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Let's a goooooooo!

Mario Kart is one of those series that comes every generation and brings some form of chaotic push into the living rooms of every household. In my time on this round planet we call Earth I have played every single version of Mario Kart to date(even both arcade machines) and I have enjoyed them all. As you drift into the crimson and sapphire sparks and throw a shell at your opponents you start to smile and wonder what it would be like in real life. Well with the HD version coming out to the Wii U you can just settle for that just for now.


Mario Kart 8 is a beautiful game and that's probably not the first time you've heard it. With the bright and cartoony look of Mario games and the HD visuals the Wii U you get a great soupful of eyegasms. I would say this is one of the best looking games on the Wii U and I would like to see what else Nintendo can do with the new upcoming Zelda Wii U title that should be coming around the bend. The graphics are just amazing, the backgrounds just look so real I want to just sit in my Shoe shaped kart and watch the sunset go down in Moo Moo Meadows or look down upon the city in the remake of Rainbow Road for the N64. It's really great.


Just like every Mario Kart it is really easy to pick up and play, with my expert experience in the game I found it really easy to drift around corners and jump of ramps and pull of tricks quick, with less experienced players I wouldn't worry once you've had a go you'll learn the basics really quickly and start karting in no time.


As you'd expect Mario Kart 8 is just like Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS, it has 8 cups with 32 tracks (16 New and 16 Retro). The New tracks I must say are great. The tracks don't feel hard to learn, they are fun, great to look at and don't feel like they are copying older tracks at all. The Retro tracks I must say are the best in Retro Cups I've seen in a Mario Kart game and they feel new but keep their charm, however some I think shouldn't deserve to be there. Like Melody Motorway and Donut Plains 3 as they aren't as memorable as some. However with the tracks I do have a complaint… Yoshi’s Valley doesn’t feature the “?” in your placement in the race which bothers me as I grew up with that stage and I enjoyed that you didn’t know until the end, it’s was like Christmas but in a track form.

What's an F-Zerooooo (Anit-Gravity)

The anti-gravity has been one of the main featured talked about during the games announcement and release, however does it change the way you play? In a way it does but it doesn’t take away from the Mario Kart gameplay we know and love. When I play in Zero-G I try and bump off everyone I can because I just wanna be like Kylie and keep spinning around, so you better get out of my way! But in all seriousness Zero-G is a great new feature but doesn’t affect the gameplay in huge amounts but makes you think more about who and where.

I'm a BANANA! (Items)

The items. With the main features of Bananas, Shells and the boosting Super Mushrooms that will zoom you around corners you get new items to play around and to knock your opponents silly around the track. One of my favourites is the Super Horn  as I love blast that dreaded and making my enemies flip all around me, I like to call it the Super Fart and make a farting noise as I laugh everytime. The Plant Pot and The Boomerang do bring new strategies to the table and I enjoy them too, eating your opponents and throwing something that you know will come back because it loves you and will never hurt you… erm. Anyway, they are both fun! The Crazy 8 is just like the Lucky 7 in Mario Kart 7 but with an added coin, so nothing really new with that. I find the item system okay but a little frustrating could be better. Once in first place you stay there quite a lot because all the chaos is happening behind you. In fact online once I was in 6th I found it really hard to get back up to 1st as I was only getting were a Super Mushroom or a Green Shell, and people in front of me were getting Stars and Triple Mushrooms. The Blooper does return…. yes, it’s useless. However it does remove some control but nothing you can’t handle and It won’t get you from 7th to 3rd. I do really think there needs to be a better balance on the items, what use is a green shell when I’m last? None. The items I find the useless is the Coin and the Blooper, as they don’t really help and when you want defence in 1st a Coin isn’t gonna speed you up enough to gain it again.

Do you even wheeling, bro (Karts, Bikes and ATVs)

The kart customization I think is an improvement to Mario Kart 7’s lineup. With more customization and ways to play with newly added ATVs and the comeback of Bikes from Mario Kart Wii does make you pick and choose your style of driving more fun, but frustrating once you realise your combo is rubbish, so I would recommend using Time Trial for experimenting. I also found out that some parts feature secert hidden stats which I think should be shown to the player, I think this is unfair to casual players who do not know what parts are good for which course/terrain. 

Please sir, can I have Modes (Modes)

You still get the regular modes of Time Trials, Grand Prix, Race Vs. and Battle Mode but I think there should be more added to this, with your free time you’ll be mostly playing Online Races but I think their should have be new modes or bringing back Missions or the Mario Kart Channel where you do Challenges and see at of your friends or the world who has done the best.

MELEEEEEE! (Battle Mode)

The Battle is somewhat different but brings an older way to play. In this mode you battle it out on racing tracks from the game Grand Prix, yes not arenas… I feel like this was a bit rushed because I don’t think they would have thought this was a good idea. Come on! TRACKS? In all honestly though once you get used to the idea the Battle Mode isn’t that bad, but I wish they’d used arenas instead.

