Here we go! Join me (us) as I (we) career through the latest and greatest Mario Kart!
It’s a Live Blog, so you’ll see all our updates as they happen without refreshing and, as soon as I get the YouTube uploader working, there’s going to be some video too. Enjoy!
Hello! Going to dive in with a quick single player race, Grand Prix Mushroom Cup with Mario in his standard Kart. Vroom.
Oh God. It’s so shiny. Nextgenwhatnow?
OK. Going to try and get this replay uploaded.
So, the replays can be edited to either show 30, 45 or 60 second edited highlights, or you can watch the whole thing in full. However, only clips of up to 60 seconds can be uploaded, so it’s highlights for you I’m afraid.
Makes sense, though. You’d spend most of your time uploading otherwise. It’s worth mentioning again that the replay mode really shows off this amazing engine.
Right, so it seems like you have to watch the highlighted replay before uploading. Converting it, maybe?
Uploading now but I have no idea if it’s going to my channel or Awesome Friday’s. No option to choose. Sign-up process is easy so far though.
While we wait, here’s what you’ll see during the upload:
I know I’m being really fussy now, but it’s a real shame you can’t go on playing while it uploads in the background. You can watch the replay while it does its thing, though, so you’ll have something on during the tea breaks.
I FOUND BISCUITS
Cookies, whatever. Potato, Potato.
90%. MK now racing with the kettle.
And we’re done. That was for the full 60 secs, obviously the 30/45 sec versions would be much quicker.
Right. Time to race again.
Water Park, a fairground of colour and underwater drifting. It’s nice that the underwater sections don’t slow everything down. The noise of Mario’s Kart is just sublime.
OK, going to upload a 30 sec highlight reel and see how long it takes in comparison. Re-watching now. Must be a conversion playthrough.
So, once you’re signed into Google, the upload is easy. Three button presses and you’re off. Upload already at 20%.
To be fair, i think it was done a few mins ago, but I was having a time with a biscuit.
Yep. Easy as pie. 30 second Water Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow86agZA3BU
Sweet Sweet Canyon next. The screen looks edible.
SON OF A
First place, last lap, Blue Shell followed by two Red Shells followed by Bowser beating me just before the time.
So it`s Mario Kart then!
Not uploading that one, obviously. There`s a new weapon that uses a sound wave to push anything away, even a Blue Shell, but I used it up without realising what it was.
Still top of the league table. Next!
Oh, that`s a great track. Racing round a jungle structure with stomping blocks and (seemingly) multiple routes. Uploading.
Timing it this time.
I`d love to know why you have to watch it in full before hitting upload.
And done. 4mins 15sec for 30 sec clip.
Thwomp Ruins 30 sec reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwZEnSWa3u8
TEA UPDATE: I now have tea.
I win! A montage of all my best moments over a fantastic live theme. The music is sensational, of course.
I have unlocked Flower Cup! Well thank goodness for that.
And a new character! Which is…
t tell me. Im sure I`ll find out soon enough.
Having a look at Mario Kart TV before next race. It
s a collection of the videos I've already saved as well as videos from other players. I'll be honest, its stuff like this that`ll keep me hooked for hours. Love community integration.
Having a look at Mario Kart TV before next race. It’s a collection of the videos I’ve already saved as well as videos from other players. I’ll be honest, it’s stuff like this that`ll keep me hooked for hours. Love community integration.
Haha! Select a video and it plays on a screen inside your screen with other Miis watching! Screenception. You can also do slow/fast scrubbing with the analogue sticks. Brilliant.
OK, not going to fall down the rabbit hole of other videos. Race time!
My new character is Metal Mario. Peach’s favourite.
Going to roll with Yoshi and change out the Kart parts. Can’t see any indication of differences in performance, so I guess it’s just superficial. But the pieces look like the awesome machines you’d ride as a kid in shopping malls. My Yoshi is riding a rocket with monster wheels because he can.
Kart selection screen with Yoshi ready to go: http://awesomefriday.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-05-30-11.49.32-590×333.jpg
Note: right click and open these pic/video links in new tabs, otherwise it’ll take you away from the blog, and you wouldn’t want that, would you? WOULD YOU
OK, let’s ride.
50cc, Flower Cup. Mario Circuit’s first up.
The difficulty – and aggressiveness of other AI racers – is ramping up quickly, which I’m really happy about as Mushroom Cup was pretty easy.
I wonder how many times I’ll want to tell you how beautiful this game is.
Toad Harbour now.
Gah! Went down a short cut that wasn’t a short cut and now I’m way back in 12th. Time for a miracle recovery!
FIRST, MOFO. This game is so well balanced, but I had to first off so many attacks in the last lap! great stuff. Uploading this one!
You’re getting the full 60 seconds of this one, so hang tight a few minutes.
And we’re done.
Guess who’s just worked out how to embed YouTube video!
Ghostly Castle Place now (probably not its proper name)
Another great track, full of undulating creepy corridors and layers of multiple routes. Mario Kart 8‘s gimmick is being able to drive along walls, allowing each part of the track to be a whole new route. You get the feeling there’s loads of secret shortcuts to discover.
While posting to YouTube you can also post to Miiverse with a message to go with your video. It’s all very clean and simple. Nice.
And, if you post to Miiverse, it’ll also tell you how long the video has left to upload.
