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by Gordon Coleman
At times, driving can invoke anger in even the most patient of people. Playing video games can be a safe way to relieve that built-up tension. The racing genre in particular is a common way to work out that frustration. If you have a Nintendo Wii U, then I have a title worth looking into. An upcoming kart-racing game called Mario Kart 8, which is scheduled for release on May 30. Mario Kart is one of the most successful franchises in the gaming world, mostly because every entry includes characters from the Super Mario universe of games — and who doesn’t know Super Mario?
Mario Kart 8 will have Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toadstool, Wario, Donkey Kong and many more as playable characters. Another big reason why Mario Kart is widely popular is the amount of fun each one offers. Playing with up to three of your friends, you will race in outrageous vehicles through crazy terrains. Your mode of transportation will range from traditional motor go-karts to tricked out hang gliders. The latest offering includes hover vehicles which opens doors to new possibilities of what roads you will traverse.
You may begin driving down an average speedway but you will end up having to drive off a ramp over a mountain before you finish your first lap. If that wasn’t a big enough task, you will now have to drive underwater to reach first place. Steering through mayhem is only half the work. There are items scattered around that can tip the balance of gameplay.
These fun items that anyone can collect while driving are called power-ups which is a staple of Mario Kart. Players can use bananas to cause accidents, shoot turtle shells as rockets and use mushrooms to temporally boost speed. This will make for some hilarious moments for any group playing together.
Since there are many prior releases, Nintendo decided to try new things out with Mario Kart 8. Anti-gravity will play a big role, allowing racers to drive on walls and ceilings. Also, this game will boost high definition 1080p and up to 60 frames per second refresh rate, double the standard 30fps. Online multiplayer offers gameplay with up to 12 people and you can record clips of your races to share as well.
I grew up playing Mario Kart since the first one on Super Nintendo. The series is a joy to play with others, by yourself and is family-friendly in every way. Mario Kart is an easy game that anyone can quickly learn and join in the fun. Many parties and gatherings around the world have included these games as great entertainment for their guests. This includes me on many occasions. So if you have a Wii U, or are planning to get one, then I recommend you pick up Mario Kart 8 when it comes out this summer.
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