The Five Biggest Flaws of Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 has been out for a month and I think it is the best in the series. The game has great tracks, well balanced items and is a visual showcase for the Wii U. However, during my many hours with the game, I couldn’t help but feel that the game was lacking in a few areas that could help it go from great to amazing. So here are the five biggest flaws of Mario Kart 8.

 

1. This All Seems Very Familiar

While I was smiling my way through all 32 of Mario Kart 8’s tracks, I just couldn’t shake a feeling of déjà vu. Sure, it was to be expected during the game’s 16 retro tracks that range from all-time classics like Donut Plains 3 to tracks that fans played two years ago such as Music Park and DK Jungle, but the core gameplay felt more of an extension of Mario Kart 7 than something brand new. While the anti-gravity sections look amazing and have you racing from every angle imaginable, the core handling isn’t changed enough to make it anything more than a graphical nicety. Overall, Mario Kart 8 does a great job refining what made ‘MK7’ good but never establishes its own identity in a gameplay sense.

 

2. Battle Mode

I have fond memories of playing Mario Kart 64’s battle mode with friends as a kid (I would argue that the battle mode was the only redeeming quality of Mario Kart 64 but that is an article for another day…). For hours we would hit each other with banana peels and shells in the battle arenas. I was hoping to create similar memories in Mario Kart 8 but it is lacking one major thing: arenas. The game uses a selection of standard race tracks as battle mode maps turning it into a wipE’out” style fight. While that may work in a high-speed racer with more volatile weapons it just doesn’t work in Mario Kart 8. Hopefully, we will see some arena maps as DLC in the future.

 

3. So About That Roster…

Mario Sports titles are accustomed to scraping the bottom of the barrel for playable characters and even creating brand new ones but something about having five babies and Pink Gold Peach just seems like one step too far. The Mario series (and its spin-offs) has a vast amount of great characters to choose from which makes this less excusable. Why not use an underused baddie like Mouser, Jimmy T from the WarioWare series or a character you can only see while drifting around turns such as Paper Mario? Those are just a few examples and I can only hope that we will get more interesting character choices in the future.

 

4. The Honking

I love being annoying in multiplayer games. There is nothing more satisfying than choosing Pikachu in a Smash Bros. game and making your opponent hear “Pika!”, until their ears bleed. So when I started up my first race in Mario Kart 8 and saw a horn on the GamePad I was delighted. My excitement immediately waned once I pressed my thumb to the GamePad and heard it in action. Sadly, the horns in the game are not loud enough to be annoying (although they do register a hilarious response from fellow racers). I for one would gladly buy a Horn Sound DLC Pack. Give me a classic Ice Cream Truck jingle and you will have my love forever, Nintendo.

 

5. What Is The Mercedes-Benz GLA?

Maybe someday I’ll be on Jeopardy and Alex Trebek will say, “This was the first DLC ever for a Mario Kart game.” While I will know the answer I will still be sad that the answer comes from this example of shameless cross-promotion. While I’m not sure how the Mercedes-Benz and Mario Kart demographics line-up well enough for this to actually exist, it does and I guess we all have to cope with the fact that Nintendo has grown up. Maybe it isn’t the pure-hearted company many have romanticized it to be. After all, Nintendo is a business and their goal is to turn a profit (something that is turning out to be more and more difficult now for a myriad of reasons). Regardless, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened but it still leaves a bad taste behind like eating Swedish candy.

