In this game, the player can take control of one of eight characters from the Mario series, each with different speeds and weight classes. In single player mode, the player races against seven computer operated racers, all with the aim to come in first. During the races, the players and the computers can run over item panels to get an item that gives them a power boost, or hinder another racers lead. There's also the option to race against the clock in Time Trial mode. In the multiplayer mode, two players can race against each other and the computers in the cup races, or can go against each other in a one-on-one race. The final multiplayer mode, the two players go against each other in a head-to-head battle, where they try to eliminate the other by destroying the balloons which serve as the player's "life".
Mario Kart GP - Two players race against each other as well as computer controlled opponents.
Match race - Two players race against just each other on the track of your choice.
Battle mode - The objective of this mode is to use the items at your disposal to damage the other player. There are three balloons which rotate around both players. When one player is hit or runs into an item such as a turtle shell or banana peel that player loses a balloon. When a player loses all three balloons he or she fails at life.
Koopa Troopa has a medium high speed, good acceleration, and great steering. He is easily knocked aside by the larger competitors. If the computer is using him, he will sometimes chuck turtle shells at you.