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A kart racing game for the Wii U, the 8th game in the Mario Kart series centering around characters in the Mario universe.

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How do I access the boost pad on the wall in Sherbet Land?

Inside the cave near the starting line on Sherbet Land, there is a seemingly inaccessible boost pad on the left wall behind a fence. Is there any way to reach this boost pad?
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Does hopping have an advantage?

I've noticed that in the game Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can make a little hop by pressing 'R'. Does hopping help you in any way? If so, how does it help you, and how do you use it? I ...
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How is the Wii Wheel detected?

In both Mario Kart games for the Wii and Wii U, the game shows an icon on players who it tells are playing with a Wii Wheel. I've always wondered -- what mechanism does the console use to detect ...
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How can you view all your grand prix results in Mario Kart 8?

In Mario Kart Wii you could view your results for each grand prix, including how many starts you had. In 8 the only way I see to do this is to go all the way to where you'd select a grand prix and ...
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How do I get the Golden Kart pieces?

I really want the Golden Kart, I already have the the Golden Glider, how do you get the other two pieces, if there is, are there any other ways to do so?
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Does pressing L give you items faster?

In Mario Kart, you have to wait a few seconds before receiving an item from an item box. As a kid, I always thought mashing L sped up this excruciatingly long (2-5 second) process. However, there are ...
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How are CPU rankings determined in Mario Kart 8?

When playing races offline in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there can be up to 11 computer-controlled players in a game. After all human players have reached the finish line, the CPUs are put ...
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What is COM in battle mode settings for Mario Kart 8?

When setting up battle mode on Mario Kart 8, I see settings for something called COM. What is that?
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What is the optimal path in Yoshis Valley?

Yoshis valley is an odd course in mario kart. Its a maze, that has 4-5 different ways to get through it. But is there a way that is noticeably faster than the others? Question is about the Mario ...
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Is Mario or Yoshi Faster in Mario Kart 8?

I have trouble choosing which character to choose in Mario Kart 8. Is Mario faster or is Yoshi faster? I tried both of them but is it is hard to decide!
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Can there be multiple Blue Shells at once?

I recently heard of a strategy where the player purposefully drops to last place to increase their chances of getting a Blue Shell from an item box and then holding onto it so that when they get to ...
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If you throw a red shell in first place, where does it go?

If you throw a red shell while in first place, who will it try to hit? It does try to hit whoever is a place above you, but if nobody is above you, what does it do?
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How many CCs is online play?

In Mario Kart 8, when you play online, what CC level are you playing on? 50, 100, 150, or 200CC? Essentially, I'm trying to determine what single player speeds online play is closest to.
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Is drifting boost strong enough that I should maximize drifting whenever possible in Mario Kart 8?

It's obvious that drifting around turns gets you speed boosts that can make a big difference a lot of the time. But often, when trying to keep a drift going - especially to get to the 3rd level in ...
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Can the split screen in Mario Kart 8 be removed?

My fiancé and I recently bought a WiiU and bought Mario Kart 8. While playing, I use the WiiU's gamepad that has a screen on it and she uses a gamepad plugged into a wii-mote. I usually play by ...
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How good is auto-drift in Mario Kart 8?

In Mario Kart Wii you could ignore drifting a bit, and I never learned. On Mario Kart 8 it seems more important. I noticed that sometimes my engine flares up randomly. Is this it doing a little auto-...
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Does dragging items defensively slow you down in Mario Kart 8?

I just bought Mario Kart 8 and was playing with friends. Someone said it seems like he goes a little slower when dragging an item behind his kart to defend against attacks. Was that an optical ...
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Who voiced toad?

I was playing New Super Mario Bros 2 when I came upon Toad and repetitively jumped on his mushroom head and heard his character go "ohh" "owe" "ouch" etc. and realized that those noises couldn't be ...
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Sometimes turns off randomly

For some reason, when I use a Wii Classic Controller Pro, the Wii Remote will turn off - and this only occurs when playing Mario Kart 8.
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what are the glider stats?

When I scroll through the glider options in the kart selection, I find no difference in the gliders except a small acceleration/weight tradeoff. I recognize that this is probably due to the gliders ...
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How to set up a race with a friend on Mario Kart 8

I know how to set up a race with random people, but I can't figure out how to set it up with my friend. I click on "Online: One Player" then "friends", then I click on my friend's name, and there is a ...
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Why am I losing control while drifting?

I just got Mario Kart 8 and I'm trying to make use of drifting. I'm playing with the sport bike. Often drifting works fine for me and I get the turbo boost as I come out of the turn. However, ...
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Am I faster in the air or on the ground? [duplicate]

A new mechanic in Mario kart 8 is the hang gliders, which allow you to steer your character in the air after a big jump. For maximum speed, should I try to maximize air time, by aiming upwards or ...
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Unlocking Characters in Mario Kart 8

It seems that I unlock a character each time I win a gold cup that I didn't have before. For example, if I win the leaf cup in 150ccm for the first time, I get a new character, but if I win it in ...
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What is the point of stars in Mario Kart 8? [duplicate]

Not that stars that you get at the end of the races. But you can get up to 6 stars (I believe) and they show up in the upper left portion of the screen. What do those do?
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Can a 2nd driver in a Mario Kart 8 "vs" race select a User Mii?

