This week has brought us a flurry of activity relating to Mario Kart 8, with information emerging and a host of previews arriving online, including our own. One area that's been agreed upon across most outlets is that Nintendo's upcoming racer is a visual treat, utilising the hardware and terrific art design to great effect.
You've been able to see that for yourself in official trailers from Nintendo, of course, though these have often focused on cinematic replay-style shots, as opposed to the core gameplay. We'll be posting our own footage shortly, but our colleagues at Eurogamer have put together a video that highlights the leap in visual fidelity with direct comparisons of the remixed retro tracks and their originals.
It should be remembered that footage taken has been limited to off-screen recording, and that YouTube videos do not stream at 60 frames-per-second; as a result the videos you see struggle to truly highlight how smooth this game is while in motion. Nevertheless, the comparison below does show how far visuals have come in this latest entry, so check it out below.
Good grief this game is pretty! The difference between the two versions of Moo-Moo Meadows is kinda ridiculous.
this look so absolutly amazing to me! . . . I will definitly get this game on day one!
I think Nintendo is planning to kill all of it's fans by giving us an epic-induced heart-attack.
I really hope they release DLC for this game. I'd love more re-imagined retro stages. They look absolutely fantastic!
I can't even look at the retro version, my eyes get attracted too much by the beautiful wii u version.
So I need a new TV.....the 6 year old Samsung just isn't gonna do this game justice........now I just need to find a way for the kids to "break" it.....cause the wife just wont understand the need for better visuals.......
now see wii u full power
I have seen the review version being played in split-screen mode and it is without a doubt the best looking Wii U game so far and gives both the XB1 and PS4 a run for their money. Silky smooth, incredibly detailed and fast... we're gonna love it.
Now this is how you do a nostalgic throwback. I'm so much more hyped for this than Smash.
@k_andersen Yeah, I couldn't believe how much of a difference Moo-Moo meadows had! It's only one gen back and it looks completely different. You can accuse Nintendo of a lot of things, but laziness isn't one of 'em.
So freakin' amazing!!
I really want to see this compare to something similar on ps4 or xbox one
All the people that say wii u can't do amazing graphics should be eating there words, people are still likely to find a reason to hate it though.
boo... they blocked off Peach's castle grounds in royal raceway
This game looks beautiful! I really need to pre-order this.
"Graphics don't matter!" - Most Nintendo fans when talking about PS4/Xbox
"OMG! Look how amazing this looks!! Can't wait!!!" - Nintendo fan on MK8
Lets stop pretending that a significant visual update isn't a big deal. This game will still essentially be MK7, but the new graphics really make it something special.
I can not wait!!!
Moo Moo Meadows looks neat compared to the Wii version!
@DiscoGentleman Yes, I will pay for retro track DLCs. Twice if I have to. And I'd pay $150 for the main game to start, too.
I haven't been this hyped for a game since Mario Kart Wii! With N64 Yoshi Valley now being 99% confirmed my love for this game's courses (N64 in particular) just grows even more. I do wonder what they're gonna do for future Mario Karts, since most of the retro courses have now been remade at some point. I guess re-remakes are an option.
awesome, looks great, day one purchase.
also, cant wait for new zelda and mario games to take place in those types of wide open environments. i think it would be fun just walking around and exploring the areas.
This game is GORGEOUS!
Wow, apparently Nintendo can do HD graphics. Been playing my poor Wii for 4 years next to a PS3 (see Wii Moo Mo Meadow as an example of great Wii graphics), but this might be noticeably better than anything I've seen on PS3. and thats an offscreen 720p Youtube video. I'm very impressed.
I don't care about unfair blue shells, I just want to play it.
Thank goodness they updated the Super Mario Kart tracks. Usually I skip over them, along with the Super Circuit tracks, because they tend to be flat and bland.
What I like most is how they gave Donut Plains an interesting overall theme.
Can't wait, may 30th needs to come faster.
Very very nice! Love all the MK games. ...but why is the path to the castle blocked off?? That is something I do miss. Exploring in the games. Oh well
The tracks from other mario kart games look so different than mario kart 8. it looks so good.
