Originally Posted by tfoltz
The ability to casually pick up the game, play a quick grand prix, and go do something else has been fantastic for me since I often have to chase down a 15 month old at home. I just unlocked all the characters and mirror mode. The offline races feel pretty competitive in 150cc and the computer doesn't cheat as much as past versions. I'll try some online games soon and know I will get humbled (destroyed?) immediately. I usually get pretty competitive playing online, but not in Mario Kart since I embrace the chaos.
The on-line races are equally as enjoyable as the off-line, and are also brilliantly drop-in, drop-out.
It's recommended to play the single-player Time Trials and beat the Nintendo staff ghosts on the courses - you will really know each track well, and concentrating only on the racing (no combat) is still fun-as-heck. Although it will make you wish you always had 3 mushroom-boosts handy.
When you go on-line and join a race in progress, you are in spectator mode. Use this time to switch between the different players and watch what the first, second, and third place racers are doing - lots of tips to be learned there!
One thing I noticed by doing this is
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almost all the high-ranking on-line racers are using motorcycles, so time spent learning the two-wheeled vehicles is worthwhile IMO.
Originally Posted by Dashboard
It's hard to get really competitive in mario kart (at least for me) since there is so much more than just skills involved. You can be the best driver out there but get hit by lots of blue shell and other items and fall from the throne pretty quickly
I still want to finish first and I am angry if I don't but that's how I am
I hear you - it feels like that, but I disagree.
Keep in mind there are people out there that race on-line for hours upon hours. They not only learn the intricacies of each track, but also have great situational awareness and know both offensive and defensive driving. These guys usually come in first through third in most every race
I'm seeing well above 2000+ point racers, and the only way to get that many points is to finish in the top a lot of times. I'm happy if I finish 5th!