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Rejoice, Mario Kart Wii U Is Coming This Year

Posted by Damien McFerran

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We already know that Nintendo is working on a fresh Mario Kart entry for the Wii U and that it will make its debut at this year's E3.

However, in a PR email pertaining to its 2013 financial results, Nintendo has let slip that the game will be rolled out onto the starting grid this year, which should give the struggling console a much-needed shot in the arm:

Based on the strong lineup of upcoming software titles for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, Nintendo expects to return to Operating Income profitability by the end of the current fiscal year. During the next several months, Nintendo expects to launch new titles in the Mario Kart (Wii U), Super Mario Bros. (Wii U), Wii Fit (Wii U), Pikmin (Wii U), The Legend of Zelda (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Mario & Luigi (Nintendo 3DS) and Pokémon (Nintendo 3DS) franchises. These games, along with titles from Nintendo’s third-party publishing partners, will help drive hardware momentum and introduce new audiences to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms.

With the Wii U's software lineup for 2013 looking a little barren, this should be just the tonic the platform needs as it enters a holiday season where it will face stiff competition from PS4 and Microsoft's new Xbox console.

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GamerZack87 said:

Based on past naming patterns for main-series Mario Kart games, I wonder if this one will be called Mario Kart 8.



WiiLovePeace said:

Awesome! I wonder what the 'hook' for MK U will be... Two person karts & gliders / underwater?



Giygas_95 said:

@GamerZack7 Or maybe Mario Kart 8chD?

Great news! I've been enjoying the newer MKs like Wii and 7 a lot more than the older ones. My dad is really going to be happy when this releases!



PinkSpider said:

I hope they include some sort of creation mode or dlc as I don't want to be playing the same stages for the next 5 years



ShadJV said:

The hook: you can modify your cart between different forms mid race with the gamepad. Straightaway? Switch to speed form. Tight turns? Handling. Obstacles? Tank mode.

Just speculation btw, not saying they're doing this.



Sonicfan11589 said:

Can't wait for this game, i have heard some where that Nintendo might take some ideas from Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed.



GamerZack87 said:

@Five-seveN: Nice one!
@MrWalkieTalkie: That sounds like a great title for an MK game. You should work in marketing at Nintendo of (Your Continent-or-Region Here).
@Suportedcofe: Do you mean it'll likely have kartography (my word for kart construction), gliding and underwater sections like 7 does?



Jese_1 said:

Oh yeah! And just in time - gotten to the point where I can drive the tracks in MK7 with my eyes shut

Perhaps this is a stupid question, but will the new 'Super Mario Bros.' game be the 3D Mario that's already been announced?



Giygas_95 said:

Ironic...I might end up getting this for Christmas just like with 7 if it releases around that time. Well, I suspect we'll be seeing more of this at E3.

@GamerZack7 Good one. Sounds like a pun straight out of a Mario and Luigi game or something.



rjejr said:

This will help sell some consoles, how many I think will depend on the game.

Guess I'm just a little concerned this will be either Maro Kart Wii HD or Mario Kart 7 HD. Probably the latter. I don't think they've ever done that before w/ the Kart series, but they really haven't had all that long since MK 7 to make an entirely new game, have they? New tracks maybe, but something new and different like Sega did w/ Transformed that will get people excited?

Yes I know everybody will be happy w/ any new Mario Kart game, but something really new and exciting to push the online and tablet and HD and Miiverse and everything else.



Lan said:

Awesome news, but what about the "Super Mario Bros" part? Does that mean Super Luigi U?



SkywardLink98 said:

Sounds kinda like it's being rushed. Then again, Mario Karts are quick and easy to make, so it shouldn't take 'em that long.



SilentHunter382 said:

While this is great news I think I may be skipping this version of the game (that could change when nearing release day).



NintyMan said:

Awesome, I'm surprised they're saying this now instead of E3! Now I just hope they don't rush it too much so this game can be as polished as it can be.

And by "Super Mario Bros." did they mean New Super Luigi U or a 3D Mario?



