Mario Kart 8

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Mario Kart 8
Developer(s)Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
Producer(s)Hideki Konno[1]
SeriesMario Kart
Platform(s)Wii U
ReleaseWii U:
  • JP: May 29, 2014
  • NA: May 30, 2014
  • EU: May 30, 2014
  • BRA: May 30, 2014
  • AU: May 31, 2014
Nintendo Switch:
  • WW: April 28, 2017
  • KOR: December 15, 2017
  • ROC: December 15, 2017
  • CHN: March 16, 2020
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Mario Kart 8 (stylized as MARIOKART8) is a racing video game released on May 30, 2014 for the Wii U game console. It is part of the Mario Kart series.[3]

The game is like the other Mario Kart games, where characters from the Mario series race each other in go-karts. Players are able to use items from item boxes to keep their opponents from winning. Along with go-karts, the game also has motorcycles. There are 12 players in a race. Like in Mario Kart 7, karts have hang-gliding attachments, and players are able to drive underwater. For the first time in the series, players are able to drive on walls and ceilings.[4] There is one new types of vehicles: and four-wheel buggies.[5] There is local and online multiplayer for up to 12 players. Players include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, etc. The first DLC track pack was revealed in October 2014. [6]

A port remake titled Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017, having pre-installed and changed some in-game mechanics such as the battle mode.

Mario Kart 8 sold 8.45 million copies and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 33.41 million copies.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wii U Developer Direct - Mario Kart 8 @E3 2013 - YouTube
  2. "Mario Kart 8: Release Data". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2014-6-5. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. Osborn, Alex (January 29, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Releasing in May, Greater Focus on GamePad, NFC Game Announcements Coming at E3". Game Revolution.
  4. Mario Kart 8 launching on Wii U in spring 2014 (video)
  5. "No date for Mario Kart 8, but a new trailer". eurogamer.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Phillips, Tom (October 22, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 DLC trailer reveals a familiar retro track". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  7. Life, Nintendo (2021-02-01). "Mario Kart 8 Overtakes Mario Kart Wii As Best-Selling Series Entry". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2021-07-15.