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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. Hyper Magazine
    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: 13 out of 462
  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. May 27, 2016
    10
    Juego excelente!! la saga mario kart siempre divierte a cualquier persona, aun no entiendo porque la prensa le da un 8 sin motivo si el juegoJuego excelente!! la saga mario kart siempre divierte a cualquier persona, aun no entiendo porque la prensa le da un 8 sin motivo si el juego se merece mucho mas :/ Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    This game takes a huge step forward in its course design and graphics, while lovingly looking back to its roots. It combines everything I'veThis game takes a huge step forward in its course design and graphics, while lovingly looking back to its roots. It combines everything I've loved about every other Mario Kart, and turns it into a fresh experience. The new tracks are great, and the "highlights" are a nice touch- but the thing that most impresses me about this game are the retro courses. They're far from the standard copy/paste from the past, and each of them have been retrofitted with the new things this game brings, while still maintaining their original feel. Nintendo clearly put a lot of time, effort, and thought into this game, and it deserves every last cent that I've spent on it- and I haven't even STARTED The multiplayer yet! To sum it up, this is a fantastic game- a must have for any Wii U owner, and the closest thing we've had so far to a system seller! Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    9
    Great game!
    Some nice features were removed like the ability to hold two items at the time, manual/automatic selection.
    Some cool things
    Great game!
    Some nice features were removed like the ability to hold two items at the time, manual/automatic selection.
    Some cool things added, cool anti-gravity, characters. Will play this for several hours.
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  5. Nov 22, 2015
    9
    This game is another must have for anyone who is one of the following:
    Likes Mario
    Likes racing games Have a Wii U Or all of the above.
    This game is another must have for anyone who is one of the following:
    Likes Mario
    Likes racing games
    Have a Wii U
    Or all of the above.
    Mario Kart 8 is one of the best games in the Mario Kart series, and heres why:
    The graphics are AMAZING. It's absolutely breathtaking, and the littlest details were perfect. The retro courses and a beauty makeover too, and they look better than ever.
    The courses are all awesome, fun, and unique. Its hard to choose a favorite! It does have the best Bowser Castle IMO, and while this Rainbow Road can be a bit lackluster compared to other rainbow roads, it's still good. The Retros courses were....eh....but I'm sure there's some courses that fans are happy to have back.
    Like Mario Party 7, the online play for Mario kart 8 is great. Compete is races and battles with many players around the world. You can join online Tournaments and even make your own.
    This game introduced the Anti-Gravity feature. With this feature, you can race virtually on any surface. Driving on walls and ceilings, this makes the race even more fun, and it's a interesting feature.
    And customize your kart feature returned from Mario Kart 7. You can make your own unique kart combination.

    There's a few flaws this game does suffer from, though. Namely, the Roster and Battle mode.
    The roster, while way better than Mario Kart 7, still lacks some fan favorites like Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, Boo, & Dry Bones. Although they did return Toadette and Waluigi. But the newcomers introduced are, well, bad. The Koopalings make their first playable apperance, which is good if you like them, but if you don't care about them, that 1/3 of the roster you're not going to like. There's a lot of baby characters in the game, all 4 babies from Mario Kart Wii returns along with Baby Rosalina. It's good if you like cute characters, but they're generally unwanted. Aaaand there's Pink Gold Peach, a character that NOONE wanted. So......roster still needs work.
    And the battle mode? While is previous installments, you battle on courses made FOR battle mode, this installment, you battle on courses made for racing, with a few adjustments made. Not very creative.

    But this is still a strong game for the Wii U. Get it if you have one.
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  6. Aug 9, 2016
    9
    After the horrible balanced Mario Kart Wii and the for me pretty boring Mario Kart 7 it was a surprise how well Mario Kart 8 turned out...After the horrible balanced Mario Kart Wii and the for me pretty boring Mario Kart 7 it was a surprise how well Mario Kart 8 turned out... only Double Dash!! is still a bit better, and sure we are missing the battle mode a bit... but I only really enjoyed this in Double Dash!! so without two people in one Kart and a huge load of Items I don't really miss it. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2020
    0
    **** you only get 2 boxes if you playdrluxe and play against people that get them

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