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Mario Kart 8 includes unlockable gear, private online lobbies, more

Mario Kart 8 includes unlockable gear, private online lobbies, more

Mario Kart 8 is less than 3 weeks away from release, and the first solid bits of information are beginning to emerge from various previews. A recent preview from NintendoWorldReport revealed a bunch of new details about the game.

As expected, the standard game mode is Grand Prix. By playing the Grand Prix mode, players unlock new tracks as the campaign progresses. There are a total of 32 race tracks in the game (check out the soundtrack for every track).

After each race, players will be rewarded 1 to 3 stars for their performance in the race, and coins will be earned as well in each race. Players will be able to spend the coins on buying new gear such as tires, bodies, etc. The gear isn’t just cosmetic — it will affect the performance of the kart.

As for online modes, many of the offline game modes will be available online. Players will also be able to create tournaments, which can even be set to be held weekly or every set number of days. Mario Kart 8 will also support private lobbies for your friends.

Players will be able to watch the best moments of each race via the new Mario Kart TV feature, where players can view and adjust the highlights of each game. It will also be possible to watch a replay of the whole race, and videos can be uploaded to YouTube and Miiverse.

Other Mario Kart 8 Wii U features include a new Miiverse stamp that is awarded for beating Nintendo staff in a race, and you can even race against Nintendo staff members’ ghosts in time trial.

You can check out the full Mario Kart 8 preview here.

For good measure, we’ve added some new Mario Kart 8 videos as well, including a walkthrough of the menus and tournament settings in the game. Enjoy!

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  • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

    Wow, now I know every single thing about this game possible! I don’t ever need to buy it! (Sarcasm)

  • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

    I look so good in HD

    • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

      Please understand, that to make the game make the game more western, we have followed in a certain companies footsteps and made the game 720p.

      • Tecpedz94

        Do you have anything better to do than to represent yourself as something you’re not…..

        • Guest

          Patrick: Not until 4. XD

    • Mario

      Mario: But I look a better!

      • Arthur Jarret

        You look fat. Maybe you should focus as much on playing tennis like Waluigi instead of eating cake at peach’s castle all the time. Even your shaky-legged brother jumps higher than you!

        • Brian Lockett

          And yet, I don’t see their names on the cover of the game…

    • Sdudyoy

      Waluigi is still my favorite Mario character, sadly he hasn’t been in any non spin off Mario game.

      • Roman

        Honestly, he’s just a cheap Luigi counter part. Super generic.

        • Sdudyoy

          Who cares, He’s still my favorite Mario character :)

    • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

      Sure, but you look even better, being fully playable in Smash Broth- OH WAIT.

  • great deku tree

    there’s 2 things that I feel disappointed about in this game.
    1. characters. there could have been much better characters that could have taken the places of the likes of baby Rosalina, pink gold peach etc such as diddy kong or Dixie kong dry bones etc.
    2. online chat. while it’s good that we can chat before and after races……why not during them?!?! I can’t think of any reason whatsoever that there shouldn’t be. if some little kid is being annoying, put them on mute. trash talking with my friends during races would have been so funny, especially when we’re all together in a private tournament. it’d feel a lot more like my friends were in the room playing MK8 with me. I just don’t get it X(
    anyway I know that was a negative comment but I’m still super psyched for this game. in fact it’s the first game I’ve ever pre-ordered.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      do you want to take time out of a race to put someone on mute?

      • jjbredesen

        Yeah i don’t want to have to listen to lots of small kids cursing everytime they miss a turn xD

        oh and can you ask whoever can see the tip mail to check it found some really interesting information.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Kids don’t play mario kart – they’re all doing Call of duty, minecraft and GTA online.

          The lack of a 16+ label ensures almost nobody aged 15 & under will play it.

          • Guest

            I am 15.

          • jjbredesen

            I am 15 xD

          • Shota

            are you really 15?

          • jjbredesen

            Yes ;)

          • Shota

            for 15 year old you are really nice and mature. wish more people were like you. then this place wouldn’t always be a mess , i’m 18 years old turning 19 on october and still sometimes act stupid >.<

          • jjbredesen

            Thanks :D not bad yourself :)

          • Arthur Jarret

            Don’t worry about it – I’m 30 and the stupid behaviour has only gotten worse.

          • Officer Raichu

            dang im a youngster
            14 XD

          • Arthur Jarret

            Are you sure? Did you keep count?

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah,100% sure ;) 1998-2014 is 16, but my bday is not before November, so yeah 15.

          • ScrewAttack

            Times like this make me feel old. I’m only 24!

          • Brian Lockett

            I’m 27 in 7 days. Then I’ll be 30 next year.

          • lonewolf88

            oh yeah 1998 was the year to be born…. *not really*

          • jjbredesen

            It was when OOT was released so yes it was :D

          • Arthur Jarret

            I was old enough to beat it when it came out, so… 1983 FTW!!! (That’s right, I was born in the same year as Luigi!)

