Newest Mario Kart 8 Track Images Revealed

After a short break, Nintendo of Europe is back with new screenshots of Sunshine Airport, one of the tracks in the upcoming Mario Kart 8! We’ll update this post when images for the next track are released!

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Vipsoccermaster
March 19, 2014 1:02 PM

I love how we start in the interior, then go outside, then back into the interior for this course. And I think Sunshine Airport will have a lot of references to past Mario games.

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 1:07 PM

Yeah, it’d definitely be the best course (or, perhaps the most likely course) to have the references.

rafmandx
rafmandx
March 19, 2014 1:18 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

GameXplain has a good analysis video that covers Sunshine Airport.

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 2:25 PM
Reply to  rafmandx

Yeah, I saw it! There were really neat things included–and I loved how the names of other courses were predicted!

Sup
Sup
March 19, 2014 1:03 PM

FUN FACT: I was just telling you guys about this in the Smash comments. Now you guys post it. Oops… but anyway, a few more nitro tracks to go(4 more to go, but if you count Rainbow Road and Bowser’s Castle and two unreveled tracks making it 8)

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 1:06 PM

Nice to see another track revealed 🙂 I wonder what’ll be revealed next?

I really love the concept, and visuals to this course, and Toad Harbour–they’re beautiful courses. I wonder if any courses will have a different time of day based on the Wii U’s clock/time? It’d be interesting to see a sunset or night version of some of these courses.

rafmandx
rafmandx
March 19, 2014 1:17 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Sunshine Airport has already been revealed a good while ago.

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 1:26 PM
Reply to  rafmandx

Oh, I meant “revealed” as in posted on Nintendo sites with the official track name, lol.

rafmandx
rafmandx
March 20, 2014 2:38 AM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Oh, my bad, sorry about that.

mk8
mk8
March 21, 2014 10:11 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

oh,yeah,it would be cool,but not with all of them. twisted mansion for example,it wouldn’t look so cool in the morning,and dolphin shoals and sweet sweet canyon wouldn’t look so good at night

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 22, 2014 8:35 AM
Reply to  mk8

Oh, yeah, obviously lol. I just meant some of the ones that don’t have to be at a set time, like Sunshine Airport, Toad Harbour, and maybe even Mario Circuit 😛

mk8
mk8
March 23, 2014 9:22 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

yeah

Sup
Sup
March 19, 2014 1:11 PM

Another Retro Track I wanna see: GCN Mushroom City. The MUSIC, that is awesome. And I think there’s a glider part and a anti gravity part as well. Who’s with me?

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 1:28 PM
Reply to  Sup

I personally feel it’s time to bring GCN Mushroom City back as well. GCN Mushroom Bridge came back in Mario Kart DS, and I feel this is one of the few stages that has yet to return from Mario Kart: Double Dash. The thing is, though, that if it comes back, there won’t likely be others from MK:DD, since Dry Dry Desert is also returning.

Where do you think the gliding and anti-grav portions could be, though? I don’t really see where–unless they add a gliding section just before the finish line to jump that big gap.

Sup
Sup
March 19, 2014 1:53 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

There could be 3 tracks that could return(maybe 4 if MK: DD’s tracks are the spotlight of the retro tracks)

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 1:58 PM
Reply to  Sup

That’s true, but if this follows the formula of past Mario karts, then there will be 3-4 from the two most recent games, and at least 1 from the rest.

However, Mario kart 7 had 4 courses from Mario Kart DS, and 3 from Mario kart 64, so you could very well be right–and I hope so too. 😛

Braystar
Braystar
March 19, 2014 2:15 PM

Well, thanks to GameExplan I now know TOO MUCH INFO ABOUT MK8!

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 2:19 PM
Reply to  Braystar

What do you mean by too much? Do you mean you feel spoiled for the game?

That Guy Over There
That Guy Over There
March 19, 2014 2:47 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Actually, he does analysis videos of the trailers released. He never shows new footage of the game except that one time with the demo at the 2013 E3 and trailers.

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
March 19, 2014 5:44 PM

Wasn’t there one about the Koopalings?

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
March 19, 2014 6:05 PM
Reply to  BlooperLover

Yup there’s actually two about the Koopalings

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 20, 2014 4:48 AM

GameXplain is run by more than one person, and they did what they believe would be the Chronological Order of each track. I hope the Pianta worker’s at the Airport won’t mind the Kart’s, normally it’s against the law for that.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
March 19, 2014 2:21 PM

Nice Luma plane. Is that a blue propeller mushroom silhouette on the other plane?

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 2:22 PM

Actually, it’s a silhouette of Toad wearing the propeller mushroom! It’s for Propeller Toad Transport, or PTT for short. It’s one of the three different airlines 😛

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
March 19, 2014 2:34 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Oh, Ok. Thanks for the info. From where did we learn of these airlines? What is the last one?

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 2:52 PM

They’re actually in the December 18th trailer–GameXplain did a rather nice analysis about it to point these out. The three airlines are Galaxy Air, Propeller Toad Transport, and Boomerang Bro s International Airline (BBIA, and the I is a boomerang, hehe).

