Since Nintendo President Satoru Iwata shared his strong faith in the Wii U platform saying that its fate needs only a single title to turn everything around, many reviews, reports and rumors about which of the video games would make it happen. One of which is the Mario Kart 8.
What?s with Mario Kart 8 that led Nintendo to believe that it could change everything about Wii U?
Mario Kart 8 is a racing video game which will be released in Japan on May 29 of this year; North America and Europe on May 30; and Australia on May 31, 2014 both physically and digitally through the Nintendo eShop.
Mario Kart 8 will be a big hit to playing-friends because aside from a local multiplayer, it supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players, playable with friends or with strangers both regionally and worldwide. Plus, it features voice chat support outside of races.
With Mario Kart 8, game fans and players are empowered to set up tournaments with fully customizable rules and schedules, download ghost data from friends or top players, and receive stamps for use on Miiverse – a service that lets players communicate with other players from around the world.
Moreover, with Mario Kart TV, players are given the chance to view replay data from other racers, including rewind and slow-motion playback functionality, plus players may upload highlights to YouTube making gaming and social networking interconnected and much easier.
Mario Kart 8 also features a new antigravity support which allows for never-imagined racing circuit designs. It also comes in with 16 new tracks where players can speed up through places such as airports, ancient ruins and the castle of longtime Mario nemesis Bowser. Plus, there are also 16 redesigned additional tracks from earlier Mario Kart games.
Players can choose from Nitro, Retro (which will feature altered sections that incorporate the game’s hang-glider, underwater, and anti-gravity features), Battle Stages tracks or courses to play in.
Unlike previous installments of the series, there are no stages to Battle Mode, which tracks include: Wii Moo Moo Meadows, GCN Dry Dry Desert, SNES Donut Plains 3, N64 Toad’s Turnpike, Mario Circuit, Toad Harbor, GCN Sherbet Land, and N64 Yoshi Valley.
There are also various game modes that have been announced for Mario Kart 8 which includes the Battle Mode, VS Mode, Time Trial, and Mirror Mode for players to choose from.
And aside from Wii U GamePad, Mario Kart 8 is also compatible with Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Wheel.
With the Mario Kart 8 in mind, we can assume that perhaps what President Iwata had uttered in the financial briefing for the 74th Fiscal Term maybe true.
?The fate of a video game system is often influenced greatly by the introduction of a single title. As many of you probably remember, before the release of the Pok?mon game, Game Boy had been showing slow growth, and many people wondered whether it was the end of Game Boy,? Iwata said.? But the Pok?mon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system, which then started to show the strongest sales in the lifecycle of the system.?
Mario Kart 8 is the follow-up to Mario Kart 7. It is the eighth installment in the mainstream series, and 11th overall in the Mario Kart series.
With all these things and all the positive comments about Mario Kart 8, it is not impossible for Wii U to be a big hit too.
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