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!
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.”