Mario Kart 8 will be available for the Wii U on May 30th.

Nintendo provided BGR with a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 for this review.

Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U

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  • TAG : Mario Kart 8 launches on May 30th for the Wii U.
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  • Nothing wrong with hype. That’s how hardware sells. How do you think Wii was such a huge hit? Not by games alone. Wii U would benefit from it if it had the right hype. If Mario Kart 8 can’t get it going, then it’s probably going to suffer a lot in its life cycle. Great? Bad? It’s a matter of opinion. PS4 is not for everyone. Same goes for Wii U and Xbox One.

    The title, Mario Kart 8, is chosen to represent the anti-gravity mechanic as the "8" used in the official logo resembles the Möbius strip from Mario Circuit. Mario circuit was in fact the first course for the game

  • Development for Mario Kart 8 started in 2012. Some ideas that were scrapped in Mario Kart 8 included a drill that made drivers drive into subterranean depths. The idea was scrapped because the developers thought it was not as interesting as the anti-gravity idea. The anti-gravity concept stemmed from the Wii U being a powerful console, and with the upgraded hardware, the developers wanted to make courses with a 3D plane in mind rather than the 2D plane as the other tracks in the Mario Kart series.

    While it is currently unknown how exactly well the game has done so far, the game seems to have caused numerous stores to run out of Wii Us and selling most of their stock of the game. Amazon confimred that Mario Kart 8 has passed PS4 sales on the website. . According to Nintendo, the game sold 1.2 million over its release weekend becoming the fastest selling Wii U game to date. Most of the Wii U's sold around the time of the release were the special edition Mario Kart 8 Wii U. In Japan, the game sold 325,892 units according to Media Create and is the third best Mario Kart launch, behind and . In the UK, the game was the best Wii U game launch and the 3rd best selling SKU behind Watch_Dogs PS4 and Xbox One. In America, the game sold over 400,000 in its opening weekend, also not far behind Watch_Dogs in the May NPD. In France, the game sold 74,755 in its opening week. It was confirmed at the June Investor meeting that the game has sold over 2 million worldwide in just under a month. In the October Investor meeting, it was revealed that the game has sold 3.49 million worldwide with 2.74 million outside Japan.

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    Japanese マリオカート8
    Mario Kāto 8
    Mario Kart 8
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    Mario Kart 8 takes the glider and underwater mechanics as well as the coins mechanic of its predecessor . The bikes from also make a return. Though they have been changed to act more similarly to Karts; wheelies are now purely cosmetic, though some have inside drifting. 12 player races have also made an return. In addition. The main new mechanic is the anti-gravity transformation which will allow racers to drive along the ceiling and walls of courses allowing more different paths then regular race tracks.

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