Nintendo released a brand new trailer for their next installment in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8. This new trailer also showed off some brand new features never before used in previous titles, and they are interesting.
According to the Official Nintento Magazine UK, the new trailer for Mario Kart 8 focused primarily on the anti-gravity mechanic, which includes the hover wheels and the glider, and the ability to get a “Spin Turbo” for colliding with other racers. Mario Kart 8 also shows off the brand new weapons players can use. The first weapon is a boomerang, which players might hit other players on the return if they miss on the initial throw. The second weapon, or weapons actually, are the piranha plant pot items.
Mario Kart 8 was announced back in E3, as previously reported here on The Inquisitr. Since then, a flurry of videos have been uploaded by Nintendo, showcasing what Mario Kart 8 can do. First, Nintendo made sure the nostalgia was touched upon, by redoing two courses from previous titles. The first is the infamous Rainbow Road from the Nintendo 64, a course so hated by fans because of its difficulty yet attempted numerous times because of its challenge. The second course is Cheep Cheep Beach from the Nintendo DS.
There are also a lot of numerous tracks added to the game, mostly to showcase and utilize all the new anti-gravity elements. There are a lot more wall and ceiling driving than in previous games. Actually, the only level I can think of that featured such gameplay was in the last Mario Kart title back on the Wii. Back on subject, some of the new tracks in Mario Kart 8 include the Mario Kart Stadium, Water Park, and Sweet Sweet Canyon. Donut Plains is taken from Super Mario World from the Super Nintendo and DK Jungle is inspired by Donkey Kong.
Mario Kart 8 will also utilize the game pad controller, as demonstrated on IGN. First, the HUD has been removed from the main screen and put into the mini-screen of the game pad controller. This includes the placing of racers, a large button in the middle as the horn, off-television play, and course map. This time, the option to either use motion controls or the pad’s buttons are given instead of making it mandatory like Nintendo did for Mario Kart 7, unless you bought the classic controller attachment.
Mario Kart 8 is expected for a release on May 30, 2014.