The month of May is quickly speeding towards it's inevitable arrival, and with it comes what many believe could be the game that pulls a U-Turn on the Wii U's current situation — Mario Kart 8. It won't be too much longer until gamers will be able to tear up new and old Mario-themed tracks in glorious high-definition, and Nintendo has rightfully started to build hype for the kart racer with the release of a brand new trailer.
There are a number of reveals that are present in the trailer for eagle-eyed viewers, which confirms that there will be many more aspects added to Mario Kart 8 outside of newly implemented anti-gravity portions. Two new items that have been revealed in the trailer are the Boomerang Flower from Super Mario 3D Land and the mobile Piranha Plant that made its debut in Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. Both appear as if they'll bring some unique advantages and challenges to malicious kart connoisseurs, and they open the door to even more items.
Of course, no Mario Kart would be complete without a bevy of brand new tracks, and Nintendo will have 16 of them ready when it launches the eighth installment of the its key racing franchise later this May. While not all of them have been revealed, a grand total of 13 of the new tracks are now known. They're listed below:
- Bone Dry Dunes
- Cloudtop Cruise
- Dolphin Shoals
- Mario Circuit
- Mario Kart Stadium
- Shy Guy Falls
- Sunshine Airport
- Sweet Sweet Canyon
- Rainbow Road
- Thwomp Ruins
- Toad Harbor
- Twisted Mansion
- Water Park
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New tracks are a large reason why fans invest in a new Mario Kart every console cycle, and there's a certain appeal about replaying previous tracks from throughout the franchise's history. Mario Kart 8, like its predecessors, will feature 16 raceways that debuted in previous iterations, and eight of these have been revealed thus far.
- Cheep Cheep Beach (DS)
- DK Jungle (3DS)
- Donut Plains 3 (SNES)
- Dry Dry Desert (GCN)
- Mario Circuit (GBA)
- Moo Moo Meadows (Wii)
- Royal Raceway (N64)
- Toad’s Turnpike (Mario Kart 64)
Last but not least, the trailer confirms that three characters that established their racing prowess as unlockable racers in Mario Kart 7 will be making their return. Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Shy Guy have made their presence known in Mario Kart 8, joining the likes of the Koopa Kids in the process. Those disappointed by the lack of their favourite character (Dry Bones, Petey Piranha, King Boo, Diddy, etc.) will likely find comfort in the possibility of unlockable characters — which the series has become known for — so there's still ample roster space for more drivers.
As fans await the arrival of Mario Kart 8, and hopefully a confirmation of the North American release of the previously announced collector's edition, this trailer will only fuel the need for kart-centric speed.
Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to exclusively on the Wii U on May 30, 2014.
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