NINTENDO: Mario Kart 8 announced for Wii U

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The next entry in Mario Kart will be available for Wii U early next year.

Nintendo introduced Mario Kart 8 as part of today's E3 Nintendo Direct. It will be released in Spring 2014.

Following on from Mario Kart 7, the racer will allow players to go underwater and fly through the sky at certain parts in each course.

It will also feature sections where you can defy gravity and drive up vertical walls or along the ceiling.

The usual mash of racing and weapons is still present, and this will be the first time the series has been seen in HD.