‘Mario Kart 8’ Races Around With New Tracks & Metal Mario

“Mario Kart 8” makes its Wii U debut on May 8 via stores and in the Nintendo eShop, and the highly anticipated racer will feature original track designs which accentuate the title’s new anti-gravity feature. With this addition, games can race upside down or speed through vertical environments.

Nintendo released info on the new “Mario Kart 8” features. Here’s a few of the additions that come with the game:

  • Spin Boost – When bumping into other players and obstacles, your vehicle will get a bit of a speed jolt.

  • The Return of Mario Characters – Shy Guy, Metal Mario, and Lakitu return to the Mario universe. Plus gamers will finally be able to play Bowser’s Koopalings for the very first time.

  • New Items – The Piranha Plant, which is pictured on this post’s featured image, is placed on the front of a player’s kart and will take a bite out of other characters. The Boomerang Flower can be tossed three times, enabling players to strike their opponent several times.

  • New Tracks – The game comes with 16 new courses and 16 remixed courses (which include Moo Moo Meadows from “Mario Kart Wii” and Toad’s Turnpike from “Mario Kart 64”).

  • Live Recorded Music – This is a first in “Mario Kart” history, as select tracks will feature music from live performers.

  • Control Mechanics – With “Mario Kart 8,” the game will support the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Wheel, the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk (oh how I love the Nunchuk!). The title can also be played through off-TV mode by using the Wii U GamePad, a function which should really be loved by tablet/app gamers.

My gaming hours are usually spent on titles on my Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and since I am an app reviewer for Arcade Sushi, I also wile away the evenings on my iPad. The Nintendo Wii U is a great console, and I’m really looking forward to playing the off-TV mode via the GamePad.

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s go-to franchises, and down the road I’ll be covering more console news on this site. If you have any thoughts on the Nintendo Wii U console or the impending release of “Mario Kart 8,” feel comment below!

Here’s the New Courses and Items trailer:

Greg Srisavasdi

Greg Srisavasdi worked for over 17 years at Westwood One as a radio producer/interviewer. He is also a member of the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) and a proud UCLA Bruin (Class of '93). The creator of DeepestDream.com, he can be reached at editor@deepestdream.com for further inquiries.

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