Mario Kart - News
Talking Point Should Nintendo Do More DLC For Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Or Just Release Mario Kart 9 Already?
2018's burning question, now updated for 2021!
Update: In the light of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling an incredible 10.6 million copies in 2020 alone, we've decided to resurrect this piece, which was originally published in July of 2018. Back then, we asked if you wanted to see Nintendo support the game with more DLC, and almost three years on, we're...
News Nintendo Teases Mario Kart Tour's Brand-New City Course
Update: Here's a first-look!
Update [Thu 22nd Apr, 2021 02:45 BST]: Nintendo has now shared a new trailer showing off the latest tour. Original story [Sun 18th Apr, 2021 17:00 BST]: As the Ninja-themed event wraps up in Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo has decided to lift the lid on the next round of racing. It seems Mario and friends are off to Sydney,...
News Mario Kart Tour Surpasses 200 Million Downloads And $200 Million In Player Spending
Nintendo's second best-performing mobile game last year
Mario Kart Tour continues to be a huge success for Nintendo, surpassing two major milestones in its quest to become one of the world's highest-earning mobile racers. According to new data from Sensor Tower, the title has now surpassed 200 million downloads worldwide and has accumulated more...
News Mario Kart 8 Becomes The "Best-Selling" Racing Game In US History
Combined sales overtake the Wii entry
The eighth entry in the Mario Kart series has finally surpassed the sales of Mario Kart Wii in the US to be crowned the "best-selling" racing game in this country. This information comes from NPD Group's Mat Piscatella. According to IGN, this includes the "combined" sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the original...
News Mario Kart Tour Kicks Off Its Ninja Tour Event
Mario Kart Tour is currently celebrating its 1.5 year anniversary - sure, why not - and has unveiled its next event; it looks rather cool. The Ninja Tour has kicked off and will run for the next two weeks; it has various new goodies for you to obtain. A good placement in part 1 of the tour could net you a Green Shy Guy, and there'll be some...
News Mario Kart Tour's Next Event Is Now Live, Bringing Us A Second Yoshi Tour
18-month anniversary bonuses are now live
Mario Kart Tour's been celebrating two events in recent weeks. Having kicked off MAR10 Day with an appropriately themed "Mario Tour", Nintendo are also promoting Tour's 18-month anniversary. As part of that, a new Yoshi Tour has just gone live. Marking the second Yoshi Tour so far, this will run until April...
News Hot Wheels Is Releasing A Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway Track
Update: "was mistakenly posted for pre-sale"
Update 2: The set is now planned to launch on 24th June! Full details here. Update [Wed 17th Mar, 2021 02:15 GMT]: We've been contacted by a Hot Wheels representative and it turns out the Mario Kart Rainbow Road track was mistakenly posted for pre-sale on Amazon over the weekend. It won't actually be...
Random The Next Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Speedrun Challenge? Trying To "Blue Yourself"
Yo, listen up here's a story
We're approaching four years since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe first came out – seven if you count the Wii U version – and fans are seeking out new challenges. Sure, we've had Tour and Home Circuit since then, but they simply don't scratch that same itch. So,
News Mario Kart Tour Celebrates MAR10 Day With "The Mario Tour"
Mario Tour Is Now Live
It's MAR10 Day, and Nintendo is celebrating in more ways than one. Having previously offered discounts on a select few games, Mario Kart Tour is also getting involved. Following on from the previous Snow Tour, this time we've got the "Mario Tour". Lasting until March 23rd, it introduces a new T
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Is Now Available In The UK For £79.99
Be sure act fast!
If you haven't picked up Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit yet and happen to be located in the UK, now might be a perfect time. According to Eurogamer, it's the cheapest it's ever been available for in this region, reduced from £99.99 now £79.99. That's a great value when you consider everything that's included! This offer is...
Video Get A Closer Look At Super Nintendo World's Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge Ride
I'm gonna win historic, on the Rainbow Road!