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Where's Honey Queen?
Where's Honey Queen?
June 28, 2014 6:40 PM

1. I personally disagree with this point. To be honest, I like the sense of familiarity. I think considering that Mario Kart’s generally targeted at a young audience, I don’t think they would (as well as some older players) adapt well to too much change within the Mario Kart franchise. I think there’s been enough change in Mario Kart 8 to make this stand-out from the others, due to the vibrance and the personality exuded from the characters and the tracks. 2. Initially, I would’ve disagreed with this too, considering I spent more of the first week playing Battle Mode… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 6:43 PM

Great comment. First thank you for reading and taking the time to respond. I’ll address the rest later but first i just wanted to say that point 4 was largely tongue in cheek 🙂

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:01 PM

Regarding the rest of your points: 1) I probably didn’t make this clear enough in the article but I really, really love Mario Kart 8. I also adored 7 so it playing more-or-less exactly like 7 doesn’t bother me. I just thought from the trailers last year that the anti-gravity would change the gameplay more so just a little disappointment from that. 2. “I do like that Nintendo is trying something new and experimenting with different features, even if it isn’t always successful.” Agreed completely! 3. I love your character choices! 5. I don’t have a huge issue with it,… Read more »

Where's Honey Queen?
Where's Honey Queen?
June 28, 2014 7:11 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

1) Ohhh, I see what you mean by that. I guess it’s just so people wouldn’t get too shocked through anti-gravity gameplay. I agree that they probably could’ve been a little more noticeable with the anti-gravity feature, because while it works well in some courses, there’s other courses (notably N64 Rainbow Road) where some courses where anti-gravity just feels way too subtle. Hopefully it’ll be tweaked in the next game (assuming it makes it, that is^^) 2 & 3. Thank you 🙂 5. I’ll probably feel the same way too, after seeing around 10 of those Mercedes-Benz cars in online… Read more »

Bowser the Second
Bowser the Second
June 28, 2014 6:45 PM

So Nintendo is apparently a bunch of shameless money-grubbers because they decided to do a cross-promotion for once? And with a free DLC kart no less?

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 6:55 PM

What I was trying to convey is that at the end of the day Nintendo is in the games BUSINESS. I won’t be too hard on them trying to make money since obviously I want them to succeed and for them to make games for a long time. Also its free because its an ad. They want as many people as possible to see the ad. Don’t give them brownie points for it being free. PS: I’m not trying to be hard on Nintendo. I’m trying to say they are just like any other company (EA/Activision/Sony/MS/etc.). Also thanks for reading,… Read more »

Nookling
Nookling
June 28, 2014 7:01 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

…I find this a strange complaint. Any DLC can be argued exactly what your saying here when they advertise it (to a lesser extent)

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:05 PM
Reply to  Nookling

One of my issues with this piece of DLC in particular is that it breaks the illusion that you’re in the Mushroom Kingdom racing through these awesome Mario locales.

I have zero issue with DLC in general. In fact I say several times in the article I would like to see DLC. Unless it was more ads.

I just think as a first its kinda lame that the Mercedes-Benz DLC has a place in the history books for a storied franchise like Mario Kart.

Nookling
Nookling
June 28, 2014 7:11 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Good points. It does break the allusion… I’m hoping for a pack with another cup and 3/4 more racers but I think I’m just dreaming

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:26 PM
Reply to  Nookling

No inside information or anything but I think if we get DLC tracks they will predominately be retro tracks.

Nookling
Nookling
June 28, 2014 7:00 PM

I agree with the roster and the battle mode 100%. You didn’t even mention te fact that the Koopalings are taking so many spots. I could overlook that usually but with the babies and metaloids it’s irritating. Birdo, Bowser Jr, and Diddy didn’t even make it! Never even though of Paper Mario! Might be kinda cool. The honk I don’t care at all about but it did sound a little silly. I wish Daisy’s honk would be some annoying call of hers “WHATEVERRRR” haha and I love the DLC with the bendz. Might as well right? For familiarity… I guess… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:02 PM
Reply to  Nookling

Thank you for reading!

“You didn’t even mention te fact that the Koopalings are taking so many spots.” I actually really, really, really like the Koopalings as characters :-p

Was it the best choice to introduce them all in one game? Probably not since I feel like if they just had Iggy and Roy there wouldn’t be a big backlash against them.

