Nintendo Wii U could get Mario Kart AND Smash Bros. by next spring
Nintendo Germany boss suggests both Mario Kart 8 and the new Smash Bros. are on the way for next spring; company declines to comment.
The Internet is buzzing today with speculation about the release dates for a pair of high-profile Wii U games after Nintendo Germany general manager Bernd Fakesch was quoted by Neckar-Chronik as saying Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. are to be released this spring.
We already knew Mario Kart 8 was planned for spring 2014, but the date is new for the Super Smash Bros. title, which will also see release on 3DS. We reached out to the Mario maker for comment on the story, but were told, "Nintendo has nothing to announce at this time."
According to Fakesch, the spring 2014 date for the new Smash Bros. game pertains only to the Wii U version, not the 3DS iteration.
The Mario Kart and Smash Bros. franchises are two of Nintendo's biggest properties. Last generation, Mario Kart Wii was the top-selling non-bundled Wii software, moving 34.26 million copies. Meanwhile, Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold 11.49 million copies, making it the system's eight-biggest game.
Both franchises are generally seen as system-movers. And releasing both heavy-hitters during the same quarter would conceivably give the Wii U platform the shot in the arm it will need to help the console sell 9 million units by the end of March as Nintendo has previously forecast.
Mario Kart 8 was playable at E3 2013 and Nintendo has released numerous gameplay videos for the upcoming racing game. However, the developer has been far less forthcoming for the new Smash Bros. game.
While we have seen a few cinematic trailers, Nintendo has yet to reveal any gameplay from the project outside of a video demonstration from E3 2013. The new Smash Bros. game is currently in development at Sora Ltd. in partnership with SoulCalibur series studio Namco Bandai.
New Nintendo Switch With Better Battery Life Announced - GS News Update New PS4 System Update 6.72 Out Now - GS News Update Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 - Crazy Combat And Ultimate Team Combos Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 14-20, 2019 Borderlands 3 - Official "So Happy Together" Cinematic Trailer Madden NFL 20 & NBA 2K20 Player Ratings Revealed - GS News Update Remnant: From The Ashes - 10 Minutes Of Single-Player And Multiplayer Gameplay Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Might Be His Final Movie - GameSpot Universe News Update Dragon Quest's Hero Might Join Smash Ultimate This Month - GS News Update Ghost Recon Wildlands Final Update Adds Mercenaries Mode - GS News Update Fortnite Updates Tactical Shotgun, Auto Item Pickup, And More - GS News Update Luigi's Mansion 3 Releases On Halloween - GS New Update
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email email@example.com