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Nintendo Collectors Journal 3/12/2015

Check out the NES themed 3DS XL, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. promo items, Japanese Mario toys, and more!...

by Justin Berube - March 12, 2015

Know Your Nintendo Developers: EAD Group 1

Learn all about the directors and producers of Mario Kart and Nintendogs games....

by John Rairdin and Neal Ronaghan - February 4, 2015

NWR Staff's 10 Favorite Games of 2014: Mario Kart 8

Nothing's completely new in Mario Kart 8, but the presentation alone makes it the premiere title in the series....

by Bryan Rose - December 24, 2014

Amiibo Guide: Mario Kart 8

How Nintendo's hit racing game will take advantage of Amiibo figures....

by Justin Berube - November 12, 2014

Nintendo Collectors Journal 10/9/2014

A closer look at the 2014 Nintendo themed McDonald's Happy Meal toys in North America....

by Justin Berube - October 9, 2014

Our Top 5 Games of 2014 (So Far)

We've all thought about it, and this is what we think are the best games of 2014 so far....

by - July 7, 2014

Nintendo Collectors Journal 7/3/2014

Mario Kart 8 promos, NES boxes, hardware, accessories, plush, toys, and more Nintendo goods this week....

by Justin Berube - July 3, 2014

Mariobilia: The Plumber, the Projectile and the Puppy

We check out the English Photos With Mario cards, too....

by Andrew Brown - July 2, 2014

Top 8 Mario Kart 8 Tracks: #4-1

We've been racing for a while now. Here's our favorite tracks in the new Mario Kart....

by - June 26, 2014

Top 8 Mario Kart 8 Tracks

We've been racing for a while now. Here are our favorite tracks in the new Mario Kart....

by - June 26, 2014

NWR Fun Time Tourney Results!

Who stood tall in the field of Mario Kart 8 players?...

by - June 2, 2014

The Origins of Mario Kart

You have F-Zero to thank....

by Aaron Edwards - May 28, 2014

Mario Kart 8, an NES Fighter & More Hit the eShop in Japan

Some Japan-only VC games round out the release line-up on the Wii U this week....

by Danny Bivens - May 28, 2014

This Week in Releases: May 26, 2014

Dust off your Wii Wheel, if you're into that sort of thing....

by Zack Kaplan - May 26, 2014

ROUNDTABLE: Mario Kart 8: One-at-a-Time Items

No more hoggin'....

by Justin Berube, Andrew Brown, Aaron R. Brown, Tom Malina, Zachary Miller, Neal Ronaghan, Bryan Rose, and Mike Sklens - April 9, 2014

Nintendo World Report's 2014 Predictions: Neal Ronaghan, Director

Check out these oddly specific to-the-exact-date predictions....

by Neal Ronaghan - January 8, 2014

Nintendo World Report's 2014 Predictions: Justin Berube, Features Editor

The King Nintendo Fanboy leverages his expertise in order to guess how the world looks through Nintendo's eyes....

by Justin Berube - January 6, 2014

BLOG: Why the Donkey Kong Country Delay Isn't That Bad

2014 looks a little bit brighter with that big ape in it....

by Neal Ronaghan - October 2, 2013

Nintendo Collectors Journal 8/22/2013

Check out some of the Nintendo swag of E3 2013....

by Justin Berube - August 22, 2013

A Long Look at the Mario Kart 8 Update and DLC

Take a gander upon what you can download right now and in the short term!...

by Daan Koopman - August 27, 2014

More Mario Kart 8 Direct-Feed Footage

Check out some direct-feed of Toad's Turnpike in Mario Kart 8....

by Neal Ronaghan and Jared Rosenberg - May 21, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Sunshine Airport Direct-Feed Footage

Check out some direct-feed of Sunshine Airport in Mario Kart 8....

by Neal Ronaghan and Jared Rosenberg - May 20, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Time Trials Direct-Feed Footage

Racing ghosts in Mario Kart 8 is back. Watch Neal race a staff ghost on the Royal Raceway track in this time trials video....

by Neal Ronaghan and Jared Rosenberg - May 13, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Moo Moo Meadows Direct-Feed Footage

Check out some direct-feed of Moo Moo Meadows in Mario Kart 8....

by Neal Ronaghan and Jared Rosenberg - May 12, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Donut Plains 3 Direct-Feed Footage

Check out some direct-feed of Donut Plains 3 in Mario Kart 8....