Whopper744 said:

I'm guessing by Zelda they mean the Wind Waker remake (if this is all true). I really hope Mario Kart comes out this year. It might seemed rushed but we need some more good first party Nintendo games to play.



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Jellitoe said:

hopefully 5 players in this one, with one player on the mobile screen and the other 4 on the wiimotes/controller pro.



NintyMan said:

All right, I'll go ahead and state that I think they were talking about the 3D Mario. If so, this confirms my gut feeling that Nintendo would try to release both a 3D Mario and a Mario Kart this year for the Wii U this Christmas season just as they released a 3D Mario and Mario Kart for the 3DS in the Christmas season. Both kinds of games helped the 3DS get up on its feet, so the Wii U will probably be the same way.



JSuede said:

@WiiLovePeace First person cart racing! Use the gamepad as the steering wheel and see the hands of the drivers!!!!1!!1!!111!

Not really though, that would be silly. Hopefully the hook is less blue shell domination and sweet online. Anything else is gravy. I would be surprised if they didn't bundle would fly off the shelves.



HawkeyeWii said:

And there is the Ace in the Hole my friends!
Nintendo used Mario Kart on the videogame market....IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!!!!



Mk_II said:

Just like i predicted a couple of months ago... Xmas 2013 will be Nintendo's.



Romeo said:

from the titles above im obviously getting:
mario wii u
mario kart wii u
zelda wii u
zelda 3ds

and many more obviously.



Shiryu said:

This means that "F-Zero Wii U" won't be...
But this news makes my happy nonetheless.



ivanmata said:

I really really hope they do something to stop cheaters online, that is the most annoying thing in multiplayer mode in MK7....

And of course, the game will have new cool features, nintendo always innovates.



Dpishere said:

I am all for this as long as Nintendo does something to differentiate this game from Mario Kart 7. Maybe a return to Double Dash gameplay?




I'mma be soooo broke this year, I hope they really do the online RIGHT with Mario Kart Wii U. Then we're good Nintendo, I still would rather see a new F-Zero or Star Fox or Metroid but hopfully their working on that too. If the know what's good for them.....

LOL we have no games yet a new one gets annouced like every week



Ichiban said:

As much as i enjoy Mario Kart, Mario, Zelda, etc. I wish Nintendo would give us something totally new. Im finding it hard to get excited about the same franchises over and over.....




With Mario Kart U as I like to call it, I hope they bring back the bikes into races. I have no problem with how the online is now. But I wish they would fix the issues with ppl always getting Communication Errors with like the way Mario Kart 7 had that problem. And no glitches this time on online again Nintendo.



Codyshelby said:

in regards to this "new wii u Zelda" entry, would they be calling it a new entry if it wasn't an entirely new game? alttp2 is an entirely new entry....just pointing that out.

but of course if they added the lost dungeons it would be like a totally new game.



Gameday said:

I dont want them releasing it if its not ready.. just cause the system is starting off slowly doesnt mean throw out a AAA title to counter that.

Im expecting great things this time around for MK so please do it proper thats all i ask. I mean it wasnt too long ago 7 came out thats all im saying.



Dpullam said:

I'll certainly be picking this game up but I hope they add in some new multiplayer modes since I am getting a little bit tired of just playing coin rush and balloon battle. Hopefully this new iteration of Mario Kart will add enough features to set itself apart from Mario Kart 7.



Handy_Man said:


...You may be wondering why I said "NO!", but I would hate Mario Kart Wii U to get released this year. I would rather see it come out in late 2014 instead, so that we could have a nice and polished game, but no, we have to get a rushed one instead. This is the 3DS all over again; release a bad 3D Mario and a mediocre Mario Kart game in order to boost sales of the system they're made for. I'll probably get Mario Kart U anyway, but if they're going to keep making half-bootied sequels, then I might as well just play the incredibly fun and well polished Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed instead.



DreamyViridi said:

Oh yes! If there's a Mario Kart Wii U bundle coming, I'll definitely get it so long as it's the 32GB Wii U and not the Basic 8GB.

Let the Blue Shells Fly!!



