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Mario Kart 8 Review!

by on June 13, 2014
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Positives

Visuals look amazing
Music is catchy
Many characters
Many courses
Anti-gravity is fun

Negatives

Where's Boo?
Coin item is too frequent
Online disconnects

 

Racing simulators getting boring for you, wish you could just blast the person in front of you out the way, want to drive upside down and every which way; well worry not because Mario Kart 8 is here. Racing strong out the stores Mario Kart 8 is the Wii U game to have, and it is a blast. Nintendo brings the game to the Wii U in full force, and any Mario Kart fan will love the new addition to the franchise.

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Gameplay

Not much has changed in the formula of Mario Kart, with many small tweaks here and there. The traditional 50, 100, 150, and mirror mode Grand Prix’s return with 8 cups, and 4 maps each, for a total of 32 different maps. Just like the old Mario Kart you’ll have to race to unlock other characters and collect coins to unlock kart pieces, as well as unlocking the mirror mode. Versus mode makes a return with customizable racing options, such as shells or bananas only, or team races; which is also new and very interesting, especially when taken online. Next is the return of Balloon Battles which are both fun and hilarious, whether you’re playing with friends or online. A new feature added to Mario Kart 8 is the Kart TV, which is a way to save your races and show them off like they would on a highlight reel. You can save up to six highlights and share them online; so go out there and capture some awesome Mario Kart moments, whether it’s a last second pass, or an snipe shot with a green shell!

mariokart8-02The most talked about and noticeable feature in Mario Kart 8 is the anti-gravity sections make an appearance in most of the games courses. many of the maps were remade with sections dedicated to this, and it’s actually pretty cool; I found myself twisting my head like it would make a difference, quite funny. Underwater and gliding also make their way in, and it’s cool when all three get combined into one map. There are also a few new items added to the game such as the Piranha Plant, the coin, and what I call the crazy eight which gives you eight items to use. Drifting has also been tweaked a bit for this game, and I personally enjoy it. it’s both simple and difficult at the same time, if that makes any sense? It was a lot easier for me to drift in this game than any other Mario Kart, but you also had to know when to drift or it could cost.

Presentation

mariokart8-spot5The first thing I want to mention is the audio and visuals of this game are just amazing! The music fits perfectly with the game and the courses; I can’t help but sing along with the songs playing in the background, their just so catchy. Now the visuals of Mario Kart 8 had my jaw dropping; especially the remakes of the old Mario Kart games such as Rainbow Road. The game runs beautifully and the level of details to the maps is insane, as you notice the city in the background or other small things that are just there; one course has you racing around an airport with airplanes flying overhead. The game looks crystal clear, bright, and just amazing.

mario-kart-8-13-1280x984There are also a bunch of new characters added to the game such as Bowser’s kids and Rosilina; there are a few more but you can go ahead and unlock them for yourself. The karts also look nice, and there are many to choose from. Karts, motorcycles, and ATV’s are all in the game as well as many wheel and glider options. The new courses look amazing, and fit in well; Mount Wario being my favorite so far, as well as the Rainbow Road remake.

 

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Mario Kart 8 is an amazing game and anyone with a Wii U should really pick it up, and if you don't own a Wii U this a good reason to pick it up. The game is loads of fun whether you're playing by yourself or with friends, online or not. The game looks and sounds great, and I highly recommend for anyone young or old. Now go pick it up before Luigi gives you a death stare!