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Mario Kart 8
Box NA - Mario Kart 8
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Released Japan May 29, 2014
USA May 30, 2014
Europe May 30, 2014
Brazil May 30, 2014
Australia May 31, 2014
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer
Online Play
Ratings
ESRB:ESRB E - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3 - 3 years and older
CERO:CERO A - All ages
ACB:ACB G - General
USK:USK 0 - All ages
DEJUS:DEJUS L - General audience

Mario Kart 8 (stylized MARIOKART8 and abbreviated to MK8) is a kart-racing game exclusive to the Wii U. It is the eighth Mario Kart game in the series (eleventh overall if including the arcade games). It was released on May 29, 2014 in Japan, May 30, 2014 in North America, Europe, and Brazil, and May 31, 2014 in Australia. A port for the Nintendo Switch, which is titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be released on April 28, 2017.

A new feature, anti-gravity, is introduced to the Mario Kart series while past features such as gliding, underwater driving, vehicle customization, and bikes return.

Gameplay

In the eighth installment of the Mario Kart series, anti-gravity is introduced. Via sensors, it enables players to drive on surfaces that are upside-down or tilted at a steep angle. This is one of the main focuses of the game, the feature being used in every new course. Gliding and underwater features return from Mario Kart 7, working in the same way, as do coins. Kart customization also makes a return, with bikes, from Mario Kart Wii, were added into the game as well. ATVs are also new types of vehicles.

Mario Kart 8 brought back 16 old and brought 16 new courses. It also brought 16 downloadable courses, which the total sum of that is 48 tracks. Battle mode returns, but battling is done on race tracks now, unlike it was done in previous Mario Kart titles. However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will feature the return of dedicated battle courses to go alongside the regular tracks in Battle Mode. Stamps are also a new feature in the game, being collectible based on fulfilling certain criteria. They can be posted to Miiverse. Online modes also return, being playable, with up to two people on the same console. Mario Kart TV, or MKTV for short, is introduced in this game, where players can watch highlights from various races and battles. They can also share them to Miiverse and YouTube (However you will need a Google account).

Modes

Grand Prix

In Grand Prix mode, twelve players compete for first place in cups of four races. They are awarded with points based on their placements at the end of races, and the racer with more points at the end wins. This mode can be played with more than one player.

Time Trials

Mario-kart-8-royal-raceway-time-399x224

Koopa Troopa does a time trial on N64 Royal Raceway.

Time trials allow players to race for the best time possible, either on their own or against a ghost. It is not possible to play this mode with more than one player.

VS

Lead1-mario-kart-8-gameplay

Bowser doing a VS race at 3DS Music Park.

VS allows players to race, but with their own custom rule sets set such as difficultly. It makes a return to single player from Mario Kart 7, when it was only available in multiplayer mode. Here, it can be played alone or with up to four people.

Battle

17-mario-kart-8-gameplay-1

Ludwig von Koopa competes in a battle on Wii Moo Moo Meadows.

In battle mode, players must attack each other with items to make them lose balloons and gain a point. If players lose all of their balloons, they are eliminated. They can still play, but cannot win. They are invisible while defeated. This can be played with up to four people. This is the only Battle Mode that players use actual race courses instead of battle arenas. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the rules for Balloon Battle will be slightly reworked. Additionally, MK8 Deluxe will feature the return of the Bob-omb Blast mode from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Two more additional battle modes will also be included in MK8 Deluxe.

Online

MK Online mode

A player setting up an online race.

Players can race and battle online, alone or with another player. At the end of a race, players earn or lose VR based on how well they did the race.

Characters

Thirty-six characters are playable in this game (including Mii) making this the most amount of playable characters a Mario Kart game has ever had. Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach are introduced to the overall Mario series in this game. The Koopalings, consisting of Larry, Lemmy, Wendy, Ludwig, Iggy, Roy and Morton become playable for the first time.

Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser are DLC characters, from the Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart and Animal Crossing x Mario Kart packs respectively. However, all of the DLC characters (and all DLC content overall) will come pre-loaded for free in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Baby Daisy and Shy Guy, for the first time in the series, do not need to be unlocked and are playable from the start.

Default Racers

MK8 Mario MK8 Luigi MK8 Peach MK8 Daisy
Mario Luigi Peach Daisy
Medium Medium Medium Medium
MK8 Yoshi MK8 Toad MK8 Koopa MK8 ShyGuy
Yoshi Toad Koopa Troopa Shy Guy
Medium Light Light Light
MK8 BabyMario MK8 BabyLuigi MK8 BabyPeach MK8 BabyDaisy
Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy
Light Light Light Light
MK8 Bowser MK8 DonkeyKong MK8 Wario MK8 Waluigi
Bowser Donkey Kong Wario Waluigi
Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy

Unlockable Racers

MK8 Rosalina MK8 MetalMario MK8 Lakitu MK8 Toadette
Rosalina Metal Mario Lakitu Toadette
Heavy Heavy Light Light
MK8 BabyRosalina MK8 PinkGoldPeach MK8 Iggy MK8 Roy
Baby Rosalina* Pink Gold Peach* Iggy Koopa* Roy Koopa*
Light Heavy Medium Heavy
MK8 Lemmy MK8 Larry MK8 Wendy MK8 Ludwig
Lemmy Koopa* Larry Koopa* Wendy O. Koopa* Ludwig von Koopa*
Light Light Light Medium
MK8 Morton MK8 Mii
Morton Koopa Jr.* Mii**
Heavy Any
* - Mario Kart debut ** - Mii's weight is determined by its height and weight.

Downloadable Racers

Pack

Characters
The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 MK8 Tanooki Mario IconMK8 Cat Peach IconMK8 Link Icon
Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 VillagerMale-Icon-MK8 VillagerFemale-Icon-MK8 MK8 Isabelle Icon MK8 Dry Bowser Icon
Color skins
Colored Yoshis* YoshiRed-MK8YoshiOrange-MK8YoshiYellow-MK8YoshiLightBlue-MK8YoshiBlue-MK8YoshiPink-MK8YoshiBlack-MK8YoshiWhite-MK8
Colored Shy Guys* ShyGuyOrange-MK8ShyGuyYellow-MK8ShyGuyGreen-MK8ShyGuyLightBlue-MK8ShyGuyBlue-MK8ShyGuyPink-MK8ShyGuyBlack-MK8ShyGuyWhite-MK8
* - The CPU drivers do not drive as the different colored Yoshis and Shy Guys.

Vehicle parts

Karts

Kart Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
StandardKartBodyMK8
Standard Kart*
0
PipeFrameBodyMK8
Pipe Frame*
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
Mach8BodyMK8
Mach 8
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
Steel Driver
Steel Driver
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5
CatCruiserBodyMK8
Cat Cruiser
0
CircuitSpecialBodyMK8
Circuit Special*
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
TrispeederBodyMK8
Tri-Speeder
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5
BadwagonBodyMK8
Badwagon
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5
PrancerBodyMK8
Prancer
0
BiddybuggyBodyMK8
Biddybuggy*
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25
LandshipBodyMK8
Landship*
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25
SneakerBodyMK8
Sneeker*
0
SportsCoupeMK8
Sports Coupe
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
MK8Gold Standard
Gold Standard (Gold Kart in PAL versions)
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
GLA-MK8
GLA* (DLC)
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5
W25SilverArrow-MK8
W 25 Silver Arrow (DLC)
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
300SLRoadster-MK8
300 SL Roadster (DLC)
0
MK8 BlueFalcon
Blue Falcon (DLC)
+0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 -0.5
MK8 TanookiBuggy
Tanooki Kart (DLC)
0 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25
MK8 BDasher
B Dasher (DLC)
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
MK8Streetle
Streetle (DLC)
+0.25 +0.25 -0.25 0 -0.5
MK8PWing
P-Wing (DLC)
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
* - Changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Bikes

