- Release date: 5/30/2014
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Sports , Racing
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: up to 8 players, Compatible with Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Classic Controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuck Controller, Wii Remote Plus, Wii Remote Plus + Nunchuck Controller, Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 for Wii U Review. Stunning graphics, Phenomenal Racing
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Mario Kart just keeps getting better from its early beginnings on the NES to this version for Wii U. With the ability to tweak your engine and customize your Kart, extra gameplay mechanics and beautiful scenes, you’re definitely in for a fun ride with this game.
The graphics on this game are stunning. It combines a lot of vibrant HD color and 3D depth alongside realistic audio effects. The tracks are creative, while the adjustable highlights provide a semblance of surrealism. The characters in this game retain the same glory of the original Super Mario although newer characters are also introduced. Some of the spots such as the Electrodome and Sunshine Airport are architecturally beautiful.
Mario Kart 8 Wii U combines aspects of the older SNES series with new tracks, customizable go-karts, and robust tournaments. New game mechanisms are available, such as antigravity, underwater racing, gliding on walls, motorbike tricks and the ability to customize your entire playing experience.
The game offers you 32 tracks including 16 new ones and 16 from previous Mario Karts. You’ll also get a selection of 30 characters, 14 of which you have to unlock. You can race in single player or multiplayer mode online, with as many as 12 players in a single tournament.
Useful additions for throwing your opponents off have been included, such as the Piranha plant and the Boomerang flower, while the Super Horn stops your opponents from recovering instantly using comeback mechanics, which lets skill prevail in this game’s driving. You can customize your highlights, hit the replay button or join races easily.
I use the gamepad for Mario Kart 8 Wii U. On the left of the controller; you’ll see all other players and their respective positions. In the center is a large ‘horn’ button. On the far right are three squares, containing the actual racing screen from the TV, the track layout, and a motor controller. The controllers on the Nunchuk and the Wii remote are convenient for such sports racing genre.
Replay Value: 5
It’s definitely worth replaying because of the added levels, stunning new circuits, and new characters. The ability to customize your cart and choose from different wheels and gliders makes gameplay even more exciting. The game mechanics including zero gravity, hand gliders, sticky wheels and underwater gliding add a fresh twist to the game. Customizable online tournaments make this a huge draw.
Mario Kart 8 is that game you’ll keep going back to, even after the next version comes out. I like how the developers have been able to make new additions to the game in terms of mechanics but still retain elements loved by earlier Mario Kart fans such as the characters and the tracks. I didn’t like some of the baby characters; the battle mode on this version also doesn’t quite make the cut.
Mario Kart 8 for Wii U looks great, the driving is really smooth, and the enhancements make this game great addition to your gaming catalog.
Pros : Great mechanics.
Beautiful, fluid design.
Improved options for online multiplayer.
Cons : You can only view track layout and racer positions on the gamepad.
Slow controller connectivity.
Lackluster battle mode.
Replay Value 5.0