Mario Kart 8 Coming in May, Box Art Revealed

Coming right out of Nintendo’s investor briefing, Nintendo has announced that the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 is slated for release this May. It’s not clear if all regions will get this release date, but it wouldn’t be surprisng if this were the case. In addition to the release date, Nintendo also provided the box art for the game. Yeah, it’s tiny, but it already looks amazing. Check it out below!

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Michael Ingram
Michael Ingram
January 29, 2014 6:24 PM

Mario Kart will have a worldwide release like Pokemon did last year.

8B1T
8B1T
January 30, 2014 1:14 AM
Reply to  Michael Ingram

The Japanese confirms this (Worldwide May release).

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 29, 2014 6:31 PM

Did you know that Mario Kart 7’s Releases were all one day after another. Dec 1 for Japan, Dec 2 for Europe, Dec 3 for Australia and Dec 4 for North America. Not sure if it’ll be the case this time. I sure hope Super Mario Kart comes out in the English Parts prior to then (and hopefully Mario Kart: Double Dash by the end of the year), is gamer’s are saying here: https://miiverse.nintendo.net/titles/14866558073039358397/14866558073039358407/new

Player 1
Player 1
January 31, 2014 5:14 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

I love Super Mario Kart and Double Dash, but I already have them for their own consoles so I don’t need to wait. But in would be great if they released a remake of Double Dash.

Name
Name
January 29, 2014 7:16 PM

Sexy.

Name
Name
January 31, 2014 12:46 AM
Reply to  Name

And I got a downvote why exactly? :/

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
February 1, 2014 8:39 AM
Reply to  Name

Maybe the upvoter’s mom?

liufaa
liufaa
February 4, 2014 6:56 AM
Reply to  Name

i know how you feel.someone downvoted my comment for unknown reasons.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
January 29, 2014 7:55 PM

Now we just need Smash’s release date and I’ll be complete.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 29, 2014 7:57 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Yeah, gamer’s are very desperate to know, even myself.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
February 3, 2014 6:37 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

As long as it’s coming out I’m fine 😉

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
January 29, 2014 9:52 PM

NABBIT, NABBIT, NABBIT, NABBIT, NABBIT! and e. gadd!

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 29, 2014 11:15 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Nabbit instead of Toadette would be nice.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 4:59 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

No,why would a character that appeared only in 2 games replace a character that has been appearing since Mario kart double dash?

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 30, 2014 6:26 AM
Reply to  liufaa

That character has been cut since after Mario Super Sluggers in 2008, and was not in MKDS and MK7, and there was someone shown for MK64 at E3 1996 but replaced.

T0blet
T0blet
January 30, 2014 7:55 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

Ugh, your wishful thinking is seriously impairing your judgement. List of confirmed characters: -Mario -Luigi -Princess Peach -Yoshi -Bowser -Donkey Kong -Toad -Koopa Troopa -Princess Daisy -Toadette (Yes, Toadette is confirmed…) -Wario -Waluigi -Rosalina -Baby Mario -Baby Luigi -Baby Peach -Baby Daisy You cannot compare Mario Kart 8’s likely roster of 24+ to what happened to Kamek 18 years ago in a roster of just 8. Toadette’s already completed model, animations and icon will not be replaced to make room for Baby Daisy (better example than Nabbit). End of story. Only characters yet to be revealed for the game have… Read more »

Sonicfan7344
Sonicfan7344
January 30, 2014 9:46 AM
Reply to  T0blet

You forgot Baby Peach and Baby Daisy

T0blet
T0blet
January 30, 2014 11:08 AM
Reply to  Sonicfan7344

Click ‘see more’. Part of large comments are hidden. Thanks.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 10:39 AM
Reply to  T0blet

i agree,he can´t compare toadette with what happened with kamek 18 years ago,just because she dissapeared for 5 years

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 10:42 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

just because she dissapeared for 5 years don´t mean she died or will never appear again.and i don´t think they would replace an already confirmed character with a charater that appeared only in 2 games

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 12:19 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

and after nes open tournament golf daisy dissapeared for 9 years until appearing again in mario tennis so toadette wil not be cut too

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 30, 2014 3:56 PM
Reply to  liufaa

And cut from MP9.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 4:02 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

again she didnt die,so she can appear (and is confirmed to appear)in this game.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 4:48 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

what´s your problem with toadette?

