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Mario Kart 8 Confirmed As Playable At This Year’s Eurogamer Expo

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Nintendo UK has announced on Twitter that Mario Kart 8 will be one of the playable titles at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, also posting the above promotional picture for the game. Taking place in London from September 26th to September 29th, the Expo is one of Europe’s biggest games shows where companies demonstrate their latest material. The Eurogamer Expo will also feature tournaments and a large number of indie games.

Mario Kart 8 boasts new anti-gravity kart racing that allows players to race on walls and upside down, a feature that is supported by the Wii U’s HD graphics and processing power, since courses must be displayed quickly from several different camera angles. The game has been confirmed for an April 2014 release. Other Wii U titles on display at the Eurogamer Expo will be Bayonetta 2 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

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    1. Yeah, super fun…there is allot more freedom where you can drive. Still play like Mario Kart. One thing that impressed me is how good it looks, it looks like you are playing CG sequences at times.

      I played it a few times.

      I wonder if it will be a new build.

      1. Aw, yeah. Excited. And yeah, it does look very nice. Though I’ve only seen videos. :P

        Also, I doubt they’ll start with a new build, but it will probably be a lot more updated.

      2. Oh wait- duh, you meant if there’d be a new build at Eurogamer Expo. herpderp I’ll just be over here.

      3. No problem, hopefully they have more than the 4 (man my memory is bad) all of which were new. It looks better in person.

        I played it at Nintendo World Store during E3, they had the shortest lines.

        This I heard about the game when I played it, (allot of which wasn’t necessarily available in the e3 build)
        -Its going customizable karts like Mario Kart 7 but more stuff.
        -Online Multiplayer up to 12 people (they were only letting us play one on one a cup race).
        -You can use wiimote like Wii version, or use the pro controller, or wii controller pad).
        -They balanced Karts and bikes better which I couldn’t tell in a short time playing it.
        -Its going to have a Video highlights feature to post on MarioKart TV (or something like that, which sounds like the PS4 stream and capture).
        -They had something like 8 (or 10) characters to choose from, but that was for at the moment. Expect more characters to choose from, but this was super expected.
        – They expect to use the Wiipad thing for more than menus and maps and were still experimenting with possibilities until then they didn’t want to say or show.

        Ok hope that was coherent, cause I am barely awake today.

      4. Pfft, I’m barely awake too.

        But the video highlights thing sounds really cool. Also, meh, customizable karts. I mean, it was cool and fun and all, but I kinda preferred just plain karts n’ bikes.

        I’d like to see a gamemode where it’s 4 vs 1, the 1 being on the gamepad. I don’t really know what they’d do, but I think it’d be fun :P

      5. Sorry for double post but I want to know how the wall and ceiling work in generally. I noticed you put more “freedom” and I wonder the “freedom” might limit the use of weapons or getting hits?

        My original post from earlier:

        “Is there more to it driving on wall or ceiling? Like a new set of strategy for driving on wall to avoid some hits?”

      6. I was using it on one stage to avoid a mass group of cars or cut a corner. It seemed like there was more routes I could take, up walls, between trolly cars. I don’t think they had blue shells when I played, but that doesn’t mean they are going to take them out. I couldn’t find out one way or the other, hope they are gone.

        On the ghost house board, I almost lost which way I was going at one point but the track seemed to hone itself back in.

      7. Oh also there are indicators where parts of the track are most of the time, they didn’t let you just randomly drive up buildings.

  1. This game looks awesome, now Nintendo needs to put Retro to work on Diddy Kong Racing Returns to piss all those whiny metroid fans (just joking) lol.

      1. Haha, I can only imagine what type of game that would be, FPS with bonus party games, like flip the sauté pan while dodging cement seagull drops.

      1. Can’t really blame them. Most of the casual frauds who call themselves Nintendo fans don’t even buy Metroid… it’s sad.

