|Mario Kart Drift|
|Developer(s)||Dark Heart Games|
|Platform(s)||Wii U, Nintendo NX|
|Predecessor||Mario Kart 8 DX|
|Mode(s)||1-4 Player, 1-12 Player Online|
|Age Rating(s)||ESRB: E|
Mario Kart Drift is a racing game for the Nintendo Switch. The game is the ninth installment in the mainstream series, and twelfth overall in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart Drift 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, and Birdo. The game introduces 16 new characters to the series: Nabbit, Plessie, Lubba, Boom Boom, Flutter, Spike, Tiny Kong, Pauline, Fawful, Kamek and Chargin' Chuck. There is a total of 43 characters with 20 of them being unlockable. There are 7 different weight classes: Feather, Welter, Light, Medium, Cruiser, Bulky & Heavy.
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 20 Retro courses in total, with the last 16 being Downloadable Content.
|Mushroom Farms||Mario Circuit||Toxic Forest||Whale Bay||DK Treetops|
|Haunted Hills||Nabbit's Sanctuary||Wario's Penthouse||Momo Carnival||Gamble Freeway|
|Junior's Playhouse||Daisy's Ski Resort||Monty Catacombs||New Donk City||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.
|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 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|