Mario Kart 8 is the eighth game in the series. If you do count the arcade games, then it is the eleventh part of the series. It was released for the Nintendo Wii U back in May of 2014 & has continued to stay online even today.
Much like the previous games, Mario Kart 8 features characters found in the Super Mario series. It also features characters from other Nintendo franchises. Players get to choose these different characters as well as a vehicle that they can use.
Racing is still the main motif of the game. You can race on your own, race against computer AI, race up to 3 friends in split screen & of course race with other people online should you wish to. There are different modes when it comes to racing ranging from single, multi, time attack, team & online play.
We’re going to be talking about a couple of in-game techniques that you can do & use to get ahead of the race. Just remember that some of these techniques are tricky, to begin with so just practice them multiple times to execute the technique perfectly. One thing to also keep mind is that some of these techniques will be reliant on the vehicle’s stats & attributes.
Acceleration is basically what you do when you hold the accelerator button. You just need to hold the button so that your vehicle will get faster. There isn’t much of technique involved here, but you need to know when to accelerate because you could end up falling in a pit or crashing into an obstacle because you accelerate too quickly. You would also need to take into factor the stats of your vehicle.
Anti-gravity is a new feature introduced in Mario Kart 8. Anti-gravity parts are found in specific sections of some racing tracks. These areas are marked by a blue strip telling you where the area is. These anti-gravity areas will automatically change the vehicle to adapt to the situation. In these areas, players can race on the walls & the ceilings. This is helpful as there are some areas where racing on the ceiling can give you a nice little boost so to speak.
Braking is done with the brake button. You need to this to stop your car especially if you’ve accelerated to a fast pace already. Braking isn’t used all the time, but again it is useful to stop when you need to. You can avoid falling into a pit or crashing into a wall. You can also us braking to back up from your current location. Use braking when you would need to so that you can retain your momentum.
Players will start with a number of coins & these coins are seen & obtained all over the race tracks. Players will get a number of boosts from these coins. One is that they gain a speed boost for the time being. They also get an increase when it comes to their top speed. The final one is that coins can & will be used to unlock some secret areas in the race tracks. When you are hit, you will lose the coins & they will be scattered for others to pick up.
Drafting is a very tricky & risky thing to do. In order to draft you need to get behind an opponent’s car. You just need to be a little close when you see white lines appear. When these white lines appear, you can then proceed to draft where you gain a boost much like getting a shot of speed. It’s very risky because if you get close to an enemy with an item, then they can use that against you to stop your drifting. The enemies can also draft from behind you as well, so you need to be cautious about it.
Drifting is a very useful technique especially if you’re doing some turns. Drifting involves pressing the acceleration & brake buttons. When doing turns, it can’t be easy as one would hope for. There are a couple of different turns & they can be hard or short. When doing a turn, you need to slow your speed down. Keep in mind that if you’ve accelerated at a faster pace, turning can be really hard. That’s why when you need to turn, you need to press the brake button & slow your speed so that turning can be a bit easier.
The tricky part here is that you need to brake slowly so that you wouldn’t be able to lose the speed that you already built up. When you’ve successfully done your drifting, you need to then boost or accelerate back to your top speed. There are some tricky parts like race tracks that have multiple turns. When you also successfully do a drift you get to have a blue or orange speed boost. The blue boost is slower but still a boost nonetheless.
Drifting: Inward & Outward
We’ve discussed drifting, but there are two kinds of drifting & they are dependent on the type of vehicle that you are using in the race. We’ll start first with outward drifting which is done by vehicles like a Kart, Bike & ATV. Outward drifting is a bit easier to master as the act of drifting is done on the back wheels of the vehicle. Thus it makes turning easier & it makes mastering drifting in these vehicles much easier. Inward drifting is done with Sports Bike vehicles. The drifting gravitation is focused more on the front wheel which makes it a bit trickier to master. You need to be more precise when performing the actual drifting.
Frogging is introduced in Mario Kart 8 & it can be a useful technique, but when competing against other human players, it may not be that effective anyway. Frogging is done when you get a boost of some sort. The boosts could range from the Mushroom item, a boost pad & even from a drift. You need to press the jump button to get some minimal distance.
Gliding is done when you fly off a blue ramp. Gliding allows you to fly in the air temporarily. This is useful when you would want to access secret areas & shortcuts that you wouldn’t normally access in racing tracks. The incentive for gliding is that you get to access these hidden areas which then allow you to move further in the race with ease & speed as well.
Pivoting is done when you are hit by an item that slows or temporarily staggers you. You need to press the acceleration & deceleration buttons to get the right angle back to your position. It’s very tricky to master as you need to be hit by an item & that’s the only time you can practice it. Mastering this trick can give you the boost that you need to get back on track.
Reversing is done when you press the deceleration button. Reversing is basically backing up & it is sometimes needed especially if you’ve gone the wrong direction or hit a wall. Reversing can also be done to hit an incoming enemy to knock them back. It’s risky as the enemy can just avoid or throw an item at you.
Shaking is done when you chain numerous successful drifts. This is very difficult to pull off as you need a keen mastery when it comes to drifting. You also need parts where it has numerous turns for you to release numerous boosts to get the speed that you need hence you can perform the shaking technique with ease as well.
A spin boost can be done in anti-gravity parts of a race track. The player simply has to hit a specific object or another player to get a spin & get the boost that they need. The tricky thing is that not all objects can be used to get a spin boost. You have to know which object can be used to get a spin boost. You also need to be cautious when hitting other players as they will defend themselves from you. Enemies can also spin boost on you as well.
This one is a bit tricky as you need to do it before the race begins. The countdown will start ticking & you need to press or hold the accelerator button as the 2 appears during the countdown. You need to time it just right as the 2 appears so that the boost will be longer. If you fail to time it right, you would have a smaller boost or you would spin out of control when the race begins.
Stunts are basically done when your vehicle is airborne. You can do some extensive or just some simple stunts. The incentive for doing stunts is that you get a small boost of speed when you do it successfully. Doing stunts can be done in the air but there are also some risks. You have to land successfully which is why it is essential as to when you would jump & do some stunts. You may fall into a pit so make sure to expect & accurately land your vehicle.