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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How much do coins help?

As mentioned in an another Q&A, in Mario Kart 8 coins help to increase your speed. However I'd like to take this a level deeper and ask: How much do they help? and in what manner? For example, ...
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Can you wheelie in Mario Kart 8?

Mario Kart 8, like it's predecessor Mario Kart Wii, has motorcycles (commonly called bikes) in addition to plain karts. In Mario Kart Wii when the player was racing with a bike, he could "pop a ...
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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 criteria must be met to earn a 3 stars rank?

How do you earn a 3 stars rank in Mario Kart 8? I saw somewhere that said that you have to cross (the finish line) with 10 coins, or get first place. However, I achieved both cases playing alone and ...
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Can you dodge the blue shell?

I know you could dodge it in Mario Kart Wii by using a mushroom at just the right moment, but is there anyway to dodge it in Mario Kart 8? The same tactic does not appear to work in Mario Kart 8? So ...
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At the beginning of a race, when do you hold A for the initial boost?

I know it's something with when "2" is visible, but is there an optimal time? It looks like there's different degrees of the speed boost.
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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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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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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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Which characters are in which weight groups?

According to chat: Characters are divided into weight groups. Each character in a weight group has identical stats. What are the different weight groups, and which characters are in each?
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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 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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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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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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How do you find out how many coins you have collected?

I keep collecting coins which are unlocking loads of upgrades all the time. But how to you find how many coins you have collected in total? Knowing this will give me an idea how much more stuff there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the conditions for the start coins in Mario Kart 8 multiplayer?

I played online a little in Mario Kart 8 and I noticed that my starting coins are different every time. Sometimes I start with 4, sometimes with 0. I believe in single player you start with 5 (at the ...
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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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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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Where can I safely crash into signs?

When I crash into the start/finish sign on Mario Circuit, it makes the most entertaining noise and doesn't obstruct my movement (and can sometimes even block Red Shells). On which other courses can ...
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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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Random speed boosts

When playing with friends, we all noticed that sometimes we'd get a random boost of speed seemingly out of nowhere, usually when we're trying to pass someone. Often it would screw us up by sending us ...
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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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Do the different Kart pieces affect gameplay?

Do the kart types or different pieces you can choose affect gameplay at all? Do they affect speed/handling/etc.? Or are they just aesthetic?
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I'm drifting and I don't know why

As a longtime Mario Kart Wii player, I always used Automatic drift mode so I could concentrate on the higher-level details of what I was doing rather than how I was doing it. (That's how I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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Are item rarities different on 50/100/150cc?

After getting Gold in all 100cc grand prix races I decided to start in on 150cc. Since doing so, I've noticed I'm getting a LOT more Super Horn items while in first place. I got maybe one in 8 Grand ...
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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 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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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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Is there a way to tell how many more times I can use an item?

There are a few new items in Mario Kart 8 that have a variable amount of uses to them such as the boomerang flower and fireball. Is there a way to tell how many more times you can use these items or ...
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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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Do coins from item boxes count towards total coins collected?

Mario Kart 8 has coins scattered about the track which make you go faster and contribute to unlocking kart customisations. Coins can also be obtained from item boxes - there's one item that gives you ...