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Mario Kart 8 Reviews [ROUNDUP]

Reviews for one of the Wii U’s most highly anticipated games – Mario Kart 8 – have just started pouring in and you can check out ours RIGHT HERE! Rather than finding and reading them one by one, we’ve neatly organized all the best Mario Kart 8 Reviews in one place, from all your favorite sources, for easy browsing.

MK8

You can buy the game for $59.99 at Amazon.

IGN

ign-logoScore: 9/10
Quotable:  “Mario Kart 8 is the best kart racing game Nintendo has made in a long time. It strikes a careful balance between refining old ideas while introducing fresh new ones. Admittedly, its gorgeous graphics and jazzy orchestrated soundtrack bolster its presentation, but you’re getting a lot more than just looks with this one – although I spent an awful lot of time gawking at the details in slow-motion, the fast and furious pace of racing with friends both locally and online is what really kept me coming back.”
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Destructoid

destructoidScore: 9/10
Quotable: Mario Kart 8 is my favorite series entry since Double Dash, and if it gets arena battle tracks at some point by way of DLC, it will be a near-perfect package. Its vibrant visuals will hold up for years to come, ensuring that the game will withstand the test of time, and it will be a staple in my household for a long, long while.” … “Superb: A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won’t cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.”
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Joystiq

joystiqScore: 4.5/5
Quotable: “Despite an unfortunate change to its battle mode, MK8 is a solid extra lap on a series with a great foundation. The gravity-shifting sections spliced into existing and new tracks feel like a natural extension of the series rather than a gameplay-changing revelation, but it’s a strong compliment to an already enjoyable experience. The social features are surprisingly solid and may even outlive the total course selection, but it helps that the new tracks feel as worthy of a revisit as the series’ standouts.”


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Polygon

Score: 9/10polygon-mark
Quotable: You might only be able to have tons of fun for a month or two” is the closest thing to a complaint I could level against Mario Kart 8. It doesn’t bring massive innovations to the formula, but it’s overflowing in that Nintendo magic that makes it so easy to forget about minor shortcomings. Its gorgeous looks and tightly developed sense of speed ensured that I was never left unhappy after a race, even when I blew it and came in near the end. What more could I ask for than a game that keeps me smiling even when I lose?
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GamesRadar

Score: 4/5gamesradar
Quotable: Mario Kart 8 is a high-quality game, of that there is no question. But it often feels like you and it are simply going through the motions. And when the musical swell from Super Mario Galaxy’s Gusty Garden kicks in (aah, the goosebumps!), it does hammer home the fact that this game doesn’t offer anything unique of its own that sets it apart from other kart racers or even other games in the series. As a result, it’s very good–occasionally superb–but not quite exceptional.” … “Mario Kart 8 is a slick and gorgeous-looking kart racer that’s perfectly solid but not always as exciting or addictive as we’ve come to expect from the series.” [Read More]

EuroGamer

eurogamerScore: 10/10
Quotable: Bold, accessible, deep and rich, Mario Kart 8 is premium video game development. It feels expensive. But this isn’t the vacuous lavishness of the Hollywood blockbuster; its excesses and indulgences work towards a common goal – or rather, finish line. The game may build upon some of the steady inventions of its predecessor (the diversity of handling options, the airborne sections) but in these staggering, monument-like arenas, those ideas have been given space to fully blossom.” … “Video game players are familiar with the law of diminishing returns. Even as new entries in a series tirelessly improve upon their predecessors, our interest nevertheless wanes; with games, improved is somehow less exciting than new. Mario Kart 8 is a rare thing, then: the best entry in a series and the most exciting yet.”
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TIME

timelogoScore: N/A
Quotable: Put it this way: if you have a Wii U, it’s the proverbial no-brainer for any sort of player, casual to pro. If you don’t own a Wii U, here’s a reason to buy one, with the caveat that the Wii U’s software future looks pretty hazy right now.” … “one of the best games Nintendo’s delivered, and a reminder that when the company’s firing on all cylinders — even when it’s standing on its own shoulders, gameplay-wise — its creative output remains peerless.”
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Telegraph

telegraphFacebookScore: 4.5/5
Quotable: “Mario Kart 8 is the series at its very best; an exciting, hilarious and satisfying to-and-fro. Move on from the training wheels of the deliberately ponderous 50cc and there’s a delicious sense of speed, whizzing along at 60fps under cerulean skies.” … It’s the subtle shifts in weight depending on character and vehicle choice; it’s the satisfying hop that sends your kart into a drift, sparks flying as you charge a boost round a sweeping apex; it’s the flick off a ramp, opening your glider and either lifting high above the track or dive-bombing into increased acceleration; it’s the evil glee of a perfectly thrown green shell; the infuriating explosion of that blue one that zeroes in on the leader.” … You’d be hard pressed to argue against the potency and sheer joy of Mario Kart 8’s racing and track design.
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Ars Technica

ars-logoScore: 8/10
Quotable: missing features and changes for the worse are disappointing blemishes on what is still an incredibly enjoyable game. Mario Kart 8 isn’t the best game in the series, but it provides enough new visual, gameplay, and track design flourishes to the well-tread core kart-racing gameplay to be worth a look.” … “looks absolutely amazing” … “Great course design matches the series standard” … “Game seems better balanced, with less cheap “rubber banding” from computer players”.
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Lazy Gamer

Score: 8/10LazygamerNet
Quotable: What it lacks in raw innovation it more than makes up for in pure joy. Mario Kart 8’s bare-bones presentation is offset by its solid core racing, and is an essential purchase for every Wii U owner who appreciates fun.
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  • GmailIsDown

    it is getting rave reviews everywhere i checked

  • matt

    All the 10’s should pour in soon 22 reviews isn’t close to what this game will get try at least 65 reviews….ive seen the game and can’t see how it has so may 9’s ???? where are the 10’s for this amazing game and 12 players online and Mariokart TV alone make it a 9.5 ??

