Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 is the eighth edition of the Mario Kart series and brings back the action of cart racing with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser and the rest. The game continues traditional elements of the Mario Kart series, in which Mario and characters from the Mario universe race each other in go-karts and other vehicles while trying to disrupt opponents and using power-ups to improve their own position in the race. The game marks the return of 12-player racing from Mario Kart Wii, as well as motorbikes and hang gliders. Returning Mario Kart 7 features include underwater racing and vehicle customization.
The game also introduces new elements to the franchise, such as anti-gravity racing, allowing players to drive on walls and ceilings. The player can bump into other racers to trigger a Spin Boost, giving the player an extra speed boost. The game features new items, such as the Boomerang Flower, used to attack players with; the Piranha Plant, which attacks racers and obstacles in its proximity, the Crazy Eight, which gives the user eight items, and the Super Horn, which can be used to both attack and defend the player against obstacles, including the Spiny Shell. The game features a whopping 48 tracks, including 23 tracks returning from previous games, and 25 wholly original tracks. Of the total, 32 tracks were available at launch, while the rest were added via updates. The game also features support for Amiibos, with players being able to use Amiibo figures to unlock special costumes that can be worn by Miis. The game features a host of new characters, including the Koopalings, Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach.
Once online, players can compete with up to 12 other players from across the world and set up custom tournaments with special rules. Players can voice chat with friends between races and download ghost racers from all over the world and try to beat their time. The game also features Mario Kart TV, which allows the player to record and view replay data from other players, rewind or watch the data in slow-motion, and finally, upload the highlights onto YouTube for everyone to view.
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Racing
- Platforms: Wii U
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Latest Mario Kart 8 News
Mario Kart 8 is approaching fast with roughly a month until the scheduled release date of May 30th, 2014. Nintendo just announced the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack – Special Edition, a Wii U bundle…
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