When playing a 2-player "vs" race in Mario Kart 8, the highlights reel (which can be viewed in the "MKTV"/"MarioKart TV" section from the main menu) identifies the first player by the name of their "...
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When is the item I get from a box decided?

I've noticed that the worse your rank the better the item (it's fair I guess). However if I hit a ? box when I'm 10th and by the time the roll is done I'm 4th, will the item still be randomized as if ...
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Do 200cc and mirror cup stars/trophies stack?

I know that trophies and stars on 150cc also count for the lower grand prix cups as well (i.e., they stack). Does 200cc and mirror mode work the same way? If I get three stars on a mirror mode cup, ...
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How do I unlock 200cc mode?

So I downloaded the update (4.0 shows on the title screen) but there is no 200cc option when I go to choose a race. What else do I need to do?
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How does one brake while drifting with the Nunchuck controls?

Version 4.0 of Mario Kart 8 added 200cc, and with it, the ability to brake while drifting for sharper turns. (I guess maybe this was in the game already, but they certainly added feedback with sparks ...
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Is it possible to influence the seasons?

The new Animal Crossing DLC introduces the Animal Crossing track which features 4 different seasons that are seemingly chosen at random. After racing through the track about 7 times, I've seen spring,...
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What is the fastest kart and character configuration in Mario Kart 8?

In Mario Kart 8, handling attributes such as speed, acceleration, and traction are affected by 4 factors: The weight class of the character, the kart or bike, the type of wheels, and the glider ...
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How do you maintain the speeds that the pros do in Mario-kart 8

I have downloaded a few world record time trial ghosts. In them (as expected) they take corners perfectly, execute shortcuts precisely and generally fly around the map ridiculously quickly. But it ...
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Can I throw away the Potted Piranha Plant?

Often times I'll be racing and the game will give me the Piranha Plant. This item seems to be a timed item which will be used up after a certain number of seconds. I often want to ditch the item ...
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What is the point of getting money? [duplicate]

In Mario Kart 8, the player can pick up coins. Having never played the game (only watched You-tubers play it), I don't see the importance of these. But, the people I watch seem to make a big deal ...
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Custom Grand Prix Mario kart 8

Is it possible to make custom grand Prixs in Mario kart 8 on the Wii U. I find it hugely frustrating that they only last 4 rounds. Ideally I'd like to be able to play 12 tracks and ideally the ...
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Wii U cant update - Error 108-0144

I have a Wii U with the update version that comes on MK8 - and when I connect to Internet and try to play it - it says I need an update. So I press OK, and then it says I need a system update too. So ...
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I bought DLC pack 1 and 2, but it says I've only pre-ordered and can't even play DLC pack 1

I just purchased DLC packs 1 and 2. I know that pack 2 doesn't release until May 2015, but pack 1 with Link should already be out. When we go to select Link or one of the other new characters, it ...
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How many local co-op players does Mario Kart 8 support?

I purchased Mario Kart 8 for my three children for Christmas. Before I wrap it I want to know if they will all be able to race against each other at the same time.
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Sharing downloaded games between two Wii-U consoles we own

We have a wii u upstairs, and just recently bought one for the basement. We have several downloaded versions on the upstairs box already, specifically Mario Kart 8. Are we able to play that game in ...
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Mario Kart 8 DLC Question [closed]

I'm thinking of pre-ordering the Mario Kart 8 DLC soon. Something I want to know is that in the event I want to cancel the pre-order of the DLC, for whatever reason it may be, can I do it via e-mail ...
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Wii U - Can I have my own save game data?

I want to play Mario Kart on Wii U, but I don't want to mess with the existing game data. Is there a way I can have my own separate profile?
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What is the internal / native resolution of Mario Kart 8 / the Wii U?

AKA the resolution before it was upscaled. I'm not sure but I think the gamepad is the same resolution as the main screen. As far as I know the resolution is 1280x720 but could this be confirmed? ...
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How do music-based events work for online play?

Every player hits the final lap at a different time. As a result, music-based events may occur at different times on different players' systems. Normally this isn't an issue because they're mostly ...
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What are the laws of squid ink?

In Mario Kart 8, the squid ink is a pesky item that temporarily covers the driver's screen with black blotches of ink. What determines the number of splotches, how large they are, how long they last, ...
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Is it just me, or is this trick-ramp broken?

This is the first Tri-Fire Bar in Bowser's Castle: When I'm on the right side of this ramp (offscreen), I can trick off it without a problem. But here, on the left side, it just doesn't seem to work; ...
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Does invincibility provide any sort of speed boost?

In all preceding Mario Kart games, using a Star to become invincible grants an increase in top speed for the duration of the effect, which is arguably more useful than the invincibility part. In ...
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Dodging red shell

Is there any specific tactics for dodging red shell after warning sign has appeared? I'm aware that you can place some items behind kart and it will block shells, I'm interested in purely driving ...
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Conditions for turbo boost fail?

Generally I have no trouble making a boost at the start of the race, but sometimes it fails, so that you stop immediately. I wonder if it's a random penalty for using boost or it's because of the ...
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Can I move the minimap to the main screen? [duplicate]

It took like forever to figure out where I can find the minimap in MK8, and now that I found it it's still really annoying always having to look down when I want to know where the other characters are....
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