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Update (12/11): We’re hearing that the steelcase will be free for those who purchase a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at Best Buy next week. It will show as $59.99 on its own for those who don’t buy the game.


Original (12/10): A listing has appeared on Best Buy’s website for a new Mario Kart steelcase. Strangely, it shows a release date of December 5 and a $60 price point.

We’re not quite sure what’s going on with this listing. You can’t actually buy the steelcase at present, and $60 seems oddly high. In any case, we’ll keep tabs on the situation and will let you know if we hear anything more.

At Comic-Con last week, Mattel showed off a Mario Kart version of its Hot Wheels AI Intelligent Race System. It features a track that can keep Mario and co. on the road while players shoot virtual hazards at each other.

CNET has a report on the toy. According to the site’s article, you can enable “RC Mode” to go off-road. You’ll also hear sounds while racing, including character voices and the same tones played when a race begins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You’ll also be able to place bananas and fire shells to slow down opponents, but it won’t be possible to see these on the track.

A starter kit will be sold that contains a 26-piece track plus Mario and Yoshi cars will be sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us in October for $135. A kit with Luigi is also releasing during the same month for $25. Bowser and Princess Peach will arrive before the end of 2017.

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Eurogamer recently had the chance to interview Kosuke Yabuki, the producer of ARMS. He answered questions on a variety of topics, from ARMS to Mario Kart and more. Make sure to check out the full interview here; we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting tidbits below:

Super Nintendo World, Nintendo’s own theme park section at Universal Studios, is still quite some time away – it is scheduled to open at Universal Studios Japan in 2020 and at Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood at a later date. However, thanks to some trademarks filed by Nintendo in North America, we might have some clues about what attractions to expect. Specifically, one trademark mentions “management or arrangement of kart racing” – this obviously hints at a Mario Kart-based attraction.

Of course, this is not an official confirmation just yet, although we would be surprised if a Mario Kart attraction wasn’t happening at all.

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Another piece of significant information has been reported stemming from the April 2017 NPD report. According to Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the company, Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game in the U.S. last month despite being on the market for just two days. In that short period, over 460,000 physical units sold. With digital sales included, the total exceeds 550,000 units.

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Last month, Nintendo opened up Zelda and Mario portals on its Japanese website, which serve as information hubs for these two franchises and its characters. Today, the Mario portal was updated because of the impending release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch.

The character portal was updated to include Daisy, Yoshi, Wario and Waluigi. You can read brief descriptions of them there and listen to some voice clips. Much more impressive is the Mario Kart retrospective that was added to the portal. It lists every title released so far in the Mario Kart franchise and you can listen to some music clips while looking at screenshots and artwork from each game.

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In Japan, a Nintendo-licensed children’s bike based on Mario Kart is now available. The Mario Kart-H can be had for about 23,000 yen, or roughly $220.

Here’s a closer look:

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Author: Kirara

Mario Kart as a franchise has been around for a long time– twenty-three years to be exact. Although that seems like awhile, it really isn’t for a series from Nintendo; they have a history of creating franchises that are able to stand the test of time. In 1992 when Mario Kart had its debut on the Super Nintendo, it was dubbed Super Mario Kart. Fast forward twenty-three years and we now have Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, and after five games for home consoles – three on portable, and even three in the arcade released in Japan – I think it is safe to say that Mario Kart has been a successful franchise. But what if it wasn’t Mario Kart? What if, instead of basing the game initially on the Mario series, it was simply Nintendo Kart or even Smash Kart? Is that something that would have seen as much notoriety then as it could today?

ON THIS EPISODE: Some extensive talk about the Mario Kart series and why each entry isn’t just a copy-paste of the last permeates our first segment, plus some brief talk about Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition and Mario Golf’s demo squeeze in later on.

PLUS: Listener mail is our last segment of the day, in which we discuss what Wii games are good for tiny baby kids, how we feel about Nintendo’s season pass for Mario Golf: World Tour (and their DLC in general), and why Skyward Sword gets so much hate.

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