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Nintendo Mall Experience

My daughter could probably beat you at Mario Kart 8


Our Nintendo mall experience
Jan 08
// ChillyBilly
Last month, my family and I were at our local mall doing some holiday shopping. As we were walking through the mall, we noticed a large gathering of people who were playing video games. Upon closer inspection, it turns out th...
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But they have a cooler commercial
I love Japanese commercials. They're produced with such unbridled enthuisasm that it's hard to not get excited for what they're selling -- even if it's McDonalds. Nintendo has partnered up once again with the fast food chain...

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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8's TV app no longer broken


Wii U System Update 5.3.1
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
Mario Kart 8 has definitely passed the honeymoon test. It's still a staple with my group of friends, and the sheer number of tracks will likely ensure that over time, it will be my most played Mario Kart ever -- tha...
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F-Zero

Mario Kart 8's take on Mute City recreated in F-Zero X


But can we go deeper?
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
Mute City is my favorite DLC track in Mario Kart 8. Like, it's not even close. Nintendo doesn't seem all that interested in making a new F-Zero, but at least we have dedicated fans out there keeping the series alive. Take th...

Review: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1

Nov 14 // Jordan Devore
Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (Wii U)Developer: NintendoPublisher: NintendoReleased: November 13, 2014MSRP: $7.99 ($11.99 bundled with DLC Pack 2) I've always liked Mario Kart enough to want to play it with friends, particularly back in the N64 days when everyone else was obsessed and their enthusiasm seemed contagious, but I never loved the series -- not until Mario Kart 8. That's when everything clicked into place. I get it, now. The handling feels right, the anti-gravity tracks are fresh, and just looking at the game is a joy. It's not perfect -- the lack of proper arenas in Battle Mode remains a huge letdown -- but I love it. Still, it only took a few months for me to lose interest given my usual fleeting attention span for racing games no matter how good they are. I've been wanting to get back into Mario Kart 8 ever since and that's the main reason I was thrilled to learn about Nintendo's plans for not one but two expansion packs. The Legend of Zelda and F-Zero and Excitebike and Animal Crossing in Mario Kart is cause for celebration. If those crossovers can't pull me back in, I'm dead on the inside. The first DLC pack is currently available, but the second won't be here until May. I'm going to go ahead and recommend buying both right now assuming you have already purchased Mario Kart 8 and don't regret that decision. The add-ons are $7.99 a piece or $11.99 together, and getting both will give you access to eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy as a bonus. [embed]283817:56335:0[/embed] What's in DLC Pack 1, exactly? A good amount, considering the price: Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link Vehicles: Blue Falcon, B Dasher, Master Cycle, and Tanooki Kart Vehicle parts: Triforce Tires and the Hylian Kite glider Egg Cup tracks: Yoshi Circuit, Excitebike Arena, Dragon Driftway, and Mute City Triforce Cup tracks: Wario's Gold Mine, Rainbow Road, Ice Ice Outpost, and Hyrule Circuit Having more variations on Mario and Peach seems like a waste of character slots especially now that Nintendo is branching out to other series but three things turned my opinion of Tanooki Mario around: 1) he sometimes turns into a statue while performing tricks, 2) his eyes are far too mean for such a cuddly costume, and 3) his honking sound effect is a nostalgic treat. But as much as I liked the cat costumes in Super Mario 3D World, the appeal is mostly lost in Mario Kart 8. We're racing, Cat Peach, not running up walls. Sorry, but you aren't needed here. Link, on the other hand, is a crowd favorite. The bulk of the online matches I played were full of Link after Link and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Everyone wants to be the hero (which is all the more reason to rock Tanooki Mario). He fits in well with the rest of the cast and should feel more at home once Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing arrive in DLC Pack 2. As for the new vehicles, my favorite ended up being the Blue Falcon from F-Zero, not the Legend of Zelda-inspired Master Cycle. While