Monday18th Mar 2019
Mario, Mario Kart and Smash all in top ten
UK chart data is now in for the week ending 16th March, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still speeding along as the Switch's best-selling exclusive for another week. After a strong third-place finish last week, the game saw a 12% drop in sales this time around, subsequently making it fall four places...
Tuesday12th Mar 2019
Devil May Cry 5 debuts at No. 1
UK chart data is now in (a little later than usual) for the week ending 9th March, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has managed to drift, boost, and presumably red shell its way back to third place. Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 takes the honours this week, with Anthem being knocked off top spot and actually dropping...
Monday4th Mar 2019
More racers, more fun
If 12 racers in Mario Kart wasn't already infuriating enough, how would you feel about 24? A video game modder named MrBean35000vr has been able to get 24 karts up and running in Mario Kart Wii. As he explains in the above video, his mod can handle between 24-29 racers, but the game crashes when 30 or more karts are added...
Tuesday12th Feb 2019
Can you imagine?
Ah, the Blue Shell. As is to be expected, Mario Kart's very own rage-inducing spiky ball of doom, destruction, and relationship breakdowns has claimed yet another victim and, this time, it's even ruined a world record speedrun attempt. Speedrunner Skilloz_ was aiming for a 200cc Star Cup world record in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,...
Thursday31st Jan 2019
Software attach rates revealed
Despite only being on the market for just under two years, the Nintendo Switch has already produced some must-have titles. Even top games originally brought to life on Wii U have been given a glorious second chance on Switch and, for the most part, they've taken that chance with open arms and impressive sales. But just...
Blue shell reportedly to blame
While we're still yet to see or hear the slightest trickle of info surrounding how it will play, Nintendo's upcoming mobile app Mario Kart Tour has been delayed until this summer. Originally scheduled to arrive in the financial year ending March 2019, the app has been pushed back to the summer to improve its overall...
Wednesday23rd Jan 2019
Based on lifetime dollar sales
Mario Kart 8 is now reportedly the second best-selling racing game of all time across the US, and everyone's favourite red hat-wearing, moustachioed plumber has only been beaten to pole position by his older self. The game has boosted and drifted its way to some seriously impressive levels of success, now just one...
Tuesday15th Jan 2019
Stickers solve everything
Nintendo might have won the lawsuit against Tokyo's Mari Mobility company - formerly known as MariCar - but somehow the go-kart business continues to bite back. Even though the company was required to pay 10 million yen (roughly USD$88,000) in damages last year and immediately stop wearing Mario-themed outfits, it's now...
Saturday12th Jan 2019
Back when Nintendo announced the very first Mario Kart game in the early '90s, there were some in the industry who proclaimed it as a sign that the veteran firm had finally lost its marbles. Sure, Mario had appeared in other games, but his forte was 2D platformers – he had no place on the racing track, and Super Mario Kart was...
Wednesday9th Jan 2019
When your 50-inch plasma doesn't cut it
There's nothing quite like getting all your friends and family over for a good Mario Kart session in front of the big screen, especially if you throw some lovely snacks into the mix, but what do you do if you run out of places to sit? The answer: use a baseball stadium. The footage below captures the moment...
Thursday3rd Jan 2019
We've all been there, arguing over who has to do the cooking, cleaning, and washing for what feels like the 657th time this week, but this adorable couple seem to have the chore-deciding formula absolutely nailed down. It turns out the answer is simple: Mario Kart 64. Reddit user u/bork1138 has shared the story of their...
Tuesday18th Dec 2018
New courses also released
The airborne koopa Lakitu has a long history with the Mario Kart series. He's best known for starting each race and helping out when karts go off-course. Later on in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, Lakitu was added to the series as a playable character. Now, the Nintendo and Bandai Namco collaboration Mario Kart Arcade GP...
Monday3rd Dec 2018
Perfect Christmas bundle?
It's that time of year again when millions of shoppers find themselves frantically searching online or running around stores to pick up gifts for their loved ones - or themselves. If you or someone you know is wanting a Nintendo Switch this holiday, this bundle could be a perfect option. Available for the console's...
Friday30th Nov 2018
The American automotive company Tesla, Inc (formerly Tesla Motors) is all about making electric cars more viable and affordable. Elon Musk, the co-founder, CEO and tech entrepreneur behind it - who is also responsible for the SpaceX program - is known for thinking outside the box. According to IGN, Musk reportedly tried to get Nintendo to...
