Mario Kart 8 Finally Gets A Release Date and New Characters

One of Nintendo’s flagship and best-selling titles is none other than the chaotic, colorful, friendship-ruining Mario Kart series. Naturally, there would be a new title arriving on Nintendo’s latest console, but, strangely, they’ve been fairly silent about the upcoming entry. Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is definitely one of the most anticipated games of the system and of all of 2014, and it’s about time we get a release date and some new information to get the world properly hyped.

First off, today’s Nintendo Direct presentation showed a handful of new characters joining the Mario Kart 8 roster: the Koopalings. All seven of them. Throughout the Super Mario franchise, Bowser’s minions have terrorized Mario and friends with their taunting and horribly tacky hair, or lack thereof, and it’s time they take it to the track. Regardless, they all have tons of personality and are sure to make some excellent new characters to infuriate you when you’re shot with a dreaded red shell only to see a fashion disaster speeding past you.

Mario Kart 8 will be arriving on May 30th, 2014, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U. We’ll be sure to let you know when more information and characters arrive. All aboard the hype train, or cart (kart?), or motorcycle, or stroller, or boat, whatever.

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