    • robjackson81

      Some people just don’t give 10/10 because in their mind that means perfect. So if you can find any flaws or are left wishing for any features or extras or changes then it’s immediately dropped to 9.5 max.

      I’m not going to say I agree or disagree with that rating system, but it’s pretty consistent in product reviews across the web, like it or not.

      • Skelterz

        I agree i think there are to many tiny flaws that hinder the reception of the experience but overall this game surely deserves no less that 8-9 in my opinion.

      • Rinslowe

        Yep. As a general idea of the finished product I think the rating systems used are adequate.

      • greengecko007

        But there’s also numerous websites that are somehow recognized by metacritic that just hand out 10/10 or 100/100 because the reviewer liked the game. I expect the same thing to happen to Mario Kart 8.

    • Skelterz

      9’s and 8’s are still really good though 10 is difficult to score that really comes down to opinion, For example the battle mode doesn’t look as strong in the game now, For some that might not matter and for others its a blemish on a near perfect game so to score it ten when you feel conflicted about certain features is a difficult task the game looks great as it is Reviews are there to guide people but ultimately they don’t do any game true justice once its on your TV your the judge that’s just the way it goes.

  • mac

    10/10 ;-) <3

  • Mariofreak007

    I think it should get 10/10 everywhere!!
    The nintendo magic is all over this game!

    This is also a good review
    http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/wiiu/mario_kart_8

    • Skelterz

      The magic may well be all over the game but with a gimped battle mode and a clucky online interface that only allows you to join and create lobbies and not directly invite friends, Not being able to talk directly to friends via voice chat during race are some small creases that need to be ironed out before scoring the game a ten if they can patch the little cracks and release arena’s in a DLC package for battle mode along with different characters then this game will easily get 10 but you must understand everyone has different expectations to me the game looks great but why on earth can i not invite my friends in 2014 there’s no excuse.

      • Rinslowe

        Yep. All valid points. Minor it may be to the overall game in it’s entirety.
        Still enough to justify a future patch, imo.

        • Skelterz

          exactly why not they may as well.

      • Willie Crespo

        Aren’t you sort of able to do invite people via Miiverse and the Wii U friends list?

        • Skelterz

          I’m not sure about that no1 has mentioned it though i assume you can join your friends lobbies only to be honest nintendo are still infants when it comes to online small things like this should vanish in the upcoming years.

      • darkcreap

        Didn’t read the online part. So you cannot invite but, at least you can provide a lobby name and if your friend writes it, he or she can find the match, correct? Well, it’s not that comfortable, but it works fine enough. It is probably a bit old, but probably not too difficult to share a name through whatsapp or internet chat.

        The lack of voice chat during races is not nice. Maybe they did it to prevent too much noise or insults online. If they did it for insults it was not a very intelligent decision, since you can flag users. If it was to prevent too much noise, then…

        Any way, at least they should have enabled it for collaborative gameplay. I played in Multiplayer mode in SNES Mario Kart with a friend of mine and we told each banana peel and green shell we shot so the other would be warned.

        • Skelterz

          Yeah none of the problems i listed are game breaking there sort of all like face palm problems you know its like these things are so small that you wonder whether they made these mistakes due to not knowing enough about the fanbase and online requirements or if they were just rushed for time its all silly stuff that would take one sweet patch to fix…. fingers crossed.

    • Adrian

      10 = ground shattering, life altering, and we will be talking about the greatness of this game 15 years from now.

  • Rinslowe

    I’m a little surprised with Eurogamer giving Kart a 10/10. I was expecting more like a 9 – 9.5 tops. Arguably the most critical of the dedicated gaming sites towards Nintendo and their software…
    I might be mistaken but I think I recall them giving SM3DW the same score?

    Looking forward to the inevitable face off this time too.

    Not surprised at all the average score rating for Kart. It was kinda obvious Nintendo had a winner on their hands with this one. Lets see if that equates to decent sales as well.
    :)

    • Skelterz

      I think 9’s are perfectly fine for mario kart 8 9 is near perfect.

      • Rinslowe

        Sure. I agree.

    • 504HotBoy

      I’m not surprised by all the positive reviews. Nintendo always make some of the best games. There always high quality and polished!

    • darkcreap

      I think Eurogamer is more pro Nintendo, maybe? Yes, 10/10 is not OK in this case, especially if what I understood from Zorpix’s comment is true (that you cannot invite friends manually, I think I might have misread, though). And the thing they did with battle mode is unforgivable.

      I know that changes in battle mode are unwelcome, but not using especially designed tracks is a major mistake. I have the feeling that they either had a bad day when they took that design decision or they had to rush the game, so they didn’t have the time to make the battle tracks. Because it is clear that racing tracks are not fit for battle, especially if they are as huge as Mario Kart 8’s tracks are.

