This one is really more for the kids, especially if you've already played Mario Kart. Its far less challenging and has a lot less going on. For the kids I think its a lot more playable as there is a much larger margin for error. If the older crowd is looking for a game to really get in to this unfortunately isn't it. Biggest flaw is that if you play as your Mii, other than in the vehicle yourself you're always pictured as a generic avatar and you can only see your standings by 1P or 2P which got a little annoying. The power ups are fun, vehicles as well, but give this one a try for the kids or some family fun time and not an experience in race gaming.
This game is not too bad. It is also,sadly,not that great. The tracks are pretty good,the racers are ok. It is more fun to play alone than with a friend or friends though. 1 player can play the grand prix to race four different tracks to get the cup. However,unlike Mario Kart, multiplayer can only race one track at a time against one another. Multiplayer also has Item battles...meaning you see who can collect more items on some tracks. It is not anywhere near as fun as Mario Kart. While racing there is an anouncer who voices over the race. You can get a special power up,but only if you are last or close to last in the race. The power ups are ok but not too great. Also,I have to mention the online play. First of all,unlike Mario Kart online,once you are in a room,you don't get to vote for what tracks you want to race. It just picks for you and it picks only the first four tracks that you race in the game. Also,if there aren't that many people in the room to play,it puts in computer controlled characters agains you. Also not as competitive feeling as Mario Kart online. Bottom line is this: they got it right with Mario Kart and anything else will never compare and will be just a cheap copy,no matter what characters are in it. Unless they come out with another Mario Kart,with newer tracks and keep the wonderful online play that it has.