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There's a new Wii U bundle coming to the UK, and it's good

Is that a kid or a squid in that kart?
Oct 07
Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon are both pretty good games that came exclusively to the Wii U. The Wii U is a pretty nice console that's not selling very well. Nintendo's solution? A 32GB Wii U bundled with digital copies of our fa...

Nintendo announces new US Wii U bundle, with Mario Kart 8 + DLC

'New configuration'
Sep 08
Along with both DLC packs, Mario Kart 8 is still trucking in my home. If you haven't played it yet, this new Wii U bundle, announced by Nintendo today, may entice you. It's $299.99, and comes with a pre-installed Mario K...

Ride in style with this blinged-out Mario Kart 8 wheel

Link's sponsored by the Big Tymers
Jun 30
Somewhere along the way, Link traded Epona for a sleek sportbike. It's unconventional, but probably necessary in the high-octane world of Mario Kart 8. I mean, Epona is literally one horsepower. That doesn't quite cut it. Lin...

Re-re-release: Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 tops Japan sales

PlayStation 4 tops hardware charts
May 20
Square Enix's somewhat screwy PS4 release of the previously release Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster topped Japanese sales charts for the week ending on May 17 (it was released in Japan May 14), according to Gematsu's report o...

Who wants to stay in this Super Mario-inspired apartment?

There's free Wi-Fi too
May 12
Looking for a game-flavoured place to stay the next time you're in Tokyo?  This Mario-inspired apartment in Meguro, Tokyo - nicknamed (unsurprisingly) 'Mario World' - is stuffed with a veritable smorgsbord of Mario-...

Nintendo is back to making a profit

Ninty's rolling in dough again
May 07
Earlier this morning Nintendo released its results for the last financial year, ending May 31 2015, and we have good news. Nintendo is back to profitability! After several fiscal years of losses Nintendo is climbing back up a...

Mario Kart 8 update unlocks 200cc and Mirror Mode for everyone

The ride never ends
May 01
In a move that will annoy some and please others, Nintendo has issued an update for Mario Kart 8 that unlocks the new, fast-as-hell 200cc class as well as the track-reversing Mirror Mode. Just boot up the game and you'll see ...

Firehopping dead in Mario Kart 8

Competitive play at 200CC renders technique ineffective
Apr 28
Firehopping has essentially been killed off in competetive Mario Kart 8, thanks to the recent addition of 200cc mode to the game. While adding 200cc mode doesn't patch out the ability to firehop, the alterations that have sur...

Nintendo, your work isn't done on Mario Kart 8

More crossovers and a real battle mode
Apr 25
When Nintendo announced its DLC plans for Mario Kart 8, there was a combination of collective groans and cheers across the internet. The latter group was on the right side of history, it seems. When the first DLC Pack dr...

Mario Kart 8's Cheese Land will crush your spirit on 200cc

Brake drifting is our saving grace
Apr 24
Mario Kart 8 feels fresh again and not just because of the fabulous new tracks added in this week's Animal Crossing-themed DLC Pack 2. Nintendo also unleashed the humbling 200cc class in a free update for the game. We saw the...

Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC is out today

Eight tracks, three (four) characters, and four karts
Apr 23
Want more Mario Kart 8? Today is your lucky day! DLC Pack 2, otherwise known as the "Animal Crossing DLC" is out on Wii U. This follows-up the first pack from November 2014. 200cc races and eight new Mii costumes will be avai...

Mario Kart 8 gets 8 new tracks: Baby Park, Animal Crossing, and more

F-Zero love, too
Apr 15
Nintendo detailed its DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 during a recent Nintendo Direct. The 200cc races are coming free for all, but you gotta pay if you want to play (the 8 new tracks). The Animal Crossing: New Leaf track is lov...

Mario Kart 8's 200cc class put to the test on Piranha Plant Pipeway

It'll be hard to go back to 150cc
Apr 08
We're about two weeks out from Nintendo adding the speedy new 200cc class to Mario Kart 8. After watching a few of these side-by-side comparison videos between 200cc and 150cc, it already feels like I'm growing accustomed to...

