Wii U: Mario Kart 8 Looks Surprisingly Badass

Somehow, Nintendo Made Mario Kart Exciting Again!

When I first saw that Mario Kart 8 was the next game to be announced in Nintendo’s Direct conference this morning, I kind of groaned a little bit. Let me ‘splain. The Mario Kart games have always been excellent, well made arcade racers, but over the years it’s become a bit formulaic and a little too familiar.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself–after all, a familiar but excellent thing is still excellent, after all–it just lacks the excitement in general of something new. But with that acknowledged, I have to say that the trailer for Mario Kart 8 actually has me a bit excited.

There’s a new “hover car” style of mechanic that allows your kart to race up walls and even upside down, and new powerups. Additionally, the visuals are very impressive, retaining the classic cartoon style, but upping the level of detail to an extreme level. On top of that, according to Iwata’s commentary following the trailer, the game will support the most robust online ever in a Mario Kart game, complete with deep Miiverse integration.

What I found a bit disappointing were only two things: first, no mention of the Wii U tablet screen’s usage in the game, and second, it’s not coming out until Spring 2014. Ah, well. Horizon and all that, I guess. Check out the trailer above. More details via Nintendo.

 

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