          • jjbredesen

            …. 1983, Luigi and you have 3 “…”

            …HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

          • Arthur Jarret

            Actually – I’m sorry to inform you this can only confirm Half life 2 Episode 3, not Half life 3.

          • jjbredesen

            My life is now i lie….

          • Arthur Jarret

            If it wasn’t for the internet, it would be a secret to everybody.

          • jjbredesen

            My life?

          • Officer Raichu

            your comments make you sound like 30 XD

          • jjbredesen

            Thanks, i guess xD Donno if it is supposed to be positive xD

          • Officer Raichu

            well you pretty good at keeping calm
            i rage to much
            (raged for an hour during the vgchartz mk7 tournament XD)

          • jjbredesen

            Thanks, yeah i rage to, but not in my comments xD

          • Officer Raichu

            yeah when you go and get destroyed by a star and bulet bill last second and you r in 2nd then you get mad
            -_-

          • jjbredesen

            When i am in 1.st at the end of a cup, and need to win to win the cup and get hit by a blueshell on the finishline…

          • Officer Raichu

            i was so close to winning first for the tournament!
            why i wished they turn items off -_-

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            I am 15 and Mario Kart and basically everything Nintendo is all I play. Hell, I hate COD :’)

          • Arthur Jarret

            Wow, lots of 15 year olds (not much 13 year olds though… guess I was only one year off the mark).

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            You’re 13?

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            ow wait nevermind

          • Arthur Jarret

            If you would took the average of my mental age and physical age, I would be. But no, I’m 30.

            An explanation:
            By being ‘one year of the mark’ I was referring to my assumption 15 year olds don’t play mario kart – which prompted lots of 15 year olds stating their age. However, there are no 13 or 14 year olds stating their age. Ergo: I was mistaken by one year – no 14 year olds (and lower) seem to play mario kart.

            Warning: this statement might prompt 14 year olds to reply to this comment…

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            Ah I get it :)

      • C4

        Would be easy with the GamePad touchscreen… small pop-up menu on GamePad, mute everyone you don’t want, done.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          that’s true

      • great deku tree

        you can mute them before the race starts. if they only start talking when a race started, I can wait until the end of the race then mute them for the next race. overall it’s just annoying that I won’t be able to talk with my friends during races simply in order to prevent little kids from being annoying, even though they may never be in my races to begin with. imagine playing 4-player local multiplayer in pure silence…it’d be way worse X( imo online multiplayer (especially private tournaments) would have been a lot better with online chat during races

    • Kaleb

      I think there will be unlockable characters still

      • Gabe Hoffman

        I don’t think Nintendo ever stated that this would be the final roster. I have a feeling there a re a few characters they may not have told usabout

        • great deku tree

          hmm I’m pretty sure they said it’d be 30 characters in total and when I saw a screenshot with all the characters in the MK8 direct I assumed it was all 30. hopefully I’m wrong

  • thedeciderU

    about 4 weeks by my count…

  • jjbredesen

    Next article:

    Mario Kart 8′s Vehicle speeds released xD or Mario Kart 8′s Pause Menu revealed!

    • Rinslowe

      IT has been proven, the bike is faster than the kart but the kart is also faster than the bike…. :)

    • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

      “Look how many pages are in the Mario Kart 8 manual included with the game!”

  • Sdudyoy

    Seems like Nintendo is finally getting it with online, even though it’s really slow, I personally don’t care for online, because I have 4 brothers, and a sister so I always have someone to play with, but I’m glad that Nintendo is doing better with online.

    • great deku tree

      while I have many brothers and sisters too, I’m going to tell my cousins in England (who love MK as well) to get the MK8 wii u bundle and do tournaments online with them as well as my brothers and sisters!! going to be awesome

  • companyoflosers

    hopefully with this we’ll start to see nintendo’s online get better. they have alot to prove before smash bros is out and if it works like its supposed to or even just “okay” then ill be stoked to play!

    • Arthur Jarret

      Nintendo’s online in games is already great on 3DS – Luigis mansion, kid icarus and MK7 are great online experiences, for example

  • TheWichi

    The thing about battle mode sounds very disappointing

  • WiiUisgaming

    This game should support 5 local players, 4 in wiimotes or wiiu pro controller and the 5th one in the gamepad

    • Alexander Munnerlyn

      Why?

      • Arthur Jarret

        Sonic did it and it was awesome! 2P versus and each player gets his own screen was awesome too.

        • Brandon

          and sonic racing transformed STILL got fucking stomped by mario kart 8. :P

          • Arthur Jarret

            That’s highly unlikely – I’ve read somewhere the numbers of the MK8 preorders outnumber the number of PS4s sold to date (can’t remember where I read it, though)

          • Brandon

            and yet wii u will lose to not only ps4 but xb1 too in the long run. how the hell do you lose to xb1? I just hated that thing even if they did “fix” most of it’s problems.

