Mario Kart 8 Review

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Mario Kart 8 has officially power slid its way onto the Wii U and the results are nothing short of magnificent. Mario Kart 8 not only proves Nintendo has mastered HD but it gives Wii U owners another fantastic title to add to their growing “must have” titles. Whether you are a seasoned vet with the series or a complete new comer, Mario Kart 8 is something special.

How does this new entry in the beloved series fair? Read on and find out.

If you have never played a Mario Kart title over the past 20 or so years I cannot recommend the series enough. It’s a blast to play solo or with friends and Mario Kart 8 sets a new benchmark for the series.

Upon startup, players will immediately notice the absolutely gorgeous graphics. While great graphics do not make the game, it’s likely the first thing you will notice and the feature you will continue to marvel at in the hours ensuing. Watching Mario or Luigi’s mustache flutter in the wind never gets old and the level design is something to behold. The game locks in at a silky smooth 60 FPS and looks stunning. Honestly I can go on and on about how great this game looks but it’s something you have to witness for yourself. There are so many fine details in this title that make this Nintendo’s benchmark for the next generation.

Mario Kart 8 offers a plethora of control options and all of which felt natural and authentic. I preferred the Wii U gamepad while my son always picks up the Wii remote for the gyroscopic controls.

One of the newer features for this beautiful Kart racer is the ability to collect coins during races. While this isn’t brand new (the SNES version had coin collecting as well) it’s a welcome addition that not only unlocks certain kart parts but gives players a bit of a speed boost during gameplay.

The new anti-gravity system in Mario Kart 8 never feels over done and make the game feel like a roller coaster ride in the living room. Players now have to strategize when they are upside down and sideways as bumping into other characters while in antigravity mode also gives a player a nice speed boost. It’s such a slight addition but ends up making a world of difference. If you master this new mechanic, expect yourself to be at the forefront of each race.

All in all Mario Kart 8 is arguably the best in the series. It looks gorgeous, offers a ton of unlockables, gives players the ability to upload their highlight reels to YouTube (Click here for our uploads thus far) and is an absolute blast to anyone who plays it. This could end up being the poster boy for what the Wii U is capable of and proves that the Wii U is indeed a very capable system. If you own a Wii U, this game needs to be in your library.

Overall Myvideogamenews Score: 9.5 out of 10.

3 Comments

  1. The game is amazing. After playing many hours on it, i only have 3 complaints.

    The first one is that it took me about 4 cup races to learn to use Left trigger to use items. In Mariokart 7 i’d use the X button all the time for that. So I wish there was an option for button layout.

    The next problem is they removed the ability to get a new item while dragging another. Wish there was an option to toggle that on or off.

    The final issue I have with the game is that I wish they had made 3 to 5 true arenas to battle in with friends. The battlemode isn’t horrific the way it is, but knowing it could be so much better is sad.

    Overall though, for the racing aspect, soooooo much fun!

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