In 1992, the Mario Kart series gave new meaning to sibling rivalry and twenty-four years on, it still remains the best way to settle an argument at a family gathering.
Do you remember the first time you were blue-shelled by your best friend? After fourteen years of bottling resentment, it's time to hit the tarmac again and settle the score with Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo Wii U. A lot has changed since the days of the Nintendo 64. Not the least of which is the amount of racers to choose from. The playable character roster has expanded from 8 to 36 and the latest line-up features characters from the extended Nintendo-verse, like Link and Villager, who bring with them unique vehicles and tracks.
It doesn't stop there. Mario Kart 8 is significantly larger in just about every way. There's 32 tracks to race (including 16 new and 16 returning tracks) and four brand-new power-ups: the boomerang, crazy eight, super horn and piranha plant.
If you're a seasoned karter, there's plenty of fresh content here to bring you back from your hiatus. What's more is you can bring your amiibo collection along for the ride. See below for amiibo functionality in Mario Kart 8.
- Unlock unique costumes
Tap any amiibo from the list below, and you will unlock a unique costume. The theme of each costume corresponds with the amiibo you tap. Ever wanted to race Captain Falcon or Sonic the Hedgehog against the Mushroom Kingdom? This is as close as you'll get for now.
- Dress up your Mii racer
Once you've unlocked your Nintendo costumes, dress up your Mii avatar and take it online. It's the best way to show your Fox fandom or support for Samus to the rest of the world.
Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Wii U from ozgameshop.com
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Which amiibo are compatible with Mario Kart 8?
|Full List of Amiibo Figurines||Compatible?||Where to buy|
|Blue Yarn Yoshi||Shop now|
|Bowser (Smash Bros.)||Shop now|
|Bowser (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Bowser Jr.||Shop now|
|Captain Falcon||Shop now|
|Classic 8-bit Mario||Shop now|
|Dark Hammer Slam Bowser||n/a|
|Dark Pit||Shop now|
|Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong||n/a|
|Diddy Kong||Shop now|
|Dr. Mario||Shop now|
|Gold Mario (Super Mario)||n/a|
|Gold Mega Man||n/a|
|Green Yarn Yoshi||Shop now|
|Hammer Slam Bowser||n/a|
|Inkling Girl||Shop now|
|Inkling Squid||Shop now|
|K.K. (aka K.K. Slider)||n/a|
|King Dedede||Shop now|
|Little Mac||Shop now|
|Luigi (Smash Bros.)||Shop now|
|Luigi (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Mario (Smash Bros.)||n/a|
|Mario (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Mega Man||Shop now|
|Mega Yarn Yoshi||Shop now|
|Meta Knight||Shop now|
|Modern 8-bit Mario||Shop now|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Shop now|
|Peach (Smash Bros.)||n/a|
|Peach (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Pikmin & Olimar||n/a|
|Pink Yarn Yoshi||Shop now|
|Rosalina and Luma||Shop now|
|Shovel Knight||Shop now|
|Silver Mario (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Timmy & Tom Nook||Shop now|
|Tom Nook||Shop now|
|Toon Link||Shop now|
|Turbo Charge Donkey Kong||n/a|
|Wii Fit Trainer||n/a|
|Wolf Link||Shop now|
|Yoshi (Smash Bros.)||n/a|
|Yoshi (Super Mario)||Shop now|
|Zero Suit Samus||n/a|