The Mario Kart 8 information has been flowing freely since the release of the Nintendo Direct about the game earlier this week. The above video is from Tilmen of Nintendomination fame, who has highlighted all 30 playable characters you’ll be able to select once the game releases on May 30. It’s nice to see close ups of Baby Peach and Baby Rosalina, since they were revealed in the Nintendo Direct. Which character is your favorite kart racer? Let us know in the comments! local_offer mario kart 8 Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Switch vs Wii U game case size comparison Miyamoto dismisses the Wii U as a “nece 6 reasons to grab a Nintendo Switch before March 6 reasons to skip the Nintendo Switch for now Nintendo Switch Amazon Pre-Order Watch the Nintendo Switch reveal live! Jessica Nigger Licking ball sack Rinslowe No matter how many times I see these Mario Kart 8 vids, it’s still eye candy. But OK, that’s the last one I’m watching… Next time I see Kart 8 in motion, will be when I’m playin it! 🙂 steveb944 Koopa was always my favorite since the original, then Dry Bones. In more recent times tho my Mii has taken over, I just hope we don’t have corny squeaky voices again. Josiah Parsons I just noticed that the Miis wear little helmets! It’s sorta cute. Jeremy I told my wife that Birdo is missing from the line up…she was super disappointed. I hope she is a hidden character. But I am like Rinslowe…I am not watching any more vids until I get the game. 28 days to go! DoctorWily I agree, Jeremy. I doubt that ALL of the characters have been announced. Part of the fun has always been discovering/unlocking hidden characters. Dry Bones/Dry Bowser were two of my favorites on the Wii. Rinslowe Must abstain from vids…. I wonder if I spoke too soon. 🙂 Easier said than done! MrPablox Every time i see one of this vids, I always think: “Don’t watch it, has to be surprise, Don’t watch it, has to be surprise..” But I always end up watching them!!! I can’t hold myself!! jjbredesen http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/31301435.jpg Rinslowe Rainbow drool…… Rainbow highlighted PC monitor…. Must be watching Mario Kart 8 videos on YOUTUBE! jjbredesen Rainbow Road just made my entire country glow of rainbow xD I am now blind until May 30th xD Rinslowe 🙂 hahaha… You and me both. My country of origin is now building a rainbow road in anticipation of May 30th. It is said that it will one day connect the world through an Einstein-Rosen bridge… Should taste like icecream too… Always a plus. jjbredesen Wow thats awesome, where is this country? You must be from the mushroom kingdom!! Rinslowe There be special mushrooms growing in my kingdom aye! 🙂 jjbredesen That was so bad it was funny lol! Rinslowe It’s actually true too…. jjbredesen Oh i thought it was a joke as in i have a “special mushroom” growing in my “kingdom”, but then you must mean that your actual country of origin has a special mushroom…hmmm i need to google that xD Rinslowe Yes there are many magic mushrooms growing around the place. Haha… jjbredesen Hmm, well according to Wikipedia you are most likely to be from Mexico?? Rinslowe Not even close. It’s a little thing called flora trans migration. 🙂 jjbredesen Well then, perhaps the UK or Portugal? Rinslowe Haha. I’m an international citizen. So the point of origin is not so important. 😉 jjbredesen Then it is decided your are from Hyrule! Rinslowe Hahaha! Pun intended no doubt. Lets just say; I have indeed survived Hyrule… 😛 jjbredesen Glad you noticed xD, a bit of a traveler myself, been to: Norway, UK, US, Denmark, Sweden,France, Irland, Wales, Scotland, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. And will be traveling to South Africa and Madagascar this summer, after i am done in Africa i plan to explore Asia, and then perhaps Australia, but can’t afford to travel everywhere xD. Rinslowe I quite like Cape Town. But spend most my time in J-burg when in S.A. Travel there two – three times a year, usually… I think you should like it having already been to greater Africa, it shouldn’t be such a culture shock like the first time may have been… jjbredesen Thanks i see how much i have time to see, never been there “privately” last time is visited Malawi and Zambia with the Norwegian Church Aid, so this will be a bit different, as they paid for everything last time xD Was invited for a dinner at the Norwegian embassy (Malawi) and the