Was yesterday’s reveal of Nintendo’s E3 plans not enough news to satisfy you for one week? Fear not, for Nintendo has supplied a surprise Mario Kart 8 Direct jam-packed with lots of new information. We’ll be breaking the direct down into multiple posts to make it easier to digest, so stay tuned as we put up more content!

The Direct explored the technical aspects of the game and elaborated on different game mechanics; it also outlined a few kart customizations that highlight different skills and highlighted some of the music from the game. To get started, it was revealed that spin boosts can be chained while in anti-gravity sections of a race, allowing for racers to work together to continue to boost and pull away from the pack. There was also an analysis about the differences between bikes and karts. Bikes are better suited for cutting tight corners, while karts are superior on straightaways; which vehicle is better is determined by the track.

In addition to the mechanics discussed, the Direct focused on specific kart and bike customizations that boosted different abilities. The combination of the Circuit Special kart body and Slick Tires makes a fast kart, while the combination of the Sport Bike and Slim Tires excels at cornering. The ATV and Monster Tires combine to give a boost to offroad racing, and the Prancer and Wood Tires makes racers elegant like a princess. It was also announced that all of the music from the game was recorded by live performers, and some spectacular selections were played (you can listen to them in the video above).

What do you guys think? Excited for Mario Kart 8? Stay tuned for more coverage of the Direct!

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Greetings Gamnesiacs! I'm Elijah Holt, a Associate Editor coming at you live from beautiful Alabama. My love for gaming started at an early age and has ingrained a love for two different gaming companies in my mind. On one side, my love of the Nintendo 64 and my countless hours spent perfecting the first few levels of Super Mario 64 (I was never good enough to get past those...maybe if they release it for the Wii U eShop someday...) resulted in my love for everything Nintendo; meanwhile, I also owned an original PlayStation, which has resulted in me currently owning a PS3 and PS4 for a few Sony exclusives and third-party titles. I'm a recent graduate of Auburn University, where I majored in Software Engineering. I currently work in DevOps as an Automation Engineer. I look forward to continuing to provide the finest content on the internet to loyal Gamnesia readers like you. Want to contact me? You can always shoot me an email at [email protected]

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