Exclusive to the Wii U, this famous Kart game regroup once again the entire cast Nintendo to play solo or with your friends in car races. Original, a new anti-gravity system is included, offering portions of races where you drive on the walls or ceiling history to return the brain.

DTGReviews brings you the complete guide to the latest Mario Kart 8 - all the secret passages of the game, how to unlock all the cuts, get the bonus characters and much more!

The first steps
Game modes
Characters
Vehicles
Nitro Racing
Retro Racing
Arenas
Items
Secrets

The first steps

The basic keys:
A button: Accelerate
Button B: brake, reverse
X Button: Rear View
Y button: Accelerate
ZR button: skid, jump
ZL key: use items
Left analog stick: move
Joystick right (forward) speed (backwards) checking

Turbos:
Skidding with ZR, you get two levels of turbo:
Blue: after a course skid
Orange: after a longer skid

With a leap:
While jumping on trampolines, pressing the ZR button and directing the left analog stick in any direction.

Turbo start:
Made proof of good timing and speed up before the second fire disappears.

Game modes

You will find below all the game modes you can take before each race. The modes are pretty standard as you can play against the computer, friends, running errands against time or even "Battle" putting you in different arenas of the game:

Grand Prize: The Grand Prize consists of making a series of four races during which you will face the AI. This part helps you at the same time to unlock many "characters", "vehicles" and "game modes".

Against the clock in this game mode you'll face yourself and will achieve the highest score possible in a pre-selected race. You will have no competitor on the track and will finish this race with only three fungi. Note that you will be able to race against a ghost (yours or that of a person online mode).

Versus one or more, this game mode allows you to organize your own big money, challenge your friends and play online mode so you can compete with players from around the world.

Combat: you play either for yourself or as a team and need to make the balls explode all your competitors in the arena to win this game mode

Mirroring: This mirroring is to make the race in reverse mode. To unlock this game mode you have to complete all the championships gold in 150cc mode.

Mario Kart TV: In this mode, you can review the highlights of your last races.

Mario Kart 8: Unlock All Bonus Characters and Car Parts

Characters

You can find the complete list of all the characters with all the features to choose the best your character you start the race. Note that several characters will be unlockable later in your adventure.

Small class
Middle class
Heavy class
Class to unlock

Small class

Characteristic of characters:

Character Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Baby Daisy
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.5
Baby Luigi
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.5
Baby Mario
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.5
Baby Peach
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.5
Koopa Troopa
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Shy Guy
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25

Unlockable Characters:

Character Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Lemmy Koopa
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.25
Baby Rosalina
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.25
Larry Koopa
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Toadette
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Wendy
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Lakitu
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25

Middle class

Characteristic of characters:

Character
Speed
Racing acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Princess Peach
3.25
2.75
3.25
3.75
4
Mario party
3.25
2.75
3.25
3.75
4
Yoshi
3.25
2.75
3.25
3.75
4
Mario
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75
Luigi
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75

Unlockable Characters:

Character
Speed
Acceleration 
Weight
Handling
Traction
Iggy
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75
Ludwig
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75

Heavy class

Features characters:

Character
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Waluigi
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Donkey
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Warioloafing
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25
Bowser
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25

Unlockable Characters:

Characters
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Rosalina
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Roy
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Pink Gold Peach
4.25
2
4.75
2.75
3.25
Metal Mario
4.25
2
4.75
2.75
3.25
Morton
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25
Mii
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25

Class to unlock

Characters of small class:

Character Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Lemmy Koopa
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.25
Baby Rosalina
2.25
3.25
2.25
4.75
4.25
Larry Koopa
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Toadette
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Wendy
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25
Lakitu
2.75
3
2.75
4.25
4.25

Characters middle class:

Character
Speed
Acceleration 
Weight
Handling
Traction
Iggy
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75
Ludwig
3.75
2.5
3.75
3.25
3.75

Characters heavy class:

Character
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Rosalina
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Roy
4.25
2.25
4.25
2.75
3.5
Pink Gold Peach
4.25
2
4.75
2.75
3.25
Metal Mario
4.25
2
4.75
2.75
3.25
Morton
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25
Mii
4.75
2
4.75
2.25
3.25

Vehicles

In this section you will find all the vehicles you can drive it in Mario Kart 8. Game released exclusively on Wii U May 30, 2014 in Europe. You will be able to drive 14 Karts, 9 motorcycles, 3 quads, 17 wheel changes and 11 gliders to better manage your time and your ranking in the cuts.

