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.”
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.