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Mario Kart 8

Some more footage has emerged of Mario Kart 8, this time showcasing an extensive look at all of the game’s courses. While the footage isn’t entirely shot from a racer’s perspective, it gives a good look at what to expect when the game drops.

In North America and Europe, when you register Mario Kart 8 on Club Nintendo, you can receive a digital copy of another free Wii U title. The selection varies in both territories, though the promotion is ultimately the same.

It’s a bit different in Nintendo’s home country. For Japanese Wii U owners, they can get their hands on two games, but only to play for a month. Then one of these titles can be purchased for 40 percent off.

It’s interesting to see Nintendo try out these kinds of approaches. Hopefully we’ll see similar opportunities in the future!


Mario Kart 8 may be a bit smaller than most would have predicted. As mentioned on an official Japanese page for the racer, the total download size is just over 4.9GB. Save data takes up at least 149MB of space.

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You can find the full Mario Kart 8 site here.

Note: some portions of the video do not contain sound (mainly clips in the beginning) because Nintendo simply didn’t include any.

Thanks to Tytygh for the tip.

Retailers are now starting to take pre-orders for the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle – just announced today. You can reserve the package on either GameStop or Best Buy.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set comes with a 32GB Wii U console, copy of Mario Kart 8, red Mario Wii Wheel accessory, and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller. You can also nab a free digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U by registering Mario Kart 8 on Club Nintendo before July 31.

Mario Kart 8 details

Posted on 9 years ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U | 3 Comments

Below are the latest details available for Mario Kart 8:

– Once again, Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach are in
– Crazy 8 item is the spiritual successor to Mario Kart 7’s Lucky 7
– Super Horn: emits a sonic blast around your kart
– This pulse can knock out other racers or ward off Green, Red, and Blue Shells
– Super Horn is a rare item
– Acts as a counter measure to the Blue Shell
– Voice chat in lobbies for games with friends only
– Tournaments are one of the bigger features in the game
– Choose an icon and input name for it when they Create-A-Tournament
– Select rules next
– Can change the speed of the race (50cc, 100cc, 150cc) whether you want to allow racing as teams or even multiple rounds to decide a winner
– Can also set if a tournament is public or restricted to friends
– Other tweaks: restrict control schemes used in a race, whether computer players can fill in empty slots, and vehicle types (kart, bike, or ATVs) allowed in the race
– Takes player ratings into account
– You can set up a race so only players who achieved a certain online rank can join
– Once a tournament is created, you have a number code to share with your friends, or it can be discovered publically via search
– Daily/weekly/monthly recurring tournaments supports
– Can set start/end times
– Ex: a player could host a race for friends that occurs every Sunday night between 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT
– Can set a tournament that has a specific start and end date, or even a number of races allowed within a set time
– Whenever you create a tournament, you can choose which item sets are allowed in a race
– Players can choose between: all items, shells only, bananas only, mushrooms only, bob-ombs only, no items, and Frantic Mode
– Frantic Mode: higher frequency of powerful items like Lightning Bolts, Bullet Bills, and possibly Blue Shells
– Game records all races you participate in
– Game retains the events of the last 12 you competed in on the Wii U itself
– These replays save everything that happened in the match, so you can use simple editing tools to tweak certain parameters
– Replays aren’t finalized video, but gameplay footage you can quickly edit in Mario Kart TV
– Not a complex editing system
– By tweaking certain parameters, you can focus on specific drivers and moments
– Video focuses on action, big hits, items, or drifting
– Clips are 30, 45, or 60 seconds
– You can also render a highlight reel to display the full race
– Once a highlight film is edited, you can output a video to Miiverse or YouTube in HD
– Unclear if 720p or 1080p
– Players sign up with a Google Account and, while it’s uploading, you can edit a Miiverse post with stamps
– Battle Mode features new and existing courses re-engineered for this mode
– Battle mode replays can also be edited and shared by Mario Kart TV.
– In multiplayer, the GamePad mirrors the same four-player split-screen that was on the television


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