Karts
Motorcycles
Quads
Gliders

Karts List

Karts Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction
Standard Kartbody
0
0
0
0
0

Pipe Frame
0
+0.25
+0.25
0
-1

Mach Body
+0.5
-0.25
+0.25
0
-1 
Steel Driver
0
-0.5
+0.5 
-0.5
+0.5 
Cat Cruiser Body
0
0
0
0
0

Circuit Special
+0.5
-0.25
Row 1, Column 2
Row 1, Column 1
Row 1, Column 2
Trispeeder Body
0
-0.5
+0.25
0 
-1
Badwagon Body
0
-0.5
+0.5
-0.5
+0.5
Prancer Body
0
0
0
0
0
Biddy Buggy Body
-0.75
+1.25
-0.5
+0.5
-0.25
Landship Body
-0.75
+1.25
-0.5
+0.5
-0.25
Sneaker Body
0
0
0
0
0

Sports Coupe
+0.5
-0.25
+0.25
0
-1
Gold Standard
?
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???

Motorcycles

List of Motorcycles:

Motorcycles
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Standard Bikebody
0
+0.25
-0.25
+0.5
-0.5
Comet Body
0
+0.75
-0.25
+0.75
-1.25
Sport Bike body
0
+0.75
-0.25
+0.75
-1.25
The Duke Body
0
0
0
0
0
Flame Rider Body
0
+0.25
-0.25
+0.5
-0.5
Varmint Body
0
+0.25
-0.25
+0.5
-0.5
Mr Scooty Body
+0.75+1.25
-0.5
+0.5
-0.25
Jet Bike Body
0
+0.75
-0.25
+0.75
-1.25
Yoshi Bike Body
0
+0.75
-0.25
+0.75
-1.25

Quads

List of Quads:

Quads
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Standard Kart
0
-0.5
+0.5
-0.5
+0.5
Wild Wiggler Body
0
+0.25
+0.25
+0.5
-0.5
Teddy Buggy Body
0
0
0
0
0

Gliders

List of Gliders:

Gliders
Speed
Acceleration
Weight
Handling
Traction
Super Glider
0
0
0
0
0
Cloud Glider
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Wario Wing
0
0
0
0
0
Waddle Wing
0
0
0
0
0
Peach Parasol Glider
 0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Parachute Glider
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Para Foil Glider
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Flower Glider
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Boser Kite
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0
Plane Glider
0
0
0
0
0
MKTV Parafoil Glider
0
+0.25
-0.25
0
0

Nitro Racing

In this section you will find all channels "Nitro" type. They are opposed to racing "Retro" incorporating mostly former circuits to remind you of good times spent on Mario Kart. The Nitros races will consist of four sections: the mushroom cut, flower, star and special.

Mushroom Cup
Flower Cup
Star Cup
Special Cup

Mushroom Cup
- Champidrome

Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

- Glougloop park
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


- Track the delights
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


- Thwomp Temple
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Flower Cup

Mario Circuit
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Walk Toad
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Drenched mansion
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Cascades Maskass
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Star Cup

Azur Airport
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Lagoon Tourbillon
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Mario Club
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Frosty descent
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Special Cup

Heavenly way
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Dessert Toussec
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Bowser Castle
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Route arc-en-ciel
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Retro Racing

In this section you will find all channels "Retro" type. They are opposed to racing "Nitro" essentially incorporating new circuits forcing you to use the new Mario Kart 8: gravity, vehicle modification, etc.. Retro racing will consist of four sections: banana cut, shell, leaf and light.

Shell Cup

Moo Moo Prairie
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Mario Circuit
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Cheep Cheep Beach
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Highway Toad
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Banana Cup

Dry Dry Desert
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Donut Plains 3
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Royal Autodrome
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Rainforest DK
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Leaf Cup

Wario Stadium
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


United Sorbet
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Music track
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Yoshi Valley
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Lightning Cup

Clock Tic-Tac
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Piranha sewer
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:

Rumbling volcano
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Route arc-en-ciel
Dated 30.05.2014, the record was held by:


Arenas

You will find below the list of all the arena last Mario Kart 8. This will allow you to know where to pick up objects, set traps to emerge victorious battles.