      I honestly hope they correct that with DLC. Free DLC, as it is something to be normally expected from a Mario Kart game.

      Despite their errors in battle mode, the game is really good and I think it deserves the high scores it has got. Maybe their focus on rebalancing the racing mode was what distracted them from battle mode.

      • Rinslowe

        No way. Historically the opposite. However, they do know how to give credit where it’s due. And haven’t held back on writing positives when the points for are too many not to…
        Every other time they’ve been almost trollish in their slandering.
        It’s a pet peeve of mine, reading predominantly negative bias from supposed professional sources. Gaming journalism still has a way to go I think overall.

        And true…

    • greengecko007

      Hey Rinslowe, since we’re approaching the release date for Mario Kart 8 I’m trying to go ahead and register some people as friends from the WiiUDaily community. My NNID is WinterFang, if you’d be interested in playing together sometime.

      • Rinslowe

        Sure. I’ll be creating an account just for Kart. And will update you later. Cheers!
        :)

      • Rinslowe

        sent to you…
        mkartspecr

        Although I’m a little anxious about the new network agreement changes. I bought the first console in New Zealand on holiday in 2012 and of course all nnid’s have to be registered to the same origin of the hardware. Now that I’m back in Hong Kong for some time, it may apparently not work correctly after this June.
        There’s no way to register either of my Wii U’s/ nnid’s in the correct region or where I am currently as neither of them HK/ China mainland sell the console officially.
        Fingers crossed I can still game online and make E-shop purchases after June…

  • anthony optimo

    Did not see that coming…

  • Skelterz

    Great reviews now all we need is the fucking game so we can start bloody racing haha.

  • Hyde Gaming

    Its a nintendo game, not like i was expecting a low score or anything.

  • http://www.mgo2.com/ Neferpitou

    Nintendo done good.

    • LordiMcKill

      Nintendo always does good, with their games anyway.

    • Shota

      yes they did gon.. i mean neferpitou

  • Zombie_Andrew

    With MK8 getting all this positive media and with a free digital download of most first party Nintendo titles – now is the time to get a Wii U, tell everyone!

    • Capt. Smoker

      ps+…. it’s nothing new to offer games on a plate to the fanbase, it’ll definitely help sell, it ain’t no savior though

      • Zombie_Andrew

        Sure but a lot of people are saying that the Wii U + mario Kart needs to be £150 (which is stupid) however a lot of them don’t realise that for £200 you can get Mario Kart a Wii U and a free digital download of most first party games which is a great deal to persuade those on the fence or waiting for a crazy price drop

        • Capt. Smoker

          Aye but what have they to look forward to after Kart and Smash?, I only bought mine for Shin Megam Tensei x Fire emblem mostly, anything else is really just a bonus, plus it’s a damn good browser for your tv lol

          • Zombie_Andrew

            Let’s see what E3 2014 has to offer. my bet Zelda U, Pokemon Stadium 3, A skylanders Mario game (possibly Mario Galaxy 3!), Project Zero / Fatal frame reboot (hopefully it goes to the EU and the US) and then maybe even a Metroid or StarFox game

          • Capt. Smoker

            Any of those would do me kindly, I really want Dragon Quest X though >.< oh well, least we get VII on 3ds and VIII on mobile this year :) better than nothing

      • matthew garcia

        Great reviews as expected but that only matters to the hardcore Nintendo fans. It will not save Wii u . It Will sell well only within Wii u’s small install base

        • Rinslowe

          Does it really only matter to hardcore Nintendo fans though? I think, maybe a bit early to be preaching that one.
          Are there really people out there that believe one game can save a platform? I actually haven’t seen any. It may just be the game Nintendo needs to start selling the system. But it’s all about momentum. One title can open the door for that change but it cannot sustain it singularly. I think most people understand that one.
          Again with the last point, it’s probably a little early to say. Any sources for the bundle pre-orders? It would be a good place to start looking for actual insight into how likely is Kart to stimulate hardware sales.
          Just sayin.
          :)

          • matthew garcia

            I completely agree with u but the vibe I get with not just this game but future games as well that nothin is gonna give the system the boost it needs. People just hate the console. It has great games already and people ignore them just cuz they hate the console itself

          • Rinslowe

            Not sure how you would get to that vibe, honestly. Most people are hyped for it. Reviews are great. Pre-orders are solid. Everything points towards mostly a positive outlook. To say future games yet released will not give the system a boost is too pessimistic for my logic, sorry man. Until I know something, I won’t throw any certainties around without reason. And there’s nothing quantifiable that could assist in coming to that conclusion. So it’s not something I could agree with at this stage. Just too early to say.
            People just hate the console? Interesting… I guess there are some that do. But again. Where’s the proof for that? All I see is a system that needs more games that appeal to a broader audience. And most level headed people say the same thing. Hating on a piece of hardware. Not likely to be true.

          • matthew garcia

            Trust me here in America people hate the console I can’t speak for the rest of the world but people here think it’s a joke. I’m a minority right now in Liking the console.

          • Rinslowe

            I don’t trust that at all. Lets see how it goes first. Then I’ll trust you if it’s proven warranted.