It's been a rocky start for Super Nintendo World. We can't deny that it looks spectacular and we'd previously seen some (now removed) footage of Y
News Mario Kart Tour's Snow Tour Event Brings Back A Classic Mario Kart Wii Circuit
DK Summit returns on 23rd February
Mario Kart may have been absent in the latest Nintendo Direct, but Mario Kart Tour is still receiving regular updates. After the recent Cat T
Video Here's How Mario Kart Could Look Running On A 4K Console
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already one of the finest looking games Nintendo has ever released, but how could the series look if a new, shiny 4K version of the Switch were to hit stores in the near future? Well, thanks to YouTube user Snazzy AI – who we've featured on the site a couple of times now –
News The Cat Mario Show Is Back, Showing Off Bowser's Fury (And BIG Cat Mario)
In a new video posted on the Nintendo Japan YouTube channel, Neko Mario and Neko Peach are back as the hosts of the much-loved Cat Mario Show, or "Nyan Nyan! Neko Mario Time", as it's known in Japan. In the video, the feline forms of Mario and Peach discuss their new amiibo, and what they add to Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. You can...
News Mario Kart 8 Overtakes Mario Kart Wii As Best-Selling Series Entry
Combining Wii U and Switch sales, that is
Having published its latest quarterly financial results, it appears Nintendo is doing all right — if you define selling software by the truckload as Switch outperforms 3DS lifetime sales less than four years into its lifespan 'all right'. One of the secrets to Nintendo's success is the evergreen appeal of...
News DICE Awards Finalists Include Hades, Ori, Spiritfarer, Animal Crossing, And Mario Kart Live
Hades gets 8 noms, ACNH bags just three
The 24th annual DICE Awards is due to take place on April 8th, 2021, and ahead of the (virtual) event, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the finalists for their 23 categories, including "Game of the Year", "Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game", and "Adventure Game of the...
News Mario Kart Tour's Cat Tour Goes Live Today, Teases "Purrticularly Cute" New Character
Cat got your tongue?
We're almost sad to see Mario Kart Tour's Berlin Tour wrap up. After all, it's forever blessed us with Lederhosen Luigi, as Nintendo made him the star character of that event. That will finish later today, but immediately after it wraps up, the upcoming Cat Tour is planned to go live. We've not had many details about this new...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Decorations Are Now Redeemable On My Nintendo (Europe)
Just pay shipping
My Nintendo has been offering a much-improved range of physical goods recently, like Pikmin 3 coasters, Mario posters, and even an adorable Animal Crossing tote bag, and now you can pick up something that should hopefully enhance your game time on
News After 13 Years, Mario Kart Wii's Rainbow Road Finally Gives Up Its "Impossible" Ultra Shortcut
Fancy a 22-second lap?
Mario Kart Tour and Home Circuit might be Nintendo's focus these days (We still love you too, Deluxe), but there remains a dedicated player base out there for Mario Kart Wii. Despite being almost 13 years old, it was still pulling in
News Lederhosen Luigi Is Now A Thing Thanks To Mario Kart Tour's Latest Update
The tour of Luigi
Mario Kart Tour has received another shakeup this week as Mario and the gang head to Berlin. The best news? Luigi's whipped out his lederhosen to celebrate. Available as we speak and running until 26th January at 9.59 pm PT, the new Berlin Tour will see all your favourite Mario Kart characters racing through the streets of...
Random This Mario Kart And LEGO Mario Fusion Is A Work Of Genius
Augmented augmented reality
We're starting to get a bit scared of Mario. The behatted, bemoustached plumber has has been slowly leaking into real life, with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit using AI to turn our messy living room into a go-kart course, and LEGO Super Mario letting us scan barcodes to create platforming levels made entirely out of...
News Mario Kart Tour Gets A New Year Update With RMX Rainbow Road 2
And Toad gets a new hat
Lakitu is finally getting his time in the spotlight after decades of being Mario's thankless camera guy. Sure, there have been times when he's thrown stuff at us from his cloud, but who can blame him? He never gets to join in the fun! The theme of the New Year 2021 Tour, which is already live on Mario Kart Tour, seems to be...
News Tokyo's Unofficial Mario Kart Service Loses Supreme Court Appeal
Sealing Nintendo's win
Remember that knock-off Mario Kart service operating in Tokyo? Since 2017, it's been engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Nintendo, but it looks like its days are finally numbered. In January of this year, the go-kart firm was ordered to pay the video game giant 50 million yen for violating its IP rights. It appealed this...
News In 2020, Just Dance Was As Popular As Watch Dogs And Mario Kart 8 Sold More Than In 2019
Sales statistics show surprising successes
Numbers are delicious. We're big fans of crunching all that tasty statistical cereal and spitting out interesting fact-nuggets. Remember when we took a look at gamesindustry.biz's "Year In Numbers", and found out that Nintendo Switch owners were the most likely to own another console? Well, we're back with...
