Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle seeing release in Australia/New Zealand as well

Bundle up down under

Nintendo has confirmed that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle that was previously announced for North America is also going to see release in Australia and New Zealand. This bundle is set to launch on Nov. 27th, 2020, and it includes a Switch, a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a coupon for 3 free months of Switch Online.

Nintendo the second most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for Oct. 16th to Nov. 15th, 2020

Racing into second

The latest TV advertising numbers are in, and Nintendo managed to snag second place this time around. See the other stats for their commercial spend from Oct. 15th to Nov. 16th, 2020 below.

- 323.6 million TV ad impressions
- 29 commercials aired over 1,800 times
- “Imagination,” promoting Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, was its most-seen spot (125.5 million impressions)
- top shows included SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and Big City Greens
- top networks delivering impressions included Nick, Disney Channel, and Nick Toons

3D printer manufacturer creates a custom Rainbow Road track for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Going the extra mile

3D printer manufacturer BCN3D has become a little obsessed with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit recently. As the game allows for custom track design, the gang at BCN3D thought it would be a great idea to make their own track. That's why they set out to make their very own version of Rainbow Road, which uses over 4,400 custom 3D-printed pieces! Judging by the video, I'd say all the hard work was worth it!

Mario Kart Tour - content update for Nov. 20th, 2020

[Log-in Bonus] The results for the Sunset Tour All-Cup Ranking are now available. If you placed in the Top 10, Top 100, or Top 1000, you can now get a special badge as Log-in Bonus (available until December 20th)

Team up for victory in the Mario vs. Luigi Tour in Mario Kart Tour

Bro for it!

The Mario Kart Tour "Mario Vs. Luigi" tour is running right now, and it's sticking around until Dec. 1st, 2020. If you need a recap on everything this tour has to offer, you can check out the press release below.

Pick a side, collect Team Tokens, and work together to come out on top in the all-new Team Rally event during the Mario vs. Luigi Tour—the latest limited-time event in the Mario Kart Tour game, happening now!

Will Mario be No. 1, or will it be Luigi Time at the top of the podium? No matter who wins, we hope you have a great time racing, collecting Grand Stars, and seeing if you can unlock all the in-game rewards.

Mario Kart Tour is for everyone, newcomers and karting veterans alike. Check it out to join the race today.

Tour overview

Event and login bonus duration: Until Dec. 1st @ 9:59 p.m. PT

How Team Rally works

In this Team Rally, players will pick a side and compete in races to collect Team Tokens. The team that collects the most Team Tokens by the end of it all comes out on top. wins. Fellow Mushroom Kingdom drivers have also picked sides—if you use one that belongs to the team you support, a portion of coins found on courses and in item boxes will appear as Team Tokens instead. You can also get Team Tokens based on your score.

There’s more fun stuff, too, including a Token Shop and Bonus Time windows for really racking up the tokens. But we don’t want to spoil the surprises too much—open the game to get started!

Rewards up for grabs

Players on the top team will be rewarded with 15 rubies, 3,000 coins, and a corresponding badge! All other participants will get 10 rubies and 1,500 coins.

Find more info on additional rewards in the game.

Week 1: Builder Mario and Builder Luigi are in the spotlight

In the first week of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour, you can find Builder Mario, Builder Luigi, the Snow Skimmer kart, the Dozer Dasher kart, the Rainbow Starchute glider, and the Safety Glider in the spotlight.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the second course of every cup for the duration of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour. This should help you hammer new point records!

Week 2: Waluigi (Bus Driver) and Wario (Cowboy) are in the spotlight

In the second week of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour, you can find Waluigi (Bus Driver), Wario (Cowboy), the Platinum Taxi kart, the Red Tax kart, the Cloud Glider, and the Bullet Bill Parachute glider in the spotlight.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the third course of every cup for the duration of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour. See if you can corral some smashing new point records!

Tour gifts

The included Tour gifts this time are Shy Guy, Koopa Troopa, and Baby Daisy. If you have a Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass subscription and earn enough Grand Stars, you will also receive Baby Mario, Diddy Kong, Bowser Jr., Peach, and Daisy as Tour gifts.

Mario Kart Tour "Mario Vs. Luigi Tour" trailer

Are you Team Mario or Team Luigi?

Want a better look at Mario Kart Tour's next tour? Nintendo has released a new trailer for the Mario Vs. Luigi tour, showing us some more of the brother versus brother action. Which side are you choosing?

Pushing Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit's AR markers to their limits

Make your own fun!

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is all about building your own fun. Nintendo wants you to make your own courses to have Mario zip around, and all you need to set things up is the included AR markers. They help tell the game where you are and where you're going, but can they be used in other ways? The video above takes the AR tech and squeezes some more creativity out of it by warping, stretching, and shrinking the markers for some fun variations and flourishes!

Thanks to Dan for the heads up!

Team Mario and Team Luigi jump into Mario Kart Tour's "Mario Vs. Luigi" tour

Brother vs. Brother

It's Team Mario and Team Luigi going head-to-head in the Mario Kart Tour "Mario Vs. Luigi" Tour! All racers are split into two teams, and the goal is to collect the most team tokens. The top team will get items and in-game badges. The action starts on Nov. 17th, 2020 at 10 PM PT.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit devs originally thought adding drift to the game would be impossible

A unique challenge to tackle

Mario Kart has a number of mechanics fans would consider staples of the franchise, and drifting is definitely one of them. Implementing drift in a Mario Kart game is easy enough, but adding it to something like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was a whole new challenge.

In a blog post from Velan Studios, we learn that the team originally thought adding drift to the game was an insurmountable task. Obviously they overcame the hurdle and made it happen, but not without some hard work!

The idea of adding drift to the game seemed impossible but we knew that it is such a critical aspect of Mario Kart, especially for expert players. A late-project weekend experiment at Velan, with some suggestions from the Nintendo team, suddenly added drift, and it brought that important layer of skilled driving that players expect of Mario Kart. It was a journey of learning to overcome our own doubts that led Mario Kart Live Home Circuit to become the product that it is. From drift, to steering assist for younger or less experienced players, to Bullet Bill self-driving, we never stopped striving to deliver as close to a true classic Mario Kart experience as possible.

Did you know Mario Kart DS plays a different start-up sound depending on the system you're using?

A neat Easter egg

Here's a little piece of Nintendo trivia for you. If you played Mario Kart DS on a traditional DS, you would hear Mario shout "Yahoo!" when you loaded the game up. If you played it on DS Lite, DSi, 3DS, or Wii U, you'll instead hear Mario say "Here we go!". There doesn't seem to be an explanation as to why this change was made, but you can see the proof in the video above.


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