I bought this game and am very happy. I beat the first boss sans upgrades on the first go so I assume the game has been made easier based on feedback. I have found it easier in the cups to just lose the rounds where you have to get the most kills as I normally run out of ammo by kill 14 and the lose so I find it cheaper to just not bother. It could be I'm very bad at knocking down opponents but increasing the amount of ammo one can hold might help. Great controls (although the first hidden path you can access in Japan tries to pull my craft to the left if you are even slightly off center line), nice visuals and sound. I've yet to buy a boost other than ammo and mines and I beat the first cup on the second go (for some reason I did not get the head to head on the first go) with a couple of single races to practice the course. It might be nice if the ammo came in larger magazines, though.