the kart's stats aren't exactly to my liking -- I've traditionally stuck with heavy characters on the Sport Bike -- its wheels are well-hidden and the design is so damn cool. When Mute City came up for a vote in an online match and literally every player chose it, I was happy to be repping Captain Falcon's ride. Show me your moves! The B Dasher, popularized by Mario Kart DS, has a neat Formula One look. There's also the jeep-esque Tanooki Kart, but neither left much of an impression. I ditched them after a few matches. Perhaps I'll come around just as I did with the tracks Rainbow Road (SNES) and Ice Ice Outpost. Frankly, I didn't care for either course the first time around, but in subsequent playthroughs, I warmed up to them. A few heated online races can change your mind like that. Wario's Gold Mine, the first track of the Triforce Cup, had me immediately; it's like racing across a wooden roller coaster. Going down dips is so much fun. The course returns from Mario Kart Wii with stunning new graphics (that sunset is something else) and an anti-grav section. The next track in the cup is yet another Rainbow Road because we apparently can't get enough. (It's true.) This one is based on the original Super Nintendo Rainbow Road which should thrill long-time Mario Kart players. Thwomps crash down to create ripples in the track that you can boost off, but the timing is tough. It's short, simple, and a hell of a good time in online races. Ice Ice Outpost is perhaps the weakest of the DLC tracks -- it's not as alive with details as I would've liked -- but that's not to say it's a bad course; more like underwhelming. The track is split up into two lanes that weave around each other and through icebergs, providing many opportunities to swap positions either intentionally or because some jerk knocked into you. Hyrule Circuit closes out the Triforce Cup and it's even better than expected. While roaring across Hyrule field, you'll collect Rupees, not coins. Deku Babas replace Piranha Plants, and instead of Swoopers, there are Keese. Nintendo even swapped the item pickup sound effect for fanfare fitting of The Legend of Zelda. The track continues into Hyrule Castle and players can complete a little puzzle to boost over the Master Sword. If this is the standard we can expect from crossovers, I'm hopeful for the future of Mario Kart. Bring on Super Kart Bros. The Egg Cup kicks off with Yoshi Circuit and the track's numerous sharp turns still give me trouble just as they did in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! There's novelty to racing on a Yoshi-shaped island, but the actual surroundings aren't all that interesting (although it's not like you can pay full attention to background details without going off course.) Challenging stuff. Excitebike Arena is an oval track with tons of randomly-placed ramps to perform tricks off of and mud spots to avoid. That might not sound exciting but it ends up rounding out Mario Kart 8 nicely; there's nothing else quite like it in the game. And that song! It's a shame the DLC tracks aren't compatible with Battle Mode given how well Excitebike Arena would work in that context. Fans of the anti-gravity gimmick should check out Dragon Driftway right away. Most of the course, which has a Chinese aesthetic, is upside down or sideways. The track itself follows the winding body of a dragon (who you might recognize as Gobblegut from Super Mario Galaxy 2). And then there's Mute City. You don't have to be an F-Zero fan to love this fast-paced anti-grav track but you're going to be especially pleased if you are. It's full of boost pads and, in a nod to the source material, recharge strips (used here to earn coins). Just wait until that rocking theme song comes on. Mute City feels like an actual bustling city thanks to little details like billboards with Captain Falcon. Easily one of my favorite tracks, downloadable or otherwise. The rest of DLC Pack 1 isn't as consistently great as the core game, but it's all relative. By industry standards for post-release content, Nintendo is killing it. This is a must-buy for Mario Kart 8 players, and I'm hopeful the company will continue pulling in other franchises going forward. These packs can't just be a one-off experiment; the potential for cool crossovers is too high. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer.]
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Zelda x Mario Kart
Mario Kart 8's first DLC pack has Link riding a horse-shaped bike called the Master Cycle. And, good lord, Mute City from the beloved but still dormant F-Zero series. Also, a track based on Excitebike with a killer remix. Are you even going to read this review? Don't answer that. Let me have this moment.

