With the release of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U preoccupying many minds ahead of 30th May, Nintendo is taking every opportunity to raise awareness and hype. Is there a better way to do this than with a fancy infographic? No, no there isn't.

The infographic below shows the eight main series entries to date, spurning the Namco-developed Mario Kart Arcade entries in favour of those on Nintendo's own hardware. That seems fair, as the selection does conveniently add up the correct numbers to bring us to number eight on the Wii U.

You can check it out below — perhaps more graphic than info — and let us know what you think. If you want to see it full size, just click on the image, or tap if you're on a fancy smart device.