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Mario Kart 8 trailer introduces some new faces

During the Nintendo Direct presentation today, Satoru Iwata introduced a new Mario Kart 8 trailer by saying it contained something we’d never expect and boy, was he right. Amid showing off the various new karts and tracks that are available, several familiar faces appeared. The Kooplings are making an appearance as playable characters within the game and all of them will be playable.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bowser’s bad kids, they originally made their apperance in the NES game Super Mario Bros. 3, where each Koopaling was the final boss of the castles on each map. This trend was followed in Super Mario World and since then, the Koopalings have been turning up to do misdeeds around Mushroom Kingdom. What do you think of the new addition? Who is your favorite Koopaling?

Mario Kart 8 will be launching on May 30.

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  • Nintenjoe82

    I hope every character has their own track.

  • Donaald

    Hopefully they’ll introduce voice chat in this game.

    • AkaLink77
      • Ducked

        Daniel Bryan?

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Could be anything. Off topic, I can’t stand WWE today. I miss the Attitude Era.

          • Ducked

            Tell me about it. I tried to Watch WWE a few weeks ago, but it’s so bad. They flip faces and heels with no meaning. And people who deserve to be pushed like Christian and Ziggler get buried. I hope the product rots.

          • DragonSilths

            #WeWantPunk

            BEST IN THE WORLD!

            The Shield is the best thing in WWE right now.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Didn’t he leave the company? Or was that just a ruse?

          • DragonSilths

            Yup he quit after the Royal Rumble was over.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I support him on that 100%. He deserves better.

          • DragonSilths

            Agree. HHH is driving WWE into the ground. Apparently Vince is trying to get Punk back…I hope he comes back though. He is the best WWE has right now. I like people like Rey Mysterio, Christian, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Jericho, and the Shield but WWE doesn’t use many people right.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Not to mention putting Cena in the championship picture constantly. That crap gets old.

          • Cena’s Smirk

          • Ducked

            And Randy Boreton

          • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

            Do you smell what Waluigi is cooking?

          • Shota

            rice!

    • Gardevoir Eliz

      Bayonetta 2 in full 60 fps goodness people. chaeck up in Platinum site here -> http://platinumgames.com/2014/02/14/bayonetta-2-coming-to-wii-u-in-2014

      • Donaald

        IDGAF

    • SP-937-215

      Voice chat? In a Nintendo game? No, because a child might get raped through the voice chat and then parents would buy Xbox One and PS4 instead of Ninten-rape games. Please understand that Mariokart 8 and Swapnote will not provide non-wearable child rape technology directly to you.

      • Donaald

        sony and microcock seem fine with all the twelve-year-olds swearing and ruining it for everyone else.

  • nintendope

    Hopefully… You know what.. after today’s nintendo direct.. I think I have lost hope..

    • Shota

      3ds had new titles, while wii u mk8 nes remix2 x and bayonetta.

    • Krzysztof

      I think I’d more enjoy Nintendo Direct like that one.

      • http://www.youtube.com/zyroxz2 ZyroXZ2

        Or this one?

        • Rinslowe

          I’ll support your cause…lol.

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Why? this Direct was dedicated mainly to spring titles. If you expected anything beyond that then you were expecting too much

      • greengecko007

        It could have something to do with the ridiculous number of gifs on the announcement article trying to create hype. They said exactly what they were going to talk about, but the fanboys tried to make it seem like Nintendo was going to show us a hand of four aces that nobody expected.

      • Ducked

        You have a point, but an announcement for a new game couldn’t hurt a dying console

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Wii U is just another Gamecube, or probably worse at this point.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            much much worse. At this point its more comparable to Virtual Boy.

          • classicgamer20

            well at leat mu wiiu isn’t going to give me seizures

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Oh no? Its giving me sizures all the time – of anger and rage.

        • nexxus6

          They just announced/hinted at a game last week (remember, it isn’t F-Zero or a Star Fox). My bad, I guess last week is too long ago to remain in the attention span of this Adderall fueled generation of “gamers”.

      • nexxus6

        I have no clue why people figured that there would be some kind of earth shattering announcement. To everyone who was disappointed, at least the Direct soothes the craving of your incessant need to constantly piss and moan about something.

    • ZeldaFanzzzz

      Your name…………

    • AkaLink77

      I honestly don’t blame you… this ND was okay and even though they focused on spring games (sorta) … they still need to seriously press PAUSE on the 3DS and press START on the WiiU.

      • Michael Hancock

        Yeah and PAUSE the GBA games in favor of STARTing the release of N64 and Gamecube games.

      • Nintenjoe82

        I suspected another humbling for Wii U at the hands of 3DS as soon as Iwata told investors that 3DS was going to be their profit driver for 2014.

