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Mario Kart 8  



Reviewed: 9/10: Superb
( Wii-U version reviewed )





5:30 PM on 07.28.2014

This Bowser Mario Kart toy had a major facelift

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...

Brittany Vincent




11:30 AM on 07.22.2014

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

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 ...

Kyle MacGregor




8:00 PM on 07.17.2014

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

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 ...

Steven Hansen




3:00 AM on 07.14.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent




1:45 PM on 07.07.2014

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign

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...

Jordan Devore




12:00 AM on 07.05.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent




4:00 PM on 07.03.2014

None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8

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...

Brett Makedonski




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




1:45 PM on 06.25.2014

What do kids think of the Luigi Death Stare?

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

Brett Makedonski




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




7:00 PM on 05.30.2014

Review: Mario Kart 8

After the first three console entries, Mario Kart and I have had a semi-bumpy ride. After hundreds, possibly thousands of hours spent playing Super Mario Kart, 64, and Double Dash, I didn't have the same fervor as I...

Chris Carter




4:45 PM on 05.30.2014

Club Nintendo experiencing sporadic outages today

Remember, you can register Mario Kart 8 today for a free Wii U game from the select list, but it appears as if there's a massive amount of traffic on the site at the moment, and the login servers have been hit pretty har...

Chris Carter




8:42 AM on 05.30.2014

Mario Kart 8: Get Hype

I hope you're downloading Mario Kart 8 right now. I've had it for weeks and I'm still excited about today's launch. This is one of those games where reviews don't matter -- you know you want it, you know you're going to love it, and you know you're going to play the crap out of it. Lemme know when you're ready to race. For now, enjoy this awesome launch trailer. 

Dale North




11:30 PM on 05.29.2014

This Mario Kart 8 shirt is for Japanese Club Nintendo members only

Just look at this awesome shirt that members of the Japanese Club Nintendo are getting. Meanwhile, I'm stuck wishing I had enough coins for the things I wanted. It's available today for those lucky enough to live in Japan for...

Brittany Vincent




12:45 PM on 05.29.2014

Mario Kart TV is live, watch now

You can upload replays to Mario Kart 8's Mario Kart TV mode to a site where others can watch and share your videos. That site is called mariokart.tv, and it's up right now. Hitting the site lets you watch the most recent vide...

Dale North




7:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Mario Kart 8 is getting free Mercedes Benz DLC

Have you had your fill of hardcore brand advertising in Prototype, SimCity, and pretty much every free-to-play game ever? Well too bad, because Mario Kart 8 is joining the party. Due to a collaboration between Merc...

Chris Carter




8:00 AM on 05.14.2014

These three Mario Kart 8 commercials are pretty awesome

Okay, Nintendo. This is more like it. I'm not sure what you were trying with the little girls and Tomodachi Life, but these Mario Kart 8 commercials are decidedly more entertaining and engaging for television, especially giv...

Brittany Vincent




9:30 AM on 05.12.2014

Test drive Mario Kart 8 at GameStop on May 17 and 18

Brag: I've been playing Mario Kart 8 for awhile now at home. Not for review or anything. Just because. Don't tell Nintendo, but I may have let my family play a bit too. They're also probably bragging now when they shouldn't b...

Dale North




3:45 PM on 05.08.2014

That Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition is coming to the US ...

Remember that awesome Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition coming to Europe? The one that includes a statue of the Blue Shell? Well it's coming to the US too! Except it's only going to be available through the Nintendo World Store. F...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




9:00 PM on 05.07.2014

Which Mario Kart was your favorite?

Nintendo UK released this history of Mario Kart video, detailing the history of the beloved racing franchise. It's a short little look at the Mario Kart games, and really a giant ad for Mario Kart 8, but it's enough to get m...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




10:00 AM on 05.03.2014

Fact: Princess Peach has the best ride in Mario Kart 8

More Mario Kart 8 footage! These compilations are once again provided by YouTuber Nintendomination, and the first one shows off some of the various karts you'll be able to ride in Mario Kart 8 Obviously Princess Peach has th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




9:30 AM on 05.02.2014

Here's the entire Mario Kart 8 soundtrack

No one does racing music like Nintendo. Hell, music in general. There's a shine and polish on their work that no one else touches, and the melodies stick with you forever. As expected, Mario Kart 8's soundtrack is outsta...

