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Mario Kart 8 is already forging new ground on the Wii U, with Nintendo having confirmed not only the Mario Kart TV feature, but the ability to upload those highlights reels directly to YouTube from within the game. It also seems set to represent Nintendo's first move into producing an accompanying smart device website or app, according to a report in Nikkei.

At a press conference following today's financial year report, Satoru Iwata reportedly stated that a web-based service is on the way that will allow users to track data such as rankings in Mario Kart 8. It's unclear, until full translations or Satoru Iwata's financial briefing is published by Nintendo, whether this will be a dedicated app for iOS and Android or, like the Miiverse equivalent, a browser-based service that will work on multiple devices.

We'll see soon, but there are interesting possibilities for checking rankings and, we'd hope, viewing clips from Mario Kart TV. Let us know your thoughts and what you'd like to see in the comments below.

[source nikkei.com, via nintendoeverything.com]