        When the ND was first announced, my expectations for Wii U were; DKC info, MK8 trailer, Smash trailer and maybe some eshop games. They didn’t show anything surprising but the X gameplay and Bayo 2014 release date were good news

  • Shota

    that’s kinda weird…… all koopalings playable wow just wow

    • Skelterz

      i don’t think its a good thing unless there’s a bunch of other chracters.

      • Shota

        very true . if it’s only the koopalings then that’s a waste of space

        • Skelterz

          Amen.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          hm… positive side, – could open up for new franchises :)

  • Nookling

    If Birdo doesn’t make it and they did…. and I’m leaning towards Bowser Jr., Diddy and Dixie appearing. Also maybe Petey can return!

  • greengecko007

    These tracks look insanely fun, and the koopalings being playable is a great surprise. There’s no reason this game shouldn’t have a large driver roster and great selection of tracks.

    • Nintenjoe82

      There’s no reason this game couldn’t have every single track from Mario Kart history! I would love it to be included but would probably spend double if they did it as DLC packs for each game’s tracks. I know they favour balance over sheer content but I really hope Nintendo see the importance of Mario Kart for once and give us a comprehensive game (like they did with Brawl) and bring back the battle mode and not that horrible thing from MKW!

      • greengecko007

        I’d definitely be willing to throw down extra money for DLC tracks! At this point, my only real concern with the game is how good online will be. A good online setup with matchmaking lobbies would make this perfect.

        • Nintenjoe82

          I would like them to have Grand Prix online so you get 4 races with 12 players rather than waiting for ages for a bad race to fill up. I also think less people would drop out if they knew they would lose points.

          I am not sure if they’re actually doing it or if it’s coincidence but the matchmaking on Wii U Tennis seems pretty good. It very rarely puts me in a laggy game and normally get a good player to play. The early teething problems were horrific though.

  • Donald Estep

    All of them? Sounds like it could be a big waste of roster spots to me.

  • 16BITDAVE

    god I can’t wait for this!

  • http://www.youtube.com/zyroxz2 ZyroXZ2

    This game is going to kick SO much ass… By the time this game releases, PS4 should be ahead in worldwide consoles, and then *BAM*, Wii U snatches it back on May 30th! ^_^;

    • John Andalora

      I’m gonna say “no” to that, considering that Thief, Dying Light, inFamous: Second Son, Metal Gear Solid 5, Drive Club, Daylight Minecraft, and Final Fantasy XIV online are all going to be released before that time.
      Meanwhile, Wii U will have Donkey Kong, Mario Kart 8 and….
      Oh.

      • DragonSilths

        FF15 is shit. FF has been shit since FF8, and Square Enix has been shit for years.

        • Ace J

          hes said 4. not 15

          • DragonSilths

            Whoops my bad. But point still remains.

          • Ace J

            i would agree that 12, 13 (and the sequels) and 14 were not good in my opinion but FF15 does look amazing. considering it will have Kingdom Hearts style of gameplay. oh and they’ve been working on the damn game for about 8 years now lol

        • Skelterz

          9 was good.

        • John Andalora

          I kind of did mean 14. I just wrote it wrong.
          But, different strokes different folks.

        • classicgamer20

          Square Enix made Bravely Default and that was great.

          • DragonSilths

            Even a broken clock is right twice a day. So 1 good game out of every 10 is something I guess.

      • Ace J

        you mean FF 14 online right?? IV = 4

        • John Andalora

          Whoops.
          Thanks for letting me know!

      • Ace J

        oh and i heard that dying light has been pushed back to August. which i hope is not true.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Far as I know, it’s still scheduled to release on March 31st.

        • John Andalora

          Ugh, that better not happen! I’m getting really tired of delays.

    • Ace J

      not going to happen. lets not kid ourselves here.

  • AkaLink77

    666

    • Ducked

      Internet rage at it’s finest

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Your avatar pic fits with your comment so well. xD

  • blaster man

    Wow a bunch of 3rd string characters that no one will want to play.

    • Skelterz

      amen

    • SP-937-215

      I was expecting… I dunno… Kirby or Pikachu, maybe even some more Mario universe characters like Booster or Fawful. The Koopalings? Meh.

  • Ducked

    The most exciting game Nintendo has going for the Wii U right now.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      To be honest thats not strange. It would be compared to most Nintendo games. I can only think of a new Metroid being a game I want more. Yes Zelda too, but honestly I can wait some more for that. Wind Waker Kind of gave me my injection for a while.

      • Ducked

        It is disappointing that there isn’t any games out there that’s coming out on the Wii U made by Nintendo that will take the system’s power to the fullest besides Zelda. Which God knows how long that will take. I’d love to see a new Metroid, a open 3D world Donkey Kong game, a open world Mario game, a new Star Fox, F-Zero. Instead we have a somewhat 3D Mario game, a 2D Donkey Kong, 2D Mario, 2D Luigi, Pikmin, and a HD remaster of Wind Waker.

        Some great games I mentioned, but nothing to really wow us.

