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Mario Kart 8 looks amazing in new gameplay videos

Mario Kart 8 is easily one of the most anticipated Wii U games this year, and judging by the various gameplay videos, the game will definitely be a must have title for any Wii U owner. Several new Mario Kart 8 gameplay videos show the upcoming racing game’s tracks, including Twisted Mansion, Mario Circuit, Toad Harbor, and many others.

See also: Mario Kart 8 devs say Wii U power makes for a beautiful game

Mario Kart 8 will ship with 26 confirmed tracks, 13 of which are brand new, and 13 of which are remakes of older Mario Kart tracks. Some of the old remakes includes Toad’s Turnpike, Royal Raceway, Grumble Volvano, and of course, the classic Rainbow Road (check out a neat comparison of the new vs the old Rainbow Road in the last video below).

Enjoy the videos below. Mario Kart 8 will be released on May 30, exclusively on Wii U.

Mario Circuit (off-screen footage with direct audio feed):

DK Jungle track:

Twisted Mansion:

Cheep Cheep Beach:

Toad Harbor:

Dry Dry Desert:

Donut Plains:

Finally, there’s a great video comparing the new Rainbow Road with the old N64 version:

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  • Leo

    First?

    • metalpants

      Yes.

    • Niknique

      Sure, why not.

  • RogerBBurgess

    Some of the old remakes includes Toad’s Turnpike, Royal Raceway, Grumble Volvano, and of course, the classic Rainbow Road (check out a neat comparison of the new vs the old Rainbow Road in the last video below). http://qr.net/sEeD

  • RoboticLink

    This looks great! Although I was never a fan of the coins they brought in Mario Kart 7, I was kinda disappointed to see them reappear

    • lonewolf

      Someone havent played super mario kart :D

      • chocodino

        and super circuit

        • lonewolf

          Isnt that the same game just ported for the gameboy advance?

          • chocodino

            nope, it has 5 cups with new tracks and the 5 retro cups [first game in the series to do retro cups].

          • lonewolf

            Thanks thats good to know :)

      • RoboticLink

        Hahahaha…well that’s embarassing… but I still don’t like them.

        And you’re right, I’ve never played it

    • Thomas Vienna

      I like them, actually, not because of their almost negligible function in the game, but just because they make the course look more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Rinslowe

    Yeah, MK8 is total eye candy and butter smooth. Looks like a ton of fun as well. Can’t wait…

  • Yoshifan3

    WHY CANT THIS GAME COME FAST ENOUGH????

    • ETeach

      Because they’re only playing on 50cc

      • Nicolas Dorion

        was that a joke

    • Squid

      Because a blue shell hit it.

    • Zach Cruz

      Because whoever was in last got the lightning box.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    When look at the first trailer from E3 and compare it to most recent trailer you can see a definite improvement in visuals

  • Dark-Link73

    Stop with all these c**k-tease videos and just take my money already Nintendo!!!!!

  • Jack5221

    This will have off screen tv play, right? Psycho ex girlfriend broke my t.v :(

    • jjbredesen

      Nope :(

      • Jack5221

        Crap, really? Looks like Im going to have to sue her. She left some big dents and a cracked window on my car too. Might as well throw in the t.v. >.<

        • jjbredesen

          It does, but you need your TV to do a lot of stuff, don’t think its like in New super Mario U, only in races?

          • I<3supermario3DworldandimAgirl

            It actually will have offscreen you can play from the game pad the tv isn’t needed

        • Ducked

          You have one hot girlfriend, and I’m not talking about looks lol

        • Mr Ninty

          are you a american? why do you people sue everybody?.

          • Jack5221

            Lol Yes. Well… She damaged my property. So I have the right to sue her and get compensated for it. If someone intentionally broke your property, regardless of what it was, wouldn’t you want them to pay for it?

        • ChrisCamp

          knowing what i know about myself and the rest of the male race… you probably deserved it.

      • steve

        why say no if you dont know?

