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Mario Kart 8 Impressions: Zorpix Den

I've played Mario Kart 8! Today's Zorpix Den will talk about my first impressions of the game. Also, check out the details for the Wii U Daily Tournament!

Zorpix triumphant mario kart

Goooooooood morning Wii U Daily! Zorpix here, and you may have seen Ashley’s review of Mario Kart 8 go live on the site a week or so ago. As many of you know, that review came out before the game did. Apparently I’m not special enough for Nintendo to send me free games. After all the good things I say about their management and company, too!

Okay, maybe it’s kinda obvious why I didn’t get a review copy… Either way, I bought the game myself, and have already put a good 20 or so hours into it. Time to get back on Nintendo’s good side! …Or will I?

Since this is my own thing, I won’t be following the review standards for the site. Please understand that the lack of professionality in my opinion articles don’t represent the professionality of Wii U Daily as a whole. This isn’t an official review. Just me throwing out some thoughts about the game that happen to be categorized. If you’d like to see a professional review written by me, check out my review for Skylanders: SWAP Force that I did ages ago (Spoiler alert, I liked it).

zorpix bear

First Impressions

Upon first firing up Mario Kart 8, the first thing I noticed was how simplistic most of the presentation was. It doesn’t look bad by any means, it’s just not what I was expecting. The menu for online play is more what I had in mind. A menu with a cute animation in the background of Toads floating around in space.

The next thing I took notice of was how long it took to load a character. After hovering over them, it sometimes takes a bit for them to show up inside the car off to the side of the roster. Again, it’s not really a problem so much as it’s just a tad odd. I’m guessing they were either trying to save resources or are loading more things behind the scenes.

Once I finally got to the race though, all was forgotten. I was zipping in and out of corners, flying off the side of the track, and being impressed by how quickly I was put back on.

Anti Gravity was a cool idea that I’m happy to have added. Though it’s been done before, it’s done better here. This new feature gave the track designers the freedom they needed to really shine in their development.

On the same note, these are the best Mario Kart tracks I’ve ever seen. Every single one is a joy to play on. Even the remastered tracks feel brand new with their tweaks. There were a few that I couldn’t even recognize at first. If anything shines in this game, it’s the incredible track design.

Slight Changes

The first change I noticed was the difference in drifting. I still can’t put my finger on it, but it just seems different. My friends and I have noticed that bikes cut harder than karts, so maybe I’m too used to sliding around corners. Either way, I’m much better now!

Another thing I’ve experienced is that items don’t seem to do as much anymore. This really ramps up difficulty, as the game is now more focused on driving skill than luck of the items. I’m for and against this.

I like it because it gives my single player experience something more in depth than just driving around the track. I find myself carefully calculating things such as when to start drifting, which route is really the fastest, and if I like the teddy bear car because it has good stats, or it’s just adorable.

What I don’t like about the game’s new depth is that it makes it less viable as a party game. For your friends who are okay with learning the game’s new mechanics and giving it time, it simply makes it more fun. For those who just want to pick up a controller and play, it can be a bit frustrating. Flying off the track seems like a much more common occurrence with these new physics. While a welcome challenge for some, it could also serve as an unwanted annoyance for others.

But back on the topic of items, they seem less central in this installment of the Mario Kart series. They seem to screw up other players just fine, but as far as mushrooms or starmans go, these seem to pack the least amount of punch we’ve seen yet. Simply running off road can drop you as much as 5 places, whereas a star may not even gain you one. It’s hard to get used to, but items seem to be more opportunistic than they used to be, meant to be saved for just the right moment.

Zorpix looks good

Balancing Act

While items may seem nerfed or ineffective, they all seem more balanced. Getting blue shelled isn’t going to lose the race for you any more than sliding on a banana will (still sucks to get sniped right at the end, though!). Blue shells are back on the ground as well, meaning they can still knock over other players along the way. This makes more sense to me, as blue shells never seemed to directly help the user before. They were more of a giant middle finger to the racer in first. It’s not at the point where it’s hitting everyone in its path, but this is a good middle ground.

