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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I'm buying two copies of this game + an additional Wii U console just so that me and my gf can get online from two separate monitors and beat some a**

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Why not just a game for you and the Wii U bundle for your gf? Would be a better deal

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My copy has been reserved since Feb 3rd. This game will be hard to find for while.

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@parabol69 @seanwil545

I reserved DKTF, Bayonetta 2 and Mario Kart 8 all the same day. What's so hard to believe about that?


I do think it will be hard to find for a while...if I'm wrong I'm wrong....no biggie.

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Finally

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Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach, and a new super rare item destroying blue shells...the thing is you can receive MANY blue shells per race....and more baby racers? wow, I thought maybe this would be old school, but it's as kiddish as the previous Mario Kart. I'll give it a try though since it's Mario KArt. I don't want to be pessimist, but there is a fair(99%) chance I'm selling my console if the game sucks like the others.

just who the F drives with baby characters?

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I agree, I find the baby characters annoying.

Wish there was a way to turn them off from being in the races.

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Yeah, makes Nintendo games look very immature (literally). I'm so sick of playing on my 3DS as a 20-year-old and seeing "Make sure your mommy and daddy gave you permission" screens. It's time Nintendo realizes that most people that play their games are the same ones that played them 15-30 years ago. They still treat us like we've never aged...

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your complain sounds like those of a f baby quit crying its mk8 enough said! ;)

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Oh my God Nintendo! My body was not reggie for all that news!!..Im so getting this game! And then a free Pikmin 3..just dont ruin it by anouncing a season pass or day one DLC or Micro-transactions!!!

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Dang, buy 1 get deal for new video games. That's pretty awesome.

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Yeah, N hasn't been selling many Wii U's, but as sad as it is, it's good for us gamers! Hope N can make a comeback.

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About the Super Horn. What are the chances that you have this item when you need it (to avoid a blue shell). Seems like you are just going to have to get lucky once in a while to have one…


*I am thinking about getting a Wii U and would definitely want Mario Kart 8. Does anyone know if Nintendo will put out a special Mario Kart/Wii U Gaming System Package this spring/summer?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It was announced along with this item in the Nintendo Direct. The US will be getting a Wii U bundle for $330(technically $329.99). Comes with the system, the game(plus code for a free game between Pikmin 3, NSMB U, Legend Of Zelda Windwaker HD, and Wii Party U), a red wii mote, and a red wii wheel.

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Thanx for the info.

Why Red? I don't like red at all.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There is a MK8/WiiU pkg but only for UK so far. I am waiting for a US one as well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The Mario Kart Bundle was announced for north America in today's Nintendo Direct.

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So it is already out in the UK, or announced that they will have the Wii U/Mario Kart Combo?


Do you think most likely they will sell a combo in the US? Any guess on when it might come out?


Thanx.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>They announced the bundle for the UK, I dont remember seeing a date on it than again I would have to go find the article.


I do think they will release the bundle in the US, especially with the horrible sales figures so far bundling it for new customers makes sense.

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crappy graphics, look how grainy it looks~ =(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nintendo only allows us to film early gameplay from off-screen, meaning that this is not directly captured, but instead a camera pointed at a TV in a fluorescently-lit office.

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It's not the video player making the graphics look like shit. It's the hardware from 2005.

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All Wii U needs is a Mario epic adventure like Mario 64, Sunshine, or Galaxy. Not that 3D world shit. Oh and a Zelda game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 3D World is absolutely not shit, but I understand what you mean. I'd like a Mario in which each stars has to be won like in SM64 and not just collected in the level in my opinion.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Mario 64 is amazing. They haven't surpassed it since with any Mario game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I belive it too but that may not be objective because I played it when I was a child and it was the first 3D videogame I played :P.
I disliked the galaxy vibes though, galactic soundtrack and else is not for me. But 3D World has my benediction :D

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Mario 64 was amazing but I actually prefer ed Galaxy. The music and levels just felt like you were on an epic adventure. My second favorite was Sunshine, I loved using the water pack to fight stuff and move.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> but 3D world is so good D:


not on par with galaxy, but still really good and creative.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> so good? Mario makes cat sounds...how good can it be? It's a very easy game that offers very little challenge.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 3D mario games in general are rather easy, with some challenging levels every now and then. galaxy was no exception, 3D world is no exception. they're still very creative and enjoyable to go through though.

as for the cat noise, sure it's cringe worthy to hear "meeeeooooow" at the end of the level, but that's no reason to pass on a good game. the suit itself has some cool uses on levels.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I hate Galaxy, so i would not like that one?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>It's good. Not as good as Mario 64 or even Sunshine in my opinion though.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>In all seriousness, i just hate ALL wii games, the gimmicky forced controls annoyed the hell out of me on every games i tried. Galaxy was the worst, not because of the controls only, but also because of the game design, levels and etc..it's the only Mario game i would never play.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I have an empty void...

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> depends on what you hated about galaxy (and also on whether or not you have a heart or an empty void in your chest)

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@BrunoBRS @scottpsfan14But it lacks what Mario 64 had and even Mario Sunshine. A full 3D world game. That will do it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>you mean in the collectathon style? yeah i wouldn't mind that. it's been a while, and while i don't really mind the linear style of galaxy/3D world, i'd like to try some exploring-style levels again.

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Good, that blue shell was too damn OP

That thing cost me several friendships and a leg

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<< LINK REMOVED >> did you take a blue shell to the knee?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> THEN BUY ONE!!!

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