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Mario Kart 8 Wii U

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Brand
Nintendo
Model
045496903367
Name
Mario Kart 8
ESRB Rating
E - Everyone
Genre
Racing
Platform
Nintendo Wii U

Features

Features
Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that's not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you'll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends' using the all-new Mario Kart TV.* Returning features include 12-player online play*, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser's seven minions, the Koopalings!

*Wireless broadband Internet access required for online play.

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  • Cale H.
  • 11/11/2014 6:13:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPassable

Pros: Online races.

Playing Mario Kart with friends (locally).

Cons: It's the same game that's been released with each console, but with slightly better graphics and new drivers/tracks. The "zero gravity" feature that was supposed to turn this game upside down (no pun intended) is negligible, and hardly even noticeable when racing.

Grand Prix is hardly an enjoyable experience, considering the AI goes out of it's way to do everything it can to make you not win. A handful of characters are selected to be the guaranteed leaders each circuit (which makes perfect sense), but even while in second place they will get the best items to quickly close any gaps you manage to establish. Where's the fun in having a 20 minute cup thrown away by giving pre-destined winners items normally reserved for those at the back of the pack?

Battle mode is just bad now. Instead of dedicated battle tracks, you battle on circuit tracks. A good portion of a 5-minute game is spent driving in circles looking for someone to throw a shell at and hoping it hits it mark.

Finally, the variety of items in the game is completely underwhelming. Most of your races will be spent gathering single green shells, single bananas, coins, or the occasional red shell. For a game where the gameplay is completely based on the items, this is simultaneously confusing, disappointing, and frustrating to me.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's still Mario Kart - which is good and bad. The year-to-year formula for this series is getting painfully bland. That said, it's still a blast to play with others - especially locally with friends or family.

If you plan on getting this for a single-player experience, save your money. Overall, the game is mediocre and saved merely by it's nostalgic effects.

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  • CARL K.
  • 10/10/2014 12:30:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWords Can't Describe But ... .. .

Pros: Easy to set up. Great graphics. Mario Cart 8 is awesome. Love online games/

Cons: Make sure to keep controller charged when not using. Limited battery life.

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  • Manuel M.
  • 7/21/2014 4:01:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSaid it was for the kids (wink, wink)

Pros: Great family fun!

Cons: None

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  • huan l.
  • 5/31/2014 11:58:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing game

Pros: Mario Kart in HD

Cons: The fact that you cannot display a map on the tv

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  • david g.
  • 5/27/2014 10:59:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cant wait till i get it 1st time in hd

Cons: n/a

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