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Gamescom: Mario Kart 8 gameplay

Mario Kart 8 may be a long way away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of things to come before the inevitable release.

The first thing you notice when watching the players tour the ghost mansion is how the courses twist and turn in many different directions. The gravity mechanics really work towards this game’s advantage, as it allows for amazing course designs, and gives quite a bit of leg room for the developers. One player was using Mario in a regular kart, while the other was Toad on a motorcycle. What’s nice is that the camera angle changes with the vehicle as it hugs the walls of the mansion, giving you a sense that you really are defying gravity while racing.

The course also takes you under water, still utilizing the gravity mechanics as you can see other racers upside down above you on diverging track. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this really is a nod to F-Zero with the way it plays. To top it all off it’s F-Zero with items and Mario characters. What you will also notice is the player using the gyro controls as he tilts the Wii U gamepad to steer. So far Mario Kart 8 is looking very promising with its innovative and insane course designs. We’ll see how it all unfolds in the next few months as Nintendo unveils more details regarding this title. Mario Kart 8 will be launching Spring 2014 on the Wii U.

Source: TheGamezGenerationTV

About Christopher Deleanides

Well, my name's Christopher Deleanides as you all know and I'm the Nintendo Editor here at BG. I've been playing video games since 1992, and I've been a Nintendo fan the entirety of those years. My love for video games as well as Nintendo hasn't changed, and probably never will. The only thing that comes close is politics, as I'm very deeply involved in both local and international issues.

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  1. Can’t come soon enough for me- I love these games.

  2. Christopher Deleanides

    Honestly, I haven’t been this excited for a Mario Kart game since Mario Kart 64. It just seems like they’ve breathed new life into it with the gravity mechanic. Like Mario Kart 64, they seem to not be going for the more flat terrain like they’ve been doing in recent years. Which is good, as I prefer that style.

    With that said Mario Kart games always excite me, but I’m extra stoked for this.

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