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Mario Kart 8 New Gameplay Details

Today Nintendo showed a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 for Wii U.

 

The long running kart racing franchise will see lots of familiar faces on the track, including Metal Mario, Shy Guy, and all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings who will be playable for the very first time. There are also previously announced favorites like Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and the other usual Mario suspects.

You’ll get to try them out on remixed classic course like Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad’s Turnpike from Mario Kart 64, and even Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart. There will be a total of 16 remixed courses and 16 new courses, including the amazing Rainbow Road.

There will be special objects in each course that showcase new gameplay mechanics such as anti-gravity, which allows racers to drive upside down or up vertical surfaces. Hang glider, motorbikes, and underwater racing is back, along with a new spin boost that Nintendo thinks makes racing “even more exhilarating.”

But it wouldn’t be Mario Kart without the items right? The famous Piranha Plant can now be attached to the front of your kart and will chomp at other players, or even eat fallen banana peels or shells. Plus with each bite you get a boost of speed. There is also the Boomerang Flower that allows you to stun players with a boomerang which can hit multiple players. You can throw it 3 times forwards or backwards.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Gamer Girl

So you are lucky enough to be dating an awesome lady who likes to play video games with you? Nicely done! Now be careful of falling into the the Vday trap.

Every year in February the ads incessantly try to sell you flowers, candy, and stuffed animals. But let’s face it, the flowers wither, the candy gives you a short sugar rush and guilt about the gym, and the stuffed animals inevitably end up in a closet somewhere.

There are lots of great options that show you care and are actually something she’ll love to use! I don’t want this to be misconstrued as a “one size fits all” gift guide, because there are many types of ladies out there. That said, here are some items that I know I’d like to get this Valentine’s Day.

1. Evil Controllers – $$$
These controllers come in awesome styles and have modded features. They can be a bit pricy but they have a long life and Evil Controllers’ customer service is great with repairs. If you are feeling ambitious, you can even create your own look!

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Pro Tip: Make sure you know what console she prefers to play on!

2. Gamer Tees – $
Normally I would say stay far away from trying to buy your lady clothes, but these are generally no brainers. They are cute, witty, and comfortable! There are all kinds of stores that sell these tees but here are some of my favs:

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Pro Tip: When she’s not looking sneak a peek at the tag of one the tees she already owns, that way you get the size right.

3. Jewelry – $-$$$
What woman doesn’t love jewelry? No seriously, does she exist?

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Pro Tip: Take notice of what she already wears and try to match that style, don’t want your gift collecting dust.

4. Art – $-$$$
Buying art is something we rarely do for ourselves, and there are some great places to get really awesome video game art. Plus, whenever she looks at it on her wall she’ll think of you!

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Pro Tip: Make sure to buy a frame to go with it so it is ready to hang! If the store you buy it from doesn’t have that option, hit up your local Michael’s or Target for affordable frame options.

5. Virtual Points – $
When in doubt or if you waited till the last minute, any girl who plays online could always use more points! Xbox Live Microsoft Points, PlayStation Network card, or even an iTunes card for iOS games. You can pick cards up at almost any grocery, drug, or electronics store these days.

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Pro Tip: Make sure you get at least $20 worth so she can purchase a few different mobile games or 1 sweet DLC pack.

Hope this helps in your quest! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner but it isn’t too late to buy online! Many stores offer expedited shipping, or if you are saavy and have a Amazon Prime account, that is a great way to go as well. Happy shopping and have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

*Click on any of the photos to go right to the website to purchase (except the virtual points, you can get those anywhere!)

Pricing Guide:

$ = $25.00 or less
$$ = $50.00 or less
$$$ = $100.00 or less