This game should sell some consoles! also they should have a bundle for this, gonna pre order for sure
ok, WOW! this is the first time MK8 has made me truly say wow. the differences are astonishing...what they did to that SNES track to keep it the same yet bring it up to 2014 standards is incredible. And the difference in Moo moo meadows from just the Wii to this!!! truly impressive, now I see what Nintendo can do with Wii U.
Honestly, this game is blowing Smash out of the water graphically, which is too bad because Melee & Brawl were graphical showcases on their respective systems.
Btw, Metal Mario as a character! Awesome.
Now I want to see the next Super Mario game (a true 3D successor) that looks as gorgeous as MK8! The art style is obviously a perfect fit.
Also, I don't own a Wii U yet. But this is definitely a system seller to me, it continues to look better and better!
Once this comes out in May & depending on how I continue to feel about Smash, it seems likely that I'll be picking up a Wii U by the end of the year!
I know cursing is a big no-no here, but as soon as I saw Moo-Moo Meadows the first words out of my mouth were "HOLY $#¡7!!! 0_o"
This game looks amazing!
@RedYoshi999 I wouldn't mind re-remake of my favorite course of all time: Baby Park. But I guess we went have to worry about that for at least another 6 years. After all, Mario Kart only comes once a generation.
@JohnRedcorn I don't know if I speak for other "Nintendo fans" (as you call us), but for me, is not that "graphics do not matter"; is just that at the end of the day, doesn't matter how pretty or ugly the graphics are, what brings me back to play a game again and again, is the gameplay experience.
I still have my N64 with a library of over 70 games. Do you know howe painful to the eyes can N64 games be, specially nowadays when all TV's are at least 720 and the N64 image gets stretchded and distorted? My eyes are watering at the end of each N64 session. But I still love playing those games because they are fun and innovative in their time.
Graphics are as important to me as they are to the PS4/X1 fan. But they're not a deal breaker to me (and perhaps most Nintendo fans) as they are to the PS4/X1 fan.
@Frapp Unfortunately Baby Park was already remade for Mario Kart DS.
@Gerbwmu love it so real
Moo Meadows looks like a Pixar movie. Royal Raceway is also Gorgeous.
And the nay-sayers say that the Wii U's not graphically powerful.
That would be a load of bull they be saying! Haha!
MK8 looks breath-taking and amazing. Beats any ultra realistic racing game on the PS4Xbox one. The original Super Mario Kart will ALWAYS be my favourite and it has a very special place in my heart.
Having waited years for the Wii to turn into HD this is nothing more than I would have expected.
I think folks are amazed because even after two years of HD Wii u graphics, very few games 'have' amazed, apart from Rayman.
@JohnRedcorn graphics don't matter, but they certainly help. But there is no denying that next gen graphics look great on all 3 consoles. All 3 fan types just need to stop being hypocrites.
@zool and pikmin 3. Don't forget pikmin 3's beautiful graphics.
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So much for Nintendo fans always trumping Gameplay > Graphics lol...
Game looks incredible. Can't wait!
@Nintendo_Ninja I agree
Preorderededed it!!! My gosh, why isn't it out yet?
Seriously, why isn't ti out yet? What takes them another 2 Months?
The new Moo Moo Meadows looks spectacular compared to the original, and I love the additions to Royal Raceway.
It's funny, the MKWii SNES Retro tracks seem pretty lazy compared to what MK8 has done to remake them.
This video brings to mind the evolution from Banjo Kazooie to BKN&B. The big difference is this video made me drool all over my keyboard I want it so much, and BK:N&B just made me...cry.
The puddles on the SNES Mario Circuit blew my hair back. I am so excited for this, and at first I was getting pissed at all the people wanting DLC tracks/characters because I detest releasing an unfinished game... I would buy anything released as DLC for MK8.
@Joshers744 OMG You too!?
I thought I was the only one who noticed the castle was closed off! That was my favorite spot on MK64 to screw around. I also liked how you revisit the area during the trophy presentation
@JohnRedcorn Yeah, you pretty much nailed it.
Still, the difference between say, Moo Moo Meadows on Wii and this new version is quite astounding! My dad's really gonna be excited when this releases, as will I of course.
I just hope one of those courses they showed for a moment at the beginning wasn't Moonview Highway...ugh...
