July 01, 2014
Nintendo has done it again with the entertaining kart-racing game “Mario Kart 8.” The eighth main installment in the series and 11th overall in the franchise, “Mario Kart 8” sold 1.2 million copies within the first four days of release and 2 million copies in the first month, according to Nintendo.
Like the previous installments, “Mario Kart 8” continues with the same enjoyable gameplay that allows players to choose characters from the Mario universe to compete in go-kart racing. While racing, players can attempt to hinder their opponents or improve their performance using items found inside boxes that are thrown across the race course. In addition to go-karts, there are motorbikes with which to compete in a 12-player competition. Some updated features found in “Mario Kart 8” include antigravity racing, new characters and new items inside the boxes. The game also supports online multiplayer mode with friends or strangers, both regionally and worldwide.
With 16 new additions to the tracks, “Mario Kart 8” is cool and exhilarating to play. The new art style suits the game very well and has very good visuals for next-generation consoles, even outside of the Wii U. There are tons of unlockables, including characters, vehicle customizations and more. Also new to the game is Mario Kart TV, which allows the player to record, edit and save highlights to share online or upload to YouTube.
The biggest letdown with “Mario Kart 8” is Nintendo’s failure to bring back the highly popular battle track mode in which players could battle in an item fight instead of racing. Hopefully, Nintendo will decide to bring it back in a future DLC update. Outside of this, the game seems to be a strong hallmark of excellence.
With stunning visuals and excellent track design, Nintendo has another massive hit that will keep gamers entertained for hours with “Mario Kart 8.” Adding new features to an already solid video game, the newest title in the “Mario Kart” series is a great, family friendly game that will deliver many hours of amusement.