      • WiiUisgaming

        Because, you can invite more Friends to play, and people will have much more fun.

  • Keronos

    are there many racing games with voice chat while you race? I kind of think it’s pointless to have voice chat while racing due to all the background noise, and plus why the hell would you play a racing game silent and still chat with someone? Isn’t it more intense when you hear the crowds and the engine roar as you race?… just my 2 cents on that…

    • great deku tree

      I guess that when (if) you play local multiplayer you play it in complete silence? I sure don’t. I’d much rather trash talk with my friends and have a good laugh than sit in silence and listen to miis and my engine for an hour or two.

      • Keronos

        ah… good point, but I say that cuz i don’t have many ppl to play with at home…so yeah, i should have stated that lol

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    Hehehe I’m so hyped for this game!!! *Listening to Electrodrome theme right now :)

  • gamesplayswill

    I can’t wait to play as Iggy and Ludwig!!

    You know, I have an idea.
    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Wii U daily had a tournament?
    Like a weekly race or something?
    I mean, I’d love to do it, how about you guys? :)

    • Shota

      that would be nice !

      • gamesplayswill

        I wanna see it happen! Is there someone we can contact to make it a possibility? :s

        • Shota
          • gamesplayswill

            Oh I did that already. XD
            Oh well, they might be enticed more? (if enticed is the correct work idek I’m ill)

    • palomino blue

      Pretty sure this has already suggested. And yes, it’s a great idea.

  • Guest

    lier there is no such thing as buying gear just collecting to get gear to to buy

  • Elvis Hayes

    lier there is no such thing as buying gear just collecting to get gear not buying gear get it in your heads

    • great deku tree

      maybe this time round you’ll be able to choose which kart/bike parts you can choose to buy with the coins you collect? don’t jump to conclusions based off of previous MK games.

  • Donaald

    So basically it has everything people asked for.

    • C4

      Yes. Except battle mode arenas.

    • great deku tree

      except online chat during races and battle tracks.

  • crocodileman94

    This arcticle’s unusually optimistic… You okay, Kinsley?

    • SolarShane13

      LMAO

  • brian

    We already knew about most of this. FLUFFER ARTICLE

  • Nintengoth

    All I want to know is are there going to be unlockable characters lol

  • GermGerm

    What math did he use to get “less than 3 weeks”?

    • DragonSilths

      Probably meant to hit 4 but he hit 3.

    • lonewolf88

      2 + 2 = 3 now didn’t you know?

  • SolarShane13

    Will private tournaments usher in the era of paid prize pool tourneys?

  • SolarShane13

    A little FYI to people:

    Voice chat is only available in the friends mode in the lobby. I’m pretty sure it isn’t available in tourney mode and won’t be available in “strangers” mode knowing Nintendo.

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Must. Not watch! Must not spoil!

  • Old School

    Very nice!

    Now if only they had the budget to make battle arenas instead if being cheap

  • TheGamerGeek128

    Wait a sec. Soooo Nintendo, is actually doing something… progressive* with online gameplay. What is this?

    *At least progressive by their standards

    • X3Charlie

      Now if only we could chat with our friends XD

      • WellWisher

        Pretty sure you can.

      • lonewolf88

        you can. you can use voice chat in private rooms with your friends just not in public.

        • X3Charlie

          It’d be nice if we could chat while you’re actually racing though. :/

  • CaptRodgers

    My question about online is this. Is there going to be split screen online and if so how many? If I engender correctly Mario kart Wii had two player split screen online, but I don’t remember cause I never owned

  • pacheco90

    Wish they could bring back the Battle Mode Bob-Omb Blast from Double Dash, that mode was really fun with friends xD

  • http://www.mgo2.com/ Neferpitou

    Actually, it’s more than 3 weeks away from release.

  • bizzy gie

    Private lobby? It’s becoming clearer to the oblivious minds at Nintendo.

  • Johan Lindqvist

    No unlockable characters? :( gf is furious that Birdo ain’t available.

    • Rick van der Linde

      You should be happy, how can anyone stand the sound that comes out of that pink ting picked out of a public toilet.

      • Johan Lindqvist

        Birdo is a cool guy. Don’t be a hater.

  • Rick van der Linde

    I guess we’ll see DLC in the form of character packs. Like the “Kong” pack that’ll include Diddy etc. and maybe some sort of villain pack with Bowser jr., King Boo, etc.

  • uPadWatcher

    1080p, 60fps… even in two player mode, 30 characters, new and remixed tracks, 2 through 32 players online, Nintendo Network, Miiverse and YouTube enabled, and MKTV! Nintendo EAD #1 nave indefinitely pushed the envelope in Mario Kart 8. Not only that, they have resurrected the original slogan from the NES era– Now you’re playing with POWER!