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Nintendo Launching Splatoon & Mario Kart 8 Bundle In Europe

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo Europe has unveiled a brand new retail bundle for their latest console which includes a black 32GB Wii U, a digital copy of Splatoon and a pre-installed copy of last year’s surprise hit Mario Kart 8. According to their official press release the Marrio Kart + Splatoon Premium Bundle will see a limited release across Europe starting October 30th and is subject to availability. This makes it sound like this bundle might be a limited time thing – so if you haven’t jumped on the Wii U yet here is your chance to pick up two of the system’s games along with the console itself.

As of the writing of this article no pricing has been announced and was not available via Press Release or Nintendo’s official website.


Link and Animal Crossing Latest Expansions Coming to Mario Kart

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Jason Nason

The DLC additions to Mario Kart 8 keep coming!

Two new downloadable content packs coming to Mario Kart 8, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting August 27th at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both). Included in the packs are crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live August 27th that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

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Mario Kart 8 Revving up Towards 1 Million Sold

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Jason Nason

Mario Kart 8 is on its way towards being a one million seller.

In data released today by Nintendo, the latest Mario racer has sold 470,000 physical and digital units in the month of June in the United States. Add that to May sales and the current number at the end of last month sit at 885,000 in the U.S. alone.

Nintendo also reports that total sales for the Nintendo Wii U console have increased by 48% and software sales are up 129% over the same period last year.

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Mario Kart 8 Sells More than a Million Copies

Posted on June 2, 2014 by Jason Nason

Mario Kart 8 has sold over a million copies in its opening weekend.

The latest entry into the series, and first on the Wii U, launched around the world this weekend. The game has also been seeing very positive reviews and had total sales if $1.2 million since launching. Those sales are inclusive of Japan, Europe and North America.

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”

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May 29th Nintendo Download

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Jason Nason

Nintendo Wii U eShop

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) – Rated: E – $59.99

Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV. Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that’s not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you’ll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends’ using the all-new Mario Kart TV. Returning features include 12-player online play, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser’s seven minions, the Koopalings!

Mario Kart 8 will be available on May 30.

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Nintendo of Canada Revs Up Fans for Mario Kart 8

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Jason Nason

Nintendo of Canada has announced that they will celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 8 by giving fans a chance to play the game this Saturday, before the game is released next week. The special previews will take place at select Best Buy stores across Canada. The celebration will continue with special karting events in Toronto and Montreal on Saturday, May 31.

“Mario Kart 8 will drive players wild with fun, challenging tracks, new playable characters and its anti-gravity feature which will flip kart racing on its head,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Nintendo of Canada is sharing in the excitement of Mario Kart 8 by giving fans a chance to play the game before it launches at select Best Buy stores and at Mario’s Canadian Karting Day events hosted in Toronto and Montreal on launch weekend.”

On Saturday, May 24, these locations will kick Mario Kart 8 into high gear with hands-on demonstrations from 12pm to 4pm. The first 50 players at the store in Toronto and Montreal will receive a voucher to a local karting track for a free race. Additional giveaways will be available for the duration of the retail events, while supplies last.

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Mario Kart 8 One Month Away

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Jason Nason

One month from today, Mario Kart 8 will be released for the Nintendo Wii U, and in preparation for that release Nintendo presented a brand new Nintendo Direct video that announced some additional news, including a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, a free downloadable game offer for Wii U owners who buy Mario Kart 8, details about online features, new characters and new items.

“Everyone loves Mario Kart,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “It’s a franchise that brings people together for fun at a family gathering, a frenzied race against friends or just an afternoon break at the office. The numerous new features of Mario Kart 8 make this the most ambitious version yet, and one that will have players of all skill levels racing for the checkered flag.”

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Rosalina Joins Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Jason Nason

Rosalina, who was introduced in the wildly enjoyable Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry friend, Luma when Super Smash Bros. launches on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014. Not only that but she will also be playable in Mario Kart 8.

I am personally thrilled at the addition and am glad that Nintendo keeps revealling new playable characters for Super Smash Bros. There can never be enough characters to battle it out with and I am also hoping that there are plans to release even more as DLC after the games release. I don’t care if they are paid or free add on characters. The more the better!

New playable characters in Mario Kart 8 include Rosalina as well as various “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach and Baby Daisy. New course settings shown in a new gameplay video include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles including UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts as well as bikes.

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Mario Kart 8 Slides On To Wii U In Spring 2014

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Equip your best turtle shell and get ready to practice your power slide because Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U has been announced. The latest entry in the long running franchise is set for release during the Spring of 2014!

Mario Kart 8 on the surface looks like an amalgamation of Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. Motorcycles and hang gliders return from each respective game but that isn’t the only trick NIntendo has up its sleeve. A new anti-gravity mechanic allows Mario, Yoshi, Peach & Crew to race along the walls, underwater and even upside down on the bottom of tracks!

Check out Iwata-San’s explanation of Mario Kart 8’s gameplay after the jump, We’ve also got an embedded trailer shown seperately during Nintendo’s E3 live-stream.

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