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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Are coins awarded between races in a Grand Prix?

A follow-up question from here. The main question is: Are coins saved to your account at the end of the race, or at the end of a Grand Prix, in Mario Kart 8 (or every Mario Kart, for that matter) '...
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Is there any way to view an overall Win/Loss record for online multiplayer in MK8?

In MKWii and MK7, it was possible to view a win/loss record for your online racing, with a "win" awarded for each person you finished ahead of, and a "loss" for each person you finished behind in a ...
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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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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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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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Can you play online with friends and strangers?

In Mario Kart 8, you can play against random people online, or you can play in private rooms with friends. I'm hoping I'm missing something, but: Is there a way you and a Nintendo Network friend can ...
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How is drifting with a bike different than drifting with a kart?

I normally play using a kart, but most my friends play with a bike. I tried playing with a bike and I was completely unable to make any turns, it seems like the entire process of drifting (when to ...
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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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Is there any pattern to the order customization pieces unlock?

As was mentioned in another answer, vehicle customization pieces in Mario Kart 8 unlock by collecting coins; with intervals of 50-100 set as criteria. However, it seems that while the manner of ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Mario kart 8 gamepad menu

This is really bothering me. I clicked on the ingame menu so I could use my tv. I just play on the gamepad. Now I can't figure out how to go back. I have no map just two duplicated screens. This is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 change what controller is used in MK8?

I just started playing Mario Kart 8 and I can't figure out how to be able to use the Nunchuck for Player 1's controller. I can use the pad just fine, but I don't even see an option menu for setting ...
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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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Does the "speed" stat still not affect regular driving speed?

In Mario Kart 7, the "speed" stat only affected your speed when going through boosts. Two different players driving in a straightaway with no boosts would travel at the exact same speed. Is this ...
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Does the drop-boost still exist?

With the introduction of the depressingly fast Lakitu catch for drivers that fall off the course, it has become weirdly difficult to predict exactly when you hit the ground afterwards. In most ...
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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 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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Why do I sometimes boost when ramming other Karts?

I've noticed that sometimes when I crash into other Karts, we both spin out -- but then I get a speed boost, and continue flying past them. What factors are at play here? Should I always try to be ...
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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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