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None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8 photo
None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8
by Brett Makedonski

I've fought the urge to buy a Wii U specifically for Wind Waker HD for the better part of a year now. After a strong E3 by Nintendo and a convenient Mario Kart 8 promotion, I finally relented. Between flipping through old Zelda titles, I make time for the occasional race or two of Mario Kart.

The problem with Mario Kart 8 is that I haven't yet found a consistent strategy to win. In fact, more often than not, they end in defeat. (If you're not first, you're last; I saw it on a bumpersticker.) These are a few of the techniques that I've tried thus far; I don't recommend any of them.

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10:00 PM on 06.27.2014

The crushing despair of Mario Kart summed up in a single video

The only way this would be better is if the footage was from Mario Kart 8 so we could look out for the obligatory Luigi death stare. Still. Holy crap. We've all had our frustrating moments with the series, but I don't know that there's any topping this 30-second slice of hell. And that last-minute Bullet Bill out of nowhere. Way to make it feel personal. [Via reddit]

Jordan Devore

2:45 PM on 06.27.2014

Mario Kart 8 sales hit 2 million in under a month

Mario Kart 8 sold 1.2 million copies in its first weekend of release. Reports from Nintendo's shareholders meeting are putting the sales, just under a month after release, at 2 million now. Pretty good for a Wii U game.&...

Steven Hansen



What do kids think of the Luigi Death Stare? photo
What do kids think of the Luigi Death Stare?
by Brett Makedonski

For the most part, they seem to like it just as much as we do.

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2:30 PM on 06.20.2014

That Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC is no longer Japan-only

I wasn't sure the Mercedes-Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8 would release outside of Japan, but it will. Nintendo announced this morning that the GLA-Class Kart will also be out this summer in North America and Europe. It was more t...

Jordan Devore

6:45 PM on 06.13.2014

Hit up a McDonald's drive-thru near you soon for Mario Kart 8 toys

If you're an adult like me, you've probably head to McDonald's when there are Nintendo promotions. You know, because that's what adults do. Get ready to zoom to one of the restaurants with you, as McDonald's next set of Happy...

Brittany Vincent





12:52 PM on 06.11.2014

Mario Kart 8 is $48.80 at Amazon and Walmart

If you own a Wii U and aren't playing Mario Kart 8 right now, well, you have very different priorities than the rest of us. Perhaps this deal will be tempting enough for you to change your ways: Walmart and Amazon are both se...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 06.06.2014

What's your favorite Mario Kart 8 track?

For me, it's unquestionably Mount Wario. The snowy setting, the fact that it's all one giant course, that final adrenaline rush of a descent down the slopes toward the finish line -- I love it so much. But there are quite a f...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 06.04.2014

Why is FOX reporting on Luigi's Mario Kart 8 death stare?

We all know that Luigi's menacing ways in Mario Kart 8 are too great to ignore. That's why we've covered it extensively. Important stuff in the videogame world, really -- especially in the days leading up to E3. But, I'...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 AM on 06.04.2014

Not even Mario Kart 8 can get people to buy the Wii U

Mario Kart 8 sold more than 325,000 boxed copies during its opening week in Japan, according to sales tracking group Media Create. The figure was more than enough to top the nation's weekly software charts, with the runner-up...

Kyle MacGregor

7:15 PM on 06.03.2014

This should have been the official Mario Kart 8 trailer

Just recently we showed you the death glare of Luigi -- the piercing eyes of someone you do not want to mess with if you value your life (and possibly your soul). But thanks to YouTube user KagatoTheFinalBoss, we n...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 06.02.2014

Mario Kart 8 sells more 1.2 million units worldwide this past weekend

Fastest-selling Wii U game ever? That's Mario Kart 8, which sold more than 1.2 million units worldwide over its first weekend, starting May 29 and 30. This counts Japan, Europe, and the Americas.  That's a pretty go...

Dale North

1:15 PM on 06.02.2014

Mario Kart 8 drives Wii U hardware sales up 666% in the UK

After nearly two years of being on the ropes, Nintendo's troubled console has finally gotten a pick-me-up. And a major one at that. With the release of Mario Kart 8, which secured the #2 spot in the UK for most sales during t...

Alessandro Fillari

12:30 PM on 06.02.2014

Death glare: Luigi is not a man you want to mess with

This isn't the gaze of a competitor hell-bent on getting a checkered flag. This is a stare of pure contempt, a glare from a man that will crush anything in his way for no reason at all. Watch out for Luigi. Decades of playing second fiddle to that guy in red has turned him into a callous maniac. @MattThorson [Twitter]

Brett Makedonski



Dumb Idiot Ideas: Sonic Boom's Sticks vs Mario Kart's Mercedes photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: Sonic Boom's Sticks vs Mario Kart's Mercedes
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I have a chat about some interesting new characters coming to the Wii U. However, Max has an ulterior curiosity that may just ruin everything forever. Which would you choose: Sticks the Badger, or the Mario Kart Mercedes?

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10:00 AM on 05.31.2014

Weekend Playlist: Watch Dogs Kart

This week two of the most anticipated games of the year released. I was personally baffled by the mess of licensed music included in Watch Dogs, so much so that I decided to just turn the radio off for good. Mario Kart 8&nbs...

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