Recent Articles: Mario Kart 8

Mario Maker may be delayed as Wii U reaches 9.2 million in sales

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Nintendo updated investors on the Wii U’s life-to-date sales performance yesterday and, as of December 31, 2014, 9.2 million Wii U consoles have been sold. This is well behind the sales curve of the Wii, which had sold close to 45 million consoles during this point in its life cycle.

In other bad news, it looks like Mario Maker, a game that lets players create their own Mario courses inspired by Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, has been delayed. Originally pegged for a “1st Half of 2015″ release, the game is now listed in Nintendo’s release calendar as “TBA 2015.”

However, it’s not all bad news. The company posted a 59.5 billion yen ($504 million) profit for their fiscal year to date and a number of games are selling really well including Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby (a lifetime total of 9.35 million copies sold), Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (6.19 million copies sold), Mario Kart 8 (4.77 million copies sold), and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (3.39 million copies sold).

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Warp Zoned’s 2014 Golden Pixel Awards: Honoring Our Favorite Games

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With the PS4 and Xbox One entering their first full year on store shelves, 2014 turned out to be a bit of a transition year. A lot of games were delayed into 2015 and a few others were delayed even further. With the other two consolemakers taking a step back in 2014, it was Nintendo’s time to shine and the wizards behind the Wii U responded with nearly a dozen major titles. But that doesn’t mean the PS4 and the Xbox One (or the PS3 and Xbox 360, for that matter) went hungry in 2014.

There were plenty of great games to go around last year and you can read all about them as we hand out our annual Golden Pixel Awards… (more…)

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Mario Kart 8: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack Review: Now With Link

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Nintendo has been late to the party with regards to adding DLC to their games, but in Mario Kart 8 they have managed to tackle my biggest gripe since the term “DLC” rose its monstrous head and became an ugly word that meant a new way for developers to rip-off gamers… and that’s the amount of content. The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack comes with eight new tracks, as well as a few new characters, karts, and customisations. Another DLC pack based around Animal Crossing is due out in May 2015. Both DLC Packs are individually priced at $7.99 each or you can buy both together for $11.99, which means you are getting half the game’s original content at a quarter of the price. Value for the money, indeed! (more…)

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Dragon Age: Inquisition wins Game of the Year at 2014 Game Awards

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The inaugural Game Awards was held last night in Las Vegas. In between all the major announcements for future releases, Geoff Keighley and crew managed to hand out awards in 16 categories honoring 11 of 2014’s best games.

BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition took home “Game of the Year” honors as well as “Best Role Playing Game.” Three other games took home two awards including Mario Kart 8 (“Best Family Game” and “Best Sports/Racing Game”), Valiant Hearts: The Great War (“Best Narrative” and “Games For Change”), and Destiny (“Best Score/Soundtrack” and “Best Online Experience”).

In addition to Mario Kart 8’s two wins, Nintendo also collected the “Developer of the Year” award and “Best Fighting Game” for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. The consolemaker’s four wins were matched by Ubisoft who matched Valiant Hearts’ two awards with wins in “Best Shooter” (Far Cry 4) and “Best Performance” (Trey Parker as Various Voices in South Park: The Stick of Truth).

Other winners include Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (“Best Action/Adventure”), Shovel Knight (“Best Independent Game”), Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (“Best Mobile/Handheld”), and Grand Theft Auto V (“Best Remaster”).

The full list of winners in a handy list format (including all the viewer-voted categories) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Creepy Mario meets Peach and Luigi in new commercials for the Mercedes GLA in Japan

Remember the creepy live-action Mario Kart 8 commercial promoting the Mercedes-Benz GLA downloadable content? Well… Mercedes-Benz Japan is back with two new entries in the series and they’re just as crazy as the first one.

In these new spots, live-action Luigi emerges victorious against Mario and decides to do some kind of not-quite robot dance in celebration. Meanwhile, Peach stares down the plumber and then does a dainty hop-step to avoid a green shell. That stare… she’ll stare into your soul.

You can check out the Luigi commercial above while the Peach advertisement is available after the break. Don’t say you weren’t warned. (more…)

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Mario Kart 8’s first DLC is in this trailer

Not content to release just one trailer, Nintendo has uploaded a second trailer highlighting everything you’ll find in Mario Kart 8‘s first batch of downloadable content: “The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.”

The trailer includes new footage of all three racers (Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link) and the four new karts (B Dasher, Tanooki Kart, Blue Falcon, Master Cycle) and the game’s eight courses, which are no longer split between retro tracks and original courses:

Triforce Cup
Wario’s Gold Mine (Mario Kart Wii)
Rainbow Road (Super Mario Kart)
Ice Ice Outpost
Hyrule Circuit

Egg Cup
Yoshi Circuit (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!)
Excitebike Arena
Dragon Driftway
Mute City

The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack will be available on November 13.

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Check out Hyrule Circuit, Mute City tracks from next week’s Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 DLC

The time is almost here. Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8‘s first downloadable expansion, The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, will be released next Thursday, November 13. The pack will be jam-packed with four new courses, four retro courses, three playable characters (Link, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach), and four new vehicles (including Link’s excellent Master Cycle).

We know all along that one of the new courses would be Zelda-themed while another would take its cues from Nintendo other big racing franchise, F-Zero. But in this new trailer, Nintendo has given us our first look at the officially named Hyrule Circuit and Mute City. And they’re just as awe-inspiring as expected.

The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack will be available for $7.99, but it can also be purchased as part of a season pass bundled with May 2015’s Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack for $11.99.

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Nintendo has 12 Wii U titles planned for 2015 as sales continue to rise

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Nintendo announced a ton of Wii U games during this Summer’s E3 Expo. A dozen, if you’re counting along at home. And within the pages of their latest quarterly financial report, the publisher has revealed that all 12 are still on track for release next year. In case you missed it the first time around, here’s what Nintendo has planned for the Wii U in 2015:

First Half of 2015

Second Half of 2015

On top of this, Nintendo even has a few games currently planned for beyond 2016, such as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and the currently untitled Super Mario Bros. 20. It’s an ambitious scheduled, possibly the most ambitious of Nintendo’s nearly 40 years in the video game business.

Thankfully, their financials are starting to turn around. Elsewhere in their latest quarterly financial report, the publisher revealed they sold 3.22 million copies of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS in September and 3.49 million copies of Mario Kart 8 since its launch in May. These two strong software launches were complemented by sales of 1.12 million Wii U consoles, pushing its life-to-date sales total past the Xbox One to 7.29 million.

Last year might have been “The Year of Luigi,” but 2015 might be “The Year of Nintendo.”

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