      2. The Metroid fanbase is small, even when it was only ‘core’ fans. Most Metroid games sells less than 2mil. If people consider Pikmin a niche franchise, then Metroid isn’t far off.

        Gamecube is probably the best example of a “True Nintendo fan console.” Only two games sold more than 2mil, Metroid Prime (GC) and Metroid(NES). MP was close 3mil, but I think that was only because of Metroid’s long absence and was the 1st 3D adaptation. MP2 sold +1mil Less.

        People complained Retro did a DK game instead of a Metroid, but to me, DK was a wiser choice.

  2. I wonder why this is a big deal. It was playable at E3, best buy over the summer, so why it’s big news it’s still playable?

    1. It’s a big deal as it wasn’t announced during Nintendo’s initial line up for Eurogamer a week or so ago and a lot of people were a bit perplexed by it not being there. Moreso as Bayonetta 2 was announced as being playable too.
      It also marks the first time it’s being shown off in the UK, and Mario Kart is a huge franchise over here!
      Nintendo usually go all out at Eurogamer so it’s likely this year will be no different!

  3. Played it at E3. I loved it. Of course, I totally love the Mario Kart franchise anyway but this one appears to be hitting all the high notes and looks to be the best version yet (I say Double Dash is the best right now).

    Plus the game is quite pretty. Given the art style of the game, it is hard to imagine it looking any better regardless of system horsepower.

      1. COMING FROM A PERSON WHO HAS A CAMERA BUILT INTO HIS CONTROLLER!!! LOL!! YOU NINTENERDS DON’T HAVE AN ACCUSE SEEING HOW YOU DON’T HAVE THE OPTION TO TAKE OFF THE CAMERA WHEN WE DO!! LOL, YOU GUYS SUCK SO BADLY THAT IT HURTS!!

        XBOX ONE FOREVER!!!

      2. TOO BAD THE WII U WILL BRICK ITSELF IF YOU PULL THE CORD OUT DURING AN UPDATE!! LOL!!

      3. Just ignore him. He trying to troll so hard. I told him that Chris Crocker is a drag queen when he say he bang that woman… I notice he put all cap in everything he say and he say Xbox One is the best. So I don’t think he is a blind fanboy and I think he is more of a troll trying piss people off.

        So, don’t even try your logic with him. It just won’t work.

      1. You are right that I know nothing! I was learning about nothing and I got my Master for nothing. I got my proof that I know nothing! I be keeping my Bachelor of Nothing. :P

      2. To be honest with you, It’s late now and I’m considered brain dead past 11:30 pm. I could post something, but it probably wouldn’t make any sense. I have commitment issues to :'(…lol

  4. YEAH BECAUSE ITS A PILE OF SHIT COMPARED TO FORZA 5!! YOU FUCKING BABIES CAN PLAY YOUR PATHETIC ACCUSE OF A GAME WHILE I PLAY FORZA 5!!!

    XBOX ONE FOREVER!!!

      1. FUCK YOU!! YOU ARE JUST JEALOUS BECAUSE THE PS4SKIN AND THE WII POO ARE GETTING SHITTY RACING GAMES WHILE THE XBOX ONE IS GETTING AN AWESOME RACING GAME WITH 10,000,000x BETTER GRAPHICS THAN MARIO FART 8 AND DRIVEPUBICHAIR!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      2. YOU PROBABLY DON’T HAVE A CAR NINTENDORK!! LOL YOU MAD BECAUSE WE HAVE THE A BETTER DRIVING GAME!!!

      3. WOW racing sim with endless circle and boredom is better than ACTION PACKED BLUE,RED AND GREEN SHELL BOOSTING POWER BULLET BILL MIND BLOWING NINTENDO MADNESS.
        WII U FOREVER MOTHAFUCKA. GO PLAY WITH YOURSELF IN FRONT OF YOUR KINECT !!!!!!!!

