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.

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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.

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snxx

Don't even know that preferences are not facts <---Irrefutable Fact

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KoRLumen

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The Wii U cannot lose a war it was never in.

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snxx

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Despite previous claims, isn't really that smart <---refutable, but likely, fact

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rarerichz

noone cares about your opinion <---Irrefutable Fact

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You can't play Nintendo first party console exclusives, like the next Zelda, 3D World, Smash Brothers Wii U, Metroid, Mario Kart 8 and more, anywhere else, this generation <---Irrefutable Fact

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LatinLegacy

This is a true statement but it seems that some gamers are finally moving on from these aging franchises. Not all of course but the lack of originality on Nintendos part may finally be catching up to them. They need to bring some new first party IP's to there platforms that doesn't have the world Mario in it.

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wAnus1

<< LINK REMOVED >> "Last generation, << LINK REMOVED >>was the top-selling non-bundled Wii software, moving 34.26 million copies." Doesn't that mean its not a pack in? Or is non-bundled something else?

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LatinLegacy

Well I can't speak on Halo & Assassins Creed. I haven't played an Assassins creed at all & I've hardly played the Halo games. Not a fan of Halo. Very little COD experience as well. BF & Gears years, played them, love them. My handle here is the same on PSN/Xbox Live so you can check & confirm if you want :). Yes, they push those games out often but Nintendo has been doing it for far longer. Yes, they are aging franchises with some being over 20 years old. Gamers have changed drastically over the years. As I said, a lot have moved on from these franchises. The only reason both franchises sold like hell on the Wii because there was virtually nothing else to play on the damn thing. Mario Kart was also a pack game for the Wii System for a very long time which explains the severely bloated 33 million sales. Seeing what shape the Wii U is currently in, I see both games struggling to hit 3 million prior to a new system release. Not counting pack ins which will once again, give a bloated sales number.

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rarerichz

oh shut up , what is this guy saying , you numb nut , they been dishing out cod , halo , gears , assassins creed and battlefield now every year and you wanna talk about gamers are getting tired of aging franchisees

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> Its kinda funny. Everytime that gets said among my friends we always end up playing games like Mario Kart and Mario Party. We always do other stuff from time to time like Castle Crashers, and other various games but we always end up with games like Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Mario Party. They're still the best company for same room multiplayer.

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UnstoppableKARL

So this article is telling me that I can't wipe the dust off my Wii-U this spring? Maybe fall? Ok, I will wait then :D

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Snakepond1

I think Smash will be fall 2014 and kart on winter 2014.

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abHS4L88

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Why would MarioKart be pushed back?


Anyways, I think Nintendo is really trying to get both of these games out at the same time because having 2 huge system selling franchises out at the same time could generate a huge spike in sales for the system.

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Snakepond1

Because Xmas / winter time is where you make all the money. Also, they'll make Mario kart WiiU bundles for holiday 2014. Smash is for the core they'll buy anytime, but I say fall 2014 because back to school is also another big season for gaming. Nintendo needs these two games to sell and I hope they do.

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Indeed the holiday season is the best time but MarioKart Wii launched in May and look how well it did. It'd make more sense to release the games in Spring so that all current Wii U users can get their hands on it as well as those who've been waiting for it to pick up the system, then when the holidays roll around, create more bundles to entice the rest.


Also think about it, both MarioKart and Smash Brothers are amazing local multiplayer games and what season falls after Spring? Summer where a ton of people are out of school.

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Lykanthropie

because nintendo needs more time to do some kickassing time attack ghosts :-)

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hotdiddykong

Thats awesome and DAMN, i almost forget just how amazing Mario Kart 8 looks, like seriously, DAMN, its more like a PS4 racer than a PS3 racer.

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Lykanthropie

the last home console mario kart game (mario kart wii of course) sold over 33M units, nintendo already said they are going to make the biggest zelda with a budget games like gta get, nintendo made billions with the wii and ds, 3ds is the best selling console right now and wiiu needs the ultimate kickassing games like mario kart 8 that really looks more pretty and more next gen then already released exclusives, which i would say all look better then PS3 games, but in a very different way, framrates are much better too, so mario 3d world or pikmin3 feel a bit next gen compared to PS3/XB1, for example compare halo wars with pikmin 3, its nearly the same step as games now look better on the new PS4/XB1 compared to PS3/X360.

