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Thursday, 31 July 2014

WiiU Mario Kart 8 #GameReview- by @DownshiftingPRO 13 Year-Old Son– Great Details for Mario Kart Devotees

It took a long time to get my copy of Mario Kart 8, but I did get it a couple days ago. I am glad that I did get it, and now I am here to tell you of what I think. Mario Kart 8 is a racing game for the Wii U and the eighth instalment of the long-running Mario Kart series, a spin-off of the famous Super Mario franchise. I’ll divide this review into several components, starting with Grand Prix.
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Grand Prix: I feel rather neutral towards the changes made to this mode. First, if you, say, got a silver trophy in the 100cc engine class Mushroom Cup, you would also be awarded with a silver trophy in the 50cc engine class Mushroom Cup automatically, even if you never played it. With this change, you only have to play the 150cc class of every cup and get a trophy to have gotten trophies in ALL the cups. This change ties into another: if you unlock a cup in one engine class, it is automatically unlocked in the other classes. To compensate, the Flower Cup and Banana Cup now need to be unlocked instead of being available from the start like in previous games.
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Time Trial: A mode where you race to the finish solo with three Dash Mushrooms for the best time. Just select a track and play. I never paid too much attention to this mode much.
Versus: This is a mode in which you race using custom rules, such as there being teams or not, how many races there will be, the engine class, how the tracks are selected, etc.
Battle: Normally, Battle mode is fun and unique compared to the rest of the game, but, unfortunately, it is now more or less a shell of its former self. Instead of special arenas, you play in actual race tracks! And worse still, SIX OUT OF EIGHT of them are Retro courses. I will give one thing, and that is I love the ability to decide what kinds of items can be used. (Seriously, try a round of Bob-ombs Only, it’s RIDICULOUS.)
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Race Tracks: Like all previous games, bar Super Circuit for GBA, there are 4 Nitro cups, being the Mushroom, Flower, Star and Special cups, in that respective order. As well, like all games since the DS iteration, there are also 4 Retro cups, comprised of the Shell, Banana, Leaf and Lightning cups. The Nitro cups’ tracks, as well as the Retro cups’ tracks, will be listed below.
(Note: the Retro tracks have initials that designate which instalment they originate derived from the console it was on)
Mushroom Cup: Mario Kart Stadium, Water Park, Sweet Sweet Canyon, and Thwomp Ruins
Flower Cup: Mario Circuit, Toad Harbor, Twisted Mansion, and Shy Guy Falls
Star Cup: Sunshine Airport, Dolphin Shoals, Electrodrome, and Mount Wario
Special Cup: Cloudtop Cruise, Bone-Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, and Rainbow Road
Shell Cup: Wii Moo Moo Meadows, GBA Mario Circuit, DS Cheep Cheep Beach, and N64 Toad’s Turnpike
Banana Cup: GCN Dry Dry Desert, SNES Donut Plains 3, N64 Royal Raceway, and 3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup: DS Wario Stadium, GCN Sherbet Land, 3DS Music Park, and N64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup: DS Tick-Tock Clock, 3DS Piranha Plant Slide, Wii Grumble Volcano, and N64 Rainbow Road
(To those in PAL regions, 3DS Music Park is instead called 3DS Melody Motorway)
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All tracks have a 3-lap system, bar Mount Wario and N64 Rainbow Road, which are divided into three sections, though the former ends in a different place from where it started, while the latter is one big lap, due to its extreme length. Compared to previous games, the Nitro tracks are very diverse and creative, from a busy amusement park to an equally busy airport, and everything in between! I think the selection of Retro tracks is very nice, but I think a few games are represented too much or too little. Personally, my favourite Nitro track is...any of them! I really can’t pick a favourite. They all have design, music, and gimmicks that make each one unique. As for the Retro Tracks, some are inevitably better than others, as they all come from different games, but are all overall great.
Characters and Vehicles: The game stars 30 characters, 16 of which are playable from the start while the rest must be unlocked via various methods. As with Mario Kart 7, you make customizable vehicles using various parts you earn throughout the game, with each affecting how you drive in different ways so you can edit it to fit your play style best.
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Multiplayer: Like pretty much every racing game, Mario Kart 8 inevitably has a Multiplayer mode. As in previous instalments, you can play Versus and Battle with (up to 3) other people in this game, but, oddly enough, Grand Prix is also multiplayer in this game. Even if so, it is a change that I gladly appreciate.
Final Analysis: This game is pretty great. I would give it a 3.5/5 rating. It’s fun, with many unique mechanics, great control, an enjoyable, albeit somewhat butchered Battle mode, lots of new characters, a very refined replay option, and excellent track design and music. I would suggest buying this if you are already a fan of Super Mario and/or kart racing games. 

Star Star Star and a half Star out of 5

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This is not a sponsored review.  No compensation or game was received.  All opinions are authentic and belong exclusively to my son.  If you feel so incline, please leave him a comment, he would love it!

59 comments :

  1. This is such a great review! Thanks to your review, I now know that my son would enjoy it. Great job!

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  2. Mario Kart 8 is a very fun game, I've seen my nephews play it and they love it.