News Get Festive With Rosalina's "Starry Skies And Icy Planets" Update For Mario Kart Tour
Hands up, who's still playing Mario Kart Tour on their smartphone? If the answer is 'nope', then it just might be time to revisit the mobile version of the world's premier kart racing series as the Rosalina Tour is now live. We all know and love Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy of course, now playable on Switch in the
News Japan's Mario Kart Arcades Are Being Updated To Add Infinite Green Shell Mode And Wario
This sounds bonkers
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the current Mario Kart game playable in Japanese arcades, will be receiving an update next week which adds a new mode and a character tweak. Produced by Bandai Namco, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cabinets offer arcade goers a variety of gameplay modes including a single-player Grand Prix and multiplayer...
Random Super-Clever AR Hacks Make Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Really Shine
Wanna be inspired?
With the right setup, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit can be a real blast. If you've got the imagination – and perhaps more importantly, the space – it can offer a Mario Kart experience truly unlike any other. Of course, some creative folk are taking things well beyond the norm, including the annoyingly imaginative people...
Random 3D-Printed Rainbow Road Takes Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit To A Whole Other Level
We've all been doing it wrong
The fact that Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit allows you to design your own real-life tracks means that the creative freedom available is already through the roof, but some are now taking that to wonderful extremes. 3D printer manufacturer, BCN3D, has decided to take things into its own hands and create a surprisingly...
Random Did You Know Mario Kart DS Loads Differently Depending On Your Chosen Console?
Well, here's an interesting little fact for you: Mario Kart DS actually behaves slightly differently depending on which Nintendo DS system you use to play it on. The DS classic, which has now been available for almost 15 years, features a different loading sequence if you play the game on an original Nintendo DS system, rather than any...
Video Nintendo Shares Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Course Creation Tips
Amazingly, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has already been out in the wild for almost a month now, and we're sure plenty of you have been building all sorts of crazy courses around your homes – probably annoying your cats in the process. If you're feeling a little stuck and are in need of some inspiration, though, the video above...
Japanese Charts Nintendo Switch Claims The Entire Top 10 This Week
Top 11, actually
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 19th - 25th October 2020, showing that Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has slipped down to number 5 as Animal Crossing: New Horizons regains the top spot in time for Halloween. Impressively, Switch games take every one of the top 10 entries, with Minecraft at number 7 and Pokémon Sword...
News New Pikmin Themed Goodies Are Now Available On My Nintendo (US)
Some Mario Kart items, too
This week sees the arrival of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on the Switch and to celebrate this particular release, Nintendo has added some new and appropriately themed rewards to My Nintendo in the US. Shipping fees apply. First up, we have a set of Pikmin 3 coasters (set of four) - available for a total of 400 Platinum Points. My...
Random Sorry, Mario Kart Live - Sega Beat You To The Punch Over 30 Years Ago
You won't fit this track in your house, however
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is one of those "wow" concepts which can't help but raise a smile; being able to drive a tiny car around your living room and terrorise your pets is a good time, as you'll know if you've consulted our review. However, this isn't the first time a Japanese
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Receives Its Very First Update
Includes some camera improvements
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might be a different type of video game experience, but it seems it will still be receiving the same level of support as Nintendo's standard first-party releases. A few weeks after it raced onto the Switch, this real-life kart racer has now received its very first update. This bumps...
Random Mario Kart Music Apparently Helps With Your Homework
Listen up, kids
A lot of people like to work with music playing in the background – it's easy to see how a favourite tune can inspire you to increased productivity or get you through a particularly tough day. However, a new craze has surfaced online which is based around using Mario Kart's more strident songs to encourage people to work faster...
Japanese Charts Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Speeds Into First Place
As Nintendo takes nine of top ten
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 12th - 18th October, revealing that Nintendo's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit has debuted in first place. Combined sales of the Mario and Luigi bundles reached an estimated 73,918 units in its opening week, comfortably sitting ahead of the second-place game, Animal...
Random It Turns Out Some Cats Love Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Nintendo Life cats meet Mario
At the end of last week, we shared an article highlighting the struggles being faced by the world's cat population as a result of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The extremely important and serious piece of journalism explored a variety of lovely kitties, finding that many appeared to be scared of the zooming Mario RC...
Feature Nintendo And Velan Studios On Bringing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Into The (Real) World
"This is perhaps the most technologically complex and riskiest project I've worked on"
Following its announcement back in September, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit recently sped into homes across the land, and no doubt many of you have been crafting intricate circuits around your home, pulling off daring manoeuvres between chair legs, leaving tyre...
