We already know that Nintendo is working on a fresh Mario Kart entry for the Wii U and that it will make its debut at this year's E3.
However, in a PR email pertaining to its 2013 financial results, Nintendo has let slip that the game will be rolled out onto the starting grid this year, which should give the struggling console a much-needed shot in the arm:
Based on the strong lineup of upcoming software titles for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, Nintendo expects to return to Operating Income profitability by the end of the current fiscal year. During the next several months, Nintendo expects to launch new titles in the Mario Kart (Wii U), Super Mario Bros. (Wii U), Wii Fit (Wii U), Pikmin (Wii U), The Legend of Zelda (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Mario & Luigi (Nintendo 3DS) and Pokémon (Nintendo 3DS) franchises. These games, along with titles from Nintendo’s third-party publishing partners, will help drive hardware momentum and introduce new audiences to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms.
With the Wii U's software lineup for 2013 looking a little barren, this should be just the tonic the platform needs as it enters a holiday season where it will face stiff competition from PS4 and Microsoft's new Xbox console.
I'M READY!!!! YES!!!!
It will basically make a 3ds comeback.
I'm surprised, since Mario Karts usually come every 3 years.
Based on past naming patterns for main-series Mario Kart games, I wonder if this one will be called Mario Kart 8.
Awesome! I wonder what the 'hook' for MK U will be... Two person karts & gliders / underwater?
@Dazza HAHAHAHA The most appropriate for this news!!! Good stuff!
@GamerZack7 Or maybe Mario Kart 8chD?
Great news! I've been enjoying the newer MKs like Wii and 7 a lot more than the older ones. My dad is really going to be happy when this releases!
Lol they should call it Mario Kart: U-Turn
@MrWalkieTalkie WE HAVE A WINNER!
@MrWalkieTalkie - I wouldn't rule that out.
I WONDER IF THEY'LL EVEN HAVE A MARIO KART BUNDLE?
I hope they include some sort of creation mode or dlc as I don't want to be playing the same stages for the next 5 years
The hook: you can modify your cart between different forms mid race with the gamepad. Straightaway? Switch to speed form. Tight turns? Handling. Obstacles? Tank mode.
Just speculation btw, not saying they're doing this.
Can't wait for this game, i have heard some where that Nintendo might take some ideas from Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed.
Expected, but I'm glad it's confirmed. Hopefully it won't feel rushed out.
@PinkSpider, I hope there's DLC, it's a shame there isn't any for the 3DS installment.
@Five-seveN: Nice one!
@MrWalkieTalkie: That sounds like a great title for an MK game. You should work in marketing at Nintendo of (Your Continent-or-Region Here).
@Suportedcofe: Do you mean it'll likely have kartography (my word for kart construction), gliding and underwater sections like 7 does?
Oh yeah! And just in time - gotten to the point where I can drive the tracks in MK7 with my eyes shut
Perhaps this is a stupid question, but will the new 'Super Mario Bros.' game be the 3D Mario that's already been announced?
Not really. Mario Kart Wii and 7 were the only games with three years in between.
Oh, and I called this awhile ago, haha.
Ironic...I might end up getting this for Christmas just like with 7 if it releases around that time. Well, I suspect we'll be seeing more of this at E3.
@GamerZack7 Kartography...lol. Good one. Sounds like a pun straight out of a Mario and Luigi game or something.
This will help sell some consoles, how many I think will depend on the game.
Guess I'm just a little concerned this will be either Maro Kart Wii HD or Mario Kart 7 HD. Probably the latter. I don't think they've ever done that before w/ the Kart series, but they really haven't had all that long since MK 7 to make an entirely new game, have they? New tracks maybe, but something new and different like Sega did w/ Transformed that will get people excited?
Yes I know everybody will be happy w/ any new Mario Kart game, but something really new and exciting to push the online and tablet and HD and Miiverse and everything else.
Awesome news, but what about the "Super Mario Bros" part? Does that mean Super Luigi U?
Sounds kinda like it's being rushed. Then again, Mario Karts are quick and easy to make, so it shouldn't take 'em that long.
