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Mario Kart like you’ve never seen it

Mario Kart Wii U retro
It’s very likely that Nintendo will reveal a Mario Kart Wii U game at E3 next week. There are many directions in which they can take the Mario Kart franchise on the Wii U, but they certainly won’t go in the direction that artist Jose Emorca Flores took Mario Kart in.

Emorca took the fun and cartoony Mario kart series and turned into a sort of Tim Burton-esque 1930s-style grand prix. Bowser and Toad look downright scary, and Mario looks more bad-ass than we’ve ever seen him.

Called “The Kingdom of Krash”, his take on Mario Kart will be available on display at the iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles.

We would love to play this sort of “adult” Mario Kart — if only Nintendo had the guts to try something really radical with the series.

Check out Emorca’s artworks below. You can also purchase them as prints here.

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  • grandlx2

    I’ll stick to how it currently looks lol. That art is fugly.

    • Morits Lian

      >art
      >ugly

    • Joey Perez

      You are either a child or have no taste in art or have no idea what surrealism is this art may not be what u vision in Mario kart but in a technical stand point its world class ….

      • Captain Obvious

        You obviously don’t understand taste. He thinks it’s fugly, you can’t tell him what his opinion should be.

        • gamesplayswill

          It Isn’t “fugly” though, I think it looks amazing, you just have to look at it from a different angle. =)

          • Bob Charlie

            I like the art, too. Maybe not what I want from a Mario Kart game, but the art is definitely unique!

          • Joey Perez

            Being opinionated on taste is understandable …saying something is fugly is a harsh … Just because I might think his mom is ugly does not mean his dad does … That’s taste n its his dads taste obviousely she must be ugly due to the fact his critique of great art has no class …

          • Silent

            If we are talking about class, you currently have less class than him.

          • gamesplayswill

            Bit harsh mate! XD

      • Silent

        says who? In my opinion, the art does look fugly. Jk! but it does look kind of bad.

        • Joey Perez

          Kids … Ur lacking the mental capacity to even have the ability to digest what I said … Sigh … I was hoping for at least inteligent banter … How unsatisfying ..

          • mhm

            You sir are either the biggest troll or you should have never been born. And the art look like shit.

          • Silent

            Since you are so intelligent, there are about 4 mistakes in what you just wrote. You can get your extreme intelligence out of here for all I care.

  • Nintendo4life

    Awesome look…I could dig this

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    “We would love to play this sort of “adult” Mario Kart — if only Nintendo had the guts to try something really radical with the series.”

    …No

    • LopsidedPasta

      It looks like vomit. It actually does.

      • Lusunup

        NEW SONIC LOST WORLD GAMEPLAY GUYS!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bkmAao6gww If you haven’t seen it yet it also has those ability you get from sonic colors so i guess its considered sonic colors 2 :D (sorry I dont know the ghost creature names that help out sonic)

        • fireheartis1

          Dude thanks for sharing this awesome gameplay man. The whole time I was watching I was like; “Yes I finally get to play Sonic Extreme.” Man Sega messed up badly during the Saturn era with not releasing that game. This game is awesome and it’s not a Mario Galaxy clone it’s Sonic Extreme. Man this is going to be a day one buy for me I’m a huge Sonic fan and I finally get to play a game that should have came out many years ago.

          • Elliot Tucker

            Makes you wonder if Sonic Extreme could have saved the Saturn. The Saturn, not the Dreamcast was really Sega’s undoing.

          • Mario

            Too bad that the game was stuck on development hell and was never released.

        • fireheartis1

          I’ve also got to say who ever thumbs downed this gameplay must be a Sonic hater. Man people are just crazy how the heck can you hate the blue blur. In the words of Jumpin Joe Farmer Yep Sonic is going full force this time lol. Sonic EXTREME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man the anticipation for this game is killing me lol.

          • Silent

            I didnt downvote anyone but I have to say that even though I like Sonic, I’m sick of the M&S games. Try a new formula with Mario and Sonic at least for once.