Dale North




3:15 PM on 05.01.2014

Video of all 30 characters and 32 courses in Mario Kart 8

Nintendo has released all the cup and track names for Mario Kart 8, along with little video snippets of each track. Or you can watch this video by YouTuber Nintendomination that takes all the video previews and makes on gian...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




3:45 PM on 04.30.2014

Everything you need to know about Mario Kart 8 in one video

If you've seen Steven's update on Mario Kart 8, heard about the new Wii U system bundle, and learned about Nintendo's free-game promotion already, you're up to speed. But there's more Mario Kart where that came from. Lots mo...

Jordan Devore




12:45 PM on 04.30.2014

Mario Kart 8: What's old is new and what's new is old

Mario Kart 8 has unveiled two "new" characters. They are Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach. What the heck, right? You're probably rolling your eyes at the lack of surprise with Baby Rosalina (who's joining Baby Mario, Luigi, ...

Steven Hansen




7:59 AM on 04.30.2014

Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle priced at $329.99, bonus additional Wii U game offer

On May 30, Nintendo will release a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Deluxe Set bundle that will include a the game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory, a red Mario Wii Remote Plus Controller, and a black Wii U Deluxe Set system, all for the p...

Dale North




3:00 PM on 04.28.2014

Best Buy offers gasoline as a Mario Kart 8 pre-order incentive

Retailers have really been stepping up their pre-order game lately. It used to be that plopping down money early for a title meant getting a character skin or some other half-assed, unimportant content. Between the likes of a...

Brett Makedonski




2:01 AM on 04.03.2014

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD

As an institution within the videogame racing genre, Mario Kart has always been an example of what arcade style racing is all about. Focusing on simple, pick up and play gameplay, while still offering high level skill based ...

Alessandro Fillari




10:30 AM on 03.06.2014

Mario Kart SNES coming to the UK VC, with a special deal

The UK is getting Super Mario Kart by way of the Wii U Virtual Console on March 27th, and there's a deal in tow. If you buy the game before June 30th, you'll get a £5.49 discount on the upcoming Mario Kart 8, which is s...

Chris Carter




8:00 AM on 03.06.2014

Nintendo announces Mario Kart 8 Collector's Edition

Nintendo of Europe has announced yet another Mario Kart 8 promotion, in the form of a Wii U Collector's Edition that's set to drop on May 30th. It's a pretty straight-forward bundle, as it comes with the game itself in physi...

Chris Carter




6:00 PM on 02.23.2014

How Mario Kart 8's retro tracks stack up to the originals

With four retro tracks from the annals of Mario Kart history returning in Mario Kart 8, GameXplain has gone through the trouble of piecing together a head-to-head comparison video that pits the originals against their HD upg...

Wesley Ruscher




4:47 PM on 02.13.2014

Koopalings playable for the first time in Mario Kart 8

The Koopalings will join the otherwise familiar roster of racers in Mario Kart 8, Nintendo revealed today as a part of its livestream presentation. You'll get your first chance to go behind the wheel with Bowser's seven minions when the title releases for Wii U on May 30.

Kyle MacGregor




4:00 PM on 12.29.2013

Get a better feel for Mario Kart 8's tracks in this video

Did the latest Mario Kart 8 trailer earlier this month get you excited for the game's inevitable 2014 release, but leave you curious on how each displayed track is raced? Well if the answer to that is yes, then the above vid...

Wesley Ruscher




4:00 PM on 12.18.2013

This Mario Kart 8 trailer marks Rosalina's debut

With everything going on in this Mario Kart 8 trailer, I'm once again left confused as to why no one came up with a more memorable title for the game. Regardless, it's looking great as ever, and should be yet another convinc...

Jordan Devore




9:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Rumor: Mario Kart 8 drifts onto Wii U in April 2014

After Wii Sports, which had the benefit of being bundled with all non-Japanese Wiis for the longest time, Mario Kart Wii is the best-selling game for Nintendo's white wonder -- it's moved over 34 million units as of this past...

Tony Ponce




12:15 PM on 06.13.2013

Mario Kart 8 isn't 'by the numbers'

There is a reason why they called Rambo IV "Rambo." Once you getting past the third iteration of an idea, you want to try distract people from the fact that you're still dancing to the same tune. That's why I was shocked tha...

Jonathan Holmes




9:12 AM on 06.11.2013

Mario Kart 8 announced for Wii U

Nintendo has announced Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. It looks ... great. The kind of shot in the arm I was hoping for.  Motorbikes from Mario Kart Wii return, along with underwater sections and gliding from MK7. It will feature Miiverse features to "share the fun with others," but Iwata wouldn't say what those features are right now.  Mario Kart 8 is coming Spring 2014.

Jim Sterling








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