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Mario Kart 9
Developer(s)
Nintendo EAD, Next Level Games
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Platform(s)
Nintendo Switch Allstar Nintendo Future
Release Date
Japan- April 21, 2017

Europe- April 26, 2017 Australia- April 27, 2017

Americas- April 28, 2017
Ratings
ESRB: Rating Pending

PEGI: Rating Pending

CERO: Rating Pending
Genre
Racing
Modes
Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Play
Input
NX: Joy-con, Pro controller, ANF: Kinect System and Kinect Mario Kart Tablet

Mario Kart 9 is an Kart-racing Mario game for the Nintendo Switch. The game was released in Japan on April 21, 2017, in Europe on April 26, 2017, in Australia on April 27, 2017, and in the Americas on April 28, 2017.
Mario Kart 9

The game's logo

.  This game was the first Mario Kart game for the Switch, the first for the Allstar Nintendo Future, the fourteenth installment in the overall series, and the ninth in the main series. The Hang Glider and Underwater mechanics return from Mario Kart 7, the Anti Gravity mechanic returns from Mario Kart 8, and this game introduced 2 new mechanics known as the Water Ski Mechanic which allows racers to now race on the surface of water and Teleporting which allows racers to go in portal in courses like N64 DK's Jungle Parkway.  Just like Mario Kart 8, this game was compatible with Amiibo Figurines. The player can use Kinect mode in Allstar Nintendo Future version, and the racer limit are increased to 16.

GameplayEdit

The gameplay is the same as Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.  Tricks, stunts, bikes returns from Mario Kart Wii, the Hang Glider mechanic, the Underwater mechanic, vehicle customization, and the option to race in first person view returns from Mario Kart 7, the Anti Gravity mechanic, spin boosts, ATV bodies, and Mario Kart TV returns from Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and 12 (14 in Allstar Nintendo Future) racers at the same time. Players can collect coins to increase their top speed just like in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe except players can now don't have limit of coins per race and if they get hit by an item or fall in a pit, they lose 2 coins, such as in Super Mario Kart.  The new feature in this game is the Water Ski mechanic. This allows racers to drive on the surface of water or any liquid matter and just like in Anti Gravity mode when racers bump into each other, they also get a spin boost.  The entire gameplay is in HD just like Mario Kart 8 but now the courses look more realistic due to the use of Unreal Engine 4 in this game. Along karts, bikes and ATVs, the player can use a moped as the vehicle body.

Amiibo CompatibilityEdit

Game ModesEdit

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 (thirteen) 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 computer difficulty and slow speed), 100cc (normal computer difficulty and average speed), and 150cc (hard computer 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 computer 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 Race (New)

Free Race is a new race mode where players can race on any track as long as they want. 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 and Double Dash Race

Battle Mode

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 be eliminated and lose some points. At the end of the battle, whoever has the most points after the time run out 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, but instead of 5 balloons, everybody has got 7 balloons. 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 Battle 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 Battle 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, and extra 40 seconds will start on time limit. Single Battle Team Battle

Nabbit Chasers (New) - This Battle Mode works the same as Cops and Robbers game. One team, which are

Online Gameplay VS Race Battle

Playable CharactersEdit

This game features 56 characters total including DLC. 12 starting characters, 18 unlockable, 27 DLC, and 19 new ones.  Just like Mario Kart 8, characters are unlocked randomly by winning a grand prix race and some of them can also be unlocked by using Amiibo.  Players must complete the 100cc Special Cup by winning it or have 5 Miis or more in their system's Mii Maker to unlock Mii.


Starting

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Toad
  • Yoshi
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Donkey Kong
  • Bowser