Tuesday27th Nov 2018
She eventually solved her problems
Following her Nintendo Labo collaboration with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (see video above), American singer, songwriter and actress Ariana Grande appears to have acquired her very own Switch. The only problem is, she had to sort out a few things before she could enjoy
Friday16th Nov 2018
We'll take the Lakitu clock
In yet another episode of 'Japan gets all the cool stuff and it's really getting unfair now', a new Mario Kart-themed lottery has been announced where fans can win some lovely household items based on the franchise. The lottery comes courtesy of Bandai, which has revealed that it will be bringing all of the lovely...
Thursday15th Nov 2018
"I will fire you"
Nintendo Russia CEO Yasha Haddaji Nintendo's Russian branch is seemingly rife with mismanagement. Following yesterday's news Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! would only be available in limited supplies - leaving many locals scratching their heads - a video has now emerged online of the Nintendo Russia CEO Yasha Haddaji losing his...
Wednesday31st Oct 2018
Get ready to race
While there's still basically no information regarding the upcoming mobile release Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo's latest Q2 2019 financial briefing has reconfirmed the game is still on course in terms of development. The "service" is arriving sometime before the end of March 2019: We also plan to start a service for Mario Kart Tour,...
Nintendo's latest financial results have revealed the Switch has now shifted 22.86 million units worldwide. The system has done so well, it has already outsold the lifetime sales of the GameCube. While revenue for the company is predominantly coming from its new hybrid device released early last year, there's a certain...
Tuesday23rd Oct 2018
Decent characters, lacking character
Kart racers are undoubtedly a style of game popularised by the original Super Mario Kart, and for a while back in the 90s these things were everywhere; if you named a popular children's franchise, there was literally a chance there was a kart racer with that branding. How appropriate then that Nickelodeon Kart...
Wednesday17th Oct 2018
Perhaps a blue shell will sort this out
Even the law can't stop Tokyo's Mari Mobility company, formerly known as MariCar. After last month's reports the unlicensed Mario Kart business would be required to pay 10 million yen (roughly $88,000) in damages and immediately stop wearing Mario-themed outfits, it was believed Nintendo had finally got its...
Saturday29th Sep 2018
Racing in virtual reality
Following a successful launch in Japan and the UK, the Mario Kart Arcade GP VR experience is now on its way to the United States. Bandai Namco and HTC will bring the immersive Mario Kart game to the new "VR Zone Portal" in Washington, D.C. Mario Kart VR allows four players to hop into specially designed karts and race...
Friday28th Sep 2018
Japan can be both a weird and wonderful country at times with robot restaurants and cat cafes. You might have also heard about an unlicensed Mario Kart ride company located in Tokyo. Even the Australian actor Hugh Jackman, best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies, has spotted these karts in action. Being a completely...
Friday24th Aug 2018
Driving in style
Nintendo has shared a short new video to announce that the upcoming Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will be supported in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As you can see, the Vehicle Kit's wheel and pedal can both be used to carry out your usual Mario Kart antics on screen, working nicely alongside the Toy-Con Motorbike which has been compatible
Friday10th Aug 2018
Mario Kart VR has been a thing in Japan for a while now, but the concept has only recently made its way to the UK, with Namco Bandai setting up a unit at Hollywood Bowl inside the O2 in London this month. Simon Davidian paid a visit
Tuesday31st Jul 2018
A technical mouthful
Mario Kart Wii introduced many new features to the long-running series including motorbikes and 12 racers on-track at once. While the exploitation of the 'wheelie' mechanic was rife back in the day, generally the Wii version is still looked upon as a memorable entry in the series thanks to its online play, accessible nature and...
Friday20th Jul 2018
Or is it time for an all-new game?
We shouldn't really have been all that shocked about new DLC content arriving in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – after all, Nintendo told us it would happen a week ago. As one of the company's biggest-selling recent hits it's understandable that Nintendo wants to extend the longevity of Mario K
Head back to the track
Following the recent Nintendo Labo updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, along with the announcement, even more, was on the way, Nintendo has now added free
Thursday19th Jul 2018
A match made in heaven
We might have seen Super Mario themed Hot Wheels racers in the past, but Mattel’s latest collaboration with Nintendo takes it to the next level. According to Comicbook.com, the toy manufacturer is releasing a new line of Hot Wheels cars based on Nintendo’s long-running racer, Mario Kart. The series will feature eight...
Friday13th Jul 2018
Another game that keeps on giving
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may well have been out for over a year now - and has actually been out for over four years if you count the Wii U version - but that doesn't mean that support for the game is over just yet. Head of software development at Nintendo, Shinya Takahashi, recently took part in a short video which...