Mario Kart 8 Direct Released!

Out of the blue, Nintendo dropped an entire Nintendo Direct devoted to the upcoming Mario Kart 8! There is a lot to cover, so stay tuned as we update with individual posts on the site. In the meantime, check out the full presentation below!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbuJZP0_8iQ

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E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 9:33 AM

Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach???

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE both Peach and Rosalina, two of my favourite Mario characters in the entire series but… was it necessary?

I can’t believe it’s the Golf game that has the superior cast of characters, I really hope there’s dlc for this now.

Otherwise that was an amazing Direct, the game looks gorgeous and the music is incredible!

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 9:53 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

Making Rosalina a baby…not really necessary…..cute…but not necessary…AND CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS WHOLE BABY THING! HOW ARE THEY EVEN THERE!?!….TIME TRAVEL? WORMHOLE? CRACK IN THE WALL OF REALITY CAUSED BY THE TARDIS?!?

I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!!

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 10:24 AM
Reply to  MagiKooper

I guess they just wanted us to all know they see Rosalina as equal in deservedness of a Baby form as the other Princesses and wanted to show that Peach is as significant to them as Mario, or that Metal Mario needed a Princess companion too. Idk

Really I just think they spent more time making the tracks, music, effects, online and everything else and the characters were kind of a “We have the main ones, we’ll see what else we can get in there when we get to it” situation. 🙁

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 10:28 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

I still think if they were going to add a Baby…it should have been Baby Wario or Baby DK.

A baby version of an all powerful cosmic guardian doesn’t really make sense.

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
April 30, 2014 2:02 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Baby Waluigi lol

That Guy Over There
That Guy Over There
April 30, 2014 2:37 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Well, in Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario and Luigi met their Baby selves by traveling through time.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
May 1, 2014 7:12 AM

Yeah……but that was explained….Gadd made a time machine…and at the end of the game, the babies took the time machine……and who knows what happened to that.

windkirby
windkirby
April 30, 2014 9:43 AM

PINK GOLD PEACH INSTEAD OF BIRDO
WHAT

Name
Name
April 30, 2014 9:51 AM

This Direct was hard to watch…they tried to hard to be funny and it just ended up like an unfunny, rip-off of Bill Nye. Also, the characters are terrible. Why waste a spot on a Baby version of a character already in and a metallic version of a character already in? Where are staples like Diddy, Bowser Jr., and Birdo? Please let there be one more row…or DLC…please…

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 10:06 AM

E. Gadd, Birdo, Nabbit, Kamek, Boo, Bowser Jr, ROB, WIGGLER EVEN! I wouldn’t mind him again! But yet…out of all those characters. Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach. Nintendo…..WHYYYYY. Baby Rosalina is cute..but she’s really not necessary and the baby gimmick is seriously getting kind of old now. Pink Gold Peach….which I’m just gonna call Metal Peach because I don’t see gold. Seriously who is this. Never seen before at all just a random pathetic copy of Metal Mario who is just a random copy of Mario but he isn’t as pathetic as this…..Metal Mario never really bothered me…..but this…this… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
April 30, 2014 10:12 AM

When I think about it, the true characters hogging roster spots are actually the Koopalings; their uniqueness is actually their downfall. The amount of time it took to create all seven Koopalings with unique models, animations and voices could have actually been spent on making sure another seven veterans returned. The same cannot be said if you removed the babies or the retextures. While I’m not overwhelmed by the addition of Pink Gold Peach, she is a wise choice as it’s another heavy female character and therefore adds variety without taking much effort to create. Likewise, babies appeal to the… Read more »

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 10:19 AM
Reply to  T0blet

No, I’d really remove all five babies and both metal characters.

The Koopalings at the end of the day are unique individual characters with distinct personalities. I may not care for all of them, but even the most boring of the bunch is better than recolors and babies.

Would I have preferred Birdo, Diddy, Dixie, Dry Bones, Petey Piranha and plenty of others over the Koopalings?

Yes, yes I actually would.

BUT compared to the Metal & Baby characters they are more deserving choices imo.