          • matthew garcia

            The system doesn’t sell here just like it doest sell in england

          • Rinslowe

            Are we talking about Kart here or?
            :)

          • matthew garcia

            Talkin about the console itself lol

          • Rinslowe

            Then the topic has changed. And I’ll leave it there.
            :)

          • Fred

            All my friends love my Wii U. I’m a scoutmaster and all my scouts (13 of them) love it. People are just used to Nintendo systems being less than $300 they all have sticker shock

          • Justin Carlson

            I don’t trust you. I’m in America and I haven’t heard any hate on it… However from what I’ve seen most casual gamers got their console fix with the Wii and are not interested in any new console.

          • Officer Raichu

            i have tons of people i know who have wii us and love them
            the people who hate them are cod only playing kids and haters but there are some people who dont like nintendo for other things and are more mature about it

          • matthew garcia

            Obviously there could be a few but to sell only 6 million and going on over a year and a half that just lets me know people don’t care for the console.

          • Officer Raichu

            or the poorly advertising nintendo has done for no awareness
            ill tell you
            id mario 3d world had a bundle and was advertised a lot more
            it wouldve done better

          • Rinslowe

            Lets not gloss over the software drought which affected sales for close to 8 months last year. The main reason for slow sales overall in 2013. It came out of the gate nicely with 3.45 m launch/ hype sales. Then when games started to appear it increased again from Sep to March 2014 by another 2.6 m.
            *This isn’t to say sales are suddenly fantastic from that point.
            But one thing is very clear. It’s a software issue. And when software is present the system sells.

            Saying people don’t care about the console when it’s install base is 6.1 m and growing is a little strange.

            This is not fanboy rhetoric here Mathew. This is all common sense…

          • bistricky

            How many of your friends have come over to your house to play the Wii U and after a “time” (likely a fun time) …. said to you ….. “geee, Matthew this Wii U sucks as bad as the I heard”??? Have you felt ashamed or maybe just maybe your like me …… never had a Nintendo product in my home since SNES and decided to get one …. this Wii U ….. and went woW! F*** eh!!!! This is pretty good … had some friends over and they also said after playing a few games …. F*** eh!!!! And some actually bought one. I know you like the Wii U and I am never gonna say that the Wii U will win the console war for this generation …. but respectfully, the Wii U is no where near the “hated” console. It is the misunderstood console of this generation, though …… Unlike the other 2 apparently Big Brothers of this generation, the Wii U has the most upside ….. and as long as the product for them (yes, mainly from Nintendo) demonstrates that then that hated … forgotten …. misunderstood little brother of this generation may not win the war but will win the fight …. why would I dare to say this (I must be a fanboy) ….. Nah ……………………. and why can I say that …….. do you think Bayonetta 2 will suck or do you think it will be score high in its reviews ????? Do you think X will be a flop in quality or a success in its review ….. basically for all reading this …. I do believe I see the direction …… Nintendo will not release anything (they have control of) that doesn’t potentially score high (or at least higher then its competition) …….. words spoken from a North American …. cheers :D

          • matthew garcia

            In America the only people who like Nintendo are the hardcore fans but that population is starting to get very small. A lot smaller then it use to be

          • 504HotBoy

            Good old Matt, back at it again.

          • matthew garcia

            Hey friend how u been man

          • Fred

            amen brother

          • matthew garcia

            Lol how has your day been

          • Fred

            awesome finished work and went home and finally unlocked the final world in Rayman Legends!

          • bistricky

            Vibe …. “hate the console” …… you got the world figured out eh? Ya, you are right … who wants to play on that wii U? heck, many “still” think the Wii U is just a souped-up Wii …… right ……. the internet seems to play that tune until it dies …….. finally dead ….. forever ……. YET …… what is this …………. Nintendo has slowly but progressively pushed out games for that “hated” system which seems to get high scores from “those in the know” ….. fun games …. fun reviews ….. fun times ….. for the “hated console of our generation” ……… and this has played a BIG effect on the gaming-buying-public-at-large ……… there is a “sense”” that the Wii U doesn’t earn the right for their cash (dough, mooooolllllaaaaa) ….. YET ….. their they go again …. another game with high overall scores which the other two players in this WAR of gaming wish they had (on a consistent basis) …… so YES, the Wii U has a bad rap ….. you got that down in stone ….. but as the products for it keep pilling up and they are good ….. how long do you and others think that HATE will last??? I am definitely thinking not for the entire life-line of the Wii U generational history. Cheers XD

          • Officer Raichu

            has about 200000 in US so far
            but then again lots of people buy games day 1
            so who knows
            its doing well in japan,france,uk,germany,and australia i heard

        • Capt. Smoker

          Couldn’t have said it better myself

        • bistricky

          MK8 like many games in their past …. has staying power ….. the numbers will seem sideways when the first week of sales premieres (simply because Watch Dogs is released FOR ALL OTHER GAMING SYSTEMS) the same week …….. Yet, we know that MK8 will be moving step by step higher in those dull (nothing is being released period of life) and Watch Dogs will move closer to the “please buy me bin” (except for that week, that the Wii U version of Watch Dogs becomes available). Cheers XD

        • Capt. Smoker

          Aye, I’ll agree to that, Wii U fans are too hopeful and seem to forget before Mario kart wii which mostly sold well as a console stuffer, no Mario kart game broke any charts, certainly not double dash, unless your a big N fan, nobody gives a fuck about baby games lol at least that’s what most of the gaming population would say anyway, and Nintendo seem to think everyone wants and should want baby games, so they never expand their horizon and wind up in a shitty position in the gaming industry, selling no consoles isn’t really an excuse for doing so poorly either, had they maintained and reached out for relationships with 3rd party developers, it could be a different story, just look at the Vita, sold piss poor yet still has games coming out for it, more so than the Wii U, I’ll bet it winds up selling more too, come the end of the generation cycle.

