Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8
Developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
Publisher Nintendo
Genre Racing, Kart Racer
Release Date May 30, 2014
Platform(s) Wii U

Mario Kart 8 is a racing (or more specifically, kart racing) game that was developed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 1 and published by Nintendo for Wii U. It is the 8th installment in the series.


Gameplay

Mario Kart 8 continues the traditional kart racing gameplay that originally started in Super Mario Kart (for SNES); the objective being to compete against 12 other racers and race three laps around a given course. The player can pick up different items from item boxes from around the course and use them against other CPUs or players to gain an advantage and increase their position in the race.

This particular title introduces the concept of anti-gravity, wherein karts will become floating vessels and able to adhere to the gravity of the course even on walls and ceilings. Many courses use this to great effect, with the actual track twisting and turning in ways that were not previously possible. There are also a number of alternate paths you can take throughout some levels, including some shortcuts.

New Items

There are four new items introduced in Mario Kart 8, and they are-

Crazy 8

Much like Lucky Seven from Mario Kart 7, Crazy 8 will give you all eight items at once circling your kart, and you'll be able to use whatever item is in front of you until they all run out.


Reviews

Official GP Review - 9 (out of 10)

Jason reviewed the title on GP and gave it a fantastic score, finding that the anti-gravity mechanics made the game a lot more interesting as well as making it the most exciting Mario Kart game to date. He also praised the number of playable courses, as well as their designs, and the seamless online multiplayer. The only negatives he found were the Battle Mode, which did not include arena-like levels but instead used normal tracks, and the inclusion of too many baby characters whose spots could have been used to include other, more unique characters.

Final Say: "Mario Kart 8 is the most exciting kart-racing game in some time and easily the best in the Mario Kart series to date. This game is a must-own for all Wii U owners."