Mario Kart 8 revs up at the Wii U start line

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Poised and ready to take the Wii U by storm, Mario Kart 8 - a game Nintendo could have done with having ready when the Wii U launched - is out tomorrow!

There’s a little bitter-sweet irony that Mario Kart 8, a game widely said to be the best sequel in the series so far, is coming to a struggling 8th gen console. With plenty of unsold Wii U’s in the Nintendo store-room, Mario Kart 8’s arrival is bound to shift a load, though the impact this one game alone will have looks to be too little too late.

With Mario Kart 8 we are set to get a new Nintendo gem, a shimmering reminder that Nintendo first-party games are still able to make their consoles shine. One thing Nintendo will always be able to draw from is their deep gaming heritage and with the next gen treatment coming to Mario Kart 8 they’re managing well to keep the series relevant.

Visually and sonically Mario Kart 8 goes to unprecedented levels, making the best of the HD stylings offered by Wii U. As you’d expect with a Nintendo title the attention to detail and quality of finish is impeccable. Racing-wise Mario Kart 8 is promising some excellent handling which will work with any Wii or Wii U controller.

This game also forms a marked departure from previous rehashed versions. Talking to NintendoLife, Kosuke Yabuki, Director for Mario Kart 8 highlights how, “In developing Mario Kart 8, we have re-created and re-combined all game elements and adjusted everything over the course of thousands of tests to aim for the perfect balance.”

And swathes of early reviews are giving Mario Kart 8 flawless scores making this one game at least with the power to persuade you that you’re going to need a Wii U if you don’t already have one.

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As well as bringing HD visuals to the Mario Kart series for the first time, Mario Kart 8 is going to have new anti-gravity mechanics, enhanced online/multiplayer features and the ability to show footage from your karting antics up on Youtube. A new Mario Kart TV web service for smart devices is now also live for karters to watch game highlight reels and check out global Time Trial leaderboards.

There’s really no denying that Mario Kart 8 is a worthwhile game and following its release it will be interesting to track just how much of a spike in Wii U sales it causes. The general feeling all round is that Wii U could do with a lot more games like Mario Kart 8 and sooner rather than later.

Stay tuned for our Mario Kart 8 review coming soon. Meanwhile here’s an official Mario Kart 8 trailer showing of some of the new features. 

Will you be playing Mario Kart 8? If so will you also be forking out for a WIi U to play it on? Please leave any of your Nintendo/ Wii U/ Mario Kart 8 related comments below.

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