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  3. What a great review! I love Mario Kart, and this sounds like it is just as good as the ones I played back in the day. I need the Wii U first, but I miss playing games like this.

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    1. Thank You. It is your choice whether to get a Wii U or not. I personally would not have gotten it for just one game myself, and maybe that is why I got one that came with a 2-in-1 game disc. ^HI

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  4. This is a wonderful review! My son Loves Mario games, we'll have to check this one out!!

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    1. You certainly should, especially if he is into racing games. ^HI

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  5. MY SON ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS GAME GREAT REVIEW!!

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  6. I haven't played mario kart in ages. I remember it was always tons of fun.

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    1. Well, it still is! (In a different kind of way, maybe.) ^HI

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  7. My boyfriend and I both love the Mario Cart games. They are so much fun to play with a group of friends! Awesome review!

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  8. My kids would love that game. I've never played it, but they really like driving games (dad wires engines.)

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    1. If you have not gotten It, then do so. If you have, then good for you and your sons! ^HI

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  9. I used to love this game when I was a kid. Great to hear that it is still being played.

    Michelle F.

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    1. Indeed it is. Do you still like it, though?

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  10. What a great review. My daughter was writing a posts on my blog for a while and sort of stopped but I have been encouraging keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you. And good luck to your daughter on those post(s)! ^HI

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  11. Great review! My kids love these sorts of games.

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  12. Great review! my kids like playing Mario Kart, I guess we will be getting this version also.

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    1. It is not a version, it is an installment. Thank you anyways. ^HI

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  13. This is a really great review. It's very in-depth and covers pretty much everything I'd want to know about the game. Your son has a VERY good vocabulary for such a young man. I don't think I've ever heard an adult say "iteration".

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    1. Never have I. Thank you very much! ^HI

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  14. Great informative review! Keep up the great work!

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  15. What I love most is that your son is blogging! My 9 year old has done a few posts too :)

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    1. It is rather tricky. Congrats to your son! ^HI

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  16. Mario plays a huge part of my childhood years. I've seen the game transform from the Family Nintendo - Gameboy - Supernes, etc and I'm glad that it was able to stay updated. Kids these days will still be able to enjoy Mario.

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    1. Certainly. It always was, and still is great. ^HI

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  17. What a great review! My 9 year old did a review of it as well for KidVuz, and it was really fun to see what he had to say about the game. It always surprises me how grown up they are.

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    1. What is KidVuz? I've never heard of it... I'd love for him to be able to post elsewhere.

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  18. omg!! that use to be my fave game when I was a kid! my kids love it!
    xo,
    Dee T
    http://HauteFrugalista.com
    @HauteFrugalista

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    1. Oh... Dee, we are years apart in age... I can tell... Mario wasn't even imagined yet when I was a kid.

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  19. I love Mario Kart! This is great to know and I'll have to look into it!

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  20. My daughter is a huge Mario Kart fan. In fact, it's the only video game she really likes, but she sure does make up for not liking others with her zeal for this one. :)

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  21. Great review with a lot of information for anyone who may be interested in this game. Thanks for sharing! Keep it up!

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  22. What a great comprehensive review! I'll be sure to share this with my 12 year old son. He has not played this game before. Looking forward to more reviews. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I asked him to make it a bit easier for 'regular' people and he asked why if its fans that are going to read it...LOL

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  23. That's great and what a fabulous review. Three of my six kids love Mario. We have Mario seven but not eight yet.

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    1. Our son is the big Mario fan here but I have to admit my oldest daughter likes playing against him. Its fun to watch them compete for fun!

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  24. I haven't played mario kart in years! I love the new upgrades!

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    1. It's all Greek to me but I'm glad you know what he is talking about. Thanks for dropping by.

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  25. Love this review! I think my 12 year old nephew would love this game.

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    1. I would be interested to see if he like the game. Tell me if he reads the review. Thanks for dropping by.

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  26. Mario Kart is one of the games I actually approve of. Not so much gory violence.

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    1. Kristen: I don't let my son play any gory games. This is pretty fun to watch them play I admit.

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  27. My kids have always enjoyed the Mario Kart racing games. This is definitely one to consider. Thanks for the awesome review!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. We both appreciate it.

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  28. This version is so over rated and I appreciate your honesty. I don't see how this version does anything better than Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed did. To me, that's the best kart game there is with Mario kart 7 behind it. It just seems like Nintendo cashed in on Mario Kart 8 and ran out of ideas. Add all the features you want Nintendo, but never remove them, especially when they work.

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  29. Really detailed review - got to be helpful for people interested in buying this game.

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    1. Even when I read it the first time, I had to ask my son to make it interesting for 'non-gamers' he was perplexed...That's him though.

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  30. My husband will love this game and thats for sure.

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  31. My kids would love this game. Mario was the first game they played back in the early 90's. It is still a classic around our homes.

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  32. steven nguyen4 August 2014 19:11

    Mario Kart will always be a game that people want more of.

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  33. Hayden: You are the best seriously. Mom needs to give you a regular series here on her blog. That was incredibly thorough!

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  34. This is my absolute favorite Mario game! Thanks for sharing :)

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