This is the eighth and final part of a feature on the history of Mario Kart. It's finally time to explore the wonder that is Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, which was just released yesterday.
Mario Kart 8 adds an interesting feature to the Mario Kart series: anti-gravity. As you can see in the top picture, Mario is racing on the underside of the track.It seems weird, but it works. Some levels have long walls you can ride on, and some have insane loops and turns. It is a little trippy, but it doesn't detract from the experience. If anything, it adds to it. You may not also know which direction is up, but you will always be having fun.
Speaking of which, the game has an excellent selection of retro tracks. Toad's Turnpike (N64), Yoshi Valley (N64), Music Park (3DS), and Rainbow Road (N64) are all here, plus many more. They all have a little anti-gravity mixed in, too. No Ghost Valley 1, however. but that's ok. It will live on. In my heart. Or whatever. (Between Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, almost all of the good N64 retro tracks have been redone at this point. I suppose they will have to start re-redoing tracks at some point).
Mario Kart 8 also has a cool new feature called Mario Kart TV, which lets you save replays, share them with friends, and even upload them to YouTube. This is all in addition to standard online play and everything else you love about Mario Kart.
One of my favorite things about the game is that Toads are everywhere. Toad is my favorite character, so it's awesome to see all his friends all over in the background. You will see them in the pit crews, in space suits on Rainbow Road, and hiding in all sorts of little places. It's awesome!
(Mario Kart 8 is available now on the Nintendo eShop and in stores everywhere. It is playable on Wii U.)