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 30, 2014 4:51 PM
Reply to  liufaa

Not being seen since Mario Super Sluggers, even not in Mario Party 9. We’ll just have to see if she appear’s again in a later trailer, as she wasn’t in the latest late last year.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 4:56 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

yeah but you dont need to wish that toadette dont appear in this game.and just because she didnt appear in this trailer dont mean she will not appear in the game.just because daisy also didnt appear in this trailer means she will not be playable?

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 30, 2014 5:11 PM
Reply to  liufaa

Here’s the Deal. If Toadette appear’s in a later trailer, than I’ll be ashamed of myself for my doubts. I can be slightly OK with what’s to offer.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:10 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

daisy also didnt appear on the latest trailer do you think she will not appear?

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:25 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

You seem to be implying that the character has been overused of has gotten old, which pretty much false. Remember that Mario Party has a new company developing it and that Toadette isn’t a handheld Mario Kart regular. SPM and PM:SS didn’t take place in the Mushroom Kingdom and all the rest hadn’t had sequels without her in them yet.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:29 PM

yeah i agree with you.i dont think they would take toadette out without a explanation

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
January 30, 2014 3:12 PM
Reply to  liufaa

why not give nabbit another chance? or keep both?

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 3:45 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

i said nabbit coudnt REPLACE toadette not that he coudnt appear in the game

Player 1
Player 1
January 31, 2014 5:09 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

I prefer Toadette over half of the characters and I don’t really like Nabbit. They can add Nabbit anyway though.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
January 29, 2014 9:53 PM

biddybud cars! cool.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
January 30, 2014 5:31 AM
Reply to  Eric Yan

They’re announced in December, in the Nintendo Direct.

Braystar
Braystar
January 30, 2014 12:01 AM

YES YES YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
January 30, 2014 2:12 AM

YES! I love this so much! Also now it’s confirmed to have online mode!

Marioman01
Marioman01
January 30, 2014 3:52 AM

They should have a track based off of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, and a track on the Bowser Express from 3D World.

Sonic19
Sonic19
February 1, 2014 3:25 AM
Reply to  Marioman01

Dream Team is my all-time favourite game so I’d love a track from that game to be in this game.

Marioman01
Marioman01
February 1, 2014 6:07 AM
Reply to  Sonic19

It could be inside P’illo Castle’s Caves where you could use anti-gravity on the walls and escape from the moat surrounding the castle because of a flood inside of the cave. And for the Bowser Express track, players would use anti-gravity on the side of the train and under the train.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
January 30, 2014 5:31 AM

This is the Japonese boxart, European and American can be different, but probably no.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
January 30, 2014 5:33 AM

Now I want see more tracks.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
January 30, 2014 6:29 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

According to the Signs at what could be called Sunshine Airport, there’s hint’s to two other courses called Dolphin Shoals and Shy Guy Falls(maybe, could also be a Battle Course). I’m pretty sure we’ll expect a new Luigi Circuit, Bowser’s Castle and Rainbow Road as well, but I also think a Giant Object based course and a Course based off Forest levels in the NSMB Games with Poison Water should also.

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
January 30, 2014 2:52 PM
Reply to  CuriousUser

There also was a sign for a course Koopa’s Waterpark

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:53 PM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

yeah im really curious to see that course.i think this course might have something similar to koopa cape from mario kart wii

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
January 30, 2014 8:12 PM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

Koopa’s Waterpark? That sounds interesting…

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 1, 2014 7:13 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I hope it is a track. They could do a lot with it

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
February 1, 2014 8:22 AM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

It sounds like a mix of Koopa Cape from Mario Kart Wii and Lakeside Limbo from the Sonic arcade game.

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 1, 2014 10:02 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I think it could include lots of underwater driving and riding the water. Koopa Cape is one of my favorite courses so I hope it is similar.

