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The game's logo.

Mario Kart 9 is a new installment in the Mario Kart series which is the third Mario Kart game and will be exclusive for the Nintendo Switch which will be released in the holidays of 2021. This game is the direct sequel of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This game will become the sixteenth installment in the overall series and the tenth in the main series. There are two new mechanics in this game known as the "water ski mechanic" allowing racers to race on the surface of water or any liquid matter and the "time flow mechanic" which slows down time and slows down objects around the racer allowing them to navigate through the race and dodge that are around them more easily obstacles more easily. This game will also be compatible with Amiibo Figurines just like Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Gameplay

An example of how the gameplay will look like.

The gameplay is like the previous Mario Kart games from Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Tricks, stunts, bikes, and twelve player racing returns from Mario Kart Wii, the hang glider and underwater mechanics return from Mario Kart 7 and vehicle customization also returns from this game as well; now players have a new option for customizing their vehicles which they can now customize their water skis because of the new water ski mechanic and the ability to race in first person view also returns in this game. The anti gravity mechanic, ATV Vehicles, and Mario Kart TV returns from Mario Kart 8; now there are Segways added into the vehicle customization for the body frames. Racers can hold up to four items and just like Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, players get to switch between items as well. Players collect coins to increase their speed just like in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 and just like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the maximum amount of coins in one race they can collect is 20 and when racers get hit by an item or fall in a pit, they'll lose four coins. The new features in this game are the water ski mechanic which allows racers to race on water so racers can now drive underwater or on the surface of water; while using the water ski mechanic, racers can find even more hidden routes than just driving underwater and just like in anti gravity mode, when racers bump into each other, they get a spin boost too. Another new feature is the time flow mechanic which slows down time and obstacles allowing racers to navigate more easily through the race at certain areas especially areas with lots of road hazards throughout courses. The graphics of the game is now designed by the use of Unreal Engine 4. Mario Kart 9 now introduces Mario Kart Live which players can use Youtube or Twitch to broadcast live their gameplay online.

Amiibo Compatibility

Amiibo will work in this game just like Mario Kart 8 /Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. With Amiibo, Players can not just only unlock new Mii costumes with them but can now also unlock new vehicle parts and can also unlock certain characters as well according to what Amiibo the player is using. The Amiibos that are compatible with this game are: Mario, Luigi, Peach, DaisyToad, Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Rosalina, Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, Gold Mario, Silver Mario, Cat Mario, Cat Peach, Wedding Mario, Wedding Peach, Wedding Bowser, and more. There will also be a new series of Amiibo for this game featuring Drivers, Karts, Bikes, Tires, Water Skis, and Hang Gliders.

Game Modes

Grand Prix

Just like every Mario Kart game in the franchise, Mario Kart 9 has the Grand Prix as well and works similar to the past three installments. The player will race against eleven computer controlled opponents in four races in one of the eight cups in this game just like in Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There are 3 engine classes from the start: 50cc (easy com difficulty and slow speed), 100cc (normal com difficulty and average speed), and 150cc (hard com difficulty and fast speed). Mirror (same as 150cc but courses are flipped) is unlocked by completing all of the engine classes by winning in first place in every cup, 200cc (extreme com difficulty and extremely fast speed) is unlocked after winning in first place in every cup in Mirror and obtaining 3 stars in every cup in every engine class including Mirror and 200cc Mirror (same as 200cc but courses are flipped) is unlocked after winning in first place and obtaining 3 stars in every cup in 200cc. Players can unlock new vehicle parts by collecting coins in each race and same with the other modes as well or using Amiibo. The point system works the same as it does in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Time Trials

Once again just like every Mario Kart game in the series, Time Trial mode once again returns in this game.  The player can complete any selected course as fast as possible and beat their own records. Players can now upload their records on Facebook or Twitter; players will be able to race 11 ghosts at a time as well.

Free Run (New)

Free Run is a new mode in the Mario Kart series. It allows players to freely cruise around courses as long as they want to. This mode is recommended for beginners and is a great mode to practice racing on courses. Players also have the options to select which engine class and decide how much computer players can be in during this mode; players can choose up to eleven computer players at once and can set their difficulty to easy, normal, or hard; once 200cc is unlocked, players will now have the option to set the computer difficulty to extreme.