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Zelda Kart 8

Good lord, there are a lot of Links in Mario Kart 8


It's dangerous to kart alone! Drive this.
Nov 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Mario Kart 8 got some hot new DLC today. And folks seem pretty stoked about one of the new racers. Guess who? No, not you, Tanooki Mario. Get out of here, you little rascal! [via @NIGOKUN]
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Mario Kart 8

Go download the Mario Kart 8 DLC now


Also, the 3.0 update
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
Nintendo by and large has been doing DLC right. The Mario Kart 8 DLC pack is massive, adding three characters, four vehicles, and eight tracks to the mix. Breaking free of the typical Kart conventions we're see...
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Mario Kart 8

Here is literally everything in the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack


A lengthy video explains it all
Nov 07
// Chris Carter
We've seen clips of the Mario Kart 8 DLC, but this new walkthrough video from Nintendo shows off everything in all its glory. All three characters (Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link), four vehicles (Blue Falcon, B Dasher, ...
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Mario Kart 8 DLC

Yes! The first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack hits next week


November 13
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
The Mario Kart 8 DLC that adds Link, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and new vehicles and courses -- including ones based on F-Zero and Excitebike -- will be out on Thursday, November 13. The add-on will cost $7.99 if you buy it s...
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YouTube

YouTube allows update for 60fps, test it on this Mario Kart 8 video


You need Chrome though
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
Mario Kart 8 is a pretty damn good game, and I've been playing it more recently to prep for the new DLC. In other Mario Kart 8 news (sort of), YouTube has just updated its infrastructure to support 60fps videos, an...
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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8's take on Excitebike makes me smile


DLC course playable next month
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
Excitebike Arena is one of the DLC courses included in Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 1 and even if you don't need a trailer to convey why Excitebike and Mario Kart are a winning combination, be sure to watch the video for the musi...
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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8's November DLC pack will include Yoshi Circuit


And a Tanooki Buggy
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
When Mario Kart 8 delivers its first DLC pack in November, it'll arrive with a few familiar courses. The newest reveal today is the Yoshi Circuit stage, which was previously found in Double Dash (and Mario Kart DS). Add...
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Mario Kart 8

Good lord, Nintendo gave Link a motorcycle!


This pleases me
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
We've seen a couple images of Link in Mario Kart 8 before but nothing like this. Take special note of the front of the motorcycle. So cool! Hope the vehicle's stats are good. As a reminder, the DLC is coming in two waves. Lin...
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Mario Kart 8

The B Dasher kart makes an appearance in Mario Kart 8's DLC


It's in the first pack
Sep 24
// Chris Carter
If you're a fan of the DS iteration of Mario Kart (and who isn't?) you'll be excited to hear that the iconic kart from that version will return. Nintendo has announced that the B Dasher will be a part of the first Mario ...
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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 gets Mercedes update, pre-orders now live for DLC


It's $11.99 for the DLC bundle
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Mario Kart 8 brings a small update today, and with it, the free Mercedes Benz DLC. Version 2.0 of the game is in tow, which comes with minor changes like an in-game DLC option. If you want the Mercedes DLC just head to t...
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And courses based on non-Mario games
[Update: Nintendo of America has released more details, mainly that both downloadable content packs will cost $7.99 each, or $11.99 if you buy them together. Pre-orders are now open and they grant immediate access to the...

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Promoted Blog

I love the blue shell


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Aug 23
// UsurpMyProse
[Dtoid community blogger UsurpMyProse answered our recent call for "I love what you hate" submissions with a most evil confession. Do YOU love something that everyone else loathes? Go tell us about it! --Mr Andy Dixon] For ma...
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Super Mario Kart

Nintendo steers Super Mario Kart to Wii U today


Relive those memories, friends
Aug 06
// Brett Makedonski
In a surprise move that's sure to bring about acute feelings of nostalgia all across the world, Nintendo's releasing Super Mario Kart on the eShop for the Wii U today. That's right, you no longer have to break the SNES o...

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen

Aug 05 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races. The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”. The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down. Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions. A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters. Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.
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Also three free Mercedes-Benz cars
[Update: Nintendo has confirmed an August 27 launch for the update in North America as well. Find the full list of improvements below.] Welcome Nintendo to the modern age of gaming with downloadable content! Hey, at least th...