This game looks UH. MAZE. ING.
Cannot wait for this I put my pre order in ages ago I just hope it's better than Mario kart wii because to me that was a bit disappointing compared to double dash. It would be great if they added a double dash team up style mode.
The reflection in the puddles is amazing. I don't know what it is about this video from all the rest I've seen, but I'm really seeing how good this game looks now! It seems to play very solidly swell, of course.
It truly looks like you'll feel like driving through a fully realised Mario Universe.
Less then two months now!
Some great choices for retro tracks so far, and I'm loving how they make changes to appeal to new game mechanics (like the second bridge being out in Donut Plains 3, and the gliding section in Royal Raceway). Haha, and Moo Moo meadows was my sister's online troll track. She's going to be ecstatic to hear it's back.
I didn't even have to see much footage to be hyped. This game looks like it'll be a blast, because MK typically is very fun. MK8 looks like it'll follow suit and I can't wait to download this fun looking game.
This is the first time in a very long time that a game has made me truly jaw drop my mouth big time! In fact I don't even remember when was the last time this happened to me before. My first reaction when I saw this my eyes where WIDE OPEN like this. O_O
I hope Baby Park isn't in it, as it was a little dull on the DS without all the character specials of double dash.
@JohnRedcorn Its not that graphics are not important,they are. Just that graphics seem to be used more and more in whats determined as "better" . Eg. "wiiu isnt next gen because ps4/xbone look better" or even "ps4 is better than xbone because its graphics are better". There are so many gamers that only care about how a game looks and not how it plays nowadays,you only have to look at the unbelievably average Crysis series to see that.
At least with mario kart 8 nintendo owners can prove to these gamers that wiiu is next gen as far as these gamers see it. Only we can say with some degree of certainty that it will play fantastic too
@Marshi A lot of people are forgetting the fact that the Wii U has the most games that broadcast at 1080p at 60 FPS. It's seldom talked about though, since the fanboys and fangirls go quiet at the whisper of that fact.
@AshFoxX @Joshers744 @Imagine23 Yep! I was actually hoping a while ago that they'd remake Royal Raceway just so that I could visit the castle on that track again. That was actually the most memorable thing in the game to me, I loved how they added that in.
But wow, those graphics... I never noticed how beautiful they really looked... It's actually giving me chills. I've gotta spend some time playing MK7 again to hype up for this.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw 60fps footage of the game...dayum its so smooth and pretty! Only like 2 months left? I need it now.
The updated Moo Moo Meadows looks AND sounds beautiful — all of my hype!
Just, wow. My birthday is at the end of May and I'll be getting MK8 and a Wii U to play it on! This is gonna look awesome on a 3D TV. Can't wait to get my hands on SSB and DK:TF also
Yep, this baby is GUARANTEED to just be pure awesome and pure fun. People are going to be playing this online like crazy for many years to come.
Not gonna lie, I haven't been this hyped for a game since Halo: Reach. I might just call in sick to work just to play this all day!
Good thing I graduate 8 days before this game launches!! Cannot wait for it!!! now to go play MK7 to pass the days... Or Bravely Default.... Or A Link Between Worlds... Or Sonic Lost World.... Or Xenoblade... Or Last Story... Or Tales of the Abyss.. DARN IT, too many good options :0
I can't believe how happy this is making me... I had a grin on my face the whole time watching that - looks like so much love has gone into the recreation of these tracks. Can't wait to play!
This looks so good. I want it NOW.
Btw, of course graphics are important (otherwise we'd still be playing on the NES), but they aren't all there is to gaming.
I hadn't been into console gaming until just recently, so there are many great games I missed out. And I love playing older games if you ask me.
Not to mention handhelds... The 3DS and the Vita aren't even HD.
'Wilcome to Maario Kaaart!'
'Seelect your player'
Day one purchase for me. I really don't see the lack of great games for Wii U that people keep complaining about. Seems like it will be a great system with loads of great games on it.
Heh, I don't know if this can compare to a PS4 game but I can tell you one thing. Mario Kart 8's visuals just POP! POP! POP!
Its so pretty. .. I want to touch it.
@Guitardude7 ditto, haven't been this excited for a game in a long time.
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