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Mario Kart 8 is here and Mario Kart TV app is now live!

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Haven’t picked up your copy of Mario Kart 8 yet? What are you waiting for? You can buy an individual copy on Amazon, or if you don’t have a Wii U yet and Mario Kart 8 was the game you’re waiting for, check out the bundle. If you’re not sold on the game yet, be sure to check out our Mario Kart 8 review, as well as our tips & tricks video that will help you get started in the game.

If you’re not able to play Mario Kart just yet, don’t worry, Nintendo has you covered. They just released their Mario Kart TV app, which lets you login using your Nintendo Network ID and check out all the racing action that’s going on all over the world. You can view your own clips, view your friends clips, or view random clips that have been uploaded around the world.

The app gives a brief highlight reel of clips that have been uploaded over the last five minutes and if you want to watch one, it will take you to the YouTube page where the clip was uploaded. The YouTube integration for the game seems to be working swimmingly which is nice to see, during the review period I was unable to test it as Nintendo asked that we not upload videos using Mario Kart TV.

If you’re looking for a group of excited karters to race with tonight, be sure and check out the Wii U Forums! Also, don’t be shy in hitting me up on Miiverse if you want to race! My NNID is overlordror.

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  • Lusunup

    What ever happened to the contest Ashley? Just curious so I can know were the next sean lives.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      I’m waiting on Rob to pick the winner. He has access to the widget we use and he’s been mega busy this week.

      • bizzy gie

        Where can the app be downloaded?

        • Miguel Angel Barrueta Hernánde

          Its a website
          mariokart.tv

          • bizzy gie

            Then that’s not an app. It’s a website.

          • peeer

            Its a small app ON a website, slight difference. Kinda like a gadget for Windows Vista or so.

          • iamserious

            Who ever said it was an app?

          • bizzy gie

            The article.

          • iamserious

            Oh ok I c.

      • Lusunup

        Alright guess we should wait on. Thanks for the info I was getting a little bit fluttered and thought you guys stopped the contest.

      • bistricky

        Great contest Ashley. Just did some online shopping on Amazon and noticed that Mario Kart 8 is #1 or #2 on almost all Amazon websites (including Japan) ….. and the Wii U is in the #20 range (but that is tops of all consoles, even better then PS4). To me this is really a big surprise. I knew Mario Kart 8 would do good but Amazon could be a indicator that it is doing far better then expected (especially with Watch Dogs being released during the same week). Do you think the early sales of the Mario Kart 8 is stronger then you expected?

  • Mr Ninty

    been playing the game for 20hours straight now. i love it some mush, only the internet connection some times failes during matches or cant find anyone

    • lonewolf

      Failing of the network could be because of your not so good connection (if it is)

    • uPadWatcher

      My advice to you is to buy an official Nintendo Wii LAN adapter for your Wii U.

  • palomino blue

    Picked up my copy this morning. For those of you in the US who haven’t, Toys R Us is doing a deal where you get 40% of another game if you buy Kart today or tomorrow. I scored Tropical Freeze for 30 bucks.

    • matthew garcia

      Got it this morning also. Called in sick to work so me and my little sister could play all day

    • lonewolf

      So you scored three games for the prize of one game?

      • Fred

        No $60 for Mario Kart, $30 for DK Tropical Freeze and then the last game free so 3 games for $90!!!

        • lonewolf

          Well its better than one game for $60.

          • Fred

            Yes, it’s a great deal. I wish there was a toys r us here where I live. I just downloaded it last night

      • palomino blue

        Close. It was full price for Kart, $30 for DK, and then a free game. SO 3 for the price of 1.5. Not too shabby.

    • Fred

      AWESOME DEAL THANKS!!!

    • RyuNoHadouken

      patiently awaiting my FedEx delivery today….probably be here by 4, Central time(Dallas)

    • fireheartis1

      Sweet enjoy that amazing game man. Tropical Freeze is one of the best Donkey Kong Country’s since the original release.

  • bizzy gie

    I won’t be getting it until next week. Can’t wait to play though.

  • Alex

    hey guys,
    I’m thinking about buying this game but i don’t have a company to play multiplayer with me.
    is single player in this game ok?

    • Mr Ninty

      singleplayer is always awesome. if you dont have company you can always add people on miiverse for an online match

    • T93jay

      I’m the same at the minute, so just playing through the single player, which is awesome. I have been away from mario kart since the snes though so perhaps I’m more excited due to nostalgia?!?

      • Alex

        i’ve never played MK series. the last game i played that somehow resembled MK was Looney Tunes Space Race on my dreamcast 10+ years ago lol

        • T93jay

          I’ve found that the single player online can take a minute or so to match make but once your in, it’s a pretty solid online experience.

