Mario Kart 8

  (Redirected from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)

Mario Kart 8[b] is a kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo, and first released for the Wii U in 2014. It retains Mario Kart series game mechanics, where players control Mario franchise characters in kart racing, collecting a variety of items to hinder opponents or gain advantages in the race. Mario Kart 8 introduces anti-gravity driving on walls or ceilings, and allows players to bump into each other for a short boost. It has single-player and multiplayer modes, including online via the Nintendo Network.

Mario Kart 8
International packaging artwork, depicting Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Bowser
Developer(s)Nintendo EAD[a]
Director(s)Kosuke Yabuki
Programmer(s)Yusuke Shiraiwa
Artist(s)Masaaki Ishikawa
  • Shiho Fujii
  • Atsuko Asahi
  • Ryo Nagamatsu
  • Yasuaki Iwata
SeriesMario Kart
ReleaseWii U
  • JP: May 29, 2014
  • WW: May 30, 2014
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: April 28, 2017
Genre(s)Kart racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Mario Kart 8 was a critical and commercial success upon its release. Critics gave positive reviews, praising its new additions, tracks, graphics, gameplay, and orchestrated soundtrack, but criticizing its limited Battle mode. It is the best-selling Wii U game, with more than eight million copies sold worldwide. The game continued to receive post-release patches and downloadable content, including additional characters, vehicles, and tracks, and support for Nintendo's Amiibo line of figurines.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced version of the game for the Nintendo Switch, was released in April 2017. It was also a critical and commercial success, becoming the Switch's best-selling game. Both versions have sold a combined total of more than 47 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling racing game, and one of the best-selling video games of all time. Critics considered the expansion of the Battle mode, containing specially designed battle stages and three new variations of the mode, a significant improvement over its predecessor.


Anti-gravity racing introduced in Mario Kart 8

The game continues the gameplay of the Mario Kart series, in which characters from the Mario universe race against each other in go-karts, attempting to hinder their opponents or improve their racing performance using various tools found in item boxes. In addition, the game includes four different difficulties, which can be selected before beginning the race to challenge players. Returning features from previous installments include motorbikes and 12-player racing from Mario Kart Wii, as well as hang gliders, underwater racing and vehicle customization from Mario Kart 7.

Mario Kart 8's new features include anti-gravity racing, in which certain parts of a track can allow racers to drive on walls and ceilings.[1] During these sections, players can bump into other racers or special bumpers to trigger a Spin Boost, which gives them an extra speed boost. New characters include The Koopalings and Pink Gold Peach. There are four new items: the Boomerang Flower, which can be thrown to attack players, the Piranha Plant, which attacks nearby racers and obstacles, the Crazy Eight, which gives the user eight items, and the Super Horn, which can be used both to attack nearby opponents and defend against items, including the previously nearly unavoidable Spiny Shell.[2][3] The game features 32 tracks in eight cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star, Special, Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lightning), with an additional 16 later released as downloadable content (DLC) in four additional cups: Egg, Triforce, Crossing, and Bell.

Along with local multiplayer, Mario Kart 8 supports online multiplayer with up to twelve players and voice chat outside of races, however, voice chat is only available with friends online. Before the cancellation of Nintendo's Miiverse social network on November 7, 2017, players could set up tournaments with customizable rules and schedules, post race videos there, and earn art stamps for decorating Miiverse messages by beating staff times and completing Grand Prix races. Miiverse features have been removed from the game, although downloading ghost data from friends or top players is still possible.

The Wii U version is compatible with the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Classic Controller, and Wii Wheel.[4] The Switch version can be played with an individual Joy-Con turned on its side, the Joy-Con Grip controller shell, the console tablet with both Joy-Con attached, or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and the Nintendo Gamecube Controller with the Nintendo Gamecube Adapter (the game reads it as a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller). Amiibo figures can unlock Nintendo-themed costumes to be worn by Miis.[5] A free software update to the Switch version was made in June 2018 that allows players to use the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit as a compatible motion controller.[6]


Initially confirmed in a January 2013 Nintendo Direct presentation, the game was later unveiled at E3 2013. Some members of Bandai Namco Games were given special thanks in the game's credits.[7] The "8" in the game's logo was designed to resemble a Möbius strip, as was Mario Circuit, one of the tracks in the game.[4] Early in development, the idea of using a drill to penetrate the ground was considered but was quickly discarded for not being as creative as anti-gravity.[8]

New features and enhancements were added via game updates. The first update, released in August 2014, included rearranged post-race options, an optional course map on the game screen, a player statistics screen, and improved online stability.[9] The second update, released in November 2014, added support for Nintendo's Amiibo figures, allowing players to unlock Mii racing outfits based on other Nintendo characters.[10] The third update, released in April 2015, added a new 200cc class, a first for the series, and additional racing suits unlockable via Amiibo.

