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For the vast majority of Wii U owners, we suspect the 30th May release of Mario Kart 8 is a major event on their gaming calendars. It's a franchise that has consistently delivered success for Nintendo, with the most recent iterations uniting experienced gamers and enthusiastic newcomers in some chaotic racing.

Ahead of Mario Kart 8 will come Super NES original Super Mario Kart, confirmed for the Wii U Virtual Console on 27th March in Europe and 28th March in Australia; the download will also come with a discount deal on the eShop version of the new title; we're yet to see whether an equivalent deal and release of the 16-bit racer will come to North America.

In order to get gamers ready for the first dose of karting action this month, Nintendo UK has now released two new videos featuring both games. The first below shows Sami Cetin — a world record holder in Super Mario Kart — and his niece / world champion Leyla Hasso taking on the Wii U title. The second features Cetin giving some vital tips for budding record breakers on the Super NES original; what the videos certainly show is just how much the franchise has changed and evolved.

Check them out below and let us know what you think.