  • http://valid.at val berger

    Only thing that’s really bugging me is the Lack of battle arenas. That really hurts and hopefully gets polished via DLC later on. As Battle Arenas aren’t as elaborate to render, they could even make it a 5player asynchronous battle mode then *dream*.

    but well, apart from that I’m excited and need to play Mario Kart SNES until then.

    • Willie Crespo

      Yoshi valley is the closest thing to a battle mode.

      There’s always the modding community that will obviously come around within weeks.

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    Rave reviews. No surprise there.

    I’m going to be a small minority for saying this, but I really don’t think the battle mode looks that bad. Yes, we don’t have the arena’s like times of old, however, the battle mode gameplay in this game still looks fun.

    It’s really something that is subjective. In some weird kind of way, I like the thought of racing around to find people to whack. It adds mystery and suspense to the mode, rather than usually being able to see people in a distance ALL the time. I don’t always want to be whacked about every 5 seconds. That is for online races.

    Making the battle tracks bigger leaves room for other things. Maybe not everyone wants to be in battle hell after coming straight out of an intense online race.

    There is something a lot more chilled about this battle mode.
    I’m someone who has been playing Mario Kart since the SNES, competitively in tournaments on the N64 etc… It’s one of my favourite games series of all time. I get everyone wanting that nostalgia from previous battle modes, but this is Mario Kart 8 and I’m willing to adapt to the change.

    For me, the improved dynamics to the game since Mario Kart Wii (arguably the most broken and unbalanced MK in the series) outweighs the lack of battle arena’s in battle mode and whatever else it doesn’t have.

    Mario Kart 8 looks very balanced and for me that is a breath of fresh air, and all of the other MANY added features to this glorious game should outweigh a slightly ‘lacklustre’ battle mode. The truth of the matter is, you’re still going to enjoy it when you play it, either way. Lets be real.

    • palomino blue

      Arenas would be a nice addition for online play. They could have done a lot with it, but I still agree with you. This version looks interesting. And honestly, I haven’t really been into battle mode since SNES.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Hi friend. I’ve seen your comments before. They’re always good and fun to read!
        =)

    • Shota

      “Mario Kart Wii (arguably the most broken and unbalanced MK in the series)”

      this guy deserves a medal.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Lol, I have SO MANY gripes with MKWii, you wont believe it.

        • Shota

          me too bro…

        • Fred

          I HATE Mario Kart Wii!!! I’m hoping 8 is more like Double Dash

          • bistricky

            Me thinks from the reviews that it will ……………… the best part from all the reviews for this “single” game is that most suggest that if you have a Wii U ….. you’re in the driver’s seat and if you don’t own a Wii U, it’s time to get one ……………… perfect reviews ….. never …. in this day and age of gaming history “perfect” is simply impossible but when it comes to a gaming company’s goal …. to expand the number of people who actually use their gaming console …. it appears they did their best to sway the reviewers to achieve that key ingredient ……….. Cheers :D

          • matt

            Well its more like MK64 on steroids….which is better easy

          • Fred

            Yes I’d be happy with that as mk64 is my second favorite and those 2 are head and shoulders above the rest

          • matt

            I agree with this article that WiiU’s selling point is graphics…….

            http://kotaku.com/okay-maybe-the-wii-us-selling-point-will-be-graphics-1557247733

    • Fred

      I wouldn’t dare say it’ll be good or bad until At least May 30 after I’ve played it a few times. All I can say is Sonic Racing’s best feature is 2-player NO SPLIT SCREEN and MArio ain’t got it!

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Just having spent months studying and analysing the gameplay videos, it’s safe to say that this MK8 is going to be the best MK yet without a doubt. I’ve been scouring Mario Kart forums getting as much info about the game as possible from people who have played it first hand. People have said over and over again that it is by far the most balanced in the series. Trust me, no one is going to be let down. It’s pretty much guaranteed at this point, especially with the reviews pouring in now. I wasn’t surprised at all with the ground-breaking reviews.

      • Justin Carlson

        I would love to see them add two a 2 player separate screen update in the future.

    • cthreep

      I’m actually excited about battle mode for the first time since MK64. Battle mode has always seemed a bit stale, lacking…something. But battling on the tracks from the grand pre sounds fetchin’ amazing to me.

    • Shaggyrastaman

      Maybe they can release Battle Arenas through DLC?

  • Jonuffy

    Here is another new review from Official Nintendo Magazine in the Uk only posted this morning.

    http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/57852/reviews/mario-kart-8-review-review/

  • Dan White

    ONM UK has given it 96% :D

  • Ultrasyd

    It’s time to get a Wii U if you don’t have one already. And E3 is coming soon, probably more great news : )

  • Mario

    If this isn’t a sign that Mario kart 8 is one the best games Nintendo has made for this generation yet, I don’t know what it is. :)

    • matthew garcia

      I think Mario 3d world has the better overall average score so far. All reviews aren’t in yet though it could pass it up

  • condor87z

    was surprised gamespot gave it a 8 especially since it was Tom Mc Shea.