VS Race

  • Single Race
  • Team Race

Battle

  • Balloon Battle - This classic mode once again returns works the same as it does in Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Racers must use items to pop or steal their opponents balloons to gain points and if racers lose all their balloons, they'll start over and lose some points. At the end of the battle, whoever has the most points wins.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Balloon Thief (New) - This is a new battle mode in the Mario Kart series. In this mode, racers only use mushrooms, triple mushrooms, golden mushrooms, feathers, and stars. The objective is to steal your opponents balloons and at the end of the battle, whoever has the most balloons wins.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Bob-omb Blast - This mode originated from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. This mode works the same as it does in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Shine Thief - Another mode which originated from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.  This mode works the same as it does in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.  During Team Battles, whoever has the Shine Sprite will have the Shine Sprite for them and their team; the other team must use items to attack the racer with the Shine Sprite.  At the end of the battle, the last racer who has the Shine Sprite team will win.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Renegade Roundup - A mode that originated from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.  This mode works the same as it does in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and this is the only mode which is Team Battle only.  Before the battle, there will be a roulette to determine which team is the offense team and which team is the defense team.
  • Survival (New) - This is another new battle mode in the Mario Kart series. In this mode, racers will have balloons just like in Balloon Battle but however if a racer loses all of his/her balloons, they'll be eliminated from the battle. The last racer surviving wins. During team battles, the first team that loses all of their balloons loses.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Star Coin Runners (New) - This Mode works the same as coin runners in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.  Racers must collect as many Star Coins as they can in this mode; racers can also steal their opponent's star coins if they hit them with an item. Whoever has the most Star Coins at the end of the battle wins.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle
  • Star Coin Rush (New) - This Mode works the same as Shine Runners in Mario Kart DS After every 60 seconds during the battle, racers with the least amount of Star Coins will get eliminated.
    • Single Battle
    • Team Battle

Online Gameplay

  • VS Race
  • Battle

Playable Characters

Altogether there are 67 characters altogether including DLC; twelve from the start, fifty six unlockable, ten DLC, and twenty five new ones. The Unlockable characters will be unlocked randomly by winning a grand prix race just like in Mario Kart 8 and some of them can also be unlocked by using Amiibo; in order to unlock Mii, you must complete any engine class; you can now customize your Mii in this game by choosing the voice you want them to have, customizing their outfit, giving them accessories, and just like in Mario Kart DS, you can customize their emblem but however, custom emblems are turned off during online play.


Default
Mario
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Alt: Fire Mario/ Ice Mario/ Tanooki Mario/ Propeller Mario/ Penguin Mario/ Flying Squirrel Mario/ Boomerang Mario/ Cat Mario/ Musician Mario/ Builder Mario/ Hakama Mario/ Classic Mario/ Santa Mario/ Halloween Mario/ Swimwear Mario/ Wedding Mario/ Happi Mario/ Pirate Mario/ Cowboy Mario/ Mechanic Mario/ Knight Mario/ Sunshine Mario/ Painter Mario


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Luigi
LuigiSR.png







Alt: Fire Luigi/ Ice Luigi/ Kitsune Luigi/ Propeller Luigi/ Penguin Luigi/ Flying Squirrel Luigi/ Boomerang Luigi/ Cat Luigi/ Classic Luigi/ Builder Luigi/ Cowboy Luigi/ Mechanic Luigi/ Swimwear Luigi/ Vacation Luigi/ Halloween Luigi/ Holiday Luigi/ Lederhosen Luigi/ Painter Luigi


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Peach
Princess Peach NSMsBW.png







Alt: Cat Peach/ Fire Peach/ Tanooki Peach/ Wedding Peach/ Kimono Peach/ Swimwear Peach/ Winter Peach/ Explorer Peach


Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Daisy
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Alt: Holiday Cheer Daisy/ Fairy Daisy/ Yukata Daisy/ Swimwear Daisy


Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Toad
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Alt: Blue Toad/ Yellow Toad/ Green Toad/ Purple Toad/ Propeller Blue Toad/ Propeller Yellow Toad/ Flying Squirel Blue Toad/ Flying Squirrel Yellow Toad/ Cat Toad/ Builder Toad


