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Cold Stone Creamery to offer Mario-themed treats from Aug. 28th to Oct. 15th, 2019

Make sure to leave room for dessert!

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that you enjoy ice cream from time to time. I know that I do! Now you can mix your love of ice cream and Nintendo with a special collaboration between Nintendo and Cold Stone Creamery.

From Aug. 28th to Oct. 15th, 2019, Cold Stone Creamery will have two different treats for fans to check out. First up is the 'Rainbow Sprinkle Road,' which is yellow cake with sweet cream ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, and blue frosting. There will also be 'Mario and Luigi's Masterpiece,' which is sweet cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, blue frosting, and fudge.

Cold Stone Creamery will also be given out Nintendo scratch cards with their purchase, which will give out a random number of My Nintendo Platinum Points.

New world record set for Mario Kart 7's Daisy Cruiser track

Crusin' to victory

Austrian speedrunner Thomas S. has just set a new world record in Mario Kart 7. He's managed to clear the Daisy Cruiser track in just 54.877 seconds, all thanks to a recently-discovered glitch that makes it possible to skip the majority of each lap. With this new glitch in the running, the world record scene for Daisy Cruiser is likely to get much more competitive!

Combined sales of Mario Kart 8 + 8 Deluxe sit at 26 million, making it the second best-selling Mario Kart game of all-time

Will it overtake Mario Kart Wii?

Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's combined sales, as of Nintendo's most recent financial report, now sits at 26.33 million units sold. That makes it the second best-selling Mario Kart game in the entire franchise's lineup. The only title sitting higher is Mario Kart Wii at 37 million. Check out the full rundown of titles below.

1. Mario Kart Wii: 37.20
2. Mario Kart 8: 26.33
3. Mario Kart DS: 23.60
4. Mario Kart 7: 18.38
5. Mario Kart 64: 9.87
6. Super Mario Kart: 8.76
7. Mario Kart Double Dash: 6.96
8. Mario Kart Super Circuit: 5.91

The New Orleans Saints put together a real-life 'Mario Kart' challenge

Game time

Football may not be in season right now, but that doesn't mean there's no action. The New Orleans Saints are already out there training, and they've kicked things off with their version of a Mario Kart challenge for their quarterbacks. A great homage, and definitely not as dangerous as driving and throwing items at your opponents!

Thanks to Bond007 for the heads up!

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)

Survey shows gaming's positive impact on romantic relationships, Mario Kart singled out as a key facilitator

I bet Mario Party has ruined a few relationships

Who would’ve thought that wishing your partner ill will on a colorful road would bring you closer together? Or that getting a vantage point on your partner to take them out would make your relationship stronger? This is all metaphorical of course, but it turns out video games like Mario Kart and Call of Duty can be catalysts to building relationships.

We surveyed more than 1000 people and asked tough gaming and relationship questions to see if PC and console gaming has had a positive or negative influence on their romantic relationships. The landscape of online dating has shifted from dating apps to Xbox Live. So go AFK and check out some key findings from our research.

There is joy—and romance—in competition. Overall, nearly 1 in 3 18-24 year old respondents reported gaming having a positive impact on their romantic relationships. Also in the 18-24 age range, over half the people who said they played video games themselves said their gaming life has had a positive influence on their romantic relationships. So keep throwing those banana peels on the road—someone will eventually fall for you.

Based on our survey, Mario Kart has most positively affected relationships. Weird but true: the game where you toss shells and banana peels to make your opponents crash is the game most people report having a positive influence on their relationships. Call of Duty, a first-person shooter, and Skyrim, an open world, role-playing game, round out the top three.

Bonus Level: Interesting Findings

Females who responded to our survey play more on PC than console, while the results were flipped for male respondents.
More than 9% of respondents said they had experienced both positive and negative influences in their romantic relationships as a result of gaming. Talk about dual-wielding!

Nearly 52% of 18-24-year old gamers say video games have had a positive influence on their relationships. This favorable view trends downward as respondents get older; not even 10% of the 55+ had the same positive view. According to Dr. James Gaskin, video game developer and professor at Brigham Young University, “Romantic partners from the millennial generation grew up with video games as a large part of their lives. Therefore, gaming is simply more natural and accepted. Whereas with older generations, a partner who played video games was perceived as juvenile and irresponsible.”

Of the 1000 respondents, only 42 said gaming led to a breakup. So even if you’re arguing about gaming in your relationship today, never fear—there‘s still a 96% chance you’ll make it to the next level.

Gaming can be therapeutic for couples. Ryan M. Earl, senior associate therapist at the Chicago Center for Relationship Counseling, says, “Video games can help people work together for a common goal, share challenges, compete, joint problem-solve, and more. Video games, like anything else, can be a shared activity, and shared activities can foster intimacy between people.”

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Three new Mario Kart Wii shortcuts discovered in the course of 24 hours

Time to fire up the Wii

While you and I may have moved on from Mario Kart Wii, there are still speedrunners out there who plug away at the game every day. Believe it or not, all these years later, there's still glitches and bugs to be found. In the video above, you can see that three different course glitch shortcuts were discovered in the course of just 24 hours. The speedrunning scene has now been turned on its head with these finds!

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!

Nintendo explains why they took issue with what the MariCAR go-kart company was doing

Safety first

Coming from Nintendo's 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders...

Nintendo submits four copyright contracts for Switch games in China

Plans for China move ahead

Slowly but surely, Nintendo is looking to bring the Switch out in China. Those efforts continue today, with four copyright contracts related to the platform. Nintendo is looking to secure copyrights for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in the region. Hopefully they get approved, and the movement towards an official launch can continue on.

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