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Hot Wheels 'Metal Mario' on the way

Hot Wheels leading the way!

Mattel has announced that Metal Mario is joining their Hot Wheels lineup. Metal Mario's design is based on his appearance in Mario Kart 8, featuring a metallic kart and paraglider to match. Metal Mario will be available online for $20 starting June 17th, 2019 on Mattel's website. The toy will also be available at San Diego Comic-Con on July 17th, 2019.

Mario Kart Wii sold five times the units Mario Kart 8 did during the last fiscal year

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the new hotness, bringing racing fun to Switch players the world over. With that said, it doesn't mean previous Mario Kart installments are dead. From Nintendo's most recent financial briefing, we know that both Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, and Mario Kart Wii are moving units.

Believe it or not, Mario Kart Wii sold five times more than Mario Kart 8 did in the last fiscal year. Mario Kart Wii went from 37.10 million in March 2018 to 37.20 million in March 2019. Mario Kart 8 went from 8.42 million to 8.44 million. That means Mario Kart 8 sold 20k throughout the year, while Mario Kart Wii sold 100k. Mario Kart Wii moving 100k after this many years shows why Nintendo loves their long-tail sellers!

Just to be 100% clear, this is only about Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, and does not include any sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch.

Doctor decorates his ceiling with a Mario Kart display





A doctor at the Taipei Heart Clinic in Taipei, Taiwan has put up a really interesting display on his ceiling. I guess when patients spend a lot of time laying down, you might as well put something on the ceiling for them to look at! Apparently this doctor is a fan of Mario Kart, as he's got a whole track hanging about patients' heads! Since this track is upside-down, I guess that makes this a Mario Kart 8 track!

NBA and MLB meet when Steph Curry and Hunter Pence square off in Mario Kart 8

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San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence and Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry are never going to meet for competition in the sports world, as they both play different sports! Turns out they found a way to do battle though, and Mario Kart 8 was the facilitator. Check out all the heated moments of their competition above!

Mario Kart 8 seeing online maintenance today


This maintenance only pertains to Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Looks like Deluxe players can continue on today without worrying about service interruptions.

Olimar added to Mario Kart 8 through fan-mod

Man, that's a pretty nice job on that mod. I love seeing the Pikmin franchise get more attention, even if its only a fan doing so. Perhaps one day Pikmin will have a really breakout title. It happened to Fire Emblem after quite a long time. It could certainly happen to Pikmin one day!

Random Time! - Modder adds Sonic to Mario Kart 8

Perhaps one day Sonic will officially make his debut in Mario Kart, but for now, the blue blur's inclusion has come via a modder. Looks like they've done a pretty good job with things! I bet SEGA approves!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe/Switch - Japanese software/hardware sales analysis

Media Create

- sold 285,000 copies up through April 30th

- down slightly from the original game on Wii U, released May 2014 at 326,000 copies first week

- Switch sales have surpassed Wii U's 9-week total, with Switch at 777k, and Wii U at 758k in the same time

Dengeki

- 355,000 copies in its first week

- sold through 70 percent of its initial shipment

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