We know, the Wii U has been taking a beating in recent weeks in the press--but Mario Kart 8 is fast approaching, arguably just the second AAA title that will be available for the struggling console (with the first being the magnificent Super Mario 3D World.) While the release date isn't as close as we'd like it to be--we really enjoy throwing those red shells, after all--it's close enough. You'll be able to get your hands on the next home console installment of Mario Kart in May.
That's as solid a date as we've been given from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, but once we get the exact date, we'll update you guys to let you know when you can get your Mario Kart 8 on. Now, if only Nintendo would finally fix their jumbled online multiplayer...
You can pre-order Mario Kart 8 now.
Nintendo has announced that the next verion of Mario Kart is set for a spring 2014 release. Mario Kart 8 will be released on the Wii U, bringing new 3D effects and anti-gravity racing to Nintendo's struggling home console. Expect things like underwater racing, air gliging, motorcycles, and more. Nintendo even says that Miiverse will be deeply integrated into the title. Jump past the break for a look at the official trailer out of E3.
What better way to show off your ‘geekdom’ with pride than with a Mario iPad case? Sure to attract attention from fellow gamers and nerds alike, these cases come in different colors and range from the villainous goomba to the magical mushroom Mario gets his strength from. Each case represents a cornerstone in the video game culture, and you can’t put a price on that kind of statement. Actually, we guess you can - $19.95-$39.95 to be exact!
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Ever feel the need to project your geek status in a less-than-obvious manner? Conversely, maybe you need that little extra something to put your geeky appearance over the top? Etsy seller CharlieCarter has just the thing for you. Her jewelry brings classic gaming superstars like Super Mario, Pokemon, and Pac Man and some favorite 80’s characters closer to you than they’ve ever been before. All handmade from polymer clay, the pieces are available as studs, dangle earrings, zipper pulls, charms, and even stitch markers for you knitting geeks. Everything in the shop is $25 or under, so there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank.
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Take your fave video game and fave board game and you get a Nintendo authorized Super Mario Chess Set, packed in a collector’s tin. On one side, Mario is of course the king, while Luigi plays queen, Princesses Peach and Daisy are bishops and Yoshi is the faithful knight. On the other side Bowser is king, Bowser Jr. is the queen and Magikoopa is the Bishop. Pre-order the Collector’s Edition for $39.99 and expect delivery sometime this month.
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Using a clever advertising strategy, Nintendo will allow you to make a personalized wish list to your folks, family or friends from Mario. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in the personal information, the holiday you are shopping for, the color of the Nintendo DS and 3 games you want. You can preview your message and send it by phone or email. We tried to set one up with the simple name of Mom and were told that was too difficult to pronounce. We just hope your name isn’t Poindexter.
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Nintendo just announced yet another Mario-themed addition to the Wii lineup this morning during their media summit in San Francisco - Mario Super Sluggers. It’s exactly what you expect it will be, take Mario Strikers, remove soccer, add baseball.
“Mario is truly a one-of-a-kind character; clearly fans can’t get enough of him and his friends,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re giving Wii users brilliant new ways to enjoy him while expanding our series of active-play games.”
Players will swing their Wiimotes like a bat, or motion a throw towards a baseman - you know, all that Wii stuff Nintendo likes to do. Mario Super Sluggers is scheduled to launch later this year.
Etsy user UrbanPrincess is offering up custom Super Mario 1-Up mushroom crocheted scarves. At $150 a pop they are kind of pricey, but at the same time a priceless addition to the winter wardrobe of any true gamer. Each scarf is hand made and custom made-to-order so if 1-Up mushrooms aren’t your thing you could elect for the delicious delicacy of a mega-mushroom here or there.
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We cannot believe the overabundance of USB gadgets that continue to pour into our e-mail boxes at an alarming rate. It may have something to do with putting out one more gadget before the holidays that we cannot do without. We know we have lots of Mario fans out there so we had to include these Mushroom Lamps. Made with a white LED, it is 13 cm around with a base size of 10.8 x 14 cm and weighs 161g. If you don’t have an available USB port, just pop in 4 AA batteries (not included.) It available in three colors for only $13.00.
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So you already own the Mario Kart Race Car Set, and the Mario Remote Control Racer, but you can’t take them everywhere you go, right? Well for those who want Mario goodness 24/7, there’s the 3” x 2” Super Mario Sound FX Keychain, with six iconic, authentic sounds (Start Music, Coin, Grow, Extra Life, Jump and yes, Death). So whether you want to delight your fellow gamers, annoy everyone at work, or you just dig Mario that much, we think it’s $6 USD well spent.
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