[Updated] Mario Kart 8 previews trickling in

[Update] Nintendo has actually published a preview of sorts for Mario Kart 8 in the form of a Nintendo Minute with Kit and Krysta. It shows an extensive look at a new HD remake of the classic Mario Kart 64 stage “Toad’s Turnpike,” which was notoriously difficult in its original form. The MK8 version will feature anti-gravity sections on the walls that don’t include the traffic that many players have grown to hate so much. Check out the video here.

IGN and Joystiq at least are optimistic about Mario Kart 8 and the new features the game introduces. In his preview article (click here), IGN’s Jose Otero emphasizes the glory of Mario Kart in HD, boldly stating that “Mario Kart 8 is the best looking game on Wii U so far.” The IGN article also has a few videos, one of which reveals GamePad implementation in MK8: 3 tiles on the GamePad will allow the player to switch to a GamePad view of what’s going on on the TV screen, display a map on the touch screen, or switch to motion control for the GamePad controller. The default view on the GamePad simply gives the player a horn to sound at the touch of a button.

In Joystiq’s video preview (click here), as with IGN’s article, a fair amount of time is devoted to explaining how anti-gravity works in Mario Kart 8, not to mention how it changes up the familiar kart racing formula of Mario Kart. Some anti-gravity sections will have the player racing on the walls or ceiling of a course, while other sections maintain normal racing patterns: the real trick with anti-gravity sections is that bumping into certain track elements or other racers gives the player a speed boost.

Mario Kart 8 will, of course, feature 12-player online races. There’s still no word on voice chat or video sharing through Miiverse, however. The game releases May 30. And, provided it plays more like Mario Kart 7 than Mario Kart Wii, I think it will become an immediate favorite of mine. What are your thoughts? What features would you love to hear about, however unlikely or impossible they may be?

17 Responses to [Updated] Mario Kart 8 previews trickling in

  1. MikeIsaPoet says:

    Well we know Miiverse will have video sharing, but voice chat is still quiet…Nintendo pls

  2. MikeIsaPoet says:

    Here’s a great idea…give out the demo people have been playing as an actual DEMO. I’d download it in a heartbeat >_>

  3. YES! I would immediately shell out 50+ bucks for an external hard drive to play a MK8 demo…not just for the demo, though, haha! It would just be the catalyst I’ve been waiting for. 😀

  4. RisnDevil says:

    I will say, that the new round of info has actually given me some absolutely disappointing news (not a deal breaker, but highly disappointing nonetheless): GamePad use. There will be no five player play (with one on the GamePad) nor will the be anything but gameplay mirroring on the GamePad. My wife LOVES Mario Kart, but hates local multiplayer because she hates screen splitting/sharing. We were hoping I would be able to play on the GamePad while she had the tv to herself, but I guess not. For shame Nintendo. For shame.

  5. MikeIsaPoet says:

    Risn, I share your disdain. It’s a shame. But considering the frames drop from 1080P/60FPS to 720P/30FPS when you have 3 or 4 people playing Multiplayer, I’m assuming that getting a 5th or even having different screens would result in the quality dropping even more.

    I guarantee you if Nintendo was familiar with high quality graphics and knew how to optimize it, we’d be seeing 5-player games and dedicated-screen multiplayer. Nintendo just doesn’t know what they’re doing, and it’s biting them in the foot.

  6. MikeIsaPoet says:

    One thing I noticed is that when they were playing Toad’s Turnpike, the level seemed SO much shorter. I hope they didn’t cut part of the stage out and if they did, I hope they don’t do it to other long courses like Rainbow Road 64…

  7. Holly says:

    Yeah, if Nintendo were really trying to optimize GamePad use, they would have done a lot more with it in MK8. I probably won’t feel the sting of it too bad, though: I haven’t played Sonic and All-Stars Racing, so I won’t get a very strong sense of what I’m missing in terms of GamePad use. I just can’t wait to play Grand Prix mode with my younger sister, split screen and all.

  8. MikeIsaPoet says:

    Listen, when we play MK7 you’re not seeing me at my best because of my broken 3DS. But if we play online on MK8…sorry but you won’t know what 1st place is like 😛

  9. Holly says:

    We shall see. 😉

  10. Breyfunk says:

    My number one hope is that there are downloadable tracks later on down the line, especially retro courses. I’m loving seeing the redesign of the older classics.

  11. RisnDevil says:

    Nintendo is the only company I trust wholeheartedly in regards to DLC. I would LOVE to see them release additional DLC tracks. Maybe a new “New” Cup and new Retro Cup every six months?

  12. BornFlunky says:

    Some MK DLC would be nice. Pikmin 3’s DLC was fantastic.

  13. frstOne says:

    I agree with the DLC request. Also, it looks like it plays much like mk 7, which is awesome.

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