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News: Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Claims Second Place Behind Watch Dogs

Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Claims Second Place Behind Watch Dogs

Hardware sales up 666 percent

To the surprise of pretty much nobody, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs has claimed the top spot in the UK multiformat chart — but Mario Kart 8 has sped into second place, causing a massive spike in Wii U console sales. According to Chart Track, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Watch Dogs claimed the top two spots, with Mario...

Mario Kart Month: Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Lagging behind?

Every time a Nintendo device is released, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mario Kart isn’t far around the corner. Each new addition to the series further solidifies its well-earned reputation as the party game of choice, bringing together both the masters and the first-timers to join in on the madness and enjoy it regardless of their...

Mario Kart Month: Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Share your impressions, too

Mario Kart 8 is now well and truly settled in on plenty of Wii U systems around the world. It seems that Friend Lists have never been busier, too, as a quick glance at almost any time of the day shows most are actively blasting around tracks. If you're a Wii U owner, there are decent odds this applies to you. That's...

Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

It is time

Earlier this week we told you about the Tournament we've launched for Mario Kart 8's opening weekend, and as promised we'll be hitting up Twitch for some fun races in Nintendo's Wii U blockbuster. This writer and Anthony Dickens will be your hosts and victims, as we'll be jumping into the Tournament to race, well, whoever shows up. If...

Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

Such a simple idea, but perfect for pleasing dedicated fans

Let's kick this off with a remark that may, when read with fire in the belly, be interpreted as a tad controversial. The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, unveiled by Nintendo in a video advertising its upcoming Super Smash Bros. E3 Invitational event, is unlikely to excite or even...

News: Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Fling away, Merrill

An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon. In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to...

News: Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Geoff Keighley to host Smash Invitational, challengers confirmed

It's safe to say that fans of Super Smash Bros. will be looking forward to the live Invitational event at E3. Nintendo has today ramped up the hype for the event by revealing the competitors, hosts and rules, but also an exciting peripheral that will allow players to use GameCube...

Guide: Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Don't drive into the deep end

As some of the Nintendo Life team still like discs that come in boxes, our original plan was to release a getting started guide on 30th May; then we remembered some of you trendy types may download the title as soon as it pops up on the Wii U eShop, which may or may not be at midnight. You just can't wait, right? So...

Video: Experience the Blue Shell Blues in Mario Kart 8 With The Brett Domino Trio

Experience the Blue Shell Blues in Mario Kart 8 With The Brett Domino Trio

We've all been blue shelled at some point

Mario Kart 8 does a lot right, including the fact that the blue / spiny shell moves along the ground to take out others en-route to the race leader, but the mere presence of that item is enough to irritate some. It likely annoys stronger players the most, as their reward for being rather good at the game is...

News: Mario Kart TV Web App Goes Live

Mario Kart TV Web App Goes Live

It actually works

One of the new features of Mario Kart 8 is the ability to save, edit and share video highlights through Mario Kart TV. As we reported yesterday, those that have received copies early didn't take long to start uploading highlights to YouTube and Miiverse. The game is now out in Japan — in fact, Japanese gamers have had most of...

News: 3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

Put away the champagne, the numbers are still low

It's time for the weekly Japanese Media Create results, and they bring a couple of notable headlines this week. We see a boost for Wii U ahead of the 29th May launch — it's a day earlier in Japan — of Mario Kart 8, while Level-5's latest success story keeps on going. The software charts see...

Weirdness: When PR Stunts Go Wrong - Watch Dogs

When PR Stunts Go Wrong - Watch Dogs

Anonymous package caused office evacuation and bomb disposal call

Wii U owners may not be able to play Watch Dogs this week, but that doesn't mean Nintendo gamers shouldn't follow Ubisoft's release with some interest — it is apparently still coming to Nintendo's system this year, remember. We can also get a laugh from bonkers PR moves that have...

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...

News: Pullblox/Fallblox Sequel Coming to Wii U eShop in Japan on 19th June

Pullblox/Fallblox Sequel Coming to Wii U eShop in Japan on 19th June

Right outta nowhere

According to a newly found addition to Nintendo of Japan's official website, a Wii U sequel to the Intelligent Systems-developed Pullblox (known as Pushmo in North America) and Fallblox (known as Crashmo in North America) translated as Pushmo/Pullblox World is coming to Japan on 19th June this year. The site is in Japanese, so...

Video: Nintendo Shows Off Photos With Mario in New Trailer

Nintendo Shows Off Photos With Mario in New Trailer

Have a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel video, as a bonus

Earlier this week we told you about the launch of the official Photos With Mario website, with some tongue-in-cheek comments about Nintendo of America finally remembering that it had released the download in the US. The rather nice web page has demonstration videos, attractive design and details...

News: Spiffy Mario Kart 8 T-Shirts Arriving 29th May on Club Nintendo Japan

Spiffy Mario Kart 8 T-Shirts Arriving 29th May on Club Nintendo Japan

Get ready to be jealous

A special edition Mario Kart 8 T-shirt will be making its way to Club Nintendo Japan alongside the game on 29th May. The shirts will cost 600 points and, as you can see, feature nifty silhouettes of twelve playable characters on the front and a small tire graphic on the back. They come in both medium and large sizes and are...