Mario Kart was confirmed for release this Christmas, resulting in much rejoicing, but it's the new additions to the series that will likely get gamers geared up (sorry) for the upcoming 3D racer.

Whereas previous games have stuck fairly closely to the standard kart or bike formula, the next instalment will see racers taking to the skies in gliders and diving under the surface of the sea with propellers too.

Players will also be able to customise their kart to their own specifications, changing its tyres, chassis and ability to give themselves a helping hand out on the circuit.

What do you make of this new addition to the tried-and-true formula?