Mario Kart 8 details unveiled including new power ups and characters

Mario Kart 8 details reveal new characters and power ups that make for the most compelling reason to buy a Wii U yet.

Published Fri, Apr 4 2014 12:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

As far as I can see, one of the few compelling reasons to buy a Wii U is Mario Kart 8. If you are one of the many gamers that have been playing various iterations of this game for years, you will appreciate the latest details of the coming Mario Kart 8 game that have been revealed.

Mario Kart 8 details unveiled including new power ups and characters |

We already know some of the fun in store for the game, like the ability to drive on the ceilings and walls of some levels. Nintendo has now announced some more features for the game including a spin boost power up for when you are on those walks and ceilings.

Spin boost will activate when you bump other characters or certain obstacles on the track. Some new returning characters have also been revealed with Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Shy Guy returning as playable characters.

Some cool new items are coming too with the Piranha Plant being the most interesting. It can be mounted to the front of the kart to chomp other players and protect the player from shells and banana peels. Another new power up is the Boomerang Flower that can strike multiple opponents and stun them. It can be thrown three times forwards or backwards.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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