Nookling
Nookling
June 28, 2014 7:05 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Ya I kinda agree… I actually like them much more than I thought I would, and I like them being playable but with te other roster flaws it makes them a little but less welcome in my mind. I’m pretty sure most people like 2 or 3 of them and not many more though. And also… Swedish Fish are amazing.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:08 PM
Reply to  Nookling

re: swedish candy

was mainly referencing this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94XxuNj1H80

swedish fish are dope though, agreed 100%

Nookling
Nookling
June 28, 2014 7:09 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Oooohhhh. Hahaha okay! 🙂

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
June 28, 2014 7:34 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

The problem is that everyone has different favourites for their Koopalings, which explains why they took an “all or nothing” approach to them. Although they’re all still unique, the fact that they’re all “Koopalings” doesn’t make them feel interesting enough. Also, I don’t get why they were so adamant to leave the roster at 30. If they continued shrinking the icons they could’ve made it to at least 36, which is even a perfect square and a “rounder” number than 30. Poor Birdo! Diddy! Jr.! Dry Bones! Dry Bowser! King Boo!

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
June 30, 2014 12:25 AM
Reply to  Nookling

I think the Koopalings deversed the spot, battling Mario some many times O.o But Honestly, I thought the Koopalings where not taking to much space, I mean the only others characters the should of been in at that point were Diddy Kong, Dry Bones, and Birdo (Bowser Jr. shouldn’t have made it with Koopalings be playable), and they could of replaced Baby Rosalina, Pink Gold Peach, and Metal Mario.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
June 28, 2014 7:37 PM

1. OMG MR. TREESE! Thanks soooo much! Ever since the announcement trailer something about this installment seemed completely off, but I could never put my finger on it – but you just did! Haha! Prepare for legit counterarguments, haters! Anyway, after the first few trailers, I kind shoved my intuitions asides and was like “Aw, whatever. the roster is what’s most important,” and was genuinely excited, but… 3. PING GOLD PEACH IS A FUCKING BASTARD. End of story. (Wow, short, effective, AND straight to the point. Congrats to me! And sorry PGP fans, no offense directed to you. Like her… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Thanks for reading. I enjoyed your comment 🙂

Also, I fixed the part about the babies. Thank you for catching that! I forgot about Baby Daisy.

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 28, 2014 8:35 PM

Yeah, well, I think the only reason u criticize nintendo is because of the pgp thing. Yeah it was a bad choice but before then u loved nintendo with all ur heart. What I’m saying is, you overreacted to a tiny mistake that nintendo made. I do agree with the list tho, Tyler treese

VooDu
VooDu
June 28, 2014 8:32 PM

Nice list Tyler. I like that you added things not many people have talked about. I definitely agree with you on 2 & 3. 1 was too be expected, 4 doesn’t really bother me and neither does 5.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 4:08 AM
Reply to  VooDu

Thanks, most of the things are personal preferences and just slight nit-picks. Like I said, Mario Kart 8 is a great game 🙂

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 28, 2014 8:59 PM

5. I do agree, however, most of the characters had cool personalities and same w/ tracks 4. Yeah figured. I do dislike the battle mode but using the tracks is cool. It makes the arenas “big” in a sense. I do hope dlc battle courses come soon 3. The big complaint of this game lol. In my opinion the roster should’ve been 36 characters. Here are some changes. Replace metal mario and pgp with birdo and e gadd. Keep baby rosalina. Get rid of koopalings and add enemy characters such as: kamek,bowser jr., hammer bro, goomba, paratroopa, dry bones and… Read more »

Rosie
Rosie
June 29, 2014 11:30 AM

No, replace funky with dixie

Nookling
Nookling
June 29, 2014 11:55 AM

Wiggler and HQ were two of the most disliked racers ever.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 12:08 PM
Reply to  Nookling

In their defense they became pretty hilarious troll characters. So they were fun to choose and beat your friends with since their response would be, “How did I lose to Wiggler?”

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
June 29, 2014 8:31 PM
Reply to  Nookling

Don’t forget Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
June 28, 2014 9:08 PM

5-4. The DLC and Horns didn’t really catch my attention anyways.