News If You're Feeling Creative, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Even Works With Ramps And Tunnels
The ceiling's the limit
Nintendo's shiny new toy, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, is now available to buy on Switch. It might be rubbing people's cats up the wrong way, but this clever, creative way to play one of the best multiplayer series of all time is certainly providing lots of enjoyment for new buyers. If you've
Random Sakurai's Cat Is Also Curious About Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
The demon beast appears
Legendary game designer and director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, has been playing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit this weekend, and like other cats, his own seems to be equally as intrigued by Nintendo's latest release. He shared the following image over on his Twitter account yesterday. This cat in the...
PSA You Can Play Mario Kart Live Outside, But We Wouldn't Recommend It
It's against the rules
Keep this to yourself, but it's perfectly possible to play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit outside. Nintendo doesn't want you to know this - in fact, the game's packaging warns against doing so - but you can, if you so wish, drive your little RC car outdoors. Because the connection exists between the Switch console and the car...
Random Yep, Cats Really Aren't Liking Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Less than impressed
Any cat owners receiving their shiny new copy of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit today were probably already worrying about how their feline friends would adapt to a new, speedy Mario kart boosting around the living room. As you might expect, early indicators reveal that it's not going well. The thing's only been in people's hands...
News Ruined Your Mario Kart Live Cardboard Gates? Don't Worry, You Can Print More At Home
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is out today, meaning Switch players all over the world are now busy setting up their very own Mario Kart race tracks in their living rooms. Should things take a bit of a wrong turn, however, Nintendo's got your back. As you'll know if you've read our Mario Kart Live review, the software and Mario RC...
Guide Where To Buy Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit On Nintendo Switch
Speed is of the essence
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might not be the Mario Kart sequel you were expecting in 2020, but it's sure to become one of the year's hottest products. You use your Switch and the wonders of "Mixed Reality" technology to control a RC car and race it around a custom-built track in your living room, kitchen or bedroom. The...
Poll Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Is Out Today On Switch, Are You Getting It?
Mario Kart enters the real world
Today sees the arrival of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on the Nintendo Switch. Obviously, it's similar but also different from any other Mario Kart game ever released. Instead of taking control of a virtual kart, this time around you're operating a remote control car. Obviously, one big factor with this game is...
Video Here's A Look At All 24 Track Themes Available In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
It's out this Friday!
If you're itching to see more of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit before it speeds into living rooms this Friday – can you believe we're only days away already? – then you'll want to check out the video above. A series of short clips have been uploaded to the game's official Japanese website, and Nintendo Everything has taken...
Video Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Gets A Shiny New Commercial
It's out next week!
Next week sees the launch of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit on Switch, Nintendo's latest attempt to bring innovative fun into your home through a combination of video games and physical toys. A new commercial has been posted online to build the hype (see above), showing off some of the exciting things you can do with the new...
First Impressions Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Don't get RC about it, you might like it
You probably don't need us to tell you that Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's crown jewels; the series has sold a staggering 150 million copies to date, with 35 million of those attributable to the most recent mainline instalment, Mario Kart 8 – which, in a rather unique twist, is currently the best-selling...
News Velan Reveals An Early Prototype Of Its Mario Kart RC
The finished product is "essentially a mini-console on wheels"
Nintendo has released a developer interview video featuring Velan Studios, the team behind Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. While the entire thing is worth watching, one of the highlights would have to be a look at one of the prototype karts. Here it is, along with some extra insight from...
Video New Trailer Gives In-Depth Look At Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
3, 2, 1...Go!
Nintendo has just released a brand new extended trailer for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, coming to Switch on 16th October. It gives us our best look at the game yet - explaining how the kits, karts and tracks work. Set up for the game involves placing down four gates, then driving through each one to create a course layout. An area...
Random Not A Fan Of Mario Kart Tour's Mobile Controls? Try A Wii Nunchuk
Ah, that's better
Mobile game Mario Kart Tour is a decent new way to play the iconic series on your smart device, but even with its newly improved control layout, some players just can't be doing with its touchscreen interface. If you've grown up playing Mario Kart on your favourite consoles we guess this is pretty understandable, but what if you...
Poll It's Been One Year Since Mario Kart Tour Was Released, Are You Still Playing It?
One year ago, Nintendo officially released Mario Kart Tour on Android and IOS mobile devices around the world. To celebrate the game's first anniversary, Nintendo will be hosting a special tour, appropriately named "1st Anniversary Tour" and will show a preview of it at a later date. Can you believe it's been one year since...
