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Nintendo unveils Mario Kart 8 for Wii U ahead of spring 2014 release

Super Mario 3D World also given outing
Tue Jun 11 2013, 15:48
Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

JAPANESE GAMING FIRM Nintendo announced Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U on Tuesday, although it won't be released until spring 2014.

Unveiled via a livestream, with the firm famously canning its appearance at this year's E3 trade show, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata showed off the new features of Mario Kart 8, despite having no plans to release the game for almost a year.

One of the major new features is anti-gravity, with Mario Kart 8 enabling players to drive up walls and upside down, even in multiplayer mode. To help with this there's a new gliding mode, which sees cars being turned into hang gliders when players drive over high jumps.

We saw some new cars and motorbikes in the brief trailer, although Nintendo has yet to announce the full lineup. It has confirmed some of the characters that will be making an appearance. These include Mario, Toadette, Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Waluigi and Peach.

Some new online playing modes can also be expected in Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, with Iwata saying, "It will offer the best collection of online multiplayer modes - it's not just racing with other players, you can also share the fun with others." We're not entirely sure what he's on about just yet. 

Nintendo also unveiled Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U today, a new title that allows up to four different players, who can adopt the guises of Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach.

Each character will feature a unique power, such as Toad's ability to run faster than the others, and it also introduces a new Cat Mario mode that allows for actions such as climbing up walls and scratching enemies.

This new Super Mario game will be released ahead of Mario Kart in December 2013. µ


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