Mario and chums might be the faces of every Mario Kart game, but playing the series' HD bow, it quickly became clear that its tracks are the real stars. We've played through 16 courses at this point, grouped into the Mushroom, Flower, Shell and Banana Cups - and we've got footage of all of them.
Comprising four brand new tracks - Mario Kart Stadium, Water Park, Sweet Sweet Canyon and Thwomp Ruins - the Mushroom Cup is your introduction to the game's new anti-gravity mechanics, with giant airborne bends, close-quarters wall riding and magically suspended underwater sections all included:
The Flower Cup - featuring a new Mario Circuit, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion and the incredible Shy Guy Falls - is a little more advanced, with tighter bends, more shortcuts and quite possibly the best Mario Kart setpiece ever created:
The Shell Cup is made up of retro tracks, with redesigned, updated editions of Mario Kart Wii's Moo Moo Meadows, Super Circuit's version of Mario Circuit (now with gigantic, hydraulic anti-gravity addition), DS's Cheep Cheep Beach and 64's wonderfully crowded Toad's Turnpike:
Finally, the Banana Cup groups together Double Dash's Dry Dry Desert, Super Mario Kart's Donut Plains 3, 64's Royal Raceway and the 3DS version's DK Jungle:
I would say I can't tell you how excited I am for this game, but I'm pretty sure I get that over succinctly by babbling over every one these videos. Enjoy!