Unlockable

  • Rosalina* (Rank 1 Star in all 50cc Nitro Cups)
  • Metal Mario (Play Time Trials on 8 Courses)
  • blue Silver Luigi (New) (Win the 150cc Lightning Cup)
  • Pink Gold Peach (Play Time Trials on all courses)
  • Bowser Jr.* (Win the 100cc Lightning Cup)
  • Diddy Kong* (Win the 50cc Star Cup)
  • Birdo (Play Time Trials on 4 Courses)
  • Boom Boom (New) (Rank 1 Star in all 100cc Nitro Cups)
  • Pom Pom (New) (Win 4 Staff Ghost Races in Time Trials)
  • Luma (New) Win the 150cc Star Cup)
  • Spike (New) (Win 8 Staff Ghost Races in Time Trials)
  • Lakitu (Rank 1 star in all 150cc Retro Cups)
  • Toadette (Play Time Trials on 16 Courses)
  • Nabbit (New) (Win 16 Staff Ghost Races in Time Trials)
  • Captain Toad* (New) (Win the 100cc Star Cup)
  • Dry Bowser (Win the 150cc Leaf Cup)
  • Sonic (Use Sonic Amiibo)
  • Moana (First Appearance) (Win the 150cc Special Cup)
  • Mii (Create 5 Mii's at Mii Maker found in Mii Channel)


DLC

  • Inkling Boy
  • Inkling Girl
  • Mega Man (New)
  • Ludwig Von Koopa
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Roy Koopa
  • Iggy Koopa
  • Wendy Koopa
  • Morton Koopa Jr.
  • Larry Koopa
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Hammer Bro. (New)
  • Kamek (New)
  • Funky Kong
  • King Boo
  • R.O.B.
  • Petey Piranha
  • Paratroopa
  • Dry Bones
  • Wiggler
  • Honey Queen
  • Crash Bandicoot (New)
  • Pac-Man (New in the Main Series)


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

ItemsEdit

Found on Tracks

  • Item Box
  • Double Item Box
  • Coin
  • Invincibility Leaf (New, activates water ski mechanic)


Found in Item Boxes (Return)

  1. Green Shell
  2. Triple Green Shells
  3. Red Shell
  4. Triple Red Shells
  5. Spiny Shell
  6. Banana
  7. Triple Bananas
  8. Fake Item Box
  9. Mushroom
  10. Triple Mushrooms
  11. Golden Mushroom
  12. Blooper
  13. Fire Flower
  14. Boomerang Flower
  15. Super Leaf
  16. Potted Piranha Plant
  17. Super Horn
  18. Bullet Bill
  19. Bob-omb
  20. Star
  21. Lightning Bolt
  22. Feather
  23. Coin

Found in Item Boxes (New)

CoursesEdit

Altogether in the game, there are 32 courses all together which consists 16 new courses and 16 retro courses. There are a total of 8 cups altogether and there are 4 courses in each cup like in every game since Mario Kart 64. Some of these nitro tracks will include some of the DLC Tracks from Mario Kart 8, which makes Mario Kart 9 the first game in the Mario Kart Franchise to contain tracks from different games outside the Super Mario series. For example, a track from F-Zero, Animal Crossing series, and Excitebike are included in the nitro cups.

NX version

Nitro Courses

Mushroom



Mushroom Cup

Fireflower



Flower Cup

Star3ds



Star Cup

Crown



Special Cup

Mario Kart Circuit Mario Circuit Wario Prison Sky Station
Shy Guy Carnival Tropical Cove Diddy's Treehouse Mute City
Toad Studios Cyber Highway Wild Woods Bowser's Castle
Excitebike Circuit Crossing Campground Cheep Cheep Aquarium

Rainbow Road



Retro Courses

Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
DS Figure 8 Circuit

Wii DK Summit

Wii DK's Snowboard Cross

Wii U Sunshine Airport SNES Mario Circuit 4
SNES Choco Island 1 N64 Wario Stadium GCN Mushroom City Wii U Cloudtop Cruise
GBA Riverside Park DS Shroom Ridge 3DS Wario Shipyard GCN Bowser's Castle

Wii U Toad Harbor

Wii U Toad Harbour

3DS Rock Rock Mountain

3DS Alpine Pass

Wii Dry Dry Ruins GBA Rainbow Road

In ANF

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup Boomerang Cup
Animal Crossing Circuit

Battle Mode

In NX

New Battle Maps Retro Battle Maps
Battle Stadium SNES Battle Course 2
Sweet Sweet Kingdom GBA Battle Course 1
Dragon Palace GCN Luigi's Mansion
Urchin Underpass DS Tart Top
Lunar Colony Wii Block Plaza
E. Gadd Incorporated 3DS Wuhu Town

In ANF

New Battle Maps Retro Battle Maps New Race Tracks Retro Race Tracks

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