Got it a few days ago and been enjoying it a lot. Never played the original. In terms of karting games, I believe it's just been the Mario Kart series and Diddy Kong Racing for me, so it's been refreshing. I like the mechanics and how it feels a fair bit more involved than those other games.
Mainly slowly making my way through Adventure Mode at the moment, doing the challenges for each track.
For me it has been comparing very favourably with MK8, which I wasn't too crazy about, despite some disappointing aspects like it being 30fps and the long loading times which are worse for me on Switch. But at least it's not any worse frame rate wise compared to the other versions and it's a nice looking game. Characters are expressive and have a lot of personality too.
Clearly I suck gooseberry fool at this game. I can't get any better than 6th place in an online race. I know how to get drift boosts, but everyone else seems to be hopping all over the show instead of chaining boosts. Am I missing something??
The item balance in this is actually way worse than Mario Kart. Red Shells atleast are consistent, missiles it feels like my enemies ones have super homing and mine immediately drive into the wall - the blue sphere is never fast enough to hit the people up in first as they just drive away from it forever and the hitboxes on some of them online is just awful.
Still enjoying it but damn it's more annoying than MK.