Blue Shell's Tyranny Ends in Mario Kart 8

Fear not the blue shell.

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Mario Kart 8’s May 30 release date is just a few weeks away, and as we near the finish line for this upcoming racer, Nintendo has been kind enough to drop a few new details about what’s coming to this long-running series. What excites me the most is the Super Horn, a new item that can destroy incoming items--including the dreaded blue shells--by emitting a powerful shock wave around your vehicle. This is a rare, single-use item and is one of two new items announced for the game. The other is an upgraded version of Lucky 7, aptly named Crazy 8, which adds a coin to the item rotation. Nintendo also announced two new characters for Mario Kart 8: Baby Rosalina--you knew that was coming--and Pink Gold Peach, the Princess Peach equivalent to Metal Mario.

When you're not on the racetrack, you can use the game's tournament mode to create public or private online matches that can be set to automatically re-create themselves on a regular basis--such as every Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. You can also share replays with your friends. The game will automatically save your last 12 races; you can post them in full to the Miiverse or generate a highlights reel that can be posted to either the Miiverse or directly to YouTube.

Wario knows how to put the Super Horn to good use.
Wario knows how to put the Super Horn to good use.

Last but not least, Nintendo also announced that if you register Mario Kart 8 with Club Nintendo before July 31, you will be able to choose a free download code for either Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii Party U, or The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD to add to your collection. If you want an early peek at Mario Kart 8--including some of the new courses--be sure to check out the videos below.

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This are the games I really need for my wii u :


Mario Kart

Super Smash

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Hyrule Warriors

Bayonetta 2

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The games that I own and are worth buying :


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The Wonderful 101

Pikmin 3

Monster Hunter 3 ultimate


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if you have good suggestions thx for telling me

and I don't really like super mario u and zombie u

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Out of curiosity have you tried NSBU yet? I hate the New Super Mario Bros. series...but I really enjoyed the Wii U version.


Still, I highly recommend you check out Super Mario 3D World, NintendoLand, Sonic Lost World, Edge, Mighty Switch Force, Nano Assault Neo, NES Remix 1 AND 2, Rayman Legends and Wii Sports Club (just going through my library and adding to what's not already on your list).


I never got a chance to pick up Wonderful 101...how is it?

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@Bowser05 @dadlm yes I tried it but didnt really like it, i'm not a huge fan of mario to be honest and thx for the recommendation.


Wonderful 101 is good, pretty good story, it's orginal, good concept, the game isnt easy which I like but lack of explanation, poor control sometimes like when i'm trying to draw a weapon I want to use it's really hard to get it...


I'm not really good to give the good and bad point about some games lol but it's really fun to play

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> but I'm telling you sometimes you will want to throw the controller haha

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Fair enough (about Mario).


And if it's fun to play that's all that matters. It looks awesome I just forgot to buy it at launch and kept skipping over it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> said who?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Bayonetta is the best action game ever made gameplay wise. Not even up for debate on a pure technical level. Everything else about it though will vary from each individual.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Difference of opinion. I thought it was very fun and fresh.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep. Same with Pikmin and Wonderful 101.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wonderful 101 is awesome. Pikmin has always been overrated by the Nintendo fanbase. It's the weakest Nintendo IP by far.

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@parabol69 @Metallicwolf29 well we all have different tastes

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Mario Kart and Super Smash may finally push me over the edge... just like the damn Wii. I keep telling myself no but that's like meeting my inner child and slapping him in the face. Gotta retire the gamecube controllers though...

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battle mode on normal courses and a checkpoint type course instead of a standard lap course, this is going to be fun.

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You know, this would get more sales if people wanted the Wii U

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Don't worry, Wii U will get more sales because people wants this.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You Wii U haters sound like broken records.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Just like you sheep that are in denial.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The only sheep in denial are those that think that Sony and MS didn't give them half-assed, incomplete consoles.


There's major updates every month for X1 and PS4. While they try to act like they're putting "new" features, they're just putting in stuff they couldn't include at launch

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Listen here pal there's going to be millions of gamers across the World that are happy this game is out and many of them probably haven't purchased Wii U yet and will more than likely pre-order that glorious MK8 bundle.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> We're sheep because we choose to buy something we enjoy? This nonsense really needs to stop. I own the Wii U, 360, PS3, 3DS, X1, PSP and PC. Do I want to get the PS4 and Vita? NO. Is it because I think the systems suck? HECK NO (I think they are phenomenal).


