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Mario Kart Wii U Driving Into E3 This Year

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Should be in gear and playable

In a reassuring segment of today's Wii U Direct, Satoru Iwata announced — in name if not footage — games that will be playing a bigger role later this year. One of these was a new Mario Kart entry, currently in development and, most importantly, planned to be playable at this year's E3.

With an over-riding message of the broadcast being "the games are coming", this is hardly a surprise. As it'll be playable this summer, and as Mario Kart is arguably easier and quicker to develop than some other titles, we'd certainly speculate that this could be a solid potential release for the Holiday season. Perhaps not, but among the various announced franchises, this seems like a safe bet.

We, of course, look forward to seeing it in action as the year progresses, with more Nintendo Direct broadcasts promised. In the meantime, you can always check out some real life Mario Kart until the Wii U's game drives into view.

Let us know how high Mario Kart is on your Wii U wishlist, while hopeful speculation on features, tracks and playable characters are all welcome.

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BenAV said:

Pretty predictable but good news nonetheless.
Interested to see how it looks on the Wii U.



Pikachupwnage said:

Wii U may be struggling in UK and doing "okay" in Japan but yeah it's going to turn around. Too many awesome and system selling games on the way. My faith in Nintendo has been Massively increased.



3dbrains said:

I was soooooooo tempted to buy sonic racing because of no mariokart... Very happy I held out. I can wait untill Christmas for this.



SheldonRandoms said:

Let's just hope Waluigi makes it into this this one, also maybe the Wii U version might play like double dash with the Wii U gamepad.



RedYoshi999 said:

Just a note to everyone, Sonic Racing is actually really good and I have no problems buying both that and Mario Kart. It's a worthy game in its own right.



datamonkey said:

I pray to god they sort out the rubber-band effect and stop throwing a million blue and red shells at you when you're in the lead and about to cross the finishing line.

That frustration led me to stop playing the last 2 games and frankly ruins them for me. Even if they just toned it down a little...



NintyMan said:

It's very nice that Iwata gave us a preview of the excitement to come at E3 rather than have us twisting our heads over what Nintendo would show at the big event.

If Mario Kart U will be playable at E3, then that might give it a good chance at releasing this holiday season. I thought it wouldn't come until 2014, but Nintendo could break the somewhat traditional routine of releasing a Mario Kart every 3 years and release Mario Kart U a little early, if only to boost the Wii U more.



citizenerased said:

More skill-based, less rubber banding, please. And also, a return of Mission mode from the DS version.



PinkSpider said:

This game seriously needs to support 2 game pads, coz 4 player split screens sucks so bad. Sonic all stars is abysmal 4 player split
I can handle 2 player split screen
Imagine how cool 4 player would be with 2 gamepads



XD375 said:

Sonic's racing game was better than any Mario Kart I've played. I hope Nintendo steps their game up with this one.



Shirma_Akayaku said:

So nobody thinks that Nintendo should include more human female racers?
I'm tired of limited female choice. In the Wii, only 6 females:
1 Large/Heavy - Rosalina.
2 Medium - Peach, Daisy (Not Birdo since it's male, even though it's seen as female).
3 Light - Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, and Toadette.

In my opinion, baby-fied females aren't too good. I'd like 4 human female racers that are around Medium to Heavy/Large.
They should also bring back Cheese Land, it was great and more haunted tracks.



rjejr said:

I see this as an early 2014 release, though they've had about 5 years to work on it since the last one, and Super Mario Universe later this year. I don't see them both coming out close together.

And as good as Sonic Transformed is, I don't see Nintendo going that route. It's nice to go from car to boat to plane all in the same race but sometimes you just want to race in car and that's what Mario will bring.

What else they can add besides HD graphics I have no idea. Maybe we'll have to buy little toy cars Skylanders style?



aaronsullivan said:

Sonic Racing Transformed is darn good, though. If you have the money, I'd recommend both. They are going to be VERY different I imagine.

Mario Kart is almost always a no brainer for my family. It would have to get some pretty bad reviews for us to reconsider, honestly.



UnseatingKDawg said:

Well, I do need the system first. Damn US economy...

Anyhoo, the only Mario Kart title I haven't really enjoyed was the original for the SNES. I really like all the others, so this is going to be a must-have.




Hopefully the game has the same depth that Mario Kart DS had but the same insane fun as MK7 on 3DS! I'd also love to see dlc packs with a mix of new and classic courses!



gefflt said:

Yay! Hopefully we'll see some more interesting battle modes (and lots of maps)!



Xilef said:

@rjejr Why can't they come out close together? Mario Kart and Mario U is being developed by two different teams. Having these two around for the holiday would help the Wii U the same way 3D Land and MK7 helped the 3DS.



Ryno said:

Am I really the first to comment that I would rather have F-Zero?



PAppleyard said:

Mario Kart Wii is the game that I play more than any other. I'm waiting for the Wii U version and have bought Sonic Racing Transformed in the mean time.



Luffymcduck said:

What else could you do on a new Mario Kart with WiiU gamepad but make your own levels. Nintendo, just make it finally happen.



BrightShadows31 said:

Right up there at no. 2 on the list! The only game that can really take it down is Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Wii U. But the games are almost for sure going to be released months apart from each other that it doesnt really matter. That shiny new 3d mario platformer came amazingly close, too...



