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Nintendo Says Mario Kart 8 Has A Long Life Ahead Of It

As you might expect, Nintendo is confident that the superb Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U has a long life ahead of it. Nintendo of Ameirca president Reggie Fils-Aime wouldn’t talk about future plans for the game. However, he does think that the arrival of Amiibo figures will help its appeal going forward.

IGN: In terms of content, take Mario Kart 8, which was a very big success for you guys during its first weekend, is additional content for that game just amiibo right now?

Fils-Aime: “In terms of…”

IGN: …content to support that game and keep it on people’s radars as something they continue to play.

Fils-Aime: “Again, by way of analogy, we launched Mario Kart on Wii and that game continued to sell huge for us over the course of five years. We launched Mario Kart on DS, that game continued to do huge numbers over the course of eight years. We do believe a game like Mario Kart 8 is going to have a very long life ahead of it. Certainly, we think the added play of amiibo is going to help drive it forward. But we think that there’s so much inherent gameplay in the core proposition, that that is going to drive a lot of hours and a lot of purchases of software.”

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        1. I hope we get characters like Boo or maybe even Kamek. Retro stages like Kalamari desert would look super cool in MK8!!

              1. Yah… I’m sure Nintendo heard the reviews raging about how Battle Mode sucked.

        2. Definitely needs more Rainbow Roads. Needs more Ghost Houses & Bowser’s Castles.

          1. Yes specially the Rainbow Road from MK7, it’s my favorite…

            And I also want to see remake of all Bowser Castles, specially the one from N64…

            1. I’d smack sasori right in the face, kid or not, for a remake of the Ghost House track from Super Mario Kart.

                1. I would eradicate Sasori just to eradicate Sasori, and to get all the previously mentioned stuff.

                    1. Not really, maybe to everyone else, but to me I like him because I get to milk him for as much lulz as possible with him being the site’s biggest lolcow.

                    2. Naw, he’s an idiot, which makes him a shitty troll. He’s not worthy to be listed among the elite trolls we’ve had. The intelligent Aelous, the funny Peteriuss, the pains in the asses, Neutron and… I can’t remember now… This sasori is just pathetic.

                2. Hey dumb ass sasori will never leave if you guys keep commenting about him he is a troll who feeds off of all you guy’s yea he hates Nintendo who car’s but if you want to get rid of him just ignore him like he’s not even here and don’t say anything to him evenly he will get bored and leave the reason he keeps talking shit is because he knows we are all fan’s of Nintendo so he will say something to piss us all off that’s how he trolls people if you want to gid rid of a troll don’t comment to him let him think and say what ever he wants just pretend this guy doesn’t exist than this guy will leave

                  1. If he was a troll, he wouldn’t be downloading illegal files and getting worried about viruses that don’t even exist

                    1. and those illegal files includes videogames, porn, narutard episodes.
                      sasori is just a clown who believes that he’s a god.

                  2. You could’ve used more punctuation marks, but I totally agree. It’s people like Nintendo Commander that keep trolls like Sasori alive.

                  3. Maybe you should try using the iota of brain cells left in your brain to realize that making your username insulting towards a person you’re trying to convince to agree with you DOES NOT WORK.

                    Or you could just stare at a rainbow for a long ass time. Either way works.

          2. I honestly was expecting more Super Mario Galaxy-type levels… but there were none!
            The galaxy levels would have been a perfect fit for obvious reasons.

  1. Let’s get DLC though, I want to play as Wiggler and Nabbit so much,and more tracks would be awesome

    1. haha!, the ape was so stupid and exposed himself.
      Long life to Mario Kart 8
      church of sasori must be burned down from inside!