Twisted Mansion, 30 second reel;
Twisted Mansion, 30 second reel:
Last race now. Going for straight firsts.
YES. Shy Guy Falls is wonderful – a mid-lap race up a gushing river, aiming for the turbo pads, ends in a mad dive down a waterfall. It’s beautiful.
My heavily pregnant wife has just gone and bought me a Subway <3. Going to eat while this highlight reel uploads!
Subway consumed, wife kissed, video uploaded. LOOK AT THE SHINY:
Right, on to 50cc Star Cup, Sunshine Airport, Toad on a BIKE.
Sunshine Airport is stunning visually but very easy. Didn’t really see anyone else after first thirty seconds. Need to dive in to 150cc after this Cup, I think.
Dolphin Shoal (?) now, almost totally underwater. Underwater tracks have always been my least favourite part of MK.
Dolphin Shoals is worth choosing just for the sunlight bloom as you emerge up out of the water. MK8 would look completely at home on next-gen consoles and it rattles along at a constantly 60fps. If only Nintendo could get third-parties on board to actually make games of this quality for the WiiU.
Next is a wild disco-themed track called Electrodome. Toad’s bike is fine, but it has a different feel to the karts and I’m already planning to go back to them.
WOW. Electrodome is a twisting psychedelic trip trough a stereo with music everywhere. That’s a great track. Uploading now!
Look at the digital trails!
OK, got to take a little break to take care of a few things. Get a tea. See you in twenty!
Aaaaand we’re back. Next race.
Holy shit. Didn’t catch the name of the track – something like Mount Wario – but going to drop to last place just so I can show you this vista.
My phone camera does not do it justice:
Right. Time for another comeback.
Fantastic. Mount Wario is a top-to-bottom slalom down a mountain, and an absolute blast.
30 second highlight reel incoming. Wish I could upload the whole thing (although I’d soon get tired of the 30min+ wait).
Mount Wario 30sec highlight reel:
OK, I’ll be wrapping up the LivePlay around 3pm-ish, so there’s a few things I want to try. First, 150cc Special Cup – it has Rainbow Road as a final track!
First up, Cloudtop Cruise. Eager to see how the jump in speed affects the difficulty.
Ouch! From first to fifth in final lap, got absolutely pummeled. AI much more aggressive. Track is gorgeous though, a flight up to a fairytale airship then up into the clouds onto a metal Wario track. Soundtrack seamlessly changes from srings and flutes to drums and rock guitar. So clever.
Next up is Dry-Bones Road, a parched desert track all red and dusty.
Haha! You know when I said that I was finding it too easy…I’m not worried about that any more.
8th, in case you were wondering. Massive step up in AI tactics and aggression. Doesn’t feel cheap though (or any less cheap than usual).
Bowser’s Castle now. Very pretty intro.
METAL GUITAR SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING. I think this – as well as Super Mario 3D World</em. – were recorded live. Can that be a requirement for all future games, please? Everything just sounds fantastic.
METAL GUITAR SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING. I think this – as well as Super Mario 3D World – were recorded live. Can that be a requirement for all future games, please? Everything just sounds fantastic.
Brilliant! Fourth, with a last minute Crazy Eight (one of every power-up) helping me to the finish!
JUST LISTEN TO THAT SOUNDTRACK:
OK. Rainbow Road. Let’s go!
Really tough race but finished 8th, 5th overall in the Grand Prix. Helped very much by the “you’re doing really badly” power-ups of multiboost and massive Bullet Bill. I love how the game chooses its seemingly random power-ups depending on how you’re doing. It’s like it’s constantly watching you and just wants to make sure that you’re always having a great time. And it totally works.
Uploading a full 60sec reel so you can marvel at my inadequacy.
Rainbow Road 60sec highlight reel:
Well hello blinking battery light.
Matt’s just got here. For hijinx.
OK. Last thing I want to try is online, because that can only go well.
Online options: Worldwide, Regional, Freinds, Tournaments. Going Worldwide.
Spectating while it finds a race for me. C’mon Nintendo, this game hasn’t put a foot wrong yet. Let’s do it.
The good news: online is seamless and smooth as the main game. Good work Nintendo. Bad news: I came last.
OK. One last online race. I get the feeling that might be a common phrase.
Online is exactly the same as the single player game except without any AI players allowing you to catch up. Also, I may have come last (again) but I was in the tail end of the pack all the way through. It’s really, really good.
My main controller’s just died so Matt’s now having a go with the Wiimote. It’s set to motion control by default, so now there’s an amount of flailing.
Here now. Playing the game. Haven’t played MarioCart of any variety since I had a GameCube, which I sold before the Wii came out.
Kind of like riding a bike though. All the old tricks seem to still work. Also, motion control with the WiiMote+ surprisingly good.
Perfect score on the first grand prix. Unlocked a motorbike. I like this game already.
It’s a good bike, big chrome and firey paintjob. My son will be happy.
OK, Matt’s just finished his second Grand Prix so this is where we need to finish the LivePlay. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We’ll be playing some local multiplayer later this evening, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed for more tales of Kart-related fun. Bye from me!
AI agressiveness starts to ramp up nicely as you advance. It’s a nice curve, not so shallow the game stays easy but not so steep that it’s like running headlong into a brick wall.
Ad we’re signing off for now. Look for more updates later!