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Mario Kart 8

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Mario Kart 8
マリオカート8
Mario Kāto 8
MarioKart8.jpg
Boxart of Mario Kart 8
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Bandai Namco Games
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Category: Racing
Players: Offline: 1-4
Online: 1-12
Predecessor: Mario Kart 7
Successor: N/A
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

May 30, 2014

Japan:

May 29, 2014

Europe:

May 30, 2014

Australia:

May 31, 2014

Ratings
ACB:

G

CERO:

A

ESRB:

E

PEGI:

3

USK:

0

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Mario Kart 8 is the Wii U installment in the Mario Kart series, and its eight main installment. The game was originally confirmed to be in development during the January 2013 Nintendo Direct before being officially revealed at E3 that year. Selling over 8 million copies, Mario Kart 8 is currently the best-selling Wii U game.

Blurb[edit]

North American box[edit]

Defy the laws of gravity in the wildest Mario Kart game yet!

Optional motion steering
Share highlight reels
12-player online racing

PAL box[edit]

MARIO'S TURNING MUSHROOM KINGDOM UPSIDE-DOWN!

Race your friends online and upload your favorite moments on Mario Kart TV

Australian box[edit]

Up walls!
Across ceilings!
Race without limits.

Nintendo website[edit]

Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling!

Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart™ game yet! Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.

Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that’s not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you’ll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends’ using the all-new Mario Kart TV. Returning features include 12-player online play, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser’s seven minions, the Koopalings!

  • Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks!
  • Share highlight videos of your greatest moments with friends via the Mario Kart TV feature and Miiverse™
  • Race and battle with friends locally* or connect online to play with random players from around the world
  • Fan favorite features from past Mario Kart™ games include gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more
  • For the first time ever, play as all seven of Bowser’s minions, the Koopalings!
  • Crisp HD graphics and fluid animation offers players the most visually stunning Mario Kart™ yet

Nintendo eShop[edit]

Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling! Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart™ game yet! Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.

Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that’s not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you’ll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends’ using the all-new Mario Kart TV. Returning features include 12-player online play, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser’s seven minions, the Koopalings!

Gameplay[edit]

Basic gameplay is retained from the previous installments, in that players race across various tracks while using items spread across the track to gain an edge over opponents, though it is most similar to Mario Kart 7. Like Mario Kart Wii, twelve racers are able to race at once instead of eight, though like in Mario Kart 7 players are once again able to fly through the air with gliders and driver underwater, though new to this installment is anti-gravity, allowing players to drive across the walls and ceilings of a track at specified points. Kart customization also returns from Mario Kart 7, though this has been expanded upon to include bikes, returning from Mario Kart Wii, and a new kart type, ATVs. In addition to races, a battle mode is also available.

When playing online, players can race or battle against a group of random players online or with friends, or join tournaments, which are similar in setup to Mario Kart 7. Players are also able to save their replays and post them online via the "Mario Kart TV" feature.

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details
Media

Wii U Game Disc
Digital download

Download size

Game: 4949.8 MB
DLC: 2 GB

Supported features

Nintendo Network (online play, online sharing, Miiverse, game chat), local play (2-4 players), amiibo (read only), Off-TV Play

Input / compatible controllers

Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote (+ Nunchuk), Classic Controller

Additional content[edit]

Updates[edit]

Version Number Date Released Description
2.0 August 27, 2014 Adds a "Shop" menu to the main menu to download DLC, the option to display the course map on the TV screen with the Wii U GamePad, increases max online VR rating to "99999", allows players the view their stats from the main menu, saves the last used vehicle combination (minus DLC parts), swaps the positions of the "Next Race" and "View Highlight Reel" buttons after a race.
3.0 November 13, 2014 Enables the first DLC pack, adds amiibo compatibility, allows the game to save vehicle combinations using DLC parts, light karts pushed by heavier karts are not bumped as far, losing a race is not as punishing to the player's VR rating, allows players to set course limitations when playing online or creating a tournament.
4.0 April 23, 2015 Enables the second DLC pack, adds additional amiibo compatibility, adds a 200cc engine class, adds new Miiverse stamps, allows players to display the TV map while using any game-compatible controller, lets players race with CPU players while online, updates tournament settings according to the additional gameplay modes and courses.
4.1 May 1, 2015 Automatically unlocks all engine classes for players that have not unlocked them.

Downloadable content[edit]

Three downloadable content packs have been released for Mario Kart 8. These packs can either be purchased on the Nintendo eShop, or through the in-game Shop menu accessible from the main menu:

  • Mercedes-Benz × Mario Kart 8 - A free pack that adds three karts based on Merceded-Benz vehicles.
  • The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 - Adds two additional cups with four courses each, four vehicles, and Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach as playable characters.
  • Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 - Adds two additional cups with four courses each, four vehicles, and Villager (male and female options available), Isabelle, and Dry Bowser as playable characters.

Players can purchase the paid DLC either individually, or in a singular bundle for a lower price. In addition, by purchasing the latter two packs, eight color swaps for both Yoshi and Shy Guy are also unlocked.

Other releases[edit]

Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe NA box.jpg Nintendo Switch WW: April 28, 2017[1] A port of the game featuring all of the original release's downloadable content, as well as new items, tracks, playable characters, and gameplay modes.

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References[edit]

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer. Nintendo (YouTube; January 12, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.


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