Mario Kart 8 200cc Video Shows Just How Fast It Gets

Nintendo flaunts new breakneck speed mode, set to release for free in April.

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Nintendo has published a trio of Mario Kart 8 videos showcasing how much faster the Wii U game plays in its new 200cc mode.

The first video, below, offers a side-by-side comparison of the Piranha Plant Pipeway course in 150cc (previously the fastest speed) and 200cc. As the footage demonstrates, the maximum distance from ramp jumps is notably longer, while the high-speed momentum also allows racers to cut corners on rougher surfaces. Previously inaccessible feats are now achievable too, such as jumping above the entire arch placed within the final third of the track.

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New ways to approach courses appear to be a key design theme with the new speed, as shown with the next video, Grumble Volcano. Mario is shown cutting past the final stretch of the course by leaping across a vast pool of lava. The footage also illustrates how advanced players will need to be more accustomed with the break button.

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The final video, of the Dolphin Shoals track, shows how racers can fly across long stretches of the course by combining ramp-jumps with each kart's attached glider.

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Mario Kart 8's 200cc mode is expected to go live on April 23. The update will be free.

Meanwhile, the second of the game's two premium DLC packs will release on the same day. For $8, the DLC pack offers three new racers (Isabelle, Villager, and Dry Bowser), four vehicles, and eight courses, including the Animal Crossing course that changes seasons periodically.

Alongside the new DLC, Mario Kart 8 is adding support for nine Amiibo compatible Mii racing suits, including one for Mega Man and Pac-Man.

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