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Yoshi
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Alt: Red Yoshi/ Yellow Yoshi/ Blue Yoshi/ Light Blue Yoshi/ Orange Yoshi/ Purple Yoshi/ Pink Yoshi/ Black Yoshi/ White Yoshi/ Gold Yoshi/ Easter Yoshi/ Reindeer Yoshi


Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Wario
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Alt: Warioware Wario/ Hiker Wario/ Cowboy Wario/ Pirate Wario/ Builder Wario/ Swimwear Wario


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Waluigi
Waluigi.jpg







Alt: Bus Driver Waluigi/ Cowboy Waluigi/ Builder Waluigi/ Pirate Waluigi/ Mime Waluigi/ Swimwear Waluigi


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Koopa Troopa
KoopaTroopa.png







Alt: Red Koopa Troopa/ Blue Koopa Troopa/ Yellow Koopa Troopa/ Black Koopa Troopa/ Red Freerunner Koopa Troopa/ Green Freerunner Koopa Troopa/ Blue Freerunner Koopa Troopa/ Purple Freerunner Koopa Troopa/ Gold Freerunner Koopa Troopa


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Shy Guy
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Alt: Green Shy Guy/ Blue Shy Guy/ Light Blue Shy Guy/ Yellow Shy Guy/ Orange Shy Guy/ Pink Shy Guy/ Purple Shy Guy/ Black Shy Guy/ White Shy Guy/ Gold Shy Guy/ Pastry Chef Shy Guy


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong - Mario Kart X.png
Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Bowser
Bowser-1.png


Alt: Santa Bowser/ Wedding Bowser


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large


Unlockable
Rosalina*
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Alt: Cat Rosalina/ Fire Rosalina/ Tanooki Rosalina/ Halloween Rosalina/ Aurora Rosalina/ Swimwear Rosalina


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Bowser Jr.*
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Alt: Pirate Bowser Jr.


Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Small

Diddy Kong*
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Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Small

Funky Kong
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Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Dixie Kong
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Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Small

Birdo
Birdo MP9.png







Alt: Red Birdo/ Blue Birdo/ Yellow Birdo/ Green Birdo/ Light Blue Birdo/ Purple Birdo/ White Birdo/ Black Birdo/ Gold Birdo


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Boom Boom (New)
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Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Pom Pom (New)
PomPom.png


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Luma (New)
Luma.jpg






Alt: Blue Luma/ Green Luma/ Pink Luma/ Red Luma


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Spike (New)
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Alt: Stone Spike/ Snow Spike


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Lakitu
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Alt: Blue Lakitu/ Yellow Lakitu/ White Lakitu/ Black Lakitu/ Gold Lakitu


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Toadette
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Alt: Captain Toadette/ Builder Toadette


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Nabbit
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Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Dry Bowser
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Alt: Gold Dry Bowser


Weight Class: Heavy

Frame Size: Large

Captain Toad*
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Metal Mario*
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Alt: Gold Mario


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Medium

Metal Luigi (New)
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Alt: Silver Luigi


Weight Class: Heavy

Frame Size: Medium

Pink Gold Peach
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Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Medium

Cappy (New)
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Tiara (New)
Tiara.png


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Topper (New)

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Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Harriet (New)
Harriet Render.png






Weight Class: Light-Medium

Frame Size: Medium

Spewart (New)
Spewart Render.png


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Rango (New)
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Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Madame Broode (New)
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Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Gooigi (New)

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Alt: Blue Gooigi/ Orange Gooigi/ Pink Gooigi


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Peachette
Peachette - Mario Kart X.png







Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Pauline
Pauline - Mario Kart X.png









Alt: Party Pauline/ Valentines Pauline


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Ludwig Von Koopa
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Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Lemmy Koopa
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Roy Koopa
Roy Koopa 3D.jpg


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Iggy Koopa
Iggy Koopa 3D.jpg


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Wendy O. Koopa
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Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Small

Morton Koopa Jr.
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Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Larry Koopa
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Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Small

Baby Mario
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Baby Luigi
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Baby Peach
Baby Peach.png






Alt: Valentines Baby Peach


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Baby Daisy
Baby Daisy.png






Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Baby Rosalina
Baby Rosalina from Mario Kart Tour.png






Alt: Detective Baby Rosalina


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Hammer Bro.
Hammer Bro. Party 8.png







Alt: Boomerang Bro./ Fire Bro./ Ice Bro.


