I’m a large fan of Mario Kart eight, and with Crash Bandicoot and Sonic getting racing games this summer season, I cannot support but hope for a Mario Kart 9 on the horizon. In no distinct order, here’s nine tracks I’d like to see in the subsequent entry.
1- Comet Observatory
Super Mario Galaxy is a single of the initially genuine games I ever played and remains a single of my favored games of all time. In no compact portion due to the reality that I was incredibly into space as a kid, the Comet Observatory was fascinating to me: an extremely tranquil, completely safe space station open to the sublime sky, populated by adorable star-shaped aliens, total with a garden, fountain, and library. Of all the game worlds all through my childhood, this captivated me the most. What improved way to appreciate this gorgeous and tranquil space station than to drive recklessly by means of it?
two- Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker was a phenomenon. Aside from Small Major Planet and the recent Dreams, there are not a lot of games with such a concentrate on User Generated Content material. The current Super Mario Maker two brought every little thing we loved from the preceding game and added considerably a lot more, so I say we celebrate it with a Mario Maker themed course. Picture driving by means of the track seeing the road be constructed ahead of you, some sections of the track decorated in the types of distinct games, shortcuts that transform on a timer as they’re edited through the race. For maximum fidelity, add hidden blocks all through the track for racers to run into.
three- Luncheon Kingdom
Super Mario Odyssey was a different current accomplishment in the Mario franchise, and featured a range of open kingdoms in which to run about and discover. Of all the kingdoms, the Luncheon Kingdom was the most special and memorable for me, with a towering volcano utilized to cook soup and multicolored rocks that appear like meals. I consider this could take the location of Grumble Volcano as its a lot more colorful and charming replacement, and I can see this producing a enjoyable track with challenging shortcuts more than lava and a gliding section more than the volcano exactly where we can get a good view of the soup cooking more than it.
four- Globe Map
Hunting by means of the course choice in previous Mario Kart games, a lot of of them match into 3 categories: tracks constructed to the liking of a significant character (Mario/Luigi Circuit, Infant Park, Wario Stadium), areas that represent locations from games (Dry Dry Desert and Bone-Dry ruins as Globe two, Voshi valley as the setting for the Yoshi series), or new areas modeled immediately after other characters (Toad Factory/Harbor/Turnpike, Shy Guy Falls, Cheep Cheep Beach). Most of my entries on this list match into none of these groups, but are reimaginings of areas that seem in the actual games. This is not to say I consider Nintendo’s method is undesirable, I like at least 80% of the existing course choice, but the Mario series has some iconic areas and areas, and Mario Kart is such a fantastic way to discover these areas in a new context.
On that note, I consider it’d be genuinely enjoyable to see Mario and close friends drive about the complete mushroom kingdom like pieces on a board game. You’d commence in the grassy globe a single and then rocket straight towards the desert, then the mountains, clouds, jungle, islands, and then ultimately back to the commence. Alternatively, if driving by means of the complete kingdom in a single go is a small as well overwhelming, the map could be divided into components and compose an complete grand prix. I’d genuinely like to see a lot more themed sets of races alternatively of seemingly random tracks grouped with each other.
five- Wild Glide Galaxy
This could be a a lot more difficult course that focuses on the glide mechanic. On the ground, the course would be comparable to Maple Treeway, but a fantastic chunk of the race would be in the air. There’d be floating item boxes players could attempt to hit, and boosts they could attempt to fly by means of at threat of losing momentum. Specific energy-ups could be devastating to the race with most players more than an abyss, so no distinct glide section should really be extremely lengthy. The music should really surely be the Fleet Glide Galaxy theme, although, due to the fact that is a way improved song.
six- Paper Circuit
This is a lot more of an aesthetic option than a place, but a pop-up book hunting track modeled immediately after the Paper Mario series would be wonderfully charming. Personally, I’d like to see a very simple drive about a lake, paper cheep cheeps hopping out of the water, trees offering subsequent to no shade, and Peach’s castle as a backdrop. A paper audience cheering you on as you race is a provided as properly. Although the Wild Glide track above would be a difficult course for series veterans, this a single would be a cute and quick track for youngsters.
Bowser’s Inside Story was a trip and a half, and also a different of my favored childhood games. It is such a ridiculous idea, Bowser inhaling the residents of Peach’s Castle and them obtaining adventures in his physique, and it was created all the improved by the colorful and inventive areas you got to take a look at. I consider it is unlikely, but I’d certainly appreciate to see a track with the aesthetic of Bowser’s Inside Story, total with all the odd characters inside. I’d also appreciate to see men and women who’ve by no means heard of Bowser’s Inside Story encounter this level and wonder exactly where in the globe they are.
eight- Wiggler’s Garden
Mario Celebration DS is sorely underrated. Although I do choose most of the GameCube choice, and DS entry is a bit smaller sized as it is not a console title, I had a fantastic time with MPDS and it’d be good to see it make a different look. The principal gimmick is that Kamek shrunk Mario and close friends down to the size of insects, so what would after be simply traversable areas turn into game boards to pass by means of. It’d be a lot of enjoyable to shrink down the karts and have them race about a huge garden.
9- Blackbelly Skatepark
Mario Kart eight introduced a quantity of tracks from other Nintendo franchises, namely Animal Crossing, Excitebike, and The Legend of Zelda. This went hand in hand with new racers such as Isabelle and Hyperlink, but not all newcomers got a track for them. The stage is a bit gray by default, but it could be created a lot colorful for its inclusion in the game. Although a single of the battle courses is straight from Splatoon, the Inkling racers deserve a track of their personal in a Grand Prix. Blackbelly Skatepark is naturally residence to a lot of ramps for tricks and shortcuts, and I consider it’d make a enjoyable track for the Inklings to contact their personal.
That is all of them! Although I do not consider all (or even most) of these will make it into the subsequent game, it was a lot of enjoyable to appear by means of the Mario series and consider how distinct locations would translate into tracks. If you have got something you’d like to see in the next Mario Kart game, share it in the comments beneath, and keep tuned for a lot more listicles right here at Sick Critic.
Max is a student at Rutgers who likes writing fantasy and playing video games such as Zelda, Mario, Undertale, Earthbound, and Stardew Valley.