Mario Kart 8’s 200cc speed in action

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Mario Kart 8 is easily one of my favourite games from last year – and one of the best looking ones, too. It’s a pity that I’m so rubbish at it – and I’m only going to get worse. In a recent Nintendo Direct, the company revealed that it would soon be adding a new speed category, bringing 200c bikes and Karts to the delightful racer. And it looks a bit mental.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the dastardly Piranha Plant Pipeway track, in 150cc and 200cc. Seeing as I routinely crash at 150cc, I can’t wait to routinely crash at 200cc. Still, it’s some great post-release support for one the finest kart racers ever created – and it’s coming free, in about two weeks.

The game’s second bit of paid DLC is also coming on the same date, April 23 – and features three new characters, four new vehicles, and two new cups of four tracks each.

In my review of the game, I had nice things to say.

“What it lacks in raw innovation it more than makes up for in pure joy. Mario Kart 8’s bare-bones presentation is offset by its solid core racing, and is an essential purchase for every Wii U owner who appreciates fun.”

That’s still true. If you own a Wii U, you need this game.

Last Updated: April 9, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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