Mario Kart 8 [Guide]

Mario Kart 8
Jun
4
2014

The eighth entry in the Mario Kart series is here, adding anti-gravity racing,
new items, new tracks, and new races. Discover everything there is to know
about Mario Kart 8 with this comprehensive guide!

Mario Kart 8 [Guide]
Written by Dalton “HorrorSpooky” Cooper and Trade
Copyright 2014

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=TABLE OF CONTENTS=
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1. Introduction and Controls
2. Racers
3. Grand Prix

Mushroom Cup
Flower Cup
Star Cup
Shell Cup
Banana Cup
Leaf Cup
Lightning Cup
Special Cup

4. Time Trials
5. VS Race
6. Battle
7. Multiplayer
8. Mario Kart TV
9. Hints and Tips
10. Conclusion

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1. Introduction and Controls
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This guide is designed to explain the various functions of Mario Kart 8 and
help you master the game by offering tips, revealing shortcuts, and also
providing strategy for the various races.

Mario Kart 8 supports a variety of different control schemes. You can use a
bunch of idfferent controller options, but the main two people will be using
are the GamePad (motion controls or not) and the classic Wii remote control
set-up.

These are the controls for those two set-ups:

GAMEPAD
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ZL – Item
ZR + A – Drift
A – Accelerate
B – Reverse
LS – Steer
Motion – Steer

WII REMOTE
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D-Pad – Item
1 + 2 – Drift
2 – Accelerate
1 – Reverse
Motion – Steer

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2. Racers
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Mario Kart 8 offers the most extensive roster of racers in the series to
date. New racers can be unlocked all the time by completing cups in Grand
Prix mode.

Not only does each racer have their own stats, but the karts can be customized
based on body type, wheel, and glider that the kart or motorcycle is made out
of. The stats of each character has an influence on how the parts of the
vehicle effect the vehicle as well.

To check the stats of a vehicle, first pick your character. Then press the
+ button. Cycle through the different parts with the + button on so that you
can see how the different parts influence the stats of that particular
racer.

This is a list of the racers available in Mario Kart 8 in alphabetical order:

Baby Daisy
Baby Luigi
Baby Mario
Baby Peach
Bowser
Daisy
Donkey Kong
Iggy
Koopa Troopa
Lakitu
Lemmy
Luigi
Mario
Mii
Peach
Pink Gold Peach
Rosalina
Shy Guy
Toad
Toadette
Waluigi
Wario
Wendy
Yoshi

And here is a list of the different parts available for karts. Kart parts
are unlocked by collecting coins. At every interval of 50 coins, new parts
are unlocked.

BODY TYPES
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Badwagon
Biddybuggy
Circuit Special
Jet Bike
Landship
Mach 8
Pipe Frame
Sport Bike
Standard ATV
Standard Bike
Steel Driver
Wild Wiggler

WHEELS
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Azure Roller
Blue Standard
Monster
Off-Road
Retro Off-Road
Roller
Slim
Standard
Wood

GLIDERS
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Cloud Glider
Parachute
Parafoil
Super Glider

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3. Grand Prix
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The heart of Mario Kart 8 is the Grand Prix mode. In this mode, players can
choose one of three speeds:

50cc
100cc
150cc

Basically, 50cc equals “Easy” mode, whereas 100cc is “Medium” and 150cc
represents “Hard”. Each difficulty has the same cups and the same tracks
within them. However, it is worth going through on each speed setting as every
cup that is won unlocks a new character until you’ve completed all of the
cups and have unlocked every character in the game.

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MUSHROOM CUP
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Mario Kart Stadium
Water Park
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Thwomp Ruins

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FLOWER CUP
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Mario Circuit
Toad Harbor
Twisted Mansion
Shy Guy Falls

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STAR CUP
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Sunshine Airport
Dolphin Shoals
Electrodome
Mount Wario

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SHELL CUP
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Moo Moo Meadows (Wii)
Mario Circuit (GBA)
Cheep Cheep Beach (DS)
Toad’s Turnpike (N64)

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BANANA CUP
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Dry Dry Desert (GCN)
Donut Plains 3 (SNES)
Royal Raceway (N64)
DK Jungle (3DS)

