The 5 Best Power-Ups for Mario Kart 8

The 5 Best Power-Ups for Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is the latest release of the Mario Kart saga until Nintendo finally releases a new entry for Nintendo NX which is announced for 2017. In the meantime, here is some information to improve your game and get more fun out of Mario Kart 8.

To boost your game the new items on the Mario Kart 8 release are the Piranha Plant, the Boomerang Flower, the Super Horn and the Crazy Eight. But are they useful? Let’s find out if they made it to the 5 best power-ups for Mario Kart 8 list.

  • Bullet Bill to get you to first place


For some people, Bullet Bill should be rated number 1. For me, I get it on the list, but not as number one. If you suck and are lucky enough to get a Bullet Bill, you will transform into a mighty bullet. Autopilot, invincibility and rocket speed are combined to place you in the first place. If you get it around the final laps, you might even win the race. However, for me, it is not as fun as winning the race, racing. However, I have to admit it is one of the best Power-Ups in the whole Mario Kart saga.

  • The Piranha Plant to chomp everything around


As I just said before, I like racing. The Piranha Plant is perfect for that. You get it at the front of your kart for additional help. It can chomp obstacles and even racers. The ugly bananas (even the one you threw on other laps) are harmless. You get a small speed burst for each bite it takes. It is a cool item that resembles Mario Bros classic Piranhas Plants. The only thing I don’t like is when it eats birds, but I still thank for the speed boost.

  • Get a gigantic car with a Lightning Bolt


Well, it will not really make you big, but it will make everybody else tiny. When you activate a Lightning Bolt, all other players will shrink. That means they will slow down accordingly, giving you a competitive advantage. You can easily pass everybody while they are small and get you in the first place to win the race. The effect of a Lightning Bolt will last just a few seconds. It is a rare item, but very useful. You’ll just hope nobody else finds it.

  • A Star that will make you Invincible


The star is an old power-up that makes you invincible plus a speed boost. The only bad thing is that you get it for around 10 seconds only. It is included in Crazy 8, and that is why it is not the number 1. You should go ahead as far as possible while you have the power on to win the competition.

  • The Crazy 8 to give you a Strategy


Crazy 8 made it to the first place. Even though this is a remake of the Lucky 7 from Mario Kart 7, it is as useful. You get 8 items to spin around you, and you can choose which one to use. Choose from the Star, Red or Green Shells, Bob-Omb, Blooper, Coin, Mushroom or Banana Peel. The good thing about the crazy 8 is that you can get a strategy, especially during the final lap or if you are in trouble. You just choose the best item according to the given situation. I recommend you to use the Star last to get to the first place as close to the final lap as possible.



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1 Comment

  1. Great game and power-ups. DLC is legendary. Just wish they had a more proper battle mode. Love the airhorn, and Super 8. MK is so hectic that anyone has a chance at winning, that’s what makes it so fun.

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