Dr_Salvador said:

Bring back specials for the different characters like in Double Dash!
Also, why not call it: Mario Kart (U)ltimate and include every level from the franchise up until Mario Kart 7? Of course there should also be at least 16 new levels!
I like the idea about playing 4-player with two on the tv and two on each of there gamepad! Could be nice!



idork99 said:

Honestly, I'm having too much fun with Mario Kart 7 at the moment to be excited for this one. Don't get me wrong, I love Mario Kart as it is my (FIFA, Madden, CoD, WoW, etc...) game franchise of choice that I never stop playing! Until more news comes out, I can't possibly foresee what they can do to improve on the product. As is, Mario Kart 7 is pretty much perfect in my mind. With that said, anyone up for a game? If you are, look up my profile and you'll see my friend code there. If you add me, let me know so I can add you. I'll love to have more competition to play against, especially if you're a Nintendo Life fan as I am.



NintendoCat14 said:

Please be more like the ones on DS and 3DS and not like the one on Wii. Also, please include Waluigi.



Emaan said:

As much as people are saying they were expecting this, I really wasn't. I can't help but feel we just got Mario Kart 7. Oh well. That's the way Nintendo's been lately. It seems things are releasing much quicker than they used to.



Raymen said:

@Ryno_Choryzo I want F-Zero as much as the next guy, but Ninty has left Cap in the dust. I'm thinking he should be a playable character with parts from the Blue Falcon :]



Henmii said:

A cool, a new Mariokart for the Wii u at E3! Hopefully I will like it better then Mariokart 7! There wasn't anything really wrong with 7 (though I am baffled by the exclusion of a online ranking board), but for some reason it didn't wow me like Mariokart Wii or Mariokart 64. Maybe I played to much Mariokart?



Therian said:

Awesome! Wii U will do great in 2013 I hope it can do co-op/online with the 3DS!
And bring back WALUIGI!



MushroomCooCoo said:

I don't know why, but I want Nintendo to make a Goomba a playable character. (Even if he has to hold onto the steering wheel with his mouth!)



Senate_Guard said:

Waluigi better be back! Also if they're going to include obscure characters like in MK7, PLEASE include a Gearmo from the Galaxy games. I love those little guys!



Phle said:

I can't wait for this (^_^) I hope they will include more female characters as well, at least compared to what they have in Mario Kart Wii. I never managed to unlock Daisy or Rosalina, so I have to choose Birdo (I thought she was a girl?) or Peach or a baby girl if I want to play a girl character. They should add at least one "heavy class" girl character that is either doesn't have to be unlocked or is easy to unlock.



MarioKenny1992 said:

am I the only one here who wants Toadette back for the next Mario Kart? either way, it's Mario Kart of course I'm gonna get it!



Bane said:

I will buy if they have Fawful, well actually I will buy it even if they dont have him but still, it would be a nice addition. And add all the Koopalings, them kids are kewl



GameInfinite said:

This SHOULD be the final character selection screen.
All the characters from MKWii and MK7 with them Koopalings.



Shirma_Akayaku said:

No one thinks that all characters should have multiple costumes?
Like Nurse Peach, or Pirate Peach?
Dr.Mario, or Sunshine Mario?



LordFawful said:

OK, here's the thing. Ever since playing the M&L games, I fell in love with Fawful. The guy's just awesome! And the other thing: The Wii U is currently the most powerful video game console. Think of how many characters can be playable in this next Mario Kart game! Nintendo has NO FREAKING EXCUSE to leave him out AGAIN. I hoped for him in MK7, but what do we get? Honey queen. And it's not just Fawful. What about Geno, Count Bleck and Dimentio? Heck, ALL the RPG characters for that matter! Nintendo just hates them! But with the WiiU's capabilities, they have no excuse to leave out the RPG characters again. I will freaking RAGE if they purposely leave them out again!



Lyndexer said:

If I see footage of this game. I am asking for it and a Wii U for Chirstmas.

As well, I think this will really raise the Nintendo market up. When Mario kart Wii came out on Wii, many people wanted the Wii. I think this game will save Nintendo.



Luigithemetal64 said:

There should be classic karts like Pipe Frame, Standards DS, Wii, and 3DS, 5 laps in each SNES courses and short courses, 5 courses in each retro cup, N64 Rainbow Road as the last course of Lightning Cup, SNES Battle Course 2, GCN Tilt-a-Kart 3DS Neo Bowser City, N64 Toad's Turnpike, GBA Ribbon Road, a rear-view feature like from Super Mario Kart and other non-Mario racing games, Replay Camera on the gamepad as an option along with the radar and map, VS. single player, and Sound Test.



Toadisepic12399 said:

I think they return more GBA tracks, like Ribbon Road, Yoshi Desert, Bowser Castle 4, Mario Circuit, Cheep Cheep Beach, etc. I would also like to see the final course in the Lightning Cup to be N64 Rainbow Road, since they ended Mario Kart 7 with SNES Rainbow Road. I also hope they do not remove the gliding, underwater, and Kart Customization features. I'D BE SO MAD!!!!! (>__<). I also hope they bring back Waluigi. I liked playing him (if I didn't play toad)



Pj1 said:

No bikes please Nintendo & please have retro tracks again, loved the wii version a lot so make this good!



joshuacool341 said:

@Pikachupwnage To me too,i got sold when i heard in the Nintendo Direct Iwata saying "we're also developing a next Mario Kart title for the Wii U console literally i was going to cry xD.So bought it just to wait to have Mario Kart U (probably the name because of Nintendo's fetishes of putting U on games)

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