  • mikeybruises

    Downloaded at midnight. I like it. Its beautiful but I like raw race feel of Mario Kart Wii better. I hate those stupid-looking helmets on the Miis. I wish we could lose them because it hides characteristics of the Miis you create.

  • Curtis Hofer

    Mine is scheduled to arrive on June 5!!!

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      mine too, …. amazon…

      and… i have to wait the shipping from Miami to my country.

      • Curtis Hofer

        I guess, that’s what we get for ordering online

        • Zach Cruz

          I ordered through amazon as well, I’m getting mine today its already out for delivery… If this happens a lot to you guys you can simply complain about the purchase and they will make it one day shipping for you, which it looks like since you dont get it on release day it may help you out.

    • Lusunup

      So is mine.. but mine is still ‘being prepared to ship” so they say but that usually takes them two or three days… Guess I should’ve went to gamestop to preorder now all my friends are playing it…. :(

  • WarioForever

    Hmm, 60 bucks is too much… gonna wait little more

    • Kenshin0011

      If you’re wanting for the price to go down it’s going to be a LONG time

      • WarioForever

        that’s true

    • Kyle

      you get a free game if you register it on club nitendo, so 60 is fair price

      • WarioForever

        wait, I thought you only get a free game when you buy Mario Kart 8 bundled with a console? SO REALLY? I GET A FREE GAME!?

        • WarioForever

          OK, thanks. I’M GETTING IT REALLY, REAAALY SOON.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            2 things more, 1. you just have till July 31
            2. Mario Kart wont have a low price all this year.

            edit:
            @Kenshin0011 told you the same

          • Kyle

            I think Im gona choose pikmin 3 cause I still dont have it lol

    • nin-10-doughfan

      do what you need to do!

      • WarioForever

        and that is to buy mario kart 8 right now! (2 weeks later to be exact)

  • Dimitri Soto

    Just wanted to share my good fortune. I bought Mario Kart 8 on the eshop and got Pikmin 3 for free. With the club Nintendo coins I got Super Metroid free and because I downloaded all these games I got 10 dollars in eshop credit which I used to buy The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. All of this for only 60 bucks. Nintendo is the best gaming company and Mario Kart 8 is the best Mario Kart ever.

    • Fred

      I downloaded last night too. I used $2.99 of the eShop credit for Swords and Soldiers so I still have credit left. I haven’t yet decided if I want Pikmin 3 or Party U (I already own Mario U and Wind Waker)

      • palomino blue

        I’m in the same position. Only my main hesitation is that I’m still stuck enough in the past that I like physical copies of certain games. I think I’d rather buy Pikmin physically and download Party U for free. But I dunno.

        • Fred

          I’m opposite, I own the Party U disc, and I’m considering getting that because I want it digitally and I guess I’d sell the disc. I’d like to eventually get all my games digitally. Party U and Nintendo Land are killing me so this chance to get Party U digitally is hard to pass up even though I don’t own Pikmin 3 still and I’d like to get it

          • Zakariyya Al-Quran

            go for pikmin fo sho. ITS 930472835698740382x better than party U. unless u want ANOTHER party game since u already have nintendo land and u already have the disc (trust me disc are way better) get pikmin. It has multiplayer and DLC so ull never get bored. Its one of the best wii u games. trust me pikmin all the way

      • Dimitri Soto

        I got Wind Waker free in the bundle with the wii u. So that’s why I got pikmin 3 and I am loving it so far.

    • Pilu Skifte Grønvold

      Do we need to buy it through eShop in order to get the 1 free game?

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        No, you just have to register the code that comes in the box on Club Nintendo

        • Pilu Skifte Grønvold

          Cool!!

          • Dimitri Soto

            but if you do it through the eshop you can get points on the deluxe digital promotion and you’ll get a total of 10 dollars added to your eshop account

          • WT Herrod Jr.

            True that, I have almost enough DD Promo credits to get Super Mario World 3D for free :)

          • Tecpedz94

            Hun? How is it 10$?? The game is 59.99 therefore you get 599 points for every 500 points you get 5$ so isn’t its just 5$? Am i wrong??

          • greengecko007

            That’s true, but you also get credit for buying the free game, and he chose Pikmin 3, which is also priced at $59.99, so he got an additional $5 for the Eshop.

            The way the free game works is Nintendo gives you a download code for the game you choose, just like you would get if you actually bought the game. So you get even more money back.