While this is great news I think I may be skipping this version of the game (that could change when nearing release day).
I'm guessing by Zelda they mean the Wind Waker remake (if this is all true). I really hope Mario Kart comes out this year. It might seemed rushed but we need some more good first party Nintendo games to play.
Can't wait for this one.
@Guitardude7 Wouldn't those be the A Link to the Past sequel for 3DS and The Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD for Wii U?
hopefully 5 players in this one, with one player on the mobile screen and the other 4 on the wiimotes/controller pro.
@Jese_1: That certainly looks to be the case.
A Link to the PAst 2 & Wind Waker HD. We already knew they were coming this year.
@WiiLovePeace First person cart racing! Use the gamepad as the steering wheel and see the hands of the drivers!!!!1!!1!!111!
Not really though, that would be silly. Hopefully the hook is less blue shell domination and sweet online. Anything else is gravy. I would be surprised if they didn't bundle this.....it would fly off the shelves.
And there is the Ace in the Hole my friends!
Nintendo used Mario Kart on the videogame market....IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!!!!
Just like i predicted a couple of months ago... Xmas 2013 will be Nintendo's.
from the titles above im obviously getting:
mario wii u
mario kart wii u
zelda wii u
and many more obviously.
This means that "F-Zero Wii U" won't be...
But this news makes my happy nonetheless.
I really really hope they do something to stop cheaters online, that is the most annoying thing in multiplayer mode in MK7....
And of course, the game will have new cool features, nintendo always innovates.
@MrWalkieTalkie they really shouldnt
I am all for this as long as Nintendo does something to differentiate this game from Mario Kart 7. Maybe a return to Double Dash gameplay?
I'mma be soooo broke this year, I hope they really do the online RIGHT with Mario Kart Wii U. Then we're good Nintendo, I still would rather see a new F-Zero or Star Fox or Metroid but hopfully their working on that too. If the know what's good for them.....
LOL we have no games yet a new one gets annouced like every week
I would love to see a comeback of the Double Dash gameplay!
Or at at least make it an option.
As much as i enjoy Mario Kart, Mario, Zelda, etc. I wish Nintendo would give us something totally new. Im finding it hard to get excited about the same franchises over and over.....
With Mario Kart U as I like to call it, I hope they bring back the bikes into races. I have no problem with how the online is now. But I wish they would fix the issues with ppl always getting Communication Errors with like the way Mario Kart 7 had that problem. And no glitches this time on online again Nintendo.
in regards to this "new wii u Zelda" entry, would they be calling it a new entry if it wasn't an entirely new game? alttp2 is an entirely new entry....just pointing that out.
but of course if they added the lost dungeons it would be like a totally new game.
I dont want them releasing it if its not ready.. just cause the system is starting off slowly doesnt mean throw out a AAA title to counter that.
Im expecting great things this time around for MK so please do it proper thats all i ask. I mean it wasnt too long ago 7 came out thats all im saying.
I'll certainly be picking this game up but I hope they add in some new multiplayer modes since I am getting a little bit tired of just playing coin rush and balloon battle. Hopefully this new iteration of Mario Kart will add enough features to set itself apart from Mario Kart 7.
Yes nintendo yes! This is precisely the big ticket item that could help Wii U.
get my gas on yes
...You may be wondering why I said "NO!", but I would hate Mario Kart Wii U to get released this year. I would rather see it come out in late 2014 instead, so that we could have a nice and polished game, but no, we have to get a rushed one instead. This is the 3DS all over again; release a bad 3D Mario and a mediocre Mario Kart game in order to boost sales of the system they're made for. I'll probably get Mario Kart U anyway, but if they're going to keep making half-bootied sequels, then I might as well just play the incredibly fun and well polished Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed instead.
Oh yes! If there's a Mario Kart Wii U bundle coming, I'll definitely get it so long as it's the 32GB Wii U and not the Basic 8GB.
Let the Blue Shells Fly!!