Marioman01
Marioman01
February 1, 2014 6:14 AM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

For an idea for Koopa’s Waterpark, most of the track could be water sections along with anti-gravity on a giant umbrella and in a big waterslide. Plus they could also fly out of a broken waterslide pipe and go back underwater to the starting line.

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
February 1, 2014 10:15 AM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

Also Also I thought I saw a ferris wheel

Marioman01
Marioman01
February 1, 2014 6:12 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

I agree with the giant course. In it, they could race inside a giant tree trunk and fly into a giant dry goomba’s mouth ,go through saliva like water, and then fly out of it’s eye socket.

Sonicfan7344
Sonicfan7344
January 30, 2014 9:46 AM

I’ve heard rumors of Sonic being playable, is this true?

Vipsoccermaster
January 30, 2014 10:54 AM
Reply to  Sonicfan7344

No, that is never true as of now.

AbsolPowers
AbsolPowers
January 30, 2014 1:56 PM

…and never will for a while. That’s a bit too farfetched for Nintendo, in my eyes.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 2:09 PM
Reply to  AbsolPowers

i agree

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 30, 2014 1:56 PM
Reply to  Sonicfan7344

If it were, it’d take the Mario feel out of it, which wouldn’t make me really want the game.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
January 30, 2014 3:15 PM
Reply to  Sonicfan7344

mario was acutally considered for sonic and sega all stars racing, NOT KIDDING

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 31, 2014 4:12 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

I thought that was a bad idea, personally.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 3:25 PM
Reply to  Sonicfan7344

No, but it probably stems from when Mario was considered as a racer for the Wii version of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 10:55 AM

now they need to show more trailers that show more characters and courses.i would like to see the new rainbow road and dolphin shoals

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:41 PM
Reply to  liufaa

and koopas water park

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 30, 2014 1:55 PM

Wow, wayy better than the last three games. Those box arts were so bland!

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:04 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

yeah,in the other covers only mario and luigi and bowser (in mario kart 7 cover)appeared in the cover

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 30, 2014 5:39 PM
Reply to  liufaa

And for Mario Kart Wii it was just Mario and Luigi, and Mario Kart DS had only Mario!

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:41 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

yeah,they give too much attention to mario (and sometimes luigi)in the mario kart covers

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 31, 2014 5:40 AM
Reply to  liufaa

Well, it’s not like they should give it to anyone else. It is MARIO Kart after all.

liufaa
liufaa
January 31, 2014 6:11 AM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

yeah,but the the other characters should have attention as well

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 31, 2014 4:02 PM
Reply to  liufaa

I agree that they should be on the box art, but Mario needs to be the center of attention.

liufaa
liufaa
January 31, 2014 4:08 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

true.

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 1, 2014 12:14 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

Mario kart, in a way, is an oxymoron. Nobody uses Mario as their favorite or best character, yet it’s called Mario Kart.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
February 1, 2014 12:58 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Really? I use Mario all the time.

MegaKoopa
MegaKoopa
February 2, 2014 4:53 AM
Reply to  Eric Yan

I use Mario all the time, Mario’s the best and my favorite character, after all.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:46 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

mario kart super circuit also had only mario on the cover

Kamek#1fangirl
Kamek#1fangirl
January 30, 2014 3:11 PM

I really hope kamek is playable

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 3:47 PM
Reply to  Kamek#1fangirl

me too,he was planned to be playable on mario kart 64,so he could be playable in this mario kart

Kamek#1fangirl
Kamek#1fangirl
January 31, 2014 6:17 PM
Reply to  liufaa

it will be awesome if he is playable

liufaa
liufaa
February 1, 2014 5:27 AM
Reply to  Kamek#1fangirl

yeah

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
January 30, 2014 3:15 PM

does anybody want e. gadd in the game?

Kamek#1fangirl
Kamek#1fangirl
January 30, 2014 3:17 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

yes

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:27 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Maybe. I can’t see how it would hurt.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
January 31, 2014 5:44 AM
Reply to  Eric Yan

Only if they remember to put everyone else in first!

