Mario Kart - News
News Mario Kart Tour Heads To Bangkok In The Latest Major Update
Pack your bags!
With the Metropolitan Tour coming to a close, Mario Kart Tour is lining up its next major update. The Bangkok Tour will see players take to the streets of Thailand's capital, with the new track boasting some beautiful colours and lighting throughout. We get a really nice glimpse of the Chao Phraya River, filled with boats that you...
Random Mario Kart Tour's Whomps Hide A Face Full Of Pain
And so do Mario Galaxy 2's!
It's got to be painful being a Whomp. That's what we think, anyway. Imagine that your sole purpose in life is to fall flat on your face and body with some kind of force. These towering stone creatures have been serving Bowser to try and turn Mario into a pancake ever since Super Mario 64 in 1996. So you'd think after 26...
News Mario Kart Tour Datamine Uncovers Evidence Of Battle Mode Content
What's on the way?
Nintendo could potentially have some exciting content planned for its free-to-download mobile racer, Mario Kart Tour. A recent datamine by game developer Koopavocelot (via kart_tour) suggests Battle Mode courses may be added to the game in the near future. In the most recent Tour update, multiple sound files for Battle Mode...
News Swap Your Cat Suit For A Chef's Hat In The Next Mario Kart Tour Update
As the Cat Tour starts to wind down, Nintendo has announced the next big update for Mario Kart Tour, keeping the wheels spinning on its gargantuan mobile racing hit. The Metropolitan Tour will see racers take to a variety of city courses, racing through streets while enjoying a general food and chef kind of vibe - we're down for that!...
News A Mario Kart Ride Is Coming To Super Nintendo World In Hollywood
Take on Bowser in a race for the Golden Cup!
Development at Universal Studios Hollywood's Super Nintendo World has been going pretty smoothly, and the park is still slated for an early 2023 opening. And today, we've been given a look at one of the Nintendo-themed rides coming to the park. Of course, you can't have a Nintendo theme park without a...
Random The Power Glove Is An Inventive Way To Play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Even more hands-on
The Power Glove wasn't great. We know it, you know it, everyone knows it. It's infamous for being one of the worst controllers ever. Yet that doesn't stop people from being fascinated with it and trying new things out with the peripheral. Further reading: Feature: Uncovering The Unlikely Story Of The World's Worst Controller In...
Random Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mod Updates Toad Circuit Grass
The first wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course DLC was released not long ago, and while most people are happy, some racers aren't quite as impressed with the Switch versions of these tracks. Apart from the call for moving vehicles in Coconut Mall, the art style and graphics featured in some of the other tracks in the wave one DLC...
News You Can Play Mario Kart 64 In Glorious HD Thanks To This Fan-Made Texture Pack
The Nintendo 64 fan scene has been pretty darn busy lately, with the Zelda: Ocarina of Time PC port finally launching — and getting a shed-load of fun and unusual mods — and even more games rumoured to be made available through reverse engineering. Next on the list, however, is a very smooth and shiny update to a pa
Random Many At Retro Studios Weren't 'Excited' To Work On Mario Kart 7
Studio was brought in to assist development
It's widely known at this point that Retro Studios - famed for the Metroid Prime series and for reviving Donkey Kong Country - was recruited by Nintendo to help out on development for the 3DS release of Mario Kart 7. The developer had just wrapped work on Donkey Kong Country Returns and according to...
News Switch Online's "Missions & Rewards" Adds More Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Icons
Here's a look!
Are you still participating in Switch Online's "Mission & Rewards"? If so, you can now access the second wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe icons - this time featuring racers like Pink Yoshi and Peach. Wahoo! Here's a look at what exactly you can obtain (via GoNintendo). These icons will be available until 16th May for 5 to 10 'My...
