Mario Kart 8 gets release date and 7 new Koopa racers

The much-anticipated Wii-U racer is coming May 30 and includes 7 surprising new racers from the Koopa roster.

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The Mario Kart 8 roster just got a lot bigger; during today's Nintendo Direct, company president Satoru Iwata announced that all of the Koopalings would be playable racers in the game.

The hard-shelled Koopa creatures originally appeared as bosses leading up to Bowser in Super Mario Bros. 3, and then they appeared again in Super Mario World. Since then, they back story has been changed from being King Koopa's children to just his minions--after all, Bowser, Jr. is the only legitmate heir to King Koopa's crown.

Their various sizes and abilities will likely give them a wide-range of individulal strengths and weakness. But you remember all seven? Named after famous rockstars, the Koopalings are:

  • Iggy
  • Morton
  • Lemmy
  • Ludwig
  • Roy
  • Wendy
  • Larry

Mario Kart 8 also got a solid release date on Wii U; you'll be able jump into the wide-range of gravity-defying vehicles on May 30.

Discussion

95 comments
midloo
midloo

Looks great.  Hope it plays more like the N64 and GC iterations of the game.  The Wii release had too strong a rubber band going on.  

jon_bone
jon_bone

One of the best looking games I have ever seen!

The_Micksta
The_Micksta

Yeah! finally the release date gets announced but it's so long!, but worth the wait!

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

Can't believe it took them this long to get the koopalings in a Mario Kart game. Glad they did though.

jaimenm
jaimenm

I would love to have Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World on my PS4!

jonmar
jonmar

When is GameSpot going to have another Mario Kart tournament in their office for us to watch? It's been years since the last one and it was awesome. It needs to be annual!

neflite
neflite

Why did only Peach get a redesigned outfit? They all should get racing outfits at least as DLC or unlockables.

19James89
19James89

People whinge about Nintendo's Direct. 


We got to see Bayonetta 2 which looks amazing in HD, seriously I can see why Bayonetta fans who owned the game on the 360 and PS3 are angry that it's a Wii U exclusive and we got to see a bit more of X which again looks amazing.


Two great games that XB1 and PS4 gamers won't have. The XB1 will have another rehashed Halo game and a Gears of War game while the PS4 will have another rehashed Uncharted game and will have more boring interactive movie games. 


Wii U FTW. 

xolivierx
xolivierx

ok WHAT THE FROG? this is being released on my birthday


I'm a special boy

I should get a free copy. Nothing is ever released on May 30th

chev7781
chev7781

Just to let everyone know, Mario Kart on the Wii sold 30 million units. Stop thinking it's a nothing game. Oh yeah, and for the upcoming Wii U game Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, the last game sold over 6 million units.

Lattata
Lattata

Long over due. About time!

Celsius765
Celsius765

this making me wanna troll Nintendo hard

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

LUDWIG Van Beethoven is a famous rockstar? Dafuq are you smoking Haywald?

Celsius765
Celsius765

This was a shitty first Nintendo direct of the year

JoSilver
JoSilver

The Good news is, we now have a release date. The Bad news... IT SO FAR AWAY!!!

Defender1978
Defender1978

I want next-gen Zelda, Metroid, Excitebike, Kid Icarus, Starfox, Mario Kart, F-Zero, Wario, Pilotwings, Punch-Out, Earthbound, Kirby, Wave Race, Eternal Darkness, Xenoblade, Paper Mario etc etc etc.

Oloryn
Oloryn

Looks great, and I love how Nintendo, if they wanted to follow in the footsteps of countless other companies, could have easily made half the stuff shown (especially the characters) DLC, but instead, prefer to release full, polished games with loads of content. Definitely excited for this!

SuplexKirby
SuplexKirby

First time they finally appear in a 3D mario game but its a spin-off which is better than nothing. This also means they are no longer exclusive to 2D anymore.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

About time the koopalings were brought into Mario Kart.

Shango4
Shango4

The sales and stocks at the minute must have nintendo worried despite all these people saying look how much money they have. Look what happened to Sega...same thing.


WiiU needed a big game at release date for a start. The gamepad is not to a lot of peoples liking. They just want a pad and sit down and play. Yeah you can buy the controller but its extra money on an overpriced, last gen specs (slightly better) console. 

Nintendo are either thinking about the next console already to try match the specs of ps4/x1 or they are just gonna leave consoles alone and stick with handhelds where they make all their money.

