'Mario Kart 8' trailer shows range of characters, tracks

"Mario Kart 8." (SCREENSHOT)


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The latest trailer for Mario Kart 8 shows off a number of tracks including one set within new location Sunshine Airport.

The airport course ties in with a recent Nintendo publicity stunt which saw costumed mascot Mario handing out free Wii U consoles to passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight.

Other tracks feature themes that range from Aztec, desert and dinosaur to sky and snow as a host of characters whiz around on karts, bikes, cars and quads; each sprouts a glider wing as airtime opportunities arise.

And Nintendo is on a drive to cement the Wii U as this year-end's best console -- it won't ever win a raw power war against the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it's got a year's headstart and has a good selection of exclusive games already.

Mario Kart 8 trailer (Wii U): youtu.be/mU7tXqYplA8