Mario Kart - Timeline
Thursday10th Feb 2022
Talking Point Nintendo Sticks With Mario Kart 8 Through 2023, But What About Switch?
Don't hold your breath waiting for a new generation system
The frenzy and excitement around this week's Nintendo Direct is settling down, and it seems that the general consensus among the majority is that it was pretty darn good. Through first- and third-party reveals, Nintendo has set out a release schedule up to September that is busy, to put it...
Wednesday9th Feb 2022
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Is Finally Getting DLC
'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass' contains 48 remastered tracks
Nintendo has revealed that it is finally releasing DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Switch's best-selling game. 48 remastered tracks from past Mario Kart games will be included. These will be released in waves up until the end of 2023. The first wave arrives on March 18th...
Sunday30th Jan 2022
News Switch Hackers Add Controller Pak Support To N64's Online Library
Time Trial Ghosts return in Mario Kart 64
One feature missing from Switch Online's Nintendo 64 library is Controller Pak support. Back in the day, it functioned as a memory card and could be used to store and transfer save files and other data (like Time Trial Ghosts in Mario Kart 64). While it can't be used in the Switch's N64 emulator, datamines...
Thursday27th Jan 2022
Random Now This Is How You Should Be Playing Mario Kart On Switch
The perfect home setup?
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch, and for good reason – it's rather excellent. You're almost guaranteed to have a fantastic time playing with your trusty Pro Controller (or Joy-Con if you're the unluc
Wednesday26th Jan 2022
Random This Weird Mario Kart Meme Is Supposed To Combat COVID
F-Zero transmission rates
We used to imagine that the future was a magical, sparkly place, full of flying cars and food replicators. It turns out that the future is really just a place where social media managers make confusing memes about a global pandemic. How boring. The report from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which is...
Tuesday25th Jan 2022
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe To Undergo Maintenance Later Today
Making online play temporarily unavailable
Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be receiving a spot of maintenance today, leaving its online features unavailable for a few hours. The game's online functionalities will be inaccessible from 4:30pm to 9pm PT today, 25th January (that's 7:30pm to midnight ET, and the following morning...
Monday24th Jan 2022
UK Charts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Returns To Winning Ways With Another Number One
No signs of slowing down
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 22nd January, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has once again returned to the top of the list. The game's had a great start to 2022 in the UK, only losing out on that number one spot once so far when Minecraft took the honours last week. Minecraft's down to sixth this...
Monday10th Jan 2022
Talking Point Could 'Mario Kart 9' Be The Smash Bros. Ultimate Of Racers?
Rarely does a project have so much time to simmer
Optimism is a wonderful state of mind, especially if it's rewarded. Around all of the recent renewed talk about Mario Kart 9 being in 'active development' we've definitely succumbed to giddy positivity about its prospects, and with some very good reasons. Nintendo rarely has so much time to work on a...
News New Trailer Gives Us A Better Look At Mario Kart Tour's New Track, Singapore Speedway
Part of this week's Singapore Tour
Nintendo has shared a second trailer for Mario Kart Tour's upcoming Singapore Tour, this time giving us a better look at its brand new track, Singapore Speedway. First teased at the end of last week, Singapore Speedway joins the likes of London Loop and Los Angeles Laps as the latest real world-inspired circuit in...
UK Charts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Stays Top For A Second Consecutive Week
Five Switch exclusives make the top ten
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 8th January, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has remained on top for a second week in a row. The news means that, despite the game launching way back in 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has so far been top of the charts in the UK for the entirety of 2022 so far...
Sunday9th Jan 2022
Random Nintendo Kart Is Trending On Social Media, Following Claims Of Mario Kart 9 Being "In Active Development"
Is an all-star Nintendo cast the "new twist"?
Don't get us wrong, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game and arguably the best entry in the series to date, but it's an enhanced port of a 2014 Wii U title - meaning we've technically been playing the same game for a very long time now. Fortunately, Nintendo might finally be readying itself to reveal...
Saturday8th Jan 2022
News Nintendo Is Adding A New Course In Mario Kart Tour's Next Update
And Luigi is going on vacation
While we wait for Mario Kart 9, which is supposedly in "active development", why not check out Mario Kart Tour? The game's been available since 2019 and Nintendo is still providing it with regular content updates. At the end of last year, the game got the New Year Tour - adding in Bowser
Friday7th Jan 2022
News Mario Kart 9 Is "In Active Development" And Comes With A "New Twist", Analyst Claims
And we could see it later this year
It feels like an awfully long time has passed since the last traditional Mario Kart experience came our way. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe arrived on Switch back in 2017, which itself was a rerelease of 2014's Wii U entry, and with mobile's Mario Kart Tour and experimental Switch title Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit filling...
Monday27th Dec 2021
News Nintendo Is Adding Another 3DS Course To Mario Kart Tour
Bowser's Castle and Meowser bring in the New Year
With Christmas out of the way, Nintendo's mobile racer Mario Kart Tour is now looking towards the New Year. To send 2021 out with a bang, it'll be kicking off the 'New Year's 2022 Tour' on 28th December. It adds Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart 7 and Meowser - Bowser's cat form from Super Mario 3D...
Thursday23rd Dec 2021
Random Someone Recreated The Mario Kart 8 Animal Crossing Circuit On Their New Horizons Island
You can visit, too
The DLC tracks and characters that released for the original Mario Kart 8 on Wii U (and came included as part of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) were pretty special, giving kart racers the chance to burn around circuits based on other series outside the Mario games for the first time. F-Zero's Mute City and Zelda's Hyrule Castle were both...