Moo Moo Prairie
Dry Dry Desert
Donut Plains 3
Highway Toad
Mario Circuit
Walk Toad
United Sorbet
Yoshi Valley

Items / objects

In this section you will find all the Items or Objects latter Mario Kart 8. First you find the items on your way to pick up new items and then finally the items "classic" that you will find a Mario Kart other:

Items to collect:

Item Box : Gives you an object collecting this mystery box.
Coin / Parts: Increases the speed of your kart to a maximum of 10.

New items:

Boomerang Flower: Striking your opponent three times in the direction "Go" and "Back".
Piranha Plant:Will be able to remove obstacles and opponents on your way, giving you a helping boost after every bite.
Super Horn: Emits a shockwave that destroys all obstacles and hit the runners.
Crazy 8: Generates eight objects that the rider can use (Coin, Bob-omb, Mushroom, Star, Blooper, Green Shell, Red Shell and Banana).

Conventional Items:

Green Shell: Launches a shell in a straight line that can affect your opponents.
Triple Green Shells: Launches a shell in a straight line that can affect your opponents. Shells can protect you from projectiles.
Red Shell: Launches shell pursuing the enemy nearby.
Triple Red Shells: Launches shell pursuing the enemy nearby. Shells can protect you from projectiles.
Banana: Can protect the player traps, trap leaves a skid on the road by the opponent.
Banana Triple: Can protect the player traps, three traps left on the road by slipping the opponent.
Mushroom: Gives you a speed boost for several seconds.
Murshrooms Triple: Boost gives you three speed for a few seconds, can be spaced in time.
Golden Mushroom: Gives you a huge boost for a limited time.
Fire Flower: Allows the player to throw fireballs during a short period of time, causing damage to your opponents.
Star: Makes you invulnerable to traps and doing damage to opponents that you will receive.
Blooper / Dryer: Reduces the visibility of your opponents
Bob-omb / Bob-omb: Explodes after a short time, causing damage to nearby Karts making them return.
Spiny Shell / Shell Blue: Refers to the person at the head of the race, reversing all other karts in its path.
Lightning / Eclair: Once used, the flash will all other small karts, reduce their speed and making them drop the items in their possession.
Bullet Bill / Bill Ball: Turns the ball player making you invincible and greatly increasing your speed while having an automatic driving.

Secrets

Unlock all sections of the game:

Beginning part of Mario Kart 8, you only have access to two cups: Mushroom and Shell. To unlock the following sections you will need to complete each section as you:

Nitro Mode:

Mushroom Cup: unlocked early in the game
Flower Cup: after completing the Mushroom Cup
Star Cup: after completing the cut flower
Special Cup: after completing the Star Cup

Retro mode:

Shell Cup: unlocked early in the game
Banana Cup: after completing the Shell Cup
Leaf cutter: after completing the Banana Cup
Lightning Cup: after completing the cut sheet

Unlock the mirror mode:

This game mode will unlock after completing all the gold cups in 150cc.

How to unlock all characters:

There will be 14 unlockable characters in Mario Kart 8. To unlock it you have to win the Grand Prix of the game Each character will unlock randomly after winning gold during a Grand Prix. You will find the complete list of skills of these drivers in the page: "Unlockable Characters".

Lakitu
Toadette
Metal Mario
Harmony
Iggy
Roy
Lemmy
Baby Harmony
Peach Rose Gold
Ludwig
Morton
Larry
Wendy
Mii

How to unlock all  upgrade vehicles:

Improvements in vehicles are unlocked randomly whenever you harvest a total of 50 rooms during races. So at 50, 100, 150, 200 etc ... up to 3000 pieces

Get tires gold:

To get the gold tires, you have to defeat the ghosts of the Nintendo staff present by default on all 32 tracks.

Get the glider gold:

To get the gold glider, you have to collect a total of 10,000 gold coins during your races.

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