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
February 2, 2014 10:15 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

I would image Baby Yoshi looking exactly the same, but smaller. And ther is a Baby Yoshi?!

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
February 3, 2014 6:36 AM
Reply to  BlooperLover

http://www.mariowiki.com/Baby_Yoshi
This is him, just picture his skin green.

Braystar
Braystar
January 31, 2014 3:43 PM
Reply to  Eric Yan

That’ll be nice

Marioman01
Marioman01
February 1, 2014 5:57 AM
Reply to  Eric Yan

E. Gadd is likely to return. He was originally planned to be playable in MK:DS, but he was cut to make room for Dry Bones.

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
February 6, 2014 5:50 PM
Reply to  Marioman01

It’s sad that E. Gadd was cut but I love Dry Bones, I would be Dry Bones only if he wasn’t so lightweight in Mario Kart games I always get flung off to the side when I play as him… But I hope both of them are in Mario Kart 8!

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 3:28 PM

This is the crappiest box-art ever.

T0blet
T0blet
January 30, 2014 4:36 PM

That’s a very bold statement. :p

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:12 PM
Reply to  T0blet

Grass and wheels with lights are the most apparent feature on the box, and last time I checked I didn’t swoon when I walked by my neighbour’s lawn. Mario is just MK:DS Mario. Nothing really new, nothing really special except for wheels with tiny lights – and it isn’t even upside down (therefore not demonstrating actual game-play) except for a bit of insignificant background with the biggest a**hole in the series who tried to kill them all.
Box-arts are one of the only things that I don’t like easily.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:16 PM

there were worse mario kart boxarts like mario kart super circuit,mario kart ds,and mario kart wii

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:22 PM
Reply to  liufaa

Who ever said they were better? MKW was a little funny though.

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:24 PM

calm down,i was just saying this isnt the worst boxart ever

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:26 PM
Reply to  liufaa

…I am calm… Why do you think I’m flustered?

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:27 PM

i dont know.i just though that your awnser was a little rude just because i said about other boxarts

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:33 PM
Reply to  liufaa

…Do you like, “I know,” better?

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:34 PM

yes

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
January 30, 2014 5:35 PM
Reply to  liufaa

Whatever you say…

T0blet
T0blet
January 31, 2014 6:28 AM

As if the Mario Kart Wii box-art was superior to this though. You claim nothing new was shown, yet neither does the Mario Kart Wii box-art. That box-art simply shows Mario and Luigi holding a Wii Wheel, they’re not even show-casing the entire point of the game, which is the karts themselves! But you also claim how nothing ‘upside down’ is shown, and contradict yourself in the next sentence saying ‘except an insignificant background’. I’m not sure where it has come from, but those are words of intense bias. And if all the hate is simply from Bowser appearing on… Read more »

liufaa
liufaa
January 31, 2014 11:16 AM
Reply to  T0blet

i couldnt agree more!

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 1, 2014 11:26 AM
Reply to  T0blet

1. I said MKW was a little funny, that’s all. It had funny facial expressions for M&L but it was still terrible. This is much better but still bad. 2. It should have been obvious that “ever” was an exaggeration, or, at least, I would think it is. I don’t spend time looking at every box-art in the world – I’m not an obsessive psychopath. 3. I have many reasons for not liking the box, but the most prominent is that the main gimmick is heavily covered by the logo and the lack of colour (I’m a colour addict and… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
February 1, 2014 6:16 PM

1. Ok, but then don’t made such a out-there statement. Simply saying “I don’t really like it in my opinion” is enough. 2. Even so, you made it absolutely clear in your subsequent post implying that you absolutely ‘hated’ it; hence, reinforcing what you actually said in your original post even if it was an exaggeration. And it’s clear you’ll at least have seen every Mario Kart box-art, so how you can even claim this is worse than the Mario Kart DS or Super Circuit (another two examples) is beyond me. 3. The logo doesn’t even cover that much of… Read more »

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 2, 2014 6:54 AM
Reply to  T0blet

