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Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Defies Gravity, Powers Up Mario Franchise [VIDEO]

By Aditya Bhat on June 13, 2013 8:24 AM EDT 0

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Mario Kart 8 has gravity-defying vehicles. (Photo: Nintendo)

Nintendo unveiled its latest edition of Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 8 at E3 2013 via livestream. Nintendo has pegged high hopes on this game and this franchise has become more powerful than before.

The new game keeps alive the tradition of Mario Karts in terms of the gameplay where characters from the Mario universe burn their rubber against each other in go-karts. While retaining the popular elements from the previous franchises, the game is fresh and relevant. Nintendo has made sure that the gameplay has been kept innovation and pushers new boundaries.

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The game throws out Newton's gravitational laws to the wind as the law of physics does not apply in Mario Kart 8. It allows the kart to move sideways or on a wall making it more chaotic, more fun to the players.

The game features Bowser's fortress having slanted hallway and racers have to choose if they want the slanted hallway or do they prefer to go underwater. The karts fold up their wheels and turn submersible as soon as it goes beneath water, GameSpot reported.

The new game will have new vehicles like gliders and bikes. The wheels of the kart can rotate and shift into anti-gravity mode. The game will also feature multiplayer modes - local and online, up to 12 players can participate in the online mode. The game will also have a new feature called Mario Kart TV where players can share clips of their racers via Miiverse.

"It will offer the best collection of online multiplayer modes - it's not just racing with other players, you can also share the fun with others," said Satoru Iwata CEO of Nintendo

The confirmed characters appearing in this game are Mario, Toadette, Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Waluigi and Peach, The Inquirer reported.

Mario Kart 8 is the eleventh instalment in the Mario Kart racing game franchise. The game is expected to be released in the spring of 2014 on Wii U.

Mario Kart Wii, the predecessor of Mario Kart 8 sold about 34.26mn units as of 31 March 2013.

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