garage" section on the main menu screen, where decals of different Mario-related things can be found through Moon collecting and such. A list of achievements can be found here.
A series of Downloadable Content has been added to the game over time, the first pack being revealed before release.
Crazy 8 Pack
This pack is free and exclusive to owners of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and gives you 7 returning characters from Mario Kart 8. The pack was released upon the release of the game. Later in the game's lifespan, the pack was made buyable for 2.00$ USD.
Adds Halloween-themed costumes to some characters. Available for free only in October and early November.
Kirby x Mario Kart Switch
This pack adds 2 cups, 2 battle courses, and 6 new characters to race as, along with a bunch of new goodies! It is the first crossover pack released for Mario Kart Switch, featuring Kirby characters. It costs $3.50 USD to download. With the release of it, a new mode for online was added, which is a normal room that includes the new courses or battle courses.
|Fantasy Meadows||GCN DK Mountain|
|SNES Koopa Beach 1||Cookie Path|
|Checker Knights||64 Frappe Snowland|
Amiibo are obviously compatible with this game- but for the first time in the Mario Kart series, it introduces its own line of custom Amiibo. 8 Amiibo- featuring the original 9 (Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, Koopa, DK, Bowser and Wario (Luigi being included in the Mario & Luigi amiibo) characters in their signature karts with their partners (Luigi, Daisy, Birdo, Toadette, Paratroopa, Diddy Kong, and Waluigi).
Amiibo in this game work in a number of ways-
- Non-MK Amiibo figurines like the Smash Bros. Most amiibo will unlock a Pixl and a Kart Sticker, but others will also unlock a Mii Outfit, or rarely a costume swap for a certain character.
- Mario Kart series amiibo will work like in Smash, where you can train them to race like you do and participate in "Amiibo Tournaments"
A new feature is the before mentioned "Amiibo Mode", where you can train your amiibo in special training sessions, where you will do a regular, chosen difficulty single race with your amiibo, where they will learn to race like you- for example, the better you aim your shell shots, your amiibo will do the same! You like item smuggling? Your amiibo does too!
Your amiibo will level up with you, and sometimes you will earn gifts like coin bonuses or even alternate costumes, and you can have up to 9 amiibo in your arsenal.
There are monthly "Amiibo Tournaments", where you enter your amiibo to race alongside other people's amiibo, and you can watch the race and cheer your amiibo on alongside a bunch the other racer's miis. Winning can give you in-game prizes, such as exclusive cosmetics, and a trophy for your amiibo to sport.
Mario Kart Channel
The Nintendo Switch app has a special section dedicated to Mario Kart Switch, called the Mario Kart Channel, which is the replacement to the Wii's app of the same name. It is a way for the player to view stats for the last 100 races, view AR shots with their unlocked trophies, and more!
Mario Kart Channel can....
- View the stats of your previous 100 races, including the participants, your placing, highlights (such as shock and blue shell dodges), amount of items and coins used, etc.
- Use unlocked trophies, used "Mario Kart" series amiibo, and your Mii (in a kart) in an AR Mode similar to Snapchat's, and send them directly to your photos.
- Look at the stats of your friends, and ask them for a race from away from your Switch.
- Compare your lifetime driving to real world locations, like SplatNet's similar feature.
- 1400km- Distance in Europe east to west.
- 5420km- Distance of US Route 20.
- 15000km- Distance around Australia
- View your last 6 replays, edit, save and upload them to Youtube as a replacement to Mario Kart TV.
- Scan special promo codes.
A feature returning from Mario Kart Wii, monthly Challenges appear aside from Missions, being lengthier than missions but with a reward for beating it, such as an Alternate Costume.
The first challenge was in December 2018, shortly after the game's release.
|12/2018||Overgrown Hedges||A new maze has grown through the Hedges of Illusion- reach the goal of the maze before a minute and 30 seconds pass!|
|1/2019||Choco Mountain Avalanche||Chocolate boulders are falling all throughout Choco Mountain as a result of a large megaphone accident. Finish an entire lap within a minute while dodging these boulders!|
|2/2019||Honeybee Drive||The Honeybee Hive has been converted into a race course! Play a normal 150cc race on it and win.|
|3/2019||Slippery Skates on the Summit||On DK Summit, the mountain has frozen over in a thick layer of ice, making it extremely slippy- complete 3 laps and win 1st place to complete it, but look out for Freezies!|
|4/2019||Drought on Wuhu Island||Wuhu Loop has been experiencing a drought- a lot of the water has been soaked up, and the blazing sun will spit fire snakes at you! Try to get a good Time Trial on it in the blazing heat!|
|5/2019||A Fishy Black-Out||Looks like Sashimi Square is having a black-out, and you'll be racing there at night. With only headlights to guide you, will you be able to get a good time?|
|6/2019||Explosive Escapade||Looks like King Bob-Omb's been causing a ruckus in the Bob-Omb Factory, and its up to you to help! Avoiding his bombs that he lobs at you, deliver the key you're holding to the other side of the track (when you begin, the area behind you is barred off) to use the switch required to turn him off!|
|7/2019||Airship Panic||Mario Circuit's been attacked by Bowser's troops! The landed airships modified the route, having you drive through and inside of them. Can you win a race against Bowser on this changed map?|
A ballot was released in May 21st, 2017 to find the tracks used in the Spiny Shell and Super Horn cups. See here.
- Some content, such as Mario Kart Museum and New Donk Parade, is taken from EnderLegends' cancelled project, DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Content and formatting is somewhat inspired by other fanon games such as Mario Kart 9, and other working titles (which I'll list when they get out of sandbox mode). I advise you check them out.
- Second Level Caverns' name is based off of not only the fact that it's the second track in the game, but that the second level of nearly every sidescrolling Mario game is a cave.
- The Koopalings' special items are inspired by their boss fights in earlier Mario games.
- Iggy Koopa's New Super Mario Bros. 2 boss fight was a carriage pulled by a chain chomp.
- Roy's special item, the tweester, is a reference to his desert world in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Lemmy is associated with balls, hence the Ball and Chain.