3. I don’t care what anyone says, Pink Gold Peach, you’re a waste of valuable space. Leave and never come back.

2. I don’t need to even talk about the super-flawed battle mode…

1. I agree, the game felt WAY too much like MK7, even with anti-gravity. Hopefully Nintendo can fix this in Mario Kart 9.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 4:12 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I have to say if it was going to feel like any Mario Kart i’m glad it was 7 since 7 was really good. I just felt the game didn’t differentiate itself enough to earn that 8. Might just be two Mario Kart games coming out in a short period of time. Which makes sense when you see the position the Wii U is in right now.

Also thanks for taking the time to read, duder!

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
June 29, 2014 8:31 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

I actually thought when Mario Kart 8 was announced, it would be more like Mario Kart Wii with a little bit of Mario Kart 7, not vice versa. I agree, it felt like Nintendo had too short of a time span to differentiate MK8’s core gameplay a few years ago. I love Mario Kart 7, but we JUST got that game a few years ago, so it’s a bit odd considering every Mario Kart that was released in the past felt different from one another. They obviously rushed the game to give the Wii U something to stand on it’s… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 8:46 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

What interests me is that since Mario Kart games are evergreen titles for Nintendo is that we might finally get some long-term support for the game via DLC. It’ll be a while until we get another Mario Kart game so I wonder how they will support the game post-release. Will we see major patches, dlc tracks, new items, more characters, etc.? I hope so and its an exciting time for Nintendo right now.

Asuka (AegisReflector)
Asuka (AegisReflector)
June 28, 2014 11:09 PM

I did not find any legitimate complaints in this article other than the Battle Mode. Why not talk about the frustration of getting more powerful items in higher places? Or how getting Coins in certain situations is BS when you can’t defend yourself with two items anymore? All you did was complain about trivial crap that can be easily overlooked. I’m sorry but this just didn’t do it for me.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
June 29, 2014 12:48 AM

No offense, but this article had plenty of legitimate complaints. The gameplay does indeed feel more of an expansion pack of Mario Kart 7 than an actual new game, and the roster is possibly one of the most disappointing in Mario Kart history. Sure, the new item system is a bit annoying, but all Tyler was doing was to try to discuss what many fans were the most disappointed about right off the bat from Mario Kart 8’s release, so I’m willing to bet a ton of people won’t see this article as “trivia crap”. I don’t mean to offend… Read more »

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
June 30, 2014 12:21 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

We’ll, some it wasn’t exactly a “flaw”. I guess you could consider the Roster a flaw, but Honking? For me, I’m trying to win and have no time for honking XD

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 6:55 AM
Reply to  BlooperLover

I don’t get how it takes any extra effort to honk 😛 I win races just fine while honking

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
July 1, 2014 3:41 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

We’ll mostly because I always have an item on my hand, and I don’t use the GamePad at all.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 4:07 AM

Like I said in the introduction, I personally think the items are balanced fine. Thanks for reading.

Asuka (AegisReflector)
Asuka (AegisReflector)
June 29, 2014 5:22 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

How does criticizing the character roster, likeness to games in the past (when its really not considering how defensive you need to be now in order to stay in first), the nature of the DLC, and the horns (WHICH ARE OPTIONAL) make them the “biggest” flaws of MK8? Why not go into actual detail of the gameplay instead of the more trivial stuff? Broaden a view to people who may have not played the game? When I see this, I personally am not gonna be phased by a shitty roster or some DLC that nobody cares about in the first… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 5:55 AM

Apparently I enjoy the gameplay a lot more than you do. I don’t share your complaints.

Not having two items is a design choice that just makes you play differently. I was fine with that.

My flaws will be different than yours, its all a matter of opinion.