Bike Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
StandardBikeBodyMK8
Standard Bike*
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
CometBodyMK8
Comet
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25
SportBikeBodyMK8
Sport Bike*
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25
TheDukeBodyMK8
The Duke
0
FlameRiderBodyMK8
Flame Rider
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
VarmintBodyMK8
Varmint
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
MrScootyBodyMK8
Mr. Scooty
-0.75 +1.25 -0.5 +0.5 -0.25
JetBikeBodyMK8
Jet Bike
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25
YoshiBikeBodyMK8
Yoshi Bike
0 +0.75 -0.25 +0.75 -1.25
MK8 MasterCycle
Master Cycle (DLC)
+0.25 0 0 +0.5 -0.75
MK8CityTripper
City Tripper* (DLC)
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
* - Changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

ATVs

ATV Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
StandardATVBodyMK8
Standard ATV*
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.5 +0.5
WildWigglerBodyMK8
Wild Wiggler
0 +0.25 -0.25 +0.5 -0.5
TeddyBuggyBodyMK8
Teddy Buggy
0
MK8BoneRattler
Bone Rattler (DLC)
0 -0.25 +0.25 -0.25 +0.25
* - Changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Wheels

Wheel Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
StandardTiresMK8
Standard
0
MonsterTiresMK8
Monster
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.75
RollerTiresMK8
Roller
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25
SlimTiresMK8
Slim
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5
SlickTiresMK8
Slick
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
MetalTiresMK8
Metal
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 0 -0.5
ButtonTiresMK8
Button
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25
Off-Road
Off-Road
0
SpongeTiresMK8
Sponge
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5
WoodTiresMK8
Wood
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5
CushionTiresMK8
Cushion
-0.25 +0.25 -0.25 -0.25 +0.5
Blue Standard
Blue Standard
0
HotMonsterTiresMK8
Hot Monster
0 -0.5 +0.5 -0.75 +0.75
AzureRollerTiresMK8
Azure Roller
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25
CrimsonSlimTiresMK8
Crimson Slim
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5
CyberSlickTiresMK8
Cyber Slick
+0.5 -0.25 +0.25 0 -1
Retro Off-Road
Retro Off-Road
0
Gold Tires MK8
Gold Tires
+0.25 -0.5 +0.5 0 -0.5
GLATires-MK8
GLA Tires (DLC)
0
MK8 TriforceTires
Triforce Tires (DLC)
+0.25 -0.25 0 +0.25 -0.5
Leaf Tires MK8
Leaf Tires (DLC)
-0.5 +1 -0.5 +0.25 -0.25
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Gliders

Glider Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
SuperGliderMK8
Super Glider*
0
Cloud Glider
Cloud Glider
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
WarioWingMK8
Wario Wing
0
WaddleWingMK8
Waddle Wing
0
PeachParasolGliderMK8
Peach Parasol*
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
ParachuteGliderMK8
Parachute
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
ParafoilGliderMK8
Parafoil
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
FlowerGliderMK8
Flower Glider
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
BowserKiteMK8
Bowser Kite
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
PlaneGliderMK8
Plane Glider
0
MKTVParafoilGliderMK8
MKTV Parafoil
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
GoldGliderMK8
Gold Glider
0
MK8 HylianKite
Hylian Kite (DLC)
0 +0.25 -0.25 0
PaperGliderIcon-MK8
Paper Glider (DLC)
0
* - Changes color depending on the racer.
Bold denotes the part being available from the start.

Unlocking criteria

Characters

Unlike how previous games have done, characters will unlock at random each time a cup is won. Also, characters that are not yet unlocked appear as CPU characters during races, unlike previous Mario Kart Games.