(I’ve dropped some subjects that seem useless to continue discussing, so the numbers don’t match.) 1. My bad, I shouldn’t have used “ever”, it does send off the wrong message. It’s like a natural reaction though, like saying “like” all the time when you don’t need too (like at the beginning of this sentence. :P) Sorry. My ranking of MK box-arts is, from best to worse: 1. Super Mario Kart 2. Mario Kart: Super Circuit 3. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 4. Mario Kart 8 5. Mario Kart Wii 6. Mario Kart 64 7. Mario Kart 7 8. Mario Kart DS… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
February 3, 2014 4:05 PM

You rank it as the fourth best Mario Kart Box-art and yet, you still claim it’s one of the worst? And the Super Circuit is about as ‘colourful’ as the MK8 one, if not less because it only really shows Mario on a blue background.

And it’s a fact you have a bad sense of smell? That’s not fun at all. If you can’t find Wally hidden away in a Where’s Wally picture, does that mean he’s not there?

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 3, 2014 5:09 PM
Reply to  T0blet

Super Circuit has so much blue it’s uniform in majority. And why do I have to like it if it’s fourth on my list? Why can’t I just hate 4-8? I might hate one a little less than the other, but I still hate them all. Here’s how I feel about the box-arts, generalized: 1. Love. 2-3. Meh. 4-8. It hurts my eyes just looking at these. I’ve always been told I have a good sense of smell, as I can distinguish many different things from their odor. However, strangely, I always mix up Mac & Cheese with urine from… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
February 4, 2014 6:41 AM

Uh, exactly? It doesn’t really have any other colour except from Mario himself. But you’re right in that, you don’t have to like it. The argument still stems from your earlier statement (even excluding the word ‘ever’) of claiming it’s one of the worst box-arts. I also repeat “If you can’t find Wally hidden away in a Where’s Wally picture, does that mean he’s not there?” And if you don’t understand that, then I’ll explain it in simple terms. If you as an individual can’t smell the scent of a rose, but a lot of others can (like you said… Read more »

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 4, 2014 1:23 PM
Reply to  T0blet

“I’ll explain the colours more thoroughly. The colours here are very nice, but in order for something to look pretty to my eyes, it has to have a large array of different colours or be completely uniform in colour (I’m weird, I know.)” -Me There is more blue than anything else on the box, so it’s uniform in majority. That’s why MK:SC get a “Meh” rating. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so tortured with lies from my family, (For years I thought a baby was produced due to chemical reaction caused by the mixing of two individuals’ love, since hormones… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
February 4, 2014 4:31 PM

To the first part, ok fine.

To the second part, I have no idea why you needed to post that, it means nothing, and proves absolutely nothing. Roses do produce a fragrance and the box-art is colourful. You’re the only person here who believes it isn’t.

But I’m done anyway.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
February 5, 2014 2:41 PM
Reply to  T0blet

And I think that’s a wrap!

liufaa
liufaa
February 3, 2014 6:03 PM

well,my list is:
1:super mario kart
2:mario kart double dash
3:mario kart 8
4:mario kart 64
5:mario kart 7
6:mario kart wii
7:mario kart ds
8:mario kart super circuit

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
February 8, 2014 5:10 PM

Haha this reminds me of me and Luigiguy567’s argument on Rosalina being most deserving of having her own year (which I still think is crazy).

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
February 8, 2014 5:16 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

Please make the bad memories go away.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
February 9, 2014 5:49 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Poof. It didn’t work 😛

liufaa
liufaa
January 30, 2014 5:05 PM

why?

Braystar
Braystar
January 31, 2014 3:49 PM

No it isn’t

Eric Yan
Eric Yan
February 2, 2014 8:22 PM

beta characters planned to be in mario kart:
petey pirahna- mkw
hammer bro- mkw
paratroopa- mkw
e gadd- mkds
kamek- mk64

liufaa
liufaa
February 3, 2014 10:49 AM
Reply to  Eric Yan

and i hope all of them appear along with dixie and tiny(or maybe even cranky since he will appear on dk tropical freeze)

liufaa
liufaa
February 7, 2014 4:20 PM

i found a bigger version of the cover look:it isn’t just mario,luigi,peach and bowser.it also has toad and rosalina!