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  • Summary: Mario Kart 8 introduces new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 82
  2. Negative: 0 out of 82
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    100
    Mario Kart 8 is a return of one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises, and is just as chaotic as ever.
  2. May 16, 2014
    95
    Mario Kart 8 is a beast: with great track design, plenty of characters, karts, bikes and power ups is the best Mario Kart of all time. Also thanks to revamped online modes and some gorgeous graphics, is the single reason you need to own a Wii U.
  3. May 15, 2014
    90
    With some new great features added to the classic recipe, with beautiful graphics and spectacular races, Mario Kart 8 looks like the killer app the Wii U was waiting for.
  4. Jun 28, 2014
    90
    The best Mario Kart ever. All faults are forgiven when you're drifting the inside of a vertical corner. [Issue#250, p.58]
  5. May 15, 2014
    88
    It’s safe to say that this is the best Mario Kart since the SNES days, and that’s a pretty heavy statement.
  6. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Mario Kart 8 is pretty great in many ways, but undoubtedly moreso with a collection of friends to play with, or when facing off against other players online.
  7. May 27, 2014
    70
    Despite this game’s gleaming high-definition sheen, there’s little doubt this granddaddy of the karting genre is beginning to show its age.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 330
  1. May 30, 2014
    10
    Simply fantastic! Ladies and gentlemen, GO BUY A WII U FOR THIS GAME. Highly recommended for a fun gaming experience. Nothing on PS4 or XB1Simply fantastic! Ladies and gentlemen, GO BUY A WII U FOR THIS GAME. Highly recommended for a fun gaming experience. Nothing on PS4 or XB1 comes close. 10/10 Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    It is literally the same title, same gameplay but somehow they out do themselves everytime. More Characters(like 30), same and new powerups,It is literally the same title, same gameplay but somehow they out do themselves everytime. More Characters(like 30), same and new powerups, kart customization; down to the kart, wheels and glider; a coin collecting boost for more speed during that race, ohh and also they brought back old courses; remastered and polished; and brand new ones. I only bought the Wii U for same screen multiplayer games(since it doesnt really exist anymore) like Mario Kart and Super Smash. This game is awesome and a must buy for people who actaully own a Wii U. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    Gioco fantastico. Non è il Mario Kart definitivo a causa di alcuni difetti piccoli e meno piccoli (Battle Mode), ma è probabilmente ilGioco fantastico. Non è il Mario Kart definitivo a causa di alcuni difetti piccoli e meno piccoli (Battle Mode), ma è probabilmente il migliore della serie. Tracciati spettacolari, comparto audio-visivo da urlo, controlli eccellenti, ottimo online e divertimento praticamente infinito. Un must. Expand
  4. May 30, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Super. Najlepsza gra w jaką ostatnio grałem. Dużo postaci i pojazdów, cudowna oprawa muzyczna ;-) Tz "gameplay i fun" w tej grze to po prostu majstersztyk!!! Trasy wyglądają obłędnie, online do 12 graczy, dzielony ekranik przy 2 playerach,60 Fps, warto dodać, że to pierwsza odsłona serii w HD i naprawdę wygląda cudnie, zresztą plusy tej gry można by jeszcze długo wymieniać. Naprawdę polecam i zachęcam do kupna. Nintendo pokazało magie po raz kolejny. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    Brilliant. Best racing since Mario Kart 64. The courses are great, the new ones and the re-imaginged ones. I really wanted to give this a 10,Brilliant. Best racing since Mario Kart 64. The courses are great, the new ones and the re-imaginged ones. I really wanted to give this a 10, but they appear to have been lazy with battle mode - which used to be my favourite. Where have the arenas gone?! Expand
  6. May 27, 2015
    9
    An Outstanding game for the Wii u , And one of the best Mario kart games ever. It's ashame there was no new battle mode courses. But evrythingAn Outstanding game for the Wii u , And one of the best Mario kart games ever. It's ashame there was no new battle mode courses. But evrything else is perfect. go buy it now Expand
  7. May 15, 2015
    0
    this review is for online mainly since thats probably where you'll be the most for online its too unbalanced to even rate so the score isthis review is for online mainly since thats probably where you'll be the most for online its too unbalanced to even rate so the score is lowered once again. 0/10 for online. seriously a coin in last place? or a single mushroom? i've had worse dice rolls. it seemed to start balanced but i swear as the rank increases they decide to change that.
    for offline its a mediocre 6/10
    sorry but mediocre at best rather play the wii version more. the graphics and gameplay is amazing but you'll get frustrated at the addition of the stupid coin item. want bannana only mode well i guess the coin is a bannana now. want a franic powerful items game yet again the coin is a powerful item apparently same with bob-ombs only. the Ai in this is lame as soon as you realise you can pick the slowest car even on 150cc and destroy the ai. but again that and the coin ruin what could have been an amazing game. only thing worth getting it for is the time trial. as for online yeh its pretty fun up to about 5k points then the dice rolls will screw you over in 5th? heres a coin or in 5th heres 3 mushrooms while the person in front gets a bullet bill. items just seems messed up this game. battle arenas have gone and also small but noticable is podium finishes. i hope the next game is better than this. sorry but after many many bs unbalanced online matches the score is lowered. to a 2 from a 6 if you want online get sonic and sega all stars racing if you want a family experence get this. this is unbalanced to all hell and not even better than the wii version. the Ai is really bad in this also probably cause they dunno how to balance their game but for single player this is the worst mario kart game so far. get it preowned for the time trials thats all your gonna have fun with.
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