Mariokart 8

Mariokart 8

Video Game - 2014 | Nintendo Wii U.
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"Defy the laws of gravity in the wildest Mario kart game yet. New boomerang, piranha plant, super horn ... optional motion-steering, share highlight reels, 12-player online racing"--Container.
Publisher: Redmond, WA : Nintendo of America Inc., c2014.
Edition: Nintendo Wii U.
Branch Call Number: GAME NINTENDO WII U
Characteristics: 1 computer disc : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (4 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.)


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For those new to Mario Kart, this game features characters from the Mario universe as they race go-kart style and pick up items along the track that can aid them in getting 1st place. Some of the new features incorporated in Mario Kart 8 include: anti-gravity areas that allow you to drive on any... Read More »

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Feb 28, 2018

A fun, all-ages, racing joyride with a good number of unlockable rewards.

Vibrant colours, beautifully crafted worlds and progressively scaled difficulty for beginners to veteran players. We found the Balloon Elimination particularily vexing and challenging; basically a Twisted Metal for kids with PG approved weapons of destruction.

The HD graphics definitely bring the experience to life on SHD TV which I recommend if you play a lot of split screen.

It does get rather repetitive after two hours though.

Dec 28, 2015

Mario Kart 8 review by Andrew Throuvalas

Mario, the man that needs no introduction. He's come a long way. We've seen Mario jump, party, brawl, do medicine, travel through time, space, become an Olympian, and participate in every other sport or activity you can think of. Now he's back- and he brought his driver's license, to be sure.

Mario Kart is probably the most popular series of all Mario spin-offs, such that most gamers and non-gamers alike can recognize it. It features a variety of Mario characters from your familiar cast: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Toad, Donkey Kong, and many more. After selecting one of these playable characters and their kart, the player chooses from a range of tracks to race on, and just like that, you are off to a game of extreme go-karting. All you need to know is how to press the gas, steer, throw items, and you're ready to go! It's almost as simple as real driving, eh?

As it is by the game's nature to be welcoming to all likes of players, Mario Kart 8 also allows for the ability to customize your Kart parts before a race between the body, wheels, and glider. Depending on the parts, the kart's stats such as top speed and handling, as well as its appearance will vary. The character chosen also has a large impact on the strength's and weaknesses of your Kart, as well as its size. There are also a variety of controllers to choose from to enjoy the game with: Wii U gamepad- with either analog or motion controls- Wii remote steering controls, Wii remote and Nunchuck, Wii Classic Controller and Wii U Pro Controller. This game, as far as gameplay goes, really does leave you out of things to be picky about.

Each race includes 12 racers and may be played with up to 4 local players, the rest of which are A.I.. You may opt to either race on whatever track you want, whenever you want, or to enter a Grand Prix. In this mode, the player chooses a cup to compete for and races on 4 different tracks in a row. These tracks vary with every cup. If a player performs better overall than the rest of the players or A.I. in all four races (determined by a points system) that player wins the cup. The Grand Prix can be played on four different speeds: 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and the brand new 200cc as of Mario Kart 8. The higher the speed, the more difficult the A.I. will be. To fully complete this game mode is essentially the goal of each Mario Kart game, by ranking first place in every cup on the highest speed.

This game, and series as a whole, has Nintendo written all over it. A fun and easy party game that gives everybody a chance to win. Also just like Nintendo, the game's very simple nature still hasn't been changed very much from the classic Mario Kart games, as if to reserve the game's heritage. After all, Nintendo NEVER forgets their classics. On that note, considering that this generation of gaming is more geared towards the hardcore, online competitive spectrum, Nintendo has done well to establish within Mario Kart 8 that it is not meant to be taken seriously. It is the type of game that you play when you invite friends over, and that they're excited to play because they don't have to learn it to have fun with it. Almost anybody has a chance to succeed at this game, and in that way it is open to all audiences, which in the case of Mario Kart people love about it. (Continued in Summary)

Mar 15, 2015

Awesome game! Try it out! A great addition to the mario kart series!

Dec 20, 2014


Oct 08, 2014

This game is awesome! I also own it!!!!!


Sep 06, 2014

Soooo much fun!!! Nintendo kept enough of the original Kart content that it is easy to jump into but also added a lot new options to make it challenging!

Jul 17, 2014

I agree stefanson

Jun 22, 2014

This game is so awesome


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sharkfast09 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Mar 19, 2015

chrissymatia thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Oct 08, 2014

mauricez thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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Dec 28, 2015

I found two great details about this game that show Nintendo is trying to make this a friendly game for everyone. The first is the online mode- where you may race against players around the world. A rating is recorded based on how good of a racer you are. Your rating begins at 1000, and rises and falls depending on whether you place within the top or bottom half of each race's finishers. However, The reward for placing in the top half is much greater than the penalty for placing 7th or below in a race. This makes everyone's overall rating increase over time naturally, giving the game an "everybody wins" feel.

The second detail I found was that there is not a single Mario Kart game within its long series that offers the option to turn off items. This is certainly something that did not slip Nintendo's mind, as another party game of theirs, the Super Smash Bros. series, offers complete control of the items that appear in a battle. Nintendo chose to not allow item disabling in Mario Kart because items can be GAME CHANGING. Aside from adding a fun and exciting layer to each race, they can have drastic effects on the outcome of a match, having the power to put a first place driver behind the whole pack, and bring a driver back from the pits of despair to the forefront of the race- all within seconds. Considering how the more powerful items favour the losing drivers, and that they can be used with the simple push of a button, they really keep the race close between a beginner and veteran player. This is what makes Mario Kart one of the most well known party games out there- besides having Mario as the mascot of course.

Mario Kart 8 doesn't come without its flaws. Although it managed to maintain its entertaining and classic party feel to the gameplay, and had better graphics than ever, it didn't really add anything to the game either. It contained some different characters, and new tracks as always, but the total number of characters has actually decreased since Mario Kart Wii, the Kart stats feature is no longer as intricate as in that game, and even customizable karts and online play were available in its predecessor for the 3DS, Mario Kart 7. Nintendo's compensation for its smaller roster and equal number of stages are with Downloadable content characters and race tracks... That must be paid extra money for on the Nintendo E-Shop. Talk about a major money grab Nintendo. As if all of your special edition, slightly altered DS systems weren't enough. It DID add the brutally difficult 200cc as free DLC however, something series veterans could appreciate for the new challenge.

I give Mario Kart 8 a 7.7/10 rating. The game does what it intends to do as a party game and as a member of the Mario Kart series well- be entertaining and simple fun for everyone. But as a new generation game, it sort of left me underwhelmed with the lack of additional content and changes from previous games that it's predecessors managed to deliver each time. I think Nintendo either played this game a little too safe making it, or this was all part of their plan to suck your wallet dry with DLC content.


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