During the special E3 Nintendo Direct we caught our first glimpse of Mario Kart 8 and it was revealed the game would be available in Spring 2014.

There's been no specific date or month given for its release, however, a newsletter from Nintendo of Europe - which can be seen below - has seemingly let the cat out of the bag by claiming it will emerge in April.

There's been no official announcement from Nintendo yet and even if it is set for April, that could all change.

Mario Kart 8 is the series' big leap into high definition and it features the majority of the gameplay elements found in previous titles, with the return of the bikes from Mario Kart Wii and the gliders from Mario Kart 7. This new iteration brings in anti-gravity karts that can drive along walls and upside down.

Hideki Konno, the game's producer, delved into Mario Kart 8 after the E3 presentation, where he explained all the new additions in more detail.

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[via twitter.com, nintendoeverything.com]