Random Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Players Really Want Nintendo To "Fix" Coconut Mall
MK Tour's version of the Wii track includes moving cars
If you're played the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC wave, you've likely noticed some differences with the Wii track Coconut Mall. The major thing players don't seem to be happy about are the static cars just before the final turn. Nintendo recently reminded everyone to check out Coconut Mall in MK8D...
News Mario Kart Tour Teases Release Of A Fan-Favourite Track
Update: Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi join in the Doctor Tour
Update: Nintendo has confirmed that Coconut Mall is indeed coming to Mario Kart Tour with the upcoming Doctor Tour. And, as you'd expect, Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi will be joining the race, complete with pill karts and flashing tail lights! Well, we can't believe we missed the Dr. Mario hints in...
Video This Game Made One Video Producer's Childhood
The lovely Felix on one of his favourites
We've all got that video game that we played over and over again while growing up that we just absolutely adore. It might be the first game you ever played. It might be a Christmas or birthday gift. Or it might just be something you spent a lot of time playing with your best friend while sitting on your...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe amiibo Unlocks: Mii Costumes - All Compatible amiibo
You want Sonic in the game, right?
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a stand-out game on Switch, and well out in front as the system's bestseller. As the name suggests, it packs in all the content of the original and indeed a little bit more — this includes all of the optional Mii amiibo racing outfit unlocks. Yep, Mii characters are still on Switch, and...
News Nintendo Teases New Course For Mario Kart Tour's Next Update
Update: Amsterdam Tour confirmed
Update: Nintendo has made it official now - confirming the next event will be the Amsterdam Tour, including the new course Amsterdam Drift: A fourth wave of Mii Racing Suits has also been teased: Original: Nintendo has revived Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's done with the mobile...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Items: Full List - Every Mario Kart 8 Item Ranked, How To Use Items Explained
For defence, offence and just downright mischief
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is guaranteed fun on Nintendo Switch, whether playing solo against the CPU, playing with friends locally or testing your skills online against players around the world. However you play, items are hugely important — using them well can make the difference between winning or...
PSA Watch Out For This Softlock In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Ninja Hideaway
Hidden like a ninja
Some of us officially have a new favourite track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Ever since the Booster Course Pass kicked off with Wave 1, one track in particular - Ninja Hideaway, the last course in the Lucky Cat cup - has captured many people's attention with its branching paths, verticality, and amazing music. And to think they were...
Random Someone Made A Real Mario Kart 8 Kart Out Of Cardboard, And It's Awesome
It even hovers... Kind of
It really feels like Nintendo Labo just came and went with little more than a whimper. Although Nintendo created a Vehicle Kit to help make your races in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feel just a tad more realistic, YouTube creator DanCreator / Cardboard Crafts has taken the concept further by creating a life-size kart made out of...
Feature Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Is The Best Mario Kart, Right? Let's Find Out
Double the dash, double the fun
We don't claim to always be correct here at Nintendo Life, but we certainly will fight just as hard to defend our terrible opinions as we do the good ones. Today, thanks to the recent re-release of old Mario Kart tracks in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, we're thinking back to Mario Karts of old... and...
Random Bloodborne Kart Is Real, And It's Coming "When It's Ready"
Steer the old blood
It's almost that time of year when every cool news story makes you flinch and check the date, but worry not, my April Fool's-fearing friends: This one is real, and also, it's the 25th March. You're safe. For another week, at least. The makers of the popular Bloodborne PSX demake (which you can read about over on Push Square,...
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Datamine Uncovers Updated Booster Course Banner
Update: An in-game easter egg may hint at another returning track
Update [Tue 22nd Mar, 2022 11:30 GMT]: So we've had time to dig into the new courses that came with wave 1 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass. With extra details added to the tracks - some of which have been entirely revamped visually - there are lots of little nods to...
Poll What’s Your Favourite New Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Track?
