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Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Wii U Review

Posted by Unknown Monday, June 2, 2014
Super Mario Kart 8 Wii U PosterHi there fellow readers, yes I know I'm writing another review; there must be something wrong with me! But I have to write about Mario Kart 8 (MK8); it was on my list of "Top 5 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2014." (If you haven't read it yet, what's the matter with you? Go check it out! [5 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2014])

Let's start this review with the new stuff, shall we? The new gimmick for MK8 is antigravity. I really like this new gimmick; it feels fresh yet feels as though it's been in the series forever. What I like about this new system isn't the fact you can drive up walls (which is pretty cool), but that when you crash into another driver you get a speed boost, which is always helpful. The transition from kart to antigravity doesn't slow you down, which was my main concern when they announced this feature.

Boomerang Mario Kart Crazy 8 Super Horn MK8 Piranha Plant

The new items are pretty bland, if you ask me; they include the Boomerang, the Piranha Plant, the Super Horn, and Crazy Eight. The only item I like is the Piranha Plant because it gives you a mini speed boost and also eats up other drivers and items on the track. My least favorite item is the Super Horn. It destroys the dreaded blue shell, but whenever I receive this item I always end up getting hit by lightning, which makes you lose your item.

The track design is awesome; fair play Nintendo, you have done it again. Whether you're driving under the sea or into the sky on a giant bean stalk, the detail in these tracks is by far the best I've seen in any kart game to date. I am hoping to see some DLC for more tracks from my past, to see what has been updated; fingers crossed on the SNES Rainbow Road to make an appearance, as that is my favorite track of all time.

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Don't get me wrong, this game has faults; it's not perfect. There are small pet peeves, such as too many Koopa Kids and Mario Babies taking up most the roster. I also lost count of how many red shells hit me during a Grand Prix. All I seem to get hit by is red shells, and occasionally a blue shell. Third, the hard copy of the game crashes on me when I am waiting for the next track to load. However, here is my biggest issue with the game: Why does the player using the tablet controller have to go into split screen mode with player 2, when player 1 could use the tablet and player two can have the telly to him- or herself? </end rant>

For my closing statement I have to say that this game is a pure joy; I have spent most of my weekend trying to outrace my family and friends, and I am glad I put this game 2nd on my top five list. At the moment, it's my number one game of the year so far, and I give MK8 a 4 out of 5.

Don't forget to tell me what your favorite Mario Kart game is in the comments below!

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