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Medium

Magikoopa (New)
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Alt: Green Magikoopa/ Red Magikoopa/ Yellow Magikoopa/ Orange Magikoopa/ Pink Magikoopa/ Purple Magikoopa/ White Magikoopa/ Black Magikoopa (New)


Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

King Boo
KING BOO.png






Alt: Gold King Boo/ Luigi's Mansion King Boo


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Petey Piranha
Petey Piranha - Mario Kart X.png






Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Paratroopa
Paratroopa - Mario Kart X.png






Alt: Green Paratroopa/ Yellow Paratroopa/ Blue Paratroopa/ Black Paratroopa


Weight Class: Light

Frame Size: Small

Dry Bones
Dry Bones Artwork - Mario Party 7.png







Alt: Blue Dry Bones/ Green Dry Bones/ Dark Bones/ Gold Dry Bones


Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Wiggler
Wiggler - Mario Kart X.png







Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Monty Mole
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Weight Class: Light


Frame Size: Small

Chain Chomp (New)
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Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Honey Queen
Honey Queen - Mario Kart X.png






Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

King Bob-omb
King Bob-omb MPSR.png






Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Meowser (New)
Meowser (New Version).png
Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Mii
Miis.png






Weight Class: Light, Medium, or Heavy


Frame Size: Any


DLC
Inkling Boy
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Alt: Varient Colors


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Inkling Girl
Inkling Girl Splatoon.png


Alt: Varient Colors


Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Mega Man (New)
Mega Man.png






Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

R.O.B.
ROB - Mario Kart X.png






Alt: Alternate Color R.O.B.


Weight Class: Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Sonic (New)
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Weight Class: Light-Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Pac-Man (New in the Main Series)
Pac-Man SSB4.png






Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Karate Joe (New)
Karate Joe Rejuvenation.png







Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Link
LinkSmash.png






Alt: Breath of the Wild Link


Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

Sora (New)
Sora KHIII.png






Weight Class: Medium


Frame Size: Medium

Ryu (New)
Ryu.png






Weight Class: Medium-Heavy


Frame Size: Large

(*) - indicates the character can also be unlocked by using amiibo.



Items

Found on the track

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Item Box

Gives the Player a random item. The items are given depending on what position the player is in.

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Double Item Box

Gives the Player two random items in both item slots. These item boxes are rare.

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Coin

Increases the player's top speed as more are collected. The maximum amount of coins players can get in a single race is 20.

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Star Coin

This item appears in Star Coin Runners and Star Coin Rush in Battle Mode only.  They are scattered everywhere in the arena which racers must collect them. If racers are hit by an item or fall into a pit, they lose some of their Star Coins.

Found in Item Boxes

Item Description Positions Given

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Green Shell

These are one of the most common items in the Mario Kart series. This item just goes straight forward and bounces off walls and certain objects and knocks over any racer it makes contact with. 1st - 6th

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Triple Green Shells

Three green shells surround the racer and orbit around them.  The racer can use three green shells instead of just one at any time and they can also be used as a barrier around the racer. 3rd - 10th

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Red Shell

This shell targets down the nearest racer ahead of them and knocks them over. When thrown backwards, the racer can slightly change it's angle when turning.  Now when racers are hang gliding and this item is used, it has a parachute of it's own. 2nd - 6th

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Triple Red Shells

Just like the triple green shells, they surround, orbit around the racer, and can be used as a barrier except they are three red shells which racers can use an advantage to get three racers ahead of them. 3rd - 12th

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Spiny Shell

This shell remains airborne and targets down any racer in first place and explodes on them; any racer in it's path will get knocked over. 4th - 10th

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Banana

Another common item in the Mario Kart Series.  This item just stays stationary once dropped backwards or thrown foward. Racers will spin out of control if they slip on this item. 1st - 6th

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Triple Bananas

Three Bananas which surround and orbit around the racer.  They can be used as a barrier around the racer and they act like a normal banana when used but the racer gets to use three of them. 1st - 8th
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Giant Banana

A large banana which serves as a bigger road hazard than a normal banana. If a racer crashes into this massive banana, it'll split into three more bananas. 1st - 8th

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Fake Item Box

A red replica of the actual item boxes however, these will knock racers over instead if they are touched.  This item hasn't been in Mario Kart since Mario Kart Wii. 1st - 6th

