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Super Mario Kart Speeds Onto the North American Wii U eShop

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

At last!

Earlier today Nintendo confirmed release details for a Mario Kart 8 update and the free Mercedes DLC, with the content arriving on 27th August. That was European confirmation, but now Nintendo of America has confirmed the same date and changes to the game, along with an extra treat.

A day before the standard Download Update, Super Mario Kart has been made available on the Wii U eShop in the region for $7.99. It arrived in Europe way back on 27th March, though that patience from North American gamers has finally been rewarded; we gave this 9/10 in our Wii U eShop review.

Are any of you in North America racing to download this right now?

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Yoshi said:

Our patience has been rewarded? Pfft. If our patience has been rewarded, there would've been some special offer or something. We were just patient.



Whopper744 said:

I have played MK8 everyday since release (except or when I had to drive hours to get to a Smash Fest). This old favorite may help get me away from it finally.



AG2014 said:

@Captain_Toad so they can release a mega man game tomorrow. Capcom is doing something similar to mega may but in the wii u this month.



Ryno said:

The hours I have put in to SMK far outweigh the hours I will ever put into MK8.



0utburst said:

LOL not free or 50% discount for those who own MK8 digitally? We paid 8 euros here in EU but it was deducted when we bought MK8 on the eShop. Not worth 8$ if you ask me unless you did play and liked the game on the SNES back then.



SparkOfSpirit said:

Tomorrow we're getting a Mega Man game. I guess NOA remembered that they can never release two Wii U VC games on the same day and decided to release this early.



tysonfury said:

"What's taking you so long, Fox!?"

(speaking of which, were the hell is VC Starfox?)




Would rather have Mario Kart Doubledash.

The VC is pitiful, this summer has been pitiful. GIVE US SOMETHING TO PLAY.



MoonKnight7 said:


"why would people buy this game if they have mario kart 8? For historical reason?"

Why does the sun rise every morning? Why do we breathe air? Why do we need food and water? Why would people buy Super Mario Kart?

These are questions that we do not need to think about anymore, it just happens.



Krambo42 said:

@tysonfury Good question. Honestly, that and the SNES Donkey Kong Country games are the only games that I really care about that are missing at this point. I know people talk about issues with the Super FX chip or whatever, but to that I say figure it out. It's a classic Nintendo game and it needs to be on the VC with the other classics, whatever it takes.



ColdingLight said:

They can release this on Virtual Console but not Pokemon TCG on Virtual console. Make senses. (Yes, I'm still bitter.)



millarrp said:

I plan on getting it as soon as I get home. Mainly for the nostalgia factor, that and I try and upgrade all the Wii VC games so I can do off tv play without needing to launch the Wii menu firsf



mowerdude said:

@millarrp You do know that you could just hold down the B button on the gamepad when powering on the Wii U to go straight in to Wii Mode without even having to turn on your tv.



Cyberbotv2 said:

No. Nintendo can't be serious. They release the occasional VC game, and the hardcore love it, but I could care less. At this point it all feels too little too late.



Stu13 said:

No dice. I'd have bought this during the run up to MK8, but I'm good now.



HeroOfCybertron said:

About time, though I wish they would of released it before MK8 came out, I'll probably get it eventually for $1.50



TingLz said:

@SparkOfSpirit And yet they consistently release at least one VC game for 3DS and Wii U?

@dustin_g: The update is supposed to fix some online bugs, update the game so that "View Highlights" is no longer the default option after a Grand Prix, and just fixing bugs in general



GreatPlayer said:

@MoonKnight7 There is a fundamental logical flaw in your reasoning. Why does the sun raise every morning? It is a wrong question because the sun does NOT raise every morning, scientifically. We need air, food, and water because they are basic requirements for human cells to survive. Let me ask a question: Do we need Mario Kart to suvive biologically?

I see what you are getting - you are trying to equate the importance of fulfilling fundamental biological needs such as having air, food, and water, as well as the occurrence of natural phenomenon, to the non-fundamental necessity such as having a mario kart game. Can you see there is something wrong in your logic?



sinalefa said:

Since no one will say it, I will.

Thank you NOA. Late as usual, but thank you anyway.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

@outburst True, I wouldn't pay $8 for the game so soon after Mario Kart 8's release, however I'm more then willing to upgrade my Wii VC version of this game for $1.50.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

That said the battle mode in this iteration of Mario Kart is the second best in the series only being beaten out by Mario Kart Wii's battle mode.



MoonKnight7 said:


This response made me lol so hard. I'm not sure if you just have no sense of humor, or if you're just trying to save face, but regardless...

