I’m no fan of racing games – but I have a special place in my heart for Mario Kart. When I first got to go hands on with the Wii U exclusive, gravity-defying racer I fell in love. With crisp visuals and a buttery smooth 60fps, it finally felt like Mario Kart had come of age. reviews for the upcoming racer have been dropping all over the internet..and it’s sent my excitement out in to the stratosphere.
First up, we have new weapons in the way of The Boomerang Flower and Piranha Plant, which you can see in this brand new trailer.
“With bright colours and a CGI cartoon approach to textures, the system is producing visuals that are delightful and not out of place in the era of PS4 and Xbox One graphics, stepping away from complex models — a score on which the system can’t compete — and utilising terrific art style instead,” say the chaps at NintendoLife.
A number of the game’s tracks have been revealed, including – as is tradition – a number of remastered favourites. Here’s a selection of the returning tracks. The game will ship with 32 tracks in total – with rumours suggesting it’ll come with a track editor too.
- Moo Moo Meadows (Mario Kart Wii)
- Mario Circuit (Mario Kart Super Circuit)
- Cheep Cheep Beach (Mario Kart DS)
- Toad’s Turnpike (Mario Kart 64)
- Dry Dry Desert (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!)
- Donut Plains (Super Mario Kart)
- Royal Raceway (Mario Kart 64)
- DK Jungle (Mario Kart 7)
Of course, this game’s big gimmick is the anti-gravity stuff, which makes it play a little more like Wipeout in some instances than Mario Kart. Drive over a blue marker, and your kart will drive along walls or flip upside down.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Gamepad use, it seems lacking a bit. The Gamepad can only mirror the screen, and not give access to 5 player racing as we’ve seen in the Wii U version of the excellent Sonic and All-stars racing transformed. that game also featured a really fun and engaging campaign, whereas Mario Kart 8 seems to stick to the tried-and-tested series of cups. That’s a little disappointing, but it doesn’t stem my excitement in the least.
It’s coming at the end of May this year. I’m coming right now.
Last Updated: April 3, 2014