DrunkLuigi said:

I'm not all enthused that they're rushing this game out. The should take their time and really make an innovative game instead of appeasing shareholders and naysayers. To be honest, the last two Mario Kart games (MK7 & MK Wii) were the two most disappointing games in the series so far. The tracks lacked imagination, game mechanics had very little innovation, and they dumbed down the driving aspect in order to lure in a casual audience. It became more about who was lucky enough to get multiple blue shells and less about how well you drove. So while I always love the idea of a new Mario Kart game, my enthusiasm is a little reserved this time around.



RedYoshi999 said:

I hope this is the first Wii U game to introduce 6 player multiplayer by bundling a second GamePad with the game (or at least selling them at retail.) How amazing would that be? Even if you only had 3 players, each person could have their own screen! I don't think it's being rushed, I'm sure the 2 years between MK7 and MKU is plenty of time to make it good. I'm certainly excited to be playing more Mario Kart by the years end.



Mewtwo21 said:

Wow NIntendo is really pulling out all their best franchises to help in these tough times.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@MrSRArter Handhelds and home consoles are separate entities currently, and Mario Kart Wii was released about 5 years ago this week (April 27, 2008 in NA). Mario Kart 7 is awesome, but it is a 3DS game. The Wii U is something completely different, obviously. It doesn't bother me one bit, an iota even, that Nintendo is releasing a Mario Kart for Wii U sooner rather than later. I think it's outstanding news in fact.



Ralizah said:

I'm quite certain the Wii U can expect a reversal of fortunes at least by the start of next year if Nintendo rolls out a high-quality software line-up. With that said, this game will have to feature some pretty cool gamepad action to tempt me at all. PS3 is in its prime, PS4 is set to debut later this year, and I already own both Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.



Kirbybrawl said:

Everyone said it wasnt coming out and i knew it would this year cause they did the same thing with the 3ds and thats when they really started moving the system with 3d land as well.



Kirbybrawl said:

@DrunkLuigi the only thing i dont like about mk is the fact that it has retro tracks. There cool for a while but i do want something unique and fresh instead of half the tracks being old.



DrunkLuigi said:

@Kirbybrawl Oh the irony: one of the only things I like about those newer games is seeing/playing classic tracks in much nicer graphics than they originally had. I think they should keep doing the retro tracks, especially now since they will be in HD and will look beautiful, but that should be a separate section. As in there's the main game, and then if you unlock it, there's "Retro Mode" where you only play classic tracks. Or hell, even have "Retro Mode" as DLC for the game where it's a completely separate main menu item.



idork99 said:

@Sonicfan11589 It is a shame.

@Suportedcofe I hope so.

I can totally see MK(8) being an HD version of MK7. They did it with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, and they're doing it with Smash Bros. If that's the case, as much as I love Mario Kart, I still don't think it will be enough to reel me in and buy a Wii U. One thing I'd love to see is if they finally made DLC for MK7: MK(8) tracks! And you're able to play on line against people that either have a Wii U and 3DS! Now that would be something.



marck13 said:

Will they bring more for Wii U this year, which they will announce at E3?



HeatBombastic said:

For all those people who are doubting the quality of this title because it'll probably be a repackaging of MK7, I don't think any MK title has been so similar that it has interfered with the quality and feel of a game. Except for the GBA one, I think that one was a port.



SCAR said:

I don't think they are rushing it out guys. They clearly spend lots of time making sure their games are good to go, and even more time improving their console. This is most likely just so happens to be one of those surprises they throw out that they have been working on for a long time and gave no info about.
When they take their time, it's bad. When they seemingly don't, it's bad. Hmmm...
This by default will be better than Sonic Racing Transformed. Nintendo is competing against Sega once again on their own console for a racing game according to some of the above comments.
Sonic Racing was great, but it was buggy, laggy, and freezy until that update months ago.



valcoholic said:

I got tired of that franchise over the past years. loved it on the SNES, loved it on the N64 but then, Double Dash didn't interest me that much and at the time, the Wii version got released I just wasn't into Mario Karting anymore altough it looked kinda fun. I don't know, but I guess my karting career is over ...



