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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.
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  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 341
  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. Jul 18, 2015
    10
    As a life long fan of Mario KArt following it from the Snes days I can say with ease that Mario Kart 8 is the best installment in theAs a life long fan of Mario KArt following it from the Snes days I can say with ease that Mario Kart 8 is the best installment in the franchise. It's controls are perfects, it's visuals sublime, and it is without a doubt the best selection of levels, made all the more sweeter with the best DLC packs any game has ever offered. It's new features all turn out to be excellent additions to the series and the weapon selection is by the best and most balanced.
    Online play works brilliantly and you are likely to spend most of your time playing online.
    Mario Kart 8 is a work of craftsmanship which makes most other AAA titles look unrefined and amateurish.
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  3. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    The game is beautiful, its nice seeing Mario Kart in HD. The game play is basically the same but its a great formula that doesn't need much ofThe game is beautiful, its nice seeing Mario Kart in HD. The game play is basically the same but its a great formula that doesn't need much of a change. The anti-gravity is a neat feature. It has great tracks, and a lot of them. They have some remakes as well, my favorite being moo moo meadows. The battles are a little different I like them but I miss the large area maps and bomb bomb battles. Hopefully they can add stuff in with updates in the future.

    I recommend buying a Wii U for this game, and Mario 3D world as well as sonic lost worlds. There are other good games but those are my top 3 favorite.
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  4. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    Here's the thing. Nintendo have this gift; a gift of magical prowess. They know how to make games that attract all kinds of people, no matterHere's the thing. Nintendo have this gift; a gift of magical prowess. They know how to make games that attract all kinds of people, no matter their personality. It's a gift that is so rare nowadays, yet never goes under-appreciated. Mario Kart 8 is the prime example of this. It delivers with such poise that it makes you wonder if the Wii U was ever on struggle street. Titles like Mario Kart 8 are what bring supposedly doomed consoles back to life. Every game has its issues, and Mario Kart 8 is no exception. But when the magic of Nintendo shines through, there isn't anything that makes you feel let down. For over 30 years, Nintendo have been the kings of game development, and Mario Kart 8 shines brightly with every other classic gem they've ever made. Kudos to you, Nintendo. Pats on back for a job well done. Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2014
    9
    Mario Kart has successfully made itself feel brand new, more than any prior release in the series. The gameplay is familiar yet fresh andMario Kart has successfully made itself feel brand new, more than any prior release in the series. The gameplay is familiar yet fresh and exciting, and the anti-gravity sections actually feel good - slightly more floaty and drifty than normal, but still a joy to control. The latter goes for all the gameplay - finding your style of play and a kart combination to match it is just awesome.
    However, the replay value is actually fairly lacking, due to a disappointing battle mode that feels tacked on and empty, and no extra modes different to past entries. So pretty much once you complete every grand prix (and mirror mode if you're into that) you're left with nothing else worthwhile.
    Despite that, where it hits the mark, Mario Kart 8 is an absolute joy to play, and is definitely worth getting a Wii U for.
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  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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