By Jenna Pitcher on Nov 18, 2013 11.18.13
The latest release for Namco Bandai and Nintendo's Mario Kart series for arcade systems, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, will hit western arcades winter 2013, Arcade Hero reports. Announced by Namco in February, the third iteration of the Mario Kart arcade racing series rolled out to Japanese arcades in July. Mario Kart Arcade GP DX features ten courses and its playable racers include: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser Jr., Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Don from the Taiko no Tatsujin series. The familiar Grand Prix and Battle modes are included, along with two new ones called Alter-Ego and Team. The new Alter-Ego mode allows gamers to race against other players ghosts and Team mode pits two players up against two AI opponents. The arcade game also features...
By Dave Tach on Nov 12, 2013 11.12.13
An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on bfads.com includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...
By Emily Gera on Aug 09, 2013 08.09.13
A real-world go-kart based on Luigi's bumblebee vehicle from Mario Kart is currently being sold on eBay by user Heather651, with bidding ending later tomorrow. The two-year old kart was part of a grand prize for a Disney Mario Kart 7 3DS sweepstake in 2011. The kart, which weighs in at around 100 lbs, was part of a prize valued at $14,000. Now it's currently priced at $1,000 on the eBay marketplace. Check it out in full right here.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 06, 2013 02.06.13
Namco Bandai is partnering with Nintendo to bring the next Mario Kart cabinet to Japanese arcades this summer, the Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX, the company announced today. The cabinet will feature four modes: Grand Prix, Battle Mode, Team Co-Op and an "Alter Ego" Battle mode in which players can race against ghost drivers carrying other players' records. Grand Prix DX will feature "10 redesigned courses" and features included in 3DS title Mario Kart 7, as well as more than 100 items drivers can use. Namco had also added an additional playable character and thematic track from its Taiko Drum Master rhythm game series. In co-op mode, players will team up against two CPU players. Team members can combine karts into a single kart, with one player driving while the other uses items,...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 26, 2012 12.26.12
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, sold two million copies in its first two months of release, making it the first Nintendo 3DS title to ever crack the two million mark, Japanese games industry magazine Famitsu reports via Tiny Cartridge. The game has sold 2.1 million units, which puts it ahead of other 3DS titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. The sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf also eclipse those of the best-selling PlayStation 3 game — Final Fantasy 13, which sold 1.9 million copies in Japan. Animal Crossing: New Leaf still falls behind the best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 4.4 million copies in Japan.
By Emily Gera on Nov 28, 2012 11.28.12
A blue and black Nintendo 3DS XL with a pre-installed version of Mario Kart 7 hits stores on Dec. 2 for a suggested retail price of $199.99, Nintendo officials announced today. The limited-edition bundle offers a savings of $39.99. If purchased separately the 3DS XL system and game would go for $199.99 and $39.99, respectively, as based on suggested retail prices. This announcement follows the European release of a similar Mario Kart 7 bundle for an all-white 3DS XL, which hit shelves on Nov. 16. The racing title was first released in North America last December for the 3DS.
By Tracey Lien on Nov 13, 2012 11.13.12
A limited edition Pikachu-themed 3DS XL that Nintendo announced back in October is releasing in the U.K. on Dec. 7. The bright yellow handheld console will join a limited edition all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Mario Kart 7, which will be available from Nov. 16, and an all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Super Mario 3D Land, which will be out Nov. 30. The Pikachu 3DS XL was on sale earlier this year at select Japanese retailers. There is currently no word on whether the Pikachu handheld will be available in other territories.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 12, 2012 11.12.12
Best Buy is currently offering a buy two, get one free sale including eight titles for the Nintendo 3DS, the company announced on its website. Titles include Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Rayman Origins, Activision's The Trash Pack, Angry Birds Trilogy, FIFA Soccer 13, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. The third free game must be of equal or lesser value to the other two games, according to promotion. The promotion also cannot be combined with other Best Buy offers or coupons. It should be noted that all three Mario titles are $39.99 each, while the remaining five are $29.99 each.
By Tracey Lien on Oct 31, 2012 10.31.12
Chinese company iQue (Nintendo's local branding) will be bringing three special Nintendo 3DS XL consoles to the Chinese market this December, according to a listing found by Kotaku. The three 3DS XL designs will be limited edition and come in "Mario White", "Mario Silver" and "Mario Red Gold". The consoles will come pre-installed with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land. A specific launch date and price is yet to be announced.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 28, 2012 10.28.12
During a recent interview with several Spanish media outlets, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that optioning Retro Studios for a Legend of Zelda game isn't far-fetched — in fact, it's "entirely possible," Miyamoto told Game Reactor. Retro Studios, a subsidiary of Nintendo, is responsible for games such as Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Kart 7. According to Miyamoto, Retro is qualified to do the job, but the studios would have to stay closely in touch with Nintendo. However, the studio's focus on developments with less dependence would probably not be the best for Zelda, Miyamoto said. The designer, producer and director also talked more about the soon-to-be-released Wii U. The Miiverse, the Wii U's social networking app will promote handwritten chats. According to...