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In today's much anticipated Nintendo Direct, CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Mario Kart 8 will officially be launching on 30th May in both NA and EU; this follows the late January confirmation that it was to be a May release.

Iwata-san also announced that a few new "unexpected" characters will be added to the game's roster. For the first time ever in the series all seven of Bowser's minions will be playable drivers.

Check out the new trailer below to see Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy in action! Are you happy with these new additions?