After confirming a May release in late January, Nintendo used its latest Direct broadcasts to announce that Mario Kart 8 will arrive on 30th May in North America and Europe, with it arriving one day earlier in Japan. That official date has seen retailers start to open pre-orders, and Nintendo is no doubt watching to see whether the latest home console entry in the series can prompt the same buzz as its Wii predecessor.
Some very early signs are positive, with an eye-catching result in Japan. At the time of writing the pre-order product on Amazon Japan has stormed to number one in its video game best sellers chart, seeing off a mix of other pre-orders and current releases. There's no current listing on Amazon.com, but the UK equivalent chart currently has the kart racer in ninth place, which is reasonable for a game not due for three and a half months.
There seems to be some buzz in the early days of pre-orders, then, which can only be a good thing for its launch prospects. You can check out the latest trailer below, once again; let us know whether you're hyped for Mario Kart 8's arrival.
Many thanks to Benedict for the tip.