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Mario Kart 8 is the 8th installment of the Mario Kart series, for the Wii U console.

The gameplay includes thirty-two circuits (sixteen brand new ones and sixteen retro ones) on which the characters race riding a variety of vehicles like the returning motorcycles from Mario Kart Wii or the karts, which can be customized.

The game offers six play modes featuring a new mode called Mario Kart TV in which you can create your own pictures and videos. The roster includes thirty characters from the Super Mario universe, twenty-one are returning from previous games and nine are new: Baby Rosalina, Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Larry Koopa, Pink Gold Peach, Morton Koopa Jr., Ludwig Von Koopa, Roy Koopa and Lemmy Koopa. Twenty-one power-ups are included in this game featuring new ones like the Boomerang Flower, the Piranha Plant, the Super Horn and the Eight-crazy.


Mario Kart 8 Wii U Mirror Mode. Everything is reversed!
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Choosing a Cup
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Looks like I got some nice new wheels
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournaments add a greater sense of competition to online races compared to previous MK entries

Promo Images

Mario Kart 8 Screenshot
Mario Kart 8 Render
Mario Kart 8 Screenshot
Mario Kart 8 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "マリオカート8" -- Japanese spelling
  • "마리오 카트 8" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Critic Reviews

Darkstation May 19, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Jun 11, 2014 5 out of 5 100
Quarter to Three May 28, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 May 30, 2014 9.3 out of 10 93 May 15, 2014 9 out of 10 90 Jun 04, 2014 88 out of 100 88 May 15, 2014 85 out of 100 85
PixlBit May 30, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digitally Downloaded Jun 03, 2014 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Diehard GameFan Jun 18, 2014 Unscored Unscored


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A neat little touch appears at the beginning of every race at the starting line: if the player honks their horn during the countdown it will startle the other racers!


According to publisher Nintendo, Mario Kart 8 sold 5.87 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).


  • The Game Awards
    • 2014 — Best Family Game — Won
    • 2014 — Best Sports/Racing Game — Won

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Zaibatsu (18752) added Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) on Jun 03, 2014