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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They need to hurry up and give a release date for the new smash bros.... not touching a Wii U until that date

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althought I really dislike smashbros, this will help Nintendo a lot once this game is released.

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One does not simply dislike smashbros

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<< LINK REMOVED >> then play sonic & allstar racing transformed

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Race online. All human opponents. 12 player online races.

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There ya go. Seriously go play it. What you ask for is not going to happen and you know it. Just a cheap pot shot at making fun of Nintendo's game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Sonic All Star Racing is the Kart game for you.

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I'm waiting for a Mario Kart game that is not designed for kids with goofy stupid sound effect and no challenge whatsoever

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As much as I want to agree, Smash Bros is a game that basically celebrates everything Nintendo, If you don't like Nintendo's characters(which is Smash Bros' core concept) it's just a game to look over.


That said I'm a huge Fan of nintendo and Smash so yes, I need a release date!

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I'm a diehard Nintendo supporter. But I'm disappointed that the system has been out for this long without a new Zelda, Metroid, Starfox game. The new Mario 3D game is cool, but it's not a pure open world 3D game. They need first party games to sell the systems, and the 3rd party games will follow.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I would give you two likes if I can! A Nintendo console without a NEW Zelda game in its first year is just mind boggling. Windwaker doesn't count btw, its just a splash of paint and control touch ups.


Something else to add when they say SPRING of 2014, that will generally fall between March to June... thats still a very long time IMO to go without another lead in 1st party game. Nintendo is already struggling with 3rd party support.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Except for the fact that no Nintendo console in history had a new Zelda in the first year...or even two years. Has any even had a new Zelda in the first 3 years??? Twilight Princess was a GameCube game that just happened to overlap the Wii launch.

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Same here, I totally agree the system is slow starting. Eventually the games will come out and I'll be satisfied but honestly I expected this and am not actually disappointed, just growing impatient lol

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As much as I love Nintendo, I feel like they're out of touch with what we want. Why not show off a quick Zelda or Metroid trailer? Show us something to build interest and buzz.

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Yes, I agree and was surprised that wasn't the "Big News" that would be shown at the VGX

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looking forward to this! love me some Mario kart. I'm a big fan of Smash Bros but many of my friends are not. Looks like online fighting for me.

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A double release could prove valuable in boosting sales but would it really work the way Nintendo wants it to? Super Mario 3D World, arguably the best exclusive game for the Wii U so far came out last month but what happened there? The game got buried under the larger sales enjoyed by Knack. The same thing could happen to the new Smash Bros and Mario Kart if the PS4 and Xbox One have brilliant exclusives to counter those games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> that only happened for a week. Mario 3D world has already outsold Knack.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Obviously you can't compare knack to Super mario 3D world.

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Looking forward to Mario Kart 8, not a big fighting game fan, so I will skip Smash Brothers.

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The sooner these games come out, the sooner the Wii U will... spring up in sales.

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Make another Starfox game Nintendo and I might pick up a Wii U. Seriously, what happened to Starfox?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> But why? I don't get it. Such a fun franchise.

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star fox 64 was amazing...all the different paths you could take. I remember trying to beat the bosses as quickly as possible. I was a jedi. and the rumblepak feature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great game. beats any WiiU game

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sonic & all star racing is better

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Who cares

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You need to go out more.

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Why are you here then?

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Just admit to yourself that you like to cause misery to fans of Nintendo. Your criticism isn't constructive nor wanted. If you don't like Nintendo Wii U, don't comment on any positive articles just to bring it down. Read this as you the person, not "b74kd3th" the internet Persona and seriously reflect.

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@adkcrazox I'm not sad, your system is trash

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One of those so sad lol

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Not good enough Nintendo could had massive launch line up like Mario Cart , New Zelda game , Mario 3D World.

This AAA titles should been realise at launch and could got big number sales on Wii U.

If this games fail and don't sale there Wii U by next spring that Will U doomed.

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exactamundo!
I for one wanted to buy a wiiU expecting it not to have any interesting titles other than mario zelda mario kart and metroid....BUUUUUUUUT it has none of these games. People (nintendo fanboys) praise the Wonderful 101 and pikmin, but let's be honest, those are crap games for kids

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No they aren't Wonderful 101 is incredibly hard and couldn't be played by little kids and Pikmin's awesome. Lets be honest if you at least watched the reviews of the games you're bashing you wouldn't be making yourself seem so much like an ignorant buffoon

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Pikmin and Wonderful are decent games at best, but lets be honest.. they are not system sellers. There is no one... NO ONE out there that said "OMG PIKMIN LETS GET A WII U!" After the launch, there was and IS continuing to be a drought of quality games. Mario for Wii was decent but it came up against the PS4 and XBone. Nintendo needs a Zelda or Metroid.

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i did check the reviews. I was not sure about getting the system since it was getting crap games(sorry for trolling). The wonderful 101 is an interesting concept. What I am stating is the Wonderful 101 pikmin and monster hunter are not games that would make someone that is not a Nintendo fanboy buy the console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm sorry have either of those games sold worth a shit, no?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Dude, Pikmin is not a crap game for kids.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh, so you're an ass that doesn't belong here. Sorry, you must have gotten lost.

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cartoonish graphics : check
cute sound effects : check
on the wii U : check

sorry, crap game for kids

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COULD GET......wow...let's buy the console now because MAYBE it will have games in 1 year or 2

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<< LINK REMOVED >> and how is that different from XB1 and PS4? Wii U has a better lineup than either.

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the xbox one and ps4 lineup is truly crap, that I give you.

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