I'm not all enthused that they're rushing this game out. The should take their time and really make an innovative game instead of appeasing shareholders and naysayers. To be honest, the last two Mario Kart games (MK7 & MK Wii) were the two most disappointing games in the series so far. The tracks lacked imagination, game mechanics had very little innovation, and they dumbed down the driving aspect in order to lure in a casual audience. It became more about who was lucky enough to get multiple blue shells and less about how well you drove. So while I always love the idea of a new Mario Kart game, my enthusiasm is a little reserved this time around.
I hope this is the first Wii U game to introduce 6 player multiplayer by bundling a second GamePad with the game (or at least selling them at retail.) How amazing would that be? Even if you only had 3 players, each person could have their own screen! I don't think it's being rushed, I'm sure the 2 years between MK7 and MKU is plenty of time to make it good. I'm certainly excited to be playing more Mario Kart by the years end.
Wow NIntendo is really pulling out all their best franchises to help in these tough times.
@MrSRArter Handhelds and home consoles are separate entities currently, and Mario Kart Wii was released about 5 years ago this week (April 27, 2008 in NA). Mario Kart 7 is awesome, but it is a 3DS game. The Wii U is something completely different, obviously. It doesn't bother me one bit, an iota even, that Nintendo is releasing a Mario Kart for Wii U sooner rather than later. I think it's outstanding news in fact.
I'm quite certain the Wii U can expect a reversal of fortunes at least by the start of next year if Nintendo rolls out a high-quality software line-up. With that said, this game will have to feature some pretty cool gamepad action to tempt me at all. PS3 is in its prime, PS4 is set to debut later this year, and I already own both Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.
Everyone said it wasnt coming out and i knew it would this year cause they did the same thing with the 3ds and thats when they really started moving the system with 3d land as well.
@DrunkLuigi the only thing i dont like about mk is the fact that it has retro tracks. There cool for a while but i do want something unique and fresh instead of half the tracks being old.
@Kirbybrawl Oh the irony: one of the only things I like about those newer games is seeing/playing classic tracks in much nicer graphics than they originally had. I think they should keep doing the retro tracks, especially now since they will be in HD and will look beautiful, but that should be a separate section. As in there's the main game, and then if you unlock it, there's "Retro Mode" where you only play classic tracks. Or hell, even have "Retro Mode" as DLC for the game where it's a completely separate main menu item.
After Mario Kart Wii... I'm nervous.
I'm more interested in 3D Mario, honestly.
@Sonicfan11589 It is a shame.
@Suportedcofe I hope so.
I can totally see MK(8) being an HD version of MK7. They did it with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed, and they're doing it with Smash Bros. If that's the case, as much as I love Mario Kart, I still don't think it will be enough to reel me in and buy a Wii U. One thing I'd love to see is if they finally made DLC for MK7: MK(8) tracks! And you're able to play on line against people that either have a Wii U and 3DS! Now that would be something.
And if they treat the DLC like NSMBU then this will be the best Mario Kart ever!
Will they bring more for Wii U this year, which they will announce at E3?
And it begins, that is the rise of the Wii U.
For all those people who are doubting the quality of this title because it'll probably be a repackaging of MK7, I don't think any MK title has been so similar that it has interfered with the quality and feel of a game. Except for the GBA one, I think that one was a port.
I don't think they are rushing it out guys. They clearly spend lots of time making sure their games are good to go, and even more time improving their console. This is most likely just so happens to be one of those surprises they throw out that they have been working on for a long time and gave no info about.
When they take their time, it's bad. When they seemingly don't, it's bad. Hmmm...
This by default will be better than Sonic Racing Transformed. Nintendo is competing against Sega once again on their own console for a racing game according to some of the above comments.
Sonic Racing was great, but it was buggy, laggy, and freezy until that update months ago.
I got tired of that franchise over the past years. loved it on the SNES, loved it on the N64 but then, Double Dash didn't interest me that much and at the time, the Wii version got released I just wasn't into Mario Karting anymore altough it looked kinda fun. I don't know, but I guess my karting career is over ...
Where does it say it'll be out this year? As far as I'm aware the 'fiscal year' runs from April 1st to March 31st. That may mean a 2014 Q1 release for Mario Kart...
