For those that don’t remember, Mario Kart DS had a surprisingly good mission mode. It wasn’t something you’d replay, but it was a great, short-burst mode which allowed you to enjoy the game without friends.
There were well over 60 levels set across 7 worlds, all with differing challenges. These ranged anywhere from driving through a certain number of gates or performing a number of power slides. Completing the levels were easy, but getting three stars on some of them were quite a challenge. The biggest part about is was the fact that they were all fun and improved your Mario Kart skills quite significantly.
There were even boss battles to undertake. Those such as Big Bob-omb and King Boo, which acted as mini battle modes in which you had to knock your opponent off an edge before losing a certain number of balloons.
Honestly, I hope that Nintendo return to some kind of mission mode in the next Mario Kart game. I can understand why it wasn’t included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but for those who have already played the game on Wii U, it might be a little lacklustre from a single player component, with no new tracks and only a few new characters.
It’ll be interesting to see where Nintendo takes the Mario Kart franchise going forward. Mario Kart 8 felt like the absolute tipping point for the franchise, with Nintendo not leaving themselves with much room to improve.