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Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

There’s a shroom for every occasion

You wouldn’t normally associate a mushroom with speed, but just look at Toad with his white and red polka dot head – he’s always zipping about. Clearly he’s got a need for speed after excessive use of the mighty mushroom out on the track. Actually, it’s hard to imagine what’s even under that...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Green Shells For Pride and Honour

Games in the Mario Kart series — including the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 — are usually referred to as racing games, but we all know that's only half the story — the other half is gladiatorial combat on wheels, battles fought between competitors using whatever Super Mario-themed objects of destruction they can...

Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Shell

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Shell

When spiny blue shells grow wings

If you thought Donkey Kong’s banana-throwing antics were foul play out on the circuit, Koopa Troopa is probably worthy of mention as well – no doubt coming under fire from various animal rights groups for the exploitation of his own species. Although shells have been one of the many foundations of Mario Kart...

Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Trusty Banana

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: The Trusty Banana

Plenty of slip-ups contained within

Since the very beginnings of Mario Kart in the 1992 Super Nintendo original, items have been a truly defining aspect of the series. Little did we – and perhaps even Nintendo – know various themed items and effects originally extracted from the traditional Mario universe would go on to become such an integral...

Play: Let's Race Through Mario Kart 1-7, Live!

Let's Race Through Mario Kart 1-7, Live!

Let's do this...

As you're hopefully aware, we announced earlier this week that we're running a marathon live stream of Mario Kart 1-7, in which two courageous souls from the Nintendo Life team will sacrifice their Saturday for your entertainment. We'll also be hoping that the elaborate setup of cables for the broadcast won't spontaneously...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Our profile series concludes with the new MK8 contestants

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Birdos from your Koopa Paratroopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character...

News: Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America

Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America

But will only be available from the Nintendo World store in New York

When the Mario Kart 8 limited edition software bundle – containing a copy of the game and a Blue Shell figurine – was announced for Europe, many Nintendo fans across North America feared they would be missing out on a collectable item. Fortunately, for those wanting something...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Mo' Babies, Mo' Problems

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Mo' Babies, Mo' Problems

Imagine: Karting Babyz

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Dry Bowsers from your Honey Queens? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character profiles on every racer in this May's...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

It's a Mario (Kart) Party!

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Petey Piranhas from your Ludwig von Koopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character profiles on every racer in...

Video: Nintendo Minute Kicks Off its Mario Kart May With Some SNES Racing

Nintendo Minute Kicks Off its Mario Kart May With Some SNES Racing

Back to the beginning

May is a big month for fans of the Wii U and the iconic Mario Kart series, and you can be sure that Mario Kart 8 and its predecessors will get plenty of coverage. Nintendo will be shouting from the rooftops, naturally, and its own weekly Nintendo Minute show will be getting into the act. Somewhat appropriately, the Nintendo of...

Nintendo Direct: Special Mario Kart 8 Direct Shows New Features, Racers And Items

Special Mario Kart 8 Direct Shows New Features, Racers And Items

Watch the entire presentation here

Nintendo sure likes to keep us on our toes — it has just published a special, unannounced Nintendo Direct broadcast devoted to Mario Kart 8, which launches worldwide next month. The video — which is available in two different flavours, North American and UK — runs for over 30 minutes and contains details on...

Weirdness: Best Buy Offers "Gas Cash" Promotion for Mario Kart 8

Best Buy Offers "Gas Cash" Promotion for Mario Kart 8

$10 of real-life gasoline to "rev up your Kart"

According to this site linked to Best Buy's Mario Kart 8 page, the company has an interesting promotion for customers in the United States. If you pre-order and purchase Mario Kart 8 at your local Best Buy, you'll get $10 in "gas cash" to fuel your real-life ride using a special code online. Specific...

News: Nintendo To Market Mario Kart 8 Through The End Of The Year

Nintendo To Market Mario Kart 8 Through The End Of The Year

Year of the Mario Kart

Nintendo UK has announced that the company's marketing campaign for Mario Kart 8 will run throughout the remainder of this year. A social media programme is already underway, which is designed to evoke old-school Mario Kart nostalgia; this will lead up to TV and online marketing campaigns that will launch when the game is...

Video: Here's a Comparison of Mario Kart's Donut Plains 3 from SNES to Wii U

Here's a Comparison of Mario Kart's Donut Plains 3 from SNES to Wii U

Generations apart

Comparison videos of retro tracks in Mario Kart 8 are certainly doing the rounds at the moment, and popular YouTube channel GameXplain has created a nifty split-screen video comparing the classic Super Mario Kart track Donut Plains 3 to its reimagining in the upcoming Wii U title. Check it out below: Nintendo EAD and its...

Play: Mario Kart Wii With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

Mario Kart Wii With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

There will be blue shells

Nintendo Life does Twitch! Hopefully without it crashing, breaking down and basically not working. We're going all modern and trendy — next up an annoying catchphrase to open every stream! Well, maybe not on the catchphrase. We are, however, planning to run regular live streams of various Nintendo games that'll include...