When it comes down to high profile Nintendo games from the 10’s decade the Mario Kart 8 game from ’14 is one of the top titles that many people instantly think about. Mario Kart 8 was released for the Wii U in various countries in May 2014. Mario Kart 8 was direct sequel to the Mario Kart 7 game that was released for the Nintendo DS back in 2011. The reason why Mario Kart 8 felt like a big deal prior to its Wii-U release was because it was the first installment to be released for a home console since Mario Kart Wii was released in 2006. The cool thing about Mario Kart 8 was that it included features from some of the previous installments within the MK series in terms of gameplay. The multiplayer racing mechanic that allowed up to twelve players from Mario Kart Wii made a return in MK8. There were many people who were also happy about the fact that features such as vehicle customization and underwater racing from Mario Kart 7 made a return in MK8 as well. One of the biggest features about Mario Kart 8 that stood out the most was the anti-gravity mechanic which allowed players to race on ceilings and walls.
Its was almost like Mario Kart 8 took the from Sonic Riders Zero Gravity concept from ’08 and made it work in a way where it added to the overall gameplay experience opposed to the opposite. Mario Kart 8 also introduced a few new characters such as Pink Gold Peach along with the Koopalings; while keeping the same roster of familiar characters from the previous installments within the Mario Kart series. MK8 has a star-studded roster of Nintendo characters to choose from including Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Wario, Toad and others. The inclusion of new items such as Boomerang Flowers, Piranha Plants, Super Horns along with Crazy Eights made the races more exciting and chaotic which was also another strong positive in Mario Kart 8. In addition to improved visuals and gameplay over its predecessors Mario Kart 8 included at least 32 race tracks with with eight different cups to compete for.
The replay value of Mario Kart 8 was very high especially since Nintendo added four additional cups that players could compete for through DLC. Along with the Grand Prix Mode Mario Kart also featured a local offline multiplayer game mode giving players a variety gameplay options. Mario Kart 8 was very popular on a game console that ended up being one of Nintendo’s least successful game systems ever from a sales standpoint. However, on the Wii-U Mario Kart 8 reached around 8.45 million units in sales. In fact, Mario Kart 8 was the best selling game on the Wii-U overall. It should also be noted that the deluxe edition of Mario Kart 8 which appeared the Switch console reached at least 17.69 million in sales since its release back in 2017. Mario Kart 8 is quite possibly the most successful installment within its series along the likes of Mario Kart Wii from a sales perspective. Seeing how popular Mario Kart 8 had remained throughout a majority of the 10’s decade; it seems like it would be a difficult task trying to make another MK game that will top this one in terms of popularity or sales.