Mario Kart 8

a game by Nintendo EAD
Platform: Wii
Genre: Racing
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Racing Games, Mario Games, Mario Kart Games
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is arguably the ultimate Mario Kart game. It takes what was already great about Mario Kart 7 and kicks things up several notches.

Not Reinventing The Wheel

The first thing that has to be addressed about Mario Kart 8 is that it has a feeling of familiarity to it. However, Nintendo has refined what they did with Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS with this game. They have kept the flying sections where you use a glider and new to Mario Kart 8 are anti-gravity sections. These are really cool and the graphical effect of your wheels turning up and you floating along the track is really neat.

Tons Of Tracks

No other game in the Mario Kart series has as many tracks as Mario Kart 8. There are some fantastic new tracks here that were part of the original release of Mario Kart 8. Also included though are all of the DLC tracks such as the epic Hyrule track, the F-Zero track and of course the track based on Animal Crossing which actually has four seasonal variations to it. There are also a ton of classic tracks from previous Mario Kart games. All of these tracks mean that you have a ton of Mario Kart GP’s to work through as well as records to set on each track in time trial mode. Of course, the large track selection also means that things never get boring in multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer Mayhem

You could easily make the argument that Mario Kart 8 is the best multiplayer game on the console. The large number of tracks make it great and you can take part in multiplayer Mario GP’s, time trials and of course battle mode! The original Mario Kart 7 had a rather disappointing battle mode. In Mario Kart 8 though, Nintendo has brought it back to what it was and that is just fantastic! As well as bringing the more traditional battle mode back, Nintendo has also made it so you can again have two weapons at once.

A New Racers and Karts Enters The Race

Mario Kart 8 includes all of the DLC characters from the original Mario Kart 7 such as Link and the Animal Crossing Villagers to name a couple. That is great, but some brand new characters were also added to this version. Bowser JR, King Boo, Dry Bones and the Inklings from Splatoon were added to the action making the roster truly huge. As well as racers there are new karts, wheels, gliders and so on that allow you to have more control over the kind of kart that you will be racing on.

Smooth As Can Be

One of the things that Mario Kart 8 does not get enough credit for is how well it runs. It was already a fantastic looking game on the Nintendo Wii U, but on the Nintendo Switch, it looks even better. Nintendo thanks to the extra horsepower of the Switch have managed to make the game (in docked mode) run at 60 FPS and in full 1080P.

Mario Kart 8 is the perfect Mario Kart game. It is stacked with tracks, characters, and kart options. It controls like a dream, it looks great and no matter if you are playing in single or multiplayer you are going to be having a great time. This really is a game that every Nintendo owner needs to have.

Pros:

Tons of tracks

Large character roster

Perfect amount of challenge

Multiplayer is truly amazing

Has all of the Wii U DLC and even more extras!

Cons:

Even more Nintendo characters would have been nice

You will get addicted to it!

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