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Mario Kart 8 – A Review by Lou-Cyo

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Warning: As always, my reviews WILL contain spoilers as they’re crucial for thorough discussions.  However, I encourage you to read anyways.  Just because you can.

Overview: Mario Kart 8 portrays in essence what the title implies – Mario and various assortments of karts.  Classic Mario game characters battle it out through 8 cups (translating into 32 different tracks) with fireballs, shells, boomerangs, and much more to obtain 1st Place and bring home the gold!

Gameplay: Mario Kart 8’s gameplay is relatively the same as previous titles.  You have your accelerator, brake/reverse, item, and drift buttons.  Easy to remember.  Players get two options as to how to steer: 1) the use of the joystick or 2) actually steering with the control.  Items continue to hold a big part in the game since a Banana Peel can stand between you and a gold trophy.  IGN compiled a nice list of the items which you can take a look if you’re curious.  Nonetheless, I want to give an honorable mention to the wondrous Super Horn.  This magnificent item has the ability to destroy the fucking Spiny Shell by pulverizing it with its sound waves.  It has made my life so much better and worth living…

 

Mario Kart 8 also features air gliding and anti gravity. The latter not only let’s you race on ceilings and walls, but also gives the opportunity to speedboost when bumping other characters or special obstacles.  Gliding and anti gravity happen automatically when reaching certain parts on each course.  The camera follows you the whole time, so don’t fret thinking you’ll suffer motion sickness.  The goal of the game is simple: place first to win all the gold trophies you can.

Lou-Cyo’s Reaction: HOLY SHIT!  The minute I saw the intro on my screen, I knew this game was a must have.  To say the graphics are beautiful is an understatement.  Nintendo was not playing when highlighting numerous times the fact that Mario Kart 8 was the first in its saga to be in high definition.  The characters, items, courses…  The smoothness of the illustrations make the pixels seem tangible.  A treat to the pupils as you glide through the courses after exiting anti gravity zones.

You remember how 150cc was MAYBE a tad hard in previous Mario Karts?  Mario Kart 8’s 150cc poses a real challenge.  If you’re anal like me and need every single unlocakble in the game, prepare yourself for overwhelming emotions ranging from crippling anxiety to irrational rage when attempting to place 1st on every track on 150cc.  I cannot even count how many times I got CLOBBERED with a plethora of shells when on the LAST LAP of the LAST COURSE and SECONDS away from the damn finish line.  Thinking about it makes my skin crawl with anger…  But in a good way!  Unlocking the characters and kart parts in this game is such a treat.  I enjoyed getting the Koopalings the most. Do you remember them from Mario Bros. 3?  Apart from the blissful nostalgia these characters embody, they get a cool HD touch up!

The game features mirrored racetracks to spice things up once you have collected all golden trophies the first time around.  The online gaming options have expanded to phenomenal degrees by letting players customize tournaments.  You have control over basically everything – from the race difficulty to what items and karts are allowed.  Meaning you can have a 150cc races with only Mushrooms to be used.  Can you imagine that in any of the 2 Rainbow Roads featured in this game?  Sounds deliciously evil and fun to attempt!  I recently got to play MK8 with 3 other people and the fun never stopped.  We played for hours and the adrenaline was pumping nonstop.  Mario Kart 8 is a game that will make you come back again and again.  No matter if you’re alone, online, or with friends.  I give Mario Kart 8 a 10/10.  The game is just too much fun.

Have you played Mario Kart 8?  What are your thoughts on the game?  Let me know on the comment section.  I wanna hear from you!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Total Score

 

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-Dodges Banana Peel- MK8 is #CRAZY!

Nintendo is at the verge of giving me a heart attack!

This trailer just gave me life!

Not too long ago, I wrote all there was to know about the upcoming Mario Kart 8.  HOWEVER, Nintendo decided to release an unannounced Nintendo Direct with the last pieces of the puzzle about the next chapter in the Mario Kart saga!  The remaining characters were revealed: the adorable Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach!  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on that pink gold.  I always got enjoyment of beating people with characters people stereotype against like Peach because she’s “too girly.”  Can’t wait to make people eat my golden pink dust!