T0blet
T0blet
April 30, 2014 10:28 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

More roster space can always be created, if Nintendo desired. However, to do that requires time. The fact of the matter is that in the time is takes to create Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach it would not even get you a single unique character because they require almost no effort to create; this is the sole reason why these types characters consistently return. The babies are more debateable, but I reckon the time it took to create all five babies is equivalent to a maximum of two unique veterans, so it wouldn’t really get you far if you… Read more »

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 10:52 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Considering most of the Mario cast has ready made character models that get edited for every new game they appear in, I don’t buy this reasoning for excusing the babies and the metal characters. Yeah they are super easy to implement compared to completely unique characters like say Captain Syrup or something, but you can’t tell me that Nintendo doesn’t have ready-made 3d models for several other popular characters like Diddy Kong and Birdo that would not require that much work to implement. Pretty much close to the same amount of time as a metal or baby character. Yes, Koopalings… Read more »

T0blet
T0blet
April 30, 2014 11:07 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

It isn’t just models though, there’s also animations and voices which take time to perfect. Though, I haven’t a clue why they changed the voices of most of these characters. :p In all honesty, I was hoping for Nabbit, Luma, Pauline, and Dry Bones. And it would’ve also been nice to see Bowser Jr. and Petey Piranha and even R.O.B.

DLC would be nice though. I guess there is a possibility that Nintendo could be showing off the rather boring characters to encourage people to buy upcoming DLC, like Mario Golf, which I would be perfectly OK with.

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 11:11 AM
Reply to  T0blet

I hope so.

I don’t want to sound like a hater, Peach & Rosalina are my faves, I like when they get more attention, I just… it just feels a bit odd to have three Marios and three Peaches.

Gonna have to adjust.

Dude1230321
Dude1230321
May 3, 2014 9:58 PM
Reply to  E.Gadd

What do you think about Honey Queen? She’s also a unique character.

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
May 4, 2014 11:52 AM
Reply to  Dude1230321

I have no problems with Honey Queen.

I think most people who don’t like her just didn’t like her because she got in when popular characters like Waluigi, Diddy Kong, Birdo, etc. didn’t.

But at least she was something different and not completely lazy like alt Metal & Baby characters.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 10:25 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Ludwig is the only Koopaling who I really like and is the only one who is unique out of all of them…..Although Iggy has gotten a much need make over and his boss fight in Bros U was so cool. But with that said…if I was given the choice…I would keep Ludwig, remove the 6 other Koopalings, remove all the baby characters CAUSE I’M SO SICK OF THAT GIMMICK, and Metal Mario and Metal Peach.. I would then replace them with characters more deserving to be in 8. Nabbit, Kamek, Birdo, Diddy, Wiggler, Egadd, Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr, Petey,… Read more »

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 10:32 AM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Just saw I put Diddy twice…..I meant to put DIxie 😛

DK64fan
April 30, 2014 10:45 AM
Reply to  T0blet

I’m fine with the Koopalings and the Babies,but Pink gold Peach and Metal Mario shouldn’t be in there, if Nintendo wants to add them,why not just make them DLC? I would download em .-. but as part as the normal roster?Just no,They should been replaced by Diddy and Bowser Jr. I would like to see Dry bones and Birdo again…

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
April 30, 2014 10:48 AM
Reply to  T0blet

My answer is no. Of course I love to see more characters, but I think the Koopalings are a very good idea. Also this is a new Mario Kart, it’s normal it has new features and some different characters.

Lots of Lilian
Lots of Lilian
April 30, 2014 1:30 PM
Reply to  T0blet

To be honest, I would’ve preferred a smaller roster, if it meant Pink Gold Peach didn’t get in. Yes, it does add a heavweight female character, but that’s literally Pink Gold Peach’s only benefit, considering there’s now three Princess Peaches, along with three Marios, two Luigis, two Daisys and two Rosalinas.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
April 30, 2014 4:45 PM
Reply to  T0blet

Even if I love the Koopalings, I must admit that they are extremely cumbersome. However, they have an extremely large fan-base, And I’m sure there are tons of fans who are buying the game just because they’re in it (like me. :P) Ultimately, it all depends on whether you want more originality or more money.