          • Tecpedz94

            Oh ya its true i forgot you get points for downloadable games. I got points when using club nintendo coins to get a game which is for purchase on the eshop :p

    • WT Herrod Jr.

      I think I’ll also be in for a copy of Pikmin 3

      • Zakariyya Al-Quran

        I already have pikmin and bought the Nintendo land 32 gb Wii U so i’m getting Windwaker

        • WT Herrod Jr.

          Windwaker HD is awesome, I picked up the WWHD bundle last September on release day. I’ve never played any Pikmin (except the mini-games on Nintendo Land) so I was unsure, but for free… yeah I’ll give it a spin.

          • Zakariyya Al-Quran

            Pikmin 3 was definitely worth my 60 bucks. i got it for 30 on sale at release and i think the only reason it didn’t sell was lack of ads. It was an amazing game and im hoping for pikmin 4. Totally recommend pikmin 3 to all

        • Josiah Parsons

          Same here. Also, since I have Nintendoland, I don’t need another party game.

      • DC777

        Finally was able to get my Pikmin 3 code but it took a while. Both have made for a fun weekend.

    • Tecpedz94

      Club Nintendo is down how did you manage to get your Pikmin. ive been trying to log into club Ninetndo since yesterday but it keeps telling me its down fr maintenance….. Ugh wtvr ill be patient my pikmin can wait.

    • greengecko007

      Mario Kart 8 actually gave me enough points for 2 Eshop codes (I guess I was really close to my next one) and then because of Wind Waker HD, I ended up with 3 codes for a total of $15! I think I’ll wait a while and see if Nintendo has any plans for Mario Kart 8 paid DLC. If not, Child of Light looks great.

    • MetroidZero

      Downloaded MK8. Signed up for Club Nintendo so I could get Pikmin 3….still waiting for the _ing confirmation email from Nintendo. It’s been 48 hours, and I chose to resend the email multiple times. WTF Nintendo?!

  • Chase U

    Should be getting my copy in the mail sometime very soon! Thanks to Amazon’s preorder option to have it arrive on release day and it didn’t even cost me anything. Can’t wait for my friends to get here so we can play it all day and night.

    • iamserious

      You’re getting the game for free? :-P

  • Brian

    Amazon has mine ready to deliver today!!! pre-ordered it in Feb!!

  • Clel

    Nintendo’s offering an awesome deal with Club Nintendo, I just got an awesome e-mail from them! Here’s a screenshot of the especially interesting section:

  • andrew

    pre-ordered it from nintendo and it didnt arrive today im pretty annoyed tbh

  • JB

    Downloaded last night. I already had high expectations but some how Nintendo shattered even that! On top of that, I expected the download to take a couple hours but I was up and running in about 40-45 mins. Though maybe that has something to do with Google Fiber… :-)

  • Ducked

    You all play Mario Kart 8. But I’m playing something much better than Mario Kart 8!

    • WarioForever

      what?

      • Ducked

        Luv Me Buddies Wonderland!

  • cool1706

    ,playing it right now…. Awesome!!l

  • Petri

    Uh, only game from the special offer that I do not have, is mario and sonic at sochi,
    and I dont really want it.

    • Justin Carlson

      Sell your game code.

      • Petri

        Then I should have chosen something better, oh well…
        Snowboarding looked like it could be fun, and maybe I can play it with my family.

  • David

    Woo hoo! I have mariokart 8!!!!!!
    Win/loose it don’t matter cause I’m going to have a blast!!!!

  • Guest

    Woo!

    • CobaltPlays

      Wait. Either some random person stole my photo (because I made a comment with that photo before but deleted it, then reuploaded it.) Or it posted it as a guest. I’m confused.

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        You wouldn’t be the first person this week with a double post as a guest… it’s some sort of glitch

      • greengecko007

        When you delete comments they don’t actually go away, they just appear to be posted by guest users.

  • CobaltPlays

    Woo! :D

  • Petri

    Decided to test uploading, to miiverse it was easy and painless.
    Youtube its saying 10 minutes to upload…

  • Jon

    it’s been live for a bit now… why did this take so long to get on here?

  • anthony optimo

    Picked this up at best buy this morning here in Los Angeles, and saw others picking this game up, and when I was leaving I saw these people walking out with a Mario Kart bundle, I couldn’t resist and told them “See you on the race track”.

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    Got my mk8 copy along with the poster. I didn’t like the poster so I just gave it away. i was expecting the poster would look like the front cover atleast but it was the ugliest poster. Whoever made that free poster has no taste at all. It’s really that bad.

    • MARIO’SMOUSTACH

      This is the one I got:

  • WT Herrod Jr.