News Mario Kart Tour's New Los Angeles Event Jumps Aboard The Mario Sunshine Hype Train
Mario (Sunshine) joins the roster
Another new tour has arrived in Mario Kart Tour, bringing a new – and very timely – Mario variant along for the ride. The Los Angeles event is available to play right now, running up until 6th October at 10:59pm PT. It continues the game's theme of racing through famous, real-world locations. While LA may be...
Poll Did You Know That Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Supports Up To Four Players?
Or did you think it was just two?
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit might not necessarily be the future of the Mario Kart series, but it's shaping up to be a fun detour which mixes real-world RC cars with AR visuals displayed via your Switch's screen. The game's trailer does an excellent job of communicating just how cool a concept this is, but there's...
Gallery Here's A Look At Some Of The Costumes In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Games launches this October
Let's be honest - none of us expected Nintendo's next Mario Kart title to use real RC cars and augmented reality. That's not the only different thing about Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit compared to the mainline series. The racers in this upcoming release will also be able to wear costumes. Something that we haven't...
Talking Point Can Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Possibly Be As Good As It Looks?
Our inner six-year-olds are losing it right now
Last week, after many months of rumour and speculation, we were finally treated to the 35th Anniversary Super Mario announcements we'd been waiting for. As well as the expected remasters in the form of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and a Switch port of Super Mario 3D World (
News The 'Super' Mario Kart Tour Event Starts Today, Celebrating The Series' SNES Beginnings
With familiar faces and karts
Mario Kart Tour is kicking off a brand new event today which celebrates the series' very first title released way back in 1992. You may have spotted its announcement during last week's Mario 35th Anniversary Direct; the event runs from now until 22nd September and will feature special appearances from Mario and Donkey...
News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Uses Real RC Cars And Augmented Reality
Turn your living room into a race track
Nintendo has lifted the lid on its next Mario Kart game, and we certainly weren't expecting it to look quite like this. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit uses real RC cars with cameras attached to them. The idea is that you create your own course in the real world, and then race around it using the Switch. The...
News Here's Another Look At Hot Wheels' New Mario Kart Line
The Bowser's Castle Trackset
Earlier this month, during a special Comic-Con at home video stream, the Hot Wheels team revealed it would be bolstering its existing Mario Kart line with some new products - including the characters Cat Peach and Diddy Kong, glider karts and a special mystery Yoshi egg line. Now, in the latest update, Famitsu has...
News Mario Kart Tour's Pirate Tour Adds King Bob-Omb And Pirate Bowser Jr.
And a DS course returns!
The latest tour has arrived in Mario Kart Tour, adding new characters, a new course, and a whole new theme. With the Wild West Tour now all wrapped up, it's time for the Pirate Tour to take over. This new event introduces King Bob-Omb and Bowser Jr. (Pirate), which we suppose are a little more traditional than some of the...
Random Modder Makes Fully-Functioning Mario Kart Course Inside Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Complete with Time Trial minigame
We've seen plenty of mods for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before, many of which have impressed us no end, but this latest effort you're about to see is on a whole new scale. Modder and YouTube user Waikuteru has been in touch with us here a
News Hot Wheels Shares A Sneak Peek Of Its New Mario Kart Racers
Yoshi eggs, glider karts and more!
Last year, Hot Wheels launched a Mario Kart line and it's been an "amazing partnership with Nintendo", according to the toy car company. During a special Comic-Con at home video stream, the Hot Wheels team shared a special sneak peek of what coming later this year. Hot Wheels' Chris Colangelo explained in full...
Random Test Your Memory With This Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Concentration Challenge
A little test from Nintendo
Earlier this year Nintendo released Brain Training for Nintendo Switch in Japan and Europe, although for some unknown reason it has yet to launch in North America. While there's still no sign of Dr Kawashima's daily brain sharpener reaching North American shores, Nintendo of America has tweeted a short video which tasks...
News Mario Kart Tour Is Getting A Landscape Mode And A New Control Layout
All coming in the next update
Mario Kart Tour's next update will add the option for players to enjoy the game in landscape mode as well as portrait mode, Nintendo has revealed. Since the game launched last September, Mario Kart Tour has been a portrait-exclusive affair. This newly announced landscape option helps the game to look a little more at...
