Mario Kart 8 Wii U: Characters, Trailer, Bundle, Price, and Photos

January 28, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is set for a release date sometime this spring. Let’s check out the characters and gameplay information that we know so far, as well as other info such as projected price.

Gameplay

The main karts will be similar to the ones in Mario Kart 7, equipped with gliders and able to race underwater. 

Bikes, introduced in Mario Kart Wii, will return.

Anti-gravity tracks allow players to race on vertical and upside-down roads.

Coins will be part of the game, while some courses will be new and some will be from previous iterations of the game.

For two players, the screen will split down the middle vertically instead of the typical horizontal split.

Any the game will be integrated into the Miiverse, which will let players share replay videos and comment on videos from others.

(Nintendo)

Characters

-Mario
-Luigi
-Princess Peach
-Princess Daisy
-Baby Mario
-Baby Luigi
-Baby Peach
-Baby Daisy
-Yoshi
-Bowser
-Donkey Kong
-Toad
-Toadette
-Koopa Troopa
-Wario
-Waluigi
-Rosalina

Price and Bundle

Mario Kart 8 may be bundled with the console as it falls below $275 (200 euros), according to MCV. Anonymous sources said that this may be one of the last chances for the struggling Wii U.

“A sub-£200 machine will help, and Mario Kart is desperately needed to reach the fans,” said the games boss of one of the UK’s biggest retailers. “We also need something revolutionary that makes use of the second screen and has mainstream appeal, which is easier said than done.”

A buyer at an online games store added: “There is only one real last chance for Wii U and it is Mario Kart 8. It could still be the game that sparks interest in Wii U, but it would need to be combined with a more mass market retail price.”

Trailer and Pictures


(All photos/Nintendo)

 

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