Sumo Digital‘s Executive Producer, Steve Lycett, has supposedly hinted that SEGA mascot Sonic will be a playable character in the next Mario Kart game, or in a racing crossover between Mario and SEGA characters. Earlier this month, a Twitter user suggested that a Pac-Man World Rally and Sonic Racing crossover was in the works, to which Lycett replied by saying that he was thinking there are ‘bigger’ rivals than Pac-Man. This vague statement has lead people to speculate that Lycett was referring to gaming icon Mario.
Nintendo of America has revealed, via Twitter, that company president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Nintendo will discuss multiple Wii U games “before the start of E3,” during a Nintendo Direct online presentation. Among the games that will be discussed before the expo begins are a brand-new Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and 3D Mario game – each of which doesn’t have an official name as of yet. Currently, the date of the pre-E3 presentation is unknown, but we do know that E3 officially begins on June 11th.
Online gaming publication CVG is reporting that the brand new 3D Mario game for the Wii U should be coming in October, if their sources are correct. The publication says that a number of blockbuster Wii U games will be released from summer until the end of the year, one of which is a new 3D Mario title. Both the new Mario Kart and the 3D Mario title for Wii U will apparently be playable at this year’s E3 event in June.
Discussions with retail chains at executive level paint Nintendo’s 2013 release strategy as extensive, with the headline draw being a new 3D Mario game released on Wii U by October.
The popular violence in video games debate rises again after a recent string of gun crime attacks in the US, but what’s more surprising is the number of franchises named which typically remain a fair distance from the fray. UK newspaper The Guardian has featured 50 of the best-selling video games of 2012 and pitted them against each other in a chart showing varying levels of violence in gameplay.
Joining the battlefield are popular Nintendo franchises such as Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Super Mario 3D Land and Wii Sports Resort amongst others. The official ESRB rating gives them an ‘E’ for everyone, but they have underlying levels of ‘cartoon violence’ with a pinch of ‘comic mischief’. According to the chart only 32 per cent of the 50 listed titles contained no violence while 38 per cent were listed as ‘E’ by the ESRB, and 38 per cent contained realistic firearms. If ‘cartoon violence’ is excluded, just over half of the games listed carry a violent label. Of course, The Guardian is clearly underlining the core violence that exists in video games, but is slipping a few bananas behind your vehicle in Mario Kart a step too far?
Nintendo is offering newly-designed, actual Mario Kart 7 trophies as rewards on the European Club Nintendo. Members of the loyalty program can get their hands on the new Banana Cup trophy or the Mushroom Cup trophy. Each trophy can be redeemed for a whopping 5000 stars. Last summer, Club Nintendo rewards included physical trophies of the Leaf Cup, Special Cup and Shell Cup.
Nintendo and Namco Bandai have announced that they have teamed up together to bring Mario Kart back to arcades in Japan. The new Mario Kart game is titled Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, and is due for release in Japan sometime later this year. Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX appears to take inspiration from recent Mario Kart titles including Mario Kart 7, as it also includes gliders. Other modes listed by Namco Bandai include a single-player Grand Prix mode, two-player Co-op, “Clone Battle” mode and a competitive mode, which will support up to four players.
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced that Nintendo EAD team is currently working on a 3D Mario title for the Wii U which will be shown off during E3. This game comes from the development team behind Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land. Iwata also announced that a new Mario Kart game is in development for Wii U. Both of these games will be playable at this years E3 event in June.
Nintendo of America has announced this months rewards which are available via the Club Nintendo USA scheme. You can get Tetris, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, Mario Kart 64, and Snowpack Park. To claim these rewards all you will need to have is the correct amount of Club Nintendo coins. All four games are available via Club Nintendo until February 10th.
- Tetris (3DS Virtual Console) – 150 coins
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (3DS Virtual Console) – 200 coins
- Mario Kart 64 (Wii Virtual Console) – 200 coins
- Snowpack Park (WiiWare) – 150 coins
Mario Kart fans are getting a limited-edition bundle to help keep their engines revving through the holidays. On December 2nd, Nintendo is offering a Blue/Black Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on the system for a suggested retail price of $199.99. If purchased separately, the system and the game would be offered at suggested retail prices of $199.99 and $39.99 respectively, making this another great Nintendo value for holiday shoppers.
Steve Lycett, Executive Producer at Sumo Digital believes that Nintendo could learn something from the recently released Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Lycett says that the team at Sumo Digital have pushed the kart racing genre to the extremes with their new game.
“What I’m hoping is Nintendo will now have to take a leaf from our game for their next Mario Kart. I think we’ve pushed the genre forward with this game – that and it’s really good honest fun and real gamers games. Try it, I think you’ll love it!”