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- The new antigravity feature allows for never-imagined racing circuit designs.
- Players speed through courses and find themselves suddenly racing on walls in a haunted mansion or upside-down over Princess Peach's Castle.
- Mario Kart TV lets players share highlight videos they submitted to Miiverse.
- Experience a wealth of features that span the series, including 12-player online competitive play.
- Fan-favorites Waluigi and Toadette re-join the cast of familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Crisp HD graphics and a 60-frames-per-second frame rate offer players the most visually stunning entry in the series yet.
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Platform: Nintendo Wii U | Edition: Standard Edition
For the first time in HD, Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes
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Mario Kart 8
Turn your world upside down! Take on these twisting gravity-defying courses in Grand Prix, Time Trials, and VS Race modes. For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and anti-gravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favourite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing, and motorbikes.
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Brand new features
Experience a wealth of features that span the series, including 12-player online competitive play. Elements first introduced in Mario Kart 7, such as hang-gliders and underwater racing, along with elements introduced in Mario Kart Wii, such as motorbikes and performing tricks in midair, also make their return.
Brand new characters
This time around, take to the starting grid with Bowser’s minions, with all available as playable characters for the first time ever. Will Iggy, Larry, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, and Wendy pip Mario and co. to the podium? Fan-favourites Waluigi and Toadette rejoin the cast of familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom.
The anti-gravity feature allows for never-imagined racing circuit designs. Players will speed through courses and find themselves suddenly racing on walls in a haunted mansion, or upside-down over Princess Peach's Castle as their wheels automatically rotate and shift into anti-gravity gear.
Remixed classic courses make a return in Mario Kart 8, with favourites such as Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad's Turnpike from Mario Kart 64, and Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart, among others. The graphics and layout of these courses have been redesigned and reimagined – for example, Toad's Turnpike now allows players to drive up certain walls in anti-gravity mode. The game includes 16 new courses and 16 remixed classic courses.
Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8. First, the Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the player's kart and chomps at other characters, banana peels on the course, and even shells thrown by other characters. Each time the Piranha Plant lunges forward to bite, the player receives a brief boost of speed. The second new item is the Boomerang Flower. After acquiring it, racers can throw a boomerang at opponents to stun them, and its arc allows players to strike multiple opponents with a single toss. The boomerang can be thrown three times, forward or backwards.
Variety of control methods
Mario Kart 8 supports a variety of control schemes, including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Wheel, and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played in off-TV mode using just the Wii U GamePad.
Live recorded music
For the first time in the Mario Kart series, select courses in Mario Kart 8 feature music recorded by live performers.
Brand new 200cc mode
For the first time in the Mario Kart series, a 200cc racing class is coming to Mario Kart 8. Even faster than 150cc, the new high-speed class will be applied to all tracks in the game and makes braking an important consideration during a race! The new 200cc class will be offered as a free downloadable update to all Mario Kart 8 players on Thursday, 23 April 2015.
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As you race around the tracks you can collect 'prizes' that assist you in winning the races by disabling your opponents momentarily. the tracks range in difficulty so it's ideal for family members of all ages, and four players can race against each other at any one time. There are five categories of racing - firstly 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and 200cc (super fast and very difficult!) which are simply different speeds of racing, and each time you complete a set of four races (known as a cup), achieving 1st in each race, you will unlock a new item/character to play with going forward. Lastly, there's the Mirror category, which allows you to race all the tracks the wrong way round - once you've been conditioned to learn the tracks, this is super hard to do!
If you want to take a break from trying to unlock all the items and win every cup, you can switch to Online Mode and play against other Mario Kart 8 players across the globe - this is (in my opinion) by far the most fun thing about this game. As long as your Wii U is hooked up to a wifi connection, you can simply select the Online Mode from the home screen, choose your character and vehicle, and you'll be automatically entered into a 'room' with up to 12 players. Two players can play online mode together at any one time. You can also add your own friends if they have this game, and they can join you in a room any time you're online, or you can create a room solely to race against your friends!
I regularly play this game with my six-year-old nephew, and he absolutely loves it, which shows just how versatile the game is with regards to age suitability.
When playing online, players in a room are able to chat to each other, but only by using a selected few phrases already built into the game, such as "hello', "good game", "that was fun" etc. therefore ensuring online security and peace of mind for parents of your children playing this game.
This is good fun for all the family, and not your average racing game - I highly recommend you give it a try!
MK 8 includes some great new features such as gliding, racing upside down and up walls and some new weapons. It doesn't compromise on what makes the game great, so the older fan favourite tracks make a return. It features lots of tracks from the N64, Game Cube, DS and Wii plus new Wii U specific tracks. All of them look and play great. Multiplayer is smooth with no lags at all. The interface is simple and lets you and either play your friends or anyone around the world... and play quickly.
The only downside is Nintendo's stupidly strict internet communication rules, some router configurations mean you can't play with other players, you just get an error message... dumb in this age and day.
There's plenty to unlock and as always the replayability is really high.
What's great about this new one
1)stunning juicy graphics, being a massive Nintendo fan it doesn't disappoint
2)some of the old favourites like moo moo meadow and road tracks.
3)the multi player allows control with the Wii u remote pad and you can go old school and use D pad or tilt option...
4) standard Wii White remotes work.
5) insode the box there aren't instructions and it's a very simple game to learn and play.
6)nintendo have gone back to the 10coin collections method, this was previously seen in the Mario Kart Games of the past when the more coins collected the faster the vehicle potential is gained.
In short Nintendo have really pulled it off with this kart update game and the progressive level play that unlocks new characters cars and now vehicle upgrade....
There are thirty two tracks that can be unlocked through Grand Prix mode in a career style progression. Grand Prix mode has three engine "cc" difficulty settings from 50cc to 150cc. The tracks can also be accessed through a Time Trial mode that has elements of free play track selection for tracks that have not been unlocked through GP mode.
It really shines in local multi-player mode where the split screen arrangement and the lack of animation slow down speaks of a rare genius in game design.
What amazes me about this game is the huge range of ages it appeals to: five year olds and forty five year olds (seriously) have played my copy and they are all genuinely engaged with the gameplay. More strikingly is the fact that a five year old can play competitively with an adult and, often, win (without the adult losing on purpose). The drifting mechanism is so intuitive that it needs no explanation even for a young child. This speaks of genuine thought being given by Nintendo to both the idea and the reality of family entertainment. Nintendo has pulled it off in this game like nobody else has or perhaps can.
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