Start your engines… Mario Kart 8 announced for Wii U

by June 11th, 2013

In what is likely surprising news to only a few, Nintendo has announced their new Mario Kart, ‘Mario Kart 8‘ for the Wii U, to be released in Spring 2014.

The game resembles a hybridisation of Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii, now with glossy HD graphics, with gliding and underwater driving mechanics and the option to choose from karts or bikes returning. Nintendo’s E3 Direct Broadcast also highlighted some crazy new track design with vertical, sloped and upside-down paths. Rainbow Road should be a fun one then.

Fittingly, vehicles also come equipped with wheels that allow you to stick to any surface and rotate.

Gameplay footage suggests a return to classic Mario locales including Peach’s Castle, Luigi Circuit and a desert course though I imagine there are plenty of surprises left to be revealed.

Online play will see modification through integration with the Miiverse but what form this will take remains to be seen. {EDIT: You can play with up to 12 people per race both locally and online. You can use Miiverse to host tournaments and set rules as well, and after a race finishes you can watch a 30 second highlight reel. Replay data can be saved and shared with the community. Mario Kart TV is the means by which all this will be possible.}

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Jonathan Slack

Hi, my name's Jonathan and it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance! I've been gaming for the last 18-19 years now, having discovered the likes of Adi Junior, Monkey Island and Lemmings on the Amiga. Though it wasn't until a chance encounter with a friend's copy of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES at the tender age of 6 that truly ignited my passion for gaming. Fast forward 17 years and here I am with my Playstation 3, a mid-range gaming PC and a Nintendo Wii and DS, a Psychology graduate of the University of Leeds at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Where am I going right now? Hard to say really. Feel free to hit me up on the Playstation Network or through my information below if you want to talk about anything. If adding me on PSN I'd appreciate a message explaining who you are or else I'm liable to ignore you.

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Hi, my name's Jonathan and it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance! I've been gaming for the last 18-19 years now, having discovered the likes of Adi Junior, Monkey Island and Lemmings on the Amiga. Though it wasn't until a chance encounter with a friend's copy of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES at the tender age of 6 that truly ignited my passion for gaming. Fast forward 17 years and here I am with my Playstation 3, a mid-range gaming PC and a Nintendo Wii and DS, a Psychology graduate of the University of Leeds at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Where am I going right now? Hard to say really. Feel free to hit me up on the Playstation Network or through my information below if you want to talk about anything. If adding me on PSN I'd appreciate a message explaining who you are or else I'm liable to ignore you.

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