Mario Kart fans, rejoice! A stream took place earlier today highlighting many of the new features in Mario Kart 8, as well as some traditional gameplay that the world has come to expect from Mario and his shroomish (not the Pokémon) companions. Unfortunately the only online recording of the stream is low quality and rather bootleg, but that's better than nothing.
The focus of Nintendo's stream was to showcase many new features within the Wii U installment of the Mario Kart series. That includes anti-gravity racing as well as what are now staples in the series like the alternate vehicle mechanics from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. There's also a first glimpse at a near-complete character selection screen, featuring our plumbing heroes and the Koopa King himself. The full roster has not yet been revealed, leaving three empty spots on the screen. Perhaps we will see a return of the Mii Racer from Mario Kart Wii, because who doesn't want to explore the Mushroom Kingdom as their virtual avatar?
Fans can also check out the split-screen local multiplayer that highlights the clearly superior brother, Luigi, as he races against his incredibly inferior older sibling. Beforehand, both racers customize their karts with a body, wheels, and hang glider just in case of emergencies. Interested viewers will be able to see examples of the course selection screen that stays true to previous entries, as well as examples of retro courses and new entries into the series.
Unable to contain the excitement any longer? Unfortunately, buyers will have to wait exactly one month and one day for the May 30 release of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U in North America and Europe. For now, current fans and those swaying on the line can check out the recording of the Japanese stream released earlier today, showcasing the aforementioned elements and many more.