Karts and bikes also seem to have gotten balanced. Besides their drifting differences, they seem pretty even. In Mario Kart Wii, I felt bikes had a slight advantage as they were able to do wheelies for extra speed and seemed to be faster. But now they both seem to be quite balanced, and I find myself switching between the two rather frequently.

Online Play

As many have stated, the biggest hitch with online play comes from shortcomings of the Wii U itself. A hidden messaging system and no friend invites leave my friend only games blank. It is possible to join a friend’s current game session via the “freinds” menu online, but getting a few friends together still requires communication outside the system.

Also, there’s no public chat. I… I’m still just shaking my head about this one. Monster Hunter does it! Why can’t Mario Kart do it?

The online gameplay is fun and enjoyable, just like your offline experiences will probably be. You join lobbies, do races or battles, and win/lose points based on your position that affect your ranking. It’s simplistic, but it gets the job done.

I’ve had a few issues staying connected, and I’ve heard mixed responses about this. It doesn’t seem to be client side, as most of the people reporting connection hiccups have solid internet connections. I’m assuming that Nintendo’s servers just weren’t ready for the load it’s been receiving.

Block Fort Blues?

Of all the changes in Mario Kart 8, I think this is the one I’ve heard complained about the most. Battles no longer take place in arenas. They take place on some of the retro courses, and have players driving around those instead of traditional battle arenas.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first, but I fully enjoyed my time battling. I loved hiding in the reeds of Dry Desert, or camping under bridges in Doughnut Plains 2. It’s a fun switch from traditional arenas, but I don’t think a single soul would complain if we saw “battle packs” being released as DLC. I’m counting on such DLC happening.

morton kitty car

Babies and Turtles

Okay, Nintendo… We have to talk about your baby obsession. There are five babies taking up slots in this roster. Seven koopalings as well. The koopalings I’m not too sad about, because they’re bright, colorful, and kinda fun to play as. I just wish they had more to their characters than simply looking different and being in different weight classes.

Babies should have skipped the roster altogether. I suppose I can understand Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. Fine. Have your babies, Nintendo. But Baby Rosalina? Baby Daisy? Those characters have never appeared in games outside the Mario Kart series. WHY did we need babies for these characters? It makes no sense, and looks silly.

Who would I want as extra characters? Well due to Nintendo’s recent obsession with Cranky Kong, I could see him coming aboard. I wouldn’t mind him, Boo, a Goomba, Ballyhoo and Big Top (Mario Party 7), Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, Spike, Wiggler, or even ROB. You get my point. There were a LOT of options outside of the babies, but we ended up with five of them. Yaaaaaaay.

Stealing the Show

One of my favorite new features is Mario Kart TV, and the highlight reels. I love that Nintendo is getting more connected with Google and the like, letting you upload videos directly to YouTube. I wish there were more editing options for highlight reels, such as controlling camera angles and scrolling through all the footage in order to hone in on moments of your choosing. The slow motion can’t even be saved to your videos (at least not that I’m aware of).

Still, it’s a fun way to get your racing highlights out there for the public, and I think it’s a really fun idea. Below is a video of me and my girlfriend’s second race together!

Down the final stretch…

Mario Kart 8 is fun. If you want a kart racer that you’ll keep coming back to for the improvements you’ll see in your skill, this is a good one for you. If you’re just looking for a fun party game, go ahead and pick this up keeping in mind that it has more of a learning curve than you’d expect. For a 60 dollar title, a lack of things to do starts showing up fairly quickly. This game almost feels rushed in some aspects, such as some minor details getting overlooked. Lap and final times no longer show up at the end of versus or grand prix races, for example.

Despite its shortcomings, this game will keep the kart racer in you satisfied for at least a few months, if not longer. It’s a solid racing title – and with the deal for the extra game – it’s totally worth the cash.