Get in my TELLY! (MKTV)

Mario Kart TV is a great way to send videos to friends and the world, but I do think there could have been more customization towards this feature. With some of the Highlights it shows I wish I could pick and choose and add filters and music to make it funny (Just like Luigi’s Death Stare) and I do hope to this this feature return in the next Mario Kart and in Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Gotta get them all! (Roster)

The characters in the game I think could be better. I would have liked to have seen a lot more medium to heavy characters instead of 13 small characters which is ALMOST have the roster. I’m not a fan of the smaller characters and I wish I had more Heavy to Medium characters to play as. They got rid of some of my favourites to put in 7 Koopalings in which I’m okay with as they all have different stats and are ACTUAL characters in the Mario franchise. However I feel that Nintendo when a bit crazy with the next to I’m gonna talk about, and you know who I mean. You ready? I know I ain’t… PINK GOLD PEACH? WTH is THAT!!! Seriously, why add a reskinned version of a character already in the game? You’d think Nintendo would have learnt with Metal Mario but they brought him back, but I’m okay with him now as he actually has a bit of character in this game. I understand they needed a female to have the same stats as Metal Mario but please pick a girl from the series. What about Pauline? She was your first female character, put her in, not a made up version of Peach. The next is Baby Rosalina… too many babies in this game… we already have 4, why do we need another? Yes she is cute, but she hasn’t appeared in anything else. Nintendo I feel like you are making up girl characters to fit the female audience but please use what you have already or make new once in other Mario Games so you don’t have this problem. I am glad we now know DLC is available and I hope Nintendo use this to put more character and kart opinions.

The Online

The online is one of the best for the Mario Kart series however just like singleplayer I wish there was more to do. You are given the option of playing Online Races or Battle Mode and you get to enter Tournaments which you can join in with other racers until the time is up, or create your own with customizable options. With this I wish you could delete or edit your Tournament when no-one is in it, as I find it annoying seeing the Tournament go straight to my favourites but I don’t join because I don’t like the rules that have been set. The online is smooth if you play Regional and I have not received any lag but I do get disconnected a few times once or twice a day which is annoying as you have to go find another room full of players. Playing Global is quite a different outcome, as I do find myself disconnecting all the time and having some issues with lag. The outcomes I have witnessed is players teleporting in front of me and my placements being changed as I win the race. Sometimes I would notice I have finished in 1st but then once the leaderboard is up I have been placed 2nd or 3rd. I have also been blue shelled when I have been in 2nd place when I can clearly see another player in front of me when the blue shell was released. I really think this needs to be addressed quickly as I would like to play with Americas/Japanese players and everyone around the world instead of European players all the time. Sometimes I will find I do have good matches in Global and I think the disconnection glitch when a player leaves the room when voting should be fixed.


I think this game is great and is one of the best in the series, however I do see some mistakes Nintendo could improve upon, especially with the Battle Mode and Characters and hopefully add more customization with karts.
  • Beautiful Visuals and Great Detail
  • Addictive and Fun to play
  • Coins appear too much in item boxes which makes first place boring
  • Unbalenced Items
  • Disconnection Issues
  • Battle Mode should feature arena not courses, seems rushed
  • Need more Online game modes
  • Could have more variety in characters
  • Too many small characters
  • Customization is best in the series
  • Hidden Stats in Karts should be shown
  • Anti-Gravity is a welcomed feature
I give Mario Kart 8 an 8/10

(I'm not the best at writing but I wanted to get my opinions out, so please be kind if I made a mistake somewhere)

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1-UP : 06/08/2014 10:12:11 amJun 8th, 2014

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I love this game. It has beautiful graphics and amazing kart and bike customizations. It also added some new characters and features that really put the cherry on top (If you know what I mean). The only problems I have with this game is that 1. Some of the karts (and bikes) that I really like from Wii  weren't included. And  2. Some characters I feel didn't deserve the spot, like Pink Gold Peach (no offense, but the color "Pink Gold" doesn't exist). Honestly, I would rather have Cosmic Rosalina, or something along the lines of that. But overall, this a great game and I think that every gamer who likes the Mario Kart franchise will love this game.
Am I the only one who think red shells are OP and that green shells bounce seems very lucky like ALL of the time >.<
  • Paint_Bucket
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • June 6, 2014, 4:45 pm
I think the greens have stepped up on this game and I kinda like that. I was always good with a green shell :3
But you dont have to be good with them on this game, they always find some way to get to you >.<
  • Jnaejnae
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  • Legendary Jarl
  • June 5, 2014, 7:06 pm
  • fredmow
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Network
  • June 5, 2014, 4:35 am
uh yea hi .3.
I bough a WiiU to play Super Smash Bros. U, and I'm probably going to buy Mario Kart 8 too.
  • Katalisa
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  • Expert Archer
  • June 4, 2014, 4:22 pm
What does this have to do with minecraft. o.o?
  • Paint_Bucket
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  • June 4, 2014, 4:55 pm
I checked the rules. I can upload this as long as I have a good and bad opinion and give it a game rating.
  • Crescendo
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  • Legendary Witch
  • June 6, 2014, 3:02 pm
I wouldn't want this removed! D: you obviously put like a tonne of effort into it! ^-^ nice review :)
  • Paint_Bucket
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • June 6, 2014, 4:46 pm
I think a moderator would have removed it by now :P So I think it good to stay :D
  • Katalisa
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  • June 4, 2014, 5:01 pm
Idk, according to the entire blog section it says
"On Planet Minecraft, is defined as a piece of written content, that
brings a significant contribution to either Minecraft, the Minecraft
community, the Planet Minecraft community, or Planet Minecraft itself.