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Nintendo

Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8


Register before it's too late
Jul 31
// Jordan Devore
If you ordered Mario Kart 8 and somehow neglected to register your copy for one of the free Wii U games Nintendo is giving out, this is the final day to do so. Just redeem the code printed on the insert using Club Nintendo, o...
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Mario Kart 8

This Bowser Mario Kart toy had a major facelift


Still hasn't had as much plastic surgery as any old reality TV star
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
I've been covering these Mario Kart Happy Meal toys far too long now. I see them in my sleep sometimes. And despite having ventured to McDonald's a few days a week in the mornings before work to check the inventory, I've only...
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Luigi's death stare

Luigi's death stare returns in new Mario Kart 8 TV ad


But has the laughter already stopped?
Jul 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Oh Nintendo, you sure do love your memes. Whether it's the readiness of one's body or feeling just like a purple Pikmin, the platform holder isn't afraid to poke fun at itself on occasion. The latest example of this playful ...
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Mario Kart 8

Luigi's death glare moves 885,000 US Mario Kart copies


Top-selling US software in June
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
C'mon, you're going to tell me that's not what's doing it? What, is it that Mario Kart 8 is fun? That it's familiar? That it's a Mario Kart game? Nope. All Luigi, baby. That's what you get in 2 anno Luigi. No matter the ...
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Mario Kart arcade

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has Don-chan and a two player co-op tank mode


Badass!
Jul 14
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't been to an arcade in a minute, Namco Bandai has been making arcade iterations of the Mario Kart series for quite a while, and they're pretty badass. For Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the Taiko Drum Master...
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Mario Kart 8

Luigi's death stare is still strong with these Mario Kart 8 toy displays


#TOOSTRONK
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Ever since I originally posted about those Mario Kart 8 toys at McDonald's, I've been meaning to get out to one and pick up one of them, but I have yet to do so. In the event you've been trying to figure out whether or not y...
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Mario Kart

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign


'Moo Moo Meadows' becomes 'Shitty luck course!'
Jul 07
// Jordan Devore
Through a browser exploit, a group has successfully managed to edit Mario Kart 8's memory on the fly, allowing, right now, custom Wii U menu fonts, renamed courses, and the alteration of which music plays when. Watch a demon...
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Mario Kart 8

There's a commercial for those McDonald's Mario Kart toys now


That probably means you can go snatch them all up!
Jul 05
// Brittany Vincent
Remember those Mario Kart 8 toys McDonald's was teasing? Looks like it's about time to head to your local franchise and ransack their toy bins for the one you like the best. Or ask politely for one. Whatever. This commercial...

None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8

Jul 03 // Brett Makedonski
1. Being in first place the entire time: Look, I know a thing or two about racing games. I've played your Out Runs and your Forzas and your Cruisin' the Worlds. A consistent theme across all those is that you want to be in first place. That's where the winners hang out. Not so true in Mario Kart 8. "Leading the pack? Cool. Here's some lightning and a blue shell for you two hundred meters from the finish line. Enjoy fourth place." Point taken, Mario Kart Overlord. I'll scratch that obviously flawed strategy. 2. Being in last place the entire time: I didn't have high hopes for this one, but sometimes you need to think outside the box. Turns out, not that far outside the box. I got some better items, and I slung some blue shell shade of my own, but it was little consolation. 3. Always be Toad: Toad's the best character, so why wouldn't I always be him? He doesn't guarantee victory, I guess. But, he's still the most awesome by far, so I'm not switching anytime soon. 4. Have a kid play for you: Okay, Mario Kart 8 has that cartoony kid look about it, maybe it takes some Peter Pan forever child magical bullshit to win. Nope. Kids are dumb and their motor skills are suspect at best. And now my brand new GamePad is all sticky and gross. I returned it to Wal-Mart (The child, not the controller; they'll take anything back). 5. Play The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap instead: This might not directly help the cause, but I hate everything a whole lot less than I do when I play Mario Kart, and Ezlo's never a jerk.
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It's a lost cause
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 throu...

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Mario Kart

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


The unluckiest Mario Kart match I've ever seen
Jun 27
// Jordan Devore
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]






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