I've played countless hours on this game by now. I love the VS racing mode (multiplayer), and it's here that the game truly shines.
Where the N64 version was strongest in the multiplayer battle modes, this game pulls ahead in the multiplayer racing. The variety in the tracks, the easy-to-learn mechanics, and the steady 60-fps framerate make this one of the most consistently fun games on the cube.
I was disappointed by the lackluster battle modes, and (as with the previous two versions of Kart) the single player gets old fast. But none of that matters when you consider I've not gotten tired of this game since it first came out.
Give it a shot. Race with a friend. Sure, it's predictable, but that's exactly what makes it so reliable and endlessly fun.
Compared to Mario cart for the N64 this game is really weak and offers nothing new but a useless character riding at the back of your car. the only thing the second character is good for is more item usage. I would have thought that the multiplayer was fun and very innovative, but I was proven wrong when I actually started playing. There are few mini games and none of them are any good or fun. The single player gets boring really quick since there are only 3 main cuts races in this game. The tracks aren't as fun and colorful as the ones in the N64 version. Track designs, on the whole, are crude and uninteresting, serving up more style than actual substance and the game can get easy pretty quick when you get use to the controls.