Aaaawww Patrick, really going to miss you here. Thanks for all the content and opening yourself up to us on here through the years, and for the touching goodbye post. Might have got a bit dusty as it went on :-)
I don't get the big controversy here, they're not going to have people race on tracks that they don't own. This seems to be the way most games handle this for tracks/levels. (Titanfall does intergrate the DLC into the rotations and match you in and out as required but that's more the exception than rule.). Of course characters are a different issue.
I'm guessing the implementation is that this is also going to be the case for the DLC characters, which is a shame when other games have dealt with DLC characters online better.
Actually, what happens with the coloured Yoshi and Shy Guys? Not tested that online.
Yeah, having Kinect from day one I've gotten used to using it. They've done a good job of making changes for those without Kinect but I'd still say with Kinect is the better experience, especially if you want to control other devices in your A/V setup.