    Picked up my GameStop preorder today over lunch but they were out of posters or something… so they hooked me up with a merchandising POP insert! Had a hard time getting it into the backseat of my Civic Coupe (it was raining, didn’t take the time to fold the seat forward). Sweeeeeeet

    https://scontent-b-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10372072_10201092273148932_6606783595265815915_n.jpg

    • MetroidZero

      Sucks that I downloaded the game first instead of creating a Club Nintendo account. I heard if I contact Nintendo, they will fix it for me. Just have to get through the “try again/we know we have problems” automated message.

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        After a weekend of trying I finally managed to register my copy and start a download of Pikmin 3. Even then I got multiple errors and even had to log back in 2 or 3 times. Check out the Deluxe Digital Promotion too, you should get $5 for eShop purchases with your free game download. You might even get credit for previous downloads: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/latam/en/systems/wiiu/features_ddp.jsp

        • MetroidZero

          Got the problem fixed. Downloading Pikmin 3.

  • InterTreble

    This is the first and only real next gen published so far. Or better, the second one. The first was Super Mario 3D World. Absolutely impressive for graphics, entertainment, colors, fantasy, innovation, everything! Sorry, I must go: Yoshi’s waiting for me on its motorbike! :P Ah, before going: dedicated to trolls, haters, idiots and people who pass their entire life spamming all the day here, insulting and telling bullshit about Nintendo and his users: you won’t enjoy THIS! :D Who is the silly one? :)))

  • Pokémon Fan

    I don’t have a Wii U. :-(

  • Michael Rowlands

    who gives a fuck about fucking Mario games on the wii u….look Mario IS NOT GOING TO SAVE THE WII U..Nintendo you need a good fps all a good horror game…fuck Mario and get your head out your ass you Nintendo fanboys you are killing the wii u

    • Spaniard0069

      You’re an idiot.

    • C4

      Every console needs at least one great racing game if you ask me.

    • Adrian

      Why are you on this site? Haha.

  • FlashFan207

    Mario Kart 8 is an absolutely AWESOME game!! Everything I’ve ever wanted in a video game. But is that so surprising coming from Nintendo? The Mario Kart TV app is a good companion app, but is there a way to search for specific Nintendo ID’s videos? I’d like to find my friends’ postings, but can’t figure out how to find a specific person. What am I missing?

    • Brandon

      Everything you’ve ever wanted in a video game. You mean kart racing game, there is more to video games then racing karts.

      • FlashFan207

        Word? Fun, easy to jump in and start playing, amazing graphics, simple multiplayer split-screen gaming, fun, some of the best characters in existence, mouth wide open moments, blazing eyes peeled action… Ummm, no that’s pretty much everything I look for in a video game from my own personal standpoint. I chose the Wii U as it is the system with the highest concentration of the above criteria, the most important of which in my own personal opinion is the multiplayer split-screen aspects. A lost art form in modern gaming. Just sayin.’

        • Brandon

          Wasnt trying to sound rude if you thought, but thanks for clearing up what you like in games. When you said mario kart was everything you ever wanted, I thought you were talking about gameplay.

          • FlashFan207

            Yeah, no worries. Sorry for my rant, I just LOVE this game! It’s amazing how many people are already playing online and using MKTV. Pretty cool.

          • Brandon

            I plan on getting a wii u this summer, and getting this game with it and the other exclusives also.

    • fireheartis1

      Dude I love your profile picture. I’m a huge Flash fan as well. Who’s your favorite Flash? Mine is Barry Alan. I guess I like him most because I grew up in the 80’s reading Barry Alan’s story.

      • FlashFan207

        I actually grew up following Wally West throughout the 90’s and was absolutely devastated when he did not make it to the New 52. I always thought it was great watching Wally going through all of his personal rites of passage he put upon himself trying to live up to Barry’s legacy and much of his character maturation progressed alongside much of what was going on in my own life. My first comic I remember ever reading was New Flash #1 that my mom bought me when I was a kid. That was the first issue of Wally’s series. My profile pic is the cover of Flash #207 done by Michael Turner before he sadly passed away and it’s probably my favorite art of Wally. Anyway, cheers! Always great to meet a fellow Flash fan!!!!!

  • Brandon

    I didnt get mario kart(because I do have a wii u yet), but Im downloading watch dogs right now. Cant wait to play it, and will see some of you when I get my wii u with mario kart 8.

    • Shaise

      Are you playing watch dogs on PS4 Masha’Allah.

      • Brandon

        Yeah :)

  • fireheartis1

    You know what sucks? I have to wait to play Mario Kart 8 because of work. I got my copy, but I can’t play it until Sunday. Man the anticipation is going to be really stressful this next two days.

