Random Time! - Edmonton Police warn motorists about driving dangerously using Mario Kart references

As Nintendo fans and people of the internet, you can probably guess what most people are getting from the tweet above. Instead of discussing the nature of driving safely, people are calling out the Twitter account for referencing a Koopa instead of a Lakitu. Then there's another debate spawning off of that as to whether Lakitus can be referred to as Koopas. I'll let you guys figure that one out!

Mario Kart Wii makes Amazon's top 100 best-selling games for Dec. 2017

If you ever wanted proof of the long legs that the Wii and Mario Kart series have, look no further than Amazon's top-selling games of Dec. 2017. Somehow, Mario Kart Wii managed to make it into the list. I'd say people were feeling nostalgic, but it's not like Mario Kart Wii was super long ago!

Russia gets Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS

Russian Nintendo fans have one hell of a Switch bundle to snatch up. Nintendo includes a Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and ARMS! You can see full details on the bundle below.

Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe/ARMS bundle

- Right and Left Joy-Cons
- Strap for the Joy-Cons
- Grip
- Dock
- HDMI cable
- AC Adapter
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (physical)
- ARMS (physical)

This bundle costs ₽26990, while buying everything separately would cost you ₽29897. No word on the bundle releasing outside of Russia.

UK - Top 5 best-selling Switch games of 2017

Super Mario Odyssey moving up very quickly, but it just couldn't manage to best Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That'll probably change in early 2018, but karting will forever remain king in 2017.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe breaks a million sold in Japan

There's been a lot of sales milestones for Switch games in Japan, but I find this one super impressive. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has just broken a million units sold, hitting 1,045,438 units with this week's sales data. That figure doesn't even include digital sales. This number impresses me because we're talking about a slightly updated version of Mario Kart 8, which didn't release all that long ago! Goes to show how little love the Wii U got.

Japanese car rental service now includes option to rent a Switch as well

Well here's a rather strange one for you. Orix Auto Corporation have started a new option to go along with their Rent-A-Car service. Starting Jan. 15th and running until February 28th, 2018, customers can rent a Switch alongside their rental car! The Switch comes with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS pre-installed. Prices start as low as ¥2,916. The only real rule Orix has is that drivers refrain from playing while driving!

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.