It would seem as though the producer of Mario Kart has now been promoted by Nintendo to oversee the company’s mobile game development. The news was reported by Sankei, and while they don’t disclose a name, it would seem as though it is Hideki Konno who has helped produce the Mario Kart titles since the excellent Mario Kart DS. We probably won’t see the fruit of his labour for a while yet, but it is interesting news nonetheless.
See for yourself what the new Mario Kart 8 Amiibo suits look like in-game, where you can dress up as: Wario, Pac-Man, Bowser, Sonic, Toad, Villager, Rosalina or Mega Man! Which do you think looks best? My personal favourite is Sonic, because with 200cc, you gotta go fast.
You can also take a look at the gameplay for the Crossing Cup in the new DLC, if you haven’t already, featuring tracks: Baby Park, Cheese Land, Wild Woods and Animal Crossing. As a huge fan of Animal Crossing, I have to say this track is my favourite, and it’s amazing how much they actually made you feel like you were driving through your Town. Which are your favourite parts of the new DLC?
Great news for fans of the Mario Kart franchise as Nintendo UK has announced that Mario Kart Super Circuit will be arriving on the Wii U eShop this week. Yes, you’ll be able to relive the original Cheese Land and Ribbon Road on your Wii U console. Mario Kart Super Circuit will be coming this Thursday.
Thanks, Nintendo Impact Gaming
Turns out we are getting the Animal Crossing downloadable content pack for Mario Kart earlier than expected as Nintendo of America has confirmed it’s coming on April 23rd. Nintendo has also announced that a brand new 200CC class will be added to Mario Kart 8 for free on the very same day.
Nintendo Europe has added a new physical reward to its Stars catalogue. You can now order a Mario Kart 8 Folder & Bookmark Set from Club Nintendo which will set you back 1500 Stars. The description says the package comprises two sturdy card folders sporting Mario and Bowser, plus other characters from Mario Kart 8. There’s also a pair of spiffy bookmarks to complete the combo. The folders measure 24cm x 30cm, and the bookmarks are 5cm x 15cm.
Thanks, WhiteEagle and Billy
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is hopeful that Splatoon will eventually revolutionise the action shooting genre in the same way as Mario Kart shook up the racing genre when it was released back in 1992 on the Super Nintendo. Reggie is obviously very confident about the colourful shooter and judging from the previews he probably has a right to be. Splatoon is released on the Wii U in May.
Speaking to us directly on what the title means to the company, President Reggie Fils-Aimé noted that it was “aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did for racing.” He went on to note that it was a “major” new IP for Nintendo, and that the game is “not just about kills. It’s designed to be fun no matter what your skill level is.” We’ll see how major it is sales-wise come May, but for now, it does have a strong niche following on paper.
Would you like to see Captain Toad appear as a playable character in Mario Kart 8? Well, Nintendo’s very own Koichi Hayashida wants him to star in the iconic racing series as well as other Nintendo titles. Interestingly, Hayashida has contacted the director of Mario Kart to see if he’d consider including Captain Toad in the game. Hayashida says he has become quite attached to the charming character and would like to see him feature in a “variety of games.”
At this stage we don’t know. I personally want to see him featured in a variety of games. I’ve even ‘secretly’ emailed the director of Mario Kart to see if he’d consider including Captain Toad, but I haven’t heard back from him yet!