@SCAR392 People underestimate the "Seal of quality" way too often. Oh yeah, Other M wasn't "good" because it had intervening ideas of the cinematic sub-team of Ninja, Team Ninja, and Nintendo altogether.
Speaking of new games Capcom is giving a Okami-related announcement next week.
Im gonna have to sell a kidney.
Please Nintendo, please make it so that the game doesn't throw every weapon in the book at you when you're in the lead and about to cross the finish line. At the very least you could add an option with a "fair" mode in it where the rubber-banding effect is toned down...
I'm fed up with cheating Mario Kart which is such a shame as I'd love it if it was fair. Instead I find it too frustrating to play...
I'd much rather if the computer opponents were just more skilled than having 5 blue shells up my ass cos you know, it's a racing game first and foremost not a freaking shoot-em-up...
I hope something like this:
Total: Crazy 8-player local multiplayer!
Just a dream, but remember that for example, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock supports 8 players, 4 with instruments (Wii Remotes) and other 4 players using Nintendo DS download play in the role of "Roadies"... =)
I was pretty much expecting this. I wouldn't be surprised if by "Super Mario Bros" they meant the next 3D Mario too. This will be a big year for the Wii U yet.
I think most assumed this considering the sales position the company is in right now. Let's just hope that they didn't rush the game.
excitiing. i hope they bring back the 2 person cart from double dash. that was an awesome mariokart game.
a huge selection of characters would be nice. i mean HUGE selection.
Okay i'm excited!!
If it's a return to the complete unhinged chaos that MK Wii was crammed with, then colour me very excited. MK7 was just too... too bland by comparison. Bring back twelve racers at a time (maybe more...?) and tweak the item system slightly back to the way it was. I sorely missed the mega mushroom while playing the 3ds...
@HeatBombastic It'd be suicide to not make a Mario Kart Wii U bundle on the day MKU comes out.
I really think it's too soon for a new Marko Kart, but I guess they're desperate. Hey, between this, Pikmin, and Wind Waker, the Wii U might not have a bad holiday season.
@DerpSandwich - By the time this comes out though the last Mario Kart would be 2 years old. Compared to many yearly updates for franchises in the gaming world that's not so bad!
I don't think its rushed, 3DS version of Mario Kart released the same year the 3DS was released and it helped sales improvement. So Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart Wii U, Pikmin 3 and others to come this year, might not be a bad year for Wii U!
nice! good that the wii u is getting into full swing!
Bring back bikes plz.
Well... I know one thing that's getting added to my Christmas list.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am picking this up when it first come out.
pops open the champagne and sets the fireworks
Huzzah! This is fantastic news, I can't wait to see how they utilize the GamePad and Miiverse.
I hate you Nintendo, You steal all my money and don't let me play my older games because new ones are coming all the time. I hope this isnät rushed even if it comes out so early...
Update: Didn't read the beginning of the article. Should've payed attention ><
Wasn't this announced during the Wii U Nintendo Direct? I dont understand why its classified under "New News" and how some people didn't even see this coming ..
Isn't this the year of Luigi? I want Luigi kart!
Nintendo is set to pull a 3DS 2011 turnaround with the help of Mario for Wii U this year, and who blames them? I'm certainly looking forward to Mario Kart Wii U.
@nik1470 They could have a Luigi cup consisting of past Luigi tracks to celebrate him. "Thinks about it" Ok, I want that now.
@Kirbic well at first I was just thinking of changing the disc cover (its a clever idea they would sell twice as many copies). But now I want a Luigi cup! That's an epic idea!
Hopefully it's better than 7.
I wouldn't mind if they dropped the blue shells. I can't tell you how many times either my dad or I have been right at the finish line and then BOOM! Second place or in most cases worse.
@Kirbic I like the Luigi cup!
@Dazza Awesome! "The Carlton"
A Bowser cup would be better... Lethal!
I'd.... I'd LOVE that! Mix in some MK7 customization, custom characters, custom courses, and DLC and it would be perfect!
But Super Mario Wii U coming out this year as well isn't a cause for celebration? I feel like Mario doesn't get respect on the Internet anymore.
This could be good for wii u sales if they decide to do some innovation with customization like with MK7
I loves me some Mario Kart, can't wait!
