Mario Kart 9 may seem like it’s a little ways away yet, but with with the recent launch of the Switch it’s bound to pop up sooner or later. With Mario Kart 8: Deluxe right around the corner, it’s only natural to think about the next step in the Mario Kart franchise. With that in mind, here are ‘Five Things’ I’d like to see in the next Mario Kart.
-5 Bring back doubles!
Most of the recent Mario Kart games have had their unique gimmicks. Be it Anti-Gravity in Kart 8, Sea & Sky for Kart 7 or the addition of bikes for Kart Wii. But perhaps none were more game-changing, or frankly fun, than the duo-drivers found on the Gamecube’s Mario Kart: Double Dash.
This one actually nearly happened for Mario Kart 8, it seems like a feature that will return within the next game or two.
-4 Expanding on Guests
While guest racers haven’t been common throughout the entirety of the Kart series, they have popped up here and there. We first saw R.O.B. in the DS version, and Mario has since fed several Namco characters his dust in Arcade versions of the game.
It wasn’t until Mario Kart 8’s DLC content that Nintendo started fully embracing guest racers from other Nintendo properties. But why stop there?
There’s a lot of potential to grow this idea, and not only with Nintendo characters. What’s to stop Sonic and Tails from getting an invite to race against Mario and co. complete with their own track? Track design, which is perhaps the most crucial element of the Mario Kart game could see a huge boost in creativity if they allowed guests from foreign companies to enter the race.
-3 More expansive online with local guest support.
This one sounds a little nitpicky, but it’s all in the interest of fairness!
Mario Kart 8 allows 2 local players to go online together on the same system to play against players from all around the globe. While this is a far more generous service than plenty of modern games provide, the option to increase that number to up to 4 players would be great for those who have more than 2 players.
-2 A dedicated Amiibo line
My wallet weeps at the very thought of this, and yet it must happen.
Nintendo have expanded ever deeper into the Amiibo market since Mario Kart 8 launched. Many of the top Nintendo IPs have dedicated lines, including Smash Bros., Zelda and Splatoon. Some have several lines, and even some rather obscure games had Amiibo (looking at you Chibi Robo).
Mario Kart is undoubtedly a system seller, a pillar of strength for the big ‘N’. Thus a dedicated Amiibo line is necessary. The multitude of Karts and sizeable cast of characters found within the game would make the line stand out above all others.
-1 Send in The Kongs
Those daffy, laughy Kongs.
It seems like a big ask, I know. At this point Diddy Kong has a hard enough task making the cut having missed the last two Mario Kart games. Heck, there are more Splatoon and Animal Crossing characters in Mario Kart 8 than there are Kongs!
This doesn’t just apply to apes of course. Though it would be wonderful to see the likes of Funky, Diddy and DK Jr return to the track, and for Dixie and K. Rool to get their race on (he’s still got that pilot gear from the cancelled Diddy Kong Pilot in his closet waiting for just such an occasion). Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the long-overdue return of Pauline, and Stan the Bug man? There’s no finer place for those characters to return than Mario Kart.
You may or not remember the Koopaling announcement trailer from Mario Kart 8? Just imagine that, but with a plethora of magnificent, Kongtastic characters.
Bonus: Be a little more creative with naming. Seriously, don’t call it Mario Kart 9.
What do you think? What would you like to see from Mario Kart 9? Let us know in the comments!