MeddlingIdiot said:

Where does it say it'll be out this year? As far as I'm aware the 'fiscal year' runs from April 1st to March 31st. That may mean a 2014 Q1 release for Mario Kart...



HeatBombastic said:

@SCAR392 People underestimate the "Seal of quality" way too often. Oh yeah, Other M wasn't "good" because it had intervening ideas of the cinematic sub-team of Ninja, Team Ninja, and Nintendo altogether.



datamonkey said:

Please Nintendo, please make it so that the game doesn't throw every weapon in the book at you when you're in the lead and about to cross the finish line. At the very least you could add an option with a "fair" mode in it where the rubber-banding effect is toned down...

I'm fed up with cheating Mario Kart which is such a shame as I'd love it if it was fair. Instead I find it too frustrating to play...

I'd much rather if the computer opponents were just more skilled than having 5 blue shells up my ass cos you know, it's a racing game first and foremost not a freaking shoot-em-up...



TonyBoySP said:

I hope something like this:

  • 4 players on split-screen tv
  • 2 players @ GamePad each (first game to support both GamePads)
  • 2 other players on Nintendo 3DS with download play, something like a special version of the tracks to support the capacity of the handheld.

Total: Crazy 8-player local multiplayer!

Just a dream, but remember that for example, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock supports 8 players, 4 with instruments (Wii Remotes) and other 4 players using Nintendo DS download play in the role of "Roadies"... =)



TrueWiiMaster said:

I was pretty much expecting this. I wouldn't be surprised if by "Super Mario Bros" they meant the next 3D Mario too. This will be a big year for the Wii U yet.



MAN1AC said:

I think most assumed this considering the sales position the company is in right now. Let's just hope that they didn't rush the game.



BetweenTheTrees said:

excitiing. i hope they bring back the 2 person cart from double dash. that was an awesome mariokart game.



chewytapeworm said:

If it's a return to the complete unhinged chaos that MK Wii was crammed with, then colour me very excited. MK7 was just too... too bland by comparison. Bring back twelve racers at a time (maybe more...?) and tweak the item system slightly back to the way it was. I sorely missed the mega mushroom while playing the 3ds...



DerpSandwich said:

I really think it's too soon for a new Marko Kart, but I guess they're desperate. Hey, between this, Pikmin, and Wind Waker, the Wii U might not have a bad holiday season.



datamonkey said:

@DerpSandwich - By the time this comes out though the last Mario Kart would be 2 years old. Compared to many yearly updates for franchises in the gaming world that's not so bad!



Nirosmir said:

I don't think its rushed, 3DS version of Mario Kart released the same year the 3DS was released and it helped sales improvement. So Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart Wii U, Pikmin 3 and others to come this year, might not be a bad year for Wii U!



DKDonkeyKong said:

pops open the champagne and sets the fireworks

Huzzah! This is fantastic news, I can't wait to see how they utilize the GamePad and Miiverse.



Vallu said:

I hate you Nintendo, You steal all my money and don't let me play my older games because new ones are coming all the time. I hope this isnät rushed even if it comes out so early...



TheHeroOfLegend said:

Update: Didn't read the beginning of the article. Should've payed attention ><

Wasn't this announced during the Wii U Nintendo Direct? I dont understand why its classified under "New News" and how some people didn't even see this coming ..



Emaan said:

Nintendo is set to pull a 3DS 2011 turnaround with the help of Mario for Wii U this year, and who blames them? I'm certainly looking forward to Mario Kart Wii U.



Kirbic said:

@nik1470 They could have a Luigi cup consisting of past Luigi tracks to celebrate him. "Thinks about it" Ok, I want that now.



dereq said:

This game is gonna be screaming for DLC. I'll gladly cough up the $ for extra tracks and cool karts. Now if they could just add in characters and locales from other N franchises...hmmmm..



nik1470 said:

@Kirbic well at first I was just thinking of changing the disc cover (its a clever idea they would sell twice as many copies). But now I want a Luigi cup! That's an epic idea!



