Mario Kart 8 Deluxe News

Russian Nintendo fans want rid of the company's local boss

UPDATE: Nintendo investigation launched into conduct of Russia boss.

UPDATE 21/11/18: Nintendo has confirmed to Eurogamer it is investigating the conduct of Nintendo Russia boss Yasha Haddaji, after footage of him verbally abusing hosts of a Mario Kart stream was widely-shared online.

Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour for smartphones

Nintendo announces Mario Kart Tour for smartphones

Shell be coming round the mountain.

Nintendo is bringing another of its biggest franchises to smartphones and tablets. This time, it's Mario Kart.

Mario Kart Tour will launch sometime before the end of the next financial year - so, before the end of March 2019. There's no word yet on whether it will be paid-for or free-to-play.

Exactly how close it will stick to the current Mario Kart formula is unclear, too.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch makes it easier for players to catch up

There's a new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch that makes it easier for players lagging behind in an online race to catch up.

Players bringing up the rear will receive better items as of update 1.2, which is available for download now. You should receive it the next time you turn on your Switch.

The update means if you're at the back you'll get better items, such as the Blue Shell, Lightning, Star or Bullet Bill, more frequently.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patched to remove offensive arm-clench gesture

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has this morning been updated to remove an arm-clench gesture deemed offensive in some countries.

The Nintendo racer's Inkling Girl character previously used to perform a celebratory arm pump similar to the obscene bras d'honneur gesture - clenching your first and pumping your arm, while holding it with your other hand.

While not deemed offensive in the UK - or in Japan, where it is simply seen as a celebration - the move is considered an insult in Latin America, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, among others.

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