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I think the item on today's agenda should be the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct.
...that was the weirdest fucking thing. It wasn't announced in advance, for one, and I'm not sure what it was like for those who watched the American version, but the EU one was filled with all sorts of skits and different segments all being done in different styles (like a news program and such). It was jarring to say the least, and I for one hope that Nintendo goes back to the straightforward Directs soon. I still have nightmares about those two Miis doing the Item section.


- Clearly he means to kill her, but that won't do much good because she's already dead inside.

The content was much better, with some nice announcements. I'm not too thrilled about Baby Rosalina or Pink Gold (is that even a thing?) Peach, but improved online functionality is always nice. Also, anti-Blue Shell items? OH FUCKING HELL YES.

And of course there's the free game deal! Destructoid reported that you in the US can choose one of four games to get with your early purchase of Mario Kart. To that I can only say "Sucks to be you!", because we Europeans get to choose from TEN games. Included among those are Zelda, Pikmin, Party U and Mario U, just like what you're getting, but also things like Sonic Lost World, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (!) and The Wonderful 101 (!!!). I think we can see who won this round.

To be honest I've never played much Mario Kart. I played some Double Dash at a friend's house, and a tiny amount of Mario Kart Wii, but not much else. In fact, I don't think I've ever actually owned a Mario Kart game. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed what little I played, so it looks like I'm going to be jumping on board with this one. The free game helps. Who knows, maybe we can get some Destructoid tournaments of the ground as a warm-up for Smash Bros later this year. Anti-gravity looks fun, ANTI-BLUE SHELL ITEMS and good old-fashioned mayhem should prove to be plenty to keep me active for a while.

So yeah, looking forward to it! And in the mean time maybe I'll try to get my hands on Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed. I've been meaning to buy that for ages now.

* - At one point or other we've all had this thought: "Man, that would be so awesome to have in real life." RedHeadPeak lists some of his favorites.

* - Another week, another OST Case Study. This week it's Fract OSC's turn, a game which was pretty much made for this blog series.

A - Expensive games may not always be worth the money, but cheap games get you to buy too many of them; the classic Catch-22.

A - This is pretty interesting: what would be a good name for the genre DotA and League of Legends belong to?

C - Zer0t0nin still has some games up for grabs, including the wonderful Thomas Was Alone, Dustforce, LIMBO and Cthulhu Saves the World. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!




- Well waddayaknow, turns out pink gold is a thing. And it comes in TIGER.

N - Terry 309 wants to draw attention to a game that's releasing soon: Raven's Cry, an open world pirate game made by the Two Worlds people.




- Nope, I'm still not over this.

V - A video about the games that are coming out this month: It's gonna be a good one!




- I was actually planning on talking about Child of Light and/or Alice today, but I don't have much time and Mario Kart happened. Hopefully next week.



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