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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

Start your Karts for some flippin' fun

Brand new item chomps at racing enemies

Race alongside your favorite characters

Race as all of Bowser's minions, the Koopalings, for the first time ever

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Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in Mario Kart 8 from Nintendo. 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 gameplay mechanic where if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you'll earn speed boosts. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends' using the Mario Kart TV.* Returning features include 12-player online play on gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser's seven minions, the Koopalings.

Features:

  • Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks.
  • Share highlight videos 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 return, including gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more.
  • You can now play as all seven of Bowser's minions, the Koopalings.
  • Mario Kart 8 features HD graphics and fluid animations, thanks to the Wii U.

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Features

  • 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!

Product Details

  • Release date: May 30, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Rated: Everyone
  • ASIN: B00DC7G2W8
  • Manufacturer reference: WUPPAMKE
  • Average Customer Review : 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,299) Reviews
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2778

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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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Another Strong Showing for a Great Nintendo Series
When I purchased my Wii U it came bundled with this game, which I would've bought regardless. As someone who has owned literally every Mario Kart iteration, I can still say that Nintendo makes sure they're putting out a very high quality product with these games. For the... See more
When I purchased my Wii U it came bundled with this game, which I would've bought regardless. As someone who has owned literally every Mario Kart iteration, I can still say that Nintendo makes sure they're putting out a very high quality product with these games. For the most part, they have a similar winning formula compared to most other Kart games. You have your Grand Prix mode, Time Trials, Vs and Online play.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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So gosh darn good
I was completely addicted to the original Super Mario Kart on SNES and Mario Kart 64, but I never really got into any of them after that... probably because MK Super Circuit was so crummy, it broke the spell. I always buy whatever new MK that comes out, but I just dabble... See more
I was completely addicted to the original Super Mario Kart on SNES and Mario Kart 64, but I never really got into any of them after that... probably because MK Super Circuit was so crummy, it broke the spell. I always buy whatever new MK that comes out, but I just dabble with them for a few days and then virtually forget about them. I kinda got into MK7 for a while, but only after Sugar Rush (Wreck-It Ralph) put me in the mood. It had been sitting and collecting dust for a couple of years prior to that.

I didn't pay any attention when they announced MK8 last year. I knew I'd get it at some point, but there was no excitement. Then a few weeks ago I booted up my Wii U for the first time in months and was browsing the eStore. I watched the recent Nintendo Direct for MK8... after that it was all over, suddenly I was more hyped for new Mario Kart than I have been since 1997. I'm still not quite finished with Watch Dogs... partially because it's a long game with tons of content, partially because I keep taking breaks to play MK8. I can't wait to finally finish WD so I can give MK8 the undivided attention it deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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It's undeniable fun but...
I’ll try not to beat into the ground what many other reviewers have already said. It’s an undeniably fun game, great for parties. They have definitely improved many things like the item balance or if you fall off the race track, Lakitu fishes you out a lot faster compared... See more
I’ll try not to beat into the ground what many other reviewers have already said. It’s an undeniably fun game, great for parties. They have definitely improved many things like the item balance or if you fall off the race track, Lakitu fishes you out a lot faster compared to previous games

