Amazing game with a few irritating ticks.
This is by far the biggest and best Mario Kart and still retains it's 4 player split screen for families and friends which is becoming more and more rare today. You quickly unlock characters and tracks, more or less just by playing the game, with over 30 places to choose and 29 characters (many of which are different 'versions' of already playable racers). You can exspand that with 2 DLCs (downloadable content) that are only $14 extra but exspand the tracks with16 new tracks and 6 more charecters (including Link from Zelda and a themed race track), which is a great price compared to almost any game that has extra online content. There are silly weapons that are revisited from past games that keep anyone from getting by on just racing speed but here in the Wii U version you can't shut them off individually, It's basic weapons or all of them and the basic ones can be tiresome with just green shells and bananas. With each jump you can also get speed boost by tapping the drift button which adds some incentive to keep alert for small advantages.
The only REAL downside to this title is the STAT system that makes little to no sense. If you push your + button each vehicle and part (tires, type and glider) your speed, endurance, drifting and the like are all effected and often in nonsensical and dramatic ways which can lead many to feel forced to play certain setups in order to win instead of picking characters and vehicles just for fun. There are also hidden stats for charecters making larger charecters faster for some reason and Avatars are added to the roster as well which are unlocked after playing and are the best , well rounded choices when racing.............With the new antigrav mode which has your tires turning into magnetic hovercrafts and climb walls and ceilings it's an effect that doesn't show noticeably to make you dizzy but just seems to add more interesting turns and doesn't visually make your car seem "upside down" so it's a well played feature. This and the glider that pops out automatically for long jumps all seem seamless and reliable so you don't feel jarred or disoriented and just add depth. the underwater moments seem a little overdone and silly but are forgivable as they don't last too long and aren't game changers.....................one more feature to consider is that online chats are limited to 'friends only' in the lobby and does not have game invite or message notifications. You need to use outside means to coordinate races online.
Despite the few downfalls it may have Mario Kart is still the best Kart racer out there with a lot of fun new teaks and vehicles that make it very replayable for family and friends to return to for some quality fun time.