It's because I don't find the library on either system interesting. Why can't you haters be content with what you have and be content with other people's choice to be happy with their own decisions. Our tastes not agreeing with yours does not mean you have to act like we're making wrong choices or we're in 'denial'. What's there to be in denial over?

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That blue shell was a bitch


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well crap I already own those would be free games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If you don't have any of them digitally then do that and sell the disc. That's what I'm doing. Getting Wind Waker digital and getting rid of my disc.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Or do the opposite. Get the code for something you already have and sell the code online. People do it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Is Wii Party U any good, or just shovelware?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It has it's moments. It could be better IMO. Good for when you have friends over and wanna play drinking games.

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Where is bowser jr????!?!?!!?!?

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Lol, for a second, I thought it said "tranny"! XD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> CBS interactive want do that to there employees.

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Hey look! A game that tries to be fun like real video games should, and not a generic interactive movie for casuals.

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Lmfao you think these games aren't the ones made for casuals and children? Wowfail.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think what he means is that it's meant for the type of person who doesn't like to play games...which is true. A lot of these 'games' these days lack the CHARM of gaming. Granted Nintendo games ARE generally meant for a wider audience and are meant to be more accessible...but I will tell you right now...I get way more fun out of those than I do most of these other 'mainstream' games these days.


<< LINK REMOVED >> To be fair...some of those 'generic interactive movie for casuals' are actually very well done.

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Just make it a toggle-able option for Christ-sakes. Make everyone happy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> "Toggle" not "toggle-able" That is not a word.

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Wow... Sunshine airport looks sick.. Can't wait to get my hands on this game... And I'll probably get Pikmin 3 as a bonus!

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Cannot wait for this game. The video has been tantalizing. Also, I'm glad for the new defensive item. The blue shell is one of the most infuriating power ups in existence. It's one thing when you're using it on somebody who's lapped you. There's very little chance of catching up and lapping is kind of the Mario Kart equivalent of teabagging. When you use it in a reasonably well-matched race, though...bleh. So many lost friendships.

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@PyreofKoL Every time I play Luigi's Raceway in MK 64 with friends I always sit there jumping under the hot air balloon firing blue shell after blue shell after blue shell through the entire race.


I guess I'm a sadist cuz it's hilarious for me.

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Looks awesome but not enough to make me buy a Wii U.

Maybe Double Dash 2...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What? Seriously? This looks way better than Double Dash, dude....

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> While this game looks really good...Double Dash was the pinnacle of Mario Kart for me as well. Personally, I feel like it's been downhill since (with Mario Kart 8 being the exception...I thought that was pretty well done).

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I actually meant Mario Kart 7 being an exception...just in case nobody caught that mistake XD.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Yeah, I've got to agree; Double Dash was undoubtedly Mario Kart's zenith.

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So now there will be two good games on Wii U. Release about 15 more and I will buy one.

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Mario Kart U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Zombie U

X

Fatal Frame

New Super Mario Bros. U

Super Mario 3D World

Bayonetta 2

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Hyrule Warriors

The Wonderful 101

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Ok, you beat me, don't remember any other good EXCLUSIVE right now! Fill the gap with some great multiplatform and you're done.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You left Pikmin 3 and LEGO City Undercover out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The fanboys tend to be very close-minded and blind. I wouldn't waste your time. I've already done enough of that...no need for you to join my club.

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Oh good, they're not dropping the blue shell. If they did, people would call them s(h)ell-outs.

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I haven't played Mario Kart since N64... that being said, video look surprisingly good.

Unfortunately, won't be picking up a WiiU just for 1-2 games, though.

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@SkytheWiz1 I'll be picking up a WiiU for the new smash bros. Bought a Wii exclusively for Brawl and I'm playing that game for 6 years now. Melee I've played for over 10 years. Talk about incredibly fun games!!

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People that say the Wii U is bad are retarded fanboys. They are either retarded Xbox/PlayStation fanboys, or they are Retarded Nintendo fanboys who want to go back to having every game be Wii Sports.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it's not bad, it only has not many games to enjoy....I'm talking about people that are not hardcore Nintendo fans....but yeah, it is a good console, has amazing graphics, and the remote is very nice

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