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LEAF CUP
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Wario Stadium (DS)
Sherbet Land (GCN)
Music Park (3DS)
Yoshi Valley (N64)

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LIGHTNING CUP
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Tick-Tock Clock (DS)
Piranha Plant Slide (3DS)
Grumble Volcano (Wii)
Rainbow Road (N64)

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SPECIAL CUP
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Cloudtop Cruise
Bone-Dry Dunes
Bowser’s Castle
Rainbow Road

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4. Time Trials
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Mario Kart 8 also includes a Time Trials mode. In this mode, you can race
against whoever has the best time on the track in the world right now
using online data, or you can race against the ghost data of a Mario Kart 8
developer.

There are a few choices available to you in regards to Time Trials. You can
simply race solo and try to get the best time possible on the chosen track,
and then upload that data to the Nintendo Network for other users to download.

You can also choose to race against ghosts, view the ghosts, and take on
the online ghosts. A good strategy for eventual overcoming the ghost data of
the Nintendo developers or other people that have high times on the track is
to mimic what they are doing on the track.

Below you will find the Nintendo developer ghost data for each track in the
game, as well as their times on each specific lap, how they chose to customize
their vehicle, and the characters they chose for the track.

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Mario Kart Stadium – Nin*C
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Lap 1 – 0:41.355
Lap 2 – 0:39.645
Lap 3 – 0:38.781
Body: Sports Coupe
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Mario

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Water Park – Nin*Massim
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Lap 1 – 0:41.455
Lap 2 – 0:40.594
Lap 3 – 0:40.905
Body: Mr. Scooty
Wheels: Roller
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Baby Luigi

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Sweet Sweet Canyon – Nin*Fausti
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Lap 1 – 0:45.768
Lap 2 – 0:41.830
Lap 3 – 0:44.509
Body: Teddy Buggy
Wheels: Wood
Glider: Peach Parasol
Character: Baby Peach

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Thwomp Ruins – Nin*Sophia
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Lap 1 – 0:45.891
Lap 2 – 0:41.744
Lap 3 – 0:43.522
Body: Varmint
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Donkey Kong

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Mario Circuit – Nin*Sho
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Lap 1 – 0:43.284
Lap 2 – 0:41.543
Lap 3 – 0:42.609
Body: Standard Kart
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Mario

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Toad Harbor – Nin*Alice
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Lap 1 – 0:51.146
Lap 2 – 0:49.362
Lap 3 – 0:50.558
Body: Cat Cruiser
Wheels: Retro Off-Road
Glider: Plane Glider
Character: Toadette

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Twisted Mansion – Nin*Mark
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Lap 1 – 0:48.891
Lap 2 – 0:42.490
Lap 3 – 0:44.814
Body: Mach 8
Wheels: Slim
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Luigi

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Shy Guy Falls – Nin*Frank
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Lap 1 – 0:46.688
Lap 2 – 0:46.104
Lap 3 – 0:46.736
Body: Flame Rider
Wheels: Retro Off-Road
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Shy Guy

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Sunshine Airport – Nin*Leonel
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Lap 1 – 0:49.158
Lap 2 – 0:47.163
Lap 3 – 0:48.108
Body: Circuit Special
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Rosalina

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Dolphin Shoals – Nin*Skip
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Lap 1 – 0:47.554
Lap 2 – 0:46.389
Lap 3 – 0:45.217
Body: Landship
Wheels: Wood
Glider: Bowser Kite
Character: Wendy O. Koopa

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Electrodome – Nin*Yuya
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Lap 1 – 0:48.338
Lap 2 – 0:47.769
Lap 3 – 0:48.640
Body: Sport Bike
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Larry Koopa

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Mount Wario – Nin*Elena
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Lap 1 – 0:28.933
Lap 2 – 0:54.167
Lap 3 – 0:43.183
Body: The Duke
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Wario Wing
Character: Waluigi

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Moo Moo Meadows (Wii) – Nin*Chris
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Lap 1 – 0:35.253
Lap 2 – 0:35.405
Lap 3 – 0:35.441
Body: Vermint
Wheels: Hot Monster
Glider: Wario Wing
Character: Daisy

