Each battle is 3 minutes long. To win, you need to score the most points. If you lose a balloon, you lose a point. Each player starts with 3 balloons. If you pop another players balloon, you gain a point. If you hit a player with a star or mushroom, you gain 2 points + an extra balloon. If you get triple hit, you will lose the game with 0 points. MK8's battle mode has some significant changes in comparison to MKW's, they are: ★ A player may only hold one item at a time. ★ Once you have lost all your balloons, you can still attack other people as a "ghost". ★ There is no coin runners mode in MK8. ★ There are no teams ★ As mentioned earlier, there are no battle arenas, but race tracks adjusted for battle mode with very slight (if any) changes. ***** Still being edited ***** There are 8 battle tracks in MK8 battle mode. Each track has specific techniques, that can be used to your advantage. The tracks are: Click the spoilers to view detailed info on each track. Wii Moo Moo Meadows: Spoiler GCN Dry Dry Desert Spoiler SNES Donut Plains 3 Spoiler N64 Toad's Turnpike Spoiler Mario Circuit Spoiler Toad Harbor Spoiler GCN Sherbet Land Spoiler This track feels like the biggest, tied with N64 Yoshi Valley. I love all ice/snow tracks aesthetically, but I don't like this track for battle mode. t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶i̶l̶l̶i̶s̶e̶c̶o̶n̶d̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶.̶.̶.̶ Spoiler This tunnel is death. The low traction makes you slide around, and by the time you get your bearings you`re smacked with a shell. It`s best not to camp out here, if you get a powerful item it`s smart to drive though here and shoot at whoever you can. Try not to go into the water, you aren`t likely to find players there. Don`t worry about the jellies, they do nothing. Don`t hit the shy guys Hidden glider section, good for sniping from the air and running from ghosts. Oh no Don`t hit the icebergs Going through this hole to the boost pad at the other side can be a good hiding spot, and a place to snipe people in the tunnel. Just don`t camp here too long, the ghosts will get you. N64 Yoshi Valley Spoiler edit Items are crucial in battle mode. You can't score points without them. At the start of a battle, you can only pull the following items from an item box: Spoiler Triple green shells are very deadly in battle mode. They can be used many different ways, such as ramming into people, spamming all three at one target, triple hitting the person adjacent from you to score an instant +3. If you see triple green shells at the start of a battle, run. They will hit you, unless you also pulled triple greens. You can't pierce their barrier with a single shell or a banana. Single shells are pretty easy to use. Their hitbox is far bigger compared to previous games; therefore making them more likely to hit your target. Some good strategies for green shells are shooting straight at an opposing player, shooting at/through an item box, banking them off a wall, or backspamming. All of these aren't too difficult to perform. Examples: Spoiler Bananas are terrible. Banana sniping, as difficult and impressive as it may be, is a terrible idea if you're not a ghost. Chances are the opposing player has a shell. If your snipe misses, its a free shot for them. If you do pull a banana, it's smartest to drop it off near an item box. Spoiler I don't think I need to explain how overpowered bombs are... Just make sure not to drag it behind you, or throw it at someone who is driving away, it won't reach them. As the battle goes on and balloons get popped, more overpowered items come into play. Such as: Spoiler These items are pretty self-explanatory. Spam them, get points. Fire flowers and boomerangs can score multiple times on one person. Red shells are impossible to avoid as long as your target doesn't have a way to protect themselves. Reds target the closest player, make sure to throw it directly at your target. Occasionally they will fly past for no reason. (Most likely lag) If you get a piranha plant, spam the item button to make it snap faster. It's harder to sneak past. Sometimes, the piranha will die after a few snaps for no reason. Other battle mode items that aren't too helpful: Spoiler Mushrooms almost always lag online. If they don't, you get an extra balloon and +2 points. That's pretty useful. Triple bananas you can use like triple greens, but they provide no protection from shells and other items. To conclude, the following items are not in MK8 Battle mode: Spoiler Once all your balloons are popped, you will become a ghost. As a ghost, you can still attack people. You do not get points for hitting other players as a ghost, but whoever you hit will lose balloons. Ghosts are invisible to all other players, including other ghosts. Ghosts can only get bananas and shells for items. If you drag your item behind you as a ghost, the item will be visible. Some strategies for attacking other players as ghosts: ★ Stalk a player around. Once you see them go for an item box, whip out a shell. If all goes well, you can get the item box and hit them again. ★ Cover an item box with bananas. Pretty simple, this won't do much. Unless you died within the first minute, it's better to follow people around than to camp. ★ Bounce green shells off the walls. This works especially well in areas like the tunnel in sherbet land Spoiler ★ Do not drag your item behind you, it makes you visible. Players will know you're there. Being a ghost can be either fun revenge, or boring as hell. It's still a neat concept. In previous Mario kart games, it was smarter to use a lightweight in battle mode. Their high acceleration and small hitbox made them the ideal choice. In MK8, I disagree that you have to use a lightweight to win. Unlike vs mode, you can use whoever you like in battle mode. Ideally anything lighter than cruiser weight is best. The heaviest weights are just too big and don't recover quick enough. For bikes/karts, It's really up to personal preference. I prefer an outside drift bike (Standard bike). Bikes have smaller hitboxes. There isn't much reason to use a kart over a bike in battle mode, things like firehopping are irrelevant. Roller tires are the preferred choice because of their high acceleration. Many people use Biddybuggy or Mr. Scooty paired with those tires for max acceleration. Spoiler ★ The U-turn In MKW, it was far easier to turn around by holding acceleration and brakes at the same time to get a blue spark, then turn in whichever direction and let go of the brakes to boost forward. This does not work in MK8. Instead, it's far easier to turn around by doing a U-turn. To do this, simply let go of the acceleration, hold down the brakes and turn in the desired direction. Holding down the brakes is not required to do a U-turn, some people just let go of the acceleration. I recommend practicing U-turns offline and figure out what works best for you) An example: Spoiler ★ If there are a lot of ghosts roaming around, do not drive "predictably". Avoid driving in a straight line. Many ghosts target item boxes, try not to cycle items if you don't need to. If you pop a player's last balloon and they become a ghost, do not stay there. Drive away quickly. They will go for revenge, especially if they died near an item box. ★ Do not do that hop/bump/hump thing. People will hit you. Unless you are playing in a room with friends, you're asking for suicide by doing that online. ★ Don't chase the same player for half the match. It's smarter to camp around a section of the track. Depending on the item you have on hand, it may or may not be smart to attack a cluster of people. You can see these clumps on the mini-map. ★ Remember to compensate for lag. If you notice a player lagging a lot, shoot slightly ahead of them. In conclusion, MK8 battle mode is very fun and hectic. The large tracks don't cause near as many problems as expected. It's still far from the excitement of Cookie land on MKW, but by no means is it terrible. I hope to see more people playing battle mode in the near future. Spoiler ★ MKW sprites: http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/girrrtacos/MarioKartWii-CharacterICONS.png Helpful contributors: ★ MonicaF_MKW ★ TheVillager ★ Shank Screenshots and gifs by yours truly. Thanks for reading, happy battling!