One of the most talked about things during E3, concerning Mario Kart 8 at least, was the new anti-gravity mechanic that Nintendo is featuring in the game. Whether it’s a new mechanic that will be enjoyed by all or despised as the ruining of yet another franchise is still up in the air. However, its inspiration actually comes from a mechanic that was more…down to earth.
In an interview with MTV, Mario Kart 7‘s director Kosuke Yabuki and designer Hideki Konno revealed that the inspiration for the new mechanic actually came from a scrapped idea from Mario Kart 7– an underground drill. Along with the ability to submerge in water and glide through the air, there was going to be a drill that would let you do some underground racing. How exactly this would work is not known, but the two said it just didn’t seem like it’d work and was not that interesting. However, following that train of thought, the team went more out of this world in their thinking and thus the anti-gravity mechanic was born.
Mario Kart 8 has no definite release date yet, but it’s looking as if spring of 2014 will be its target date.
Source: My Nintendo News