"Why so serious??"



gage_wolf said:

Why would they not release this before MK8 to get gamers hyped? I just wish they would stop with the staggered international release crap and just release stuff around the same time for all regions. I know there are politics and more to it than I'm aware of, but in this day and age with the internet we gamers are a lot more aware of games being "held back" for different regions, and knowing that just sucks. Doesn't do Nintendo any favors, image wise, from my end.



Darknyht said:

Well, at least I know where $1.50 of my paycheck will be going to on Friday. At least the next time it shows up in Club Nintendo as a reward it will be the Wii U version.



Bass_X0 said:

but i already have it on snes

Do you still play it on your SNES? I believe people play more old games on VC than they do on the original console.



Krambo42 said:

@Bass_X0 I actually go so far as to sell my old games when they are released on the VC. Once they're on the VC, I'm going with that convenience every time I play.



Nionel said:

@Darknyht that's not true, Vegas Stakes showed up as a club reward this month, but it's the Wii version, despite the fact that it's available on the Wii U.



dkxcalibur said:

No thank you. I would have most likely got this back in March while I waited for MK8 to arrive. However, now that I have it, I have no desire to play the original.



GreatPlayer said:

@dkxcalibur exactly, unless you think mk1 is better than mk8, releasing the game now does not make much sense. It is unlike mario world, which is not much worse, and is probably better, than mario u.



Grumblevolcano said:

@Krambo42 The Super FX Chip issues I'm pretty sure are licensing related rather than technical. Nintendo doesn't own the chip and hence the only way to release is via a remake (like Yoshi's Island for GBA). Star Fox 64 though they have absolutely no excuses!



Krambo42 said:

@Grumblevolcano Yeah, sorry. I meant whether it is licensing or technical, figure out a way to make it work. Even if they don't have the license, surely they could work with whoever does to make it happen. Like I said, it's a classic Nintendo game. It belongs on the VC. No excuses!



Krambo42 said:

@Grumblevolcano I mean, I'm no expert on licensing, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean the license is just in limbo. SOMEBODY must have the rights to it, right? And if nobody does, why would it be an issue?

I don't know, maybe this isn't the time or place for this conversation, I just feel like there's a way to get past this issue, if it even is the real reason it's not on the VC.



millarrp said:

@mowerdude I knew about using the B button but whenever I tried it in the past it told me to have the TV on to launch the Wii menu....must have changed in one of the recent firmware updates. Either way I still plan to upgrade to the Wii U version.



aaronsullivan said:

Sweet memories. I'll be updating this for the Wii U tonight. Loving MK 8, but THIS. This is the game my wife and I were playing when I discovered how great she could be at video games (before we were married). She still trounces me in MK8 regularly. There's a couple of tracks we'd play over and over just to pull off a sweet feather shortcut. She loves that. God, I love her.

Now if only someone could work out the Diddy Kong Racing rights for VC. :/



MoonKnight7 said:


"was your comments even supposed to be a joke or be humorous? Obviously it was not very successful. Lol..."

Oh come on don't play that card. You and I both know that it was humorous. You and I also know your biological rabble was just you trying to save face since it appears you want/need to have the last word here.

A silly question deserves a silly answer. If I were you, I would just take a page from Frozen and just... "Let it Go."



umegames said:

sorry...but I'm not a fan of super mario kart...its the only one i don't like



dkxcalibur said:

@GreatPlayer Kind of....I personally think that Mario Kart 8 is superior in every way, makes the older Kart games obsolete for me. However, I also know that older games are still fun to play. I still play a lot of older games regardless of whether or not I like the original or not. In this case, Nintendo of America missed another opportunity once again IMO. To each his own though.



unrandomsam said:

It still has the best Rainbow Road. (You can play that 2 player vs and it be good and have the best player win).

I used to play the PAL version at NTSC speeds though. (It was optimised a bit so even the USA version feels too slow).



Darknyht said:

@Nionel True, but Mario Kart recently saw an appearance on Club Nintendo. I figure by the time it cycles around again, the Wii wlll be officially retired in North America. It already has been reduced to a Wii Mini model that is not online, and like it or not eventually the flash drives in the Wii wear out.



Jason723 said:

@Krambo42 Donkey Kong Country was made by Rare, and Microsoft bought Rare, so that means Microsoft owns the game, however since the Koney Kong IP is owned by Nintendo, they can't put it on XBox Live, so we'll never see the game until Microsoft decides to give the rights back to Nintendo.



FubumblR said:

@GreatPlayer @MoonKnight7

Well, I for one thought it was funny, but the whole interchange is even funnier!

