Mario Kart 8 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.

Amiibo unlock extra racing suits in Mario Kart 8

UPDATE: First DLC pack dated, Amiibo and new Zelda track gameplay shown off.

UPDATE 5/11/14 22:45pm: Nintendo has now confirmed Mario Kart 8's previously-leaked Amiibo details and given the game's first DLC pack a release date of 13th November.

Mario Kart 8 DLC trailer reveals a familiar retro track

Mario Kart 8 DLC trailer reveals a familiar retro track

UPDATE: Watch our exclusive Wii U vs. GameCube vs. DS track comparison.

UPDATE 22/10/14 1.15pm Watch how Nintendo has updated Yoshi Circuit for Mario Kart 8 in our new track comparison video, which shows off the Wii U version alongside its GameCube and DS predecessors:

ORIGINAL STORY 22/10/14 9.10pm Nintendo is resurrecting the much-loved Yoshi Circuit for Mario Kart 8's first add-on pack, due out next month.

The course originally appeared in GameCube entry Mario Kart: Double Dash - way back in 2003, just to make you feel old - but has been jazzed up with new visuals and a remixed score.

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Mario Kart 8 to receive the iconic B Dasher in DLC

Here's some video of it in action.

Mario Kart DS introduced an extremely swift hot rod called the B Dasher into the series, which was suspiciously absent in Mario Kart 8. Well worry no more as Nintendo confirmed via a Miiverse post that the B Dasher will be included in the Wii U racer's first batch of DLC.

Mario Kart 8 sells approximately 2m in under a month

Around 2m copies of Mario Kart 8 have been shifted within the game's first month on sale, Nintendo has confirmed.

That figure corresponds to around a third of the Wii U's 6.17m-strong userbase.

The sales data emerged overnight from comments made during Nintendo's AGM and has been subsequently confirmed by the company itself (thanks, IGN).

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Watch Dogs is the biggest new IP launch in the UK ever

Watch Dogs is the biggest new IP launch in the UK ever

Only GTA, FIFA, COD and Battlefield have ever sold more.

Watch Dogs has stormed to the top of the UK all-format charts and earned itself the biggest launch week of any new IP in the UK ever, beating previous record holder LA Noire's haul by more than half its sales again.

The open-world hackathon is Ubisoft's biggest ever game launch in the UK. Watch Dogs beat the publisher's previous peak for launch week sales - set in 2012 by Assassin's Creed 3 - by more than 17 per cent.

Overall, Watch Dogs is the 17th biggest game launch in the UK of all time. Only games from four established franchises - GTA, FIFA, Call of Duty and Battlefield - have ever sold more.

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Buy Mario Kart 8 and get a free Wii U game

New characters, items, GamePad chat and fresh footage.

Buy a new copy of Mario Kart 8 and register the game via the Club Nintendo website (between 30th May and 31st July) and you'll be eligible for a free Wii U game download.

Mario Kart 8 release date announced

Mario Kart 8 release date announced

Plus all seven Koopalings playable for the first time.

Nintendo's finally put a date on Mario Kart 8, one of the Wii U's brightest prospects for the first half of 2014, with Nintendo's characterful racer due out on May 30th.

The news came during a Nintendo Direct detailing the Spring line-up for the Wii U and 3DS, where further details were given on the forthcoming Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze as well as Super Smash Bros. It was also revealed that all seven Koopalings will be playable for the first time in the series.

Mario Kart 8's the first home outing for the series since Mario Kart Wii, which was itself one of Nintendo's biggest hits of recent years. Can Mario Kart 8 have the same impact? From everything we've seen so far the game's at least looking like it will live up to the heritage of the Mario Kart name.

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No date for Mario Kart 8, but a new trailer

No date for Mario Kart 8, but a new trailer

Rosalina's in it! On a super bike!

Rosalina, the princess from the Mario Galaxy games, is in Mario Kart 8 - and she races on a 'goes like the clappers' super bike!

A new video for the game was aired during a Nintendo Direct broadcast this afternoon. No specific release date past "spring 2014" was confirmed.

Mario Kart 8 will also have new 'baby' versions of Nintendo characters, new courses such as an airport and a desert high in the clouds. New vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, bikes and standard karts.

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Miyamoto unsure on F-Zero future

"I don't really have a good idea for what's new that we could bring."

Nintendo's top designer Shigeru Miyamoto has said he is unsure when we'll see a return for sci-fi racing series F-Zero.

Mario Kart 8 announced for Wii U

Mario Kart 8 announced for Wii U

But not due until spring 2014.

Nintendo has just announced the Wii U version of Mario Kart - it's called Mario Kart 8 and will launch in spring 2014.

The new edition's big feature is crazier tracks with sloped and vertical walls.

It's lucky, then, that your racing karts now come fitted with wheels which rotate around and stick to any surface.

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