Mar 17th, 2014


Nintendo has been sharing some of the courses you’ll find in the upcoming Mario Kart 8 on Facebook. Last week two new courses were detailed, including Cloudtop Cruise and Bone Dry Dunes. We’ve only got two screenshots to go by so we’re not sure how difficult either one of these is, but the scenery displayed in each shot is absolutely gorgeous.

Cloudtop Cruise appears to take place on top of a beanstalk growing into the sky, with Koopa airships and clouds floating past, while Bone Dry Dunes appears in the desert with giant skulls and bones lining the track. The track reminds me of the Star Wars pod-racing game that was available on Nintendo 64 back when Episode I launched. What do you think of these tracks?

Mario Kart 8 launches on May 30th worldwide.



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  • BIG Franky

    cant wait….

  • Niknique


  • Picard


  • smithy501

    really looking forward to this game!!! nice level design

  • tronic307

    If you think that’s cool, wait till you see it all running at 60Hz!

    • jjbredesen

      Dam, can’t wait! The game looks fantastic, but they should have saved this for a Nintendo Direct, incase they have nothing to show….

      • Maxid765

        I can’t wait for this game, This game is the reason I why I finally got a wii u. Truly does look fantastic, I wonder how it’ll look on my HDTV

      • Nintenjoe82

        well we’ve not had any sign of; time trials, online, retro tracks, battle mode, vehicles, new items or other features so I am sure there is lots to see still

        • jjbredesen

          Thats true, sure the game will be fantastic! Wonder how the online will be?

          • DragonSilths

            Seeing as MK Wii was the only Wii game NOT to lag online, and MK7 was fine online there really is no reason to think the online of MK8 will be anything but good.

          • linkzero65

            007 golden eye had a really realy good online too never got disconected and i used to play it all the time

          • that game was fun. Prolly not active anymore

      • I’m sure they have stuff to show 🙂 I wanna see how those special Miiverse features work

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          I’m sure they have lotta plans in mind. hopefully they show a Nintendo Direct that gives us a sneak peak of what they’re gonna do.

          • I’m sure they’ll do at least one before release

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah, that’s what I’m hoping. Nintendo is pretty much skipping on the Nintendo Direct for this month, so they’re either doing their next one late April or early May when it’s close to MK8’s release.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            on a side note, how is it even remotely possible that your upvote count vastly outnumbers the amount of comments you’ve ever made?

          • I dont understand…

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            you haven’t made 3,000 comments yet in total since you’ve created your profile yet you somehow reached more than 13,000 upvotes in so little time. You either have a big fan base or you just know how to make great comments that everyone agrees with.

          • I guess people like what I say ^w^ I wonder if this counts the stuff I post on IGN as well…

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yeah, I’m sure it encompasses all comments you ever made on the Disqus sites you went on, including IGN.

          • but when I get reply notifications, IGN ones only show up on IGN. everything else is linked

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            That’s strange. might be a problem with the Disqus system.

          • it’s like there’s IGN Disqus, and then everyone else’s disqus

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah, it’s doing that to me too. not sure why it’s doing that.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah, i believe it is called Mario Kart TV?? Sakurai just posted a picture of the smashball on Miiverse, so i think we will get to see all of the final smashes at E3 or in the next direct. I really hope MK8’s online is great, because it really has the potential to show that Nintendo can get online right!

          We need voice chat/partychat and a better hub system, if they can get that right, it will be perfect. Just started playing MK7 again, and i think Nintendo did a pretty good job with the online there, so they should be able to make it better for MK8.

          They also need some more characters what do you think we will get? Perhaps that would make a good Zorpix den article? or make one about what you think the final smashes will be.

          • Mario Garth

            The Villagers will be bees. It’s too obvious. 😉

          • jjbredesen

            Yup, and we have seen little macs, donno what Rosalina will have, but Megaman is obvious XD

          • more characters for…. Mario Kart? eh. I think with all the koopalings, they’re already pushing the limits

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            perhaps a third party character might finally be introduced like they did with Smash Bros?

          • thats what i thought they were doing with Kirby in the Rosalina trailer. I think they’ll come back to that

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            I hope you’re right about that.

          • Me too. It’d be amazing

          • Josiah Parsons

            I don’t think it will get voice chat in multiplayer because Nintendo likes to keep its first-party products really clean. If they do, they will probably have a “ban” button so that people get kicked (or just have their chat privileges yanked) really fast.

          • jjbredesen

            True, but i was thinking between your Wii u friends.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        Nintendo is full of surprises man…don’t kid yourself.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah, i am sure they are can’t wait for E3!

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yup. E3 is where all will be revealed..including ZELDA!!!!

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            also, if you can, come over to anti-NintenScience because I had some ideas as to what we should do next. we’re discussing right now actually

      • lonewolf88

        besides we’ve seen these tracks XD i was really excited, but then I realised its the same XD

      • ETeach

        I’m sure this just means they have some other cool stuff planned for their Direct 😉

    • Zuck

      Yeah my TV run everything at 60Hz, my plasma run it even better at 600Hz.
      I think you want to say 60FPS.

      Hz (in this case) = TV/Monitor refresh rate, how many times it update the screen.

      FPS (Frames per second) = quantity of pictures per second shown by TV/Monitor.

      thats why when you have high FPS you see it faster.

  • rp17

    These aren’t new. They were in the first trailer.

  • cement dorado


  • Con

    I rather see new items instead. I already know the stages are gonna be epic but not so sure about the items, all we know is that there the same basic items from the old mario karts.

    • SolarGalaxa

      Or some of the modes. I wish Mario Kart 8 was setup like the Dojo for Brawl, with daily official “leaks”. This would hype it up even more.