Vehicle parts

Vehicle parts are unlocked by collecting coins from Grand Prix, VS Mode, Time Trials, and online races. Coins collected by additional players are counted. Coins will count towards the player's coin total only for completed races -- if the player collects coins then quits during a race, the coins from that race will not be added to their coin total.

There are 38 unlockable parts, excluding golden parts. Players can unlock new parts for every 50 coins, but once players have collected 1000 coins, 100 coins are instead needed to unlock new parts. Like in Mario Kart 7, players can see how many coins they've collected by viewing the statistics screen from the main menu (this feature is available for only Ver. 2.0 and further of Mario Kart 8, however).

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150
  • 200
  • 250
  • 300
  • 350
  • 400
  • 450
  • 500
  • 550
  • 600
  • 650
  • 700
  • 750
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 950
  • 1000
  • 1100
  • 1200
  • 1300
  • 1400
  • 1500
  • 1600
  • 1700
  • 1800
  • 1900
  • 2000
  • 2100
  • 2200
  • 2300
  • 2400
  • 2500
  • 2600
  • 2700
  • 2800

Special parts

Special gold parts are unlocked with the following criteria:

  • Gold Standard: Obtain a minimum of one star ranking in all non-DLC cups of every engine class.
  • Gold Tires: Beat the Staff Ghost on all 32 non-DLC courses, Or obtain 15,000 coins.
  • Gold Glider: Obtain 10,000 coins.

Courses

New courses

MK8 MushroomCup MK8 FlowerCup MK8 StarCup MK8 SpecialCup
Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Circuit Sunshine Airport Cloudtop Cruise
Water Park Toad Harbor Dolphin Shoals Bone-Dry Dunes
Sweet Sweet Canyon Twisted Mansion Electrodrome Bowser's Castle
Thwomp Ruins Shy Guy Falls Mount Wario Rainbow Road

Retro courses

MK8 ShellCup MK8 BananaCup MK8 LeafCup MK8 LightningCup
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
Wii Moo Moo Meadows GCN Dry Dry Desert DS Wario Stadium DS Tick-Tock Clock
GBA Mario Circuit SNES Donut Plains 3 GCN Sherbet Land

3DS Piranha Plant Slide

(Piranha Plant Pipeway in PAL versions)

DS Cheep Cheep Beach N64 Royal Raceway

3DS Music Park

(Melody Motorway in PAL versions)

Wii Grumble Volcano
N64 Toad's Turnpike 3DS DK Jungle N64 Yoshi Valley N64 Rainbow Road

Downloadable courses

MK8 EggCup MK8 TriforceCup MK8 CrossingCup MK8 BellCup
Egg Cup Triforce Cup Crossing Cup Bell Cup
GCN Yoshi Circuit Wii Wario's Gold Mine GCN Baby Park

3DS Neo Bowser City


(Koopa City in PAL versions)

Excitebike Arena SNES Rainbow Road GBA Cheese Land GBA Ribbon Road
Dragon Driftway Ice Ice Outpost Wild Woods Super Bell Subway
Mute City Hyrule Circuit Animal Crossing Big Blue

Battle stages

In Mario Kart 8, unique battle stages are not present. The mode is instead played on race courses rather than enclosed arenas. All battle courses are playable from the start; regardless of whether the cup they appear in is or not. The only playable battle mode is Balloon Battle, making this game the first game since Mario Kart: Super Circuit to feature only one battle mode. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, dedicated battle stages will make their return alongside the original battle tracks from Mario Kart 8.

Mario Circuit Toad Harbor Wii Moo Moo Meadows GCN Dry Dry Desert
N64 Toad's Turnpike GCN Sherbet Land SNES Donut Plains 3 N64 Yoshi Valley

Staff Ghosts

For this game's staff ghosts, see Staff Ghosts.