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Mario Circuit (GBA) – Nin*Rie
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Lap 1 – 0:37.220
Lap 2 – 0:36.943
Lap 3 – 0:34.995
Body: Yoshi Bike
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Baby Mario

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Cheep Cheep Beach (DS) – Nin*Massim
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Lap 1 – 0:44.632
Lap 2 – 0:43.705
Lap 3 – 0:42.883
Body: Steel Driver
Wheels: Metal
Glider: Parachute
Character: Koopa Troopa

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Toad’s Turnpike (N64) – Nin*Alice
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Lap 1 – 0:44.545
Lap 2 – 0:41.176
Lap 3 – 0:42.338
Body: Standard Bike
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Parachute
Character: Toad

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Dry Dry Desert (GCN) – Nin*Maria
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Lap 1 – 0:51.196
Lap 2 – 0:49.787
Lap 3 – 0:48.695
Body: Standard Bike
Wheels: Slim
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Peach

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Donut Plains 3 (SNES) – Nin*Frank
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Lap 1 – 0:34.563
Lap 2 – 0:31.894
Lap 3 – 0:32.691
Body: Pipe Frame
Wheels: Monster
Glider: MKTV Parafoil
Character: Lakitu

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Royal Raceway (N64) – Nin*Skip
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Lap 1 – 0:48.725
Lap 2 – 0:46.169
Lap 3 – 0:46.477
Body: Prancer
Wheels: Wood
Glider: Peach Parasol
Character: Peach

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DK Jungle (3DS) – Nin*Rie
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Lap 1 – 0:50.612
Lap 2 – 0:47.019
Lap 3 – 0:49.269
Body: Varmint
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Donkey Kong

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Wario Stadium (DS) – Nin*Mizuho
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Lap 1 – 0:44.739
Lap 2 – 0:44.169
Lap 3 – 0:45.305
Body: Tri-Speeder
Wheels: Off-Road
Glider: Wario Wing
Character: Wario

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Sherbet Land (GCN) – Nin*Fausti
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Lap 1 – 0:47.238
Lap 2 – 0:47.556
Lap 3 – 0:46.398
Body: Sneeker
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Lemmy Koopa

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Music Park (3DS) – Nin*Sho
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Lap 1 – 0:50.795
Lap 2 – 0:46.970
Lap 3 – 0:46.703
Body: Biddybuggy
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Baby Daisy

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Yoshi Valley (N64) – Nin*Mark
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Lap 1 – 0:54.574
Lap 2 – 0:47.434
Lap 3 – 0:46.806
Body: Wild Wiggler
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Flower Glider
Character: Yoshi

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Tick-Tock Clock (DS) – Nin*Sophia
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Lap 1 – 0:46.404
Lap 2 – 0:42.880
Lap 3 – 0:44.428
Body: Standard Bike
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Iggy Koopa

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Piranha Plant Slide (3DS) – Nin*Polly
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Lap 1 – 0:49.287
Lap 2 – 0:46.129
Lap 3 – 0:48.575
Body: Jet Bike
Wheels: Slim
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Ludwig von Koopa

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Grumble Volcano (Wii) – Nin*Yuya
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Lap 1 – 0:47.673
Lap 2 – 0:44.999
Lap 3 – 0:45.633
Body: Badwagon
Wheels: Off-Road
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Roy Koopa

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Rainbow Road (N64) – Nin*Leonel
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Lap 1 – 0:30.583
Lap 2 – 0:29.950
Lap 3 – 0:33.198
Body: Standard ATV
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Metal Mario

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Cloudtop Cruise – Nin*Maria
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Lap 1 – 0:50.858
Lap 2 – 0:46.791
Lap 3 – 0:48.698
Body: Biddybuggy
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Baby Rosalina

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Bone-Dry Dunes – Nin*Elena
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Lap 1 – 0:45.886
Lap 2 – 0:43.486
Lap 3 – 0:44.019
Body: Tri-Speeder
Wheels: Monster
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Morton Koopa Jr.