MrSquigglet1
MrSquigglet1
March 19, 2014 2:23 PM

I used a formula I learnt in Math(s) to work out how many tracks from each game there SHOULD be. It’s based on the amount of tracks that are left from each game fitting in the 16 track space.
SNES= 2
N64= 1
GBA= 3
GCN= 1
DS= 2
Wii= 3
3DS= 4

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 2:26 PM
Reply to  MrSquigglet1

Aw, it’s sad to see N64 only getting one course (with predictions, at least. It’s always possible they could have 2 GBA and 2 N64 to switch it up a little). I think N64 Rainbow Road will be returning, though, similar to SNES Rainbow Road returning in Mario kart 7.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
March 19, 2014 2:37 PM
Reply to  MrSquigglet1

May you please explain how you got to these conclusions?

Sup
Sup
March 19, 2014 2:53 PM
Reply to  MrSquigglet1

I hope your math is wrong.

Dark Boo
Dark Boo
March 19, 2014 2:54 PM
Reply to  MrSquigglet1

As a Math Major, your math is wrong, you just grouped numbers up

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
March 19, 2014 3:09 PM

I JUST LOVE THE HD!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
March 19, 2014 3:10 PM

Ah, this brings make Super Mario Sunshine memories…

D-money321
D-money321
March 19, 2014 4:01 PM

I called it , I knew this course would be next
Next up is probably Neon Disco Heights

Kamek#1fangirl
Kamek#1fangirl
March 19, 2014 4:17 PM

I want kamek confirmed soon

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 4:38 PM
Reply to  Kamek#1fangirl

I hope Kamek gets confirmed too, as well as the other characters made for betas of the past games, such as Professor E. Gadd and Hammer Bro! 😛

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
March 19, 2014 6:04 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Hammer Bro. was planned to be in a Mario Kart game? I thought it was just Kamek and E. Gadd

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 6:12 PM

Hammer Bro. was beta for Mario kart Wii 😛

garroldgansun
garroldgansun
March 19, 2014 7:38 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

What was E Gadd planned for?

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 19, 2014 8:03 PM
Reply to  garroldgansun

E. Gadd was beta for Mario Kart DS 😛

garroldgansun
garroldgansun
March 20, 2014 8:15 AM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Oh thanks.

garroldgansun
garroldgansun
March 20, 2014 8:16 AM
Reply to  tsvlink25

This doesn’t count Paratroopa, right?

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 20, 2014 11:17 AM
Reply to  garroldgansun

Nope 😛 He and Petey Piranha, while betas for Mario Kart Wii, first appeared in Mario Kart Double Dash.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 20, 2014 2:16 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Also Birdo is indeed to be in Mario Kart DS, but she have a cut like Waluigi in Mario Kart 7.

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 20, 2014 3:09 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Well yes, 😛

mk8
mk8
March 21, 2014 10:04 PM
Reply to  Kamek#1fangirl

i want my miis and maybe even dixie kong.

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
March 19, 2014 5:42 PM

Looks Awesome!

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
March 19, 2014 5:49 PM

i hope the rest of the “console doubledash 7 re revealed”: Birdo, Diddy Kong, B.J., And King Boo

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 20, 2014 12:59 AM

To make up for Mario Kart 7 not having any Courses set on Isle Delfino (which there has been in every Mario Kart game since Super Mario Sunshine was released), Mario Kart 8 has two courses set on Isle Delfino.

To me, Sunshine airport looks like an updated version of the Delfino Airstrip.

garroldgansun
garroldgansun
March 22, 2014 11:43 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

The second one being?

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 20, 2014 1:01 AM

I think the Amusement Park Course will share music with this Airport Course, seeing as they have a similar theme to each other.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 20, 2014 12:35 PM

Look at this contrast. Super Mario Kart graphics VS Mario Kart 8 graphis:

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 20, 2014 12:37 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Now look at the contrast of Lakitu’s artwork:

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
March 20, 2014 3:24 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

actually like the top one better…

D-money321
D-money321
March 20, 2014 4:00 PM

Man we can’t see the screen with all the course names on it they must’ve knew they were showing the tracks now they made it hard to see

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 21, 2014 2:55 AM

3/4 Unconfirmed courses I might have some idea of. A new Luigi Circuit, a new Bowser’s Castle and a new Rainbow Road.

Peach
Peach
March 23, 2014 10:06 AM

Love it! Super Mario Sunshine was a classic!

