Return to the old-school racing game that started on the SNES! With this Mario Kart being the first in HD and with the customable kart design, Mario racing fans with a gravity-defining blast!
As said earlier, this is the first HD Mario Kart game, and it shows. The colors and reflections of the character and the courses is truly beautiful. Every course looks amazing, from the dry and dusty desert to the haunted manor. The sound track for the course are good and there are many characters, but I do wish there were more. The big thing is that you can race as all of the Koopalings, and the custom kart from MK7 returns. It’s the usual 8 cups with 4 races each with 4 modes. (50cc,100cc,150cc,mirror) Many of the tracks are re-mastered from older systems, such as Tick-Tock Clock (DS) or the N64’s Rainbow Road. But the new graphics and antigravity gimmick make these old courses feel new. So overall, it is the same Mario Kart, but with new tracks, characters, and AMAZING graphics.
The gameplay is the same as any other Mario Kart; race to first by using any shortcut or item needed. One big difference is that you can now only carry one item, instead of holding an item from behind and getting another, but this does even the odds out more. The bikes and carts are a little more evened out unlike the broken bikes in MKWii. New items such as the fire flower, boomerang, and beloved sound horn-block. (which can stop a blue shell) Speaking of blue shells, I noticed that they are harder to get in this one, and the starman item seems not as long as it was in the other games. Anti-gravity is the gimmick of this game, so expect some wild courses in this game. A hint is to hit other racers with in anti-gravity mode for a speed boost. Some courses to highlight though are Toad’s Turnpike, N64 Rainbow Road, Toad Harbor, and Electro-Dome. Overall, the gameplay mechanics are the same as every other Mario Kart.
Therefore, Mario Kart 8 is one of the Wii U’s biggest games so far. With a good online system, races worldwide run smoothly. I would recommend this as a very fun family-party game with a rating of 8/10.