Mario Kart 8 News

Rumour: Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On The Way

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On The Way

Seems feasible, salt on standby

Update: We've been advised by Nintendo that it has "nothing to announce at this time" regarding this rumour. You can take that to mean whatever you want, but that's the line we've been given. Original Article: We do enjoy juicy console bundle rumours here at Nintendo Life — the sensible ones, at least. A fresh...

Weirdness: Now You Can Transform Your GamePad Into A Racing Wheel

Now You Can Transform Your GamePad Into A Racing Wheel

Well, why not?

With Mario Kart 8 on the way, it should come as no great surprise to see peripheral makers attempt to capitalize on the renewed interest in racing titles, but Japanese firm CyberGadget has come up with the most unusual idea yet. Its Handle Stand fixes to your desk and allows you to clamp the GamePad in place, effectively turning it...

Video: Check Out The Mario Kart 8 Visual Upgrade in This Retro Track Comparison

Check Out The Mario Kart 8 Visual Upgrade in This Retro Track Comparison

It's never looked this good

This week has brought us a flurry of activity relating to Mario Kart 8, with information emerging and a host of previews arriving online, including our own. One area that's been agreed upon across most outlets is that Nintendo's upcoming racer is a visual treat, utilising the hardware and terrific art design to great...

News: Hideki Konno Emphasizes That Mario Kart 8 Balancing Means It's Not All About Luck

Hideki Konno Emphasizes That Mario Kart 8 Balancing Means It's Not All About Luck

Promises that the new Rainbow Road is "spectacular"

As this is Mario Kart 8 day, or so it seems, there are some more snippets emerging from a GDC (Game Developers Conference) group interview held by game producer Hideki Konno in March. We've already heard details on why a custom track creator hasn't been included, and

News: Mario Kart 8 Producer Explains The Absence of a Custom Track Creator

Mario Kart 8 Producer Explains The Absence of a Custom Track Creator

"We'll come back to that issue and maybe re-address it"

With Mario Kart 8's arrival creeping agonisingly close, Nintendo has lifted the lid on more details and removed embargoes on a fair bit of information. One set of details is actually from last month's GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco, with quotes from a round table interview...

Preview: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

The green light is nearly on

When it comes down to major, triple-A retail releases on the way that will — Nintendo hopes — lift the Wii U's sales and boost the public's perception of the system, there's currently only one show in town. While there are a number of exciting titles on the way from Nintendo and its partners, Mario Kart 8 has a...

Video: Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

For the First Time in Forever, for you Frozen fans

It's a well-known fact that, aside from the occasional multi-platform game that many will happily ignore, Mario Kart 8's 30th May arrival is the closest major release for the Wii U. One consolation is that there is an enticing line-up of eShop games, but retail titles can still arguably get the...

News: The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

More goodness flies into view

In recent weeks Nintendo — through social network accounts including its Wii U UK Facebook page — has been teasing out additional courses for the upcoming Mario Kart 8. As a result it's become a slightly unexpected weekend routine of skimming the previous seven days to see what new tracks are on show, and the happy...

News: Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Niece and world champion Leyla Hasso takes him on

For the vast majority of Wii U owners, we suspect the 30th May release of Mario Kart 8 is a major event on their gaming calendars. It's a franchise that has consistently delivered success for Nintendo, with the most recent iterations uniting experienced gamers and enthusiastic newcomers in some...

News: Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Mario Kart 8 Pre-Orders from Amazon Japan Get Sweet Mario or Rosalina Playing Cards

Full of win

With Mario Kart 8's release slowly creeping closer, Nintendo is gradually stepping up its pre-order marketing for multiple regions. Nintendo of Europe was first out of the gate with its Limited Edition software bundle, which includes a Spiny trophy along with the game, while the UK also has various offerings that include wheel...

News: Super Mario Kart Drifts Onto Aussie Wii U Virtual Console on 28th March

Super Mario Kart Drifts Onto Aussie Wii U Virtual Console on 28th March

Mario Kart 8 discount promotion included

Following the original Nintendo of Europe announcement, Nintendo Australia has now confirmed that Super Mario Kart will also be released on the Aussie Wii U Virtual Console on 28th March. To celebrate the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 and the VC version of the classic Super Nintendo game that started it...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

The Spiny Shell is back

With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to...

News: SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

Download and get a discount on the cost of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo UK has announced that Super Mario Kart will be hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console later this month — March 27th, to be precise. What's more, as part of a special promotion in the run up to the release of Mario Kart 8, if you download Super Mario Kart you will receive a...

News: Mario Kart 8 Racing Wheel Available For Preorder In The UK, Looks Suspiciously Like The Old Wii One

Mario Kart 8 Racing Wheel Available For Preorder In The UK, Looks Suspiciously Like The Old Wii One

Because we all need more plastic accessories, right?

Remember the Wii Wheel? It’s a plastic peripheral that some would rather forget, and others will have fonder memories of. Despite mixed reactions, the wheel was ultimately an integral part of the Mario Kart experience on the Wii. Nintendo strongly marketed the product offering a new way to play,...

News: Bowser's Koopalings Join the Cast of Mario Kart 8, Launches 30th May

Bowser's Koopalings Join the Cast of Mario Kart 8, Launches 30th May

The gang's all here!

In today's much anticipated Nintendo Direct, CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Mario Kart 8 will officially be launching on 30th May in both NA and EU; this follows the late January confirmation that it was to be a May release. Iwata-san also announced that a few new "unexpected" characters will be added to the game's roster. For...