RLWilliams3D
RLWilliams3D
March 23, 2014 4:11 PM

*UPDATE*I’ve came up with a personal list of my prediction of the MK8 retro courses:

Shell Cup:
DS Figure-8 Circuit
GCN Dry Dry Desert
Wii Toad’s Factory
3DS Piranha Plant Slide

Banana Cup:
GBA Mario Circuit
N64 Royal Raceway
SNES Donut Plains 2
3DS Melody Motorway

Coin Cup (NEW)
3DS Alpine Pass
N64 Yoshi Valley
GCN Sherbet Land
Wii Grumble Volcano

Leaf Cup:
DS Tick Tock Clock
SNES Ghost Valley 3
Wii Moonview Highway
GBA Ribbon Road

Lightning Cup:
3DS DK Jungle
GCN Wario Colosseum
GBA Bowser’s Castle 4
N64 Rainbow Road

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 23, 2014 5:40 PM
Reply to  RLWilliams3D

Hm, I like your idea here, especially that of a new cup. I personally think (and hope) there’s a 5th retro, and nitro, cup, making 20 new and 20 returning courses. Personally, I really like most of your choices here 🙂 My only problem is with 3DS Alpine Pass/Rock Rock Mountain…I feel like, if they actually have a 4th course from the 3DS version, it has to be one they can (really) apply the anti-gravity feature to in a cool way. I know that incline near the end could work well, but I feel like there could be better choices..… Read more »

RLWilliams3D
RLWilliams3D
March 24, 2014 12:34 AM
Reply to  tsvlink25

I appreciate your comment and I’m glad you like my choices. 🙂 I’ve considered your thought of Alpine Pass and have replaced it with Wuhu Mountain Loop/Maka Wuhu, as I feel that either one of the Wuhu Island tracks might return, and I think this one just might be chosen.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 24, 2014 10:46 AM
Reply to  RLWilliams3D

It’s great see 5 cups, but I think the game will be good with 4 too. If the game have 4 cups I think it should be: Mushroom Cup: GBA Mario Circuit DS Cheep Cheep Beach 3DS Music Park (also known as Melody Motorway) GCN Dry Dry Desert Flower Cup: 3DS Wuhu Island Loop (also known as Wuhu Loop) N64 Toad’s Turnpike GBA Riverside Park Wii DK Summit Leaf Cup: 3DS Piranha Plant Slide (also known as Piranha Plant Pipeway) Wii Toad’s Factory GCN Sherbet Land N64 Royal Raceway Lightning Cup: SNES Vanilla Lake 1 DS TickTock Clock 3DS DK… Read more »

RLWilliams3D
RLWilliams3D
March 24, 2014 12:37 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Not bad choices, I must admit. I originally had four cups in mind, but I wanted the choices to be fair, so I soon decided to add an extra cup, the Coin Cup, so I could have 2 tracks from SNES and DS, 4 from 3DS and 3 for N64, GBA, GCN and Wii.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 24, 2014 2:40 PM
Reply to  RLWilliams3D

Maybe in MK8 no, but in the next game if Nintendo want to put 2 or more tracks for the past games they need put an extra cup.

RLWilliams3D
RLWilliams3D
March 24, 2014 2:53 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

I suppose, but we’ll just have to wait and find out which courses made the cut.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 30, 2014 9:25 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

4x 3DS
3x Wii
2x DS
2x GCN
2x GBA
2x N64
1x SNES

Yoshidude1
Yoshidude1
March 23, 2014 6:21 PM

Just great with all the detail.

Roninor
Roninor
April 1, 2014 7:21 PM
Reply to  Yoshidude1

Yeah, they’ve put so much effort into this installment!

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 24, 2014 10:22 AM

In the other day I notice something interesting about Mario Kart and Daisy. Did you know Daisy only appear as starter playabel character in Double Dash and maybe now in MK8.

Roninor
Roninor
March 30, 2014 8:49 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Yes please!

Roninor
Roninor
March 30, 2014 8:48 AM

This is my Retro Course Roster:

Shell Cup:
Wii Daisy Circuit
SNES Donut Plains 2
GCN Dry Dry Desert
3DS Daisy Hills

Banana Cup:
GBA Mario Circuit
N64 Yoshi Valley
3DS DK Jungle
DS Tick Tock Clock

Leaf Cup:
GBA Ribbon Road
3DS Music Park
GCN Mushroom City
Wii Grumble Volcano

Lightning Cup:
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
SNES Bowser Castle 3
N64 Toad’s Turnpike
DS Rainbow Road

I did 2 for every system except for 3DS in which I did 4

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
March 30, 2014 10:53 AM
Reply to  Roninor

I quite like this– the only thing is that DS Tick Tock Clock is in the Lightning cup, as GameXplain found the lightning cup logo on the large pendulum 😛

Roninor
Roninor
March 30, 2014 4:03 PM
Reply to  tsvlink25

Thanks for letting me know! Glad you liked it!

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
March 31, 2014 5:40 AM
Reply to  Roninor

Did you remember when you post a comment saying you had a dream with smash bros.? Today I have one with Mario Kart 8, I dream with R.O.B. driving in CloudTop Cruise and with Diddy Kong driving in a HD Wuhu Island Loop.

Roninor
Roninor
March 31, 2014 2:52 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

*sigh*… I don’t care much for R.O.B., but where the hell is Diddy?!

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
April 1, 2014 5:27 AM
Reply to  Roninor

Yeah, R.O.B. isn’t a Mario character so isn’t that character I want and I really hope.

Sup
Sup
March 31, 2014 1:29 PM
Reply to  Roninor

Your list doesn’t make sence to me:/ Only a few do.

Roninor
Roninor
March 31, 2014 2:52 PM
Reply to  Sup

Could you let me know what makes sense?