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Wii U Mario Kart 8

dDave

Well-Known Member
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Here's one game that looks like it's shaping up to be a bundle of fun. Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart 8 - 60 fps Montage - IGN Montage - IGN Video

It really doesn't matter to me if people think the Wii U hardware is underpowered. Just look at those graphics (those are in game graphics). Like I've said before, the hardware is perfectly fine for the cartoon style that most Nintendo games follow. The game runs in a constant 60fps in 1080p and the game looks great regardless.

It's been 6 years since we got the last Mario Kart game. I didn't especially love Mario Kart Wii but I definitely had fun with it. This one looks like a much more traditional experience given that most players will be using the Pro Controller which doesn't support motion controls. I'm kinda excited for this :).
 

Taliesin

Registered Member
I'm pumped for this too, and for the first time in... well, ever, I'm going to try online multiplayer matches. That should be fun. I've always enjoyed this series, and I'm expecting that this entry will be the case too.
 

Millz

Better Call Saul
Staff member
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I haven't played Mario Kart since the epic game on Super Nintendo haha

I can't believe there's been 8 of them, lol
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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Super Mario Kart on SNES was my favorite. I did play a lot of Mario Kart 64 as well though. Was the one after that Double Dash? I thought that game was terrible. I haven't played any of the others since.

On a side note, I think it's funny when Nintendo fans talk about how graphics aren't important. That is, until a game has great graphics, and then it becomes a big selling point.

But yeah, I watched a video of Mario Kart 8 the other day and it looks great in terms of graphics.
 

Konshentz

Konshentz
On a side note, I think it's funny when Nintendo fans talk about how graphics aren't important. That is, until a game has great graphics, and then it becomes a big selling point.
This x 1000

The first two Mario Kart games were a lot of fun... but now, meh, I have no real interest in them.
 
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dDave

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Double Dash was an excellent game. I loved how there were various karts with different stats and how each character had a unique special and you could combine two characters and hold two items. There was also a very technical way to drive the game that was a lot of fun to learn. My only complaint is the socialist items but with an action replay I was able to set the game to capitalist (true random) items.

Nobody ever said graphics weren't important at all. For example, I'd be upset if my Wii U was putting out graphics that looked like Atari 2600. :lol: Graphics just aren't the most important thing to me although they're still a very nice touch.
 

dDave

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IGN's Mario Kart 8 Livestream Replay - IGN

Some of the editors at IGN apparently love this game. The battle mode is not really that great from what they say but they think actual races are better than ever. Let me repeat that, better than ever (including MK64 and Double Dash). It plays in 60fps with 1 or 2 players and exactly 30fps with 3 or 4 players.

The online isn't supposed to be that great but one thing I do know is that Nintendo is trying to champion local multiplayer. I actually prefer local so this doesn't bother me at all really. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we saw a big update to the online system eventually though.

If I pick up this game then I'll need to get a second pro controller with it since I just don't see myself using the gamepad to play this game and I want to have at least two local players. Also, if I get it soon enough then it will also come with a free copy of Pikmin 3 (or Zelda WindWaker HD, Mario Bros. U, or Wii U Party; I already have Zelda and Mario so I'd go with Pikmin).

I'm kind of curious to see how this game is to actually play. I think it looks fantastic and I love the Moebuis Strip design that very much inspired this game.
 

dDave

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Mario Kart 8's Impressive First Weekend Sales Numbers - NVC Podcast - IGN Podcasts - IGN Video

Mario Kart 8 sold 1.2 Million units just on the first weekend. Geez, that's a lot. I think this game is going to help them move consoles big time.

At $60 per game (list price) that's $72 Million in USD.

Once Smash comes out there will be a few great reasons to own a Wii U.

I don't have the game myself yet. I want to wait until I really have some time to commit to it and enjoy it. I'm just not gaming much right now.
 

dDave

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I picked up this game and played it with a friend tonight. I have to say that I'm stunned, truly stunned. 150cc is crazy hard now and 100 is fairly challenging but workable. I'm really impressed that Nintendo would make the game that hard, it pleases me.

Gameplay mechanics such as flying, anti-gravity, and driving underwater all feel quite natural and I like them a lot. I'll be the first to admit that I was unsure about the inclusion of these features.

I played all 32 courses (with mixed success) and I know for sure that I will enjoy this game well into the future.

I've already unlocked a ton of content. Once I beat everything at 150cc then I'll have it all. This type of game really isn't about the unlockables though. Shouldn't take too long really.

We played with traditional controls for the record.
 

ALonelyTemplar

Registered Member
I remember playing Mario Kart Wii for a couple of years with my old friends. It was truly fun, especially when each of us, in four-player mode, used to cover with hands or other weird objects that lurked in my house, each other's little screen on tv. It was totally hillarius!
 
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