Miiverse and Zorpix

This week, I have some tournament news for you all!

Wii U Daily Official Tourney

  • Code: 1457-7399-3084
  • Time: Wednesdays, 16:00-22:00 (4PM to 10PM. I believe it might be central time, so GMT -5)
  • Items: All
  • Class: 150cc
  • COM: no COM
  • 8 races
  • Global

Those are the rules for the official Wii U Daily tournament! It’s first day will be today! These times are subject to change based on participation, so please check the Zorpix Den every week for any changes. Due to my scheduling, I may not always be able to participate. Please understand.

Zorpix Official Tourney

  • Code: 9270-3285-4848
  • Time: ALL DAY EVERY DAY, BABY! WOO WOO!
  • Items: All
  • Class: 150cc
  • COM: easy COM
  • 4 races
  • Global

This is my tourney that I’ll be participating in from time to time. I hope we can get both these tournaments up and running as best we can! I also like popping into friend games randomly, so be on the lookout for me ;)

I think I’ll save my highlight reels for next week. Have a good week guys!

Wrapping up

Woo! We had a long one today! Thank you for sticking it out to the end!

If you do happen to have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my TwitterFacebook, or Miiverse account.

I’m slowing down accepting friend requests on the Wii U. I’ll still accept a few here and there, but I have to start cutting down. I went from 10 to 50 friends in a day. Thank you so much for the support!

Thanks for reading, and happy racing! Hope to see you on the track soon!

 

Around the web
  • Officer Raichu

    Ill join the tournement today so 6 for me i guess

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I probably won’t be able to make it at four anyways

      • Officer Raichu

        ok hopefull we see you next week

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          well I’ll be on later in the night ;P just not right at the start

  • bistricky

    Don’t know if I will be able to make the tourney Zorpix …. but will try (work and more work). Anyone can add me in the Miiverse …. ID is Bistricky …. big surprise ….. another fantastic and thought-out article Zorpix …. might not agree with all you post but you do make your points with clarity and reasoning …. far better then the high-paid journalists of today. Cheers to you :D

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      yeah, i’m working when it starts, but I’m able to join later

      and thank you! I really should start looking into more profitable journalism jobs. I like Wii U Daily, but I like money too

      • bistricky

        LOL ….. You are in the right direction Zorpix …. cheers :D

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          well thanks! :) I have no idea where to apply though… XD

          • andrewjcole (aka Sean – lol)

            Well, I’d definitely read your articles anywhere. You could start smaller in smaller gaming journalism sites and work your way up to high-paying ones.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            XD well stay connected to me on social media and I’m sure you’ll follow if I go anywhere else.

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

    How long will the tournaments run, or is it just one tournament? ’cause I’d like to join, but I don’t have it yet; I can’t get it until I finish a school report.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      It’ll be weekly until the end of time!

      • Officer Raichu

        or until mk9 :P

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          The end… of… TIME

  • janco tianno
  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Hey everyone! It’s me, the writer! :3 I hope you liked today’s (rather lengthy) Zorpix den! Anything to talk about? Lemme know :)

    • Saul Rivera

      I just got in to test it out…code worked out fine

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’m not worried about the code working. I’m just worried about me being connected later XD

        • Saul Rivera

          Haha but was just checking in case..and now they’re both in favorites for quick access

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            whooo! :D

            Some crazy kids in the zorpix tourney got up to like, 60 points! o.o

    • JB

      Okay.. As long as you’re not dropping out because you’re in 12th. ;-) lol

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I dunno, ask some other readers how their races with me fared ;)

    • Zuxs13

      I found it rather pessimistic myself. I found the opposite on most of your points above to be true. There actually is differences between karts and bikes in speed, it depends on the course, Nintendo actually show cased that in a video. There were several other points i disagreed with but you still made a good in-depth review of the game.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        hey man, it’s all opinion. Thanks for sharing yours :)

        But yeah, it was meant to be a bit pessimistic. The game is fun, but overall I was disappointed

        • Zuxs13

          Thats rough, I found this to be by far the best Mario Kart made. The battle mode sucks (though i dont play it any way) but other then that everything else is fantastic.

