Video: Mario Kart 8's Balloon-Popping Battle Mode Looks Something Like This

No arenas this time around

Battle Mode has been an intrinsic part of Mario Kart since the days of the SNES original, and that hasn't changed in Mario Kart 8.

However, instead of popping balloons in a specially-designed arenas, this time around your battles occur on a limited selection of tracks from the game itself:

  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Toad's Turnpike
  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbour
  • Sherbet Land
  • Yoshi Valley

While this initially seems a little lazy on Nintendo's part, the circular nature of each course actually makes for some pretty exciting duels — as you can see from the footage we present below.

Not long to go until Mario Kart 8 hits the shelves — how excited are you on a scale of one to ten? Let us know with a comment.