Asuka (AegisReflector)
Asuka (AegisReflector)
June 29, 2014 6:36 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Okay, it’s totally fine if you liked the gameplay. But when I saw “The Five Biggest FLAWS” I expected some gameplay discussion. You only expanded upon that with the Battle Mode. So knowing that these so-called “flaws” have literally nothing to do with the core aspect of the game made me feel like reading this article is a waste of time. Probably should have had a different title.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 7:12 AM

I’ll be diving into more gameplay specific talk about Mario Kart 8 on next week’s Moustached Gamers podcast. So maybe give that a listen if you want. Or even submit some questions if you want something specific brought up. tylertreese [at] gmail

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
June 29, 2014 8:47 AM

Um, you should calm down. I honestly don’t think Mr. Treese was trying to go into a super critical in-depth hardcore rant about circumstantial disappointments in the gameplay and their chain-reactions and complicatedness and whatever, he was going for what flaws slapped him in the face as soon as he started the game. This is supposed to have a slightly light-hearted side (I think.) He isn’t trying to compete in an extreme review writing competition and brutally facing off with international best writers, he’s just having fun making a nice article for MPL’s enjoyment (I think.) And how are the… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 9:37 AM

I think games are fun. If i’m writing an op/ed its usually going to be a fun, light-hearted piece since that is what I am. I think there is definitely a place for dissections of games (for example I adore Jeremy Parish’s ‘The Anatomy Of Games’ series and i’ve read books like ‘Killing is Harmless’ which was an a look at the greater themes of Spec Ops: The Line) and hyper-critical technical looks that Digital Foundry will do. There are also broader topics that i’ll blog about in a more serious context (like this for example: http://eseertrelyt.tumblr.com/post/77213646261/treese-on-games-irrational-behavior-that-sadly-is-too) but it isn’t… Read more »

Asuka (AegisReflector)
Asuka (AegisReflector)
June 29, 2014 12:49 PM

Why do people say “calm down” to individuals who voice negative opinions different from the general consensus of the article? It’s not like I’m mad or anything lol, just stating imo that this article was a waste of time. Or that I screamed and pulled out all of my scrotum hairs and painted my room black.

I calls them as I sees them. And I be cool.

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
June 29, 2014 1:56 PM

Not “calm down” as in you’re commenting angrily/crazily, “calm down” as in a nice way of saying “stop babbling nonsense.” we’re here to discuss the content of the article, not to debate it’s purpose and evaluate the writer.

Asuka (AegisReflector)
Asuka (AegisReflector)
June 29, 2014 2:33 PM

Uh, I AM debating the content of the article though. I’m saying that it’s not relevant to me. lol what is so hard to understand

Vipsoccermaster
Vipsoccermaster
June 29, 2014 3:39 PM

Comment deletion request approved.

King of Red Gorillas
King of Red Gorillas
June 29, 2014 1:57 AM

I’m disappointed about the horns too. Make them 2x louder and I’ll be fine.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 4:07 AM

Finally somebody who gets it 😉

disco romance
June 29, 2014 6:28 AM

I think a lot of these complaints are valid, but the honking is a silly thing to complain about. I think the fact that the “View Highlight Reel” is the first option after a race is over is a much bigger problem.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 7:00 AM
Reply to  disco romance

I honestly thought the whole honking thing would’ve come across more tongue-in-cheek than it apparently is. It is a silly thing to complain about but it still bummed me out since it could’ve made multiplayer even more fun. We’re talking about Mario Kart, its a silly game where karts spin out on banana peels. It doesn’t all have to be serious 🙂

Thanks for reading!

SpiderStaryu
SpiderStaryu
June 29, 2014 7:34 AM

I agree with your 2 first flaws, but the rest is pretty trivial to me. Like for the roster, yeah it could of been better, but it’s not exactly the biggest flaw with the game, imo at least. The biggest flaw with Mario Kart 8 is the item system. I don’t want to hear anyone say it’s indeed balanced, cuz someone getting a golden mushroom in 3rd while I’m in 10th and I’m getting a single green shell is NOT balanced. When you’re in the later places, you need to get good items to catch up, that’s why I understand… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 7:43 AM
Reply to  SpiderStaryu

Thanks for reading, Michael! Maybe its because i’ve been playing a lot online but I haven’t been bothered with what items I have received.