          I love the presentation of the game, it’s so easy to read and tell what i am looking at on the menus, unlike most games these days.

          I didn’t find the items to be less effective, i found them to be better effective. You use mushrooms to take short cuts, not speed past a whole line of people. There are so many ways to get speed boosts on the track that the mushrooms are now more useful off the track.

          I agree with you on the babies and turtles, hopefully that will leave room for DLC or NFP figurines.

          Im glad there is no voice-chat i don’t want to hear 12-15 boys trying to talk smack while im racing. But it should be there for those who do enjoy all the junk.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            It’s hard to rate them… my favorite was probably the Wii or 3DS one, with this behind. But it’s growing on me. We may have a 3 way tie

            Like I said, it’s not bad presentation at all. Just a bit less flashy than I expected

            Eh… They seem more tactical. How’s that? :P

            yeah… it’s just… yeah…

            I don’t want it during the race. Just in lobbies. But even so, there’s a mute button for a reason ;)

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Nice Impression really like that their is a tournament that Wii U daily created for Users to participate.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        It was fun! :D

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Great.

    • Ultrasyd

      I enjoy this game, all the family loves it. But something is very weird : no mini map on TV. Having to watch the gamepad is disturbing and makes me crash. If you play with the wiimote and wheels, as my wife does, you simply have no map. And when the race is over, they don’t give your time and you opponents’ times, do they ?? So, with no map on the mainscreen and no times, i never know if the opponents were far away or close to me. I would have liked an option menu (for sound, hud…). Else, the game is great. That MKTV and slow motion are gorgeous ! I agree with you for the bikes, i’m used to cars. Bikes cuts more. Turbo when drifting takes longer : going left right left right doesnt change anything like before (n64), you just have to slide long…

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Yeah, that was another qualm. You NEED the gamepad for a lot of things, like the top 4 racers, or a minimap, or speed/whatever. I don’t even think there’s a spedometer

    • Nathan Moore

      I was totally just racing you in a tourney and then I got dropped
      I was sad – I was leading too!
      (Pink Gold Peach when the three of us picked Piranha Plant Slide)

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        aww man, I think I got dropped there too! D:

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You are an honest writer, thats what I like best with you. When you say something is good you really mean it, and the opposite. Keep up the good work. A very good article as usual.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Thanks, Magnus! :) If I wasn’t allowed to be honest, it wouldn’t be my Den!

  • Saul Rivera

    If I’m awake…count me in!

  • RedChu

    Online matches will disconnect you in the lobby if someone leaves the room without voting for a map. Nintendo really needs to fix this soon as it’s getting slightly annoying.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      so that’s what that is…
      But I’ve been getting disconnects mid-race too. Are they still using the archaic P2P connections for this?

      • RedChu

        It’s hard to say. I’ve never gotten disconnected during a race before.

        I have noticed, however, that a 12 player race eats up around ~20MB of bandwidth per race.

        • Relick

          No self respecting gamer uses limited internet packages.

          • RedChu

            Sadly, I’m forced to either use dial-up or satellite internet with a 15GB/mo cap as there is no other alternative.

          • Relick

            :( hope it gets better soon

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          with splitscreening, I bet it’s higher

    • YogiGRB

      no problems here yet, amsterdam holland. i do see people popping in and out while a game is being set up, I drive with my brother multiplayer online and just simply choose world (sometimes local) works fine though

  • Sean Jarret

    Wait, wait, wait – we have a WiiU daily weekly tournament?

  • Adrian Brown

    “Also, there’s no public chat. I… I’m still just shaking my head about
    this one. Monster Hunter does it! Why can’t Mario Kart do it?”

