Mario Kart 8 coming to Wii U in spring 2014

New kart racer coming to Wii U with 3D courses, motorcycles, underwater racing, online multiplayer, and Miiverse early next year.

Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U will launch during spring 2014, Nintendo announced today.

The game features 3D courses, motorcycles, underwater racing, online multiplayer, and Miiverse support.

A number of characters were shown in a debut trailer for the game, including franchise mainstays like Mario, Yoshi, Peach, and Toad.

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megafitch
megafitch

I can't wait to play this game! there isn't another racing game of its kind which comes close!! Sonic and All-Stars was pretty fun, but something just lacked for me.....

DramacydalN3D
DramacydalN3D

I guess I'll have to buy a Wii U before this comes out...Q2 2014... I wonder how much they'll cost by then.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

If you're a racing game guy like me, you know that kart racers need good level design and balanced, non-infuriating (but still fun and useful) items. With anti-gravity implemented LIKE THIS...I feel like the former can be taken care of easily.


My next question is if (and how) they can put anti-gravity segments in classic tracks.

aluuuco
aluuuco

to be honest it looks more interesting than the super mario game.. i enjoy tracks that look somewhat realstic idk why they make courses like made out of candy and ice cream.. i dont think the snes version had nething like that. n64s had chocolate mountain but even that just looked like dirt. ever since the awful gamecube version of the game ive been questioning the art style of m kart.. some of those levels look pretty fun tho. i saw coins, i hope they incorporate them into the gameplay somehow like the more coins u pick up the faster u go or somethin..

DarthLod
DarthLod

I am setting here laughing at how pathetic Nintendo is. ALL the games announced are the SAME franchises over and over. It's beyond pathetic. They really need to just quit while they have SOME dignity left.

robertico7
robertico7

looks like its only pokemon y for me this year. nothing more nothing else

theKSMM
theKSMM

I can imagine that online multiplayer will make this game a lot more fun than it is with local-only play and give it a lot more replay value.  Having said that, I can't imagine playing every version of this franchise without getting burned out...getting every other or every third version might make sense to me.  For those of us who aren't burned out though, this could be a good purchase.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why they made an official installment on a handheld, I do not know... 

Hardstyler2012
Hardstyler2012

hahahahaha forgot about this appalling console, just let it die!!!

leandrro
leandrro

they look good, they look as good as past gen games, like in a 2005's hardware

eoyarvide
eoyarvide

almost all games looks like a normal wii so disappointing im selling my wii u now

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

LOL, that trailer music sounds like it came out of a 70s asian adult flick.

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

Doesn't look as innovative as Soinc All Stars Transformed.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

All, I want from Nintendo is a new F-Zero game, you're killing me here.

anab0lic
anab0lic

looked great in the trailer, love the anti gravity thing seemed like fun...

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

God damnit 2014?  Nes supporters still getting the shaft.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Yawns, I'll buy this for my 5 year old

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

i want it this year!! :(

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

A lot of the games that would make me want to get a Wii U are coming out next year... Looks like it's going to be another slow'ish 2013 then

EDIT: Didn't realise Super Mario 3D World was Wii U game until I clicked on it.. This comment is officially pointless

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

Everyone has been talking about how they will wait for a new Mario 3D, Mario Kart, and a new Super Smash Bros. to be announced before they will buy a Wii-U.

Well, they gave everyone what they wanted and now everyone is still complaining.

juboner
juboner

ugh no thankyou kart racing takes place on land not underwater

HYPERROY
HYPERROY

Well big N need to come out with something more creative please.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

Should have just called it Mario Kart 7.5

DramacydalN3D
DramacydalN3D

Looks more like Mario Kart Infinity to me...

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

"he game features 3D courses, motorcycles, underwater racing, online multiplayer, and Miiverse support." 

well... it is what it is... 

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

I know it's "cool" to hate on Nintendo and everything,  but that Mario Kart 8 trailer was tight.

Adapttttttt
Adapttttttt

Not going to lie i'll never get tired of Mario Kart

iMichael123S
iMichael123S

Every generation of Nintendo consoles I have purchased (including handhelds) with the release of the Mario Kart title. This time around I won't! Why would I disregard my favourite Nintendo franchise? It's because they are moving too much away from actual kart racing and throwing just about every gimmick under the sun in MK7 and now it appears MK8 will follow.. This was my last hope of a Wii U purchase..Bring on the partnership with between exclusive Nintendo and Sony in the future. Mario on PS4! Sweet! ;) 2015 this will be official!

Halloll
Halloll

Com on Nintendo, it's time to give Waluigi his own game, get Camelot working on it.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@DarthLod I'm sitting here laughing at two things:

1) You can't spell "sitting".

2) You don't realize just how dumb your "argument" is.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@DarthLod You may have to laugh a bit louder. I don't think they can hear you behind 3 decades of success and all their giant piles of money.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

And they make money and more money so what's the problem??if don't don't like it don't buy it that's it..

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@Nintendo_Man All I could think of while watching this was how similar it looks to MK7. I don't want MK7.5, I want MK8. Why not some sort of Double Dash style game? Wii U has a controller with a screen built into it, which would be perfect for some co-op racing.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@Slim_Lyrics People just hate on Nintendo because they are the New York Yankees of the video game industry.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@iMichael123S So, you want Mario Kart to NOT innovate so that people would be right in saying that Nintendo...doesn't innovate? Then you have the audacity to say that Nintendo should lend out Mario to SONY?

Get out. Guys like you aren't Nintendo fans in the slightest. You don't even know how it works.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@iMichael123S 

I fail to see how creating more variety and depth in kart racing is a gimmick. Also you seriously think Mario on the PS4 will be a great thing? Nintendo being a 3rd party in general will destroy the company. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Mr_Big_Boss You have a point since their non-spoken rule seems to be one racing game per system. 

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@starcrafthenry @Nintendo_Man Then it'd be Mario Kart Double Dash 2, but you want Mario Kart 8. The game has anti-gravity segments. You guys are seriously trying hard to disappoint yourselves...

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@chipwithdip I can see your point. However, I'm not actively trying to disappoint myself. I did watch a video earlier with a couple of Gamespot guys in it, and when asked which game he would choose to play at E3 again, he said MK8. So, I'll wait and see.