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Trying to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con

Not the best way to play

What is the Ring-Con if not a giant steering wheel? At least one person has thought that, which is why they decided to give Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a go with the Ring-Con. If you're looking to just play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with basic steering, the Ring-Con will work without a problem. When you try to drift or use items, you're pretty much screwed!

Amazon listing points to release for one of HORI's Mario Kart Racing Wheels for Switch releasing in NA/EU

Racing to NA/EU?

Late in September, HORI revealed a pair of Mario Kart steering wheels for Switch. They had the mini-version for kids seen above, and a standard-sized version as well.

Since that reveal, Amazon had added a listing for the mini-version here in the states Unfortunately, that listing seems to have disappeared. When it was live, it showed the mini wheel as launching on Nov. 12th, 2019 here in the states. A UK listing is still available, and it states launch is coming on Jan. 2nd, 2020.

We've done some searching, and we can't find any listings for the standard-sized wheel on Amazon. If one version is heading outside of Japan, it's likely the other will as well. We'll just have to wait for the listing to go live to confirm it.

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Nintendo the fourth most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for Sept. 2019

Racing into 4th

The TV commercial data for Sept. 2019 has come in, and Nintendo wound up coming in fourth place overall when it came to their promotional efforts. Check out full details on how things played out below.

- estimated outlay of $3.4 million on seven commercials that ran over 1,300 times
- 210.1 million TV ad impressions
- spot with the biggest airing budget (est. $1.1 million) was “How We Play: Mario Kart 8” for the Switch
- high levels of spend on networks including Nick, Cartoon Network, and Teen Nick
- appeared during programs such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and Teen Titans Go!.
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HORI releasing Mario Kart Racing Wheels for Switch

The ultimate way to race on Switch

HORI is releasing a pair of super-fancy racing wheel controllers for Switch. The company has revealed their Mario Kart Racing Wheel, which comes in standard and DX versions. Both setups will include a foot pedal, and will allow players to assign buttons to specific abilities. HORI is saying the standard wheel is best for kids, while the DX version is more geared towards adults. Both versions are set to launch in Japan in Nov. 19th, and the DX version comes with suction cups and clamps.

Nintendo announces Mario Kart North American Open for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament in North America. This in-game tournament kicks off Sept. 22nd, 2019, and can net you some Gold Points if you're good enough! You can join in on the tournament action with the code 2093-5045-4827, but make sure to read the official rules here.

Soccer player Antoine Griezmann bonds with his teammates over Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The team that plays together, stays together

Soccer player Antoine Griezmann is part of FC Barcelona, and he's had a bit of trouble gelling with his team. What better way to get to know everyone than with a bit of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Fellow teammate Ousmane Dembélé suggested Griezmann pick up a Switch and join the gang in their Barça Mario Kart 8 Deluxe group, of which Sergi Roberto, Carles Aleñá, Dembélé and Gerard Piqué are involved. Turns out it was a solid idea, as Greizmann is already feeling a bit more at home. Greizmann is know for his fondness of video games, and knowing other teammates share his passion only helps to connect them overall.

Nintendo releases "Switch My Way" commercials featuring Pokemon Sword/Shield,


Once again, Nintendo does something old and something new with their Switch My Way commercials. The new comes from Pokemon Sword and Shield, launching later this year. The old is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is still popping up in the weekly top 10 all over the world. It's a one-two punch that's sure to woo in a few more customers!

Nintendo releases "Switch My Way" commercials featuring Luigi's Mansion 3, Super Mario Party & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

What way will you Switch?


Nintendo is continuing their 'Switch My Way' campaign with some new commercials, but these feature the Switch Lite. Other than that, it's business as usual, as the commercials highlight some longtail-sellers, as well as up-and-coming titles.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe undergoes some changes for its Chinese release

Name changes, options removed, and more

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is seeing release for Switch in China, and we'll most likely get specific release details next week. What we have so far is a trailer showcasing the Chinese version, and it reveals a few changes from the game in other regions. Check out a rundown of the differences below.

- English Text for "New Record!" and "You Win!" in the current Chinese option have been changed to their Chinese counterparts
- online mode was changed from Internet to Online Multiplayer
- the "OK" button has been changed to Confirm
- Nintendo Labo setting is missing
- Online Multiplayer menu does not feature worldwide multiplayer: Only Regional, Friends & Rivals, and Tournament options
- Bowser Jr. is now "Bowser's Son"
- King Boo's name and the Boo item's name were altered from 嘘嘘鬼(王) to 害羞幽灵(王)

Watch Mike Tyson play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and learn about Street Fighter's Balrog

Tyson meets his video game doppleganger

ESPN recently had Mike Tyson at their studios to talk about his career in sports, and also have a bit of fun. In the video above, you can see Tyson play a bit of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and also learn about the existence of Balrog in Street Fighter II. It's a pretty surreal video overall, and apparently Tyson might even consider a lawsuit going forward!

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