      4. You play realistic games to console yourself because:
        A) You can´t drive or own a car
        B) You are such a no life that can´t even get a girl to like you, less have sex with you.

        Instead of coming here to bother people, you should make yourself a better person so that at least your parents can like you.

  5. Some call this the “CoD” of Nintendo, that’s OK. (Although it comes out once per system, not once a year)

    I don’t have a problem buying MKart everytime new hardware comes out. This looks good, and I’m into the Back to the Future, Wheels rotate and hover thing. :D

      1. TOO BAD THEY DIDN’T REVEAL WHAT COMPANY THEY CAME FROM!! LOL!! YOU NINTENDORKS ARE HORRIBLE!!!

  6. Since it’s Friday, I’ll say something positive.
    Compared to Wii graphics, the WiiU truly is a breath of fresh air. Everything just looks so much better.
    I don’t think Nintendo has a full grip on HD programming yet, so I think we are just beginning to see what it can do.
    Pikmin had a Gorgeous overtone, but there was still a lack of detail in the characters. That’s OK, so long as every game continues to get better.
    looking at MK8, it appears Nintendo is making progress.

    This is going to sound weird, but I think sales may increase after the other systems are released. I could be wrong, but I think some people are waiting for all the playing pieces to be on the game board before jumping into a new system.

    1. Mario Kart 8 looks a lot like a CGI move in some cases its that good and its being played on weaker hardware than the PS4 and Xbox One which is really impressive.

      1. HA!!! FUCK NO!! WII U IS TOO WEAK TO HANDLE CGI GRAPHICS!! XBOX ONE CAN HANDLE THEM BECAUSE IT IS STRONG!!!

  7. im soo fucking excited for mario kart!!!!! hahah just kidding im sick of that crap and before you say play cod to me, wrong!!!!! looks so dull i just played this on 3ds and still have it.

    that game isnt worth the money ill wait for it to be in the bargain bin where it belongs!!!!!

    (shuts ambulance doors) take it away. *wii u wii u wii u wii u wii u wii u wii u* its ok nintendo fanboys you can play some uninspired mario 3d milk too.

    1. Only problem is that Mario Kart only comes out once every console generation while Call of Duty comes out ever Year, big difference. I think your trolling days are over my friend, its time to take you out to pasture. Also, note how Mario Kart actually sells more copies that Forza and GT, yeah you are a butthurt Mac Gamer who is basically attacking other consoles because he hardly has any games on his system.

      I hope you have fun with your overpriced piece of trash while we all play Mario Kart 8, safe in the knowledge that we didn’t spend a shit ton of money into something useless as your Mac.

      1. FUCK YOU!!! FUCKING FORZA IS WAY BETTER THAN MARIO FART 8!! GO FUCK YOUR WII POO YOU IDIOT!!!

        XBOX ONE FOREVER!!!

      2. Mario Kart is better. It sells more, and people actually enjoy it with friends. Time for you to go back to school.

      3. LOL!! YEAH VERY FUNNY!! YOU SHOULD GO BACK TO NURSERY SCHOOL BECAUSE YOU SUCK!!!

      4. Silent: But but it’s my only comeback! I’m too stupid to come up with anything else #imsosmartbrah

      5. Where does it say he used a Mac? Fuck bro, stop assuming, it makes you look like a drone. Also even a Mac has a better library than the Wii U currently … Steam is going all out on the system.

    2. I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU IF YOU WEREN’T SUCH A FAGGOT!!! LOL YOU PROBABLY PLAY NINTENDO GAMES WHEN YOUR BOYFRIEND ISN’T LOOKING!!! LOL!!! PLAY ON FUCKING XBOX YOU FUCKING NOOB!!

      XBOX ONE FOREVER!!!

  8. While this game does look slightly impressive, I’ll doubt it will help the Wii U’s sales all that much. Nintendo fanboys have to realize the casuals have moved on.