However, I for one am glad they've released SMK as I never bought it on Wii.

And, to be quite honest, for me it'll be a nice alternative to playing MK8. I've...played 8 so much it's started to reach that "I'm bored after a few races" stage for me.

Now, Nintendo, where's MK64 and MK:DD for my WiiU VC...hmmmmm?!



Ootfan98 said:

I don't understand your comment on Donkey Kong Country. I have all 3 on Wii VC. I know that they were removed last year, but if it was a Microsoft licencing Issue, surely they would not have been released on Wii VC at all.
But I am probably wrong. I am on most things



MoonKnight7 said:


Thank you friend. What's the point of living if you can't laugh along the way.

It definitely is a nice change of pace to play an older version of the game. It let's you see how much it has changed over the years.



FlaygletheBagel said:

Why bother buying SMK now when Nintendo will probably offer a 50 cent Club Nintendo discount on it sometime in the future?



DBPirate said:

Yes! Finally! I might, just might, get this. Now please add Mario Kart Super Circuit and Mario Kart 64 (if 64 games ever come).



FubumblR said:


Indeed you are right, my friend!

And to truly appreciate what a franchise has become you must first experience its roots!

I also enjoy 8's use of various tracks as the battle stages, but nothing really compared to having fun with your friends in SMK's battle mode back in the day. There was something quite visceral and impactful when dealing out the shells in SMK, and I for one am looking forward to reliving those moments.



IceClimbers said:

@Dipper723 Rare said that they don't own the rights to the original DKC trilogy, DK64, or Diddy Kong Racing. Nintendo owns all of the rights to those games. Rare is just as confused as we are as to why Nintendo pulled the DKC trilogy.



ZachBeacon said:

If NoA was smart they'd have put this on Wii U VC BEFORE MK8 came out...

...but we all know they aren't smart.



MoonKnight7 said:


I completely agree, nothing compares to the good ol' days. Those memories are irreplaceable.

I just added you as a friend via Wii U hardware, perhaps we can do a round of MK8 sometime.



Nico07 said:

@tysonfury The FX chip is exactly the reason that we never saw Star Fox (SNES) release on the Wii as well. Basically in addition to the game code, Nintendo would need to add emulation of the chip as well. I'm guessing that Nintendo hasn't really felt it necessary to devote any resources to this task. Even on PC emulators, Star Fox for the SNES can be fairly buggy.



tysonfury said:

We do have Yoshi's Island on the GBA and it used the Super FX chip. And they were able to emulate the custom chips of the N64 (which my macbook still struggles with). I don't know the exact technology but it should fit that it's possible with some effort. Though I agree that Nintendo probably didn't see it as worthwhile.



Krambo42 said:

@Dipper723 I think that was proven to be untrue. Didn't Rare say that they have no idea why Nintendo delisted those games/didn't put them or DK64 on the VC?



NodesforNoids said:

Never cared for any of the MK games, but good for those who do.
It's strange how long Nintendo's first party hits have taken to arrive in North America.



NodesforNoids said:

@IceClimbers Owning the rights to the titles, yes.
Owning the assets?
Rare still owns the assets for most every game they made for Nintendo.
Nintendo obviously still owns the rights to the titles (DKC: Returns / Tropical Freeze).



Dpishere said:

Nice update for Mario Kart 8! The lack of stat tracking was the only thing that irked me about the game and now that they released a patch for it all is well!



UnseatingKDawg said:

'Bout time! That's another game I can update. I need those Restore Points too, because that CPU cheats like there's no tomorrow.



Gridatttack said:

Yes! Best SMK of all time. Has a true racing kart experience (small courses with no complexity) And is the easier to edit. I love making custom battle courses so I can play them with my bro.



GreatPlayer said:

@dkxcalibur It is probably fun if they made multiplayer in MK1 online, although I know it won't happen.

I think people here complain MK8 as having few courses. The online element is the best in a kart game, but people tends to play a few courses repeatedly online in MK8. As a result, I also found the experience somewhat dull after a while.



H_Hunter said:

What? Why would I buy such an ugly old game?
I already have MK8.
GOD I hate VC games



dkxcalibur said:

@GreatPlayer MK8 having too few courses??? It has 32 courses! I think my only gripe is the lack of stadiums like everyone else. Stadiums should have been in the game but if Nintendo wanted to make some more money, all they would need to do is develop and release DLC with 5 stadiums included.



GreatPlayer said:

@dkxcalibur I thought it already has Mario Kart Stadium (short course).

Well, each course is too short and they are all about kart racing - i.e., I felt monotonous soon. How about boat racing and jet racing?

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