 

Talking about the “new and shiny,” Nintendo also released ALL of the 32 tracks in MK8 and I am here to list them for you because that’s what I’m here for.  Ready?

Mushroom CupMario Kart Stadium, Water Park,Sweet Sweet Canyon, Thwomp Ruins

Flower CupMario Circuit, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion, Shy Guy Falls 

Star CupSunshine Airport, Dolphin Shoals, Electrodome, Mount Wario

Special CupCloudtop Cruise, Bone Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, Rainbow Road

Shell CupMoo Moo Meadows (Wii), Mario Circuit (GBA), Cheep Cheep Beach (DS), Toad’s Turnpike (N64)

Banana Cup: Dry Dry Desert (GCN), Donut Plains 3 (SNES), Royal Raceway (N64), DK Jungle (3DS)

Leaf CupWario Stadium (DS), Sherbet Land (GCN), Music Park (3DS), Yoshi Valley (N64)

Lightning CupTick-Tock Clock (DS), Piranha Plant Pipeway (3DS), Grumble Volcano (Wii), Rainbow Road (N64)

Since we’re listing tracks, let’s go over Battle Mode.  Now Battle Mode features modified tracks instead of arenas which include:

  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Toad’s Turnpike
  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbour
  • Sherbet Land
  • Yoshi Valley

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Please welcome the Super Horn and Crazy 8!  The latter is basically a grab bag of 8 items that surround your kart and you’ll be able to use them – pretty neat.  HOWEVER, that Super Horn though!  It serves as the ultimate offensive/defensive weapon.  Not only will the horn be able to blast opponents out of your way, it is said that the sonic blasts have the ability to destroy any shells heading your way – including the evil, dreaded, and diabolical Spiny Shell.

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Oh, yes.  The Spiny Shell has met it’ match finally and it’s all coming to MK8!

The Mario Kart TV feature was also explained thoroughly,  MKTV will support voice chat in the lobby areas while playing with people online.  I believe that’s a nice touch by Nintendo because now you will be able to actually make connections to a more personal level.  Though I am crossing my fingers and it’s not dampened by pesky children cursing and being all sorts of inappropriate like on some famous FPSs…  Anywho, in addition to the voice chat, racers will be able to create scheduled tournaments accessible to the public!  No more worries about missing a tournament!  MKTV was firstly described as a way to share your videos with friends; however, Nintendo informed its fans that the MKTV videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube!  In a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to acquire praise and bragging rights from all over the world…  

GIMME THE SPOTLIGHT! 

Lastly, remember I mentioned how Europe was getting its own bundle pack with a cool Spiky Blue Shell collectible statue?  Well, no need to be jealous because North America gets it’s own special bundle too!  The same includes a black Wii U Deluxe (32 GB), a copy of Mario Kart 8 (not confirmed if it will be a disk or digital, a Wii Remote Plus, and a Wii Wheel for only $330.00!  But wait, there’s more!  People who purchase whatever version of Mario Kart 8 (i.e., disc, digital copy, or the bundle) and registers the game on Club Nintendo by July 31st of this year will get to pick a free copy of either Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U!  So, for those of you who are still debating on buying the console, THIS is the time to act!

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Is it My 30th already?!

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Happy 25th birthday, GAME BOY!

Happy birthday, Game Boy!

Today, Nintendo and Gamers around the world celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of the Game Boy!

How old do you feel now knowing this!?  I’m feeling pretty old myself!  Nonetheless, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to grow up in the same era as this wondrous hand held machine.  Who can forget the overwhelming excitement of holding the power to play legendary video games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda with no television?  Stealing double A batteries from whatever electronics you could (specially your parents’ television remote controllers) so you could keep catching your first 150 Pokémon or beat your sibling’s high score in Tetris?  Oh, the memories of that yellowish screen and the different shades of gray-to-black outlines…  THE NOSTALGIA!