      1. You think that it will not help sales for Wii U that much and you are probably right. Most gamers are focused on PS4 and Xbox One while most casuals are focused on smartphones and tablets. I wouldn’t be surprised if what you said was true.

      2. Wii U will chuck a gamecube.

        PS4
        X1
        Wii U

        That’s honestly how I reckon it will finish.

        inb4 fanboy defence force

      1. I don’t think he’s a Nintendo fan, how would Mk8 not selling well be a good thing? That means the Wii U would fail.

      2. “Maybe it will be a good thing MK8 won’t sell well. That way Nintendo can learn there lesson.”

      3. That’s MK8 not the Wii U. I doubt that if MK8 fails, the Wii U is doomed. Nintendo has more games on the horizon for that to be possible.

      4. To be honest, I hope Wii U does fail. So Nintendo learns a lesson and makes changes.

        First change, fire Iwata.

      5. @Nintendofan64. That’s the thing. If Nintendo has so much money in the bank, then why can’t they make a decent console like the Gamecube.

      6. @Anubis. Wii U isn’t a decent console? Just because it’s specs are lacking compared to PS4 and Xbox? I love the GamePad, the internet browser is fantastic and It is currently my favorite entertainment system(Nintendo TVii is mehh though), which used to be my PS3. Do you even own a Wii U?

      7. @NIntendofan, The gamepad is good! …. that’s about it. The browser sucks, I can’t watch movies from it (Don’t give me it’s a game console bullshit, the PS2 was a DVD player for christ sake).

        I find it funny how most people who criticise actually own it, yet most who defend it don’t even own one …

      8. Well I think the problem is that Iwata knew there is a market for casual at the time. He knew that it will be a trend. But by the time Wii U come out and the trend ended. No more casual market for them. They trying hard to get the casual market back but I think it is part of the trend. I think CoD is part of the trend as well. Once the trend ended and we probably never see CoD until a couple years later.

      9. Ever since Iwata has become president all Nintendo’s system selling point has been a gimmick. The DS with the touch screen (although the touch screen was actually put to good use), The Wii with motion control, the 3DS with 3d, and now the Wii U with the tablet controller.

        Iwata refuses to introduce any bold new IPs or reboot classic Nintendo franchises. He’s rather just milk Mario, Pokémon, and Zelda.

        Also, Iwata is constantly apologizing and saying how sorry he is, yet he never makes any changes or learns from his mistakes.

        The midget troll needs to go. End of story.

      10. Iwata doesn’t allow new IPs? The Wii series, with two additions to it this year, is a new and young IP. Pikmin is the same. All successful(except Wii Music). Hell, Miyamoto is working on one as we speak.

      11. First, you bash motion controls, then attack the gamepad? It’s has everything a tradition controller has but with extra things added.

        Nintendo consoles will always be in troubled if they don’t differentiate, Gamecube proved that.

      12. I wouldn’t suggest that. As long as Nintendo keeps making money (or the midget troll Iwata is fired) they’re never going to change. Support the 3DS but not the Wii U.

      13. It’s hard not to support the Wii U when amazing games are coming out on it. Smash Bros. Zelda, and hopefully a goddamn Metroid game.

      14. Most of the good games aren’t out till next year, so it’s very easy not to support it. Heck, the new Wii U I bought has become a massive dust collector again.

      15. I never sold it in the first place :P I gave it away, it’s just going to collect dust till WW HD comes out

      16. I’m not a fan of buying used games/consoles. So unfortunately, yeah I paid them twice.

      17. jellyfish… it’s not Nintendo’s fault you don’t like games like w101 or pikmin 3, it’s YOURS!

      18. N-Dub Nation, I liked Pikmin 3 and W101 …. but Ive finished them and I am now bored with them. Same with Rayman Legends.

      19. who in blue hell in is n-dub nation? I just joined this site today and you’re already bullying me, douche bag.