        • jjbredesen

          Because i do know :P

    • Leo

      What did you do for your psycho ex girlfriend to broke your t.v? O.o

      • Jack5221

        To be fair. We’ve been together for 3 months. Her jealousy is too much for me to handle. She constantly wants to see what Im doing, who Im with etc. Since she can’t change, I left her. And she ended up breaking my t.v and throwing some bricks at my car. xD

    • Krzysztof

      It will, but not in the local multiplayer. Split screen only.

  • jjbredesen

    Just got my ticket! CAN’T F****G wait!!
    http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/523/863/6cc.jpg

  • anthony optimo

    The Wii U deluxe was worth every penny.

  • Sdudyoy

    Time for me to sound a bit like a hypocrite when I say graphics don’t matter to me, but man this game looks AMAZING! I’ve been saying that since it was first announced but that Rainbow road comparison, honestly Gamexplain makes some of my favorite video game videos, if you like video games you should Subscribe to them, they make awesome video game trailer analysis and other interesting videos.

    • uPadWatcher

      First of all , I personally don’t think you’re a hypocrite. Secondly, you were right about how Mario Kart 8 is amazing. This game is as mind blowing as Super Mario 3D World and X.

    • DragonSilths

      Uhg, Gamexplain is a fucking bitch.

  • Thomas Vienna

    Isn’t that 6 tracks less than usual? How come? :(

    • NintendoFan

      John is the reason.

    • Andrew St. Clair

      Because those are the confirmed tracks. The tracks that you’ve seen videos of and other things. For instance, they’ve shown the Rainbow Road N64 remake, but they haven’t shown the new Rainbow Road.

      • Thomas Vienna

        Ugh, you’re right. It’s just Kinsley wording things strangely.

  • MerryBlind .

    I’m blown away.

  • ETeach

    I think there’s a little mistake in this article. I’m pretty sure there’s been 32 confirmed tracks, 4 per cup, 8 cups.

    • Virus6

      Not sure where they got those numbers from lol. Nintendo themselves had said 32. Have there ever been an odd number of courses in a cup?

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        26 is an odd number?

        • ETeach

          It is now XD

    • steve

      they dont know the other 6 i think, thats why its 26 comfirmed tracks (they know what tracks the 26 are)

  • I<3supermario3DworldandimAgirl

    Grumble Volcano* Not “Grumble volvano”

  • Carlos Webster

    My favorite is Cheep Cheep Beach.

  • FutureFox

    Seems Nintendo really has a thing for characters scaling walls. First SM3DW, now this.

    • Rinslowe

      Bringing down the boundaries and limitations of the interactive worlds we immerse in, is a more important goal than photo-realism to the experience – I reckon…

  • DragonSilths

    Uhg, fucking Gamexplain…

    • jjbredesen

      Whats wrong about them? They are great!

      • DragonSilths

        Videos are fine, Gamexplain is not. He is an asshole who bashes every single fucking Zelda game and calls it the same thing every time. Yet he still reviews Zelda games even though we all know ahead of time he will just insult it. He used to work for Nintendo, gets special treatment and gets away with bashing Zelda? Yeah…makes sense. Plus his voice and attitude piss me off.

        • FutureFox

          His voice is definitely irritating.

          • http://www.GameXplain.com Andre Segers

            Tell me about it–it’s so annoying having to listen to it every single day.

        • greengecko007

          In all fairness, the Zelda series has been in a very formulaic rut for the past few years. Compare the first 4 games in the series, and you will notice how completely different they all are. Now look at the most recent 4…

          Skyward Sword was innovative in control scheme, but all of the in game concepts were just taken from other titles in the series. Flying in the sky overworld and having floating “islands” is a direct parallel to sailing in Wind Waker, and the silent realms are a direct paraellel to the twilight areas in Twilight Princess.

          Ocarina of Time 3D is a remake.

          Wind Waker HD is yet another remake.

          A Link Between Worlds draws so much from A Link to the Past that you could easily argue it’s also remake.

          The Zelda series hasn’t done anything innovative since Twilight Princess on the original Wii 8 years ago, and even that game followed the same Zelda formula for much it’s duration.

          • iamserious

            Did you mean Twilight Princess for Gamecube or the remake on Wii (motion controls)?

