Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will feature expanded item customization

All bananas? No bananas? The choice is yours for upcoming Wii U racing game.

Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will expand upon the item customization feature from 2011 3DS game Mario Kart 7, according to game director Kosuke Yabuki.

"There was some item customisation in Mario Kart 7, so that you could choose to have a mushroom-only race or a shell-only race. We will have that plus a little more in Mario Kart 8," Yabuki said in a roundtable interview attended by GameSpot.

Yabuki didn't say if players will be able to eliminate potentially frustrating items like the iconic Blue Shell, but made it clear that Mario Kart 8 aims to take item customization to the next level.

"I think we're going to be able to answer that feeling of wanting to change those items--so I don't want to have items? Well, OK, no items," he said. "Or I only want to have bananas. Well, OK, just bananas. I think we're going to be able to provide a system that answers that desire this time around."

Nintendo today lifted the lid on many of Mario Kart 8's features, revealing the racing game will have 32 courses (including two Rainbow Roads), 12-player online multiplayer, and impressive visuals thanks to the power of the Wii U. For more on Mario Kart 8, which launches May 30, be sure to read GameSpot's new hands-on preview.

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DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

I don't mind the blue shell so much, as it's a keystone in the nail-bitingly tense racing that has made Mario Kart so much fun and insane.

I will say that I hope you can be rid of the motorcycles - I didn't care for those at all. 

I would love it if you could implement a dual-racer configuration like in Double Dash.

jon_bone
jon_bone

Good bye blue shell, you won't be missed.

translucent17
translucent17

How many times have you been in first place, on the edge of your seat, the checkered flag in sight, and then the fu$&ing red shell of doom comes and blows you out of the water...... Then you don't even end up finishing 2nd or 3rd but like 6th place! AGGGRRRRRRRRHHHHH

19James89
19James89

I'm so pumped for this game.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I hope we can ban the blue shell, but if not ill still love you Nintendo.

seriousdave
seriousdave

I don't care about all the other item customizations, just let us be able to throw out the goddamn blue shell out of all modes.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Am I the only one who loses a slice of time to a white hot flash of burning fury every time someone says they're "Taking it to the next level"?


Yeah?...ugh, back to therapy I go.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Probably won't go too far. Nintendo doesn't like too many customizations in their games, you'll be forced to play the way they think you should. ie.: Zelda and Mario games NEVER had a controller/button customization option. The best thing I saw was "invert look mode" and that's all, you can't even tell which axis you want to invert and which one you want to keep by default. Item customization probably will be restricted to multiplayer matches with the stupid only banananas/only shells/only mushrooms. Blue Shells will stay, and single player matches will remain untouched. Good luck trying to beat 150cc mirror cups with lots of blue shells tracking your ass.

Link3301
Link3301

No items, yoshi only, luigi circuit.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If you can't disable the blue shell then this is worthless.

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

I'm even thinking about buying a wii u if this game turns out to be bad ass

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Yes! Been wanting to customize items like how can you do it in Smash. Does that mean we can ban blue shells? 

catsimboy
catsimboy

NO ITEMS! FOX ONLY! FINAL DESTINATION!

Micropixel
Micropixel

Can we have "Snaking" from the Mario Kart DS version back? You know, something that requires actual SKILL?
 This was how we countered cheap item-barrages and consecutive blue shells in Mario Kart DS (and it worked out pretty good).

Grieverr
Grieverr

A track editor would be nice, especially with the gamepad. Any news on that?

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Cool. Having more customization and more settings is always a good thing.

raydawg2000
raydawg2000

I can't believe I'm saying this but...In Eddie's defence *shudders*... IGN is just as bad if not worse.  they are spammed with MK articles just highlighting a different feature.  I just refreshed and found 8 articles on the initial list.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Nintendo must be paying Eddie really good for posting all these MK8 articles today. One day Eddie, were going to ask GS to give you your own space and it shall say, Eddie's gaming news.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Does Eddie even know how to write actual articles with all the facts in them?