But compare SM3DW with halo 4 or killzone3, what may doesnt make really much sense, so i would say so far the wiiu dont have many games to show its graphical potentials and guess that will change next year.


Thats way they Nintendo will bring rare games like bayonetta 2 or X, where ps4/X1 only gives you the mainstream games like cod or bf, and later in 2014 other even some great looking games, nearly all are multiplatform and the exclusives from sony and ms are maybe different and also very enjoyable to play they more care about graphics then gameplay and try more to be a part of the mainstream games.


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rarerichz

its 1080p at 60fps its better then ps4

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GH05T-666

Cant wait for both of those games!!

Main reason I got a Wii U

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MMBTycalibre

Hahahah! I was one year out!

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rarerichz

your still so what you think you can play gta v gtfo , you still have a lot to learn spoiled brat

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blaze_boy30

My, my, aren't you a big boy?

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abHS4L88

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Actually forget what I said, there's no hope for you, this level of prejudice, ignorance and immaturity that you put on display is not something you grow out of, it can only be done through education, which is something you're clearly lacking in and seem to refuse to utilize.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> its hard two take you're comment seriously when you have grammer mistake to.


Teehee.

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MMBTycalibre

Too late.

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RectOOOr

An IQ of 227, and you're grammar is comparable too a 7 year olds.

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Lykanthropie

bla bla bli blu ba hanibi gugu bababiga sugununuguguguguuu - sorry i am feelin to good to write somehting useful ...

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Lykanthropie

i try not to write anymore that lets you look like a super idiot, as every sentencs of you reflects your ugly personlatity.

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Lykanthropie

sadly the world would be a better place without asses like you :-)

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abHS4L88

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That's not what your attitude here tells me, and if you can, it's not the real you. The internet allows you to be whoever you want to be and if you choose to be a pompous little a**hole, then no doubt that that's the kind of person you truly are.


See, I don't have to try and prove myself better than you, because when someone has to resort to that, you know they're an immature and prejudice idiot. I can give you a rather long list of how I'm a valuable part of society but that means nothing online where there's no real proof (although i do have real proof).


It's a shame, you're 15 and already you've proven yourself to be a lowlife (which is no measured by IQ, knowledge or wealth, it's measured by your attitude and the way you treat others).

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Lykanthropie

eat some mushrooms then you know where you exactly are:-)

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abHS4L88

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I take it that you see "losers" as who tried helping and advising you, hoping that you could be a somewhat respectable person but then quickly realize that you're just another idiot with wasted ability.

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abHS4L88

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Like Lykanthropie, you just proved my point. Thinking that you're "above" other people shows that you have a lot to learn about life and what it means to be an adult as well as someone who'd truly be "valuable to society."


Intelligence means NOTHING without knowledge and proper education, it's a shame that such intelligence that you claim to have it being wasted on an immature brat who'll probably not be successful in life due to absolutely no one wanting to put up with your BS, but like I said, there is hope, you just have to recognize that you have a problem first.

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Lykanthropie

i just made a statement about what everyone (after) that age knows :-)
by the way you seem to be peace of shit already ...

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Lykanthropie

you just proove what he said - isnt it funny how people of that age just cant think ...

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abHS4L88

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Don't worry, there's still hope, you could potentially grow out of your immaturity and be open minded and have high enough self esteem to not judge or feel ashamed of what you play.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> ahh so its all self abuse for you now? Well don't worry your teenage aggression will disappear after a while.

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Lykanthropie

i didnt play much nintendo when i was 15 too, but i also didnt play much games in that time, it only took 4-5 years till i could enjoy the nintendo games again thx to games like zelda twilight princess, metroid prime or mario galaxy.



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Lykanthropie

and what do you play? :-)