Thursday 5 June 2014

Could you design your own Mario Kart?!

So did you know that Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U has now been released? Much excitement here last weekend as we received a parcel to open.....

...and it was straight down to playing the new game of course! The verdict? A lot of new controls to learn, but once you've got the hang of them the game is 'kart-mazing' (groan). You can now build your own amazing machine on screen, and there are new racers to choose from. Daddy and Tamsin completed a questionnaire to find out which character they were most like - Daddy got Waluigi and Tamsin got Princess Peach! You'll have to play the game to find out more about them.

Mario Kart 8 new design by Tamsin
Mario Kart 8 new design by Tamsin
As Nintendo Family Bloggers, we were set a challenge to design our very own Mario Kart. Tamsin loved having this challenge, and she beavered away with some pens producing a very detailed picture in miniature... so I asked her to re-do it slightly larger and this is the result:
Mario Kart 8 new track design by Tamsin

There are loads of new race trackes in Mario Kart 8 and we were also challenged to design a new track. Tamsin's was a very wibbly wobbly affair:

What I loved most though, was how animated she became when describing all the different features and functions of her kart to me - so I made her present it all over again to camera so we could show you! My favourite bit is probably the seat which can lie right back flat into lazy mode.....

We were sent some paints and colour pens to inspire our new kart designs, along with a copy of Mario Kart 8 for us to review. All the views expressed here are our own.