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:25 PM
Reply to  T0blet

NO I Love the Koopalings Remove baby’s

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:33 PM
Reply to  T0blet

I would remove most characters apart from basic and have lots of shells such as Koopalings sumo bro Hammer bro Lakitu Giant bro BOOM BOOM BOOMbrella Dry bones Dry Bowser Lakitu King paratroopa and more because I love shell characters apart from Nabbit shyguy Kamek and E.Gadd

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
April 30, 2014 10:16 AM

I was right about the Sound Box it will create a shockwave like the POW block from mkwii however idk if super mario bros theme will play

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
April 30, 2014 10:21 AM

Lol am i the only one that didn’t know the Blooper item was not in Double Dash,i saw a fan made Baby Rosalina Before and it’s correct and is it just me or does Birdo and Shy Guy have the same voices

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 11:50 AM
Reply to  WaluigiTime32

Well they are both from Subcon, maybe it’s a regional accent? :p

WaluigiTime32
WaluigiTime32
April 30, 2014 2:01 PM
Reply to  E.Gadd

lol nice theory never thought about that

DK64fan
April 30, 2014 10:26 AM

I’m very upset that Diddy kong and Bowser Jr may not be in this game .-.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
April 30, 2014 10:34 AM

I really like Baby Rosalina, but Pink Gold Peach, honestly I think it’s a waste. I also love the announced retro tracks: Yoshi Valley, Sherbet Land, Wario Stadium. Mount Wario seems awesome and inspired in Mario & Sonic 2014 Sochi, it also seems like the Wuhu Island tracks, 1 big lap, not 3.

RLWilliams3D
RLWilliams3D
April 30, 2014 10:54 AM

While using 4 N64 tracks instead of 3, GCN Wario Colosseum not being used and the “inspired” new characters rub me the wrong way, I LOVE just about everything else about this game, including the ability to post race videos on YouTube. Boy, am I gonna have some fun with that feature.

Nintendecko
Nintendecko
April 30, 2014 10:57 AM

guy on Mario kart memories sounds like the guy off Shrek is love Shrek is life

Lots of Lilian
Lots of Lilian
April 30, 2014 11:07 AM

I still have some hope for Birdo, because of that ad which features her at Royal Raceway. Of course the optimism has gone down for me, but we still have a month left, and it’d be weird if Pink Gold Peach (still hate that name) and Baby Rosalina were the last characters to be revealed.

But other than that, the game still looks perfect! The tracks; graphics; new items; vehicles/vehicle customization and online features are going to keep me hooked for months! 🙂

YesIDoLikeRosalina
YesIDoLikeRosalina
April 30, 2014 11:26 AM

Why are people hating the babies? They are unqiue too, though they would fit better in a Yoshi Kart game of w/e or a new Yoshi game with all the babies in it, i like that they gave Rosalina a baby too, and if they have Birdo, Diddy Kong & Bowser Jr in the game as well, then i would also like to see Baby Donkey Kong, Baby Wario and heck, maybe even Baby Waluigi. But just for Mario Kart 8.

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 11:49 AM

Because they are baby versions of characters already in the game.

They are cute. They are adorable. Some of them even appear in other games like Yoshi’s Island.

But it’s hard not to be severely disappointed when a totally unique character gets passed over for an alternate version of one already in the game.

That is why people are mad about their inclusion.(I don’t hate them and have even used them in games, just… ugh)

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
April 30, 2014 3:17 PM
Reply to  E.Gadd

THIS IS JUST MY OPINION SO DON’T GET MAD.
I think the only baby worthy enough of being in Mario Kart is Baby Mario. And just maybe, just maybe, Baby Luigi and Peach

VideoTanooki
VideoTanooki
April 30, 2014 4:49 PM

I agree 100% Baby Daisy and Rosalina are very pointless in my book.

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
April 30, 2014 4:55 PM

It’s gone to far in my opinion.

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:23 PM

HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding I agree to many Baby’s=bad Roster

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
April 30, 2014 11:59 AM

And my dreams are crushed. No Dry Bones again D:

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
April 30, 2014 3:28 PM

DLC hope that rose them back up

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 3, 2014 9:25 AM

WHY, NINTENDO? What has happened that makes you snub Dry Bones and Dry Bowser from every roster?