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Mushroom

These items gives the racer a boost of speed. 1st - 10th

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Triple Mushrooms

Gives the racer three mushrooms which surround and orbit around the racer which allows the racer to use three boosts of speed. 3rd - 12th

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Golden Mushroom

These Special Mushrooms gives the racer unlimited boosts of speed for a short period of time. 7th - 12th
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Mega Mushroom

This item makes the racer grow in size for a short period of time allowing them to squash any racers in their way. 6th - 10th

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Blooper

This item sprays ink on the racers and partially covers the player's screen to make it hard for the player to see. 4th - 8th

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Boo

This item turns the racer invisible for a short period of time and steals an item from another racer. 3rd - 8th

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Fire Flower

This item allows the racer to throw unlimited amount of fire balls for a short period of time. 3rd - 8th
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Ice Flower

This item allows the racer to throw unlimited amount of ice balls for a short period of time which freezes opponents and cause them to spin out of control. 3rd - 8th

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Boomerang Flower

This item allows the racer to throw a boomerang up to three times. 3rd - 8th

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Super Leaf

This item gives the racer a tanooki tail for a short period of time which allows them to knock over nearby opponents or certain obstacles. 1st - 6th

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Potted Piranha Plant

When used, this item goes in front of the racer which chomps down anything in it's path and gives the racer a boost everytime it knocks over opponents or certain obstacles. 4th - 8th

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Super Horn

When used, this item will create one loud shockwave powerful enough to knock over opponents or certain objects nearby.  This item can even blow up Spiny Shells. 1st - 6th

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Bullet Bill

This item turns the racer into a speeding flying Bullet Bill for a short period of time which knocks over anyone in it's path while it makes it's way back into the race. 9th - 12th

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Bob-omb

This item is very explosive.  When thrown or placed down, they will follow the nearest racer and blow up creating an explosion which knocks over nearby racers. 2nd - 8th
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Triple Bob-ombs

Three Bob-ombs that surround and orbits the racer. but be careful, if they make contact with another race while orbiting, they could all blow up on the racer who is using them! 3rd -10th
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Giga Bob-omb

This item returns from Mario Kart Tour. When used, this massive bomb bounces on the race course and then explodes with a massive radius! 5th - 10th
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Chain Chomp

This item acts like the Bowser Shell from Mario Kart Tour. Unlike in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, when used, this item remains stray and goes down the track chasing down any opponents nearby. 7th - 12th

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Star

This item makes the racer invincible and gives them faster speed for a short period of time and this item also allows the racer to knock over other racers in their path. 7th - 12th

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Lightning Bolt

This item shrinks opponents for a short period of time which also slows down their speed and makes them drop their items.  Opponents will grow back to normal size in order of what place they're in.  Normal sized racers can also flatten them. 10th - 12th

Super feather.pngFeather

This Item appears in battle mode only.  This item allows racers to perform a high spin jump which allows racers to evade items used by other racers, steal their opponents' balloons, and more. N/A

Coin.png



Coin

Gives the Racer two coins. 1st - 6th


New Items

Item Description Positions Given

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Mega Magnet

A Magnet Item which creates an electric shield around the racer which attracts coins, item boxes, dropped mushrooms or dropped stars, and is invulnerable to Lightning. The shield disappears if the racer gets hit. 1st - 12th

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Poison Mushroom

This item tries to get close to the nearest racer and shrinks them down for a short period of time. This item does not effect the user of this item unless if they drive into it. 1st - 6th

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Gold Flower

This item works the same as the fire flower but racers throw golden fire balls which explodes on impact and the explosion will turn nearby items into coins. The explosions do not effect the racer using this item. 3rd - 8th

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Super Bell

Unlike in Mario Kart Tour, this item gives the racer claws in front of them and a cat tail for a short period of time. With this item, racers can use them to slash down certain objects and multiple opponents at once; every time they use this item, they get a speed boost. This item made it's first appearance in Super Mario 3D World. 5th - 9th
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Magikoopa Wand
When used, this item will emit magic that when touched by other racers, the course will flip into mirror for them for a short period of time. This item works very similiar to the Magikoopa Magic in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit except it doesn't last the entire race. 4th - 8th

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Strobe Camera

A camera item with a strobe light. This item blinds players for a split second if they get caught in the flash. 3rd - 8th

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Radical Nine

Gives the racer nine items that orbit around them. The items are: Green Shell, Red Shell, Banana, Mushroom, Star, Bob-omb, Blooper, Coin, and Mega Magnet. 7th - 10th

Courses

Altogether, there are 32 race courses total; 16 Nitro courses and 16 retro courses. The images of the courses are not the actual images, they are just there to make it how the course is like.