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
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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One Of The Wii U's Strongest Titles.
A great continuation of the ever famous series of Mario Kart. The graphics on this game are utterly beautiful and very distracting when first playing new tracks and you're in awe over the landscape they have created and then you end up drifting off of the edge of the map... See more
A great continuation of the ever famous series of Mario Kart. The graphics on this game are utterly beautiful and very distracting when first playing new tracks and you're in awe over the landscape they have created and then you end up drifting off of the edge of the map and then proceed to hurl profanities at Lakitu as he does it duty and saves you from imminent death. On a serious note, the graphics are great and crisp and very colorful. There are a lot of different customization options for your kart in this game with a lot of new ones, the biggest being the new glider attached to the kart. There are a decent amount of different characters to race as, but the issue becomes that there are much, much to many of the Koopas from the Bowser realm, in fact, there are 30 racers in Mario Kart 8, and (not including Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Lakitu or Dry Bowser) there are 7 of these little Koopa characters, that really aren't anything special and I don't care to play, especially considering the fact that they certainly don't hold the reputation of the more common Nintendo characters that we've been with since the NES days. Also, there are a lot of tracks on this game, but they DO get old. There are 32 tracks to play, 16 of which are new tracks made for this game, and the other 16 are remakes of old tracks from previous Mario Kart games. Don't get me wrong, the remakes are cool to play on, as they have a little more life in them and the graphics are very pleasing, but I've already seen these tracks before, and would have liked to have seen much more NEW tracks to play on. The gameplay mechanics themselves are great and the controls are great, and the online is fairly balanced and fun to play. There really isn't anything significant to complain about with this title. This is definitely one of the Wii U's strongest titles to date.
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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Finally, another great Wii U title.
I'll start off by saying that this is an absolutely gorgeous game. The developers really put in a lot of effort into making this game look as beautiful as possible. I believe it may be the nicest Wii U game on the market right now. All of the courses are a blast to race on.... See more
I'll start off by saying that this is an absolutely gorgeous game. The developers really put in a lot of effort into making this game look as beautiful as possible. I believe it may be the nicest Wii U game on the market right now. All of the courses are a blast to race on. The anti gravity mechanic definitely adds something new to the franchise and is easy to get the hang of.
My main issue with this game is the lack of modes that will keep you playing once you have already achieved all 3 gold stars for every cup on every CC/mirror. Battle Mode is unfortunately not as fun as in previous Mario Kart installments mainly because there are no arenas to battle on, simply race tracks with a few alterations here and there. As a result, I constantly found myself speeding through tracks on battle mode trying to find other players in order to pop balloons to score. If you missed a shot, you would have to reverse all the way back since some of the courses are not as open as to allow for wide turns (as was possible in actual battle mode arenas in past games). However, this criticism can easily be fixed. If DLC is announced at E3, the possibility of downloading arenas for battle mode is very likely. DLC is what will make this game one of the best in Nintendo's history. It makes too much sense for Nintendo to simply overlook this.
Considering buying this game? Do it! If you don't already have a Wii U, buy the bundle! That way so you will also be ready for future blockbuster games such as Smash Bros and Zelda :)
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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Great game!
This game is really good, I would give it 5 stars but that implies to me that it is perfect. It is not perfect, so it gets 4 stars. To start off, right away, here's why it loses a star: -There's no minimap on the screen during races or battle mode.... See more
This game is really good, I would give it 5 stars but that implies to me that it is perfect. It is not perfect, so it gets 4 stars.

To start off, right away, here's why it loses a star:

-There's no minimap on the screen during races or battle mode. You apparently have to use the gamepad screen for the minimap, which is pointless if you're not playing using the gamepad or unfair in local multiplayer if only one person gets to use the gamepad. Also by removing your eyes from the road to look down at the gamepack can often result in disaster. So, what the heck, I want an onscreen minimap as is tradition.

-The N64 Rainbow Road retro track has been ruined. I was so pumped up for the return of this epic track, only now it's not so epic. Somehow they turned it from being the longest track in the series to easily the shortest track in this entire game. The track has great music, and comes off looking epic with all the flashy stuff and fireworks, but it's really over in like a minute. Sucks if you got off to a rough start because there's not much time to make up for that. The reasoning for this track being ruined is that you only do one lap around now, one full lap, split into 3 sections. Seeing as to how it was so long on the N64 version that you only did 2 laps, you're still only doing half the race. The track is still shorter because you're now going through it faster. I now want them to fix this track to be how it should have been, one of my favorite tracks has been made to be a huge disappointment.

-And to be nitpicky - would be nice to have the mii character not wearing the helmets. Also they removed characters from previous mario karts to make room for a slew of koopalings.

Fortunately that's all I have to say about the bad stuff. The game itself is made to be appropriately challenging, all the new tracks have been very well designed and are fun. Basically if you've ever liked mario kart before, you'll continue to like it now. It's not much different. Blue shells appear to be more rare now, however there's also an item that can be used to prevent getting hit by a blue shell. The squid ink is possibly annoyingly more effective now.

Battle mode probably should have had some traditional battle arenas put in, although I personally enjoy the regular tracks also. Particularly Yoshi's Valley, it's a really cool battleground. However the lack of on screen minimaps contributes to difficulties of tracking people down.

Online mode is lots of fun, and considering they have since turned off online play for previous mario kart games, gotta upgrade to this game to continue enjoying online mode. There is also tournaments online now, and you can gather coins to unlock new karts and accessories while playing online. I've also noticed that the penalty of getting 12th place during online matches is much less severe than on the wii, where you could lose hours of progress for your online score from one botched race. It ultimately doesn't matter much in the end, but no one likes losing 100+ points.

December 2014 Update :

The first DLC pack was released. Eight additional courses that are all very well done. I have bumped my rating up to 5 stars, as this is truly the most addicting Mario Kart I have ever played. Been playing it regularly since it came out...

