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Nintendo E3 2013 Wii U: Mario Kart 8 announced (trailer + images inside!)
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June 11, 2013, 18:04:41

Another non-surprise, but it was still nice to get our first glimpse at the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U. The trailer shows off the return of bikes, as well as hover cars that ride along roller-coaster like tracks! Is this Mario Kart, or F-Zero?!

Mario Kart 8 is currently slated for a Spring 2014 release.

Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned for more media and details on Mario Kart 8!

Source: Nintendo Direct / Nintendo's Youtube channel

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Posted: 06/11/13, 18:04:41  - Edited by 
 on: 06/11/13, 21:50:05    
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Love the gravity defying tracks and the HD visuals sure look sharp.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 18:04:58
Looks slick. It's basically a combination of Mario Kart Wii and 7, and as long as they don't gimp the online modes, I'm sure I'll put in another 100+ hours into this one.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 18:05:36
This is what I dreamed Nintendo could do with HD.


Why can't 3D Mario look this good visually? The MP aspect and far camera angle makes it harder to achieve :(
Wish they went the Galaxy STYLE instead of 3D Land style. Gameplay wise I mean.

4 playable characters is still pretty awesome though.

DKCR2 seems a little phoned in.

Where's the Wave Race, F-Zero, an Starfox?? Oh well.

I'm not disappointed. More like mixed reaction.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 18:22:21
I got a serious F-Zero vibe from this game. I'm not sure Nintendo really sees a point to F-Zero anymore.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 18:23:17

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 18:30:57
This looks kind of awesome.

If they really are going to kill F-Zero, I really hope they have a super-fast class, though. And some more variety in the single-player.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:01:23
According to Nintendo's site, you can submit highlight videos to Miiverse, whatever that means.

Also, we're back to 12 players again.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:49:27  - Edited by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:49:50
I'm liking this more upon a rewatch (I think I was still trying to process the new Mario game when I first saw this, and Nintendo's iffy Direct stream was throwing me off). The visuals are actually really slick, and the hovercar idea is a nice one. Can't wait to see Rainbow Road with this concept!

There's GOTTA be a Mario Galaxy-themed stage now, right??

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:50:20
Alright, good to see Miiverse evolving like this. Photos, Art Academy app pictures and now video. Very cool!

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:50:50
I'm really into this. It combines my two favourite Mario Karts, and looks pretty to boot!

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 19:57:31
Looks great! My question is: are they giving us online free-for-all balloon battle? Mandatory team battles on Wii killed me.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:09:33
Looks good. A little rote but slick nonetheless.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:11:51
I'm really digging what I see here. Fun looking track designs and it looks really nice. This is what I expected out of Nintendo.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:52:54
This is the one thing shown that didn't make me pause. The anti-gravity thing looks really neat, and a great way to expand track designs. Sleep-deprived as I am, I first thought they were just showing goofy sideways and upside-down camera angles... and then it hit me that they were driving on the walls.

There's still more I need to see, but for now, game looks great.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:54:40
It's pretty crazy how some shortcuts or different routes are right next to each other at 90 degress.

Interesting to note that not one item was shown in the trailer.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:57:12
There was a banana!

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 20:59:07
That looks a lot better than I expected.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 21:54:38
Are those pics in the op target renders??

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 22:07:13
This is so far probably my game-of-show for E3. Is it more of the same? Yeah. Was it obvious and expected? Well, yeah. Logically I shouldn't be as excited as I am, but MAN did that trailer look fun. Mario Kart in HD, baby! Can't wait!!

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 22:07:14
This really does look very good, and it's all running at 60fps too.

The lighting has the glorious sheen of Nintendoland. It almost looks like deferred rendering - but whatever is going on it looks great.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 22:41:10  - Edited by 
 on: 06/11/13, 23:07:12
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