Nintendo accepting applications for Mario Kart Tour closed beta on Android devices

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Nintendo is kicking off a closed beta for Mario Kart Tour, and as of right now, it'll only be available on Android devices. Check out the full details on this beta below.

The closed beta test is a test of an application under development and is for customers in order to improve the quality of the game. Furthermore, the number of customers who may participate in this test is limited. If the number of applications exceeds the number of possible participants, we will randomly select the participants.

Application schedule

- 4/23/2019 to 5/7/2019

Beta-test schedule

- Planned for 5/22/2019 to 6/4/2019
- Dates may change without prior notice

Supported Countries

- Japan and USA

Supported OS

- Android


- We will not respond to inquiries regarding the content or implementation of the closed beta test.

Check out the full terms of service here. Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Low Poly: Ep. 6 - Mario Kart 64 as You've Never Seen It Before

A deep dive into Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 was an interesting blend of polygons and sprites, which makes a deep dive into the game's visuals that much more unique. If you've wanted to see just how everything was built and put together, this video should definitely explain!

Nintendo grabs new merchandise-related Mario Kart trademark in Japan

Mario Kart shoehorns on the way!

Nintendo has filed for another Mario Kart trademark in Japan. This trademark is not related to games, but instead applies to brushes, combs, toothbrushes, dental flosses, kitchen utensils, mugs, cups, dishes, lunch boxes, water bottles, drinking straws, shoehorns, chopsticks, household linen products, shower curtains, and more.

Overcooked 2 & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 'Switch My Way' commercial

Two more ways to play on Switch

Buddy up or go it alone in the chaotic, co-op cooking game Overcooked 2. And keep the fun going as you compete in the ultimate kart-racing game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Overcooked 2 & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are available now on Nintendo Switch. Find Your Way to Play.

Switch My Way commercial - "Tetris 99, Fitness Boxing & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe"

Use speed, skill, and strategy to knock out the competition in Tetris 99. Then get moving with fun, boxing-based rhythmic exercises in Fitness Boxing. And bring the family together for fun competition in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All these games and more are available now on Nintendo Switch. Find Your Way to Play.

Super Mario Party & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 'Switch My Way' commercial

Mario and Mario, your way

Play the games you love, however you like. Super Mario Party & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are available now exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo holding Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trials event at the Kansai International Airport


In honor of Yoshi's Crafted World launching, Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trials event at the Kansai International Airport in Japan. The Time Trials will be held on Yoshi Circuit, which first appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Two Nintendo titles named as finalists for the 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame

The Strong National Museum of Play has revealed the 12 finalists for their 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame. The list of inductees will be revealed on May 2nd, 2019, and voting is open right now. The list of potential inclusions for this year is as follows.

- Candy Crush
- Centipede
- Colossal Cave Adventure
- Dance Dance Revolution
- Half-Life
- Microsoft Windows Solitaire
- Mortal Kombat
- Myst
- NBA 2K
- Sid Meier’s Civilization
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Smash Bros. Melee

You can cast your vote right here!

Mario Kart DS modded to include Mario Kart 7 and 8 tracks, plus all sorts of characters

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I'm sure many of you have long forgotten Mario Kart DS, but plenty of others haven't. The game is still alive and well in the modding scene. Hackers have been toiling away to fit both Mario Kart 7 and 8 tracks into the game, and they look pretty damn fantastic! There's even crazy characters added like Sonic and Crash Bandicoot! Makes me want to fire up my DS and jump back in!

Thanks to CM30 for the heads up!

Series of Mario-themed Jakks Pacific toys making their way to Japan

The latest from Jakks

Jakks Pacific is well known for their work with the Mario brand, and that continues with their latest wave of merch for Japan. These items, to the best of my knowledge, have already released stateside. The lineup includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe-themed toys, as well as some basic Mario figurines. You can check out more pics of all the items here.