Items that do not meet this criteria may still be allowed in the
forums, though care should be taken to make sure that they go in the
correct section, which may be listed above."
  • Elthro
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  • June 4, 2014, 10:21 pm
DaRKStAr413 He can upload this look:
Reviews: These blogs provide a constructive opinion about a game, Minecraft feature, server, or other item. Using reviews as a way to advertise submissions, servers, etc. is considered spam and must be taken to the forums. In order to qualify as a review, you should include what you like about the item, what you didn't like, and a possible score or even recommendation about it. Slander is not tolerated and will result in a ban.
  • Katalisa
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  • June 4, 2014, 10:40 pm
Yes, but look up more, the thing I just said is a requirement for all blog posts. I also screenshotted a mod saying "As far as I know, the rule that all submissions must be minecraft related, is still active." I could send the picture if you want...
  • Paint_Bucket
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  • June 5, 2014, 7:49 am
Indeed, however within the rules of a Review Blog, Review being the important word, you can review any game as it says in that quote Elthro has kindly shown.
  • Katalisa
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  • June 5, 2014, 11:39 am
I do see that, but according to Pmc a blog on here (Reviews are still considered a blog) must be significant contribution to either Minecraft, the Minecraft community, the Planet Minecraft community, or Planet Minecraft itself. If this blog doesn't get removed that is fine, though I was just warning you so you know if it does. And here is the file from a site moderator saying that all blogs must be related to minecraft or the pmc community, Image

  • Elthro
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  • June 7, 2014, 11:52 pm
I see what you think when you saw :about a game, Minecraft feature, server
Altough it says this too: or other item. So this is actually an other item, like discriped in the rules.
So he can upload it, if i'm right

  • basicbrick
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  • June 4, 2014, 4:53 pm
PMC changed the rules, so no blogs don't have to be about minecraft.
  • Katalisa
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  • June 4, 2014, 4:55 pm
Ah, so can they magically put back my blog that was removed due to being about Valentines day..? :P
Your blog was likely before the rule-change, so unless you've asked them, they'd have no reason or knowledge of the blog/ or to put it back :P
  • Katalisa
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  • June 4, 2014, 7:55 pm
I guess, though I did ask a site moderator about this rule change and she said as far as she knew the rule is still in.
  • zoossrocks
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  • June 4, 2014, 4:16 pm
I wish I had a Wii U to play it and I like the idea of SSBTV.
  • Paint_Bucket
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • June 4, 2014, 4:56 pm
I think it's a possibilty, as you could watch your replays in Brawl.
  • Oen_R
  • Level 23
  • Expert Network
  • June 4, 2014, 2:34 pm
D: I dont have a Wii U
Me too.
  • Paint_Bucket
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • June 4, 2014, 4:57 pm
Yeah, I really enjoy the console I don't know why many people don't have one.
  • mousedar
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  • June 30, 2014, 9:51 am
I agree that it is worth it
  • ItsRucka
  • Level 28
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  • June 4, 2014, 8:12 pm
I know right?!?!? I love your luigi stare in your profile pic lol
I can't get one because I can't afford one right now.
Jeez, give a guy a spoiler before flaunting around the character screen like that! :P

Also, I agree. I never played Battle Mode that much, but I feel like they really took a step back with the tracks. It's an interesting idea, but I miss the arenas.
  • Paint_Bucket
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • June 4, 2014, 2:19 pm
Hah, it's not real much of a spolier as Nintendo has shown them all off. I do wish they did something with Battle Mode, but I do think DLC is on the way.
well, I got mad at Nintendo when they did it so, xP 

Also Nintendo did say that they were going to have a new kart DLC and that it would be free! Which is awesome!
  • mousedar
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  • June 30, 2014, 9:53 am
The kart DLC is the ability to use a Mercedes (P.S. cant wait to use my mii with that)

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