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

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.

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