Items

Items found on the track

ItemBoxMK8
Item Box
Item Boxes are found in groups, providing players with a random item based on their place in the race. Lower ranks give more powerful items, and vice versa.
CoinMK8
Coin
Coins give players a slight boost in speed for each that is collected, the max allowed being ten. Coins are found on the track in groups.
MK8Rupee
Rupee
Acts just like a Coin, but they are found only in Hyrule Circuit. They also replace Coins in the item roulette.
Bell MK8
Bell
Acts just like a Coin, but they are found only in Animal Crossing. They also replace Coins in the item roulette.

New items

BoomerangFlowerMK8
Boomerang Flower
The Boomerang Flower allows players to shoot three Boomerangs to attack other racers, having effects similar to those of bananas. They also come back to you, hence the name.
PiranhaPlantPotMK8
Potted Piranha Plant
The Potted Piranha Plant sits in front of a kart and can be used to attack other players similar to how a Super Leaf worked in Mario Kart 7.
SuperHornMK8
Super Horn
The Super Horn can be used to block incoming projectiles, including the elusive Spiny Shell, which could not be blocked in any previous game.
Crazy8MK8
Crazy 8
The Crazy Eight is very similar to the Lucky 7, adding only a coin item to the seven items that circle around the kart. They consist of a Green Shell, a Red Shell, a Banana, a Bob-omb, a Blooper, a Star, a Mushroom, and a Coin. You use the items in the Crazy Eight if the certain item is in front of your kart.

Returning items

BananaMK8
Banana
Bananas can be dropped on the course and will make any racers who run into it spin out.
TripleBananaMK8
Triple Bananas
Three Bananas rotate around the kart instead of staying in a line behind it as in previous games. They can be dropped one by one.
GreenShellMK8
Green Shell
Green Shells can be shot along the track and can bounce on the walls until it hits a racer.
TripleGreenShellsMK8
Triple Green Shells
Similarly to Triple Bananas, three Green Shells rotate around the kart and can be used one by one.
MushroomMarioKart8
Mushroom
Mushrooms give players speed boosts that can be used to cross off-road terrain.
TripleMushroomMK8
Triple Mushrooms
Three Mushrooms can be used one by one, for three speed boosts. Three Mushrooms are given automatically in time trials. They circle around the kart and can be stolen unlike other games.
Bob-ombMK8
Bob-omb
Bob-ombs can be thrown similarly to shells, but cause massive explosions that makes karts completely flip out.
CoinMK8
Coin
In addition to being found on tracks, two coins can be given to players via item boxes.
RedShellMK8
Red Shell
Red Shells act like Green Shells but home in on opponents, and are destroyed if they hit walls.
TripleRedShellsMK8
Triple Red Shells
Just like Triple Green Shells, but with Red Shells instead.
BlooperMK8
Blooper
Bloopers shoot ink on all the players ahead of whoever used it, obstructing vision. While it disappears after a few seconds, it can be removed early with a Mushroom, going underwater or boost pad.
FireFlowerMK8
Fire Flower
Fire Flowers allow players to shoot fireballs for a certain amount of time. The fireballs make players spin out and can be deadly weapons in close races.
StarMK8
Star
Stars allow players to be invincible, travel off-road without losing speed, and run through racers without any impairment at all for a short time.
GoldenMushroomMK8
Golden Mushroom
Golden Mushrooms give players unlimited speed boosts for a few seconds.
LightningBoltMK8
Lightning
Lightning strikes all racers, making them small. The racers in lower positions are first to return to normal, while higher-ranked ones are the last.
SpinyShellMK8
Spiny Shell
Spiny Shells travel on the ground in pursuit of the racer in the first place, able to knock out any racers in its path. It can only be blocked with the Super Horn or avoided by using a Mushroom at the precise time.
BulletBillMK8
Bullet Bill
The Bullet Bill allows racers to become a giant Bullet Bill, giving them effects similar to that of a Star, but they cannot control themselves. Rather, they are automatically steered at fast speeds for a few seconds.
Cape Feather
Cape Feather
The Cape Feather is used to hop roughly double the height the drivers are normally able to, as well as cause them to spin when they do jump. This would be useful for jumping over barriers, as a quick and easy shortcut and as well as for jumping over enemy projectiles. However, it might cause players to accidentally land out of bounds.
Doublebox
Double Item Box
The Double Item Box, let's the players get another item while dragging the previous item behind, and items will appear in the players' hand, like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Stamps

For this game's stamps, see Stamps.