This is why I don't think MK8 is going to do as well as MKwii. The Wii was cheap and had games coming out all over the place. 

Shango4
Shango4

I am not sure smash will drive sales. Even though it's not as pretty and there are a few differences, it's also on 3DS and it's mostly the same game. Most people won't buy a WiiU if they can get it on 3DS if they already have it.


Mario Kart 8 could help, but let's face it, if this doesn't drive WiiU sales up, I don't think anything can. Maybe a full Pokemon game like the portable one, but let's face it, Nintendo is never gonna do that.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It is Mario Cart on crack.. Looks like great fun!.. 

Shango4
Shango4

I think the PS Vita is going to catch up to the 3DS in 1 or 2 years.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well this not sort game to get people to buy Will U  they need something bigger.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@horizonwriter I had great fun battling them in Super Mario Bros 3. Lol, that's ages ago.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@19James89  "We got to see Bayonetta 2 which looks amazing in HD"  Since it released for last-gen which were HD consoles, the Bayonetta series has always been in HD. Nothing new there. Also Bayonetta 2, being a sequel, would fall under that whole "rehash" argument of yours as well.


Congrats to Wii U owners everywhere on getting Bayonetta 2 as an exclusive though. Not a purchase for me but I hope you have fun with it. I'll definitely be picking up Mario Kart 8 though. Love that series. Hopefully it isn't as disastrously unbalanced as MK Wii was.

parabol69
parabol69

@DarkSaber2k  You see, back in the late 80s that was "cool".  Nintendo refuses to acknowledge that the people who grew up on Mario have grown up.  

svaubel
svaubel

@Celsius765  What were you expecting? Fine detailed plans for the next three years?

We got a lot of stuff incoming on 3DS, Mario Kart has a release date, a new Smash character, as well as confirmation of games and trailers.


Complain more.

Celsius765
Celsius765

@JoSilver  no the bad news is that's the only wii u game with a release date

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

So youve never played the masterpieces that are Wonderful 101 and SM3DW and youre another mindless casual who believes hardware = good games when both the shitbox one and Piece of Shit 4 are good at is releasing streamlined interactive movies with some of the most dull,shallow and boring gameplay that plays like the same fucking garbage they kept releasing last gen with 0 innovation. You suck at games and you dont make sense. Nintendo masterpieces deserve their own hardware and if they die out well the whole industry os dying with it cause theure the only devs left that arent catterin to the bunch of braindead story-fiend cinephiles and casuals now plaguing this hobby that actually suck giant donkey dicks at wht theyre doing which is playing video GAMES. You know, games that innovate with amazing gameplay mechanics over dialogues,storieuuzzzz and fictional character emotions to fill all of

you losers empty lives.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@Shango4 They're called Pocket Monsters for a reason, the whole point is to take them with you and train/capture them wherever you go. Pokemon Colosseus and Gale of Darkness on Gamecube never sold as much as the portable ones.

Also, I strongly disagree about Smash looking "not as pretty" as Brawl. Looks super slick and beautiful in HD, and I think the art direction is a lot better and more consistent than in Brawl.

And really, people will buy Smash on Wii U, not just on 3DS. Smash Bros on the fly is very cool and I'm glad they're doing it, but the real deal is on Wii U.

It's sad to see that people nowadays don't have real-life friends, only Facebook friends, so they don't play Smash together anymore. But they sure do watch youtubers play Flappy Bird though, because "lol he's mad it's so funny xDDD"

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@playstationzone  Another mindless Sony drone. He probably doesn't realize that Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's most popular franchises. 

rennanvale
rennanvale

@playstationzone  Yeah, this game only sold 34kk units on Wii, go find a Sony/MS game that sold half of this number ( yeah can look on Ps2 library too ). People are so dumb in this site, i just can´t believe in this level of stupidity.

Ejotei
Ejotei

@playstationzone  Are you dumb? its one of Nintendos signature games (they are the ones who have the most btw) its like saying halo wont move xbone or god of war not moving ps4 (if it would come out)

jaimenm
jaimenm

@klonoa53 @jaimenm  The Wii U itself and all the other games for it don't personally appeal to me or are just half-assed versions of games you can get elsewhere...

midloo
midloo

@jaimenm @klonoa53  Great...  so you've now shown your true colors and revealed your original comment to be a silly jibe.  Bravo.  Now please...  take Klono53's advice and go play in the corner you prefer and leave the rest of us to enjoy the things we enjoy.