Mario Kart 8 (JP) is a kart-racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the eleventh installment in Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise, the eighth in the main series.

An enhanced port known as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released for the Nintendo Switch.


Mario Kart 8 takes the glider and underwater mechanics as well as the coins mechanic of its predecessor Mario Kart 7. The bikes from Mario Kart Wii also make a return.

Though they have been changed to act more similarly to Karts; wheelies are now purely cosmetic, though some have inside drifting. 12 player races have also made an return.

In addition. The main new mechanic is the anti-gravity transformation which will allow racers to drive along the ceiling and walls of courses allowing more different paths then regular race tracks.


MK8 Mario

These are in order they appear on the character select screena.

Available from the start

Unlockable Characters




Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup Egg Cup (DLC) Crossing Cup (DLC)
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Circuit Sunshine Airport Cloudtop Cruise GCN Yoshi Circuit GCN Baby Park
Water Park Toad Harbor Dolphin Shoals Bone Dry Dunes Excitebike Arena Wild Woods
Sweet Sweet Canyon Twisted Mansion Electrodrome Bowser's Castle Dragon Driftway GBA Cheese Land
Thwomp Ruins Shy Guy Falls Mount Wario Rainbow Road Mute City Animal Crossing
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup Triforce Cup (DLC) Bell Cup (DLC)
WII Moo Moo Meadows GCN Dry Dry Desert DS Wario Stadium DS Tick-Tock Clock WII Wario's Gold Mine 3DS Neo Bowser City
GBA Mario Circuit SNES Donut Plains 3 GCN Sherbet Land 3DS Piranha Plant Slide SNES Rainbow Road Super Bell Subway
DS Cheep Cheep Beach N64 Royal Raceway 3DS Music Park WII Grumble Volcano Ice Ice Outpost GBA Ribbon Road
N64 Toad's Turnpike 3DS DK Jungle N64 Yoshi Valley N64 Rainbow Road Hyrule Circuit Big Blue

Downloadable content

Two different DLC packs have been released for Mario Kart 8.

By purchasing both DLC packs, the purchaser received eight alternative colors for both Yoshi and Shy Guy.

The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8

Egg Cup

Triforce Cup


Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8

Released on April 23, it includes for $7.99

Crossing Cup

Bell Cup



Mercedes Benz



Customzation returns from Mario Kart 7, now with alternative Bikes and ATVs in addition to Karts as the main body. Except for the golden parts and DLC, they are randomly unlocked through getting multiples of 50 coins.






Battle Mode

The battle mode seems akin to earlier Mario Karts except the battle courses are based on the race tracks albeit modified for a Battle purpose.There are 8 courses used for Battle including

  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbor
  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Toad Turnpike
  • Sherbet Land
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Yoshi Valley

Mario Kart TV

Mario Kart TV - Logo 1
This is a robust replay editing system that even supports both Miiverse posting and direct-to-YouTube upload. The system can take 30 second, 45 second, 60 second highlights or full race and post them on Miiverse. Unfortunately, the YouTube upload function has disabled full race for it.

A website launched in summer 2014 featuring random highlights and various stats. This site was taken down April 5, 2016.


The amiibo functionality is racing suits of the character for the player's Miis

Here are amiibo supported

With an update in April, 9 more are supported


Development for Mario Kart 8 started in 2012. Some ideas that were scrapped in Mario Kart 8 included a drill that made drivers drive into subterranean depths. The idea was scrapped because the developers thought it was not as interesting as the anti-gravity idea. The anti-gravity concept stemmed from the Wii U being a powerful console, and with the upgraded hardware, the developers wanted to make courses with a 3D plane in mind rather than the 2D plane as the other tracks in the Mario Kart series.

The title, Mario Kart 8, is chosen to represent the anti-gravity mechanic as the "8" used in the official logo resembles the Möbius strip from Mario Circuit. Mario circuit was in fact the first course for the game

Select tracks will be orchestrated, making this game the first Mario Kart game to feature orchestrated tracks. According to the developers, this game pushes some limits of the Wii U, but there is still potential.

On August 27, 2014, the first patch was released. This added DLC to game, allowing the player to download the Mercedes cars and prepurchase the DLC and unlock 8 alternate costumes for Shy Guys and Yoshis. They also revamped the online rating system, added an option to view map on screen and rearranged the race finish menu so Next Race was the first option instead of Replay.

On November 13, 2014, the second patch was released. This added amiibo functionality which is different costumes based on the amiibo. It also integrates the new DLC launched on the same day.

On April 23, 2015, the third patch was released. This added 200cc, more amiibo functionality and the new DLC released the same day.

Marketing and promotion

The game had a Nintendo Direct dedicated to describing all the new features. In this Nintendo Direct, they also reveal a special Wii U Bundle for America and Europe, which included a Deluxe Black Wii U Console, a physical copy of the game, a Wii Remote Plus, a Wii Wheel and Mario & Luigi hats. Europe had a special limited edition with a T-shirt and a Blue Shell Figure. There was a special promotion in that if the consumer registered the game on Club Nintendo, the consumer could a free game. In North America, there were 4 games, each with a $40 value; Wii Party U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDNew Super Mario Bros. U, and Pikmin 3. In Europe, in addition to the games listed for America, they also got; Sonic Lost WorldMario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, The Wonderful 101, Game & WarioMonster Hunter 3 Ultimate and  Nintendo Land. Japan got a slightly difference deal where they could select 2 game and there would be free for a month and then get the games for 1/2 off after the trial.

Nintendo also did a series of commercials demonstrating the new items and the anti-gravity in a quality testing format with the tag line "Flippin' Fun". They started airing on TV two weeks prior to release and was shown before movies in theaters.

In September 2014, they started putting out new Wii U bundles.


The game was received very well. On Metacritic, the game received an 88 and on GameRankings, it got a 88.22% with the lowest score it received being a 7/10 from the Toronto Sun. Famitsu gave the game a 36(8,9,9,10) out of 40.

Tthe game seems to have caused numerous stores to run out of Wii Us and selling most of their stock of the game. Amazon confimred that Mario Kart 8 has passed PS4 sales on the website. [1]. According to Nintendo, the game sold 1.2 million over its release weekend becoming the fastest selling Wii U game to date. Most of the Wii U's sold around the time of the release were the special edition Mario Kart 8 Wii U. In Japan, the game sold 325,892 units according to Media Create and is the third best Mario Kart launch, behind Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. In the UK, the game was the best Wii U game launch and the 3rd best selling SKU behind Watch_Dogs PS4 and Xbox One. In America, the game sold over 400,000 in its opening weekend, also not far behind Watch_Dogs in the May NPD. In France, the game sold 74,755 in its opening week. It was confirmed at the June Investor meeting that the game has sold over 2 million worldwide in just under a month. In the October Investor meeting, it was revealed that the game has sold 3.49 million worldwide with 2.74 million outside Japan. The game has sold 8.40 million as December




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Mario Kart 8 December Direct Trailer
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