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.
The Mario Kart series has been around for more than two decades. The first entry, Super Mario Kart, made its debut in 1992 on the SNES. To date, seven core Mario Kart titles have been released – with four being on home consoles and three for handhelds. The eighth installment, Mario Kart 8, is scheduled to launch May 30 on Wii U.
The Super Nintendo classic Super Mario Kart will release on Nintendo eShop as a Wii U Virtual Console title on 27th March 2014. As part of a promotion to celebrate both this legendary title and Mario Kart 8, fans who purchase Super Mario Kart on Nintendo eShop from its release until 30th June 2014 can get a discount of £5.49 on Mario Kart 8 if they choose to purchase Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo eShop from the release of the game until 30th June 2014, providing the purchase takes place on the same Wii U console.
Jakks Pacific has revealed the first officially licensed Mario Kart ride-on vehicle for children. The company was approved last year to create major toys based on Nintendo franchises. The Mario Kart ride-on is available for pre-order at Toys “R” Us for $200 and is due to be released sometime in March.
“It’s an exciting little runner that we expect to sit competitively within other 6V ride-ons, and with it being so relevant to the [Nintendo's] Mario Kart, it should do very well.”
“Nintendo is a classic brand rich in content that appeals to today’s kids, parents and collectors alike, and we are excited to partner together to bring their video game heritage to life in the toy aisle. We are looking forward to expanding our top-tier roster of properties through this comprehensive licensing deal, which covers a wide array of category rights for almost all Nintendo properties and for nearly all worldwide territories.”
Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer believes that the Mario Kart franchise is genre defining and probably shouldn’t be replicated. Spencer mentioned this on Twitter when he was asked by a fan whether Microsoft would consider a kart racer with Banjo Kazooie and Masterchief.
“Every time I hear someone say ‘like Mario Kart’ I cringe. It’s kind of like open world driving, like GTA. Some games define genres.”
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Nintendo has today revealed a new stage for Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS. The stage showcased is the iconic Rainbow Road from the Mario Kart franchise. The stage was initially teased in last week’s Nintendo Direct Smash Bros trailer, which can be viewed here. Smash Bros game director Masahiro Sakurai said the following about the stage on Wii U and 3DS social network, Miiverse today: “Here’s a new 3DS stage–Rainbow Road! It can’t be explained in one picture, but it’s going to be a cruise-type stage.”