          • DragonSilths

            You don’t “fix” what isn’t broken. Zelda is my favorite gaming franchise and I see nothing wrong with it. No dramatic changes need to be made. Like the people who want Link to talk, FUCK THEM. All they need to do is let Miyamoto take the lead again. He is better then Anouma.

          • greengecko007

            I don’t think anybody wants to see the Zelda series change dramatically, but some areas of the game are in need of obvious improvement.

            Ever since A Link to the Past the series has been stuck in a “collect 3 of this then collect 3 of this” formula. Zelda also needs to get rid of the save system from the 80s, as only being able saving at bird statues is unacceptable. Voice acting is also desperately needed for everyone but Link. I was playing through Skyward Sword recently, and the grunts and moans from some of the characters sounded like animal noises.

          • DragonSilths

            Other then making the game a little less linear its fine. And no voice acting, none at all.

          • Mithiragi

            Aonuma’s done a great job with OOT, MM, WW, TP, SS, and ALBW. Either way, Miyamoto plans on retiring soon to be with his family, and I think he’s leaving Mario and Zelda in good hands.

          • DragonSilths

            Anouma didn’t do OOT and MM…….Miyamoto did. Anouma took over after Miyamoto. And MM was shit.

          • Mithiragi

            Whether it was shit or not is your opinion.

          • FutureFox

            I agree. I think there’s a small faction of weird gamers that desire want a beloved series to make an outing in every possible genre there is, because somehow that makes it fresh.

            For example, there are people who would to see a FPS Megaman (in fact Capcom made a small demo) or RPG Zelda, why? The genre/style/structure is part of its original identity that has carried the series for nearly 3 decades. Why change that to satisfy some cross-breeding genre fantasy?

            Challenging the devs to make something new within the the original game structure is what makes the familiar fresh and in the end enjoyable. Now one offs are fine as long as they don’t become the new standard and fracture you gaming audience *ahem-cough-tlevania.*

            Refer to Parasite Eve 1 and 2, then look at Third Birthday (Parasite Eve sequel renamed). Might as well make Castlevania into a turn-based RPG while we’re at it.

          • Rinslowe

            This is both truthful and full of strangeness…
            There are moments in each Zelda title that gives it a somewhat unique aspect. And from a series, that’s what we should expect, if we want a game that is both familiar and different. Although I get what you’re saying in that those differences are seeming to be fewer and fewer recently.
            As Anouma has mentioned this himself. It is likely that the next Zelda, given his statements and the amount of resources given in development, will be a lot more ambitious in those respects…
            Here’s hoping.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah i agree that he bashes Zelda to much and he talks to fast and has a extremely boring voice, but there analyzing and comparisons are great.

        • http://www.GameXplain.com Andre Segers

          I’ve reviewed exactly 2 Zeldas game at GameXplain, and they were Skyward Sword and Wind Waker HD, both of which I gave 4.5/5. A Link Between Worlds was reviewed by Derrick, who gave it a perfect score. But of course, any time I offer any kind of suggestion or improvement, or even a hint that Zelda could do some things better, I’m “bashing” the game and am an asshole.

          • DragonSilths

            Hmm….hard to tell if its really him or some random guy calling himself him. Also if you are him, you also banned me from your channel before so no matter what you say I don’t like you and never will.

          • http://www.GameXplain.com Andre Segers

            If I banned you, then there was a reason for it. But I’m not surprised you hold a grudge against me for it. I really don’t care if you like me, but I wanted to set the record straight on Zelda–a series I adore.

          • Ethan Shelden

            Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe it were these two comments?

            DragonSilths • 3 days ago

            Videos are fine, Gamexplain is not. He is an asshole who bashes every single fucking Zelda game and calls it the same thing every time. Yet he still reviews Zelda games even though we all know ahead of time he will just insult it. He used to work for Nintendo, gets special treatment and gets away with bashing Zelda? Yeah…makes sense. Plus his voice and attitude piss me off.

            DragonSilths • 3 days ago

            Uhg, Gamexplain is a fucking bitch.

            Again, just a guess.

          • DragonSilths

            I don’t get what your trying to say to me using my own comments?

          • Ethan Shelden

            I guess what I’m trying to say is that you might not want to call GameXplain a, well, you know. It’s okay to say that you disagree with his opinions, but you probably don’t want to say stuff like those in the last comments.