Let us know
Nintendo's Booster Course Pass DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finally got released yesterday, and now that you've all played it (multiple times over, no doubt), we're curious to know what your favourite new track in the game is. You might have been excited about a certain course, but now that you've played through the DLC there's perhaps...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Full Character Roster List
Including that one you need to unlock
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exactly what it sounds like — all of the goodies from the Wii U original, plus the DLC and a dollop of extras in one rather nice package. That means a packed character roster of over 40 racers, among other things, each with distinct looks, stunt animations and traits that could help you...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Frantic Items – What’s The Difference Between 'All Items' And 'Frantic Mode'?
It's in the name
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. You can also setup various local and online sessions where you...
News Nintendo Shares A Launch Trailer For Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass
Take a break, watch, then go back to racing!
Hey, if you're reading this and not playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe right now, thanks! But seriously, you can and probably should be playing through the courses added in Wave 1 of the Booster Course Pass right now. We won't tell anyone. To celebrate the launch, Nintendo has unveiled a launch trailer (above),...
Review Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 1 - A 'Safe' Start To The 48-Track DLC Pack
The Tour begins
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Switch, the very definition of an 'evergreen' title. Aside from the Battle Mode and a few minor changes, however, devoted fans have been playing the same content since the Wii U original with its DLC content, a scenario that finally changes with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe-exclusive Booster...
Poll Will You Be Buying The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass DLC?
Let us know
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass has gone live, and as you might recall, there are a few different ways to experience this new DLC expansion. Here's the breakdown: 1. The first option is to buy it. When you purchase the Booster Course Pass, you'll get access to six waves and 48 courses for $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAN / £22.49 up...
Video Here's A Look At The New Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks - Direct Switch Footage
See the new DLC update in action
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's anticipated 'Booster Course Pass - Wave 1' update has arrived, and if you haven't got time to play each cup right away - don't worry, Nintendo Life's lovely video senior video producer has got you covered. Alex has uploaded 17 minutes of direct footage of the Wave 1 tracks in the new DLC...
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Has Been Updated To Version 2.0.0, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
Download it today
Wave 1 of the Booster Course Pass is now officially live in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and as you might have guessed, there are now also now some patch notes available. This latest update takes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to Version 2.0.0. As noted below, Booster Course Pass play in online play will be supported as of 21st March. And once again,...
News Mario Kart 8's Booster Course Music Has Already Been Ripped, And It's Glorious
Alert! They've removed the midi horns!
We've still got a few hours to wait until Wave 1 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass is playable here at Nintendo Life Towers, and so have most players in the West (most, but not
News Looks Like Some People In The West Are Playing The Mario Kart 8 DLC Early
"COCONUT MALL LOOKS SO GOOD"
The first batch of tracks from the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pack will be available in just a handful of hours, but it looks like some folks in the West have already got their hands on the DLC. In a post on Twitter from @switchaswor, gameplay for the fan-favourite Wii course 'Coconut Mall' has been shown off,
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 1 Has A Release Time For Europe
Australia was confirmed first
Update: Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that the Booster Course Pass Wave 1 content will go live at midnight CET, which is 11pm UK. This matches up with the Australian release time, but there's no confirmation yet that it'll arrive in NA at its equivalent times - 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern. [The new tracks seemed to go...
News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Version 2.0.0 Now Live, Confirms All DLC Cup Names
Update: DLC now live globally
Update: The DLC content is now live and available globally. Original Article: As expected, especially in light of recent server maintenance, Nintendo has released the next big update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, taking it up to the giddy heights of Version 2.0.0. It's a meatier download and evidently installs the new...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Smart Steering - How To Turn Auto-Steering On And Off
Look ma', no hands!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. One of these is auto-steering, though it's not particularly...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Controls - All Control Options And Assists Explained
"I'm using motion controls!"
