Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing game in the Mario Kart series, published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It was released in all regions in May 2014.

Relevance to Animal Crossing series

DLC

On August 26, 2014, an Animal Crossing series-themed DLC was announced on the Nintendo UK online store. It was released on April 23, 2015. Isabelle and the Villager are playable characters, a new track based on the Animal Crossing universe, and seven other tracks are unlocked. Both the male and female villager can be chosen by following the same drop-down menu that Yoshi and Shy Guy have received.

Animal Crossing Track

An Animal Crossing themed track is included as part of the second pack. Like a real Animal Crossing town, the seasons will change in the track. Every time the track is played, it will have a different season theme, which changes the color of trees, grass, snow cover, etc., just like in an actual town. The season can be manually chosen in single player by holding down the L, R, ZL, and ZR buttons while selecting the course, which will change the track to Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter respectively. The traditional 10 Coins used to get a slight speed increase get changed to Bells. Many characters and villagers appear along the side of the track including Bob, Caroline, Filbert, Joey, Lobo, Maelle, Peanut, Pecan, Poppy, Rosie, Static, Teddy, and the Able Sisters. K.K. Slider is seen playing his guitar by the side of the road, and Mr. Resetti appears as a track hazard by digging up from underground and causing any players who hit him to spin out. Though the racers are rather tiny in comparison to the villagers. This is in order to make the villagers easier to notice.

Price

Region Animal Crossing add-on price Both add-ons together price
Japan ¥800 ¥1200
USA $7.99 $11.99
UK £7.00 £11.00
Europe €8.00 €12.00
Australia $10.00 $16.00
New Zealand $14.00 $20.00

Courses

Nitro Courses
Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
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MK8- Water Park.PNG MK8- Toad Harbor.PNG MK8- Dolphin Shoals.PNG MK8- Bone-Dry Dunes.PNG
MK8- Sweet Sweet Canyon.PNG MK8- Twisted Mansion.PNG MK8- Electrodrome.PNG MK8- Bowser's Castle.PNG
MK8- Thwomp Ruins.PNG MK8- Shy Guy Falls.PNG MK8- Mount Wario.PNG MK8- Rainbow Road.PNG
Retro Courses
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
MK8- Wii Moo Moo Meadows.PNG MK8- GCN Dry Dry Desert.PNG MK8- DS Wario Stadium.PNG MK8- DS Tick-Tock Clock.PNG
MK8- GBA Mario Circuit.PNG MK8- SNES Donut Plains 3.PNG MK8- GCN Sherbet Land.PNG MK8- 3DS Piranha Plant Slide.PNG
MK8- DS Cheep Cheep Beach.PNG MK8- N64 Royal Raceway.PNG MK8- 3DS Music Park.PNG MK8- Wii Grumble Volcano.PNG
MK8- N64 Toad's Turnpike.PNG MK8- 3DS DK Jungle.PNG MK8- N64 Yoshi Valley.PNG MK8- N64 Rainbow Road.PNG
Add-On Content Pack 1 Courses Add-On Content Pack 2 Courses
Egg Cup Triforce Cup Crossing Cup Bell Cup
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MK8-DLC-Course-icon-ExcitebikeArena.PNG MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SNES RainbowRoad.png MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GBA CheeseLand.jpg MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GBA RibbonRoad.jpg
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-DragonDriftway.png MK8-DLC-Course-icon-IceIceOutpost.png MK8-DLC-Course-icon-WildWoods.jpg MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SuperBellSubway.jpg
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a port of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch. It includes new battle stages and new characters, as well as various other tweaks and balance improvements. It was released on April 28th, 2017.

Critical reception

Mario Kart 8 has received highly positive reviews, with Nintendo reporting the "strongest review scores in franchise history", and scoring 88/100 on Metacritic and 88.52% on GameRankings as of July 10, 2014. Critics have praised Mario Kart 8 for its "exquisite details", vast sense of scale, orchestrated soundtrack, and gameplay.

Trivia

  • In one of the courses, a Yoshi can be occasionally heard faintly humming K.K. Song, or Totaka's Song.
  • Fruit can be found at the base of trees in the Spring and Summer versions of the Animal Crossing course. In the Fall version, they are found in leaf piles similar to those in Maple Treeway (Mario Kart Wii). Hitting a fruit gives a 1.5 second speed boost, equal to that of a Mushroom.
  • When finishing a race on the Animal Crossing Track, a version of The Roost Theme plays instead of the game's traditional results music.
  • Hitting a rock on the Animal Crossing Track will cause a mushroom to pop out, similar to the bell rock mechanic in the Animal Crossing games.

Gallery


The Animal Crossing Series
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Main series
Dōbutsu no Mori (Dòngwù Sēnlín) • Dōbutsu no Mori +Animal CrossingDōbutsu no Mori e+Wild WorldCity FolkNew Leaf (Welcome amiibo)New Horizons
Spin-offs
ClockCalculatorSweet DayPlazaPhotos TogetherHappy Home Designeramiibo FestivalPocket Camp
Other media
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)Dōbutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura DayoriDōbutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Gag BattleMinna no Dōbutsu no MoriOideyo Dōbutsu no MoriTobidase Dōbutsu no Mori Minna de Seseragi Mura Life
Other Series
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlMario Kart 8Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UAnimal Crossing cameoes in other franchises
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