In Mario Kart 8, players can obtain stamps that can be used in Miiverse posts. There are 100 stamps in the game: 28 are available from the start, while another 62 stamps can be obtained by winning a Grand Prix with every non-DLC character and beating the Staff Ghost on each non-DLC course in Time Trials.

In addition, ten more stamps were added with the version 4.0 update. However, beating a Staff Ghost on a DLC course or using a DLC character to complete a Grand Prix will not unlock a stamp.

amiibo

Amiibo-mariokart8
Mk8-amiibo2
Mii outfits along with their amiibo character.

As of the version 3.0 update, Mario Kart 8 includes compatibility with amiibo. By using certain amiibos, players can unlock one of ten costumes for use by Miis based upon the amiibo character.

The amiibo was originally compatible for Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Link, Toon Link, Kirby, Captain Falcon, Samus, and Fox. Nine more suits were later added with the version 4.0 update, which can be unlocked by using Mega Man, Sonic, Villager, Pac-Man, Toad, Wario, Olimar, Rosalina, and Bowser.

Downloadable Content

As of the version 2.0 update, the game includes an in-game shop feature through which players can purchase and pre-order downloadable content. Alternatively, players can purchase content through the Nintendo eShop like normal.

Nintendo has released free kart parts as part of a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Six characters were also confirmed to be downloadable, including three from other series. These characters would come in forms of 2 themed DLC Packs containing a total of eight vehicles (with seperate vehicle parts) and four cups consisting of four tracks each.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, all of the DLC content will come pre-loaded from the start free of charge.

Mercedez-Benz × Mario Kart 8

MK8-Mercedez-Benz

Vehicle Parts:


Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8

Characters:

Vehicle Parts:

MK8-DLC-Pack-1-Chart

Tracks:

Egg Cup

Triforce Cup


Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8

Characters:

Vehicle Parts:

MK8-DLC-Pack-2-Chart

Tracks:

Crossing Cup

Bell Cup

It was also confirmed that 8 other colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy would be included as well to include immediately. The colors are, red (not for Shy Guy), orange, yellow, green (not for Yoshi), light blue, blue, purple, black, white and pink.

Development

Development started in 2012. It was announced in the Wii U Nintendo Direct on January 23, 2013. Nintendo presented more information at E3 2013. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was hinted at in the debut trailer for the Nintendo Switch, and the official trailer for the game was later revealed on Nintendo's Youtube channel following the official Switch presentation on January 13, 2017.

Updates

Version 2.0

640px-Mk8-update-map

The map display on the TV screen.

On the same day as the release of the Mercedes Benz x Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack, an update for the game was also released in which the game adds an option to display the map on the TV screen by pressing Minus Button on the GamePad, and a records section, which shows how many coins have been collected, online wins and losses, and other statistics. The update also saves the players' last used vehicle combo (excluding DLC vehicle parts), lets them edit other players' highlight reels, and improves online stability.

Additionally, the maximum online race and battle ratings have increased from "9999" to "99999". The rating system has also been altered in that the amount of points that the players win or lose after an online race or battle is more drastic if there's a large rating difference between participating players. In tournaments without race or battle limits, players can now have more than 1024 points during a tournament period; without the update, players with at least 1024 points have their score reset to zero for the next race/battle. Players must download the update in order to continue playing online.

The update also swaps the 'Next Race/Round/View Results' and 'View Highlight Reel' buttons in offline mode, and adds a Shop button on the main menu, where players can download the Mercedes DLC, and pre-order Add-On Content. The character icons on the map HUD are also altered.

