Tips to win

Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and if you've already read our glowing review, then you'll be well aware that this is a game you need to experience for yourself.

The Mario Kart series has gradually evolved and developed over two decades, and there will be many people preparing to play this latest installment who have been following the franchise since Super Mario Kart on the SNES.

However, it's important to remember that Mario's racing exploits have universal appeal, and there will be many other people who have either never played a Mario Kart game before or have allowed their adoration of the games to lapse over the years. Fear not, because we're here with a short video guide to mastering the basics and starting your career as a on-track champion.

In under three minutes we run you through all the core mechanics of this new entry, covering everything from the Spin Dash to the Boost Start. Feast your eyes and let us know if this video has armed you with the knowledge required to enter this fresh racing season with renewed confidence.