Nintendo’s been banking on Mario Kart to help revitalise the Wii U. It’s one of those games that just has the power to shift Nintendo hardware. And it it looks like it’s done just that, boosting Wii U sales significantly.
…just for this past week, and only in Japan. Yes, the headline is a bit misleading, but it’s certainly interesting to note that in Media Create’s sales charts for last week, The Wii U is indeed outselling the newly release PlayStation 4 in Japan. It’s odd, as that week saw a high-profile release by way of Infamous: Second Son, while The Wii U saw the release of...nothing of note.
Nintendo’s Wii U isn’t doing well, but that’s a diatribe you’re tired of hearing. Can it, however, claw its way back to relevance? Is there anything that can revive consumer interest? Nintendo thinks so. And it thinks that thing is Mario Kart.
My excitement for Mario Kart 8 is pretty well known at this point, and I’ll most certainly be picking the thing up on day 1. In a new Mario Kart 8 focused Nintendo direct today, the company revealed that the game will be getting 12 player online multiplayer, voice chat support (so you can tell those people who hit you with blue shells what you did to their mums last night) and user-created tournaments. It’ll also come with a free game.
I’ve said it before that Mario Kart 8 is easily my most anticipated game next month – and that’s a month that sees Watch Dogs finally being released. the biggest problem with Mario Kart 8, of course, is that it’s exclusive to the Wii U – a great system that many gamers and the general populace couldn’t care about and don’t own. There’s a new bundle coming to coincide with the game to make amends.
Nintendo embraced Unity for the Wii U, announcing at GDC that 50 games were coming to the console via Unity. Now it seems that the ailing console might not be the only platform to benefit from this new partnership.
Ah, Peter Molyneux. Sure, he created Populous and Fable and is seen as one of the grandfathers of gaming. Sometimes he makes bizarre statements, but I actually agree with his latest comments. Uh oh, what does that say about me?
I love when NPD numbers come out. Mostly because they follow common sense and lead to some inane analysis like "the release of new consoles means that more people are buying hardware" and other such obvious statements. At least we can see which console is "winning" and you may be surprised by the top-selling games of last month.
Yes, I’m looking very forward to Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. I got to have a go with the game at E3 and rAge this year, and it’s a beautiful, smooth 60fps thrill ride. If we’re being honest though, it really is just more Mario Kart, and I really wish Nintendo would be more honest about its regular rehashes. If you've ever watched any of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers, then you know what to expect from this one from Smosh. It’s an Honest Mario Kart Trailer.
Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
Donkey Kong’s return to gaming in 2010’s aptly named Donkey Kong Country Returns proved that the big ape could not just rub shoulders with the best platformers, but was in fact their King. Yes, back in 2010 before Rayman Origins and its exquisite follow-up existed, I proclaimed that Donkey Kong Country was perhaps the finest 2D platformer available. It’s one reason I’ve been confused by fan reaction to the news that developer Retro studios would be working on another Donkey Kong Country game. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the Metroid game you were hoping for…because it’s rather good.
On this day of commercially designated romance, we're meant to celebrate our love for that special someone. I don't celebrate it, but Darryn will spend the day rubbing chocolate all over his left hand. So what about our gaming platforms? Do you stick to just one, or are you a true, um, "player"?