No Mario Kart can beat Mario Kart 64. I play it every Friday at 7:00PM.
@baba_944 N64! I'd join in if I could.
I really thought this would come out 2014, due to the lack of images in January's Wii U Direct. Maybe they just want something great to reveal for E3. But it would have been cool to show that off for Year of Luigi.
@Chriis I wish too.
Hope it isn't dull and rushed. 7 could have used a bit more time if you were to ask me.
@baba_944 Double Dash?! I have every single Mario Kart to date and I love Double Dash the most. What if this one (Mario Kart U) is a good mixture of all of them. That would be AWESOME!! Oh and Luigi Cup FTW!!!!
There just isn't enough content in recent Mario Kart games to keep me interested. There is usually 32 tracks, which is pretty good, but gets stale fast, for me at least. If you're not playing local multiplayer I just dont see the appeal anymore, there really isn't a significant difference in the gameplay of any of the recent games.
Don't get me wrong, the games are fun, they just aren't different enough from each other.
Instead of rushing out the next full game in the series, they ought to do Mario Kart Arcade GP 1(and 2) as a Wiiware release (with upto 8 player online multi - the same # of cabinets that could be hooked up together in the arcade) then focus on MKU (or 8, whatever) by having a legacy mode with all the past courses from SNES, N64, GBA and GC.
How I interpreted this article:
@WiiLovePeace I do hope they harken back to the "Double Dash" style, at least as a local multiplayer option. Or Dual Gamepads... That would be sweet!!
Either way, Getting this one for sure!!
Most Likely. Or the next 3D Mario game with retake the Bros. title meaning two brother co op
@Rafie Never played Double Dash.
@Sonicfan11589 That would be a welcome set of ideas. Even though MK7 set the stage for the ideas implemented in SaASRT, with the underwater races and hang gliders used in MK7. We will have to wait and see.
The announcement also says a mario bros game is coming this year for Wii U. So it sounds like the new 3D mario will be out by christmas as well as mario kart and wind waker hd. If no one else sees whats happening, nintendo's "save wii u" software lineup looks eerily similar to the one they used to resurrect 3DS... A remake of a great zelda game, the launch of a long anticipated virtual console update, and new mario and mario kart games. Pikmin 3 sure doesnt hurt either!
So I wasn't the only one to see the 3D Mario...
Omg super mario bros U, I like that version so much better than the new super mario bros cant wait, cant wait for mario kart as well and pikmin and everything @[email protected]
Freaking awesome! It sounds like the Wii U will be resurrectsd just as the 3DS was.
hmm, show me the next Mario, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and Zelda and I'll guarantee I will buy a Wii U I'ld down right freak if SEGA also shows a new Sonic game for the Wii U, please deliver at E3!
@Dazza Oh Carlton
YAY! Just got Sonic Racing Transformed on Wii U, which is awesome. But it just ain't Mario Kart!
With a strong lineup like that, it's only the beginning of what the Wii U can do
@DestinyMan and @bizcuthammer
Definitely great news. Here's hoping they find a unique and creative way to use the gamepad with it. I'm hoping they jam a crap ton of tracks in there as well.
Oh, and Nintendo PLEASE try to find a way to stop the hackers from getting in there and ruining the online play. That was and CONTINUES to be one of the biggest problems with Mario Kart Wii.
Of course! I think the new Smash brothers will be one of the titles that will be shoved until 2014, since Nintendo won't release everything this year!
This makes me a little worried. Could the quality of Mario Kart U be jeopardized as a result of being released so soon? It's definitely a system seller, but it will come at a cost.
It could come with a cost to quality, but it could also lead to some excellent DLC to last us a long time into the title and Wii U's lifespan.
@datamonkey Ha, that's true. Compared to COD it's not so bad at all! XD Though if they plan on only having one Mario Kart per system that means that it could be another five years or so before we get another one. If I were them I'd spread them out more.
another thing. Could this be the first game which uses 2 gamepads? It could be used to hide which item you have during mutiplayer games. Now thats interesting!
Tbh I love Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed and I see no need to get this game.