 

Gunpei Yokoi (September 10, 1941 – October 4, 1997)

Gunpei Yokoi was the video game designer mastermind behind the creation of the Game Boy which sold around 100 million units worldwide.  First released in 1989, the device quickly became a favorite, especially with the smash hit Tetris, and hosted over 700 game titles.

Today we thank you, Game Boy, for being the predecessor that paved the way for the amazing hand held systems we get to enjoy nowadays.

Were you one of the lucky ones who was able to play on the Game Boy?  What Nintendo hand helds did you own?  Do you still own any?  How about old school cartridges?  Comment below – I want to know!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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“Welcome to Mario Kart! Select your player!”

Spring 2014 is coming with countless surprises for the Gaming World and I took it upon myself to research all that there is to know about one of those wonders…

Mario Kart 8

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I thank whatever divine entity for giving me this to look forward to, especially after experiencing such a RUDE ASS winter that I swear has trained me on how to survive in the next Hunger Games.  #JustSayin’

Mario Kart is back and at full throttle!  Let’s start, shall we?

As we race towards the finish line, the courses will now be susceptible to anti-gravity!  Yes, it is exactly what you’re thinking and more.  Get ready to be right side up, upside down, and riding on walls!  Oh!  Did I forget to mention that while 360-ing through the convoluted courses in your new ATV you’ll be underwater and air gliding as well?  Being the first Mario Kart to be in HD (i.e., 60 frames per second) you’ll in for a visual treat on all possible angles.  Mario Kart 8 will also be the first in the entire series to debut music recorded by live performers!  Fancy!

Continuing on the poppin’ Mario Kart’s cherry train, the game also features a new speed booster turbo.  While experiencing anti-gravity you can perform a Speed Turbo which will grant your character a speed boost from bumping into other racers or from certain obstacles.

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Welcome to Bumper Kart!

What to do when upside down; your “friend” bumps you into oblivion; and you end up in 10th place?!  You RETALIATE!  THAT’S WHAT YOU DO!  Mario Kart 8 has added to its weapons repertoire the Boomerang Flower and the Piranha Plant.  If the item block gods bestow upon you the power of the boomerang, you’ll be able to throw the angular disk forward or backwards towards your enemies knocking over whoever comes in contact with it.  Don’t worry if you miss – the boomerang will fly right back to your hands and you’ll have two more chances to strike.  On the other hand, you might be granted the multitasking toothy plant.  Positioning itself on the front of your kart, Piranha will act as your body guard and speed agent.  It will lunge forward to chomp hard on not only your opponents, but also any items that pose a threat like shells or banana peels.  Bonus: with each chomp, you get a boost of speed.

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As if these two herbal avengers weren’t enough, there are rumors of two other unknown items.  In the screen shots below, taken from one of the trailers for Mario Kart 8 after item blocks were hit, you’ll see what it looks like to be a speaker box and the number 8.  No information has been relased regarding these items. Are they course specific?  Character specific?  Some type of bonus?  We will soon find out!

            

Mario Kart 8 also brings a roster of around 30 characters with brand new players to hit the race tracks.  Apart from the return of characters like Toadette, Shy Guy, and Waluigi, the spotlight belongs to the Koopalings!  For the first time ever in the world of Nintendo, Bowser’s main Koopa gang will be available as playable characters.  Meaning Larry, Morton Koopa Jr., Wendy O., Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig will be behind the wheel and ready steal the gold!

Charge!

How much racing can we expect from this new Mario Kart chapter?  How do 32 courses sound?  Pretty amazing!  Mario Kart 8 will feature 8 Cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star, Special, Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lighting) hosting 4 courses each.  The 32 courses are composed of 16 remakes of previous Mario Kart courses and 16 new courses.  If you want a taste of 16 of these featured tracks, GameXplain uploaded a video on their YouTube channel for you to drool over.  But the fun doesn’t stop there…

Kosuke Yabuki, Mario Kart 8 director, reported that Mario Kart 8 will feature 2 Rainbow Roads.  Nintendo 64’s Rainbow Road underwent a beautiful remake which you can see in this trailer.  In addition, we’ll get a brand new Rainbow Road deemed “really spectacular” by Yabuki.  By now I am wondering how many times you read the previous sentences and what face you made due to the overwhelming fear of knowing you’ll have to encounter the colorful, demonic, and menacing pathway twice.  For your viewing pleasure however, here’s a link to IGN’s video comparing N64’s Rainbow Road and its Mario Kart 8 remake.

