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News: Rejoice, Mario Kart Wii U Is Coming This Year

Rejoice, Mario Kart Wii U Is Coming This Year

Pole position

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...

News: Sami Cetin Regains PAL Super Mario Kart Time Trial World Title

Sami Cetin Regains PAL Super Mario Kart Time Trial World Title

Niece Leyla Hasso bags the women's world title, too

UK Super Mario Kart champ Sami Cetin has regained the PAL version Time Trial World Title for the second time. Sami previously held the title from September 1998 until April 2004, and beat one of the World Records set by former title holder Karel van Duijvenboden of the Netherlands on Sunday, March...

News: Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

Just one catch - it's the arcade version

Screenshots of the next entry in the popular Mario Kart series have hit the web - but before you get too excited about laying your eyes on the recently-announced Wii U sequel, we should point out that we're talking about Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, developed by Namco Bandai. It's the third game in the coin-op...

Feature: 20 Years of Mario Kart

20 Years of Mario Kart

How the time, and kart, flies

Today is yet another Nintendo anniversary, in this case the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Kart's release in Japan. That's 20 years of powering around tracks and making other mascot's driving lives miserable, while infuriating their masters in multiplayer. It's a series with enduring appeal that has evolved into one...

News: Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Yes, another one

Super Mario Kart player extraordinaire Sami Cetin has just set another world record on the classic 1992 16-bit racer. At GEEK 2012 and using the PAL version, Cetin completed a time trial on Rainbow Road in just 1:26.64, only milliseconds quicker than the previous best of 1:26.68, set by Guillaume Leviach less than five days ago. Bet...

News: Mario Kart Without Items Isn't Mario Kart, That Includes the Blue Shell

Mario Kart Without Items Isn't Mario Kart, That Includes the Blue Shell

Hideki Konno explains the importance of its inclusion

We can't expect franchises to stay the same forever, but when the crowd-dividing Blue Shell was introduced to the Mario Kart series back in Mario Kart 64, maybe not all of us expected it to stay through to the modern day instalments. Hideki Konno is one of the main players behind the series, having served as director for Super Mario Kart and..

News: Miniature Mario Kart Course Will Bring a Smile to Your Face

Miniature Mario Kart Course Will Bring a Smile to Your Face

The course we've all dreamt of

If you're separated from your beloved Super NES and Super Mario Kart, there may be another way for you to get your fix of its speedy charms by following the example of anime association Motsukora. The Spanish group built a real-life Mario Kart circuit for its remote controlled cars to boost around, displaying it at a...

E3 2010: Mario Kart Speeding to 3DS

Mario Kart Speeding to 3DS

Shells in your face whoooaaaaa

You know Mario Kart. You (might) love Mario Kart. Nintendo is working on a new Mario Kart. In 3D! Not shown during the company's E3 keynote but in development all the same is this new outing for the 3DS. Not much is currently known other than it will feature Mario, Luigi, some karts and, according to Nintendo, "shows off the potential of driving and tossing..

News: Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for Stanley Cup with a Little Mario Kart

Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for Stanley Cup with a Little Mario Kart

Blue shells part of team's mental readiness

Competitive team sports are all about bonding as a unit: maximising each other's unique abilities, communicating well and working together towards a common goal. Pretty much the opposite of Mario Kart Wii then, but tell that to the Chicago Blackhawks who like to chill out with the game as part of their Stanley Cup preparations. It seems to be working..

News: Kick Back and Relax with Some Super Mario Kart Jazz

Kick Back and Relax with Some Super Mario Kart Jazz

The OneUps take guitars, organs, flute to classic soundtrack

Since Super Mario Kart launched on the European Virtual Console just a few weeks ago we've had those catchy ditties stuck in our heads all over again. Imagine our joy, then, when we stumbled upon a fully re-recorded and rather lovely-sounding soundtrack from The OneUps. Taking ten classic tracks and giving them a pleasingly laidback,..

News: Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

Virtual Console owners, start your Points cards!

It's been a long wait for European gamers to race around those classic 16-bit courses in the original Super Mario Kart: out in North America since November last year, and Japan since June, there's been barely a sniff of it outside those territories. The wait is nearly over though, as Nintendo has confirmed the game will be available to download on..

News: Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

If your title is in direct competition with a Nintendo one, you may be screwed

If you like to moan about the apparent lack of quality titles coming to the Virtual Console then you may wish to direct your anger at Nintendo itself rather than third party publishers, if this recent piece of news is anything to go by. A poster on NTSC-UK forum has replied to a thread about the upcoming release of Super..

News: Mario Kart Wii Available In Europe Now!

Mario Kart Wii Available In Europe Now!

The morning has been a good one for most of us Europeans as we all (hopefully) got to grips with the latest in the Mario Kart series and Nintendo's new "Wii-Wheel" controller extension.

With (what I deem to be) the first major Nintendo Wii title to feature online gaming (and let me tell you now - it works very well) I thought it was prime time for the members of NintendoLife.com to get togther and..

News: German Stores Selling Mario Kart Wii Early?

German Stores Selling Mario Kart Wii Early?

Our humourless European friends get to play it first

A poster on respected forum NeoGAF has claimed that some German stores are selling copies of Mario Kart Wii early, and has posted a photo to prove it. It would appear that the game comes packaged in an oversized cardboard box in order to accommodate the Wii Wheel, so you'd best make some extra room available on your shelf. The poster has also..