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Family fun for all ages!
on 3 October 2015
I've now had this game a couple of months and the only disappointment is that I didn't buy it when it first came out! Race around a wide selection of fun, colourful, and imaginative tracks, choosing from a vast array of vehicles, wheels, parachutes, and characters (you can even play as your Mii that you've created on your Wii U console).
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!