          • Mario

            Like an adventure game in which both Mario and Sonic’s abilities are combined and must work together to stop Bowser and Eggman’s evil plots?

          • Lusunup

            I know i can’t wait either! :D it was probably my bad wording they’ve thumbs down for.

          • RockGod

            I’ve never been a big Sonic fan, but i’ll admit this game does look pretty cool. It looks like Sega may have hit a perfect balance for this Sonic game. It’s awesome that Nintendo has exclusivity for this one too….

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I thumbbed down for the out of place comment, not the gameplay. Gameplay looks outstanding. However I thumbbed down the person. Not the video. This video belongs in a Sonic article

        • discuss

          This sonic looks way to easy :(

          • Sora Morp

            and you haven’t even played it and this isn’t even the final product what would you know

          • discuss

            I watched the movie, didn’t you?

            Ps. What kind of a sad person downvotes that comment?

        • Clel

          And what exactly does that have to do with what LopsidedPasta said? That’s not a reply, that’s a post.

          • Lusunup

            I can’t give good news?I never would do this but I had to make my post top for sonic fans to see it… Now im sorry i didn’t refer to LopsidedPasta Post, but we all know that there is never any good news on wiiudaily during the weekends.

          • Clel

            You should send them your article ideas. It’s on the top right of the page. No problem with you posting good news like that in the comment section. However, in response to ‘It looks like vomit; it actually does’, you post a link to a gameplay trailer of Sonic: Lost Worlds (seems great btw).

            Just saying, next time it might be better to post it as an independent comment. But do what you want.

        • Josiah Parsons

          wisps

        • Sora Morp

          This game looks epic! The 3rd game should aventure 3 or a full 3D game with mario and sonic where you get to play as mario in sonics perspective(faster gameplay) and Sonic in Mario’s Perspective (same speed) and you get a epic final boss with Eggman and Bowser

    • Nintedward

      I second this , with a passion…
      There is adult versions of Mario Kart…. They’re called Racing sims , lol.
      Mario kart is amazing the way it is ….

      *south park accent* If you don’ like it then you can ged out!!!!

      • RockGod

        The article should have read “Mario Kart like you never wanted to see”

        • Nintedward

          lol

    • Lusunup

      oh god! no…. John what are you thinking? I know its your opinion but the art style used is no where near good as Mario Kart so it can’t be an adult version of Mario Kart.

    • Billy_Perry

      Completely agree that this wouldn’t suit Mario Kart at all.
      However, I do have a real craving for a truly adult, 18 rated game from Nintendo for the Wii U. Just me?

      • MTGSWE

        What is an adult game for you then?
        Seriously wondering. :)

        • Billy_Perry

          Like a Bioshock Infinite style of game? With a really interesting premise, and some fantastic art direction and gameplay, with dark undertones throughout. I have full confidence that is well in the creative ability of Nintendo :D

          • MTGSWE

            Bioshock could actually be a good inspiration source :)
            A good idea actually.

          • Bob Charlie

            Yeah, I like that 1930’s style art, but we all know our boys at N like to do their own thing. If Retro unveils a new Metroid we will have our, ‘adult’ game.
            Like, OMG Bob Charlie is saving up his greenage as it will be needed to calm me down during N’s E3! :D

          • MTGSWE

            Retro game will surely be awesome :D

            Well Mario does not have to look like that. If anything Nintendo should make a new IP with their own ideas. Just using inspiration from Bioshock :)

          • Billy_Perry

            Yeah I agree, if they are going to make a more “adult” game, then they should do it with a new IP, none of their current titles really suite it.
            Apart form maybe Zelda.

          • Ace J

            and metriod

          • Ice Climbers

            Sin & Punishment perhaps?

          • RockGod

            Nintendo still owns the Eternal Darkness franchise and that is rated M…

          • Ace J

            oh yeah forgot all about that game

      • Silent

        Im going to be honest with you. We are probably not having an M-rated game from Nintendo anytime soon. Why? With the current install base of the Wii U, throwing a M-rated non-Mario/Zelda/Pokemon/Metroid game at us would be suicide.

