Tech Tues: Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo and Review #MarioKart8 #mk8

Earlier this month I attended a Nintendo event for Mario Kart 8 ($59.99) for Wii U releasing at the end of this month. During the event I had the opportunity to learn more about this newest addition to the Mario Kart franchise and get some hands on time with the game.

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a game code and loaner Wii U system for 2 weeks for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Or rather I should say my son got some hands on time with the game. I didn't really get to hold the control except when I was giving it to him. Ha!

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

During our preview of Mario Kart 8, my son really took a liking to the game and played quite a few rounds with one of the Nintendo representative. I think she was impressed how quick he picked up the game play moves and won their gaming session. A few days later we received a complimentary code to download an advance copy of the game and then a few days more we received a loaner Wii U unit to use for review purpose.

I don't have to tell you how happy my son was to be able to play the game at home. During our 2 weeks with the game and loaner unit, I noticed a few things about the game that makes if great for families.

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo
Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

Can be played via console which is a great option when you don't want to share our TV. Your child can use the Wii U pad to continue to play the game while you watch TV.

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

Adjustability for all levels of game play The game allows you to adjust the speed of the action. For younger players 50cc speed helps them get comfortable with the game. For more experienced players who need a faster pace 150cc helps them zoom past the competition.

Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

Fun cast of familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom including new characters such as the Koopalings from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina. My son enjoyed unlocking and playing as different characters in the game.


Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo
Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

Mario Kart TV lets players watch their highlight racing reels, rewind them, play them in slow motion or upload them to Miiverse. For younger players there's nothing like watching how you made an awesome gaming move and won the game. Over and over again. For older players with Google accounts, they can also upload reels directly to their YouTube channels to share and get comments/feedback from online friends.

Below you can watch our demo video to get a sneak peek at how my son plays the game and see the game live.


My son LOVED playing Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and I was impressed how easy it was to setup and use. Make sure to get your copy of the game when it releases on May 30, 2014.


Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Wii U Demo

For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and anti-gravity karts that will have players driving upside down and along walls. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
  • The new anti-gravity feature allows for never-imagined racing circuit designs. Players will speed through courses and find themselves suddenly racing on walls or upside down as their wheels automatically rotate and shift into anti-gravity gear. Players can also collide into other characters in anti-gravity mode to gain speed boosts.
  • Crisp HD graphics and a 60-frames-per-second frame rate offer players the most visually stunning entry in the series yet. The game can also be played off-TV on the Wii U GamePad controller.
  • New items such as the Piranha Plant, Boomerang, Crazy 8 and Super Horn join familiar items like the Red Shells and Banana Peels. The Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the player’s kart and will bite other racers and items. The Boomerang can be thrown at other players three times. Crazy 8 encircles the player with eight different items that the player can use one by one. Finally, the Super Horn sends a sonic shock wave that blasts away everything in the vicinity, including other drivers, Red Shells and even blue Spiny Shells.

Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order at GameStop stores throughout North America.

As an added bonus, a free Nintendo eShop download code from Club Nintendo is available for one of four great Wii U games when Mario Kart 8 is purchased and registered between midnight on May 30 and 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31. Wii U games: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U. The download code must be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U by 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 30. For full details, visit http://club2.nintendo.com/mario-kart8-promo

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle: People who don't yet own a Wii U system will find it easy to get in on the action. On May 30 Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all at a suggested retail price of just $329.99.

For more information about the game, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com

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50 comments:

  1. I am sure my boys will be asking for this! They are BIG fans of anything Mario and Luigi!!

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  2. That looks so cool on the big screen. My son would love this!!!

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  3. I love Mario! I have never played a Wii U but it looks so cool!!

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  4. This will be a great game for the kiddies./ Thanks for the review.

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  5. This looks like a fun addition to the Mario Kart family. I had no idea there were different versions!

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  6. I used to play the original mario kart when I was a kid. This looks like a lot of fun!

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  7. My son is the video tech. will have to show him this.

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  8. I will have to share this with my husband. We have a house rule when it comes to Mario games, mom can not know they are in the house. I get addicted to these games and then nothing gets done!

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  9. WOW. Nintendo has come a LONG way since I was little and used to play!

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  10. I used to play Mario Kart all the time on the N64! Times have changed though, this looks way cool!