What else is there possibly to know?  Mario Kart 8 supports 4 local multiplayer and 12 players online.  The game includes Mario Kart TV – a feature which will allow you record any races deem worthy of sharing with others to earn you those bragging rights.  Item customization (e.g., having a mushroom only race) will be available as well as Battle Mode and Coin Runners game options.  Rumors regarding possible custom course creation and Double Dash appearing in Mario Kart 8 were shot down.  Nonetheless, Nintendo game designer, Hedeki Konno assured the aforementioned ideas haven’t been discarded for future development of a product which will “satisfy anyone, [himself] included.”

Mario Kart 8 is to be released on May 30th, 2014.  Confirmed geographical areas for release include Europe and North America.  Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition collector’s pack which includes a Spiky Blue Shell model with the purchase of the game while North America will get a red game case.  Nintendo also announced Mario Kart themed key chains to be available at certain retailers when purchasing the game. MarioKart8_pre-sell_kyrng_Combined

 

Are you ready for the wonderful chaos of Mario Kart 8?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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The G.U.Y. under Minecraft

♫ I’m gonna say the word and own you…  Game mode: ARTPOP! ♫

Exactly a week ago, parts of my world collided in the most beautiful way possible: Lady Gaga + videogames!

Lady Gaga released her new music video of the song G.U.Y. (Girl Under You) from her ARTPOP album, bestowing upon the it title of An ARTPOP Film.  As I was relishing due to the angelic visuals and beautiful choreography, I almost jumped out of my bed when all of the sudden SkyDoesMinecraft appeared on the screen!  Just a tad of a back story, Adam Dahlberg (i.e., SkyDoesMincraft), is famous for his playthroughs of Minecraft Custom Maps which have granted him around 9.5 million subscribers.  Yes, his appearance is only for a few seconds, but oh how wonderful and relevant those seconds were!

In G.U.Y., Lady Gaga comes to Sky’s aid.  She needs Sky’s master skills in creation in order to revive certain iconic figures which will help her accomplish her revenge (I don’t want to spoil the story of the video – it’s worth watching).  By typing /gamemode ARTPOP and utilizing Minecraft, Sky accomplishes to revive Jesus, Gandhi, and Michael Jackson!  Impressed by his work, she is now able to commence her plans for sweet and brutal vengeance.

Lady Gaga has immortalized the power she believes videogaming has in society.  Gaga is known for advocating in favor of being true to one’s self and uniqueness – which are EXACTLY two of the focal points that make the famous game so captivating to the masses.  Moreover, Gaga always speaks to art being the ultimate form of expression.  Again, Minecraft fits the niche perfectly.  Her ability to cater to different forms of art and acknowledging them is remarkable.  Genius, if you ask me.  So as I watch this video for the 50th time, you go on ahead and rejoice on how one of the most influential people on Earth recognizes gaming culture can be a part of the superstardom world.

P.S. – I apologize for the lack of posting.  There’s been a myriad of serious changes in my life, including moving!  Once I’m settled (which I’m aiming to be in the next two weeks), expect me to give you a nice dose of gaming culture.

P.S.S. – If you haven’t heard, Google is now looking for a Pokémon Master!  Read and watch how to play.  The deadline to Catch ‘Em All is April 2nd.  Good luck!  Though I’ll be WAY ahead of you by the time you read this…

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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Get your bananas and coconuts ready!

The 20th is the D-day to go apeshit – DK style!

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is going to be released on February 20th, 2014 for purchase in America. Not only that, but Cranky Kong himself will be taking over Nintendo’s official twitter as part of the release. If it ends up being as fun as when Luigi took over Nintendo’s twitter during the celebration for The Year of Luigi, all of you die-hard fans of the Kong series are in for a treat!