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
June 30, 2014 12:18 AM
Reply to  SpiderStaryu

Yep, I would get banana’s in last place and Triple Red Shells in 1st lol

Rosie
Rosie
June 29, 2014 11:25 AM

I disagree with the third and fourth “flaws”. I don’t think it’s a flaw the horn not being loud. At least they put the horn, it’s better than nothing.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 12:05 PM
Reply to  Rosie

You should play Racemania and see how much fun it is with a dumb custom horn added.

Guest
Guest
June 29, 2014 11:26 AM

You’re criticizing Nintendo’s DLC ideas yet you hope for DLCs of better horn and Battle Mode.

Isn’t that contradicting yourself?

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 12:02 PM
Reply to  Guest

I’m criticizing one specific DLC which is an ad that doesn’t fit in with the Mario Kart world at all. I have no issue with DLC in general. So no it isn’t contradicting myself at all. If you actually had read the comments, I addressed it here already:
https://mariopartylegacy.com/2014/06/the-five-biggest-flaws-of-mario-kart-8/#comment-1459850750

Also the horn DLC stuff was a joke. Is it really that hard to get?

Vipsoccermaster
Vipsoccermaster
June 29, 2014 12:36 PM

1. Agreed. Mario Kart 8 may be just an expansion of Mario Kart 7, since a lot of aspects were taken from that game. The only thing that’s basically new were new tracks and the heavy aspect of anti-gravity, which was a nice gimmick. The next Mario Kart installment will likely be the same thing again, but with a new gimmick. 2. While it was a nice change for once that Nintendo decided to do away with battle arenas and battle on actual racetracks instead, it just doesn’t feel like a battle without on actual arenas. If there were arenas,… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 29, 2014 12:44 PM

Thanks for reading and your comments, VIP 🙂

I too am looking forward to writing more. Actually want to do a big feature series but I gotta talk to Mike about that.

Blizzard
Blizzard
June 29, 2014 8:31 PM

I COMPLETELY Agree with number 3, I must say the roster in Mk8 was one of the weaker rosters in Mario games, I mean four babies was enough and they added another one AND they added another Metal/Recolor

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
June 30, 2014 12:16 AM
Reply to  Blizzard

I’m fine with the Babies, but I really disliked that Nintendo another Metal Characters.

Blizzard
Blizzard
June 30, 2014 11:21 AM
Reply to  BlooperLover

Pretty soon with the way the roster is going there is gonna be a metal toad or something

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
July 1, 2014 3:42 PM
Reply to  Blizzard

XD Nintendo confirms Metal Koopalings

Blizzard
Blizzard
July 1, 2014 4:49 PM
Reply to  BlooperLover

Why am I not surprised

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
July 2, 2014 2:41 AM
Reply to  Blizzard

Babies in Metal Versions and added Metal Baby Yoshi and Baby Yoshi lol

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 6:49 AM
Reply to  Blizzard

Baby Rosalina is kinda super adorable though 😛

Blizzard
Blizzard
June 30, 2014 11:20 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

True dat, although I don’t think all the babies were necessary they are really cute

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 11:55 AM
Reply to  Blizzard

Its more of the roster size being the problem when there are that many babies rather than the babies themselves. If it had the roster of a Mario Baseball game then nobody would complain about dumb stuff like Pink Gold Peach, all the koopalings or 5 babies. But roster space is valuable in this game.

Blizzard
Blizzard
June 30, 2014 2:55 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Exactly!

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
June 30, 2014 12:33 AM

1. After thinking about it, your right XD. However, I still love these tracks, my favorites of all time. 2. 99% Agree, I happened to like the Wide Map, and had no trouble finding anyone usually. 3. We’ll Nintendo is finally creative XD (We’ll, maybe not PGP or Baby Rosie… mostly the Koopa’s) I actually did like the roster a lot, even though it could of been better. I really only disliked PGP and Metal Mario, and had no problems with the babies. If Birdo made it in, I would of loved the roster. 4. Even though I did like… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 6:48 AM
Reply to  BlooperLover

Thank you for reading.

