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Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8 photo
Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8
by 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, or link your Club Nintendo account to your Wii U before buying Mario Kart 8 if you're getting the title digitally.

The choices are, again, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Wii Party U in North America. Europe is offering those, plus Game & Wario, Sonic Lost World, Nintendo Land, The Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (What'd you get, by the way?)

Most of you who were going to register Mario Kart 8 probably did so already, so here's a potentially more useful nudge: don't forget to check your status in the Deluxe Digital Promotion if you're a Wii U Deluxe Set owner. You might just have a $5 eShop code in there.

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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

1:00 PM on 07.14.2014

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

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...

Chris Carter

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



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