      1. we want to win, it’s not funny to be the losers :'(
        selina ruiz left the church, everybody burn and expose our lord. it is not easy. what is the problem with downloads?, everybody download from thepiratebay. sasori can’t buy games, so illegal downloads are for hardcore gamers. only casuals pay for their games, right?. oh, sasori, bring them your sacred answers and teach them your ways. BTW, apes. the clergy of the church declared Martin Luther King as overrated, everybody kneel before the real fighter of human rights and savior of the gaming community: sasori. he put the ass in badass!
        sasori, bring your kingdom of real gaming, even if you can’t get the m rated games. Amen

        1. i buy games, i even went gamestop to buy games for xbox 360. am already going to play m rated games from the market place for a cheap price but not as cheap as gamestop.

          1. hahahaha, no someone exposed you trying to download watchdogs from thepiratebay. loser

  2. I still say this to my friend, but the amiibo figures would be great to get new characters. Similar to how Skylanders gets it’s characters into the games. (while still allowing a digital purchase as well of course)
    They could just release updates for new series packs or something that come out to put the characters into the programming.
    As for tracks and battle modes, I think we may get them from traditional means like from the E-shop if we ever do get more of those. lol

    1. I think they allready have confirmed that amiibo won’t be used for DLC-like content!

  3. that almost sounds like no further DLC for mario kart.. only that amiibo stuff and i really can’t be bothered with adding new characters to the game.. i want new tracks.. and a better battle mode

    1. I really wonder what amiibo will do for MK8, I don’t think it will just add the character of said figure. It’s more likely only the Mario universe figures thst works with the game.

      Smash handles it really good, with the personal fighters you train up, and can use on your team!

      1. well i certainly hope that it’s more than just a character being added

        i also wouldn’t mind some free DLCs in the future^^
        (a better battle mode would be a prime candidate for a free DLC i think)

        1. If it were just for characters, almost none of the Mario Universe ones would work…

          1. why would that be? could put pretty much any character in there

            mario kart is already not limited to the mario universe

            1. They wouldn’t work, as all the Mario related amiibo figures that are planned, are allready in the game.

              And yes, I’m pretty sure all the things in MK is from the Mario Universe.

              1. no they aren’t

                donkey kong may have once been part of the mario “universe” (wasn’t much of a universe back then) but he hasn’t been for over 20 years

                miis aren’t part of the mario universe either

                and just because they’ve only shown 14 amiibo figurines so far that doesn’t mean they won’t have more

                1. I’m pretty sure Donkey Kong is part of the Mario Universe. We have the Mario vs. DK, and Mario Kart, where he is treated as one of them.

                  Sure, but I would like to see something more interesting with amiibo, than just new characters, or DLC in general.

  4. The game needs character DLC and Battle Stage DLC. Character DLC with Diddy Kong, Birdo, Prof. E. Gad, Nabbit, King Boo and Funky Kong. Battle DLC with retro Battle Mode stages and/or new stages detected to Battle Mode. Because MK8’s current Battle Mode “stages” suck.

    1. why does it need character DLC? x_x
      a new character doesn’t really add any replay value to the game

      what it needs is track DLC

      and yes.. battle mode needs a big upgrade

    1. Knowing Nintendo, it will probably be around 5-10 dollars which is cheap. They’ll probably also release bundles of DLC that lets you get a number of separate DLCs with 5 dollars off, giving away one of the DLCs for free.

      1. Like with Fire Emblem Awakening & those 4 new Streetpass Mii Plaza games.

  5. I think it does have a long life as well, however character and track DLC would make that long life even better.

    1. whoever said that DLC might not be possible? that was never up for discussion really
      nintendo has a distribution platform for DLCs and the wii u has storage available so yes of course DLC is possible

  6. This luck based garbage has about as much life left as Lick-A-Bones alternate accounts remaining unique entities. Big god Stapler reigns supreme, elite, enjoy only the finest things, and put to rest those who are far from legit. My bitch and the aforementioned share the same brain!

    Bow to this, your time is at its end, BITCH! Forty year old from Sweden! Queer, looking to molest small children, you disgusting freak!