Nitro Courses

Mushroom Cup
Flower Cup
Star Cup
Special Cup

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Mario Kart Circuit

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Mario Circuit

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Wario Prison

Wario's Jail Factory

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Sky Station

Sky Terminal

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Shy Guy Carnival

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Tropical Cove

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DK Treehouse

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Bowser Jr.'s Armada

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Toad Studios

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Cyber Highway

Digital Anti-City

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Nightmare Inn

Macabre Resort

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Bowser's Castle

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Snow Snow Village

Winter Town

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Dragon Valley

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Cheep Cheep Aquarium

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Rainbow Road

  • Mario Kart Circuit - A race course that resembles Mario Kart Stadium from Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which the setting changes everytime it's raced on just like how the layout changes in Excitebike Area and the seasons change in Animal Crossing in the downloadable packs in Mario Kart 8. The different settings are day, dawn/dusk, and night.
  • Mario Circuit - The first course which will be in the E3 2021 demo. This race track's start/finish line is in a Warp pipe tunnel and there's a moat around Peach's Castle which racers can ski on or drive underwater and racers have the option to race inside Peach's Castle just like in Mario Kart 7.
  • Toad Studios - A race course that takes place at night at a red carpet, inside a fancy grand lobby which leads to a movie theatre, and in a night city with neon lights which resembles Hollywood Los Angeles California.
  • Tropical Cove - The second course which will be in the E3 2021 demo. This course takes place at a tropical beach resort with a tropical cave, a volcano, a residential area, and an indoor public pool.
  • Dragon Valley - The third and final course which will be in the E3 2021 demo. This course is oriental themed and resembles Dragon Driftway from The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack with cliffs, hills, waterfalls, bridges, a bridge resembling the Great Wall of China, and Asian Architecture buildings. This course also has a dragon which racers will race on eventually throughout a lap around the course and after that, racers land on a rock platform and of a Time Flow and Hang Glider ramp where racers must dodge the Chinese fire crackers.
  • Snow Snow Village - A small desolate snowy village near mountains. This course has a large frozen lake which is at the end of the town, has a cabin hotel, a dock on the side of the course, a frozen cave filled with water which racers can ski on eventually or remain underwater also with an anti gravity section which is a loop in the cave, and a cannon which activates the hang glider mechanic which leads racers onto the roofs of houses which also activates the anti gravity mechanic.
  • Cyber Highway - A computer designed city which resembles Tron Legacy with lots of Anti Gravity sections because the roads are upside down or sideways most throughout the course, a hexagonal chamber which is a large Time Flow section with lasers that fire away on the track, and a long wide straight highway which is also a Time Flow section with cyber vehicles heading the opposite direction of the racers.
  • Wario Prison - A Prison/Metal Factory like course with references to Wario. This course has conveyor belts, hydraulic machines, a hallway with cells of a prison, a time flow section with cameras that shoot lasers just like the bowser statues in Bowser's Castle in Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and an outside area where racers enter an anti gravity section onto the prison walls.
  • DK Treehouse - A jungle course which racers enter anti gravity sections where they race on tree trunks and they race into multiple treehouses and ski on a large river that leads them back to the start/finish line which is an anti gravity section on a tree trunk heading upwards.
  • Nightmare Inn - A haunted hotel with twisted hallways, an underground catacomb with a river where racers can driver underwater or ski on it, an underground chamber with large cob webs which act like the red mushroom platforms in Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart Wii, and a dark cemetery. This course resembles the Last Resort from Luigi's Mansion 3.
  • Shy Guy Carnival - A carnival themed course with carnival stands, rides, A giant circus tent, and a ferris wheel.
  • Cheep Cheep Aquarium - An aquarium themed race track with a Yoshi Museum, and underwater with cheep cheeps, bloopers, sushis, and a lot of underwater creatures from Super Mario games. This course's music also has a mix of theme of Jolly Roger Bay and Dire Dire Docks from Super Mario 64.
  • Sky Station - A race course that takes place in the sky with planets, a station, Starship Mario from Super Mario Galaxy 2 and the Odyssey from Super Mario Odyssey can be seen as well.
  • Bowser Jr.'s Armada - A race course that resembles Airship Fortress from Mario Kart DS. This course features many airships and many road cautions as well.
  • Bowser's Castle - The brand new Bowser's Castle in this installment, It's said to be the most insane Bowser's Castle yet.
  • Rainbow Road - The brand new Rainbow Road for this installment, It's said to be the best Rainbow Road ever. Just like Mario Kart 7, this Rainbow Road has sections as well and so far is the only course in Mario Kart 9 to have sections; this Rainbow Road will also be the first Rainbow Road that the race does not end where it started.