Birdo fangirl
Birdo fangirl
April 30, 2014 12:28 PM

well I am NOT getting this rip-off of a game XP

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
April 30, 2014 12:39 PM
Reply to  Birdo fangirl

Really just because Birdo not playable your not gonna get one of the most anticapted WiiU game of this year….There’s still the chance that there will be DLC. I seriously doubt that those were the final 3 characters, and if they were……….

Nintendo YOU DONE GOOFED!

(With the character roaster….Graphics, Karts, and Items are amazing….Super Horn……WHO DARES TO USE THE BLUE SHELL AGAINST ME NOW?!?!?!? WHO?!?!?!?! MUHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!)

DryBonesLoverandFantic2
April 30, 2014 12:54 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

There will not be any more characters. It’s 30 characters for the release date of the game on the 30th

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
May 1, 2014 8:58 PM

There is no way they would have revealed all of the characters a month before the game release. It’s too early.

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:20 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

They have watch Gamexplains Q and A they have the game

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
May 4, 2014 9:26 PM
Reply to  MK KINGZ

But they’re not 100% sure. They even said they don’t know if they’ve unlocked everyone yet.

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 5, 2014 4:01 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

no but they spoke to someone who has 3 star rating on everything and there is apparently no more characters on release

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 7, 2014 2:50 PM
Reply to  MK KINGZ

How did you find this out?

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 9, 2014 5:08 PM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

Gamexplain’s Q and A on youtube

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 6, 2014 2:36 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Nintendo revealed all characters a month before MK7 as well, I believe…

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
May 6, 2014 4:04 PM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

*Cue sad music*

Lots of Lilian
Lots of Lilian
April 30, 2014 1:25 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

I think he/she’s kidding about not getting the game^^

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:19 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Love your comment especially the MUHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

Dude1230321
Dude1230321
May 3, 2014 9:55 PM
Reply to  Birdo fangirl

I feel your pain, Birdo fangirl, and also, my WORST NIGHTMARE is now a reality, No Honey Queen = NO BUY.

Birdo fangirl
Birdo fangirl
May 5, 2014 8:41 AM
Reply to  Dude1230321

I am upset that birdo and honey queen are not in, I was afraid this was going to happen no birdo = NO BUY

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:17 PM
Reply to  Birdo fangirl

I don’t understand why you wouldn’t get this game because there is no Birdo I was really hoping for Dry Bowser Bones Kamek Diddy and Hammer bro but I am still going to get the game sure Birdo should be in there but that really should not be a decider

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 6, 2014 5:54 AM
Reply to  Birdo fangirl

I understand how you feel about not getting to play as your favourite character (the Koopalings are nice, but what about Dry Bowser?), but this game still looks amazing. Are you really going to deprive yourself of all the fun in playing it?

Birdo fangirl
Birdo fangirl
May 6, 2014 8:00 AM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

the game looks amazing and I am sorry that dry bowser didn’t make it either 🙁 I just need to figure out who I am going to main in this Mario kart since birdo is not in

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 6, 2014 2:35 PM
Reply to  Birdo fangirl

That makes sense. Ludwig Von Koopa is going to bail me out in MK8 (I really like him as well), but if you don’t enjoy any other characters, it must be pretty kinda tough. Sorry about Birdo.

CamTro Uchiha
CamTro Uchiha
April 30, 2014 1:14 PM

…Did anyone seriously forget about we can unlock hidden characters. You know that. -3- It’s could not be final roster…I hope not.

garroldgansun
garroldgansun
May 1, 2014 2:52 AM
Reply to  CamTro Uchiha

Actually, everything in the main game is practically revealed, so it propably is the final roster

CamTro Uchiha
CamTro Uchiha
May 1, 2014 8:20 AM
Reply to  garroldgansun

Now where is my Bowser Jr? :c

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 3, 2014 9:25 AM
Reply to  CamTro Uchiha

Where is Dry Bowser too?

CamTro Uchiha
CamTro Uchiha
May 3, 2014 11:53 AM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

Where is Dry Bones tooo?
Where is Franky Kong toooo?
Where is King Boo tooooo?

