Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Version 1.4.0 available

Version 1.4.0

Language support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean has now been implemented.
You can change languages in Settings on your console.

An issue has been resolved that prevented background music from playing after you reach the finish line.

When you download update data (Ver.1.4.0), you will no longer be able to engage in local play or LAN play with those still using Version 1.2.1 or earlier.

Best Buy adds listing for a Mario Kart Switch steelcase

Previously, we reported on a mysterious Mario Kart product. The item now has a product page on the Best Buy website, with the same $60 price tag mentioned before. It happens to be a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe steelcase in which the Game Card can put nice and snug. The description reads as follows:

Add this Mario Kart SteelBook case to your collection. Its precise, detailed structure makes it desirable for avid collectors, and the metal finish showcases the game artwork in bright, vibrant color. This Mario Kart SteelBook case is built to last for repeated uses, and offers a stylish alternative to conventional packaging.

SteelBook case
Prestigious and highly sought-after collectible packaging for home entertainment media, such as Blu-rays and games.

Steel material
Provides strength and durability.

Mario Kart art
Great for all Mario games fans and collectors.
Thank you to everyone who sent this our way!

What is this mystery Mario Kart product? (UPDATE)

UPDATE - Best Buy listing has been added.

A tipster who wishes to remain anonymous has sent us pictures of this Mario Kart product. We have no idea what it is, and neither does the tipster. They happen to work at a big retailer, and this product showed up the other day.

There's no mention of this product on the retailer's website, or even in internal listings. When scanned into the computer system, it comes up as a preorder bonus, but with a $60 price tag. This might make you think it's a special case for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The thing is, when you scan in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and this product, the two don't cancel each other out. In other words, both products combined ring up for $120 instead of $60.

Anyone out there have another guess as to what this is? It's kind of late for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to get a preorder bonus! Is this some sort of special holiday offering? If we get any other details, we'll be sure to update this post.

TV shopping networks getting in on Switch bundles

The Shopping Channel in Canada is getting in on the Switch action with their Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle. When you consider Canadian pricing, it seems this isn't too bad of an asking price. A tad overpriced, but nothing horrendous.

Spain - various game sales for Week 42 - 45, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch) - 63,251

Sonic Forces (ALL) - 4,992

- Sonic Forces (Nintendo Switch) - 2,994
- Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4) - 1,761
- Sonic Forces (Xbox One) - 237

Old titles

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch) - 100,397
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) - 85,000
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch) - 45,000
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch) - 25,000

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch pouches releasing in Japan tomorrow

Two more snazzy Switch pouches are going to be available in Japan tomorrow. I'm all about that Breath of the Wild one! Now all I need to do is leave my house every once in a great while to show it off!

Sakurai not a big fan of Mario Kart's blue shell, but understands why it's necessary

The blue shell...everyone's worst enemy int he world of Mario Kart. Some people love it, others claim it ruins the game. None other than Masahiro Sakurai has taken to his Famitsu column to discuss the hotly-debated item. You can read a snipped of the translated feature below, courtesy of SourceGaming.

In the Mario Kart series, there is an item called the Blue Shell. Everyone likes this item, right? Or maybe they don’t. As someone who plays games, I’m honestly not a big fan of the Blue Shell. However, for the type of game Mario Kart is, it’s an essential item, so I accept it. If that’s the way it has to be, then I guess it’s fine.

Sakurai goes on to explain the blue shell in great detail, talk about why it's so necessary to have in a game like Mario Kart. Read up on the full feature here.

Two new Mario Kart and Zelda: Breath of the Wild blind bag/box pin sets available

Who doesn't like a good pin collection, especially if it's Nintendo related?! Now you can grab yourself a blind bag/box of some new Mario Kart or Zelda: Breath of the Wild pins! No matter what set you go after, they're all high-quality enamel pins.

My Nintendo (Europe) - new rewards for November 16, 2017

- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 DLC: Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 (DLC): 80 Gold Points (available until February 1)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 DLC: Pack 2: Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 (DLC): 80 Gold Points (available until February 1)