Mario Kart 8 Turns Mascot Racing Upside Down

MarioKart8

Go-kart racers, start your engines!

The eighth numbered Mario Kart is currently in the Wii U dev shop getting geared and tuned up by Nintendo’s top mechanics for the series’ first HD home console release. Upgrades from recent games will be reinstalled, such as underwater racing and hang-gliders from Mario Kart 7, and motorbikes and midair tricking from Mario Kart Wii.

This time on the track, Mario and his mascot pals will be able to shift gears into antigravity overdrive, racing their karts along walls and completely upside down through Princess Peach’s castle, Boo’s haunted mansion and other Mushroom Kingdom locales, all at a crisp 60 frames per second. Players will even be able to share their favorite antigrav racing moments with the Miiverse using a new highlight video sharing feature called Mario Kart TV.

Toss in 12-player online racing and the return of Waluigi and Toadette, and all the components are in place for the deepest, craziest Mario Kart experience to date. Watch for Mario Kart 8 exclusively on Wii U in spring 2014.

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