Mario Kart 8
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-favorite features, including the return of
12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and
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
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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-favorites 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.
This time around, take to the starting grid with Bowser's minions,
with all available as playable characters for the first time ever. Will
Iggy, Larry, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy pip Mario & Co to the podium?
Spin Turbo: While racing upside down or on walls,
players can bump into other racers or certain course obstacles to get a
speed boost. Spin Turbo fundamentally redefines the way that players
compete, and makes antigravity racing even more exhilarating.
Returning characters: In Mario Kart 8, players can race
with returning characters Metal Mario, Lakitu and Shy Guy. These newly
revealed returning characters join a host of previously announced
favourites including all seven of Bowser's minions, who are playable for
the first time in Mario Kart history.
New items: Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8.
First, the Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the players' kart and
chomps at other characters, banana peels on the course or even shells
thrown by other characters. Each time the Piranha Plant lunges forward
to bite, the player receives a brief boost of speed. The second new item
is the Boomerang Flower. After acquiring it, racers can throw a
boomerang at opponents to stun them, and its arc allows players to
strike multiple opponents with a single toss. The boomerang can be
thrown three times, forward or backwards.
New courses: Remixed classic courses make a return in
Mario Kart 8 with favourites such as Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart
Wii, Toad's Turnpike from Mario Kart 64 and Donut Plains from Super
Mario Kart, among others. The graphics and layout of these courses have
been redesigned and reimagined. For example, Toad's Turnpike now allows
players to drive up certain walls in antigravity mode. The game will
include 16 new courses and 16 remixed classic courses.
Live recorded music: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, select
courses in Mario Kart 8 feature music recorded by live performers.
Control scheme: Mario Kart 8 will support a variety of
control schemes including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller,
the Wii Wheel, and Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played
in off-TV mode using just the Wii U GamePad.