Dude1230321
Dude1230321
May 3, 2014 9:51 PM
Reply to  CamTro Uchiha

Where is Bowser Jr. toooooo?
Where is Diddy Kong tooooooo?
Where is Birdo toooooooo?
Where is Wiggler tooooooooo?
Where is Honey Queen toooooooooo?

CamTro Uchiha
CamTro Uchiha
May 4, 2014 9:00 AM
Reply to  Dude1230321

Oh hell no not Honey Queen and Wiggler. JUST NO and I already said Bowser Jr. lol

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
May 4, 2014 5:11 PM
Reply to  Dude1230321

Told you I would be right but they could all be in DLC

That Guy Over There
That Guy Over There
April 30, 2014 1:52 PM

Super Horn is a very OP item, even more than the Blue Shell and the Bob-Omb! (Possibly even more than Star!)

That Guy Over There
That Guy Over There
April 30, 2014 2:14 PM

After watching it all, I’m now ultra excited for MK8! I need a Wii U this instant!

GameGuy5
GameGuy5
April 30, 2014 2:31 PM

I thought the style of the Direct was very humorous. Especially the Mario Kart Memories segment. They just portrayed the Mario Kart struggles. It also portrayed a decent amount of exciting news that just build on to my craving for this game.

Bry
Bry
April 30, 2014 2:46 PM

So, I guess no Lubba…

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
April 30, 2014 3:27 PM

Love how you can have a hole competition based on yoshi epic

MK KINGZ
MK KINGZ
April 30, 2014 3:29 PM

I do wish they could of kicked out Baby Dasiy for Baby Rosalina

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
May 11, 2014 2:54 PM
Reply to  MK KINGZ

>:O How dare you! Baby Daisy is the cutest!

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
April 30, 2014 4:51 PM

Everyone in that video clearly has no idea how to talk with expression and not sound like a fucking zombie.
Also, the fact that Nintendo sees the basic gamer as dirty loner couch-potato is actually very offending.
All in all, I really want to know what happened to Nintendo’s brain when they filmed this one.

nintendofan10039
nintendofan10039
April 30, 2014 7:59 PM

I am a loner couch-potato! And lovin it!

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
May 11, 2014 2:54 PM

You must eat McDonald’s a lot. (badum tsssss)

Dude1230321
Dude1230321
April 30, 2014 6:07 PM

Here comes my WORST NIGHTMARE, Honey Queen will not appear in this Mario Kart, I’m not going to get this game.
First, Metal Mario, then Pink Gold Peach, What’s Next? Metal Luigi? Orange Silver Daisy? TURQUOISE PLATINUM ROSALINA?!?!?!?!

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
May 1, 2014 8:56 PM
Reply to  Dude1230321

Nope, Black Bronze Bowser.

Dude1230321
Dude1230321
May 3, 2014 8:54 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Nope again, Blue Copper Toad and Light Green Titanium Yoshi.

Lots of Lilian
Lots of Lilian
May 6, 2014 5:09 PM
Reply to  Dude1230321

I think you’re both forgetting about the obvious candidate: Crimson Aluminium Baby Metal Mario.

Seeing Starbucks
Seeing Starbucks
May 8, 2014 3:07 PM
Reply to  Lots of Lilian

Haha, it is funny cuz it is true

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
May 11, 2014 2:53 PM
Reply to  Dude1230321

Hey, at least it’s not Blue Toad or Metal Baby Mario!

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
May 1, 2014 8:55 PM

“For once in his life, Luigi is in First!”
“It looks like the Year of Luigi really is over!!”
Me: -_-

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 3, 2014 9:24 AM

Still wish Wario Colosseum made it in. I’d take it over DS Wario Stadium any day of the week.

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 7, 2014 2:53 PM

How many of you guys are spending the entire weekend of May 30-June 1 to play this game?

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
May 11, 2014 2:50 PM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

Who isn’t? xD

DryBowser9999
DryBowser9999
May 11, 2014 7:11 PM
Reply to  Mr. Sushi

Fair point.

Bowser498
May 12, 2014 2:15 PM
Reply to  DryBowser9999

Probably me… Can’t wait for the game. 🙂