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Mario Kart 8 is, without doubt, the Wii U's star game for the console's lifespan up to this point. Once again Mario and all of his friends (and enemies) have grouped together to do what they do best -- race against each other in gokarts while throwing shells, bananas and bombs at each other. Winning won't be easy -- seriously, most of these tracks don't even have safety railing -- but each racer is dedicated and confident. Especially Luigi. That dude's freaky how into racing he is.

Featuring a newly introduced anti-gravity system which allows karts to transform into hoverkarts, Mario and friends can now twist and turn with tracks as they flip over onto themselves. With 32 tracks, 16 new and 16 updated from previous iterations of Mario Kart, no player will master all courses without going above and beyond normal expectations. With anti-gravity and returning features like flying, swimming and gigantic leaps, players will need all the luck they can get.

Mario Kart 8 also features a robust online multiplayer mode, or at least robust by Nintendo standards. Online multiplayer is supported for up to twelve players, playable with friends and strangers across the world. Oh, and you can chat with those people before and after matches as well. If normal races aren't enough, players can customize their own tourneys and tournaments, replete with their own rulesets and schedules. That way your victory can live on forever.

With 30 to choose from, everyone can pick up and enjoy Mario Kart 8. That's kind of the point. Just don't even bother looking into the Battle Mode unless you want to be very disappointed.

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Mario Kart 8 crosses the finish line on Disney XD next Saturday, December 5

Krazy racing with your favorite YouTube stars

Nov 30 at 10:00am, by Philip Moody | 1 comment
Mario Kart 8 to add faster 200cc racing class as free DLC alongside early DLC Pack 2 on April 23

Isabelle on her Vespa rollin' at 200cc ain't nothin' to mess with

Apr 01, 2015, by Rory Young | 16 comments
Mario Kart 8 update adding amiibo support which unlocks character-branded gear for Mii racers

Not exactly unlocking new racers, but maybe Mario Kart isn't ready for Captain Falcon in the flesh

Nov 05, 2014, by Leo Chan | 11 comments
Sneak peak trailer for Mario Kart 8's Exitebike Arena, one of eight courses in November's DLC Pack 1

If only you wrecked for hitting a pebble, just like in the classic

Oct 29, 2014, by Rory Young | 16 comments
Mario Kart 8 DLC revealed, Link in Nov., more in May 2015 [Update: Pricing now available]

Update Details confirmed, now with pricing

Aug 26, 2014, by Rory Young | 47 comments
July NPD Number Crunch: The Last of Us makes comeback by topping charts

Also, PS4 is still the best selling hardware for the seventh month in a row

Aug 14, 2014, by Leo Chan | 5 comments

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Jun 20, 15 12:37pm
added 30 new screenshots
Dark Arcanine
May 24, 15 7:45am

Well, here we go, the latest instalment in a long line of games for the Mario Kart series. With...

Dark Arcanine
May 12, 15 10:38pm
Big Blue - just, wow! Just tried out both new cups, and that track rates as my favourite of the new DLC pack. MarioKart8
Gotenks shared a link from gamegrep.com
Sep 25, 14 2:00pm
This Mario Kart 8 helmet is pretty cool. http://neo.ly/1CppMQB MarioKart8
Aug 26, 14 3:42pm
Finally!!! DLC for Mario Kart 8!!! http://neo.ly/1zAO46J MarioKart8
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Aug 26, 14 2:50pm
This is the type of DLC I like to see in Mario Kart 8! http://neo.ly/1zAzYlR MarioKart8


It looks like someone at the Nintendo Store might of updated something that they shouldn't have. The UK Store has leaked upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC that shows off Link as a playable character, Isabelle playable and an F-Zero track. The firs Add On Pac...

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Aug 6, 14 2:38am
Hope these updates hit NA soon. They are much needed http://neo.ly/1pX0a4Y MarioKart8
Jun 29, 14 9:15am

Every Nintendo system since the original Mario Kart debuted for SNES has received a Mario Kart...

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Jun 20, 14 9:06am
May not be the best DLC but it's something! http://neo.ly/1ps4BIq MarioKart8


Nintendo has just announced over Twitter that the GLA-class kart DLC will be making its way to North America this summer. Expect more details to follow. The GLA-class kart was launched in Japan when Mario Kart 8 launched.

Jun 18, 14 5:35pm
Something tells me I'm going to be hooked on this one a long time: MarioKart8
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  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Genre: Racing - General (wii-u)
  • Perspective(s): Third Person
Release Dates
  • North America: May 30, 2014
  • Japan: May 29, 2014
  • Europe: May 30, 2014
  • Australia: May 31, 2014
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