      1. I have called your bluff, bitch! You have yet to refute the claim…..take that back….the FACT!

        You and that sicko are one in the same!

        Elite Stapler is triumphant once again!!!
        Bow, bitch, bow!

      2. Let’s just ignore this primitive thing, it already bores me…

            1. Don’t forget butthurt.
              You know now that I think about, I believe I know why Sasori is making all these fail alternate accounts, he knows he’ll get banned soon, so he’s trying to ban evade, so technically, he’s sexist AND breaking the rules.

              1. Have you read his youtube profile, it basically sums up his pathetic life:

                “boring life i guess.

                check out videos, if you like them hit the like buttom but if you hate me still hit the like button please.”

                Anyway, let him rot in his own garbage…

                Moving on…

                1. Yes moving on, but if he gives me some lulz like he always does, forgive me, but I cannot resist to milk the lolcow. That was basically my main purpose in my programming.

                  1. Sounds like you and Stranga should commit to each other…

                    *wink*

                    1. Big god Stapler conquered, big god Stapler impressed, big god stapler will retire undefeated. Lick-A-Bone is as disgusting as they come, child molester(little boys) changes tones when his agenda is brought to the forefront!

                      God Stapler associates with only gods, no time for the abnormal.

                      Pathetic Glados bitch, I have called your bluff, you and this queer, same person, same room, same shameful living condition. Yours truly is triumphant based on that fact that was never shot down. Forty year old, balding, obese, Swedish meatball, born in 1973.

                      Funny you get bored of the elite, the elite’s been bored by garbage since the first exchange began! Don’t deceive yourself, big god Stapler posts facts, and like flies to escrament, Lick-A-Bone and Glados bitch magically appear, it’s like god Staplers posts are a calling….Bow you pawn, bow as you leave the elite be!

                      I now retire; MNN record..15-0
                      Lick-A-Bone X3
                      Glados Bitch X7
                      Common Pawn X2
                      Stragglers X3

                      This is elite, yours truly has made garbage like you a better person, bow you useless pawns!

              2. I have called your bluff, bitch! You have yet to refute the claim…..take that back….the FACT!

                You and that sicko are one in the same!

                Elite Stapler is triumphant once again!!!
                Bow, bitch, bow!

  7. Cry for that dcl lol gees. I don’t think the games needs dlc but its definitely welcome. All mk games have a long life span because we get 1 per system

  8. I was thinking the other day that I better enjoy this Mario Kart as much as I can because we wont get another one until a new system launches. I’m guessing that will be around 2019ish. So…this is the last Mario Kart we will see for at least 5 or 6 years. Maybe longer than that. Crazy to think about it that way.

    1. Then again, thats about how long it has been between all mario kart releases.

  9. I like the concept of amiibo, but never played Skylanders (getting the games, expansions and figures would drain too much cash from my already strapped wallet).

    I like how the figures are going to store data for multiple games like Mario Kart and Smash Bros. but I really hope they are much cheaper than the Skylanders figures.

  10. I’m guessing that when amiibo hits, then you will be able to use them to expand the MK character roster like never before. Example, Link as a playable character in MK when you have his amiibo. Just a guess.

  11. glad didn’t waste my money on this game. now i can play naruto generations very soon.

    1. ok? No one really cares its like u want to be attack on this, site, if don’t like the game, thats fine, but u clearly have talked nonstop trash about the game

    2. “glad didn’t waste my money on this game. now i can play naruto generations very soon.”
      *glad didn’t waste my PARENT’S money on this game. FIXED!!!

  12. I want more tracks and battle stages. What were they thinking with just using tracks for balloon battles?! So stupid! Hugs.

    1. Agreed…

      And a patch or something forthe Gamepad player to have its own screen and not stuid splitscreen…

        1. I mean it’s just so stupid…

          It should have been an obvious feature…

    2. in all honesty.. new battle mode stages should be a free of charge DLC.. they owe that much to the customer

    3. Hey! Would you be down to connect on Miiverse? My ID is Moodeeb. Look me up! :D

      I just opened a few friend slots. I don’t have many open, but there’s one for Dekuplush!