        • RockGod

          The only way Nintendo has something M-rated is if some 2nd party group is working on it for them to then publish. You are absolutely right they NEED big names out asap to push console sales. Their working on Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda: WW HD, New Zelda, and Pikmin 3. Retro is probably making Metroid Prime 4.
          Wow Imagine if they brought a real set of Pokémon RPG games to Wii U… System sales would skyrocket…

    • howling_wolf1334:[

      Please, a ps4 release, please…
      Naah.. Just kidding…

    • RockGod

      I didn’t think there was any possible way that I wouldn’t purchase the new Mario Kart. If they made it like this though? I would actually pass on it.
      I don’t believe Nintendo would ever screw the game up like this… lol at this article… guts??? They’d have to be mentally challenged to make this, lol

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    • Guhtere

      That was my reaction when a few months ago they said they wanted a first person Mario too.

      • RockGod

        Yeah, I saw that video of realistic 1st person Mario! That sh*t looked broken as hell… practically unplayable even… I wouldn’t even purchase a Mario game like that, but I don’t think Nintendo would ever mess up that bad on their highest rated series.

  • Morits Lian

    The art it awesome, but I’d like to have the same style as always.

  • Jack5221

    Man, I wish I could draw like that.

  • Superstick98

    @WiiUDaily Guys there’s new Sonic Lost World gameplay for Wii U! It’s on IGN.

    • Mario

      Really!? I have got to check it out!

  • Nintendofreak

    pertubating

  • CupOswaG

    Very dark….and not my taste.

  • METHical reality

    Shut up and take my house .. Love it

  • BuckStud

    “We would love to play this sort of “adult” Mario Kart — if only Nintendo
    had the guts to try something really radical with the series.”

    It almost certainly would not sell well, then all the “Nintendo is doomed” threads would start popping up again. It has nothing to do with guts, it does however have to make sense from a business prospective.

  • Nintendude

    Looks good, but I wouldn’t like it in an actual Mario Kart game.

  • Super Buu

    I actually want to see something like this

    • Metal_Man_v2

      Somebody actually using the “confession bear” meme in the intended manor? Props to you!

  • Christopher Johnson

    too bad Nintendo is still stuck in preschool

    • Nintedward

      Haha funny joke! Said no one ever since the NES launched….

      Nintendo is the best , dealwithit.

      • Christopher Johnson

        lmao

      • RockGod

        Uh Nintedward… you forgot the hashtag! How will the trolls ever understand us if we don’t speak to them in their native tongue, we must improve our communication with the uninformed by letting them know… #MSsucks, #Nintendorules, and the infamous #Dealwithit.

    • NkoSekirei

      how about u go back to preschool u troll

      • Christopher Johnson

        its my opinion deal with it bitch

        • John Raybell

          Just because its your opinion it doesn’t mean its a “GOOD ONE” always keep that in mind, opinions can and do make people look like retard babies. Yours especially ;)

          • Christopher Johnson

            that’s cool

  • Starfoxguy

    I would love to play this. It would scare the crap out of me but I would still play it.

  • Oblivion

    Reminds me of the World of Goo/Inferno art style.

  • Tecpedz94

    DA FUCK IS THIS LOL!!!!

  • palomino blue

    and Daisy with cleavage…

  • Ryan House

    These images are UGLY

  • thedeciderU

    just saw at ign that a nintendo platform barbie dreamhouse game is confirmed for e3. i’ll take this art any day. why the hell is this game being showcased/shown? very strange. i know some nintendo owners have children, but, please, be a bit more selective than this…

    • John Raybell

      um ok, pretty sure your wrong, lol nothing about the barbie dream house game you wanted so bad ;)

    • Andreas Sunde

      It’s by Namco, Nintendo has nothing to do with it.

      • thedeciderU

        good call

  • MTGSWE

    I would not want to play a Mario Kart game looking like those pictures. Check Marios 3d rendered artwork. That’s how Mario should look like.