  • palomino blue

    I just want to play the game already.

  • Maxid765

    Preordered Mario Kart 8?? Check, Purchased a capture card to capture footage of this game? check. Now I simply wait, I will crush all of you guys online on this game and record footage of me doing so :P. Oh and Yoshi all the way, #TeamYoshi

    • Jon

      I had mine pre-ordered but then I cancelled it when I saw the EU get special ones. So I am going to wait to see if NA gets a special little bundle with it or something.

      • Maxid765

        I see what you mean, I decided to pre-order my copy anyways even though NA does not have anything special….

    • Quicksilver88

      I think MK8 is supposed to be the first game that allows short video posts to MiiVerse….atleast that is what they said at last years e3…..that shold make for some real fun posts

      • Maxid765

        It will allow that, I’m aware but I want to be able to make videos of GP’s and multiple online races, etc.. so I went ahead ad purchased a capture device. I most definitely will use the MKTV feature that will come with the game.

        • Quicksilver88

          Hey no harm in having a capture card as there are loads of ways to put that to good use even after you are done posting MK8 glory videos!

      • DragonSilths

        But fuck Miiverse you post anything and your banned.

        • Jon

          strange, I post tons of stuff and the most I got was a warning because I forgot spoilers when I took a picture of fighting the mother brain on Metroid.

          • Maxid765

            I never even got a warning

          • DragonSilths

            I have had over 50 imposters on Miiverse, Canadian ones, American ones, Swedish ones, United Kingdom ones. I have had them and kids who dislike me false report me. I got 4 perma bans from Miiverse a total of 33 violations on my system and 30 of them were from bullshit reasons like I called a guy silly and that was hateful/bullying. Miiverse is broken.

        • Johnny Be Me

          “fuck Miiverse” Yeah… I wonder why you got banned

          • DragonSilths

            I don’t swear on Miiverse. I got banned for calling a guy silly, I have had 50 impersonaters who make accounts and false report me, I had a 12 year old kid hate me cause I blocked him and false reports me then they send me friend requests laughing in my face saying HA HA I GOT YOU BANNED. Miiverse is broken when your popular its just that simple.

          • Con

            Miiverse is just fucking annoying. The idea is cool but they’re too damn sensitive when it comes to posting crap. Xbox was never that damn sensitive.

        • Quicksilver88

          Oh come now, I have been posting for more than a year and not gotten banned. They are just trying to keep it ‘family’ friendly so you post f-this, f-that, f-bomb type stuff and uh yeah they are going to ‘censor’ you. I’m cool with it as it is a free service to promote fun discussions about games/gaming. Given all the flame wars and trolling going on in typical forums, I find MiiVerse to be a breath of fresh air.

          • DragonSilths

            That’s not why I got banned.

      • David Trail


  • Ducked

    I wonder how difficult Rainbow World will be with the anti gravity.

    • DragonSilths

      Rainbow Road…lol

      • Ducked

        *facepalm* I don’t know hoe that came out lol

        • Chronicle X

          Hoe? Ummm

          • Ducked

            Wow, I’m having a bad day lol

          • Chronicle X

            It’s all in good fun, still Rainbow road sounds awesome for MK8

  • SolarGalaxa

    These aren’t “new”. They were revealed on March 12, and earlier in the december trailer. Misleading title.

  • SmashFinale

    Reminds me more of Beanstalk Park from Kirby Air Ride.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker


  • Mario Garth

    I cannot wait because my body is ready.

  • Carlos Webster

    I have a good name for the first one: Koopaling Coast.

  • Kar

    We have gotten some kind of confirmation that there would be more than 30 characters then brawl! Read sakurais latest pic of the day post. I am surprised wii u daily doesnt bring this up

    • ETeach

      But if you subtract the 2 posts a week when he doesn’t post, that “over a month” comment becomes a lot less exciting. That number becomes 22 minimum, and we already have 24 characters revealed.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Wow those tracks look great. I’m hyped for this game.

  • Sultan 7

    CANT WAIT!!!!……. getting the sssshhhhaaaakkkkkkeessss….!!!!!

  • NkoSekirei

    so whos going to be my first victim on those new course got a red shell with your names on it

  • David Trail

    Nice tracks!

  • Mithiragi
    • Smashninja22

      I got Mad Respects for Shoke!!! Support this shit everyobody

  • X3Charlie

    Now if they could make a 3D Mario with locations inspired as these.

    • Scott

      Damn straight. I feel like I’m wondering through generically designed “cubes” these days.

      3D Mario needs to bring back the iconic, memorable, you-can-legitimately-revisit-for-no-reason-and-never-get-bored-of-it stages like Whomp’s Fortress and Pinna Park.

  • Iflywright

    Beanstalk level looks so trippy.

  • Nookling

    Wait what? These tracks have been seen in video… We know a lot about them.

  • Rinslowe

    Got … to .. play .. this … game …

  • Skelterz

    You’d think the people who write the articles here would have already seen these tracks already ive seen therm in great detail i might ask andre segers and gamexplain to create a site similier to this one it would blow this site up.

  • PatcherStation

    Paying £40 for this, I could then be charged for DLC for tracks, karts and characters? I suppose Nintendo need some way of bringing in the coin due to their Wii U losses. A game missing content is the norm these days.

    • Zuxs13

      huh? Nintendo won’t do DLC for tracks. If they do one it would be a huge DLC like Luigi U.

  • Old School

    Still not a single thing about battle mode *yawn*


  • Random12multi

    Ahhh Nintendo. Such class with there games. and the king of guilt trips