by Neal Ronaghan and Jared Rosenberg - May 11, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Versus Mario Kart 64 Video Comparison

Check out how the tracks of Mario Kart 64 have been updated in Mario Kart 8....

by Jared Rosenberg - May 5, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Retro Courses Video Comparison

Check out how some of the retro courses in Mario Kart 8 compare with their original counterparts....

by Jared Rosenberg - May 4, 2014

NWR Plays Mario Kart 8

Check out some off-screen gameplay footage of Mario Kart 8....

by Justin Berube, Josh Max, Neal Ronaghan, and Jared Rosenberg - April 3, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 603: A Hell of a Way to End the Year

It's the holidays! Time to spend time with your family and pretend you like them....

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, and Guillaume Veillette - December 22, 2018

THE FAMICAST: Episode 56 - CROSS-EYED SQUIDS

Xenoblade X, Splatoon, Yooka-Laylee, and of course - Japanese Power Rangers....

by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, and Ty Shughart - May 15, 2015

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 428: Ham-Fisted Villain O'Clock

RFN gets really real on the decline of Konami, Goldeneye 007 on Wii, and Geometry Wars. Plus: return of the Thunder Round!...

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - May 3, 2015

THE FAMICAST: Episode 55 - WANKY KONG

Please understand that the Famicrew talks about more DS on Wii U, surprise Kongs and the touching of your Amiibo....

by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, and Ty Shughart - May 1, 2015

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 427: In Defense of Lanky

Curtis joins the ruckus to talk about all the hottest topics of 2015: Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Twilight Princess....

by Curtis Bonds, James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - April 26, 2015

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 424: Don't Say Pumped

Ahh, there's too much to talk about! How did we cram it all in? With some help from Donald and our listeners' emails, as it turns out....

by James Jones, Jonathan Metts, Donald Theriault, and Guillaume Veillette - April 4, 2015

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 416: ExciteClaus

We're more than happy to recommend a few Club Nintendo rewards....

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - February 8, 2015

CONNECTIVITY: Episode 166: Reunion Show

The Newscast gang reunites for a jam-packed episode....

by Andy Goergen, Zachary Miller, Nathan Mustafa, and Neal Ronaghan - January 31, 2015

THE FAMICAST: Episode 48 - PLEASE UNDERSTAND US

JC and Ty try and talk about the Nintendo Direct. Somehow Japanese beer is involved....

by James Charlton and Ty Shughart - January 24, 2015

THE FAMICAST: Episode 47 - ANNUAL GIFT MAN'S REVENGE

Join the Famicrew as they all get together for a bumper episode to ring in the festive season, and fight the evil Christmas robot overlord....

by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, Ty Shughart, and Matt Walker - December 22, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 409: Treedodgers

We've got reactions to Zelda's huge world, a follow-up on Wii U's health, and lots of new games!...

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - December 14, 2014

THE FAMICAST: Episode 45 - BURA BURA BOYS

Captain Toad, the Donkey Kongs, Fake or Real, Life in Japan, all served with a side order of Nuts and Milk!...

by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, and Ty Shughart - December 1, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 405: Quality of Fantasy Life

It's November, y'all -- so here's an entire show of new game impressions!...

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - November 16, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 396: Always Be Leaking

We're back to prune backlogs and examine a rare set of leaks from Nintendo....

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - August 31, 2014

THE FAMICAST: Episode 38 - THE LAST BODY PILLOW

Tune in this month to find out what body pillows, Metroid, NFC payments and Mario Kart all have in common....

by Danny Bivens, Ty Shughart, and Matt Walker - July 30, 2014

CONNECTIVITY: Episode 142: I Like to Grind

We break down an exciting week of news and look back at Tomodachi Life....

by Curtis Bonds, Alex Culafi, Zachary Miller, Neal Ronaghan, and Scott Thompson - July 18, 2014

CONNECTIVITY: Episode 141: The "ua" Died Years Ago

Between anime games and Godzilla, Connectivity is turning Japanese this week!...

by Alex Culafi, Josh Max, Jonathan Metts, Mike Sklens, and Scott Thompson - July 15, 2014

THE FAMICAST: Episode 37 - GET GOOD

Are your skills up to snuff for the latest Famicast?...

by Danny Bivens and Ty Shughart - July 2, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 387: Exit Plan

Regrouping after E3, we have several new games, a real solution to Jon's Mario troubles, and a debrief on the big event and its effect on Nintendo's image going forward....

