Fun ways to play Mario Kart games, such as “Mario Kart 8” and “Mario Kart Wii,” include racing in the grand prix, racing online or racing on split-screen with friends. Both games also feature a battle mode in which players attempt to pop each other's balloons using special power-ups.
“Mario Kart 8” for the Nintendo Wii U features a cooperative grand prix mode that allows two players to race for the gold trophy on the same console. The game also allows two players from the same console to go online together and race people from around the world. Online, players can race in regional or worldwide races. They can also join online tournaments, search for custom games or play an online battle mode. “Mario Kart 8” allows friends to voice chat with each other between races and to upload their best track times to Nintendo's social media network called Miiverse.
“Mario Kart Wii” for the Nintendo Wii features a more robust battle mode than “Mario Kart 8.” Besides just participating in the normal balloon battle mode, gamers can play a coin battle mode in which they race around in teams and gather as many coins as possible. The team with the most coins at the end of a coin battle match wins.