Make rise for the Kong Family!

Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky make a reappearance as playable characters each with their own unique abilities to battle against the Snowmads!  I would go more into detail, but I don’t want to spoil the excitement!  On a scale from frigid cold to tropical paradise, how excited are you?!  Are you ready to see what the Kong family has in store for us?  I know I am!

(Thank you Best Buy credit!)

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P.S. – Before you leave this wonderful gaming sanctuary, make sure you check out the links below – you can thank me later by commenting and sharing this post.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Official Trailer

Nintendo of America Official Twitter

Nintendo Official Facebook Page

See you around!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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Pokéfans! Use Rest!

Be like Snorlax.  Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.

As I was browsing the Nets, I stumbled upon countless tweets from pokéfans around the world who are in an full blown OUTRAGE.  The reason behind such anger: not having access to Nintendo’s Pokémon Bank.  What is this Pokémon Bank exactly?  Well, thank goodness you’re here so I can break it down for you!  …Or you can watch this video to get the overall idea if you’re lazy.  You can’t say I don’t love you.

The Pokémon Bank (or as I already nicknamed it, Pokébank) is a downloadable on-line cloud software for the Nintendo 3DS system that will tremendously enhance the Pokémon Storage System (i.e., system where Pokémon trainers store their Pokémon digitally) as we know it.  Along with the Pokébank, players will have the option of downloading the Poké Transporter – through Pokébank – which provides one-way transfers of Pokémon from Generation V games to the Generation VI games.  Pretty cool, huh?  And it doesn’t stop there!

Pokébank constitutes of a PC with 3000 extra units of space (100 Boxes with 30 spaces each) available for trainers to store their Pokémon for an annual fee which will vary from country to country.  Players will earn (and retrieve through in-game option Pokémon Link) 100 Poké Miles or earn Battle Points when Pokémon are deposited into the Pokébank.  The Boxes can be organized into 10 different groups at most and Nintendo has added a filtering system to search through the Boxes with ease.  For example, you can filter your search by Types or Species of Pokémon.  The bank will also allow you to transfer whole Boxes at once.  How fucking cool and convenient is that?!

(Warning:Make sure Pokémon that are to be deposited are NOT HOLDING anything.  If you attempt to deposit Pokémon which are holding any kind of item and your bag is full, the item will disappear!  FOREVER!)

Now that you all are well informed, let’s get to the drama!  The Pokébank and Poké Transporter were first released in Asian territories like Japan and South Korea on December 25th, 2013.  It was announced by Nintendo that by December 27th, 2013 territories including the U.S. would have access to the advanced storage system.  However, the excitement was shut down early.  Because of the massive volume of data trafficking regarding the download of Pokébank by players, the Nintendo Network went haywire and it was shutdown.   Nintendo Network was back up and running a few days later on December 29th, 2013, but the Pokébank was no longer available for download.  Countries not included in the December 25th release date did not get a chance to download the software.   It was not until January 21st, 2014 that the Pokébank became available once again for the countries in which the software was initially released – and many went insane.

Thousands upon thousands of angry tweets and posts oozing irritation were fired at Nintendo by pokéfans shaming the company to no end.  For all of those who are contributing to this bashing, I have one thing to say: give it a fucking rest.  Stop acting like it’s the end of the fucking world.  Nintendo staff is probably freaking out over the whole fiasco and instead of getting support and understanding, all I’ve been reading is the exact opposite. I understand the eagerness and overwhelming excitement of having such resource, but come on!  This is the type of situation that can demolish a company’s fame.  Do I believe Nintendo’s fame is in jeopardy because of this?  Not really.  But it rubs me the wrong way to read people’s posts proclaiming their love to Nintendo in one paragraph and indicating how the company’s a piece of shit the next.  Writing how stupid Nintendo is for not anticipating such issues and their profiles read something around the lines like Nintendo 4Life.  Stop.  Stop and be like Snorlax.  Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.

What are your thoughts about the Pokébank?  Are you excited for it?  What do you think about the pokéfans’ vendetta because of the Pokébank delay?  I want to know!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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