          • DragonSilths

            Nah, I’m always brutally honest with how I feel. I don’t mind if I hurt peoples feelings or whatever lol.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Care to gamexplain?

      • DragonSilths

        Read prior post.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    Everyone talking about the hypetrain, hope you don’t mind I’ll sit this one out, I loathe public transport (you will too if you live in the Netherlands like me) Pun intended.

    • Mr Ninty

      nee jongen het OV in nederland is harstikke goed geregeld. de treinen stoppen zelfs voor bladeren, geen enkel ander land is zo milieuvriendelijk

      • YogiGRB

        whahahahahahahahahahaha, ze stoppen zelfs voor bladeren; ik ga stuk hier omdat het klopt, want dan rijden ze niet.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        haha sorry nu lig ik ook helemaal in een deuk. kan ik je 50x upvoten?

  • lilmc01
  • Ultrasyd

    Here is a system seller

  • I<3supermario3DworldandimAgirl

    The bad thing of mk8 is that there too many koopa that’s what made it bad

    • Kaleb

      Too many koopalings? In reality the only thing that matters about the character is the weight! No difference between Mario and Luigi so who cares if they are all koopalings, they all arre different anyways

  • gamer4life

    Gamespot like: “6/10. I’m not good at this.”

    Gamespot…………..

  • Ducked

    I can’t wait to play Mario Kart 8 on my PlayStation 4

    • uPadWatcher

      Nice try, troll beggar.

      • Ducked

        Troll beggar? Have a sense of humor

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          You rarely find that around here. :P

          • Ducked

            I know it can be so dry here sometimes. This site would be a desert without you, me, and magnus on here.

          • iamserious

            Lol uh ok.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            We certainly make it more interesting and fun. Shame that fanboys and uptight posters have no sense of humor. :P

          • Ducked

            I guess their called called fanboys for a reason, just not sure lol

          • Rinslowe

            The issue is more in that you think you’re funny….
            Actually that is kind humorous.

  • Ducked

    Nintendo doesn’t know how to spell “Doughnuts”

    • FutureFox

      I just looked this up recently and the spelling comes from the confectionery chain Dunkin’ Donuts in America. This spelling was accepted practically since the chain opened and used almost exclusively in America.

      • Ducked

        That has nothing to do with it, Nintendo isn’t partnered with Dunkin Donuts.

        • X3Charlie

          It’s not that, it’s just that is away of spelling it now. Just another word like Color and colour, Public and Pucblick.

          • iamserious

            Pucblick!?!

          • X3Charlie

            Yes, iamserious, I am in fact serious XD

  • DoctorWily

    From the videos it looks like there is no Wiimote-style steering with the control pad? I hope this is a feature that can be turned on or off…

    • The Unkown

      Actually you CAN use the gamepad itself as a steering wheel for the game. That is a feature that can be turned on/off.

      • DoctorWily

        awesome! that’s what I wanted to hear. thank you

  • KartSmash

    Really glad they redid Rainbow Road 64 but kind of upset they made it into a 3 section race instead of a 3 lap race. I know it’s a really long track but that was part of the epicness.

    • Mithiragi

      Yeah I wish it was 3 laps as well. It’s too short.

    • Andrew St. Clair

      No. That was what made it redundant, boring and one of the easiest tracks in the series. If not for the attempts at the shortcut at the start, it would be the easiest track in the series.

    • Nookling

      They only took one lap on all of the courses in these videos

  • Zackary Bruley

    I bought my Hype Train Ticket months ago. Now I’m squeezing it.

  • Miles “Tails” Prower

    I don’t know why, but I enjoy seeing the characters hold items.

  • Merrfn

    I am oozing fluids.

  • SolarGalaxa

    26 tracks? Weird… I thought the total was 32. Hope Nintendo didn’t downgrade the number of tracks.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    OK I’m definitely feeling the hype now but the next big Wii U game still 2 months away!? Urgh!

  • InterTreble

    Haters, trolls… you will miss THIS!!! ;)

  • Ian Settlemyer

    R.O.B. for Mario Kart 8!