Bernd Fakesch, the General Manager of Nintendo Germany, has apparently told a German news agency that we should see the next instalment of Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 sometime next spring. We already knew that Mario Kart was due to be released in the spring, but most of us expected Smash Bros next Christmas. Hopefully this turns out to be true.
“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”
Rovio will soon be releasing a new Angry Birds title, called Angry Birds Go!, but the object of the game is not to slingshot birds into barricades filled with pigs. Instead, Rovio has copied the powered-up, item-fueled formula of Mario Kart to create the first ever kart racing game in the series. In addition, the company is taking a chance by releasing the title across several platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows, and making it free-to-play on all of them. Time will tell if the game ever joins the ranks of Angry Birds Trilogy and Angry Birds Star Wars to make it to a Nintendo console, but if it does, it will have to go head to head with some fierce competition. Angry Birds Go! will be released for mobile devices on December 11th.
Creative director of Rare, Simon Woodrooffe, has stated that he wants Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One to stand the test of time the same way Nintendo’s Wii Sports and Mario Kart games have. Much like Wii Sports, Kinect Sports Rivals features sports-based mini games like soccer and bowling. The title, which was recently delayed from this holiday season to Spring 2014, is the follow-up to 2010′s Kinect Sports. Woodrooffe said he hopes gamers are still purchasing the game along with an Xbox One console for years to come. Here are the director’s full comments on the matter:
“We think–well, we hope–that this is the sort of game that’s still one of the first things that anyone who buys an Xbox One gets even two or three years from now…sort of like Wii Sports and Mario Kart for the Wii.”
The stunning Mario Kart replica cups are now available to purchase on Club Nintendo in Europe. The trophies retail for a hefty 5000 stars, but they certainly look to be worth the hard-earned stars that you have saved up. There’s the Lightning Trophy, Shell Trophy, Banana Trophy and finally the Mushroom Trophy all for 5000 stars each. Will you be parting with your stars to purchase one of these?
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Nintendo UK has announced on Twitter that Mario Kart 8 will be one of the playable titles at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, also posting the above promotional picture for the game. Taking place in London from September 26th to September 29th, the Expo is one of Europe’s biggest games shows where companies demonstrate their latest material. The Eurogamer Expo will also feature tournaments and a large number of indie games.
Mario Kart 8 boasts new anti-gravity kart racing that allows players to race on walls and upside down, a feature that is supported by the Wii U’s HD graphics and processing power, since courses must be displayed quickly from several different camera angles. The game has been confirmed for an April 2014 release. Other Wii U titles on display at the Eurogamer Expo will be Bayonetta 2 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
If you know your way around the racetracks of the Mushroom Kingdom, you’ll want to set up your karts and load up on Bananas as the MK7 Community Application hits Facebook on 13th August.
As well as battling it out to be immortalised in the Mario Kart 7 Hall of Fame, you will be able to compete in Weekly Races and Time Trial leaderboards, get special event notifications and chat on the Community Page. So whether you like to race against other players, compete for the fastest possible lap times or just meet other fans to play and chat with – the new Facebook app for Mario Kart 7 has something for you.
Hall of Fame
Race your way to the top and get immortalised in the Hall of Fame. Every month, the app will keep track of the best racers across theNintendo UK Mario Kart 7 Community and induct someone permanently into the Hall of Fame.
- Event Races - Get bragging rights by beating your friends and other Mario Kart 7 players from across the UK in community races every week and special monthly event races. The most recent race leaderboards will also be showcased on the community page.
- Time Trials – Think you can’t be beaten on Melody Motorway or Rainbow Road? Prove it with the Time Trial leaderboards. Each track will have its own permanent leaderboard so you can show off your skills on your favourite tracks and battle it out for the record times.
Join in the fun with other Mario Kart 7 fans online. Swap community codes, set up races with other players and participate in Mario Kart discussion on the community page.
By entering your Mii name into the MK7 Community Application, you can link to your Facebook profile and start submitting race times as well as competing in weekly and special UK events. The application will even link in with your Facebook events to notify you of upcoming races and let you see how many of your friends you’ll be competing against.
There will be more reasons than ever for Mario Kart 7 players to keep competing when the MK7 Community Application hits Facebook on13th August. To find out more, go to http://www.nintendo.co.uk/mariokart7
According to Nintendo senior communications director Charlie Scibetta, the Mario Kart brand is more powerful than ever. Scibetta has explained to GameSpot that he thinks the Mario Kart brand is strong due to Nintendo’s efforts of innovating and pushing boundaries with each new installment of the series. Scibetta said Mario Kart 8, which was revealed yesterday, will combine existing Mario Kart elements with new features to form a desirable product. Mario Kart 8 will be released exclusively for Wii U in spring 2014.
“I do think that the power of the brand is more powerful than ever because you have all the people who grew up on it, so you have that carryover; the fact that they still keep playing into their adult years. And then you also have kids getting into it and you get them involved too.”
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.