    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120816162011/mario/images/1/15/MarioNSMB2.png

    The picture shows what Mario is. It will never get more “adult” than that.

    • Mario

      This is the Mario we all know and love!

    • Silent

      I agree with you, but I just want to tell you something. Videogame characters evolve over time. Mario, since the release of Mario Bros in 1985, has evolved overtime. The Mario you show us may not always be the same, and Mario changes very slowly so that the fans may not notice it and complain.

  • Adrian

    That’s not MarioKart.

  • john

    Say what you want, but I think this would be AWESOME. I’m not saying it would work with the kids or that the casual audience will like it or that it would be a smart move on Nintendo’s part, but I personally would love to play it. I always say Mario as something that can be depicted and incarnated in many different ways and have a variety of different art styles, not just the typical cartoony image that he’s had for years.

    The only thing I think could make this better is if Mario had a hat. They had big exaggerated newsboy caps in the ’30s, didn’t they.

    • Nintendofreak

      i would say leave mario kart stay the way it is and make a new “mature” game or franchise nothing to do with mario

      • john

        I would probably only play it if it’s Mario.

        • RockGod

          Well John, you won’t be playing it. Nintendo will never approve of an idea like this… especially with one of their best-selling games. Personally I’m glad, this would absolutely cripple sales of the new game and Nintendo knows it wouldn’t make them look Brave, It would make them look Stupid… so not going to happen

          • john

            I wouldn’t expect Nintendo to ever approve of an idea like that. But I still think it’s awesome. I do think Nintendo should experiment with new art styles for their games though, not even necessarily more “adult” or “realistic” art styles. Maybe not even that drastically different from one another, just enough to make all the games look unique from each other. There are a million ways to depict an Italian plumber in a land of mushrooms and princesses and giant turtles. They have a good one now, but it’s being used over and over, while there are still new styles that could work just as good.

          • RockGod

            Actually we haven’t seen anything about this new Mario Kart game at all. It wouldn’t really shock me to see a fresh art style in this one. I wouldn’t expect a dramatic shift but it could actually end up looking awesome, we’ll have to wait a few more days and see.

          • john

            I think things have been getting more samey since Mario Galaxy, but I’m hoping for some subtle changes. I wouldn’t expect anything aside from maybe some different textures and maybe tiny tweaks to the models (likely higher polygon count and smoother textures). I’d think the main 3D Mario would be the one to change up the art style a bit. But this IS a new system, and these will be the first all-new Mario games (not counting NSMBU) so there’s a chance.

    • Shawn Spitler

      You and I seem to be one of the few John. I like this art and I’d love a chance to play something in that style.

  • Linskarmo

    It wouldn’t be the light-hearted fun that I like in Mario Kart anymore, but the art is well done and I would be interested in a stand alone game like that (if well done.)

  • MetroidZero

    The Picture in the article reminds me of Zobio and Zobiko from the original Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    This artist show that Nintendo is recycling a cowardly recipe over and over again. It worked for a while, but with the Gamecube generation of Mario Kart everyone knew that it was finally dead. There is a limit to how many times you can repeat the same formula. Bring us something bold and brave instead of the old crap no one wants anymore. Bring us a Mario Kart in super hi-def realistic formel-1 style, not the old crap we all grown tired of. Or a more fantasyful edition like PS Little Planet did. Or make something bold like a Wario Fart instead of a Mario Kart. But the reason we all leave for the superior PS4 or XBox1 this generation is that Nintendo simply doesnt do the bold moves… of course this is just a joke again. Bold moves? Nintendo is all about bold moves. Television, CoD and Fifa is not very bold at all. People suggesting that Nintendo should be more innovative and experimental is clearly to lazy to use google.

    But the drawing is good though. :)

    • Silent

      Move on people. Just nothing to see here.

  • Clel

    No.
    Just no.