Mario Kart 8's new 200cc class compared to 150cc

I'm going to stay away from the leaderboards
Apr 02
After Nintendo updates Mario Kart 8 on April 23, there will be a brand new racing class available for free: 200cc. To give us a better sense of how quick it is, here's a side-by-side comparison of 200cc and the game's curren...

Mario Kart adds 200cc class, DLC Pack 2, and more costumes on April 23

Watch out for Mr. Resetti!
Apr 01
Oh, right, we still have more Mario Kart 8 DLC coming up. It's been so long since I locked in my pre-order that I had totally forgotten! DLC Pack 2 marks the debut of Animal Crossing's Isabelle and Villager as racers, and al...

Bowser amiibo functionality coming to Mario Kart 8

That, or a Nintendo Twitter account messed up
Apr 01
Amiibros, there's new amiibo news on the horizon. Oh happy days. According to a tweet dropped today by Nintendo of Australia and New Zealand's Twitter account, your Bowser amiibo will soon unlock content in Mario Kart 8. See...

Hidden 'Totaka's Song' discovered in Mario Kart 8

You sly dog
Jan 12
Composer Kazumi Totaka has been hiding this tune in Nintendo games for over two decades now. While some of us will best recognize "Totaka's Song" from Mario Paint, it has turned up in titles like Link's Awakening, Luigi's Ma...

My daughter could probably beat you at Mario Kart 8

Our Nintendo mall experience
Jan 08
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...

Japan is getting those Mario Kart 8 McDonalds toys too

But they have a cooler commercial
Dec 05
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...

Mario Kart 8's TV app no longer broken

Wii U System Update 5.3.1
Dec 02
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...

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

It's dangerous to kart alone! Drive this.
Nov 13
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]

Go download the Mario Kart 8 DLC now

Also, the 3.0 update
Nov 13
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...

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

A lengthy video explains it all
Nov 07
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, ...

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

November 13
Nov 05
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...

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

You need Chrome though
Oct 30
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...

Mario Kart 8's take on Excitebike makes me smile

DLC course playable next month
Oct 28
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...

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

And a Tanooki Buggy
Oct 22
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...

Good lord, Nintendo gave Link a motorcycle!

This pleases me
Oct 15
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...

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

It's in the first pack
Sep 24
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 ...

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

It's $11.99 for the DLC bundle
Aug 27
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...

Mashup! Mario Kart 8 DLC adds Link, Animal Crossing Villager

And courses based on non-Mario games
Aug 26
[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...

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen

Also three free Mercedes-Benz cars
Aug 05
[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...

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
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...

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

But has the laughter already stopped?
Jul 22
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 ...

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

Top-selling US software in June
Jul 17
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 ...

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

Jul 14
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...

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign

'Moo Moo Meadows' becomes 'Shitty luck course!'
Jul 07
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...

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

That probably means you can go snatch them all up!
Jul 05
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

It's a lost cause
Jul 03
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...

Mario Kart 8 sales hit 2 million in under a month

And Iwata still in charge
Jun 27
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.&...

What do kids think of the Luigi Death Stare?

'Luigi's Hurt Stare'
Jun 25
For the most part, they seem to like it just as much as we do.

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

I mean, if it's free and all...
Jun 20
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...

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

Just ask for a toy and don't worry about getting the food
Jun 13
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...

Mario Kart 8 is $48.80 at Amazon and Walmart

Register your copy for a free Wii U game, too!
Jun 11
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...

What's your favorite Mario Kart 8 track?

And who do you play as?
Jun 06
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...

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

And why are we reporting on FOX reporting it?
Jun 04
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'...

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

Hot software isn't moving hardware in Japan
Jun 04
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...

This should have been the official Mario Kart 8 trailer

Luigi strikes again
Jun 03
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...

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

Luigi throwin' shade
Jun 02
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...

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

The blue shell was thrown by Nintendo
Jun 02
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...

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