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. Players of all levels can find a comfortable...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Boost - How To Get A Rocket Start
Time for take off
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. No matter what your level of play, though, getting a fast...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Drifting Guide - How To Drift, Slipstream, And Boost
We're just driftin'
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. While you can get through 50cc and easier races with basic...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Blue Shells - How To Avoid Blue Shells
Everyone's favourite item
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most popular game on Nintendo Switch, no doubt partly due to the fact that it caters to players of all levels. Pro players with Jedi reflexes can compete in 200cc, while there are various speed classes and assists to help all racers have fun. What's not fun is leading a race and being bopped by a...
News What Course Are You Most Excited About In The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 1 DLC? Nintendo Wants To Know
Return to the track later this week
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe makes a glorious return later this week on 18th March with the help of brand new DLC content. The first lot of courses (eight in total) are part of wave one - forming the Golden Dash Cup and Lucky Cat Cup. Ahead of the race later this week, Nintendo has asked fans over on Twitter what course...
News You Could Win Some Gold Points In The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe North American Open
Nice little cash prizes from Nintendo (sort of)
Nintendo has been continuing its promotion of online and competitive play in some key titles, albeit without blowing the doors off and gaining a lot of attention. Particularly through the Nintendo Versus account it highlights frequent competitions in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and...
Talking Point Not A Mario Kart Tour Fan? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Gives You The Best Of Both Worlds
Awesome for us Mario Kart Tour holdouts
The internet's a funny place. For years there was wailing and gnashing of teeth as the mobile-only Mario Kart Tour got all-new tracks and much-loved classics — "bring that content to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!", we demanded. Then the Booster Course Pack is announced and lots of (probably the sa
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - How To Farm Coins
No actual racing required
As much fun as it is to race around in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe it can take a seriously long time to unlock all those kart options through traditional means, and certainly if you ploughed through the original Wii U version you might think doing so sounds a lot like needless busywork. Well, thankfully there's a clever little way...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Gold Kart - How To Unlock All Gold Kart Parts And Gold Mario
Glad that you're bound to return
Do you like gold? Of course you like gold, even if the look of it doesn't appeal to you the value surely must. Thankfully Nintendo wants us to flash our so-called bling as much as we do, and so they've tucked away a whole range of gold kart options in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for us to find. Well if you're feeling...
Guide Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Guide - Tips, Hints, Tricks And Unlocks
Get that boost with our expert tips
Whether you're entirely new to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or an old veteran from the Wii U original, the game has plenty of tricks worth knowing in order to ensure those podium finishes. Some of them are old methods that Mario Kart veterans will already know, but adjusted physics and mechanics in the Deluxe edition also...
Guide Best Nintendo Switch Kart Racers - Every Kart Racing Game Ranked
Who could possibly be in pole position?
When it comes to kart racers, there's one undisputed king of the crop on Nintendo systems, and we're not talking Crash Bandicoot. Let's not kid ourselves here — we all know what's sitting at number one on the list below of the best (and worst) kart racers on Nintendo Switch. With a record like Schumacher in...
News Nintendo's Mii Make A Surprise Return In The Latest Mario Kart Tour Update
Wave 1 & 2 are coming!
The future of Mii have been in doubt for some time now, and while Switch Sports made it seem like Nintendo was almost ready to move on from these classic Wii generation avatars, it appears they're not done with them just yet. In a surprise move, Nintendo has actually added Mii (and themed suits) into the latest update in Mari
News Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour Is Getting A New Update Soon, Raises The Level Cap
There's no slowing down
The latest entry in the Mario Kart series for mobile devices, Mario Kart Tour, will soon be getting a new update. It's not the usual content update though. This particular update will increase the level cap for drivers, karts and gliders and certain items' bonus points. These changes will take place next month in March...
News Chocobo GP's Final Fantasy Tracks Include One That Looks Suspiciously Like A Mario Kart Fave
Square Enix is bringing Chocobo GP to Switch soon — on 10th March to be precise — and Nintendo UK's Twitter account has posted a trailer showcasing a quartet of tracks based on locations from four different Final Fantasy titles. As you can see from the tweet below, four circuits for the upcoming kart racer are highlighted,...
