Questions tagged [mario-kart-8]

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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What is the point of stars at the end of races?

In the top left corner of the post-race menu, there is a prompt to press + to add (or remove) one star out of six. What do these stars do?
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What is the benefit of coins in Mario Kart 8?

In Mario Kart 8, what is the benefit of coins you pick up while racing? You can't have more than 10 at any given time. Are there benefits for having 1-9 coins? Or do you only get benefits when you are ...
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What does it mean for a bike to be inside-drifting versus outside-drifting?

Most part lists for Mario Kart 8 make it a point to mention which bike bodies are inside-drifting and which are outside-drifting. Obviously, the former drift on the inside and the latter on the ...
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Is there anyway to get an onscreen map?

In Mario Kart 8 the Wii U gamepad can display a map that will show a general overview of the current course, as well as your current position, and those of your opponents on the map. It will also list ...
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What techniques can be used for faster time trial runs in Mario Kart 8?

While watching world records, I have noticed that many runs for Mario Kart 8 are simply faster than me, even if I am using the exact same kart. This is obvious right off the start as I start much ...
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What advantage is there to staying in the air?

There are some sections of tracks that allow you to deploy your hang glider or parachute. This allows you to glide in relative safety until you hit the track again. But you can also hit forward or ...
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How many coins do I need to unlock all the kart pieces?

I've been playing a bit of Mario Kart 8 and it seems like I get a new kart piece for every 50 coins I collect during races. How many coins in total am I going to need to collect?
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Mario Kart 8 Total Coins Collecting Logic

How do the total coins add up? Every time I collect one or only the ones I'm holding at the end of the race? In the latter case, it would always take at least 5 races (5 * 10 = 50) to unlock ...
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What do the colored steering wheel icons signify in multiplayer?

When playing in multiplayer, sometimes I'll notice after a race when it shows points gained/lost, some players will have golden or silver steering wheel icons on their rows. What do these icons mean?