    • Mario

      What does that mean?

      • condor87z

        That their site and Tom are notorious for giving good games low ratings. Just surprised to see it was that high.

        • Mario

          Oh! Then he must have liked it.

  • InterTreble

    THIS is why Wii U has more meaning than what some stupid people say. People who won’t play that game for their ignorance, poor of them! :)

  • Krzysztof

    Current Metacritic score: 89

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Mario Kart Wii got the lowest score in the series for a reason. The game was so broken, it was beyond a joke. Sorry, but I will always have many gripes about that game in particular.

      The rest of the Mario Kart’s were great, although 7 was the only one I didn’t play.

      • Alexander Kleinwechter

        yes mario kart wii was broken, in the competeive kidna aspect, tho i still enjoyed mario kart wii alot, one of the best in series in my opinon. I played 7 and its really good, but mario kart 7 lacks something that all other mario kart games, has, but im nto quite sure what xD

        • darkcreap

          Broken in which sense? In the items? I played it and it seemed to me that there was a problem with items. You got a lot of blue shells when you were sixth or so, which is useless. If you are sixth you need a red shell, a mushroom turbo or a bullet bill to regain some positions. It was also infiurating to be 1st, since you got bashed a lot by the blue shells from people that actually would not win anything from throwing it towards you.

          There were a lot of times that I felt “I don’t need this item in this part of the ranking”

          • greengecko007

            The vehicles in Mario Kart Wii are very out of balance when it comes to practicality. While it’s possible to do well with any vehicle against CPUs, there are sets of vehicles that are just plain better. Against other skilled human players, you’ll find many people using the same good vehicles, and nobody using certain vehicles.

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            Exactly my point. People abused using Funky Kong on the Bowser Bike, because Funky had broken speed stats. He was faster than anyone else in his weight class, and that should not be the case. That is why now, in MK7 and MK8, no single character is faster than anyone else in their class. They changed it up. Now, in MK8 for example, each character in their set weight class will have the exact same speed as each other. So for example, DK, Rosalina, Waluigi and Roy are all in the same weight class, called Cruisers. They all have the exact same speed, and that’s how it should be. Now, it’s the same for the other classes as well, with Light, Medium, Feather, Heavy, Super Heavy.

            In MKWii, Funky was faster than DK, Bowser, and everyone else in his class. He was a broken character. Even Daisy was broken in MKWii.
            This is why people spammed Diasy Mach Bike, Funky Kong.Flame Runner, because these were the OP sets in MKWii. I couldn’t stand it. Because of the many holes in the game, it’s why you saw people always choosing the same vehicles pretty much %70 of the time online.

            It’s going to be A LOT different in MK8, I think the developers have finally got the balancing issues right now. Also, the blue shell is A LOT less frequent now.

          • greengecko007

            Yeah, having individual character stats sounded cool at first but in hindsight we can see how that contributed greatly to the lack of balance.

            Mario Kart 8 does look a lot more balanced as you’ve pointed out. Off road vehicles also seem to be more viable, just by looking at gameplay videos. It looks like there are more off road sections that can be taken advantage of, which could be fun with the ATVs.

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            Yeah, definitely. I think I’m going to main one of the ATV’s. I like that Teddy Bear looking one. I’ll chuck DK on it. Haha

            Man, I was so happy and relieved that Funky Kong wasn’t announced for this game. I never want to see his face in an MK game again! :D

            Add me on Wii U if you want: Nostalgic_Chaos

          • greengecko007

            Certainly, my NNID is WinterFang. Like everyone has been saying, “See you on the track”.

          • Marioman21

            I will add you on wiiu my name is Collin and the id is Marioman21

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            Sure, go ahead and add me up. Thanks Collin :)

          • Marioman21

            Cool

          • DoctorWily

            I really enjoyed MK Wii. I beat every circuit with every vehicle and character and for online of course I would gravitate to the best setup (Dry Bowser/Flame Runner FTW!). I prefer to have my unlockables that take a lot of work to be more powerful rather than just another skin with the same stats. Yes, I got taken out by the occasional blue shell but to me, getting such a big lead that I could overcome those things was part of the fun. I still won the vast majority of my online races. Was it unbalanced? Sure. Was it also a ton of fun to play? Absolutely! For me anyways. To each their own, I guess.

      • Nookling

        Wii is one of my favorite ones for sure

      • palomino blue

        Double Dash and DS are my favorites. I played the Hell out of MK Wii because it was the only game I really liked on my Wii for a time. I’m glad Nintendo didn’t remove motion controls in 8 for people who like it but I think the focus on that aspect is what screwed up MK Wii. Back to basics, with focus on gameplay and experience.

      • greengecko007

        Mario Kart Wii is one of my favorite games of all time, but even though I think it’s tons of fun and has great controls, I can admit that it is horribly unbalanced. The vehicles appear balanced on paper in terms of sheer stats, but the usefulness of those stats were obviously not taken into consideration.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        I think Mario KartWii was neat. Had a lot of fun with the family. But MK8 looks amazing. I barely cant wait.

        btw my fav in the series is MK64 :)

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Yeah, MK64 is the definitive Mario Kart. Was my favourite one too. MKWii was fun for local play yeah, but when playing online you begin to realise how broken the vehicle set ups are, along with some of the character stats.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yeah, only payed it with the family. The kids loved it so it was a lot of laugh and joy. And thats kind of enough to make it a good game. But never tried it online.

