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New game details and media for Mario Kart 8

WiiU_MarioKart8_logo01_E3You want more Mario Kart 8? You've got more Mario Kart 8! Nintendo this morning released new details on the items, courses, characters and features they've packed into the much-anticipated Wii U game along with a fresh set of colorful screens and a new trailer too.

As for the highlights, there will be new Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower items, along with re-imagined tracks, live recorded music and so much more.

Check 'em out!

Mario Kart 8 – New Courses and Items trailer:

Mario Kart 8 screens:

Mario Kart 8 will be racing onto the Wii U on May 30th.

Read on for the new info from Nintendo.

Nintendo today revealed new information about Mario Kart 8, the latest installment in the fan-favorite racing series launching exclusively for the Wii U console on May 30 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. For the first time in HD, Mario Kart 8 introduces original track designs that highlight the game’s new anti-gravity feature, which allows players to race upside down or up vertical surfaces. Racers will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play*, four-player local multiplayer, hang gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.

New features in Mario Kart 8 include:
  • Spin Boost: While racing upside down or on walls, players can bump into other racers or certain track obstacles to get a speed boost. The Spin Boost fundamentally redefines the way that players compete, and makes anti-gravity 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 favorites, including all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings, who are playable for the first time in video game history.
  • New Items: Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8. First, the Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the player’s kart and chomps at other characters, banana peels on the track 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 backward.
  • New Courses: Remixed classic courses make a return in Mario Kart 8, with favorites 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 re-imagined. For example, Toad’s Turnpike now allows players to drive up certain walls in anti-gravity mode. Mario Kart 8 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 the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played in off-TV mode using just the Wii U GamePad.
Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about the game, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com.


Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)

Manufacturer: Nintendo
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platform: Nintendo Wii U
Genre: racing-game-genre

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

List Price:$59.99 USD
New From:$42.50 USD In Stock
Used from:$38.26 USD In Stock
Release date May 30, 2014.