Thursday16th Dec 2021
Random Usain Bolt Says Mario Kart Helped Him Become An Olympic Champ
"I feel like it kinda helped my hunger"
Olympic sprint champ Usain Bolt got to the pinnacle of his profession through hard work, perseverance and innate natural talent, but he has admitted that video games also played a part in his drive for success. Speaking to BBC Gaming Reporter Steffan Powell, Bolt – who is an eight-time Olympic gold...
Tuesday14th Dec 2021
Music You Really Should Listen To Skario Kart: A Ska Tribute to Mario Kart 64
Sure, why not?
Mario Kart 64 has a special place in many of our hearts, a game that transformed the look of the series and introduced a number of classic tracks. It has some great music too, and a project that we've enjoyed listening to throughout today has been Skario Kart: A Ska Tribute to Mario Kart 64. It's an album you can listen to on...
Wednesday1st Dec 2021
Talking Point Mario Kart 7 And Its Infamous Course Skip Are Now 10 Years Old
One of the earliest Nintendo game updates we can remember
We're in a gaming era of plentiful patches, where it's common for games to get frequent updates starting on day one. There are some rare releases even today that receive either no updates or very few — unless there are frequent DLC additions — and one of Nintendo's selling points is its...
Monday29th Nov 2021
UK Charts Black Friday Deals See Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Back At Number One
As Pokémon takes a bit of a tumble
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 27th November, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has once again found itself at the top of the table. Jumping up from a seventh-place finish last week, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was featured in a special Black Friday Switch bundle deal, no doubt explaining the...
Thursday18th Nov 2021
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Version 2.0.0 Is Now Available - Adds Split-Screen Multiplayer And More
If you've been looking for an excuse to revisit Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, here it is! Nintendo and Velan Studios have released a brand new update for the real-life kart racer - bumping the title up to Version 2.0.0. Once you've downloaded the Version 2.0 software update, you'll be able to race up to two karts on a single screen, in...
Thursday4th Nov 2021
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Has Now Outsold Mario Kart Wii
Please stop buying it, people, we want Mario Kart 9
Whenever exasperated racing fans ask why we're still playing a rather good expanded port of a Wii U game on Switch, the answer is always the sale figures. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch included all previous DLC and added a Battle Mode when it arrived, but otherwise we've been playing the same MK...
Wednesday3rd Nov 2021
Random Check Out Emora Kart, A Macintosh-Exclusive Super Mario Kart Clone From 1994
Complete with mouse controls!
We're all used to seeing kart racers copying the tried and trusted Mario Kart formula these days, but here's a quick blast to the past that proves game developers were busy mimicking Nintendo's style right from the off. Emora Kart is a mouse-controlled Super Mario Kart clone that was developed exclusively for Macintosh...
Sunday31st Oct 2021
Review Mario Kart 64 - Frantic, Formative Four-Player Karting Chaos
Welcome to Mario Kart
This review originally went live in 2016, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the arrival of N64 games on Nintendo Switch Online. Taking a bunch of Mario characters and having them speed around race circuits using a range of special items to rush or smash past each other is something that has worked very well since...
Wednesday20th Oct 2021
News Nintendo Gives Fans The Best Halloween Present: Vampire Waluigi
Mario Kart Tour's Halloween event gets underway
First he failed to get a spot in Smash, and now he's been turned into a vampire. Poor Waluigi just can't catch a stake, err... break. Yes, Nintendo has kickstarted the latest tour in Mario Kart Tour, officially releasing 'Waluigi (Vampire)' as a playable character in-game. Complete with a top hat and...
Monday18th Oct 2021
News Been Having Trouble Playing Mario Kart Tour On Android? Nintendo Says It's Fixed The Problem
"We thank you for your patience."
Mario Kart Tour's had a busy couple of years since it first launched back in September 2019, with plenty of updates and new content keeping players hooked ever since. For some Android players, though, a recent bug has been causing some frustrating issues, with some players reporting that they've been unable to...
Wednesday29th Sep 2021
News Modders Are Reimagining Mario Kart: Double Dash On DS
Chunky DS sprite nostalgia
A few notable gaming systems have a look; for the Game Boy - as one example - that look is pea green. We also think the DS has a look, those chunky character models that are sort of like the N64 but not quite, and the fact that it had such an extraordinarily varied library with these aesthetics. DS mods of well known...
Monday27th Sep 2021
UK Charts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Takes Pole In A Switch-Exclusive Top Three
New Super Lucky's Tale enters top 40
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 25th September, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has once again screeched into first place. The game leads a top three made up exclusively of Switch games, with Minecraft and Animal Crossing: New Horizons following close behind. Last week's number one...
Saturday18th Sep 2021
News Mario Kart Tour Teases New Event Ahead Of Its 2nd Year Anniversary Next Week
Start your engines
The Sydney tour has almost come to an end in Mario Kart Tour, and next up is a very special event to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the mobile racer. Yes, that's right - MKT is almost two years old and Nintendo is planning on an eight-city race. Here's the promo artwork, which shows off previous character unlocks and some...
Thursday9th Sep 2021
News Nintendo's Bringing Mario Kart Junior Esports Tournaments To UK Primary Schools
"We have seen first-hand the positive impact this has had on pupils"
Digital Schoolhouse, a UK-based initiative from Ukie which introduces play-based learning to the school curriculum, has teamed up with Nintendo UK and Outright Games to expand its primary school Esports program. After a successful pilot scheme last year, a new nationwide...
Friday3rd Sep 2021
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Has Now Surpassed Four Million Sales In Japan
There's no slowing down!
This week marks yet another major milestone for the best-selling Nintendo Switch title Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. If you saw yesterday's Japanese charts, Famitsu sales data reveals the game has now surpassed four million sales in Japan. Yep, that's right! This reportedly makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the fourth Switch game in Japan...