- Number of Players
- 4 (12 Player Online)
- Driving, Racing
- Release Date
- 30th May 2014
- 30th May 2014
- 29th May 2014
- Mario Kart, Mario
- Karting, Weapons, Karts
- Controller Support
- Wii Wheel
- Feature Support
- Online Multiplayer
8th Wonder of the World
Since the Super NES every Nintendo system — apart from the Game Boy Color and the doomed Virtual Boy — has been boosted by an entry in the iconic Mario Kart series. Despite its drastic evolution throughout the generations of hardware it nevertheless feels familiar each time around, while other entries in the kart racing...
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Guide Funky Video Game Music - Groovy Playlist
Turn up the bass, baby
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Guide All You Need to Know on Mario Kart 8 Characters and Kart Customisations
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Don't drive into the deep end
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About The Game
Turn Your Racing Experience Upside Down!
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-favourite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
- The new antigravity 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 antigravity gear.
- 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. 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.
- Fan-favourites 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.
Nintendo should have different costumes for characters, that way people can pick the same character (offline) and it would be easier to tell them apart online.
Mario - Dr.Mario, Sunshine Mario, Pirate Mario
Peach - Nurse Peach, Long-Haired Peach, Pirate Peach
and so forth...(some from Mario Party 2)
hmm. well a discription wouldve been nice but if its good im all for it
Hopefully we'll get a holiday release for this game.
Every Mario Kart game I have played is really neat. I expect the same for this future title.
@Ulala That sounds awesome. U also know what I liked. In double dash, where u would unlock new cars and characters after u won each tournament. That would be something to look forward to in the future game.
Those 60 pixel per what ever the developer said really grabbed many's attention.
Why will you have 2 Laps not 3 Laps maybe too much space in the game in Mario Kart 8
60 Frames per second is pretty impressive
@Johnny12 because it is the demo that is why its not 3 laps
Mario Kart 8 has a new feature: Anti-gravity. pretty cool huh? but what really shocked me is that Mario Kart 8 not only has Internet/Wifi/Worldwide racing like it did in Mario Kart DS where it made its debut. Mr.Iwata said it will have LOCAL play. Local? how will this work? The handheld Mario Karts had local but, a home console with a local feature?
Mario Kart Rankings:
#1: Mario Kart 7
#3: Double Dash
#5: Mario Kart 64
#6: Super Mario Kart
#7: Super Circuit
Can I have a time machine? I wanna go to Spring 2014 to get the game!
@ItsaMeMario1126 I wish I had a time machine to get sonic lost world super mario 3d world and mario kart 8
I really need this game to come out, I love all Mario Kart games
@ItsaMeMario1126 No way, Double Dash is hands down the best. I have it on the Wii as well, but they took away snaking which was for skilled players and the battles of double dash were good enough to play for an entire night with 3 friends.
@luigi71 I agree, double dash ROCKS. my only complaint is that when you play multiplayer, there are no cpus, and i usally play with just my mum, as no one else will play it with me.
mariokart 8 looks like a whole bunch of fun but I don't have a wii u if only you could play it on 3ds or wii cause I got those but I dont have a wii u two bad!
there should be a pokemonkart game that would be awsome! well a pikagirl can dream ) :
Damn this looks amazing!!!
aw sh*t, now i need a wii u
I can see Wii U sales rising exponentially as soon as this and Super Smash Bros hit the market.
did anyone notice that now bikes can get the orange slide
I'm pretty sure ALL of the home console Mario Karts had local play...
thanks god for custom Mario kart Wii levels, they will keep me going till MK8 release.
I wish this game has 5 players local mode.
Hey, if Mario Kart Wii sold more games than Minecraft, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Mario Kart 7 COMBINED (which it did), I'm positive Mario Kart 8 can overrule it too.
Less than two months left
Really looking forward to this game. I sold my Xbox One because I was so bored with it and got the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle and preordered this as well. Cannot wait for May 30th.
@Rosalina That sounds like it would be a good idea
I will be getting this!
Well, now we have a reason to buy a Wii U.
Get the hype train going
All aboard the hype train guys!
@epicdude12302 I bet every Wii U owner has their ticket...
The best Mario Kart ever! 10/10... Period.
Mario Kart 8 - 10/10
@Rosalina Good idea!
◄ My kind of game X3
I'm looking for friends to add so I can play with them on Mario Kart 8. My name is Clive44
I think them adding some DLC whether its costumes, new karts, or new tracks might really help the gameplay. When I bought Mario Kart 8 I expected a large game just like double kart dash and the games following. But what I noticed was that it felt very "bare bones" per say, for example I felt like the roster was not very extensive like it was in the past or that they could have added better tracks to show off the HD qualities or possibly even more kart customization. Do not get me wrong I love playing Mario kart 8 its a household treasure, but there is a part of me that wishes they will add on more dlc (than currently revealed) and that the amiibo's will bring more gameplay and diversity in drivers and karts!
There are 3 DLC's!!! One that includes the Mercedes-Benz' and the others include characters' karts' courses' and cups! In addition' if you get both of the ones with characters' karts' courses and cups' you get colored shy guys and yoshi's!
I was just thinking;
The amiibo's you can use in MK8 are: Mario, Luigi, DK, Peach, Yoshi, captain Falcon, Link, Fox, Samus and Kirby.
The first five amiibo's are already in the game, captain Falcon and Link have their own racing track...
Could this mean that Fox, Samus and Kirby get their own tracks as well in DLC pack 2?
Question for all of you! I have MK8 -rest removed due to caps-
Lay off the caplocks
Best racing game on the Wii U! =)
I really like the Mario Kart games.
whats it called when you hit off of someone and get a boost?
Truly my most favorite game on the wii u so far. Love playing this online versus others!
Who needs Forza, Need for Speed and Gran Turismo when there is Mario Kart 8
With the added DLC, I honestly think this is my favourite MK game of them all. Fun to play, great tracks, loads of characters and kart options, beautiful to look at and the sound/music are just fantastic too.
This Games is great! Tracks 10/10, Karts/Customization (although I don't really care) 10/10, Characters 7.5/10| PinkGold Peach BAD, M Mario Meh, All of the DLC characters (except for Dry Bowser) Disappointing, No Diddy, Bowser Jr., King Boo, Birdo, Petey, or Dry Bones but another baby c'mon! (Well they did bring 3/6 of those characters back in MK8DX) But don't let me get started on Battle Mode! In total, 9.6 out of 10.
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