Ambassador was not home yet, so me and my friends sort of used his pool etc. xD But yeah Africa is a great place, nice people for the most part and fantastic weather if you are there in the right periods. And the best part is that it is extremely cheap, emptied 2 ATM’s because i needed 80 000 Kwacha and the banks did not hold that much. Also like the markets, but the sellers are a bit annoying sometimes. Also went to some schools and gave them resources that i brought and the obvious fav was Safari. Not sure about countries such as Somalia, but the east of Africa seems pretty nice. Rinslowe Well to be honest. I’m not sure if I’d put nice and Africa in the same sentence. But I will say it can be nice, lol. Yeah, you definitely need to keep your wits about you. Granted I’ve been to some pretty remote parts as well. But generally there are rules to obey in the commonsense area…. But when it comes to the country, I find S.A particularly nice. And absolutely the climate can be perfect. Safari’s don’t disappoint and the average South African has a decent sense of humour… Should be good times. Zanzama I miss Bowser Jr. though… DESTOROYAH!!! I don’t believe Nintendo ever said that that was all the characters. Just because we saw some leaked title screen with 30 character slots don’t mean thats it. If you played mario kart wii you would know that more slots apear after you unlock it. Stop acting like its fact, there is a verry small chance their could be more. WolfgangAmadeusMozart That’s right, the roster expands as you unlock characters http://content5.videojug.com/59/59dc6414-2b53-5cd3-c7d9-ff0008cd223f/how-to-unlock-all-characters-in-mario-ka.WidePlayer.jpg http://www.supercheats.com/guides/files/guid/mario-kart-wii/unlock1.jpg http://pad3.whstatic.com/images/thumb/d/d7/Unlock-All-Characters-in-Mario-Kart-Wii-Step-13.jpg/527px-Unlock-All-Characters-in-Mario-Kart-Wii-Step-13.jpg great deku tree I’m pretty sure in the Mario kart 8 direct they said that there are 30 characters in total Josiah Parsons Slightly unrelated, but have you noticed that any weight character can use any kart now? I think that fact is one that has not gotten as much attention as it ought. Brandon WOW! I just found out that this game is only 720p, upscaled to 1080p. Still it looks god and its running at 60fps. Rinslowe I guess the verdict is still out on resolution. Here are a few recent articles that claim 1080p. Granted no-one is saying native 1080p, but upscaled is a word Eurogamer for eg, would have been quick to use. Still, if you say it’s upscaled fair enough, is there a source for it? And yeah totally, the game is full on eye candy regardless of what native resolution it ends up being. 😛 http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/52188/previews/mario-kart-8-preview/ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-04-03-gorgeous-mario-kart-8-retro-tracks-compared-to-originals ShortyStock Wow, so many characters. I can’t decide who my next main will be. J Man I still think Nintendo should release redesigned tracks from all previous versions of Mario Kart as DLC. I think it would add some considerable value to the game and its longevity. Sylux I suppose my favorite would be the Koopa, it looks so funny and cute 🙂 Nathan C. Unleash DLC! Maybe? No? Dang it. Old School DLC would be nice. Maybe they can add actual battle arenas not freaking horrible battle race tracks >_< Miles “Tails” Prower I can’t wait to play as Iggy! GariNGB its all about Yoshi! Josiah Parsons I am loving the discreetly zany karts and bikes! The sneaker kart? Epic! The teddy bear kart? Adorable! The Yoshi bike? SO FREAKING COOL! Neferpitou Poetry in motion. greengecko007 Still hoping that there is more than 30 playable characters. It will be a sad Mario Kart without Dry Bones, King Boo, Birdo, etc. I guess we’ll find out at the end of the month. Govnah Skiddo yea but DIdddy Kong was Kinda leaked http://sickr.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/diddy_kong_mario_kart_8_scan.jpg greengecko007 I knew that he was rumored, but I didn’t know where that rumor was from. The image looks pretty legit, so I’m still holding out on hope for more characters. Thanks for sharing. Carlos Webster My favorite kart racer is Toad. Alex Damer No Birdo 🙁 MasviL Yoshi forever! 🙂 Jose Mercado My favorite racer is Toadette. Why wasn’t she in Mario kart 7? I have no idea. I can’t wait to play as her in HD.