      20. Confirmed you don’t know what you are talking about…

        He likes Ridge Racer enough said…

    1. YES more people are waking up and realizing that the same shitty games like NSMB and DKCR or Mario kart just aren’t going to save the Wii U. Nintendo is going to have to go 3rd party because the Wii U offers nothing compared to ps4, xbone. And ps4 has off screen play R.I.P Wii U

  9. anyone who thinks kart 8 wont sell in the huge millions and also sell massive amounts of consoles IS AN IDIOT

    REMINDER MARIO KART WII SOLD WHAT 35 MILLION OR SOMETHING AND SHIFTED A HUGE AMOUNT OF CONSOLES

    KILLZONE 4 WILL BE THE LOWEST SELLING VERSION OF THAT FRANCHIZE
    SIMPLE LOGIC

    KNACK AND KILLZONE 4 WILL BE OUT SOLD BY EVERY CHRISTMAS WIIU EXCLUSIVE MULTIPUL TIMES OVER

    COMBINED

    WAKEY WAKEY SONY FANS

  10. mario kart 8 will sell more wiius than any lem one cow 4 exclusive EVER WILL the fear i can smell the fear from every sony and ms fan

    I CAN SMELL THE FEAR

      1. adarasshole, you’re wrong! mk8 will outsell every gimped ps4 exclusive by a country mile!

      2. Stop trying to be a smartass , adarasshole jellyfish dick (sucker,muncher,licker) and all the other perverted words you aka tony always use
        With all apologize to jellybean and adarazz

      3. I thought you were apologizing for something, then I read you were telling Tony too.

      4. when will you learn to stop wishing for nintendo to fail because of your own greedy desires? fucking hypocrite.

      5. you have a life in the alley way, a family of crack whores, and a job sucking dicks for nickels!

      6. Really? How you guys figure it out? I may be on this website for a while without creating an account but I don’t think I was there.

        PS: I was on this website when you guys still using “Tony” jokes about a couple of years ago. Well, at least I thought it was a joke.

      7. I remember somebody was “i am error” but I can’t remember much in the past for comments section except for overused of “Tony” jokes.

        I guess I remember your username back then.

      8. Someone made an account called “i am error”?

        I just said that because I forgot to backspace the extra “a while back” in my sentence. But as usual I fail.

      9. How can he be a “dick muncher” and not lose his virginity? Is contradiction the word I’m looking for here?

      10. I can’t be a dick muncher and a virgin! Which one is it?! lol

        Not that I care since you’re a 40 year old psychotic degenerate.

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      2. You asked Anubis to suck your dick, I wonder how many other under-aged boys you’ve asked …

      3. I thought Anubis was 14 (or something like that)

        You just asked a kid to suck your dick. You sick paedophile.

  11. ill admit im a big nintendo fanboy, but im seriously getting sick of the whole, wii was for casuals, their gone now. the wii came out 6 years ago, alot of those 10 to 12 years olds are now 16 to 18, meaning alot of them got jobs. like all pervious fans of the ps1 xbox, and nintendo consoles, alot of them became fans of nintendo games. yes the consoles selling badly… really never heard any console in HD thats sold alot in the beginning. its selling badly because humans like the same thing again and again,very similar to movies and music. once zelda, mario, and anything else that was on the wii comes out, its all uphill for those gamers. sure alot of old fans hate “new” nintendo, but alot of new fans are just waiting for the old stuff, liike xbone fans are waiting for nfl and ps fans are waiting for GOW. and there really are more ppl then this site, so while it may notbe a system seller, its a mario kart game. and it will not sell poorly. yes im a fanboy, wont lie, but the casual argument is getting real old.

  12. Yeah lol. Can’t wait. 32 courses, 12 battle levels. Nintendo bow you away with predictability!!! What’s that? upside down courses like F zero over 10 years ago?! OMG I’m wetting my pants! If only my bag was full of anticipation and not predictability.