News Mario Kart Convinced Nintendo's President To Join The Company In The '90s
"I didn’t really play many Nintendo games"
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that Super Mario Kart played a huge role in getting him to join the company earlier in his life. Speaking to Nikkei, Furukawa spoke about his history with Nintendo and how he came to work for the Kyoto firm. He admits that, although he had a Super Famicom...
Poll Will Mario Kart 8's Deluxe Booster Course Pass Make You Buy The NSO Expansion Pack?
Or are you still on the fence?
Nintendo recently announced the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, the DLC that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been sorely needing for quite some time. The Booster Course Pass will come in separate waves all the way up until the end of 2023, with the first wave coming in March. It will cost $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAN /...
Feature 16 Tracks That Need To Be In The Mario Kart 8 DLC
The hype begins
There are 48 new tracks coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe over the next two years, as part of the "Booster Course Pack" DLC that was announced in the February 2022 Nintendo Direct. Those 48 tracks will all be remakes of old, beloved tracks — and we've already seen the first wave, which brings 8 new courses and two new cups, the Golden...
Reminder You Don't Need The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass To Play The DLC
That's what friends are for
It's only around a month before we'll be able to dive into some shiny new content in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the release of the 'Booster Course Pass' first wave. Up to the end of 2023 there'll be six waves that'll bring a combined 48 courses to the game, priced at $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAN / £22.49 to get them all; it'll...
Guide Best Deals On Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Booster Course Pass DLC, Toys And Accessories For Switch
Best prices and buying options for Switch's biggest game
Update: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass DLC is now available! We've included some tips on how to get the DLC at discounted prices below... Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo Switch's best-selling game by a comfortable margin, already finding itself in the hands of 43.35 million...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Random Modder Adds Mario Kart 8 Tracks To Microsoft Flight Simulator
Taking the popular sim to new heights
Modders are taking Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox Series X|S to new heights with some Nintendo-themed creations. Twitter user 'Illogicoma' decided to recreate tracks from Mario Kart 8 such as Mount Wario, Cloudtop Cruise, Moo Moo Meadows and even Rainbow Road. To get these tracks into Microsoft...
UK Charts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Returns To The Top Of The Podium
Followed by GTA 5, believe it or not
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 14th August, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not only leading the way for Nintendo, but is back on top of the charts. It's followed by Grand Theft Auto V, which is also always hanging around near the top. It's a week of old games leading the way, with...
UK Charts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Speeds Into Second As Nintendo Takes Half Of Top Ten
Spiritfarer earns top 40 debut
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 7th August, revealing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is once again leading the way for Nintendo. Despite being more than four years old at this point, the game was the second best-selling physical release in the UK last week. Only F1 2021 managed to outsell it, which...
Random Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Doubles Up As The Perfect DIY Companion
Mario's on a new mission
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit's already earned the titles of 'most unique take on a Mario Kart title' and 'game most likely to aggravate your cat', but now it's going for the honour of being the most likely game to help you out in a tight spot at home, too. As you may already know, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit's karts –...
News Mario Kart Tour's September Update Will Render Some Android Phones Incompatible
Make sure your phone meets these specs
Nintendo has revealed that following an update planned for Mario Kart Tour in September, some Android users may find that their phones are no longer compatible with the app. In a post shared on social media earlier today, Nintendo said, "With the update scheduled for September, there will be a change in...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Update 1.1.0 Adds New Mario Cup, Three New Environments And A Yoshi Kart
Download it today
Well, here's some surprising news, the latest update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has added some brand new content to the game. It's entirely free and includes a new "Mario Cup", three new courses/environments, a "Gate" to use in course creation, and a new Yoshi kart. Here are the full patch notes for Version 1.1.0, courtesy...