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  11. My son would have loved that event had we been invited! Although we do monitor video game time, and this looks like one he would play all day long. We love all things Mario!
    thanks,
    Mitch

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  12. More ways to ruin friendships, lol. Mario Kart has been destroying friendships for years it seems like, haha!

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  13. That looks really cool! Better not show my son else he will be begging for it lol.

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  14. Easy set up ranks high for this mom!
    Glad to see the game passed your son's test with flying colors!

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  15. Oh, boy...my grandson just graduated from elementary school today, I think he'd love this for a present.

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  16. My son would be all over this like flies on stink! He loves Mario Kart.

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  17. I usually buy most Mario games when it comes out but I'm passing on this one since the kids has the original Mario Kart and they don't play anymore. I wish they would because it's a really awesome game. Maybe I can encourage them and then I'll be able to get it and we can play together as a family. Mario Kart rocks!

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  18. I love playing Mario Kart on the Wii in the past, it was so much fun and this one looks like it will be even better!

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  19. Do you know we don't even have a gaming system in this house? I think that needs to change!

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  20. This looks like a lot of fun and my husband would love it. We only have a Wii, though, not the Wii U. Maybe we need an upgrade?

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  21. I used to LOVE the original. I can't believe Mario Kart is in it's eighth version already!

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  22. Davey would really like this. I know we like Mario!

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  23. My boys played this at an event earlier this year and they are dying to have it at home. Mario is the best!

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  24. I would love to upgrade to the Wii U. We have the original Wii. Looks like fun!!

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  25. I haven't been hearing a lot about Wii lately. Hmmmm. then again, I am so not a gamer. My son used to love playing Mario.

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  26. My kids always loved Mario Kart. If they were younger I would have to pick this version up.

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  27. My son has played one of the Mario games but it wasn't this one. I know he'd love it though, all of the Mario games are fun!

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  28. My kids are so excited about this. They are trying to decide which game they want for free.

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  29. This Mario Kart looks like a cool game. I'm sure my grandkids would enjoy it.

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  30. I grew up with Mario and he was so fun! It is great that they are still around. My kids love this game

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  31. Mario Kart 8 is the perfect game for the family, anyone can pick it up and learn how to play with ease.

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  32. Cool game! I would love to get this for me and the kids to play.

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  33. Cute game! I love anything mario.. I would love to get this for my son.

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  34. My kids love Mario!! I think my husband would love this a little too much as well. lol

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  35. My son loves Mario! We have been looking forward to this game!

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  36. I never had video games as a kid. The first thing I ever played was a mario cart racing game when I was babysitting at the age of 16. I lost.

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  37. My kids always loved playing that game on the regular Wii, so this is a plus that's on Wii U now too. I'll tell them!

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  38. Mario has come so far. I remember playing mario on nintendo when i was a kid!

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  39. Mario games have always been a fascinating game for me! I remember when I was still a kid; Mario is one of the best games I ever played from Nintendo. I’m sure with the new innovations and advances in the gaming industry, the current Mario games are totally in a different plane of excitement. :)

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  40. Mario is our all time favorite game. I can't wait to get this

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  41. My son has been talking about this game a lot. I may pick it up for him while he is at summer camp this summer. It could be his surprise welcome home gift.

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  42. We hven't played this yet but I look forward to it. I love all things Mario!

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  43. Such neat upgrades to Mario kart! My son would love this game

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  44. Mario Kart is my favorite game to play with my girls. My daughter has a birthday coming up soon. Looks like we have another gift to add to the list!

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  45. I have to say Mario has come a long way since my childhood!

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  46. The Mario characters have been delighting game players for more years than I an remember. It seems as if this was a nice experience for you.

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  47. THIS is such a cool game. My boys would love this very much they would have so much playing this game.

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  48. We just replaced our eight year old Wii with the new Wii U, and my son has been loving the old Mario Kart with the wheel - I didn't even realize the console pad could do that!! We still have lots to learn with this system.

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  49. My son wants a Wii U desperately! I love that they keep Mario going, especially Mario Kart. Those are awesome CLASSIC games!

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  50. Mario Kart is always a hit with my kids...well kids and husband. It's just a fun game, and I love that it appeals to all ages.

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