New Items, Characters and Courses Make for Gravity-Defying Fun in Mario Kart 8-Launching 30th May on Wii U

New Items, Characters and Courses Make for Gravity-Defying Fun in Mario Kart 8-Launching 30th May on Wii U 
Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower items join the fray across
original and reimagined courses 
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/14 -- Nintendo
today revealed new information on Mario Kart 8, the latest instalment
in the fan-favourite racing series launching exclusively for Wii U on
30th May - in stores and on Nintendo eShop. For the first time in HD,
Mario Kart 8 introduces original course designs that highlight the
game's new antigravity feature, which allows players to race upside
down or up vertical surfaces. Racers will also enjoy a variety of
series-favourite features including the return of 12-player online
competitive play(i), four player local multiplayer, hang-gliders,
underwater racing and motorbikes. 
New features include: 

--  Spin Turbo: While racing upside down or on walls, players can bump into
    other racers or certain course obstacles to get a speed boost. Spin
    Turbo fundamentally redefines the way that players compete, and makes
    antigravity racing even more exhilarating. 
--  Returning characters: In Mario Kart 8, players can race with returning
    characters Metal Mario, Lakitu and Shy Guy. These newly revealed
    returning characters join a host of previously announced favourites
    including all seven of Bowser's minions, who are playable for the first
    time in Mario Kart history. 
--  New items: Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8. First, the
    Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the players' kart and chomps at
    other characters, banana peels on the course or even shells thrown by
    other characters. Each time the Piranha Plant lunges forward to bite,
    the player receives a brief boost of speed. The second new item is the
    Boomerang Flower. After acquiring it, racers can throw a boomerang at
    opponents to stun them, and its arc allows players to strike multiple
    opponents with a single toss. The boomerang can be thrown three times,
    forward or backwards. 
--  New courses: Remixed classic courses make a return in Mario Kart 8 with
    favourites such as Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad's Turnpike
    from Mario Kart 64 and Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart, among others.
    The graphics and layout of these courses have been redesigned and
    reimagined. For example, Toad's Turnpike now allows players to drive up
    certain walls in antigravity mode. The game will include 16 new courses
    and 16 remixed classic courses. 
--  Live recorded music: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, select
    courses in Mario Kart 8 feature music recorded by live performers. 
--  Control scheme: Mario Kart 8 will support a variety of control schemes
    including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Wheel,
    and Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played in off-TV mode
    using just the Wii U GamePad.

When Mario Kart 8 launches on 30th May, fans can also get their hands
on the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which comes
complete with a Spiny Shell Collector's Item alongside a physical
copy of the game. 
The Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition bundle is also available at the
Nintendo Store, and will be available to pre-order whilst stock
To check out a selection of the new (and reimagined) features coming
to Mario Kart 8, a special new trailer can be viewed here. 
For further details: 
Mario Kart 8 teaser site 
Wii U website 
Wii U (UK) on Facebook 
Nintendo UK on YouTube 
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter 
Nintendo UK on Twitter 
Nintendo UK Store 
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