    1. Oh Hello, You must be new .

      You should know that there is a lot of predictability in gaming. That may never change. However, If you understand that the developers make the games that the people buy. For example. Lets say a game titled Qwe sold 33M copies. Do you think they would make Qwe 2? I’ll give you a hint. Y_S. Still not sure? The answer is yes, they certainly would.

      Now lets take a look at your example, Mario Kart…

      (The last home console version sold 33M+)

      We notice that it is a Kart battle/racing game If you knew only that, I bet you could almost predict what the game-play is going to include.Take a moment and think about it…

      Now. if you thought about it, you may have come to this conclusion.
      ~The racing genre can be quite predictable to begin with.

      Let’s make some predictions(probably closer to expectations) based on what we know about Mario Kart.

      -Nintendo characters
      -Karts
      -Circuits/Cups
      -NewTracks
      -Various weapons and equipment
      -Some minor gameplay changes
      -Fun, Edge of your seat, intensive mp game-play

      Read that last entry again…

      Nothing else matters.

  13. The Wii U needs to fail so Nintendo can learn to not shit on there fan base. They force a cheap low battery life gamepad on us. They give us shitty 32gb and justify it by saying “buy an external hard drive if you want more space” when if a 500gb can go for $50 it would take them fucking cents to give us at least 100-200gb. Then they don’t give online play for alot of games that would benefit from it like Nintendo land SM3DW Sonic lost world etc and justify it with a HORRIBLE EXCUSE like “oh we want the experience at home” FOH!!! Then they give us a weak ass system with a lazy copy and paste UI of the 3ds. THEN they give us ass rehases of Wii and 3ds games (NSMB, DCKR) then they had the nerv to charge there weak system for $350 with a game that cost CENTS to add and isn’t worth that extra $50 In other words YOUR loosing out. Do you guys see the pattern here ????? They are SHITTING on all there fans and giving us shit WAKE UP!!!! You dumb fanboys and nintensheep need to realize what Nintendo is doing and speak up about it. Look at XBONE the Xbox fans spoke up and Microsoft changed there whole policy with the XBONE to make it worth the purchase. Nintendo can do the same if you DUMB ASSES speak up but if you sit here and except this shit there giving they will continue to give you this SHIT. Wii U is a joke right now and watch when ps4 and X1 DROP the WII U is going to DIE your all gonna be saying damn I shouldn’t have bought one.

    1. – 32GB SSD
      – 1TB drive can be bought for $35
      – Online games are scarce and will be Nintendo’s focus in 2014
      – The WiiU is not weak, you have chosen your facts from the dribble you read on blogs.
      – Those games are sequels, most sequels can be considered rehashes.
      -They are not shitting on their fans.
      -Wii U will sell very well this generation.
      -X1 and PS4, have nothing to do with WiiU sales.

      Nintendo may have pissed off some of the early adopters, they had to, they will make it up to us.

      This holiday and going into 2014, Nintendo will be marketing the hell out of WiiU and it’s games creating an explosion of sales for the Wii U. Starting with the update in October, Nintendo will be your best buddy again, don;t worry.

    2. Hard disk drives don’t cost cents, if they added one expect +$50-80 depending on the size. I’m not talking retail price, I mean manufacturing price (I think around $40).
      HDD don’t drop in cost like other electronics because it is mostly mechanical and usually get a bitter bang for buck with a higher GB capacity. There is a reason why Sony recently released a cheaper flash based PS3 storage instead of a low GB HDD.

      1. Ignore second sentence, copy and paste syndrome, $40 was my 1st estimate of manufacturer’s asking price.

      1. Well… I guess they could try to market it to the girls so they get a long investment of female geeks. After all guys are complaining that there is not enough of female geeks.

        All I have to say there is a lot of female geeks, nerds, gamers, and etc than you think. They just chose not to go in public and not to use their gender on the websites due to majority of idiotic male population.

        Man, they are making us look bad.

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