Unlike previous Mario Kart games, this has the ability to actually make your own kart, you choose a frame and wheels in addition to your character before you race. You can glide through the air and even drive underwater, which is new to the series. Beyond that, the gameplay is about the same, you try to keep your opponents from outracing you by hitting them with pickup items or outrun them with said items. The online is great and the racing speed is so exciting. I highly recommend it.