Instead of this bullshit format of extended tweets just to get the site more clicks by spreading everything around, lol.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

Eddie, can you please do us a favor?  When you get a barrage of news bits multiple times in one day, how about just combining them all into ONE FUCKING ARTICLE?  I swear, I'm getting violent flashbacks of last month's Titanfall spam-train.  Seriously, this is getting stupid.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@GH05T-666  
I don't mind it when I'm playing with a bunch of friends since it gives them a chance (I've yet to encounter a single player personally aside from my older brother who can truly challenge me in MarioKart), but yeah, online that shell is irritating, or when trying to achieve triple star rank which I never did in MarioKart Wii (double star) but managed to achieve in MarioKart 7.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

@rushiosan I guess you never set up a match of smash bros and saw how many options there are.  Try harder.  I swear Nintendo-dissing trolls are the dumbest breed of human.

hystavito
hystavito

@rushiosan  Yeah Nintendo are so uptight about letting go of a little control :).

rushiosan
rushiosan

@Thanatos2k  Specially in higher difficulties from single player mode (where the computer is able to successfully hit ANY item), you'll be screwed. I've faced the blue shell + regular shell + thunderbolt countless times. That's max level frustration.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@catsimboy  

Lol, we tease players like that. While I do prefer no items and Final Destination (to lower the luck factor), I was never skilled enough in Melee to play with Fox or Falco :P 

rushiosan
rushiosan

@Micropixel  They don't want skill in Mario Kart games, they want everyone to compete, both newbies and veterans, with same chances of winning. Yeah, that's pretty stupid but okay.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Micropixel Snaking was the worst thing ever.  People would snake on straightaways.  That's idiotic.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@EasyComeEasyGo I'm convinced his salary is dependent on page views/clicks. I've lost count at the times he has turned a single interview from a different website into 3 articles for this website.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Xirtahm  At least these are real news about real games,not publicity stuns for a over-marketed dudebro turd published by EA.

translucent17
translucent17

All red shells+eating a Bowl of glass=screaming guitar solos an octopus doing dumbbell curls epic fireworks and pure pandemonium

sanchango
sanchango

@rushiosan @Thanatos2k  I'm pretty sure these options will be for multiplayer stuff and not single player, that would make the single player way too easy.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

@abHS4L88 @catsimboy luck factor??? if players in SSB are so "SKILLED" they can dodge just about anything. Most SSB players who play in tourneys are just idiots who don't like losing at a children's game.

Micropixel
Micropixel

@Celsius765 @Micropixel Anyone could learn it. But it was quite hard.
 This was how you knew who could actually race and who relied on items to win.
 And besides, I think the item system is far more abused and dreadfully unbalanced.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

@gameroutlawzz Still, this is a game news site, not Twitter.  Combine the news into a single article.  Don't scatter them about across 8 different stories.  It's tedious and messy.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Fair enough I guess. But still, Eddie could do better then this.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Someguy1212

Dafuq? Yeah, really skilled players can dodge just about "anything" but at the same time, they're against other skilled players, who've mastered the timing, range, recovery of the moves. Then again, you're calling Smash Brothers a children's game, just shows what an ignorant moron you are.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@chipwithdip

Yeah, it was impossible to snake with inward drifitng bikes, but the large karts with poor drifting (noticed that the worse their drift boost, the shorter the time it takes to achieve it while drifting) snaking was possible without crashing into others, and even if you did, they were some of the heaviest karts in the game. Of course, snaking in MarioKart Wii was far more limited and less practical than in MarioKart DS and Double Dash. 

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@Micropixel @abHS4L88  Um...no. Inward drifting bikes can't snake because they'll slam into the wall, and carts will slam into the bikes while trying to snake. It also lowers the significance of the acceleration stat if you can just force mini-turbos over and over.

I used to snake rather well when it was a thing, but I honestly think the game's more balanced without snaking. Carts that work with acceleration get their speed back faster when they get hit, and those with high speed and low accel have to be careful and keep weapons on them so they don't get hit.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Micropixel

Well like the article stated, you can eliminate the really cheap items like blue shells, while maintaining the ones that rely more on skill to use. 


I think with the item customization, that alone will allow the game to appeal to a wider range of skill levels since more skilled racers will favor less or no items (that's how my sister and I played) while beginners or less skilled players will undoubtedly favor items.


I like how the items work in MarioKart since it gives the disadvantageous racers a fair shot. In Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (love that game, amazing kart racer), you have to be pretty freaking skilled in order to get a perfect score in Grand Prix and the items don't do much in helping those in lower places except for the "All Star" power up.

Micropixel
Micropixel

@abHS4L88 @Micropixel Yeah but I don't want items to completely go away, you know? I just want a healthy balance between racing skill, and items/power ups. It's kind of a tall order, I know, lol.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Micropixel  

Now items can be customized so that problem should be fixed. I was able to snake in MarioKart Wii but only with the karts that had terrible drifting.