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Mario Kart 8
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Developer(s)
Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Series
Mario Kart series
Platform(s)
Wii U
Release Date(s)
JP May 29, 2014
NA May 30, 2014
EU May 30, 2014
AU May 31, 2014
Genre(s)
Racing
Mode(s)
Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Play
Controller(s)
Wii U GamePad
1-4 Wii Remotes
Wii Classic Controller
Wii U Pro Controller
Wii Wheel
Rating(s)
ESRB: E
PEGI: 3 Years and older

Mario Kart 8 is a racing game for the Wii U. It was first announced on the January 23rd, 2013 Nintendo Direct that a new installment in the Mario Kart franchise was in development. It was officially shown at the 2013 E3 Nintendo Direct as "Mario Kart 8". 

GameplayEdit

A new gameplay mechanic for the game is Anti-Gravity. Other returning mechanics include bikes, tricks, and 12 player races from Mario Kart Wii and vehicle customization, underwater driving, and gliding from Mario Kart 7.

Playable CharactersEdit

Starting Drivers
MK8 Mario
Mario
MK8 Luigi
Luigi
MK8 Peach
Peach
MK8 Daisy
Daisy
MK8 Yoshi
Yoshi
MK8 Toad
Toad
MK8 BabyMario

Baby Mario
MK8 BabyLuigi

Baby Luigi
MK8 BabyPeach

Baby Peach
MK8 BabyDaisy

Baby Daisy
MK8 Bowser
Bowser
MK8 DonkeyKong

Donkey Kong
MK8 Koopa
Koopa Troopa
MK8 Wario
Wario
MK8 Waluigi
Waluigi
MK8 ShyGuy
Shy Guy
Unlockable Drivers
MK8 Mii

Mii
MK8 Rosalina

Rosalina
MK8 BabyRosalina

Baby Rosalina
MK8 Lakitu

Lakitu
MK8 Toadette

Toadette
MK8 Iggy

Iggy
MK8 Roy

Roy
MK8 Lemmy

Lemmy
MK8 Larry

Larry
MK8 Wendy

Wendy
MK8 Ludwig

Ludwig
MK8 Morton

Morton
MK8 PinkGoldPeach

Pink Gold Peach
MK8 MetalMario

Metal Mario

CoursesEdit

There are 32 tracks[1], consisting of 16 new tracks and 16 retro tracks, featuring one track each from Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, four tracks from Mario Kart 64, two each from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii, and three each from Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7.[2] As with the retro tracks from the 3DS installment, the retro tracks in this game feature altered sections that incorporate the game's hang-glider, underwater, and anti-gravity features. The game features live-recorded music for all of the new tracks and most of the retro tracks. The tracks have been described as more narrow when compared to previous Mario Kart tracks, specifically those from Mario Kart Wii[3].

Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
MK8- Mario Kart Stadium
MK8- Mario Circuit
MK8- Sunshine Airport
MK8- Cloudtop Cruise
MK8- Water Park
MK8- Toad Harbor
MK8- Dolphin Shoals
MK8- Bone-Dry Dunes
MK8- Sweet Sweet Canyon
MK8- Twisted Mansion
MK8- Electrodrome
MK8- Bowser's Castle
MK8- Thwomp Ruins
MK8- Shy Guy Falls
MK8- Mount Wario
MK8- Rainbow Road
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
MK8- Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8- GCN Dry Dry Desert
MK8- DS Wario Stadium
MK8- DS Tick-Tock Clock
MK8- GBA Mario Circuit
MK8- SNES Donut Plains 3
MK8- GCN Sherbet Land
MK8- 3DS Piranha Plant Slide
MK8- DS Cheep Cheep Beach
MK8- N64 Royal Raceway
MK8- 3DS Music Park
MK8- Wii Grumble Volcano
MK8- N64 Toad's Turnpike
MK8- 3DS DK Jungle
MK8- N64 Yoshi Valley
MK8- N64 Rainbow Road

DLC CupsEdit

Egg Cup Triforce Cup Crossing Cup Bell Cup
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GCN YoshiCircuit
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-Wii Wario'sGoldMine
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-ExcitebikeArena
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SNES RainbowRoad
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-DragonDriftway
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-IceIceOutpost
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-MuteCity
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-HyruleCircuit
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-placeholder

Battle CoursesEdit

MK8- Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8- GCN Dry Dry Desert
MK8- SNES Donut Plains 3
MK8- N64 Toad's Turnpike
MK8- Mario Circuit
MK8- Toad Harbor
MK8- GCN Sherbet Land
MK8- N64 Yoshi Valley

ItemsEdit

Items found on the track
ItemBoxMK8
Item Box
Gives the player a random item. Items depend on the player's position.
CoinMK8
Coin
Gives the player a small boost and increases speed when more are collected, up to a max of 10.
Items
CoinMK8
Coin
Gives the player 2 coins.
BoomerangFlowerMK8
Boomerang Flower
Can be thrown up to three times, hitting racers forward and when it returns.
PiranhaPlantPotMK8
Piranha Plant
Automatically chomps on obstacles and other racers, giving a short speed boost for each bite.
SuperHornMK8
Super Horn
Emits a radial shockwave, destroying all obstacles and items, and hitting racers
Crazy8MK8
Crazy 8
Generates eight items (Coin, Bob-omb, Mushroom, Star, Blooper, Green Shell, Red Shell, and a Banana) that spin around the player for them to use.
GreenShellMK8
Green Shell
Travels in a straight line and knocks over a racer if it hits.
TripleGreenShellsMK8
Triple Green Shells
Three Green Shells spin around the player's kart, protecting from incoming attacks.
RedShellMK8
Red Shell
Finds the closest racer in front of the player and knocks it over.
TripleRedShellMK8
Triple Red Shells
Three Red Shells spin around the player's kart, protecting from incoming attacks.
BananaMK8
Banana
Protects the player from incoming items, and spins out other racers that hit it.
TripleBananasMK8
Triple Bananas
Three bananas that spin around the player's kart, protecting from incoming attacks
MushroomMK8
Mushroom
Gives the player a small speed boost.
TripleMushroomMK8
Triple Mushrooms
Spins around the player's kart, providing them with three separate speed boosts.
GoldenMushroomMK8
Golden Mushroom
Provides the player's kart with continuous speed boosts for a short time.
FireFlowerMK8
Fire Flower
Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time that cause other karts to spin out on impact.
StarMK8
Star
Provides the player invisibility from all terrain and item, and also a speed boost.
BlooperMK8
Blooper
Sprays ink on all racers ahead and reduces their visibility.
Bob-ombMK8
Bob-omb
Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius.
SpinyShellMK8
Spiny Shell
Targets the racer in first place, knocking over all other karts in its path. When it hits the player in first place, it creates a blue explosion, shrinking any kart in its blast radius.
LightningBoltMK8
Lightning
Causes all opponents to drop their items, shrink, and drive slowly for a time depending on their position.
BulletBillMK8
Bullet Bill
Transforms the player into a Bullet Bill, rocketing through the track with auto-pilot, and providing invincibility from all terrain and items.

ReferencesEdit

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