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?
We’ve known for a while now that Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze would be coming sometime in February. Now the Wii U title has been confirmed on Nintendo’s official site for release on February 21st, in both North America and Europe.
February is set to be an exciting month for North American fans: Bravely Default finally hits on the 7th, with Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy coming on the 28th.
Over here in the UK stores can set their own price for the Wii U and 3DS. Today both Argos and Amazon have set a new, super low price for the Wii U Premium Pack of just £179.99. This is the same price as the original Wii at launch. The deal covers just the original Wii U Premium pack, with the newer bundles such as the New Super Mario & Luigi bundle, Zelda Wind Waker and Lego City Undercover not included.
Perhaps the original bundle is being dropped with both shops are clearing out stock to focus on the new? Either way if your in the UK and without a Wii U this is a fantastic price!
Nintendo has announced some significant amendments to its worldwide sales forecasts for the fiscal year.
Let’s start with the 3DS. Despite being the best selling gaming platform in America this year, it’s ambitions projection of 18 million has been chopped to 13.5 million. Next up the Wii U. Originally projected for 9 millions, this has now been slashed to just 2.8 million.
The reason for these discrepancies? To be honest the official explanations raise an eyebrow. For 3DS, weaker than expected sales outside of Japan. The Wii U isn’t given a clear reason beyond weaker than expected sales, confusingly the unexpected price drop of the Wii U in America and Europe is brought up as a ground for both lower sales and profit estimates.
To read the official word click here.
Another Super Smash Bros. Brawl veteran, King Dedede, will be returning to the Smash Bros. series for its Wii U and Nintendo 3DS outings. King Dedede is the main antagonist in the Kirby games. As a combatant in Super Smash Bros., he is known for his fairly sluggish movement, powerful moves, and ability to float like Kirby does.
King Dedede’s confirmed return to Smash Bros. comes hot on the tail of news that Zelda is returning and Rosalina and Luma are incoming, which suggests that more significant reveals will happen a little more frequently from here on out. Which characters from Brawl’s roster would you like to see return?