Mario Kart 8 will undoubtedly boast the series’ largest roster of playable characters, judging by today’s announcement of 7 new additions. Joining their long-time boss (the Koopa King himself, Bowser), the 7 Koopalings will be familiar faces to anyone who played Super Mario 3 back in the day or more recent releases like New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In addition to revealing the Koopalings’ inclusion in Mario Kart 8, the above trailer features a great new look at the game’s visuals and gameplay. Are you happy with Bowser’s familiar entourage joining Mario Kart 8?
View the full Nintendo Direct here.
Today’s Nintendo Direct was rife with new trailers for already-announced games. Many of these trailers simply show off more gameplay footage, as opposed to containing any big news, so I’ve compiled them into this single post. Check them out below:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is going to arrive for Wii U in about a week. The latest trailer doesn’t reveal any new playable characters or anything of that nature (obviously), but it is a more in-depth look at the game than we’ve had before. It almost makes me want the game, even. (Click past the break for more)
Nintendo has announced another Nintendo Direct broadcast for tomorrow at 2 PM PST. According to Nintendo of America’s official Twitter feed, the upcoming broadcast will focus on both Wii U and 3DS games that will be coming by the end of Spring. We can probably expect a lot of info and gameplay footage on Mario Kart 8, as the game is scheduled for a global release in May, but what are you expecting/hoping for?
SEGA is planning to unleash an ambitious new marketing campaign featuring none other than the blue blur himself, Sonic. Coming later this year, Sonic Boom will be released on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, along with a CG animated series of the same name on Cartoon Network. Sonic and his friends will be sporting new character designs in the series, and all sorts of merchandise is going to accompany the TV series/video games. Additionally, the story told in the video games will serve as a prequel to that told in the TV show.
For more information, check out this article on SEGA’s blog and the games’ trailer below:
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced that Mario Kart 8 will release for the Wii U this May. The tentative release (originally scheduled for early Spring) for the eighth iteration of the Mario Kart franchise was mentioned by Iwata during Nintendo’s investors briefing, which is currently taking place as of the writing of this post.
More as this story develops from the briefing.
[Update] - Iwata’s presentation slides have been posted at Nintendo’s Japanese website. On the second page, one slide shows the supposed final box art for Mario Kart 8.
Given the Wii U is not doing so great and the 3DS is selling very well Nintendo could try a hybrid machine. This might not be such a bad idea, having a console you can place in a docking device at home which links into your T.V. and charges the unit. Then you could detach the console and take it with you on your travels. Sounds great, plus having a single platform means all of Nintendo’s production efforts can be focused on its software lineup and they can keep their innovative edge over the competitors. The console should keep the dual screen clamshell design of the 3DS so it is backwards compatible with Nintendo’s latest handheld.
However there are a few drawbacks to a console like this. Nintendo thrives on having two main revenue streams, home and portable. Having just the one main source of income means if it fails it will hit Nintendo harder than just the Wii U not selling great. Another issue I can see is size and weight because it’s a portable home console a hard drive will be necessary, and a good size one at that, if it has to store virtual console as well as downloadable versions of games on top of save and extra-content data. The console must also push graphical ability that is at least as good as the current generation machines.
A mix of these two machines…maybe?
I know this a pure speculation piece but I think Nintendo should go down this path, How about you?