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Presentation is a strong point for the game, thanks to great visuals, creative course designs and the addition of gravity segments to the tracks. Stages like the space track provide a nice sense of size and depth while the game's colorful high definition graphics are a marked improvement over the older Mario Kart on the Wii. Even little touches like seeing Mario's mustache flutter in the wind on a replay or the hilarious way characters look at their opponents as they pass them by adds to the charm of this Wii U racer. 3. We can certainly debate which Koopaling is the best but one thing that's not debatable is the fact that they are all awesome. Yes, I just described an opinion as fact because I sometimes have the mindset of a 10 year old. Anyway, you can unlock characters such as the Koopalings and Metal Mario throughout the course of playing the game. Folks who enjoy a nice heaping of nostalgia also will like the addition of redesigned courses from past Mario Kart games, including the beloved N64 version's Rainbow Road. Oh, the memories.
At the same time, however, the core experience feels very polished and is tons of fun. There's something about the racing that feels just right and recaptures some of the magic that I felt was lost a bit in the Wii version. It's also remains one of those rare games that appeals to gamers both young and old and casual and hardcore gamers. If you're a fan of Mario Kart, getting this game is a no brainer. And if you're someone who took a break from the series, I still recommend trying Mario Kart 8 out. It just might rekindle your love for Mario style racing.
Yep, the series that caused my old Japanese roommate to once exclaim, "This is not a racing game, this is a survival game," is back in all its evil splendor once again as Mario Kart 8 makes its way to the Nintendo Wii U. A celebration of both the old and the new, the latest Mario Kart title does a good job of honoring the series' heritage while adding new wrinkles to help freshen things up.
Mario Kart 8 Review
line in sight only to be knocked back to a second or third place finish by a turtle shell.
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One downside is that you can't use the Wii tablet as a separate screen to allow five player local play so you're stuck with a max of four players locally. It also would've been nice to get new characters instead of reskinned racers such as the metallic versions of Mario and Peach, for example. And while the new gravity segments certainly look neat, they aren't as big of a change as I was expecting in terms of racing dynamics. Instead, the new additions overall, feel more like an evolution of the Mario Kart formula instead of an all out revolution.
Instead, the main consideration for any Mario Kart game is and always has been the racing. The good news? Mario Kart 8 certainly delivers on this front. In addition to various vehicle customization options, controlling your ride feels natural instead of a struggle and is also quite smooth at a buttery 60 frames per second. Navigating turns remains the most satisfying part of racing, especially long ones that allow you to hold your power slide for an extended period. The faster 150cc races are particularly fun and can get downright hectic in punishing stages such as Rainbow Road.
Now if you're one of those folks who like your games to have a meaty story, well, Mario Kart 8 makes a haiku look like War and Peace. That's because storytelling in this game falls somewhere between zero and nada. In short, the only tale you'll find in this game is the story you make up in your own mind about how characters like that darn, dirty ape Donkey Kong has to go down and go down hard after running you off the road.
"Welcome to Mario Kart 8, buddy."
I also didn't notice any blatant rubber banding in races against the AI or human opponents online, which is a positive. Instead, what you really need to worry about are those gosh darned items, which can easily knock you out of first place before you can even finish saying "Itsa' me!" There's nothing worse than leading the pack with the finish Puma Basket Ii Lowrider Basketball Shoes
At some point in Bowser's Castle after being bombarded with a red shell, two lightning bolts, two ink blasts and one blue shell, a thought suddenly crossed my mind.
lead if I don't make mistakes. In Mario Kart, first place makes you a big target and can actually be a disadvantage as even perfect driving won't save you from a well timed item attack. Or two. Or three. Or four. Well, you catch my drift. The good news is that you can now counter even the dreaded blue shell if you happen to have the new Super Horn item. I guess you can say that it pays to be super horny in this game. Get it? Super, uh, never mind.
Some classic courses make a return to Mario Kart 8, including Rainbow Road.(Photo: Provided by Nintendo)
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Drifting remains the name of the game in Mario Kart 8.(Photo: Provided by Nintendo)
Other options include off TV play via the Wii U tablet, up to four player local multiplayer and 12 players online. The Mario Kart TV feature also automatically records a set number of races and allows you to replay them. Then there's battle mode for folks who like popping balloons and enjoy the more combative aspects of Mario Kart. It's an OK diversion but still isn't as satisfying as the game's racing component.
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