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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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol with 4 titans in SLI you should be doing something besides hating on people who are looking forward to some Wii U games.

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00LiteYear

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because your opinion is so important.

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John_Matrix8953

<< LINK REMOVED >> Ah, it's so easy to lie on the internet

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TrueProphecy22

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "are not" is what you meant to say there.


Sorry, couldn't resist. maniacalpoet's IQ has nothing to do with the importance of his post nor the validity of 00LiteYear's comment.

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Albelnox0

<< LINK REMOVED >>iqs are pointless. If you think they are then you are easily controlled and manipulated.

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RPG_Fan_I_Am

Sorry sir, but I find it hard to believe that someone with an actual IQ of 227 would make the mistake of creating an Ad Hominid in his argument......

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Daian

Well they need them like air at this point, not even the new Mario isn't selling Wii Us.

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John_Matrix8953

<< LINK REMOVED >> Says troll.

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dogfather76

I'd buy them.

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xolivierx

please remove the blue shell , the turbo boost and the baby versions of the characters

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GreenReuben

<< LINK REMOVED >> From what I can tell it's gone, no one has seen it in the demos.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> They should bring back Toadette.

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tommyd79

They should bring in Smurfette.

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tommyd79

both, right? i forget now. it's been awhile since i've seen the movie. maybe it was only in the director's cut.


youtube.com/watch?v=s-rGGmXpLjw

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >> i thought that explained bugs bunnys cross dressing.

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tommyd79

I didn't know Gargamel made Smurfette until I watched Donnie Darko.

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wowwow27

@tommyd79 don't start with the clones yet! wait a year. well change the textures, and repurpose it as an indy game for psn.

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> must of missed that game.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There's not enough like buttons for this.

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kbaily

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's called Nintendo hindsight. The N64 was an outdated "kiddy system" with fat carts. The Gamecube was a purple lunchbox with no online or DVD player and even now I find people saying "hey the Wii wasn't that bad. It was fun and accessable for everyone."

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GamerOuTLaWzz

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This. GC still remains as my favorite console ever.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It was a great game! fun multiplayer and it had 60 fps. Actually there were many gamecube games that were fantastic but underappreciated. Kinda like how the Wii U is now.

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> never played the gamecube so much, i think that mario kart was sold out everywhere when i tried to get a copy back then.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Toad and Toadette were unlockable characters in Double Dash. I was furious that I had to unlock them but it was worth it when I got them.

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >> make the blue shell ultra rare. but keep it. and don't give it to cpu characters as their normal weapon.

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tommyd79

Soooo... remove the fun?

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xolivierx

nah...and the 3 mushrooms as well, and the ''multiple use mushroom'', the 1 use mushroom is the only good one. and levels à la Mario Kart 64 like Wario's stadium

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >> that was the best, the 2600 had some classics! too bad there was no character selection in that one tho

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tommyd79

I'm just trolling. The last time I played a Mario Kart game was back in '82.

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xolivierx

and bring back the (A+select) at character selection to race witha mini character

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DivineJester

Have they scrapped the idea of no cutscenes or story for smash bros or is that still a go? If so it will be the first game in the series that I don't buy. I'll stomach stupid characters like Wii fit trainer but not that.

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RepoxMan1225

<< LINK REMOVED >> The story was stupid as hell, just keep it how it was in Melee.

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MateykoSlam

@divinejester story is good for mind and soul, story is love

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Thanatos2k

Um...if they were coming out in Spring Nintendo would have announced it by now. They have nothing to gain by hiding the release date this close, and historically they don't do that.

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >> the only way is if it was meant for the holidays but got delayed, i don't think thats the case.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm sure they're holding it back because they can't confirm the launch date yet. Last time they tried to keep a game on schedule it got pushed back and everyone was disappointed. DK tropical freeze.

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wowwow27

i just hope they don't rush it. also wish nintendo had more in-house game development teams.


we used to play different variations of tag within the original mario kart, hope they don't go bananas if you drive the wrong way (something to think about Nintendo!).

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tommyd79

I would have been sad if only Nintendo consoles played Atlus games.

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Random_Matt

<< LINK REMOVED >> They should of nabbed Atlus instead of Sega.

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adsparky

No!!! atlus must remain being third party.

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pyro1245

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> oh Atlus, what ridiculous and awesome games you make

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pyro1245

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> of course

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> with proper direction

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wowwow27

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> as long as they followed the nintendo formula.