Nintendo’s recent release of Mario Kart 8 breathed new life into the company’s struggling Wii U console. In fact, we called it a killer Wii U game when we reviewed Mario Kart 8 back in May, and we said it was just what the Wii U needed. The newest edition in Nintendo’s popular racing series was apparently so good that it inspired a group of 12 people in Japan to reenact Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo. More →
As the previous console generation stretched into its eighth year, game sales had nearly slowed to a halt. It took the release of the PS4 and Xbox One to begin the recovery process, but May 2014 represents the first period in six months that software sales haven’t seen a decline. In fact, total video game sales were up 52% from May 2013, owing to both a 95% growth in hardware sales and the release of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8. More →
Gamers who haven’t yet purchased Watch Dogs and/or Mario Kart 8 yet and are looking for better deals should check out the promotions currently available from various retail stores. The Examiner has listed a few great deals from stores including Best Buy, Target and Kmart, and they’re almost too good to pass up. More →
As expected, the highly acclaimed Mario Kart 8 has given Nintendo a significant sales boost… but it still wasn’t enough to beat the hottest game to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last week. Eurogamer reports that Mario Kart 8 helped Nintendo boost week-over-week Wii U sales by 666% in the United Kingdom last week, although Nintendo’s “savior” game still finished in second place behind Watch Dogs, which outsold Mario Kart 8 on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. In fact, Mario Kart 8′s strong showing on the charts only goes to show how poorly the Wii U is doing in the latest console wars since it’s literally the only Wii U title in the U.K.’s top 40 list — every other title besides Mario Kart 8 runs on the Xbox One, the PS4, the Xbox 360, the PS3 or even the PS Vita.
As one of the most consistent franchises in Nintendo’s history, the release of a new Mario Kart is always cause for excitement. The last entry, Mario Kart 7, is widely regarded as one of the best in the series, introducing air gliders, underwater racing and customizable karts. All the innovations from the 3DS title have returned in Mario Kart 8, along with the most impressive graphical overhaul the series has ever seen. With dozens of characters to unlock, 32 new and classic courses, a variety of multiplayer modes and a few unbelievably bouncy mustaches, Mario Kart 8 is the party game that the Wii U so desperately needed. More →
One month ahead of the game’s release, Nintendo has unleashed its latest extensive Direct focused entirely on Mario Kart 8. Alongside the game’s release on May 30th, Nintendo will release a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle, containing a Wii U Deluxe Set, red Mario Wii Wheel, Mario Wii Remote Plus and the game for $329.99. If you register the game on your Club Nintendo account before July 31st, you’ll also receive your choice of a free Wii U game: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U. More →
The release of Mario Kart 8 was always going to be a big deal but it’s more important than ever because both it and the new Super Smash Bros. game are now the last, best hope for the Wii U. Nintendo on Thursday unleashed a brand-new trailer for its Mario Kart 8 racing game that showed off some new characters that have been added to the mix as well as some killer new courses that we haven’t seen before, including the newest version of Rainbow Road. Mario Kart has long been one of Nintendo’s biggest hits and it’s banking that Mario Kart 8 will be the game that finally helps boost Wii U sales. 2008′s Mario Kart Wii has sold an estimated 38.8 million copies and 2011′s Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS sold around 18.1 million copies, so if Mario Kart 8 sells as well as either of those two games it would give Nintendo’s newest console the jolt that it desperately needs. The new Mario Kart 8 trailer follows below. More →