Three Mario Kart 8 Details That May Drive You Insane


Three Mario Kart 8 Details That May Drive You Insane

Right up there with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 is undeniably one of Nintendo’s biggest Wii U titles of the year. Reviews of Mario Kart 8 have already begun making their high-speed laps around the information highway, but there are important details that fans should be aware of when it comes to Nintendo’s new racing title.

Aside from a few noteworthy props such as Mario Kart 8‘s highly-polished graphics — which zoom along at a glass-smooth 60 frames-per-second — and a clever new way for racing fans to share their personal gameplay footage on YouTube, Nintendo has spun out when it comes to giving fans necessary options to communicate with their friends.

Despite IGN’s Jose Otero awarding Mario Kart 8 with a solid 9 out of 10 possible points, he’s noted three details that could drive fans up the wall — or just have them scratching their head wondering why seemingly obvious options weren’t added to the game. Friends are important, Nintendo!

Chat is restricted to lobbies with friends only. There’s no option to invite friends into a game, and Mario Kart 8 also doesn’t provide message notifications.

These noted points didn’t significantly impact Jose’s review, but it’s difficult to understand why Nintendo didn’t include the options in the first place. Even the previous title in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 7, allowed players to join their friends’ game by simply viewing their profile from the 3DS Friend List.

Be sure to check out all of our other Mario Kart 8 news.

Mario Kart 8 release dates:

  • Japan – May 29th, 2014
  • North America – May 30th, 2014
  • Europe – May 30th, 2014
  • Australia – May 31st, 2014
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  1. It’s possible these options could be added in a future update. The Nintendo Network is still young. I don’t think these issues were ignored, possibly put on hold to ensure solid performance during the race. Like everyone else there’s probably at least 3 ways of communicating with your friends with your smartphone alone and if you can name your lobby then it’s not really an issue to find a game.

  2. Doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I played Mario Kart Wii online with friends about once a week for around four years, and we never had any issues. We just used Skype to talk during the game. We’ll do the same on the Wii U. Not a big deal.


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