Also the game was patched to display onscreen minimaps, fixing that issue. Yoshi gets multiple colors. Amiibo Mii racing suits are cute. Looking forward to the next 8 track DLC!
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3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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In a Nutshell.. Mk 8 is okay.. For me there were no strong hooks...;/
Picked this as a 2 for 1 with the Promo for 1 free wii U game DL .. Pikmin3, Link Wind waker~ If i had paid for just this game I'd have been disappointed.. But Because of this price is not a factor in my review.. Single player is everything you would... See more
Picked this as a 2 for 1 with the Promo for 1 free wii U game DL .. Pikmin3, Link Wind waker~

If i had paid for just this game I'd have been disappointed.. But Because of this price is not a factor in my review..

Single player is everything you would expect from a mario kart game.. A return to old maps, some new maps.. Gliding, hovering.. and new items ..The online play is the bread and butter of the longevity of the game and i have some issues with it.. Due to the balancing of the items.. Winning seems more skewed towards precision driving verses being item dependant.. Meaning you are limited to 1 item per pick up.. you can't hold a item behind you and have one in reserve like in previous titles..Red shells also have lousy homing pathfinding and miss alot more often.

Pros:
The chances of receiving helpful items are more balanced for the player in the lead.. unlike previous mk games which would normally give you useless single mushroom or banana.. Lakuta fishes you out much quicker.. Unlocking stuff via coins is the main grind, cart/driver customizations can be setup to your style of drving... Up to 12 players at once.. The DLC added even more maps, characters LInk and stuff.. if you bought it.. I did not.. whether it fixed any of the below cons i can't say....

Cons:
When trying to play with friends on other WiiU consoles I had issues with the online match making process verse other ppl around the world. We had to use Skype voip to coordinate syncing the que to get into the same room.because there's no way to know otherwise.. The Wii U controller in game Voip is severely limited too.. I'd prefer a build simiilar to MH3U being able to send and receive msgs to others as well as voice chat and mute others on the fly and voice chat pre/during races would be a big improvement imo...

For the kart/ character customization.. many of the karts .. parts.. tires are clones of others with a different appearance..

Many items are rather useless when gliding in flight.. being the best time to majorly mess up your opponents and gliding seems to eat up a decent portion of some maps making them seem shorter...

Simplistic online matchmaking system based on when you que rather than any type of skill based rank system..

Online battle mode is pure rubbish because of limited item pick up points and it takes place on a standard track. Add some arena maps exclusively for battle mode..

Final thoughts:
If you enjoy a rather carefree pick up and race type game with no strings attached this one is for you.. For me I expected a bit more from this game given the past titles...I don't like the gliding flight aspect because it eats up track space and is a safety net for players with the limited number of items you have.. Even the online play can get tedious after awhile after the 5th race in a row.
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Easily THE best game in the series!
As a Wii U owner, I have to say that this is THE GAME that will leave you entertained indefinitely. The combination of unlocking different vehicle components and accessories through playing the game provides incentive to learn the finer nuances of the controls. Regardless... See more
As a Wii U owner, I have to say that this is THE GAME that will leave you entertained indefinitely. The combination of unlocking different vehicle components and accessories through playing the game provides incentive to learn the finer nuances of the controls. Regardless of which controller is used, the handling of each vehicle is spot-on. Although still motion screenshots will show some aliasing, it's not noticeable when things are in motion. The newest addition of the Super Horn adds an interesting strategic dynamic that previously didn't exist in earlier entries in the series. Knowing that there is a slight chance that the blue shell will not spell doom makes the collection of items during the race a mini game in and of itself.

Where this game absolutely shines is in its multiplayer component. The FREE online service does well, and there were plenty of people to play with at any given point in time. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat is not too uncommon, as power ups and multiple people gunning for first place makes the fun factor unbeatable. The highlight clip upload to Youtube allows you to relive some of the best and most humorous moments of the race. If you do not have a broadband connection with a reasonable upload speed, you may be waiting a while for the posting on Youtube to complete.

The beauty part of MK8 stems from the fact that you can play it casually, in bite-sized periods of time and still enjoy it just as much as someone who is playing it competitively. There are two additional aspects to consider:

1.) Between now and the end of July, purchasing the game entitles you to a download of select Nintendo titles at no additional cost. You're essentially getting this game AND another gem for one price.
2.) The amiibo capabilities announced during E3 2014 will bring some additional longevity to this title. While the specifics were not declared, it would not be unrealistic to assume that you can pair the figures with the game and level them accordingly.

Without a doubt, this is the title that shows Nintendo has not lost its swagger and still knows its core audience very well! If you're suffering from a lack of "something truly next gen" on the more-expensive consoles, give the MK8 bundle a try! Most fun I've had in YEARS!
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