Recent Articles: Mario Kart 8

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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Relive the retro awesomeness of Excitebike with Mario Kart 8’s Excitebike Arena DLC

Fans have really taken to Nintnedo’s decision to expand Mario Kart 8 into “Super Smash Kart” with downloadable content. The announcement that Link would get a kart of his own was met with huge applause from the Mario Kart community. And the return of the B Dasher and Yoshi Circuit certainly revved up the franchise’s fans as well. But I think Nintendo’s next announcement might top them all. The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 Pack, which will be available in November, will include “Excitebike Arena,” a course based on the NES edition of Excitebike.

Excitebike was famous for including one of the first track editors in gaming history and Nintendo will channel that spirit by randomizing the layout of Excitebike Arena with every race. Jumps, oil slicks, grass hazards… if you remember it from Excitebike, it’ll be included in Excitebike Arena. Check out the trailer above for a look at how the randomization will work.

In retrospect, mixing Mario Kart with Excitebike seems so obvious that a part of me is amazed that Nintendo never tried it before.

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Double Dash’s Yoshi Circuit returning in first Mario Kart 8 DLC

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that Yoshi Circuit, which was originally included in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the GameCube, will be part of the retro Egg Cup in the upcoming “Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.” You can get a glimpse of the revamped Yoshi Circuit, as well as Tanooki Mario’s Tanooki Buggy, in the newly released trailer above. Link and Cat Peach will also be added to the racer roster thanks to the DLC pack, along with Mario’s B Dasher, Link’s Master Cycle, and a kart based on Captain Falcon’s hovercraft from F-Zero.

“The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack” will be priced at $7.99 when its released in November.

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Mario’s B Dasher kart returns in first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack

Mario Kart aficionados love the B Dasher kart from Mario Kart DS. As Mario’s main ride, it made its mark on a whole generation of players. And now it’s back.

It will join three new characters (Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link) and eight new tracks in this November’s “The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.” To get you extra pumped, Nintendo of Japan has released a new trailer showcasing the kart taking curves and throwing shells.

“The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack” will be priced at $7.99 when its released in November.

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