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.