          • Officer Raichu

            im sad that mk wiis online is going down
            but hey entice people to buy mk8 and wii u(which i am around e3 got to see zelda first XD)

        • Fred

          I loved MK64…almost as much as Double Dash. THose 2 were the peak. Here’s to hoping 8 is the new peak.

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          I agree Magnus long time no see Mario Kart was excellent. I finished it and loved it. My favorite is Mario Kart Double Dash and Mario Kart 7. Second would be the 64.

        • Marioman21

          64 was great.

    • matthew garcia

      From all the talk about it I expected like a Mario galaxy metacritic of like 97 lol

      • Officer Raichu

        nah i knew it wouldnt get that because of battle mode and online things but its doing pretty fine i was expecting a 87 or more

    • Ducked

      Super Circuit was the worst Mario Kart game.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        I really enjoyed it. For it’s time, and for a handheld Mario Kart it was brilliant. Don’t forget that it was the first ever handheld edition, so of course there’s always going to be room for improvements, but try linking your GBA to a friends GBA and do some local play with this game. You’ll realise how much of an underrated gem this edition is. You could even do local 2 player Grand Prix’s against the CPU.

        The character and game design in this series was a little off the wall, but I thought it worked. It got 93 for a reason.

        • Fred

          I loved it then, but I don’t think I’d like it now

        • Ducked

          True the game was good for its time, but its been outdated. I still enjoy Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64.

          If I had to games in order…

          1: Double Dash
          2: Mario Kart 7
          3: Mario Kart 64
          4: Mario Kart DS
          5: Super Mario Kart
          6: Mario Kart Wii
          7: Super Circuit

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            As long as MKWii is near towards the bottom, I’m happy with this list lol

          • Ducked

            Haha, I’m sure many agree with that.

            Speaking of, you can get Mario Kart 64 on Club Nintendo right now for 250 coins.

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            Cool. I’ll go and check that out

          • Justin Carlson

            Double Dash FTW! That is one of the few co-op games my wife and I could play together. She rode shotgun.

    • matt

      Very true but that’s 47 reviews wait for the other 30 or so then you will have a better picture think over 90 when all reviews are in i think 91 will be the final metacritic score……

  • Willie Crespo

    People liked Double Dash?

    • http://valid.at val berger

      Wind Waker, Sunshine and Double Dash somehow seem to be the Trio Infernale of controversial Gamecube games that kinda polarised. I didn’t buy Double Dash as I didn’t really like it, but my mate did and loved it.

    • Justin Carlson

      I did!

  • FutureFox

    Sounds like the guy at Games Radar is just bored with the series but doesn’t realize it yet.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I’m just upset about not being able to invite friends to your random online game. This has been a basic online principle since like, EIGHT years ago.

    • darkcreap

      I haven’t read all the reviews. Does it mean I cannot make a custom race in which I invite friends directly? I must have misunderstood.

      By the way, horrible what they did with battle mode. It seems that either they had a very bad idea or they had to rush the game because they didn’t have the time to design the battle tracks. Horrible. I hope they include the other tracks as DLC, as it says on one of the reviews. And hopefully we will not have to pay extra, like the extra battle courses of Pikmin 3. It was nice from them to give them as a free DLC instead of making us pay for a half finished game.

      Man, what they did with battle mode is bad. Fortunately, the rest of the game seems pretty good.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        It just means that you can’t invite friends to Worldwide matches I think, but yeah, you can invite them to your rooms if you’re doing a custom game.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        You can do that, but you cannot invite friends to a public game

        You can race with friends though

        I don’t know. I’ll wait to judge battle tracks until I see them, but it does sound pretty iffy…

        • darkcreap

          Um, I see what you mean. Too bad. I have Call of Duty Ghosts and it is nice to invite friends online to play at a public game. Too bad.

    • Rinslowe

      Yeah. That should get a fix hopefully. It’s one of those things that just should have been. Nintendo. Really never know how they operate sometimes. Lol.

    • Kriffix

      I know GameXplain said this but I’ll wait until I see it before I believe it. They said this right after they got the game and all of their online matches seem to consist of two people at a time.
      On the bright side, if it is gone there’ll be less trolling.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Nah, what they meant is that, 2 people in the same house, on the same console can go online together, no more than that.

        In general, on online races in MK8, doing worldwide and regional matches, there will be 12 player max races. I hope that helped your query?

        • Kriffix

          Thanks!
          I seem to have interpreted something from one of their videos (I believe the Q&A one) as meaning that there will be no way to join friends. But to be fair, they never really seem to play online that much in previous editions so I figured this was just them being mistaken.
          Though since I can’t find the exact quote I may have just interpreted it wrong.

        • Fred

          Why can’t they do it. Sonic Racing allows 5 people sitting on the same couch to go online together, why can’t Mario Kart do more?

