At this year's EGX we hosted the Mario Kart 8 UK Championship with The Official Nintendo UK Store in order to find the best Mushroom Kingdom racer in the entire country.
After a series of gruelling online heats we whittled it down to 12 challengers, all of which met at EGX to decide who was the supreme talent on the track. It wasn't just bragging rights that were up for grabs — there were prizes galore for all contestants, with the top three racers getting gleaming Mario Kart trophies as well.
After a particularly tense set of races where much rubber was burnt and plenty of paint was traded, it was Jamie Skepper who emerged victorious - our Mario Kart 8 Champion 2014, with Callum "Zap" Douglas in second place and Xander Gilbert in third.
It was an incredibly well attended event which had the assembled crowd on the edge of their seats — even the people who were standing up.
Video edited and produced by Present Inc. Music by DJ Cutman. Photography: Nintendo Life
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Those trophies look awesome!
Congrats to all of those that took part, you did amazing to reach the final. It was a pleasure to host the final at EGX to special thanks to Nintendo for making it all happen!
He Won because of a blue shell should have turned items off
Congrats to the winners and those trophies look awesome!
@PinkSpider Except this is Mario Kart, not Gran Turismo.
A massive congratulations to Jamie and well done to all that took part. I had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the experience of the finals. Sniff... Sniff.. I won't tell everyone where I finished up -sob-
I must say that from what I could see all the Nintendolife guys, worked really hard to arrange and run the events at EGX last weekend. They deserve a lot of credit for what they achieved.
Any of the finalists that I've not added as friends, please add me when you get the chance.
@WYLD-WOO thanks, it was hard work, but great fun too!
@PinkSpider that makes no sense at all, blue shells are a major part of the game lmao
Like playing online, wish I could win every time. Mostly everyone is really good, one mistake and boom I go down a few rankings
@CasuallyDressed Amen to that
@WYLD-WOO Thanks for the kind words!
Did anyone opt for GamePad control?
Sorry I hate blue shells they always seem to come when your winning and about to cross the finish line. Theres no skill involved in that
@WYLD-WOO Were you the person who got a communication error?
@Baker1000 We tried, but the GamePads wouldn't work properly - the connection would drop or the screen would glitch out. There's no way of linking all of the consoles physically - they were connected to the internet and each race was like joining an online room - so it's fair to say that Nintendo didn't design the Wii U to be played alongside 11 other Wii Us. In the end, we opted for the Pro Controller, which almost all of the contestants preferred anyway.
@Grumblevolcano - Hey, I don't remember that. Anyway, I had a bigger problem than a disconnection, being my inexperience with a pro controller.
Oh I know, you are the one in the pic with Mario Cap, head down when seeing Pro Contoller in front of you!
But the even looked awesome!
Thankfully there isn¨t any in my small country and if there was, they'd be in capital and I live middle of nowhere...
I wouldn't mind owning one of those Wii U gaming stations ^_^
@Finntendo - Haha, sorry... You have the wrong person. I'm the tall guy with a black superman t-shirt on. I'm unfortunately not cool enough to wear a mario cap.
Just a thought....
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