News Crowdfunding Drive For Go-Karting Firm Previously Known As MariCar Fails Spectacularly
Raises less than 1 percent of its target goal
Remember MariCar? It's a company which offers go-kart tours around Tokyo, with participants famously dressing up as characters from the Super Mario series. As you can imagine, this annoyed Nintendo, which took MariCar to court for copyright infringement case against the karting firm in 2017. It was...
News Celeb-Studded Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament Takes Place Tomorrow For Charity
Catch it live on Twitch
Tomorrow, 19th May, viewers on Twitch will be treated to a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament featuring a cast of famous faces, all in the name of charity. The event's being hosted by CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity working to fight against suicide, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week which takes...
News Mario Kart Tour Update Adds Multiplayer Team Racing And Custom Matchmaking
Version 2.1.0 has arrived
A new update has drifted onto the scene in Mario Kart Tour, bringing with it a couple of welcome new features that should improve your multiplayer gaming experience. The first new addition is Team Races, which puts players into four separate teams of two racers. These races can be made up of friends nearby, friends online,...
News English Gamers Are The Best At Mario Kart, New Study Says
But US players are better at Pac-Man
The data is in, and we're happy to confirm that English gamers have been declared the best Mario Kart players the world has ever seen. So that's that. Yes, data-focused gaming publisher Kwalee has put together a study taking a close look at more than 16,000 different games, looking into top-ranking achievements...
News It's Been Three Years Since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Was Released On Nintendo Switch
Time flies when you're having fun
Three years ago, the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart series got a major speed boost when Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. The 'Deluxe' version includes all of the existing DLC, sees the return of the proper battle mode, adds new characters like the Inklings, and updates the...
News Nintendo UK Reveals Mario Kart 8 Deluxe VS Cup, Take Part To Win eShop Credit
Worth a shot, right?
If you have a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sitting at home and feel up for jumping into a race or two, you could net yourself some lovely eShop credit to spend on your next favourite game. Nintendo UK has announced the 'Nintendo UK VS Cup', in which players will be able to get stuck into some friendly Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online...
News Mario Kart Tour Multiplayer Modes Are Now Live
Better late than never
Update (Mon 9th Mar, 2020 09:30 GMT): The Mario Kart Tour multiplayer content has now officially arrived. Nintendo is celebrating the launch with a retweet campaign on Twitter which could end up seeing each and every player receive 30 rubies and an in-game badge. Original Article (Tue 3rd Mar, 2020 03:05 GMT): When the...
News Mario Kart Tour Adds Classic Mario And Luigi And A Remixed Version Of Mario Circuit
Mario Kart Tour is celebrating our favourite moustachioed plumber's roots over the next couple of weeks, with today signalling the start of the Mario Bros. Tour. This new tour will be active from today until 11th March and adds 'Classic' variants of Mario and Luigi into the mix. As you can see in the video above, these versions of...
Rumour The Major Switch Title This Holiday Season Could Have "Tires" In It
Well, that rules out F-Zero
A few weeks ago, the "prolific" leaker Sabi – who has a strong track record – said a new Paper Mario game and 2D Metroid title would be released this year. Just days ago, the same individual claimed
Random The Mario Kart Series Now Features Nine Forms Of Princess Peach
And you thought Smash's Fire Emblem issue was bad
Mario Kart has a problem. We first noticed it creeping up on us when Mario Kart 8 started to receive DLC on Wii U and with Mario Kart Tour, things are getting completely out of hand. Yep, that's right: there are Princess Peachs absolutely everywhere. The smartphone game has recently kicked off its...
News Nintendo To Be Awarded Over $450,000 In Court Win Against Unofficial Mario Kart Service
Gone for good this time?
Nintendo has won an intellectual property infringement court case against Mari Mobility, a company which has been offering unofficial Mario Kart-inspired go kart services in Tokyo, Japan. You may have heard of this unofficial service before; originally going by the name of Maricar, the company was found guilty of infringing...
News Another Mario Kart Tour Multiplayer Test Is Coming, And You're Invited
Update: And it's live!
Update: Just one day after the thing was first announced, Nintendo has kickstarted the second multiplayer test for Mario Kart Tour. You can get in on the action by heading to the game's menu and selecting 'Multiplayer'. Original Article (Tue 21st Jan, 2020 10:30 GMT): Nintendo has revealed that Mario Kart Tour is set to...
Feature Game Of The Decade Staff Picks - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Wahoo! You're number one!