Version 3.0

On November 13, 2014, the update to version 3.0 was made available. The update includes compatibility with amiibo figures and enables the first downloadable content pack for those who purchased it. The update also allows the game to save any last used vehicle combo that uses any of the DLC vehicle parts or characters. Also, when a light racer bumps into a heavier one, it will be pushed less far away.

In terms of online, the race and battle rating system has been modified to be less punishing to players who did poorly in a race or battle. Additionally, players can now set up tournaments that have cup limitations. The update is required to continue playing online, but players cannot play in rooms or tournaments that include the downloadable tracks until they have purchased them. Players that have not purchased the add-on packs can still encounter the included characters and vehicles online, but cannot select them.

Version 4.0

Engine Classes (Mario Kart 8)

The addition of the 200cc mode in Version 4.0.

It was released on April 23, 2015, the same day as the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack. In addition to the downloadable content and some bug fixes, the update adds nine additional amiibo racing suits and compatible figures, and adds a "200cc" engine class. Ten new Miiverse stamps have also been added. The update also allows players to enable the on-screen map using any controller, rather than just the GamePad.

In online mode, players who left a race/battle will not have their race/battle rating visible for other racers to see after a race/battle. The race rating and battle rating system remains the same as in the 3.0 update. Lastly, additional tournament settings have been added to support 200cc and the two cups in the second DLC pack.

Version 4.1

It was released on May 1, 2015. In addition to general gameplay adjustments and bug fixes, the update adds the Mirror and 200cc engine classes to Grand Prix mode by default, without having to unlock them.

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Reception

Mario Kart 8 has received mostly favorable reviews, and has been lauded as one of the best games in the series to date. General praise has been given to the game's graphics, the tracks, the music, and the overall gameplay. The addition of anti-gravity has also been praised, as has the online mode.

The roster, however, notably the amount of baby and metal characters, and the lack of previous racer veterans, has received some criticism. The battle mode, however, has a universal negative reaction among reviewers, with most of reviewers preferring the traditional battle modes that previous Mario Kart games did rather than this iteration.

Mario Kart 8 won two awards at "The Game Awards 2014", being the "Best Family Game" and the "Best Sports/Racing Game".

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Kart 8.

Soundtrack

Main Article: Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack

Trivia

  • In the E3 demo, Donkey Kong's standard bike color was brown, but in the final build it was yellow. 
  • On the koopalings artwork, Morton's ATV color was black when in the final version it was green. The artwork is still used in the actual game though.
  • When you're in first place, a beat has been added to the music. This also happens in Mario Kart 7. This beat is called 'frontrunning'.
  • At the startup screen of Mario Kart 8, engine sounds can heard. This originated in Mario Kart 64's start up screen.
  • At the course selection screen, the courses can also be recognized by pictures on top of the name. This is a possible reference to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as in that game there are pictures of the character it is based on (if any), a little background, and the name. These pictures are used as recognition of the tracks in online mode and names are not included underneath in online mode.
  • This is the first game to not have an Award Ceremony after a Grand Prix.
  • This is only the fourth game to feature only one battle mode; Balloon Battle, as well as the first since Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
  • This is the first game in the series to support Downloadable Content, a Cup where retro tracks meet up with new ones, game crossover, and Rainbow Road does not appear as final track in Cup.
  • This is the first game to have three Rainbow Road tracks.
  • This is the first game to not have a Bowser's Castle track return as a retro course; not even in the DLC.
  • This is the first game to have 200cc as an extra engine class, which can be bought in the second DLC pack.
  • The course maps in this game show all the shortcuts on them, if any in the course. This means that there are no shortcuts that are truly "hidden" in this game.


Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario KartMario Kart 64Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mario Kart DSMario Kart WiiMario Kart 7Mario Kart 8
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GPMario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

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