        • Diaz

          Pikmin 3 was beautiful and looked really great on the Wii U. They may not be made by Nintendo directly but Bayonetta 2 and X will surely show what the Wii U is made of.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          I agree 100%

      • Swampert Master

        What about the new smash bros.? That is my most anticipated Wii U game.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Smash Bros is very nice, but the effort they have put into MK8 is so far the most impressing thing on Wii U, including Smash.

    • Saul Rivera

      The most exciting game for the Wii U is X for me!

      • Ducked

        A lot of people will agree with you

  • blaster man

    Wow a bunch of 3rd string characters no one will want to play.

  • Rinslowe

    Awesome, awesome awesome!

  • Heaven on Earth

    To be fairly optimistic i think that this will be the best mario kart ever.Not to mention the benefits of playing for free online things will soon turn around for the better love my wii u back to netflix the gamepad makes life so much easier.

  • Andrew Gonzalez

    These map designs look amazing.

  • Heaven on Earth

    Snowed in netflix type of night will be online playing call of duty ghosts look me up on miiverse godandv.

  • Kyle

    I almost cry everytime I see Mario Kart trailers. It looks so amazing, I think 8 is going to be the best mario kart game ever made. Nintendo makes games, but they also make awesome masterpieces of art. They clearly do it for love and not just simply money.

    • Shota

      a true gamer has spoken!

    • Jonathan George Anaya

      I LOVE MK… I’d pay for DLC for sure. Maybe something like $10 for a new Retro cup. Hmmm….. Maybe 6 new Retro Cups as DLC in addition to the one already included with the purchase?

  • wober2

    Mariokart looks really good! I hope it sells consoles. I really think it would be good if nintendo spent more time talking about the game’s online capabilities. I think a lot of people do not think the wiiu is capable of much in online play…

  • readypembroke

    Bowser Jr. Please!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zero

    Blaster Man, I am going to have to disagree with you because I am “someone” and I can’t wait to see those little villains behind the wheel!!!! I am honestly soooo excited, this will be the best MK yet!! I hope they include Pac Man as well like they did with the MK Arcade machine!! Also, they announced Little Mac for SSB4!!!! I am in Nintendecstacy!!! 2014 is shaping up to be an awesome year for the little WiiU that could, chug ah chug ah chug ah wooooo hoooooo LOL- Hyrule Warriors, MK8, SSB4. DKTF, Shovel Knight, Nintendo Remix 2, possibly Mighty No.9, the new RPG by Monolith Soft, the list keeps on getting bigger and bigger-Gameboy Advance games for the virtual console in April-WOW, just WOW- I never doubted Nintendo for a second and it’s a true joy to see my faith in them so richly rewarded-Nintendo=BOSS

    As for all the other “haters” on this page, I swear-no matter how many good things nintendo cranks out you still find a way to get butt-hurt LOL- even if the WiiU started ejecting gold instead of a game disc when you hit the eject button some of you X-bone and Prey-station trollz would still try to find a fault with it hahahaha like, ummmm yeah it’s gooold buuut it takes waaaaay to long to eject hahahahaha face it, NIntendo may have been doing alot of stuff wrong when the WiiU released, but oh mylanta are they ever doing so many things right now- Welcome Little Mac and nintendo-you keep it up-dropping that hot stuff on us like Lakitu!! =^)

  • Rick van der Linde

    This reminds me of the old Mario cartoons :-)

    • Yoshi5081

      And the rock strong guy was a woman!

  • Josie the Sketcher

    Out of subject, sorry – how do I add moving gifs on here?

  • Skelterz

    They introduced 1 new face 7 times.

  • Enumerating Wishes

    Every time I see the game it keeps looking more beautiful. I’ve always enjoyed Mario Kart but this one looks like it’ll be the best.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    The one with the rainbow hair is my favorite, when they said something special what you would not expect, I thought tey referred to Link, Samus and other important N chars, but the Koopalings, wow what a surprise, good one too.

  • Edwin

    Anyone notice that most of the tracks in the video are older tracks from previous games? They look great. At first I thought they were new. Gonna get this for.sure.

  • Prizm

    eh, who cares. I guess it’s one way to save money: just program one type of personality, change the sprites to make it look like a bunch of different characters, and then change the pitch of the one voice that was recorded. Job done.

  • Cahone2

    This and SSB have probably been 100% finished for 6+ months. I’m sure Nintendo is delaying them until Wii U has larger market share AND just adding characters to pass the time.

    • blaster man

      Wii U isn’t getting a larger market share now that the holidays are over. You can expect 50k a month sell through like last year’s non-holiday sales. The truth is, these games haven’t been done. Nintendo is bad at HD – they said it themselves last year. Once these games come out and fail to sell 10 million consoles each, the WIi U will be discontinued.

  • Logan Wayman

    LET’S HAVE NABBIT, BABY!!!!!

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Goomba? Nabbit?