Great, finally really, it's been a while since Mario Kart Wii.
Really hope Nintendo fill the 25gb disk with new and previously seen circuits, across the various MK games.
I also hope that old circuits not on the disc make it to the eStore as DLC. (along with some new ones and updated classic circuits)
Imagine a MK game that has all new circuits, aswell as all the circuits from past MK games and updated versions of classic courses.
@MeowGravy Good point.. we know that 2 gamepads can be supported on WiiU.
I thought that a NintendoLand 2 bundle would be way Nintendo encouraged people to buy a second gamepad, but actually MK would be more likely to encourage the purchase of a second gamepad, especially if they come as a bundle.
Maybe Nintendo will do WiiU + 2 Gamepads + Mario Kart Bundle, but at the price or around the price that Premium WiiU currently is.
Not a Price cut, but a extra value package, highly popular franchise, and helping to bring the 2nd gamepad per home more the norm, encouraging developers to create more games using 2 game pads, and more most probably increasing system sales.
Of course that is if MKU does support 2 gamepads.. although even if not theres little doubt that in my mind a MK WiiU bundle will be availble.
I had NO idea that this would come
I had NO idea that this would come
After the disappointing Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 all I want is that Nintendo takes its time and do not rush another entry on this great series.
@SwissChris There is most certainly a need to buy this game. Sega All Stars is a great game but it lacks the same level of polish that Mario Kart games have. It would be foolish to turn down a racing game that is, without a doubt, going to have a huge online community.
MK U is too early to release this year in my book, not buying. Bjt then again, I might get it in 2014.
YAAAAAAYYYYYY!! FINALLY! Now I REALLY have to save up money for a Wii U!
I don't see how they're going to do a Mario Kart e3 debut when Nintendo already announced that they won't be in attandance
That said, "It's-a-go-time: VRROOOOOOM!"
I honestly don't think this game will be low quality. Please stop and think for a minute:
This Mario Kart was officially announced in the January Nintendo Direct for Wii U. Then, it was announced that it would be playable at E3 this year. This fact implies that the game has been in production for quite some time if a playable demo was to be ready by summer. This also implies that the game was nearing completion. Development for these games started before the Wii U even came out. You never know, this game could've been in production since the day Mario Kart 7 was released.
I think Mario Kart U (that's what I call it) will be amazing and I hope it will have DLC. That would be epic. Bring back the single player VS mode (it was left out of MK7 for some strange unknown reason), add more tracks, get rid of the crappy characters (cough cough Queen Bee and Wiggler) and bring back all the GCN/Wii characters. Bring back some of the best retro courses. Have a massive and really good online service. If the above criteria is met, Mario Kart U will be a huge system seller and Nintendo is making the right decision anyway releasing this in the holiday season.
I want to see Mario Kart go back to the N64. I own Double Dash and Wii and I don't care for them all that much. Why do we need multiple Go Karts and Motorcycles shouldn't be in a Kart Game. I would love to see Mario Kart 64 Given a HD Make Over.
I have a feeling the game will be rushed.
Mario Kart UUUUUUUU
(you know, 8 "u" letters).
My two favorite mario kart games were Double Dash and Wii so I hope they have a mix of that. Like they have two per kart every character has their own special items but two characters share the same one like mario and luigi. And every kart was made specifically for them and lastly, some maps from double dash. And from wii some maps motorcycles. And some more cups and maps.
@Rafie this seemed pretty obvious to me
Have you guys looked at the XBOX interface and their "always on" comments?
I think the only competition is coming from PS4. XBOX is to weird and requires too much from the user.
@Nirosmir If it comes out this year, I think Nintendo will be in good shape. Meanwhile Sonic Allstar Racing isn't that bad.
@JSuede No blue shell? But why?!
@bunnyking I don't mind the blue shell, but in MKWii it was far too overpowered and overused. If you were in first, you were going to be hit by a blue shell. Hands down.
It would be sweet if the gamepad made you guide the blue shell yourself so that it took at least a little bit of skill to use. You would have to lead your target, maybe guide using the touch screen or the motion sensing.....it could be awesome.
YES MARIO KART U!
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