Here’s some Mario Kart 8 info to keep you informed until the game comes out in late May.
Mario Kart 8 is a mere two months away from being released and Nintendo wants to spice up the anticipation for the game. There as been some new information released recently for the racing game and if you’re as big a Mario Kart fan as I am, you’ll want to read this!
For those of you who didn’t know because you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, Mario Kart 8 is introducing anti-gravity driving mechanics to the game so you’ll have to use your head to see what route you should take. One of the main plus features is twelve player online races which everyone wanted to see, at least online play returning/staying in the series. There are multiple new features being added to the Mario Kart universe and thus add skill to the races so quick thinking will be on full display from the various racers.
The Spin Boost does just what it sounds like, it gives players the ability to gain a burst of speed from bumping into another driver while upside down or while driving on the wall of the course. Players will be able to suit up Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Shy Guy as well as the Koopalings in Mario Kart 8 and use new weapons like the Piranha Plant and the Boomerang Flower to get first place. The Piranha Plant goes on the front of the kart and bites close-by drivers as well as items strewn throughout the course, like banana peels/turtle shells. The Boomerang Flower can be thrown at opposing drivers to stun them. Up to three boomerangs can be thrown with each flower and multiple drivers can be hit with each throw.
Classic courses come back to the franchise with Moo Moo Meadows, Toad’s Turnpike, and Donut Plains and in modern Mario Kart fashion have been redesigned for the new racing style of Mario Kart 8. In addition to the classic tracks, there will be courses with live recorded music to give them an added musical feel. There will be multiple control schemes available to control your favorite Mario Kart driver. At E3, you could drive with Game Pad motion controls or the control stick on the Game Pad, both feeling natural. In addition to those two, you can control with the Wii Wheel, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, as well as playing off the TV on the Game Pad. Mario Kart 8 comes out May 30th and stores are accepting preorders now so start your engines now!