    • Nintedward

      lol! xD

  • JeanPaul

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    • RockGod

      Doesn’t make sense huh? Why would they wanna prove they had the GUTS to destroy Mario Kart?
      They have plenty of guts, everyone will be amazed in a few days, and it won’t be at the expense of one of their top franchises… I don’t know what this guy was thinking… Guess it’s just his opinion.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      lols..

    • dylanbob121

      I can draw too…
      ____________
      its a worm :P

  • ChiwawaBoi

    If this is how mario kart U will turn out, count me in!

  • Rob Lucci

    Tim Burton present Nightmare in Mushroom Kingdom.

  • iceazeama

    grand theft mario….. that is all.

  • Mr. J

    Amazing nintendo and Sony had a baby.

  • Mario

    This is just not very Mario like. Mario is a video game character that must be enjoyed by everyone. Not just for adults. You’re trying to say that Nintendo should change everything that makes Mario, well Mario.

  • Christopher Acuna

    Old timey mario kart character models would be interesting. Just not the kind depicted in these pictures.

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    Lol, the art looks like it would be a silent type of style gameplay, and you only hear sound effects when someone slips on a banana or gets hit by a shell. When the characters shout and curse, you only see speech bubbles. Wario would definitely swear the most.

  • Wayne Beck

    Not a big fan of Tim Burton or just about anything that is ugly for the sake of being ugly. If you want a game that looks like this, it would have to be something new.

  • Mr. Nick

    “We” would love to play? Who is “we” exactly? These are pretty neat drawings, but I wouldn’t want to play an MK like this.

    • Destructonator101

      We as in kinsley and his plush toys. lol
      Nah, jk. At least we are updated by his articles, if not we’d need to rely n whatever article writers are left at wii u daily. He tries and thats what counts

  • AAAkabob

    And then all the sales will disappear lol

  • kreigen

    KINSLEY you failed us again

    • Zack Normandin

      I know, right? He stole one of my shitty examiner articles once.

  • NintendoNoob

    then comes the blue shell….

  • Mochlum

    Looks like what would happen if Tim Burton made a Mario movie and a Mario Kart game was released to promote it.

  • Destructonator101

    Who gives a crap.

  • Jamie Clabon

    It’s a good art style, but not for mario

  • Sami Rautio

    Muahahah :) if you watch this at dark room with volume up you get best Feeling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoLn3pk5Aik

    and the pictures look cool but not my taste of Mkart game art!

  • papermariodude101

    The Nintendo News Universe has gone silent. I NEED SMASH BROS ANSWERS! GAH!

  • Agent721

    I think its awesome. Id play this game in a heart beat.

  • Jamal Brown

    doesn’t really suit Mario

  • DemonRoach

    Would be nice. Nintendo needs to rid of those cartooony kart graphics…keep that garbage to the handhelds where it belongs.

  • poo

    Mario kart how I NEVER want to see it

  • Leo

    “adult” Mario Kart? Get a life!

  • Josiah Parsons

    MarioKart could use a new artstyle. Nintendo isn’t afraid to mess with Zelda, but why not MarioKart?

  • Kris

    I like this art direction, as long as the game play is the same I would be happy.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Read it again…

  • ICHI

    It was a joke, you and one other guy got angry before reaching the end :-)

  • Mario

    I’m with you dude!

  • Magnus Eriksson

    no, not really…

  • RockGod

    It seems a lot of people don’t make it to the end of your comments Magnus. You are kinda asking for some of this backlash you get, but I have a feeling you have fun throwing out the bait to see if anyone bites.
    I used to think you were a troll, but now I see you’re just messing with people. Plus you continue to get them… so I say kudos to you for being able to keep it up this long.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Thank you. But it isfunny though. There is so many examples like this where people tell Nintendo how much they need to change “old and dated” formulas. And that they need to change everything to be more bold and the like. How can you say this to a company that have been doing bold and brave things since it started. Not everything equally successful, but hey, it wouldnt be bold and brave if everything was. Look at the peripherals: Powerglove, R.O.B, Power mat to begin with. Keeping cartridge whenever everyone said CD “-We make games, not movies”. N64 controller, motion controller, the gamepad.