Lakitu: No, no, no! This has to stop! You're gonna take too much away from my job! First gliders which save you from pits, then propellers that make it possible to drive underwater, when back in the good days I had to be paid for even getting the off-road gone karters back to the track!! What's next?! Traffic lights will be used at the start of the rac-
Developer: Calm down Mr. Lakitu, to make up for these unfortunate changes regarding your role in this series, we have made surprise for you. *Hands a kart driving license to Lakitu*
The game lets you customize your own kart in advance before the races - big tires ala Monster Trucks, gliders and other karts' parts are yours to command.
There's a Donkey Kong Country Returns-based track with Tikis, and even a DS-favorite Airship Fortress is back as a retro track!!
Waluigi Pinball is back, and it seems the original Blue Shell from Mario Kart 64 (as opposed to the much-hated flying version) is as well! And Lakitu is playable for the first time in a Mario spinoff game.
Metal Mario is in! Fire Flower is in! Tanooki Leaf is in! And regarding the Blue Shell one, we now have proof!◊ So SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLD!!!!!!!
And we finally get a retro Rainbow Road track here! Prepare yourselves for the return of the SNES's Rainbow Road!!
And last but not least, there's the most notable kart among the unlockable retro kart bodies, the Pipe Frame, marking the return of the classic kart not seen ever since Mario Kart Super Circuit back in 2001. Hell. Yeah.
Come on, why must everyone insist on playing Maka Wuhu? That shortcut glitch is seriously getting anoyi — WHAT NINTENDO?! DID YOU JUST SAY YOU'RE GOING TO PATCH OUT THE GLITCH?!?! YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
One of the most common grievances when racing was getting knocked off the course and waiting several seconds for Lakitu to put you back on the track, almost ensuring you'll be in last place. Now, if you fall off the track, Lakitu will immediately save you and put you back on the course in just a second. You also don't lose your item anymore.
Mario Kart 64's Rainbow Road is a Retro Course. Let me repeat that. Mario Kart 64's Rainbow Road is a Retro Course.
The fact that they're remaking all of the retro stages from the ground up is a breath of fresh air compared to the last three games' "just port the original version and maybe upgrade/downgrade the graphics" philosophy. A good example would be Moo Moo Meadows.
The new Super Horn item can cancel out Spiny Shells! THE NEW SUPER HORN ITEM CAN CANCEL OUT SPINY SHELLS!
What's that? Yoshi's Valley is a Retro Course in Mario Kart 8? Oh no, here comes the nightmare-guess what? THE COURSE CAN DETERMINE PLACEMENT NOW.
The good, old fashioned Pipe Frame returns once again. But this time, it sports a design closer to Super Mario Kart!
The awesome Slick Tires return from 7. Not only do they sport a sleeker design, there's also a purple alternative in the form of the Cyber Slick tires!
Came as a big surprise with the announcement of the feature that you can upload Mario Kart TV recordings to YouTube.
Alongside the Mercedes-Benz DLC, there will be features like the "Next Race" button will be placed above the "Watch Highlight Reel" button, online win-loss records, a total number of coins counter, saving kart customizations, editing other player's highlights, improved online stability, and a map display will appear on the TV as well!
The game has DLC packs in November 2014 and April 2015, each of which has 3 characters, 8 courses (some new, some retro), and 4 vehicles. These DLC packs include characters and tracks based on other Nintendo games. That's right- at long last, the Nintendoverse has invaded Mario Kart!
Some of the new courses include Wario's Mine, F-Zero, Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing courses, and an Excite Bike course.
Hey look, Yoshi's Circuit returns as a track!
That Excite Bike course doesn't look very interesting, it doesn't even feature anti-gravity... What? The ramp and speed boost placements change every time you load the course? Intriguing...
In the U.S., each pack is priced at $7.99, or bundled together for $11.99. That's 12 dollars all together to add an additional 16 tracks, half the track count of the original release. Compared to other content expansion packs for other games, it's an incredible value, as people were expecting to pay more for just new tracks.
It's a crying shame that both of the DLC packs are such a long way from being released. Why would they let us preorder them so far in advance? Wait, we get to use all of the Yoshi and Shy Guy colors as soon as we pay for both of them? Sold.
Alongside the second DLC pack comes a new update. 200cc baby! Oh, and it's been moved up to April 23rd!
Mega Man, Sonic, and Pac-Man have racing suits in the second round of amiibo support. Mega Man's suit in particular got much rejoicing, as it shows Nintendo still cares about him.
A returning track for DLC pack 2 includes... Baby Park?! and Big Blue?!
Finally, Nintendo brings back more Super Circuit tracks. Ribbon Road and Cheese Land!
One of the new vehicles is a white race car called the P-Wing.
Fans of the F-Zero games got a big kick when the announcer from X was heard at the final section of Big Blue. "YEAH, THE FINAL LAP!".