    The big difference is that in MH you all need to cooperate, and you don’t want to insult people that are helping YOU. On the other hand, MK is 100% about defeating others, wich may lead to angry people screaming at others. I’m glad you can chat with your friends but not with random strangers.

    • Superbax

      I wish you could do voice chat with your friends during the race. I had no time to defend Shy Guy Falls when my friend insulted it.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      but in the lobby?

      • Adrian Brown

        it’s the same thing. People don’t calm down in just a few seconds

        • matt

          I dont agree with u guys when I’m playing MK8 online in a race its intense i wouldn’t like friends or strangers putting me off thanks,chatting before and after is the best way for such a competitive game,COD online does my head in i mute in game chat as it spoils my game people shouting camper ect about 1000 times,in MonsterHunter wiiu its a co-op work together game so in game chat really helps with this type game but competitive battling against each other games its not worth it you guys have no lives the only need for in game chat is with co-op games like X,Monsterhunter ect…

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          eh… If you have that little faith in gamers, maybe muting others would be in order ^w^

      • Skelterz

        when i joined i won and u left or should i say rage quited

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I got disconnected. It’s been happening a lot

    • Michael Ocampo

      I’m really wondering whether or not to dive into MH as I’m worried if a new one comes out, they’ll butcher online from MH3U.

      • Adrian Brown

        you can still enjoy it, I bet Capcom will let the servers open for a few more years. It’s a great game with hundreds of quests and now it’s really cheap

    • matt

      Monster hunter is for teenagers and up,Mariokart is for everyone ie children play it….i know kids play COD as well but there not meant too.

      Look i go online click on friends/rivals and just create rooms for my friends only and we chat and hey 95% of my wiiu friends are just online friends so in a way they are strangers so get friend requesting 100 mariokart gamers from wara wara plaza and just create friend only races it’s quite easy….

    • palomino blue

      Voice chat should stay on with friends during the races. I find it just turns into everyone screaming trying to say something before the chat cuts out and the race starts.

  • C4

    Agreed about the handling. Light weight characters are a bit easier to handle especially on narrower tracks but they take the shorter stick when it comes to collisions. Customization only can do so much. My advice in local MP to stick to similar weight characters for all players, if you don’t want those issues…

    “Getting blue shelled isn’t going to lose the race for you any more than
    sliding on a banana will (still sucks to get sniped right at the end,
    though!).”

    Unless you’re mid-air and Lakitu decides to put you back in front of the jump.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Yeah, Lakitu got a lot nicer. I’ve always wanted to drive as lakitu and have lakitu put me back on the track #illuminati

  • JB

    Great piece as usual. Though you say it’s not a professional review, it still kinda felt like one, albeit a little more laid back.

    “Fine. Nintendo, have your babies” I don’t know why I found that so funny!! Though to be fair, Outside of Mario Kart, Baby Peach has been in five other games, dating back to the DS days and Baby Daisy was in Mario Super Sluggers (I think?) Baby Rosalina is new, but maybe they wanted to round out the Mario Baby Collection. (Though Baby Rosalina is so adorable that I’m glad they put her in the game. LOL) I think they added all the baby/metallic characters to bolster the human count in the game. It would’ve been nice if Nintendo went old school and added Pauline or Donkey Kong Jr. to the mix. Princess Eclair is an obscure Mario character, but they could have inserted her as well. :-)

    Character loading on the select screen was a tad off putting at first, but I think back how bad it is with Killer Instinct on XBox One. It takes *at least* 10-12 seconds for it to load after selecting a character!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Well I’m glad you felt it was professional enough for ya! :)

      A lot of people found it funny. I’m glad. I miss people laughing at my articles :P

      I never got to play sluggers, was it good?