News Nintendo Has Added Another GBA Course To Mario Kart Tour
Update: Here's a first look
Update: Summer has officially arrived in Mario Kart Tour. Daisy (Swimwear) debuts alongside the new Sunny Surf Sailer and Cheep-Cheep Island. Here's a first look: Nintendo's mobile title Mario Kart Tour will soon be getting another content update. Ahead of the launch, it's been revealed as a new (but old) track -...
News Hot Wheels' Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway Set Is Launching This Week
And it's eight feet long!
Update (Thurs, 24th Jun, 2021): You can now grab the Raceway Set from Target here. It's currently out of stock, but more units are on the way! Original Article: Remember the awesome looking Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway Set that appeared a couple of months ago? Well, it looks like it's finally time for it to...
Random Someone Has Already Got Mario Kart Up And Running In Game Builder Garage
We knew it would only take so long before there were some impressive creations within Game Builder Garage, and already it seems someone has got a simplified version of Super Mario Kart up and running. The mastermind behind this goes by the name ZeldaBoi1 on Twitter, and although it "may not feel too much" like the original game, it...
News Super Mario Kart Hacker Restores Nintendo's Official Track Editor
Code uncovered in recently leaked prototype
A "hacker guy" known as ‘MrL314’ has successfully restored the track editor used by Nintendo to construct Super Mario Kart. The original discovery stems from last year's Nintendo leak which contained an early prototype of SMK from 1991. Here, he found references to a track editor in the code -...
Guide How To Beat Everyone Else In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, With Help From The Experts
Pro tips from the pros
There are reasonable odds that if you own a Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a prominent part of your gaming routine, with online races a major part of the fun. As we've discovered, however, playing online can be a humbling experience in the face of rivals boosting to victory and leaving us behind. One racer who gave us a sound...
Reminder Five NES And SNES Games Hit Switch Today, Plus A Special Version Of Super Mario Kart
A retro wonderland
As promised, five new games have arrived on Nintendo Switch Online's NES and SNES apps today. But hang on a minute... What's this bonus game we see before us? Yes, as we shared last week, SNES titles Caveman Ninja (otherwise known as Joe & Mac), Magical Drop II, Spanky's Quest, Super Baseball Simulator 1.0
News Nintendo Just Released An Update For Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
Fancy some fixes?
Nintendo has just surprised us with an update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This is the first time the Switch version has been updated since January 2019. So, what's the latest one for? If you were hoping for new content such as tracks and characters, we're sorry to say but Version 1.7.2 resolve a few minor issues. Here are the full...
News 'Mario Kart Live' Not Real Enough For You? Then Check Out This Full-Size Rival
Chaos Karts "combines real-life racing with augmented reality"
Mario Kart Live was a bit of a revelation due to the way it took the core gameplay of the Mario Kart series and transplanted it in the real world using remote-control karts equipped with cameras – and the power of the Nintendo Switch, of course. However, if Mario Kart Live wasn't...
Deals Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Drops To Just £55 In The UK
Way cheaper than Nintendo's £99 asking price
Update: Did you grab one in time? It now looks like the Mario edition has sold out, and Luigi has returned to a higher price point. Hopefully they'll plummet in price again in the future. Original Article: If you haven't yet picked up Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch, there's never...
Random What If Nintendo Made A LEGO Mario Kart Game?
Well, it'd look a little something like this
We live in a world where Mario Kart, LEGO games, and an actual LEGO Mario exist, yet LEGO Mario Kart does not. But what if it did? Over the past few months, YouTube channel Banana Pictures has been creating a LEGO Mario Kart project, taking everything that makes Nintendo's hit racing series tick and...
Random Nintendo's Doug Bowser Introduces His Parents To Mario Kart 8 On Switch
Family fun for all ages
If you wanted to get a friend or loved one hooked on the Nintendo Switch, what game would you choose for them? For some, it might be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but for Nintendo of America's current president Doug Bowser, the top pick is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In his latest post on...
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