Posts Tagged ‘Mario Kart 8’

Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC brings this universe one step closer to perfection

August 26, 2014


Link, Villager, and Isabelle are joining the race! Nintendo’s UK store recently listed two new DLC packs — and they feature more than just Mario. According to the listing, each pack will three new characters, two new cups, and four new vehicles, drawing from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing games for track design and characters.

Here’s the listing in full:


Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

That’s a lot of awesome news for Nintendo fans. Looking closely, we can see what appears to be an Animal Crossing village stage above Dry Bowser, as well as a probable F-Zero stage on the left under Link’s kart. I don’t recognize the stage on the bottom left, either — with the rough geometry on that hill, could it be based around Excitebike?

Also intriguing is the question mark panel on the bottom right. Maybe it’s a totally unrevealed stage, or maybe it’s a tip-off to the return of the fake item block.

Hopefully we’ll have all the answers in November 2014 and May 2015, when Nintendo’s slated these DLC packs for release. We might even get some battle arenas, too.

Until then, I’ll keep dreaming.



Wii U review: Mario Kart 8

May 30, 2014


All revved up

I’ve played way, way too much Mario Kart this month. It’s easily my favorite videogame series of all time, and I was so amped about Mario Kart 8 that I played every single Mario Kart game multiple times over. I made myself a tiny bit sick of the series, honestly.

But Mario Kart 8’s here, and I really want to talk with you about it. Nintendo’s changed a lot with this most recent entry — there are larger, immediate changes, like the addition of antigravity, but there are also a lot of smaller systems changes and tweaking going on.

Because there’s so much going on, I’d like to make this review of Mario Kart 8 a little more in-depth than usual. Let’s-a get going.


Mario Kart’s all-time best (and worst!) racetracks

May 29, 2014


Celebrating 20+ years of go-kart coursework

There ain’t nothin’ like a Mario Kart track. Over the years they’ve gotten wilder and wilder, from Super Mario Kart’s modest “real kart racing with a twist” to Mario Kart 7’s manic, setpiece-laden jaunts through the air and underwater. And now with Mario Kart 8, Nintendo plans to turn those courses upside-down with antigravity sections that’ll see karts racing on the walls and ceiling.

Just before Mario Kart 8’s May 30th release, I’d like to run down my own personal list of the best and worst tracks in the series’ history. I’ve chosen to break things down by game — I want this list to represent the entire series, after all, and not just my own favorite Mario Kart games. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope these are some of your favorites, too. Here we go, starting with the most recent game and working our way back:


There will be waaah

May 8, 2014


Nintendo brings Mario Kart 8′s roster up to thirty racers with the inclusion of Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach:

Hopefully they don’t continue down this endless spiral of creating metal and baby versions of every character. I have one question for you, Nintendo: where my Dry Bones at?

Which new or returning characters would you like to see in the next Mario Kart?

So Mario Kart 8’s soundtrack is totally incredible

May 3, 2014


Nintendo always does a great job with its Mario Kart soundtracks, but they’ve seemingly outdone themselves with Mario Kart 8.

Listen to that crazy bass and jazzy everything in Mario Kart 8’s main theme, plus the beautifully pastoral violin on the remixed Moo Moo Meadows theme. The orchestration here is more energetic, more lively, more like actual music rather than canned videogame compositions.

Here’s the entire song list, courtesy of NeoGAF user Neoxon and the folks at My Nintendo News.

Mario Kart 8 races onto shelves May 30th. Keep following Catstronaut Loves Games for more Mario Kart coverage as the month goes on!

A tribute to Battle Mode, with concern for its future

May 1, 2014


Super Mario Kart’s Battle Mode featured 3D multiplayer battle arenas, varied weapon types, precision movement, and x-axis aim a full year before Doom hit the PC scene. Even as a simple side mode, Mario Kart’s battles helped codify competitive 3D gaming as we know it.

But that historical garbage doesn’t define Mario Kart. Mario Kart is primal as hell; there’s the constant feeling that something’s about to come unglued, that all of a sudden the game will stop being fun by virtue of it ceasing to be fair. That unbridled craziness is what makes the series so damned fun — and unique — in the first place. And Battle Mode is Mario Kart at its most primal: four karts enter and one kart leaves in videogaming’s ultimate versus showdown.


Surprise! The Wii U is fantastic

March 6, 2014


Ten reasons why this generation’s underdog is an incredible console

The Wii U is this generation’s best-kept secret. I don’t mean that it’s just better than people say, or that it’s criminally underrated, though it’s both those things. What I mean is that the Wii U is a legitimately fantastic videogame console, and one that ushered Nintendo into this gen with style.

I know you’re probably screwing up your face right now, doing some mental gymnastics to try and reconcile what I’m saying with what you’ve already heard. The Wii U doesn’t really sell itself — it invites comparisons with its maligned predecessor, and Nintendo’s confused marketing hasn’t helped matters. Few people are buying the console.

But hear me out before you get all worked up, because those people who own a Wii U love the thing. Here’s why.


Rainboo road

February 27, 2014


For Nils Pfenning, a great friend and a true Nintendo fan.

This image is a printable poster. I’ve uploaded the massive version so you can print out a high-quality copy if you like. Save it to a flash drive and go down to Kinko’s or wherever and you can make an 11×17 copy for ~$3.