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Yeah, don’t worry. This is something that should be able to get a quick patch fix, either with a Nintendo Wii U update, or a seperate one for MK8. It should really only be a few mb just to add it in. I can’t see this being a permanent problem. I do really hope that we can add people from our friend list into our games with Smash Bros, because if they can do this feature in Smash, there’s no doubt they’ll add it for MK as well. There is no reason why they can’t do such a small feature. Maybe in E3 they’ll announce DLC content or something too. You never know with Nintendo.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I can see them letting it be permanent, but here’s hoping it’s not

    • Fred

      The only problem I have with the game is my wife and I will play a lot of 2-player and I HATE split screen. Why couldn’t they just push one of us to the gamepad like Sonic Racing (and really so many other 2-player games) did. How could they leave that out. I plan to fill out the club nintendo survey immediately and ask for this to be added in an update. I’m hoping enough people ask for it that they decide to take the time to do it.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        yeah, I’m shocked and appalled that that isn’t an option

    • greengecko007

      Hey Zorpix, since Mario Kart 8 is getting closer I’m trying to add some people from WiiUDaily as friends. My NNID is WinterFang, if you’d consider adding me as a friend.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        mine is “Zorpix” go ahead and get me an add :P

        • Marioman21

          I will add both of you

        • Rinslowe

          I started an account just for Kart. You mind if I add you as well?
          :)

          Sorry if that puts you on the spot, ha.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            nah, I need more Wii U friends. Add away :P

  • WriterTown

    Im proud of the game, but also seriously disappointed with the lack of battle arenas. To me this was the highlight of multiplayer. Do you know how much I enjoyed those arenas with my friend on N64?

    And as someone else pointed out, NOT being able to invite friends in 2014 is beyond me…

  • greengecko007

    High scores across the board for what everyone thought was going to be a good game. More proof that shows that the media is not against Nintendo, it’s just taken Nintendo a while to get their stuff together.

    It will be fun giving these a read, but I’m already sold on the game anyways.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      “More proof that shows that the media is not against Nintendo, it’s just taken Nintendo a while to get their stuff together.”

      So true. Great comment.

  • Lars

    im gonna buy this game!!!!!!!

  • Lars

    this is a cool game!!!!!!!!

  • uPadWatcher

    A perfect score from Eurogamer! Outstanding! I’m definitely gonna be Mario Kart 8!

  • cool1706

    Pretty good

  • Sean

    the joystique guy has the worst voice. if he could hear himself talk, he wouldn’t. just a shitty affected monotone voice with hints of a lisp.

  • Darkness

    Very nice

    Even these guys know Nintendo messed up battle mode. I still don’t get why Nintendo couldn’t make battle arenas or hell how about NEW race tracks dedicated to battle mode. They also couldn’t make NEW battle modes which is pathetic because they really didn’t make anything for battle mode except add some balloons

    Sh!t…I would even be happy if the just copied all the battle arenas used in Mario Kart Wii or Double Dash.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Look, no one is going to take your comments seriously with that profile pic LOL. DK’s troll face… very attractive. That’s how he looks in the new Smash Bros for Wii U. They just can’t seem to get his design right lol. They need to get Retro studios to design him for the Smash games. He looks weird now.

      • Darkness

        It’s just a picture that I like but I know what you mean ;)

        To be honest I don’t really care if people HERE take my comment serious or not. I am a regular on other forums and a lot of people can’t believe what Nintendo did to battle mode. Usually with new games they ADD more features but in this one they copy/paste race tracks into battle mode plus they REMOVE modes from battle!?

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Dude, I was just joking about people taking your comments seriously. Haha! I just found the DK pic funny that’s all. I was not being hostile. Was just having a laugh.
          Peace.

          • Darkness

            Oh it’s cool, I know you were ;)

            I only said the rest because some people on here will get all serious about it

  • LukeMM95

    Only two more weeks!

  • CaptRodgers

    Gameinformer gave it a 9.25/10

    • CaptRodgers

      “Every Mario Kart title has been at least “good,” but there are some clear standouts. Mario Kart 64 hits the right nostalgic notes for fans of local multiplayer, and Double Dash shined with unique gameplay elements and great courses. Mario Kart 8 should certainly be added to the list of top-tier entries, and none of the previous titles can boast the rock-solid total package that this one offers.”

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Yeah, Mario Kart 64 is arguably the definitive Mario Kart, but MK8 is going take over it’s spot quite quickly.

  • Assassinated23

    Game informer gave 9.25

  • Ducked

    GameSpot:

    “Mario Kart 8 is far to challenging for us”.

    Score: 5.5/10

    • Officer Raichu

      actually your in luck they gave it an 8 :D
      destined for greatness because thats what last of us got there XD

    • Officer Raichu

      heres the funny thing though
      the lowest score it got is a 7.5 so far
      nintendo world report gave it that XD

  • Virus6

    Still don’t get why they effed up Battle Mode. It could have been an easy 10/10 if they just brought back arenas

  • Squid

    Did anyone expect to see any bad reviews? Seriously. I can’t wait for Mario Kart 8

  • the1andonlyIKY
  • MarkyWiiU

    I convinced my friend to buy the Mario Kart 8 Bundle! I guess that makes one more member to the family of Wii U owners!

  • Michael Ocampo

    I’ll pass on this one or just get it later since it doesn’t even seem very different from the others which is just what I feared…

  • oontz

    Was there any debating the greatness of mariokart?? Nintendo would never fumble with one of its flagship franchises. Eagerly looking forward to getting my copy!