We get some great gifts on European Club Nintendo and now there’s one more to add to the collection. The latest offering from Nintendo is this rather neat Mario Kart 8 inspired t-shirt which will set you back 3750 stars. It’s rather expensive, but if you’ve got the stars sitting about then you may as well use them.
Nintendo of America has rather handily revealed which Amiibo characters you will be able to use with Mario Kart 8. Most of these we already knew about, but added to the lineup in Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, Kirby and Samus. The software update that will allow you to use Amiibo with Mario Kart 8 will arrive on November 13th.
- Donkey Kong
- Captain Falcon
- Fox McCloud
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Bandai Namco have released a new trailer for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX which is coming to western arcades this year. The latest entry in the arcade series allows you to create fusion karts which sees you combine your powers with another player. You can check it out in the video embedded above.
Analyst David Gibson has revealed on Twitter that Nintendo sold 450K units of Mario Kart 8 in three days in the United States, Mario Kart 7 on the other hand sold 250K. Nintendo also said that Mario Kart 8’s attach rate in the United States was 18% versus 7% for Mario Kart 7 on Nintendo 3DS. WiiU sales were apparently up 4.1x week over week vs Mario Kart 7 which saw Nintendo 3DS sales up 2.4x.
Hideki Konno and Kosuke Yabuki have revealed that they think Mario Kart 8 offers the most balanced set of items in the kart-racing series’ history. Speaking with GamesMaster, the two Nintendo designers also defended the inclusion of Blue Shells, which can be repelled via the new Super Horn in the recently-released game. Mario Kart 8 is available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
“Blue Shells provide a certain level of tension that helps maintain the excitement right up until the very end of a race,” Konno and Yabuki said. “Of course we pay particular attention to balance. Through literally thousands of races, we’ve made numerous adjustments to get it just right. In our opinion, the items in Mario Kart 8 are the most balanced in the history of the series.”
It appears as though Namco Bandai may have lent Nintendo a hand with the forthcoming Mario Kart 8. The publisher and developer was spotted on the closing credits on Mario’s latest karting adventure. You can see their name listed in the above video, but of course as this is the end credits it may contain some spoilers. Namco Bandai have worked with Nintendo before on their arcade Mario Kart titles.
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Nintendo has revealed on the official website that the download size for Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U eShop is only 4.9GB. We’ve had a lot of Mario Kart news today, thanks to a surprise Nintendo Direct. You can read a round-up on the event, right here.