Mario Kart 8 Jump Festa Impressions

They're floaty light!

Over in Japan gamers attending the Jump Festa 2014 show are getting to grips with Mario Kart 8, lucky things. Reports so far tell us that there are three tracks for attendees to play — "Circuit", "Resort" and "Ghost House", which sound the same as the demo builds we've enjoyed in the West — and the game allows two players to race against each other using good old split-screen multiplayer. There are twelve characters to choose from: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Toad, Koopa Trooper, Daisy, Wario, Toadette and Waluigi, with each having their own handling quirks just as you'd expect.

Even though there's only three courses for people to try out there's still a lot of excitement thanks to multiple routes and hidden shortcuts on each course, as well as the chance to have a play with the new anti-gravity system. Gamers who like antagonising their friends will be pleased to know that a quick tap of the touchscreen toots the kart's horn - just be careful you don't overuse it and find your fellow gamers revoking your Mario Kart license!

More information as we get it, in the meantime let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments section below.

[via dengekionline.com, famitsu.com]