Giygas_95 said:

I wouldn't mind if they dropped the blue shells. I can't tell you how many times either my dad or I have been right at the finish line and then BOOM! Second place or in most cases worse.

@Kirbic I like the Luigi cup!



SuperMinusWorld said:

But Super Mario Wii U coming out this year as well isn't a cause for celebration? I feel like Mario doesn't get respect on the Internet anymore.



Skeet102 said:

This could be good for wii u sales if they decide to do some innovation with customization like with MK7



Kyloctopus said:

I really thought this would come out 2014, due to the lack of images in January's Wii U Direct. Maybe they just want something great to reveal for E3. But it would have been cool to show that off for Year of Luigi.



King_Boo said:

Hope it isn't dull and rushed. 7 could have used a bit more time if you were to ask me.



Rafie said:

@baba_944 Double Dash?! I have every single Mario Kart to date and I love Double Dash the most. What if this one (Mario Kart U) is a good mixture of all of them. That would be AWESOME!! Oh and Luigi Cup FTW!!!!



BennyFresh said:

There just isn't enough content in recent Mario Kart games to keep me interested. There is usually 32 tracks, which is pretty good, but gets stale fast, for me at least. If you're not playing local multiplayer I just dont see the appeal anymore, there really isn't a significant difference in the gameplay of any of the recent games.
Don't get me wrong, the games are fun, they just aren't different enough from each other.



gblock said:

Instead of rushing out the next full game in the series, they ought to do Mario Kart Arcade GP 1(and 2) as a Wiiware release (with upto 8 player online multi - the same # of cabinets that could be hooked up together in the arcade) then focus on MKU (or 8, whatever) by having a legacy mode with all the past courses from SNES, N64, GBA and GC.



Unit_DTH said:

@WiiLovePeace I do hope they harken back to the "Double Dash" style, at least as a local multiplayer option. Or Dual Gamepads... That would be sweet!!
Either way, Getting this one for sure!!



Unit_DTH said:

@Sonicfan11589 That would be a welcome set of ideas. Even though MK7 set the stage for the ideas implemented in SaASRT, with the underwater races and hang gliders used in MK7. We will have to wait and see.



bizcuthammer said:

The announcement also says a mario bros game is coming this year for Wii U. So it sounds like the new 3D mario will be out by christmas as well as mario kart and wind waker hd. If no one else sees whats happening, nintendo's "save wii u" software lineup looks eerily similar to the one they used to resurrect 3DS... A remake of a great zelda game, the launch of a long anticipated virtual console update, and new mario and mario kart games. Pikmin 3 sure doesnt hurt either!



Pikminboy said:

Omg super mario bros U, I like that version so much better than the new super mario bros cant wait, cant wait for mario kart as well and pikmin and everything @..@



hYdeks said:

hmm, show me the next Mario, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and Zelda and I'll guarantee I will buy a Wii U I'ld down right freak if SEGA also shows a new Sonic game for the Wii U, please deliver at E3!



NintyMan said:

That was just what was I was thinking. I think Nintendo is intentionally modeling their rescue strategy for the Wii U to be like the 3DS's enough to not make it a coincidence.



arderin64 said:

YAY! Just got Sonic Racing Transformed on Wii U, which is awesome. But it just ain't Mario Kart!



vio said:

Definitely great news. Here's hoping they find a unique and creative way to use the gamepad with it. I'm hoping they jam a crap ton of tracks in there as well.

Oh, and Nintendo PLEASE try to find a way to stop the hackers from getting in there and ruining the online play. That was and CONTINUES to be one of the biggest problems with Mario Kart Wii.



Henmii said:

Of course! I think the new Smash brothers will be one of the titles that will be shoved until 2014, since Nintendo won't release everything this year!



Onett said:

This makes me a little worried. Could the quality of Mario Kart U be jeopardized as a result of being released so soon? It's definitely a system seller, but it will come at a cost.



TheAdza said:

It could come with a cost to quality, but it could also lead to some excellent DLC to last us a long time into the title and Wii U's lifespan.