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - June 22, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 386: A Blue Shell of Our Former Selves

This week's episode features special guest Billy Berghammer and a spectacular title provided by Mr. Jon Lindemann. It's always the quiet ones....

by Billy Berghammer, James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - June 8, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 380: Will the Circle Be Not Broken

Guillaume is back with tons of games from PAX East and otherwise! We also revisit Mario 3 and even preview our grand plans for RFN 400 this fall....

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - April 27, 2014

CONNECTIVITY: Episode 129: How Babies Are Made

Mario Kart 8, Conception II, Tomodachi Life, NES Remix 2, and a whole lot more!...

by Daan Koopman and Addison Webb - April 12, 2014

CONNECTIVITY: Episode 119: U-Reader

We react to the recent bevy of Nintendo news and answer a TON of listener mail....

by Alex Culafi, Zachary Miller, and Scott Thompson - February 1, 2014

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: Episode 354: Lakitu Cloud Storage

With everyone back in action, it's time for a classic episode full of hot games and in-depth Nintendo discussions....

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - October 13, 2013

RADIO FREE NINTENDO: RFN at E3 2013: First-Party Impressions and Armature Studios Interview

The entire "away team" talks about Nintendo's main offerings, and Jonny talks to one of the highly qualified developers of the new Metroid-style Batman game for 3DS....

by Justin Berube, Andrew Brown, Michael Cole, Alex Culafi, Aaron Kaluszka, Kimberly Keller, Jonathan Metts, Neal Ronaghan, Jared Rosenberg, and Guillaume Veillette - June 13, 2013

CONNECTIVITY: Connectibite: E3 Nintendo Direct Reaction

The gang discusses today's E3 Nintendo Direct....

by Patrick Barnett, J.P. Corbran, Zachary Miller, and Scott Thompson - June 11, 2013

April 2015 Nintendo Direct Predictions

Will Mewtwo, Zelda Wii U or the Virtual Console actually show up?...

by Donald Theriault - March 31, 2015

The Great Amiibo Hunt

Neal decided not to pre-order any Amiibo. Here's his report from the retail trenches as he tries to catch'em all....

by Neal Ronaghan - November 22, 2014

Amiibo: An Old-School Toy for a New World

After spending time with his very own Amiibo, here's what Neal thinks about them....

by Neal Ronaghan - November 19, 2014

Five DLC Karts Mario Kart 8 Needs

Other karts that should appear in the upcoming DLC packs....

by Patrick Barnett - October 16, 2014

The Problem with Nintendo of America's Limited Editions

Nintendo of America is upsetting fans and losing potential money in the process....

by Justin Berube - September 30, 2014

Is Amiibo Nintendo's Next e-Reader?

Nintendo is attempting toys-to-life games in a far different way than Skylanders and Disney Infinity....

by Neal Ronaghan - June 17, 2014

Comparing Wii U's Sales to GameCube, Wii

Spoiler alert: It is very depressing....

by Neal Ronaghan - April 22, 2014

Three Reasons Why I’m Not Excited for Mario Kart 8

After you take away the HD, what does this game actually have left?...

by Alex Culafi - April 21, 2014

Mario Kart 8's Use of the GamePad Is Disappointing

Maybe it's not quite as sad as the blank screen in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but it isn't much better....

by Neal Ronaghan - April 3, 2014

Nintendo Direct: Planting the Seeds of Concern

At least they didn't end it by ruining Mario again....

by Alex Culafi - December 18, 2013

Rash Predictions for the November 13 Nintendo Direct

Release dates, a new Smash Bros. character, and a surprise or two. Not exactly going out on a limb here....

by Neal Ronaghan - November 12, 2013

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WiiU

Game Profile

Mario Kart 8 Box Art

Genre Racing
Developer Nintendo
Players1 - 4
Online1 - 12
Controllers & Accessories Wii Remote
Wii Nunchuk
Wii U GamePad
Wii U Pro Controller
Amiibo

Worldwide Releases

na: Mario Kart 8
Release May 30, 2014
PublisherNintendo
RatingEveryone
jpn: Mario Kart 8
Release May 29, 2014
PublisherNintendo
RatingAll Ages
eu: Mario Kart 8
Release May 30, 2014
PublisherNintendo
Rating3+
aus: Mario Kart 8
Release May 31, 2014
PublisherNintendo
RatingGeneral
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