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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The Wii U is actually looking pretty appealing now and its fairly cheap too.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If super Mario sunshine2 comes out that would awesome too.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>A new Mario Sunshine/Mario Kart 8/Super Smash Bros/Pikmin/ Wonderful 101. That is a good collection of games to get.

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I also read about a boomerang or boomerang flower somewhere.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Thats PVZ lol jk. I cant remember which Mario game had the boomerang.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 3d world. you get to be a boomerang bro.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh yeah that right, I couldnt remember which game for the life of me.

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Mario Kart always felt like it was more fun when you were in one of the last places, being in first place is boring. All you get is banana's and usually you're so far ahead that you feel you're racing alone while everyone is behind you killing each other for second place giving you an even bigger lead in first place. Which is why Mario Kart needs a similar mechanic to the one that Mod nation had. You had a meter that filled up with drifting it could be used to shield yourself or use as a speed boost this will give the people behind first place a speed boost to catch up and bring the fighting to first place while first place will be wise to use the shield to stay in first rather than boost his speed. If the person in second place is more skilled than the on in first then the one in second can catch up to first even if he was unlucky enough to get hit by an OP item.

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Choice of awesome free game with purchase of awesome game? Sweet!

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pc is for me

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Then why are you commenting on a Mario kart article?

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Cant wait only 1 month to go :D

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<< LINK REMOVED >> freeze yourself inside glacier ... it works!

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No excuses now. This is the perfect time to get a Wii U.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep. And I bet i will enjoy it more than my PS4 at least how it is at the moment.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it is close, with Mario Kart 8 and if they announce another actual Mario game like Sunshine, Galaxy or 64 that would make the WiiU a must have.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What's 3D World then, Chopped Liver?

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I wonder how Nintendo always keeps People exited with crap like this over decades now !?


first Mario.Kart was no fun and shallow and that will never change ...

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@hitomo

That's a fairly narrow viewed comment.

How many age appropriate kids have been born since 1992? My son is nearly 8 and has only played Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS. The series is still new to him, as well as thousands of other kids. Some have become followers of the series as adults.

My wife and I use to play Mario Kart 64 back when we were dating.


Go fire-up Titanfall or something!


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<< LINK REMOVED >> The first Mario Kart used Mode 7 and had many different and fun things. The feather allowed for short cuts. The carts all featured different strengths and weaknesses. It was a great game.

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I don't know how this Super Horn thing is going to be helpful. The Blue Shell was something that people at the back of the pack got to even things up a little bit. The Super Horn is the kind of item that will keep someone at the front of the pack and it would be too powerful to give to the front runner. Since that's who the Blue Shell targets, the Super Horn might WORK against the Blue Shell but it'll probably almost never be used against it.


Not that I particularly minded the Blue Shell anyway.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> same thing as getting a ghost in MK 64 when you were in first place

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<< LINK REMOVED >> well it might depend on if there the 2nd place and 3rd are annoying you .. should you use it on them? or should you wait for a probability of a blue shell ? or maybe slow down to avoid blue shell .. I miss Mario Kart Logic ..lol I'm Sure its been tested and looks fun !

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The promotion for the free game in this article is specific to the U.S. in case anyone was wondering. The list for the UK (and I'm guessing the rest of Europe) is

Nintendoland
Super Mario Bros U
Game & Wario
Pikmin 3
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Sonic Lost World
Mario & Sonic at the Soichi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Wii Party U
Wonderful 101
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate


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<< LINK REMOVED >> HOW COME THERE ARE MORE CHOICES FOR UK!!!! AMERICAN ENTITLEMENT BLAASRRARHAGG!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Thanks for the list. I think I'll go with WW HD.

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I really wish they would release this on the iPad

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The only thing i don't like about Mario Kart is the reboot of many tracks of older Mario Karts. That is just boring. This game gets milked out too much.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I have confess that recycled tracks was a disappointment with me, they did this in MK7 and the novelty wore off quickly and now they're doing it again. I'm also a little disappointed that there's no voice chat capability for online multiplayer or a track editor in the same vain of LBPK.


Those disappointments aside this is going to be a great game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well dude there is voice chat capability for online multiplayer before and after each races :)

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@julienz15 Milked out!?! 8 games in 22 years is "milked out"!?! I'd love to see what you classify Call of Duty or Madden.

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lol,

... got me thinking.

COD as had at least 19 games across all platforms from 2003 - 2014

MK has 8 from 1992 - 2014

Reduce them both to a common demonator and that puts COD 19/11 & MK 4/11.

Clearly one of these games is milked too much

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yeah! MARIO KART, Mario Kart, mario kart!

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Best multiplayer franchise of all times. Couch MP is sooo much more fun than online! Game looks gorgeous and real charmy!

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Time to dust off the Wii U. It's been nice Titan Fall and you've brought me nothing but joy but Mario Kart is calling and I have to answer. It's been fun and we'll see each other from time to time but I'll have a new relationship with another game.

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I'm so excited for this game it's unbelievable. I really hope this game becomes GOTY.

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Why do all of the videos Gamespot posted look like they were filmed off a TV screen? :/

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Because they were.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I guess my question should be "Why were these videos filmed off of a TV screen?"

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FINALLY! They never needed to remove the blue shell only provide a true way to balance out using it. An item that can destroy the blue shell. It's about damn time Nintendo. Damn time.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> there was and anti blue shell item i called mushroom, it just needed time presition to evade it

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It took long enough since Crash and Sonic had defenses like that in their Kart racers, but in this case, better late than never.

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I am Pretty happy with Sonic All Stars Racing TRANSFORMED at the moment I am in no rush to go out and buy a WII U. Nintendo you need more WII U games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sonic All Starts? Good game, but can't get close of the greatness of Mario kart 8, sorry troll!

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