Retro Courses

Altogether, there are two returning courses from Super Mario Kart, one from Mario Kart 64, two from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, two from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, two from Mario Kart DS, two from Mario Kart Wii, two from Mario Kart 7, and three from Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The courses are now much more redesigned than their original appearances. The Hang Glider Mechanic and the Under Water Mechanic appear in most of these courses just like Mario Kart 7's retro courses. Unlike Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Anti Gravity Mechanic doesn't just appear in some courses but now appears in all of these courses, and some courses are now added with the Water Ski Mechanic and the Time Flow Mechanic.

Shell Cup
Banana Cup
Leaf Cup
Lightning Cup

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DS Figure 8 Circuit

DS Figure-8 Circuit

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Wii DK Summit

Wii DK Snowboard Cross

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Wii U Sunshine Airport

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SNES Mario Circuit 4

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SNES Choco Island 1

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N64 Wario Stadium

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DS Shroom Ridge

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Wii U Cloudtop Cruise

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GBA Riverside Park

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GCN Mushroom City

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3DS Wario Shipyard

3DS Wario's Galleon

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GCN Bowser's Castle

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Wii U Toad Harbor

Wii U Toad Harbour

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3DS Rock Rock Mountain

3DS Alpine Pass

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Wii Dry Dry Ruins

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GBA Rainbow Road


Battle Courses

It's confirmed that there will be 14 Battle courses all together; 7 new ones and 7 returning ones.

Nitro Courses Retro Courses

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Mario Kart Colosseum

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SNES Battle Course 2

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Warp Pipe Labyrinth

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N64 Double Deck

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New Donk City

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GBA Battle Course 4

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Dry Dry Tomb

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GCN Tilt-a-Kart

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Cheep Cheep Ocean

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DS Tart Top

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Beep Block Skyway

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Wii Delfino Pier

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Galactic Mobius

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3DS Sherbet Rink

DLC Content

It has been confirmed that DLC Content will be available in the future. So far it has been confirmed to have downloadable characters in the future. There will be a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe x Mario Kart 9, Splatoon x Mario Kart 9, Sonic Boom x Mario Kart 9, Mega Man x Mario Kart 9, Crash Bandicoot x Mario Kart 9, Rythym Heaven x Mario Kart 9, The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 9, Kingdom Hearts x Mario Kart 9, Street Fighter x Mario Kart 9 and Pac-Man x Mario Kart 9 DLC packs so far.

Trivia

  • This is the third Mario Kart game to be in HD and the first Mario Kart game to use Unreal Engine 4.
  • This is the second Mario Kart game to be released on the Switch.
  • Outside of the Mario & Sonic series and the Super Smash Bros. series, this is the first Mario Kart game to feature Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character.
  • This is the fourth Mario Kart game to feature a character or characters not from the Mario series. The first is Mario Kart DS which features R.O.B., the second is Mario Kart 8 which features Link from The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack and Villager and Isabelle from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, and the third is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  • This is the third Mario Kart game to feature Mario Kart TV.
  • This is the fifth Mario Kart game to feature Miis as playable characters.
  • This is the third Mario Kart game to feature DLC.
  • The Hang Glider and Underwater Mechanic introduced in Mario Kart 7 returns in this game and the Anti-Gravity Mechanic introduced in Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe returns in this game as well.

Music

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Mario Kart 9 for Switch My Version Main Theme

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Mario Kart 9 for Switch My Version Menu Theme

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Mario Kart 9 for Switch My Version Theme of Mario Kart Circuit Mario Circuit

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