And yeah I love the tracks in this game. They are all top notch.

Also i’m not sure if everyone knows this but you can honk with the L button when you don’t have an item.

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
June 30, 2014 3:20 AM

The Battle Arena DLC better be free

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 6:50 AM
Reply to  Waluigifan32

I would be fine with them charging for it if its all new arenas. Devs gotta get paid.

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
July 2, 2014 2:39 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Yeah I wish they added coin runners and back to the classic balloon battle

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
July 1, 2014 3:44 PM
Reply to  Waluigifan32

I would think it would possibly cost, considering we do have a Battle Arena (That sucks thou)

Bunnie365
Bunnie365
June 30, 2014 4:33 AM

To tell you the truth, I LOVE Battle mode the way it is! 🙂 Maybe the best yet.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
June 30, 2014 6:47 AM
Reply to  Bunnie365

I’m glad you enjoy it! Guess it just isn’t what I want out of the series but i’m glad people are still finding it enjoyable. I know Michael Koczwara enjoys it.

Marioman01
Marioman01
July 1, 2014 5:24 AM

1. The anti gravity does sorta seem like nothing since the camera changes with you. But the retro tracks aren’t deja vu if you never played most of the Mario Kart games. Like the oldest Mario Kart I own and play is Mario Kart 64. 2. It does seem cheap. But if you look at it like me, some of the tracks are technically the biggest battle tracks ever. Mainly all but Mario Circuit and Toad’s Turnpike. Or you could all fight in certain areas of some maps, like most of Yoshi Valley. 3. The only problem for me from… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
July 1, 2014 9:36 AM
Reply to  Marioman01

Thank you for reading and your comments!

Might actually be best to play every other Mario Kart game if you want the best experience. Its really hard to do something super innovative in the kart racing sub-genre.

Marioman01
Marioman01
July 1, 2014 10:53 AM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Thank you. But I can’t play the others. I still have to finish Wind Waker.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
July 1, 2014 2:35 PM
Reply to  Marioman01

Sorry I meant like skip every other Mario Kart release. Like if you skip 9 and just play 10 when that comes out you’d probably be super psyched to play more Mario Kart. But then again 9 is gonna be a while out so that might not apply here.

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
July 1, 2014 3:57 PM

I think that the Mercedes-Benz GLA is awesome! I don’t understand why it’s getting so much hate, because I think it’s cool to drive an actual car in Mario Kart 8!

BlooperLover
BlooperLover
July 3, 2014 3:07 AM
Reply to  Mr. Sushi

I’m one who personally dislikes it. Mainly because it just such a contrast. Like your driving on a Rainbow Colored Road in Space with Golden Trains and Coins all over the place. Then a Mercedes-Benz GLA throws a Red shell at you. Doesn’t fit :/ I do understand why people like it thou.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
July 2, 2014 1:21 AM

I’m with Point 2 and 3. Battle Mode was a Great Break from Racing.

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
July 2, 2014 2:43 AM

I don’t want Mercedes for free. I want free Battle Arenas

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
July 2, 2014 2:45 AM

Some people like the new and improved battle mode but i grew up with playing MKDS/Wii and i have 7 too so…

8B1T
8B1T
July 2, 2014 3:24 AM
Reply to  Waluigifan32

Donut Plains is actually a decent battle stage IMO, still far too big compared with gems from the older games.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
July 2, 2014 8:56 AM
Reply to  Waluigifan32

“grew up playing MKDS/Wii” I feel really old now 😛

Waluigifan32
Waluigifan32
July 2, 2014 2:07 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

-.-

Luigi'seggblade
Luigi'seggblade
July 4, 2014 7:27 AM

Ok with the number it’s optional dlc not reason to hate on it even if you don’t want it