Chomping Piranha Plants and 4 Other Surprises From ‘Mario Kart 8′

Mario Kart returns to the television in May in full, crisp HD glory in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, with enough new editions and old staples for fans of the series to drool over.

Mashable got hands on time with Mario Kart 8, and got to see how the improved graphics and new features fit together. Here’s what got us most excited:

1. Piranha plants and boomerangs will make other drivers cry

Since playing Mario Kart is all about ruining your friends’ perfect run with a well-placed item, it’s good to know there are new ways to do that in this game. Nintendo has introduced a biting Piranha Plant, which will attack objects and other players as the driver holds it. Each time it bites, it also produces a small speed boost.

There’s also the Boomerang Flower, which gives players three looping shots to stun other drivers in their path.