Following on from our reader-voted Top 50 Games of the Decade, Nintendo Life staff members will be picking their personal favourite Nintendo games between the years 2010-2019. Today, Darren looks back at the golden age of the Wii U era in 2014 and beyond... Ah, the good old Wii U. While it was a bit of a commercial flop,...
News Uniqlo's 'Mario Kart Friendship' Range Of Shirts And Hoodies Is Now Available
Snap them up
Update (Thu 2nd Jan, 2020 10:00 BST): As New Year festivities were taking place this week, clothing retailer Uniqlo was busy getting its brand new 'Mario Kart Friendship' range of t-shirts and hoodies available. You can go ahead and pick them up from the Uniqlo website as we speak (we've shared images of some of the best options below)...
News Mario Kart Tour's New Year Event Starts On 31st December
New driver alts, karts and gliders up for grabs
Nintendo has announced the next event for its free-to-play mobile game Mario Kart Tour. Of course, it's all tied to the new year. Celebrations starting on 31st December with the aptly named New Year's Tour. This next tour will decorate the Tokyo track, add multiple new driver alts, karts and gliders,...
Video Another Look At Nintendo Switch's Officially Licensed Mario Kart Steering Wheels
An ideal last minute gift?
Gaming accessory maker Hori has shared a new video to show off its recently released steering wheels designed for Nintendo Switch. If you haven't seen them before or want to get another look, make sure to check it out above. With both a Racing Wheel Pro Mini and Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe available, players big and small...
News Mario Kart Tour Finally Gets Real-Time Multiplayer, Kind Of
A beta test gets things underway
Ever since it first drifted onto the scene, Mario Kart Tour players have been hoping to see the addition of true multiplayer gameplay. Thankfully, that very day is (kind of) upon us, with the launch of a beta test for select users. Starting from today, 19th December, and running until 05:59 UTC on 27th December, a...
News Birdo Joins Mario Kart Tour's Holiday Event As A Playable Character
And there's a reindeer Yoshi
Yet another new tour is on the way to Mario Kart Tour this week, and it looks set to add three new characters for players to pick up. Serving as the last tour of the year, the 'Holiday Tour' is due to kick off from 10pm PT on 17th December (so that's 6am GMT the following morning). As you can see in the promotional...
Guide Where To Buy The Hori Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel
Play Mario Kart in style
Gaming accessory maker Hori is set to release a Mario Kart Racing Wheel for Nintendo Switch, with two versions now appearing at various retailers. If you're hoping to track one down or learn more about it, you've certainly come to the right place. Both wheels come with pedals for that authentic driving experience, but there...
News Google Play Votes Mario Kart Tour As One Of The 'Best Casual Games' For 2019
Alongside a Toy Story game
Mario Kart Tour has had a very successful first few months on the road, generating millions of dollars in revenue and even going on to be the most-downloaded free game on the Apple Store this year, despite launching in September. Now, it's getting even more recognition. Google Play has listed the title in its 'Best Casual...
News Mario Kart Tour Is Apple's Most Downloaded Game Of 2019
Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour might have only launched in September, but it's experienced one of the biggest mobile video game releases of 2019. In its first 24 hours of availability, it was downloaded 20 million times and banked $1 million. By the end of the first month, the downloads skyrocketed to 123 millio
News Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 Switch Bundle Dominated This Year's Black Friday Sales
And Switch was a top Google Trend
As Microsoft and Sony gear up for the next generation of console gaming, Nintendo is focused on maintaining the sales momentum of its current hardware. The holiday period is obviously an important time for these sales, and according to some "early analysis" from Wedbush Securities, the standard Switch featuring a...
News Mario Kart Tour Sets Course For London Next Week
Two new characters appear in the pipe
The next destination for Mario Kart Tour has been revealed, with all of our favourite Mushroom Kingdom racers setting course for rainy old London. The new tour will feature a brand new London-themed track, two new drivers for the game's spotlight pipe, and presumably the usual addition of new karts and gliders...
News Pink Gold Peach Is Ready To Race In Mario Kart Tour's Limited-Time Winter Event
The winter tour is currently underway in Nintendo's latest mobile release, Mario Kart Tour. Part of this update includes the arrival of the new racer, Pink Gold Peach. This racer is part of the second phase of the update which is available from now until the end of the tour. Apart from Pink Gold Peach, you can also unlock the Wildfire...
