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Mario Kart 8 Splatoon 1 servers

Months after they went offline, the servers for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 1 will be up and running once again very soon.

We previously reported that both games were impacted by a security vulnerability. Nintendo has now officially acknowledged the issue, and confirmed that it has been addressed. 

A notice posted on Nintendo’s European website states that online play for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon will resume on August 3, 2023 – that may be tonight in North America. Note that an update will be required to access the functionality.

Here’s the full notice:

Zelda Ocarina of Time Mario Kart 8 fan track

A new fan-made Mario Kart 8 track is turning heads because of how well it adapts the world of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time into a raceway. It’s based on Nintendo’s 3DS remake of the N64 classic rather than the 1998 original.

RiazorMC shared the creation on YouTube, which features different Hyrule sections for each of its laps. In the first section, you start off in Kokiri Forest before moving to Hyrule Field and Gerudo’s Fortress. The second lap is the journey to Lake Hylia. Finally, in the third lap, there’s a quick stop in Kakariko Village and then ultimately Death Mountain. Fans seem to agree that the course could be better at directing you where to go, but otherwise is impressive.

mario kart 8 50 million

The Mario Kart 8 success story continues, as Nintendo’s racer has reached another milestone. Based on the latest sales data the company issued this week, it has now crossed 50 million copies sold.

That number accounts for sales of Mario Kart 8 on both Switch and Wii U. On Switch specifically, the game has sold 43.35 million units – and it’s the best-selling title on the console ahead of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ 37.62 million. As for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 moved another 8.46 million units. The current total is 51.81 million between both platforms.

In the last financial report from Nintendo, we learned that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales have reached 38.74 million units, surpassing Mario Kart Wii as the best-selling game in the franchise. Being a “deluxe” edition of a Wii U title, I found it surprising how incredibly successful the game is.

There are obvious reasons for those crazy numbers such as the Switch’s success and the overall popularity of Mario Kart. However, in a new video today, I decided to analyze what exactly makes it special on the inside, why the game is so universally approachable, and how it differs from past games in the series. You can check the video down below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 has reached a major milestone in the United States. According to the latest data from the NPD, it’s now the best-selling racing genre video game in U.S. history. NPD doesn’t indicate whether that information only includes the Switch version, but we’d assume the original Wii U title is lumped in as well.

It’s worth noting that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the sixth best-selling game in the U.S. last month. Despite being a few years old, it still manages to place high on the charts regularly.


Mario Kart 8 on Wii U combined with the enhanced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch are collectively the series’ best-selling entry ever. The game’s total sales now come in at 41.86 million units, surpassing the 37.38 total of Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart 8 originally moved 8.45 million on Wii U. The Deluxe version for Switch is currently at 33.41 million. It’s likely just a matter of time until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe surpasses the Wii title on its own.

Here’s a look at the sales of every Mario Kart title:

A Japanese TV commercial has been released by Nintendo for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary. This 30-second commercial shows many of the games already released on the Switch, such as Mario Kart 8, Mario Odyssey, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. 

Check out the full TV commercial below.

Mario Kart Wii

Here’s an interesting tidbit stemming from Nintendo’s latest financial results. Between March 2018 and March 2019, Mario Kart Wii sold another 100,000 units. During the same period, Mario Kart 8 on Wii U sold 20,000 copies. That means Mario Kart Wii sold five times as many copies as Mario Kart 8 during the last fiscal year.

Here’s a chart that puts things into perspective:

Last year, GameXplain tested the NES Classic Edition with some Wii U games and the the Virtual Console. With the SNES Classic Edition’s launch, it’s time for another test.

Like we heard earlier in the week, the SNES Classic controller works absolutely fine with the NES Classic. You can also use it with Mario Kart 8 on Wii U as well as the Wii U Virtual Console. Since the SNES Classic controller layout is similar to the Wii Classic Controller, you shouldn’t have too many issues with the VC for the most part.

Sonic isn’t the only new character modders are bringing into Mario Kart. Recently, Twitter user SmashingRenders showed that he was able to get Kirby into the game.

Here’s a look:

SmashingRenders paid extra attention to the small details. When on the anti-gravity portions of the track, the star lights up.

You can download the mod here. It replaces the BiddyBuggy with the WarpStar kart and Koopa with Kirby.


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