      I would’ve loved more obscure characters. THEY HAVE SUCH A WIDE ROSTER

      yeah, at least the game loading screens are nice and speedy. I barely even notice them

  • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

    Well done Zorpix. Amazing game. I bet I would beat you though.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I dont know about that… ;)

      • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

        I am the master of Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed (SAASRT), so we will have to see…

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I couldn’t get the feel for that game… Needed more time with it

          • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

            Give it more time. I expect a full article comparing Mario Kart 8 to SAASRT, in depth.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I only played the demo… if you’d like to provide me with a copy, though ;3

          • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

            I only have it on Steam. And I likely am not getting a Wii U yet, for reasons.

            http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140404121943/disneycreate/images/0/08/Doctor-who-sad-o.gif

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            did Daleks steal your Wii U?

          • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

            Bad Geometry nickered my opportunity. I still live in the law of the land of the, er, parent’s house. Still, maybe Wii U will be just be the first console I buy. On the good side, two of my friends are considering!

  • Squid

    I agree with most of this, I’m glad you posted you’re impressions considering we didn’t get really far on the conversation we were having on the other article.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I figured we could use an impressions article now that it’s out to get some conversation going :3

  • megamanbx

    While I don’t agree with everything, you still make some solid points Zorpix, well done. The tournament sounds interesting… I’ll be there.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      You’re the guy tearing up our leaderboards ;P

      • megamanbx

        Lol, guilty. You didn’t do too bad yourself there. Oh btw, while I assume it’s only for fun will there be any sort of prize for the overall winner?

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          nah. Nothing like that. Sorry! :P

          I would’ve gotten more points if more people were racing! :P I was only allowed to do six races for points, and 2 or 3 of them had me and one other guy in them XD

          • megamanbx

            No biggie, was just curious. Hopefully more Wii U daily readers will start joining in on the action. Thanks for the reply.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            thanks for racing! Hope to see more too.

  • Josiah Parsons

    Try battle mode with just mushrooms! It’s the most fun I’ve had in battle mode evah!

    • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

      how does it work? crashing into each other?

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        balloon stealing

      • Josiah Parsons

        Yeah! When you boost into another player, you steal one of their balloons until you have 5, and any more just get popped. There is so much more skill involved.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      That sounds fun…

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    i love this game!

  • Agent721

    Zorpix , I’ll send you a friend request…agent721 or Frenchie as a Mii.

    • Agent721

      I just saw the bottom of your column, I was reading on the go earlier…no worries if you can’t add me!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I don’t remember if I added you… If I see it, I’ll add for sure!

  • Ducked

    Does Mario Kart 8 have private chat?

    • Adrian Brown

      yes, you can chat between match but only with friends

      • Ducked

        Okay good, thanks.

  • Marioman21

    This is in my humble opinion the best Mario kart ever I have already put 24 hours into the game.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      hey, it’s a great game! Just not the one Iw as expecting. I’m still having a blast with it

  • Daniel

    I really don’t like getting coins from item boxes. If you choose certain items in a versus race, the majority of the time you get coins because you can only turn items, or both items and coins off.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      yeah, it’s a confusing choice, and I feel like they should have them less frequently

  • Dáibhí wotshissurname

    I suppose they leftout public chat so that they do not have to bother with banning players, and flse reporters etc.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      prolly

  • andrewjcole (aka Sean – lol)

    “Have your babies, Nintendo” cracked me up for some reason. Good article, Zorpix! I still don’t have this game. *mumble* money *mumble*

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      well maybe you’ll win the WUD contest!

      Whenever that happens…

      • andrewjcole (aka Sean – lol)

        Wasn’t it delayed because whoever owns Wii U Daily has been really busy or something, and they own the widget? Anyway, I’m currently entered in two or three MK8 contests, so I hope I win one of them!

  • Rinslowe

    Another great write-up Zorpix.
    I’m keen to join the matches online from next week…

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      thanks! :3

      Can’t wait to see ya online!

  • Agent721

    Just saw the very bottom of your column…no worries if you can’t accept the friend request!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Pro tip, I’ve been accepting those that mention the site or more specifically, my articles ;)

      • Agent721

        Got it!