DerpSandwich said:

@datamonkey Ha, that's true. Compared to COD it's not so bad at all! XD Though if they plan on only having one Mario Kart per system that means that it could be another five years or so before we get another one. If I were them I'd spread them out more.



Ichiban said:

another thing. Could this be the first game which uses 2 gamepads? It could be used to hide which item you have during mutiplayer games. Now thats interesting!



GiftedGimp said:

Really hope Nintendo fill the 25gb disk with new and previously seen circuits, across the various MK games.
I also hope that old circuits not on the disc make it to the eStore as DLC. (along with some new ones and updated classic circuits)

Imagine a MK game that has all new circuits, aswell as all the circuits from past MK games and updated versions of classic courses.



GiftedGimp said:

@MeowGravy Good point.. we know that 2 gamepads can be supported on WiiU.

I thought that a NintendoLand 2 bundle would be way Nintendo encouraged people to buy a second gamepad, but actually MK would be more likely to encourage the purchase of a second gamepad, especially if they come as a bundle.

Maybe Nintendo will do WiiU + 2 Gamepads + Mario Kart Bundle, but at the price or around the price that Premium WiiU currently is.
Not a Price cut, but a extra value package, highly popular franchise, and helping to bring the 2nd gamepad per home more the norm, encouraging developers to create more games using 2 game pads, and more most probably increasing system sales.

Of course that is if MKU does support 2 gamepads.. although even if not theres little doubt that in my mind a MK WiiU bundle will be availble.



Sun said:

After the disappointing Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 all I want is that Nintendo takes its time and do not rush another entry on this great series.



Onett said:

@SwissChris There is most certainly a need to buy this game. Sega All Stars is a great game but it lacks the same level of polish that Mario Kart games have. It would be foolish to turn down a racing game that is, without a doubt, going to have a huge online community.



XFsWorld said:

MK U is too early to release this year in my book, not buying. Bjt then again, I might get it in 2014.



StarDust4Ever said:

I don't see how they're going to do a Mario Kart e3 debut when Nintendo already announced that they won't be in attandance

That said, "It's-a-go-time: VRROOOOOOM!"



Yoshis_VGM said:

I honestly don't think this game will be low quality. Please stop and think for a minute:

This Mario Kart was officially announced in the January Nintendo Direct for Wii U. Then, it was announced that it would be playable at E3 this year. This fact implies that the game has been in production for quite some time if a playable demo was to be ready by summer. This also implies that the game was nearing completion. Development for these games started before the Wii U even came out. You never know, this game could've been in production since the day Mario Kart 7 was released.

I think Mario Kart U (that's what I call it) will be amazing and I hope it will have DLC. That would be epic. Bring back the single player VS mode (it was left out of MK7 for some strange unknown reason), add more tracks, get rid of the crappy characters (cough cough Queen Bee and Wiggler) and bring back all the GCN/Wii characters. Bring back some of the best retro courses. Have a massive and really good online service. If the above criteria is met, Mario Kart U will be a huge system seller and Nintendo is making the right decision anyway releasing this in the holiday season.



gohanrage said:

I want to see Mario Kart go back to the N64. I own Double Dash and Wii and I don't care for them all that much. Why do we need multiple Go Karts and Motorcycles shouldn't be in a Kart Game. I would love to see Mario Kart 64 Given a HD Make Over.



3DGamer said:

My two favorite mario kart games were Double Dash and Wii so I hope they have a mix of that. Like they have two per kart every character has their own special items but two characters share the same one like mario and luigi. And every kart was made specifically for them and lastly, some maps from double dash. And from wii some maps motorcycles. And some more cups and maps.



bunnyking said:

Have you guys looked at the XBOX interface and their "always on" comments?

I think the only competition is coming from PS4. XBOX is to weird and requires too much from the user.



JSuede said:

@bunnyking I don't mind the blue shell, but in MKWii it was far too overpowered and overused. If you were in first, you were going to be hit by a blue shell. Hands down.

It would be sweet if the gamepad made you guide the blue shell yourself so that it took at least a little bit of skill to use. You would have to lead your target, maybe guide using the touch screen or the motion could be awesome.

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