The series that created the kart-racing genre makes its debut on Wii U with a variety of new characters, new courses, new items, and new anti-gravity racing in Mario Kart 8. As always, players can join their favorite characters from the Mushroom Universe as they hop in a variety of go-karts, bikes, buggies, and gliders to compete in light-hearted racing action. New anti-gravitational sections let gamers cling to walls or even race upside down as they speed around more than 30 courses, and the new Boomerang Flower and Potted Piranha Plant items offer new ways to thwart the competition.
Races accommodate up to 12 different competitors in either local solo action or online multiplayer, and in addition to a variety of all-new tracks to tame, players can compete on updated versions of more than a dozen classic courses, including the iconic Mario Kart 64 version of Rainbow Road. Gamers can share their victorious races with the Miiverse by using the Mario Kart TV function, and Mario Kart 8 supports off-TV play so users can stay in the action even while away from the tube.