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- Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks!
- Share highlight videos of your greatest moments with friends via the Mario Kart TV feature and Miiverse.
- Race and battle with friends locally or connect online to play with random players from around the world.
- Fan favorite features from past Mario Kart games include gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more.
- Crisp HD graphics and fluid animation offers players the most visually stunning Mario Kart yet!
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Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.
Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that's not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you'll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Upload and share your best moments and watch your friends' using Mario Kart TV. Returning features include 12-player online play, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser's seven minions, the Koopalings.
Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks
Share highlight videos of your greatest moments with friends via the Mario Kart TV feature and Miiverse
Race and battle with friends locally or connect online to play with random players from around the world
Fan favorite features from past Mario Kart games include gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more
For the first time ever, play as all seven of Bowser's minions, the Koopalings
Crisp HD graphics and fluid animation offers players a visually stunning Mario Kart
Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U
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This game offers more balanced gameplay compared to the Wii version. It removed the fact that bikes could wheelie on straightaways to gain a significant speed advantage over karts. Karts and bikes still have a different feel to them, which is good, as it will allow different players to find whichever vehicle fits their play style. As far as the courses go, I thoroughly enjoyed them and believe that most people will as well. In typical fashion, they've include a mix of new tracks as well as past favorites from the old games. The new mechanic they added to this game is the fact that you can drive up walls and treat them as you would a regular raceway. You can't do this just anywhere though, there are specific locations in each track where this feature is possible. It's not anything earth-shattering but it does allow for different racing strategies, which I think is a good thing. One other neat thing in this game is that they have added mini achievements to it in the form of stamps. You'll receive them for winning Grad Prix tracks, beating Time Trial ghosts and more! It's a nice little addition that will add some replay-ability to playing solo for some people.
The main mode, Grand Prix is pretty much as it is in all Mario Kart games. You'll race a series of races and the person who places the best throughout the series will win first place. This game includes the traditional star rankings system as well. To get three stars on each set of races, you'll basically have to come in first each races. If you don't, you can be awarded two stars, one star or no stars, if you don't finish first overall in the cumulative rankings.
Time Trial mode is one I haven't played a whole lot since the original Super Mario Kart for SNES. What really got me back into it is the fact that you can race against a Nintendo employee's ghost on each race. If you win, you'll be rewarded with one of the stamps I mentioned above.
The only blemish to me in this otherwise fantastic game, is the fact that Battle Mode has changed yet again. This time, they take place on an actual race track. Racers can go either direction and hunt down opponents. This creates time periods when you don't see enemies for a while, especially if there are only 2 or 3 people left; there is the chance that everyone is going the same direction, in which case you really won't encounter anyone. Honestly, I'm not sure why they made Battle Mode this way. There were previous Kart games that had much more innovative and engaging battle systems to them. For this reason I took off a star, as personally, I think Battle Mode can be a lot of fun to play with a group of friends.
Online play is something I've only dabbled in for this game so far but my limited experience was positive. I didn't have trouble getting into games and I only disconnected once, which I think was more of a router issue on my end than with the system itself. I will say, I expected to rack up some easy wins online and was swiftly brought back down to reality; some people online are really good.
This game also offers some DLC (downloadable content for purchase) which I bought without thinking twice. It's $12 total for the two sets of content, each of which offer three characters, four vehicles and eight races. I know some people are firmly anti DLC, which I completely understand, as I usually oppose it as well. However, I believe the game as a whole is a great value and to me, the additional tracks alone are well worth the money;16 extra tracks is nothing to sneeze at.
Overall, I would have a hard time not recommending this game to anyone with a Wii U. I believe a lot of people will agree with me that Battle Mode should have been better but I also think that the majority of people will spend most of their time playing the great Grand Prix, Vs and Online Modes. This is a game that just about anyone should be able to pick up and play and is fantastic for families and gatherings of friends!
Game runs at a solid 60 fps, but when it is 3 or 4 player split-screen, the frame rate noticeable drops to 30 fps. Still playable though. Online was pretty smooth, and out of all the matches I played, I very rarely lost connection and when I did, it was during a lobby instead of during races. Mario Kart TV is a very nice touch since it saves the last 12 races that occurred. My petty complaint of it is that it doesn’t show the exact things you saw on your screen.
Battle mode obviously had very little effort put in considering how you play on some of the race tracks (yes, the same race tracks you race on) that are barely modified. As far as I can tell, the item boxes have been slightly moved and there are different quantities of them. You can expect to spawn in some random area of the race track and if you do see someone, it turns into a very one sided confrontation, or you pass each other up as if both of you were invisible. Most of the time, I spent trying to dodge random green shells that other players have spammed and are careening wildly around the map.
I will admit that I did have some fun with this battle mode, but after a while, that is what it boils down to. Btw, you should play battle mode with a large group of players; otherwise it turns into two people aimlessly wandering around a large empty race track trying to find each other.
Hopefully, they will release actual DLC battle arenas and actual battle game types.
The 150cc AI would be a good start for what online play is like, considering my experience of the AI consisted of being shot at a lot and when I did get hit by the AI, every so often it would be multiple times in a row…
…which is nothing compared to how online play is like. I will admit that I have seen some pretty nasty moves that other players have pulled like people in lower places firing behind them a lot even though they are clearly in range of the racers ahead of them. Other instances where racers shoot each other a lot can end up giving first place an even bigger lead due to constant sabotage. I have ran into some instances where I was hit more times than the AI does in a single race. You could be doing so well and be on the final stretch when a blue shell appears and blows you up, then end up getting hit by other players so many times, that you end up in last place.
Now to be fair, this isn't anything new. It's Mario Kart, of course it has some sort of luck-based randomness. It is not exclusive to this game.
I had my share of being extremely lucky too. One instance was when I got a star—in 4th place, in a full room. Another example was when I was in 12th place received a star and steamrolled 4 racers; only to receive a crazy 8 and used that star to blast my way to first place.
Don’t be too influenced by all that I said there. Online play is still fun. It is not exactly as bad as I make it out to be and the way other players act is not the games fault at all. My experiences could just be anecdotal evidence. It is just something that I figured that I should throw out there.
Aside from all that, the rest of the game is phenomenal, customization is great, and lots of aesthetically pleasing graphics and soundtrack. The one star off is due to the chopped down battle mode.
Definitely worth the $60