      1. I’m flattered! But unfortunately I don’t own a wii u yet. I’ll see if my friend could add you since I play at his house sometimes. His ID is ADTR-TryForce-RA. Hugs!

  13. MarioKart8 needs serious DLC to keep the sales going, like a MKDoubleDash DLC pack and FZero DLC pack, maybe even get Sega Sonic Racing DLC pack. Nintendo should make a DLC where you race with MarioKarts in open world where you outrun police, call it MK8Fugitive DLC pack, just to piss on EA.

  14. hopefully in the next nintendo direct (whenever that is) we here more about amiibo on mario kart 8. curious on how its going to work

    1. Me too, though one possibility is using it similliar to smash: Training up your amiibo by racing against them (not using the smash stats, of course). Though, I would like to see even more!

  15. It will if they add a fucking battle mode.

    Guess they thought they’d sell it as $30 DLC down the line instead of including it.

      1. True ending for Zelda, only 14.99 USD.
        Alternate endings for Metroid, only 9.99 USD a pop.
        New Super Mario Bros MicroTransactions, power ups cost only 0.99 USD, extra stages on disc only 2.99 USD a stage.

        1. xD That would definitely be some DLC EA would have in mind for those games you mentioned.

  16. Considering all Mario Kart games Always last an entire generation and possibly even further then it’s pretty obvious…

  17. Of course it has a long life ahead of it. Unlike EA, Nintendo doesn’t release their racing games year after year.

    1. Not unless there is a new home console AND new handheld console out at the same time, then we might get two Mario Karts getting released.

      1. Like the New Super Mario Bros. 2 and U, releasing really close, but now another isn’t coming before nwxt gen!

  18. It needs DLC badly. The roster isn’t great and the levels are forgetable. It needs work.

    1. Aside from the two babies created specifically for Mario Kart, every other character in the roster is awesome. Unless you have a problem with the Koopalings, Bowser’s true children?

      1. I think Nintendo has said they are not his Children. Love them, though. They all have different personalities, so there’s a little for everyone! I personally love Iggy.

        1. I’m all for supporting what Nintendo says is canon but this is one canon I can’t stand. I prefer the Koopalings as his children over that carbon copy of Bowser known as Bowser Jr. I miss the old canon of who’s Bowser’s children were.

          1. But I will begrudgingly accept the new canon set by Miyamoto & Nintendo since the franchise is their creation, not mine. I’m just a fan so fan canon is ultimately just that: personal head canon.

    2. The tracks are NOT forgettable, what do you mean?! The rooster is a little lacking, but as the characters don’t affect the game like in Smash, they are not really THAT important. When thinking back to all the details in all the tracks, I can only imagine it took at least month to make one track.

  19. Mario Kart should get characters from other franchises like Super Smash Bros. does. Add Sonic, Megaman, Pac-man, Captain Falcon, Link, Samus, Picachu, Klonoa, Crash Bandicoot. Activision isn’t doing anything with Crash Bandicoot, they should sell Crash to Nintendo.

    1. That’s one too many characters from non-Mario games. This series is called MARIO Kart for a reason.

    2. I don’t think it would feel Mario anymore, then. Though, that would be kind of cool with the amiibo feature!

  20. Yet I’m already tired of it. It’s the first time I ever got tired of a Mario Kart game even before winning the gold trophy on every cup. And it’s not because it’s a bad game. It’s good. I think I’m just getting a little burned out.

  21. My prediction is no DLC for this game. No real battle mode stages and no new tracks. I hope it gets those things, but I just feel Nintendo will probably put their resources into new games rather than existing ones.

  22. I really don’t understand why we still have no Smash Bros Kart game. . Who even CARES if the game isn’t called Mario Kart, as long as gameplay is the same it’d be awesome.

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