    • hahahero

      I was kinda in the same boat. Couldn’t play till tonight. I assure you the wait is totally worth it. Such a beautiful, competitive, absolutely fun game to play with friends and others online.

      • fireheartis1

        Sweet man I’m looking forward to playing it. The first play through will be with my wife and boys. I’m going to stay up all day and not even go to sleep until about 11:00pm tomorrow. It’s going to be a blast.

  • iamserious

    Is anyone else hating the gameplay for MK 8?? Those little front buttons really hurt my thumb after playing for just an hour’s time. Also, why the heck is there no options menu!?! Can’t change button layout for controllers at all! What’s that about? This is really ruining my MK 8 experience :-/

    • C4

      1) No, doesn’t seem like it. Which controller and character / vehicle do you use? I did stick to Mario and Standard Kart so far, only tried others for fun, it feels like a good default until I get more used to the physics and the new tracks :)

      2) Agreed. Some options would be nice.

      • iamserious

        I played it more over the weekend and have discovered that the wiimote and nunchuk is way better to use than the gamepad. I’m liking the game much more now but would really like some options for controls either way. Also found out how to see stats for player/kart combinations.

  • Adrian

    Anyone else have huge hassle getting the free game from club Nintendo? Server is overloaded!

    • hahahero

      Yeah, I’ve been going through this problem all day. But, you know what, I ain’t even mad. I’m happy to see the wii u getting so much activity. Hopefully Nintendo can ride this momentum and start selling more consoles.

      • great deku tree

        yesterday was the first time I have EVER seen anyone besides myself buying a wii u game at GAME…..at least it was MK8 and they’ll be getting a free game with it. I think it might just be my region though because apparently MK8 is one of the best selling games at GAME over the UK. I hope it does help boost sales significantly but I have a feeling that it’ll lose momentum fast….

        • hahahero

          OMG, I just realized. My girlfriend and I are the only people I’ve ever notice at Best Buy or Gamestop browsing games in the Wii U section, let alone buying one. This is in one of the largest cities in the U.S.

    • great deku tree

      I’ve been waiting until today so that there’ll be less people getting it…..also can’t really make up my mind on which game to get with it although I’ll probably get MH3U with it

  • Earthworm Jim

    If a doctor were to observe me while I play Mario Kart 8, he would surely diagnose me as bipolar…

  • makkan

    im still waiting for my game they couldn’t send it until yesterday so i will probably get it on monday or tuesday

  • makkan

    what game is better on your opinion wind waker or sonic lost worlds

    • great deku tree

      well if you’ve already played or already have wind waker for the gamecube then I’d say pick up sonic lost world just for the sake of having a new game since WW is a remake. other than that I’d suggest you get wind waker.

  • Dark Lord Sauron

    is anyone else having trouble registering mario kart 8 for free wii u game cause it seems club nintendo is down due to high traffic of gamers

    • Shootdatrupee!…

      I’m not doing it yet because people are saying this. Just wait a bit, the promotion goes for another <2 months.
      You'd think Nintendo learned from the release of Pokemon Bank/Free Celebi.

  • Guest

    How do i register the PIN on the Eshop?

    • Justin Gray

      you don’t. it does it automatically for you.

  • wiiu4life

    I’m working from home and am tempted to go and play the game. Ok so here is my question Windwaker or Pikmin?

    • Brandon

      Windwaker

  • Shootdatrupee!…

    App? What app? Where?

  • Blaze247

    Hey, there! Me and my brothers got Mario Kart 8 on the day it was released! (That has never happened to us before!). We traded in Super Mario 3D World… :-( BUT it was WORTH IT!!! I didn’t know that you could get one of the four listed games as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
    Only one word describes my reaction: BONUS!!!!

  • JM

    why did they mess with battle??? The new Battle is boring!!! I want the old battle back

  • Javier Uribe

    I still don’t know which game to get though since I was able to get mario kart 8 for free from nintendo. Can anyone give any suggestions on which free game I should get?

  • anthony optimo

    I don’t what the issue is with battle mode? Yoshi’s level is by far the funnest.

  • Jamie Blunt

    We downloaded our copy and have a big problem. Anyone else having the problem we are with the system freezing up at the finish line of the flower cup third race (can’t recall the third race name on flower cup)? 50cc, and doesn’t matter if playing multiplayer or single player GP. It freezes and requires WiiU hard restart. We’ll never be able to unlock any more levels since we can’t get past this glitch… Lame… Any recommendations? Maybe delete the game and download again?