Today, May 30, the highly-rated Mario Kart 8 comes out exclusively for Wii U. Players from around the world can now compete online, while friends and family gather in living rooms to enjoy the spectacular kart races together. Newbies and experienced kart racers alike will love the crisp HD visuals, live recorded soundtrack and new anti-gravity zones that send drivers racing across the ceiling and walls!
The trade press is unanimous in praise of Mario Kart 8, as evidenced by the high marks and enthusiastic reviews for this eighth installment in the series:
Insidegamer, 9+ out of 10 – “Mario Kart 8 is a phenomenal game.”
Gamer.nl, 9 out of 10 – Every second you can feel how much time, energy and love has been put into the development
Power Unlimited, 88 out of 100 – “Traditional craftsmanship and endlessly long, highly entertaining racing fun.”
Edge, 9 out of 10 – “The greatest Mario Kart yet.”
___.net, 10 out of 10 – “Mario Kart 8 is a rare thing, then: the best entry in the series and the most exciting yet.”
The Sun, 10 out of 10 – “Quite simply Mario Kart 8 is the best racing game of any console, bar none.” Huffington Post, 5 out of 5 – “This is a classic video game, one of the very, very best.”
In Mario Kart 8 you can compete against drivers from all over the world. Up to 12 players can race online at once, as long as everyone has the game and a broadband connection to the internet. Players can also set up public or closed tournaments, where they can set the day, time and game rules themselves. You can also race against ghost data from friends or even the top 10 players worldwide. The new Mario Kart TV feature allows players to watch highlight movies,
rewind, slow down or share with other players. Players with a Google account can upload their videos directly to their YouTube channels to showcase their best racing action.
Fans who want anytime, anywhere access to Mario Kart TV’s highlight movies and global Time Race data will be well served by the recently launched mariokart.tv, a new web service for Mario Kart TV optimized for smart devices. This service is open to everyone, but users who have registered their Nintendo Network ID (NNID) can log in to mariokart.tv to watch friends’ highlights and videos from tournaments they participate in. Logged in users also get access to their personal Time Race data for each course, allowing them to compare their times against friends and the best players in the world to see who can call themselves the fastest racers in Mushroom Kingdom. For more details about this new service, you can access this link via PC, phone or
Fans looking to get their hands on Mario Kart 8 today can opt for the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which includes a spiny shield collector’s item in addition to a physical copy of Mario Kart 8. This Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle is available while supplies last. Starting today, the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack – Special Edition Wii U hardware bundle is also available. This pack consists of a black Wii U Premium console with 32GB* storage, a black Wii U GamePad controller, a sensor bar and of course the Mario Kart 8 game disc.
To spice up the race party, anyone who registers their Mario Kart 8 PIN with Club Nintendo between today 10am local time and 31 July 11:59pm local time will be entitled to a free download code for a selection of great Wii U games in the Mario Kart 8 Bonus Game action!