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Bowser’s Castle – Nin*Polly
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Lap 1 – 0:49.035
Lap 2 – 0:46.837
Lap 3 – 0:48.000
Body: Badwagon
Wheels: Standard
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Bowser

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Rainbow Road – Nin*Muzho
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Lap 1 – 0:49.138
Lap 2 – 0:47.156
Lap 3 – 0:47.673
Body: Comet
Wheels: Slim
Glider: Super Glider
Character: Pink Gold Peach

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5. VS Race
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The heart and soul of Mario Kart is the competitive multiplayer. VS Race is
where players can go to play offline multiplayer in Mario Kart 8. There will
be 12 racers total, with up to four players able to play on a single Wii U
console.

Various rules can be customized. You can make it so there are no items at all,
change the intensity of the COMs, and how many races you have to complete.
The lowest amount of races you need to complete for a VS Race is three.

For a track listing, refer to the “Grand Prix” section of the guide.

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6. Battle
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In Mario Kart 8, Battle Mode is different than what you’re probably used to
from the other Mario Kart games. There are no arenas, but rather, players just
battle on the same tracks from the main game.

Each player has three balloons. Players get points based on how many balloons
they knock off of other players, and by how many balloons they still have by
the time the game ends.

Items are used to destroy the balloons of other players. If you lose all of
your balloons, you can continue to ride around the track as a ghost and keep
eliminating the other players. You won’t get points for this, however.

Most games of Battle end due to a time limit as opposed to every other racer
being eliminated.

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7. Multiplayer
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Multiplayer in Mario Kart 8 is represented on a number of fronts. Players can
play multiplayer offline, online with one player, and online with two-player
split-screen. All of the game modes are mixed together when doing matchmaking.

In matchmaking, there will be four choices before every race. The choices will
be in the form of three tracks and then the option for a random track. After
everyone has made their choices, a track will then be selected at random out
of the tracks that everyone nominated.

In multiplayer, players can go through the Grand Prix mode and earn trophies,
battle each other in a VS Race, or do a few rounds of Battle Mode.

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8. Mario Kart TV
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A new feature making its debut in Mario Kart 8 is called Mario Kart TV.
Utilizing the Nintendo Network and YouTube, Mario Kart TV is a video service
in which players can record their best moments in Mario Kart 8 and then share
them with the world.

In the Mario Kart 8 menu, you can choose to watch the most recent videos that
have been uploaded, the most popular videos, and those that have been uploaded
by people you have on your Nintendo Network friends list.

If you want to add a particular race to your “Favorites” for viewing later,
you have the option at the end of each race. For about 30 seconds, you are
given the opportunity to press the + button. This will add a star to the race
you just completed. You can only have six stars distributed at any time.

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9. Hints and Tips
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Here are some hints and tips to help you become a better racer in Mario Kart
8!

Mastering the art of drifting is necessary for success in Mario Kart 8. When
drifting, which is done using the right trigger, wiggle the left stick to
the left and right. This will build up a speed boost. Blue flames coming from
your tires means a regular speed boost, but orange flames indicate an even
better speed boost.

Save the horn. The horn item is extremely useful, but it becomes the most
useful if you’re in first place. It is the only item that can knock the
dreaded blue shell out of the sky.

Coins will help you go slightly faster, and they are also good for unlocking
new vehicle parts. You can hold up to 10 coins at a time under standard
rules.

Communicating online is a bit tricky in Mario Kart 8, but not impossible. When
in a lobby, you can press A and have a selection of pre-made chatting phrases
to utilize.

Go off the beaten path. Shortcuts in Mario Kart 8 are very easy to find and are
mainly just right off the main track.

Ram into other players when your tires are in anti-gravity mode. When your
tires are in anti-gravity mode, you can ram into other players and objects in
the enivronment to actually get a speed boost. If your tires aren’t in anti-
gravity mode, then hitting other players will just cause you trouble.

Use green and red shells to not just hit enemies, but to get obstacles out of
the way to stop green and red shells from hitting you. Toss the shells behind
your back to send them flying at any other shells that may be coming your way.
You will be notified when a shell is coming at you, but a shell danger
indicator that pops up on the screen.

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10. Conclusion
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I hope this guide helped you with Mario Kart 8 on Wii U!

For more information on unlockable content and other cheat info, please refer
to the dedicated Mario Kart 8 cheat page:

Mario Kart 8 [Cheat Page]

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