News Zavvi Launches Mario Kart Racing Merch Range
Just in time for Christmas
UK online store Zavvi has been busy this year launching various officially licensed Nintendo merchandise for Super Mario, Legend of Zelda and more recently Luigi's Mansion. But now the design boffins hav
News Mario Kart Tour Celebrates The Festive Season In Its Latest Update
And updates the controls
Lakitu's latest video for Mario Kart Tour has revealed the next big update (out today) is the Winter Tour. This update adds in the Mario Kart DS track DK Pass, three new drivers, new karts and gliders, and updates the control system. Here's a bit about the control update at the 1:30 mark: Now you can steer and drift...
News Turns Out Bandai Namco Helped To Develop Mario Kart Tour
Partnership with Nintendo continues to flourish
It has been revealed that Bandai Namco, the studio famous for series such as Tekken and Pac-Man, had a significant role in the development of Nintendo's recent mobile release, Mario Kart Tour. Bandai Namco has revealed its involvement on its official website, noting that the studio implemented visual...
News Mario Kart Tour's Next Stop Is Paris, Complete With Vacation Peach And Pastry Chef Shy Guy
It won't be long before you find yourself drifting into a brand new country with Mario Kart Tour, as the free-to-start racer is gearing up for a trip to Paris, France. Starting at 10pm PT on Tuesday 5th November (so that's 1am ET / 6am GMT / 7am CET the following morning), Mario and co. will be taking to the streets of Paris for more...
News Mario Kart Tour's Multiplayer Beta Test Starts This December, But You'll Need A Gold Pass To Race
More details to be revealed soon
When Nintendo launched Mario Kart Tour on mobile devices back in September, users quickly noticed the game featured a special Gold Pass subscription – allowing racers to get more in-game rewards. If you didn't think there was enough incentive to sign up previously, Nintendo is now attempting to increase its value...
Random Fan Makes Amazing Mario Kart Mod Where Waluigi Races By Running On Foot
And he's incredibly fast, too
There's something special about Waluigi. Something that makes fans have particularly strong feelings either for or against him, something that saw him win an official Valentine's Day poll, and something that makes people want to see him run around a Mario Kart circuit without being in a car apparently. Mod developer...
News You Can Play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe By Steering Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con, Kind Of
Style > practicality
With enough imagination, that fancy Ring-Con accessory that comes with your snazzy copy of Ring Fit Adventure could be anything. Sure, it could be just the high-tech Pilates ring it's supposed to be, or it could be Captain America's shield, a discus, a frisbee, a hula hoop... It could even be a steering wheel, which conveniently...
UK Charts Ring Fit Adventure Debuts In Third As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Closes In On FIFA 20
Update: Revised chart gives Ring Fit Adventure a healthier spot
Update - Tue 22nd Oct, 2019 12:00 BST: Chart compilers GfK Chart-Track have reissued yesterday's UK Charts with a couple of corrections to the All-Formats sales ranking. It seems that Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure debuted not at fifth as previously reported, but in an even healthier...
News After Losing His Keys, Luigi Is Finally Ready To Race In Mario Kart Tour This Halloween
Update: Nintendo drops new video including Luigi and Time Trials
Update 2 - Tue 22nd Oct, 2019 11:30 BST: Nintendo has posted the above video introducing the Halloween Tour, with the game cheekily being renamed in the opening seconds as 'Luigi Kart Tour'. The video details the arrival of Luigi, King Boo, the Ghost Valley course, plus 'eerie karts...
News He Still Can't Get A Spot In Smash, But Waluigi Joins The Roster In Mario Kart Tour
Waluigi Pinball is back!
Ever since Mario Kart Tour launched, fans have been asking, demanding, and praying for the inclusion of Luigi. He was promised to be a playable character but was strangely missing from the starting lineup, so yesterday's big announcement went down well with the green plumber's fan base. Doing what he does best, though,...
News Mario Kart Tour Gets An Update, But It's Not The Multiplayer Fans Are Crying Out For
Badge list, point check feature and more
If you boot up Mario Kart Tour on your smartphone today, you'll notice that the game has been updated to Version 1.1.0. The update brings with it a few new features and fixes "minor issues", but hasn't yet added multiplayer racing. Perhaps the most exciting addition that has arrived is the new badge list. If...
News Mario Kart Tour's Diddy Kong Pack Costs £39, The Same Price As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe On Switch
A tough decision
Mario Kart Tour has several things going for it - the racing is decent if not spectacular, it's great seeing all of our favourite Mario stars (except Luigi) racing around on our phones, and the new tracks are fun to explore - but this pricing system is really starting to take the biscuit. As part of the new Tokyo Tour, which has...
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