  • kelvin

    either the cpu is awsome or i’m really unlucky but i ALWAYS get item triple combo-ed into 7th when i’m 1st

    • http://myanimelist.net/profile/flclfool flclfool

      I think it’s situational genius. I’ve noticed that Coms LOVE to smack you from point blank, and when they’re remotely close their aim is tried and true xD. This tragically in a tight pack can lead so some ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL combos haha. It’s certainly dif than in previous games.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      CPU has gotten a lot smarter…

  • truMADDness

    With the wonders of the internet, I’m sure there’ll be tweaks made.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I hope so

  • C.S. Bailey

    When it comes to extra characters, I was really surprised that the robot from “NintendoLand” wasn’t an option.

    BTW, I’ve been to lazy to pull out older versions (about to use 250 coins to buy the N64 version for my kid’s Wii U to test), but I remember not being able to access courses in a faster class until you beat the previous course in the same class, not unlocking it in 50cc then it being available in 150cc. Am I wrong, or just senile?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I sorta remember something like that… but in order to unlock 150cc you have to get a gold trophy in all 100cc races, so it balances out

  • Damien Wiltshire

    Red shell back homing has been removed
    and there appears to be a system where if you hold onto a horn for two long someone will get a lightning bolt and redshells follow in med air not waiting for you to land anymore is annoying

    • http://myanimelist.net/profile/flclfool flclfool

      When have red shells ever back homed? I don’t remember this :O

      • kopaka7

        I remember I used to do that in Double Dash, but haven’t noticed if back homing doesn’t work.

        • http://myanimelist.net/profile/flclfool flclfool

          haha, well check again. I just ran through both DD and wii Gran Prix 100% before the Mk8 release and I’m near 100% positive there’s never been backhoming. They essentially turned into slow mo green shells

      • Damien Wiltshire

        They sit and proximity home in previous games not sure about wii version didn’t play it enough

        • http://myanimelist.net/profile/flclfool flclfool

          proof!

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            they did. I forgot about that

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Last one I remember doing that was MK GBA

  • kopaka7

    I still think Double Dash! was better.

  • X3Charlie

    BTW slight correction Zorpix, it was Mario Party 8, not 7.
    Other than that I agree especially with the baby thing, they could’ve just released a baby dlc pack later if they really wanted to maybe include baby yoshi in there too. I also dislike battle mode for it’s lack of other mini games such as the bomb omb one in double dash and shine thief. The game is still plenty entertaining just very lacking if you want to do something other than race. Hopefully it’ll still be supported and polished through patches.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Darn it! You’re right… 7 was the one with the microphone on GC

      yeah, baby DLC pack makes more sense

      yeah, there’s just not a ton to do… they don’t even have coin rush mode

  • Zuxs13

    So far im triple start through every race in 50cc and 100cc all on first try. Haven’t tried 150cc yet but i am sure that will be a nightmare, especially mirror cup.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      150cc REALLY ramps it up

      • Zuxs13

        Good I hope so. Its been easy so far. I’ve beat all the online ghosts I’ve raced so far too so I need better competition

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          yeah… It’ll be harder. Partly on BS items, partly on the CP part

          • Zuxs13

            I am finding my luck is i get hit with nothing the first 2.5 laps then nailed 3,4, 5 times in a row late in the 3rd lap. Got to love the hair pulling frustrations.

  • C4

    I don’t mind the 100s babies and Koopalings but it’s weird to have a grid where some of the main characters are missing.

    On the other hand I want these guys as playable characters – maybe DLC accompanying Yoshi Yarn wouldn’t be a bad idea? :)

    https://warosu.org/data/vr/img/0013/74/1391228577270.jpg

  • anthony optimo

    Yoshi Island Yarn 3D world.

  • Darkness

    The game is very good except BATTLE MODE! Horrible idea of reusing race tracks. They are too big! Also no more other modes like coin runners :(
    Nintendo couldn’t afford to finish battle mode so it’s been ruined by taking short cuts and rushing
    http://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-fix-battle-mode-in-mario-kart-8

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