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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be wrapping up its Booster Course Pass later this year, and that leaves us at an interesting point with the series. Mario Kart Tour will still be going on, but many will be wondering what will come next with the console games. It’s a safe bet at this point that Nintendo is holding off on introducing a brand new title until the Switch’s successor launches. With Mario Kart 8 first hitting Wii U in 2014, it’ll be at least a decade since the last totally original title.

Plenty of people have ideas as to what Nintendo should do with Mario Kart in the future. Some think the next game should go all out and bring in even more franchises outside of the immediate Mario space. Others think something like a more involved single-player campaign would be a good idea. Needless to say, although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a ton of content and many believe it’s the franchise’s best, there are still plenty of directions Nintendo should go in.

So what do you think Nintendo should do next with Mario Kart? What are your ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

Mario Kart statue

First 4 Figures is cooking up another Nintendo statue, this time for Mario Kart.

The product is said to be filled with all sorts of touches and details – “from fabric and stitching on his bright red cap to the smoke coming off of the spinning wheels of his kart.” As for the kart, it’s “modeled after the classic Pipe Frame design, with lifelike parts and details.”

Mario Kart Fudge Stripes Rocky Road Cookies

Keebler has announced a new partnership with Nintendo on the Mario Kart Fudge Stripes Rocky Road Cookies.

The limited-edition cookie has a chocolate and almond flavored shortbread, topped with a marshmallow flavored fudge drizzle. The actual design mimics the famed Super Star and Lightning power-up shapes from Mario Kart.

Hot Wheels has had a few Nintendo collaborations in the past, and that partnership is continuing with a new Mario Kart product. As revealed by an Amazon listing, Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway will launch in May.

The Amazon page actually doesn’t have much in terms of actual information. However, based on official photos, you’ll be able to race with Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and King Boo down the Rainbow Road-inspired track. Lakitu is also hanging out at the front of the course.

Here’s a closer look:

Hot Wheels Mario Kart

Last year, Mattel teamed up with Nintendo on Hot Wheels Mario Kart die-cast vehicles and track sets. The line is now expanding with a few new products. As part of a recent Comic-Con@Home panel, Mattel gave a sneak peek as to what’s planned for the future.

First up are new drivers Cat Peach and Diddy Kong. The two characters will drive a standard kart and Pipe Frame Kart respectively.

HORI will release the recently-announced Mario Kart racing wheel for Switch in the west, Amazon listings reveal. It is tentatively slated for November 12 in North America and January 2 in the UK.

Here’s an official product description:

Update: Pre-orders are now open on Play-Asia here.

Original: HORI has announced a new Mario Kart Racing Wheel accessory for Switch. It will come in two versions: a standard release and a more expensive DX version.

This new accessory works with both the Switch and PC. Functions from the Switch controller have been migrated over to the new device, and even comes with a foot pedal. While it only works in docked mode, it’s compatible with other modes and the Switch Lite through an extra USB accessory.

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A few days ago, Nintendo and Mattel announced new Mario Kart Hot Wheels sets. You can find the announcement with all of the details here.

Here are a few new photos showing off what’s on the way:

Pre-orders for the Mario Kart Hot Wheels sets have started to open on Amazon. Currently, the retailer has Piranha Set and Thwomp set. Both can be found here.

Hot Wheels developer Mattel has revealed that Metal Mario will be joining the roster of the Mario Kart Hot Wheels collection later this Summer.

Combined with paraglider and all, Metal Mario will be available to purchase from Mattel’s website for $20 starting June 17th. The toy will also be coming to San Diego Comic Con a month later on July 17th. 

A couple more images of Metal Mario can be viewed below.

In the lead up to the release of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph 2 in theaters this November, the company’s marketing efforts are now turning focus towards the film. As such, attractions and even music are being transitioned over throughout Disney World’s new Play Zone at Epcot to reflect the upcoming release.

While no official confirmation has been made by Nintendo or Disney at this point, the attentive ears of Attractions Magazine on Twitter have caught on video what sounds like a new orchestration of the Super Mario Kart theme playing at the park.

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