Mario Kart Racing Wheels Announced

HORI have announced officially licensed Mario Kart wheels with both a Mario Kart Racing Wheel for Nintendo Switch (pictured above) and a Mario Kart Racing Wheel DX for Nintendo Switch (pictured below) for release in Japan this November. Pre-order here and here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Maintenance

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online servers are currently undergoing maintenance until 16:30 JST on 18 September (00:30 PT). I’ll update this post once maintenance has finished and if any changes have taken place.

Edit: maintenance is now complete. There are no new in-game notifications.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Has Sold 17.89m

Nintendo have announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 17.89 million copies worldwide as of 30 June 2019 and is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game. This does not include the Wii U original. The game originally launched on 28 April 2017 and had sold 16.69 million copies as of the last financial quarter.

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Kinopio-kun Celebrates Food Week!

This week’s update to the official Nintendo LINE account sees mascot Kinopio-kun look at food from various Nintendo Switch games including Kirby Star Allies, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trials Event

A Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trails event will take place at the Nintendo Check-In at Kansai International Airport this weekend to commemorate the release of Yoshi’s Crafted World. The playable course will be Yoshi Circuit, originally from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! In addition, My Nintendo Store goods will be sold at the airport over the weekend.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sells 2 million

Famitsu numbers for the last week of 2018 in Japan have the packaged version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling a further 45,752 units sold to surpass the 2 million mark (2,030,297). Mario & Luigi RPG3 DX (Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey) had a disappointing opening week, only selling 9,178 units. Check out the full Nintendo software and hardware charts at this page.

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