Additional characters and tracks for the game were released as downloadable content. The first was a free set of Mercedes-Benz-themed vehicles: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA, 1957 SL 300 Roadster, and 1934 W25 Silver Arrow, which was released on August 27, 2014, as part of the Version 2.0 update.[9] On August 26, 2014, Nintendo announced two purchasable DLC packs, with each pack containing three additional characters, four additional vehicles, and eight additional tracks; some of which are based on other Nintendo franchises, including The Legend of Zelda (Hyrule Circuit), Animal Crossing (Animal Crossing), F-Zero (Mute City and Big Blue), and Excitebike (Excitebike Arena). The first DLC pack, released in November 2014, features Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link as playable characters. The second pack, released in April 2015, features Dry Bowser, Villager, and Isabelle. Additional multi-colored Yoshis and Shy Guys are included with both DLC packs.[11][12]


Nintendo's launch promotions of Mario Kart 8 include a Limited Edition with a Spiny Shell figurine; and special Mario and Luigi themed console bundles, with a hat, strategy guide, Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii Wheel, and GamePad protector.[13] In North America, Europe, and Australia, players who purchased and registered Mario Kart 8 on Club Nintendo before July 31, 2014, received a free download code for a selected Wii U game.[14][15] As part of a promotional campaign with Mercedes-Benz, Mario, Luigi, and Peach were featured in a series of Japanese commercials for the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and three karts based on past and present Mercedes-Benz vehicles were added to the game as part of a downloadable update on August 27, 2014.[9][16][17] In 2014, fast food company McDonald's released Happy Meal-branded toys based on the game's characters and karts.[18]

A soundtrack album containing 68 tracks from the game was made available as an exclusive reward available to Club Nintendo members shortly preceding the service's discontinuation in 2015.[19]

Mario Kart 8 DeluxeEdit

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[c] is an enhanced Nintendo Switch version, released worldwide on April 28, 2017.[20] It includes all previously released DLC, additional content, gameplay tweaks, 1080p graphics while docked,[21][22] and 720p in handheld mode.[22] Some features in Deluxe are reworked or restored from previous Mario Kart games: Battle Mode has eight new arenas and several gameplay modes; the Boo and Feather items are restored; and players can carry two items at once, even if they don't drag the first item. Five additional playable characters were added to the roster, including Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo, the Inkling Boy and Girl from Splatoon, and an unlockable Gold Mario costume for Metal Mario. Deluxe also includes a new Splatoon racing suit for Mii characters unlocked via Amiibo, and additional kart parts for customization.[20] Nintendo's head of software development, Shinya Takahashi, confirmed in July 2018 that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would receive further updates,[23] with the first, a new vehicle and alternate costume for Link based on those seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, being released the same month.[24] A later update added support for Nintendo Labo peripherals as compatible controllers.[6]


The original game received "generally favorable" reception, and Deluxe received "universal acclaim", according to review aggregator Metacritic.[70][69] Considered by Eurogamer to be "the most vibrant home console racing game in years", the game was praised for its "exquisite details", vast sense of scale, orchestrated soundtrack, and gameplay.[34] Digital Foundry deemed it to be "near perfection" with "phenomenal attention to detail", featuring a "magnificent visual package" and "magical playability". Their technical analysis attributes the game's smoothness of motion and overall gameplay, to its typically high performance of 60 frames per second (FPS), with the split-screen mode's effective 30 FPS nonetheless comparing favorably with industry standard.[72] GameSpot generally praised the game, but criticized the game's Battle Mode for reusing the game's main race courses instead of presenting uniquely created battle arenas as prior Mario Kart games had done.[40]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe received critical acclaim with many critics highlighting the revamped battle mode as a welcome improvement over the Wii U version.[69] It holds a score of 92/100 on Metacritic.[69] IGN gave it a score of 9.3/10, stating that the game is "just as amazing in 2017 as it was in 2014".[50] Eurogamer, referencing the revamped Battle Mode, stated that Nintendo fixed one of the game's only shortcomings in a "generous port of a modern masterpiece".[73]

Internet memeEdit

"Luigi's death stare" is an Internet meme describing the automatic facial expression displayed by Luigi toward other characters upon attacking or passing them during a race, in which he gives them a disapproving glare in passing. It was featured in several viral YouTube videos and animated GIFs,[74][75][76][77] and the phenomenon was covered by WNYW in early June 2014.[78][79] The meme was acknowledged by Nintendo during their E3 2014 digital event.[80] Venture Beat praised Nintendo's handling of the meme, noting that it was a "slick way" of acknowledging fan culture.[81] The meme was nominated for the Best Gaming Moment at the 32nd Golden Joystick Awards.[82]


Shortly after the game's launch in the United Kingdom, it was announced that week-on-week Wii U console sales had risen 662% in the country, with Mario Kart 8 bundles accounting for 82% of the units sold.[83] In its first four days on sale, it became the fastest selling Wii U game to date, with more than 1.2 million copies sold worldwide.[84] Within a month of the game's release, it had increased to 2.82 million.[85] By the end of September 2021, more than 8.46 million copies were sold worldwide, making it the best-selling Wii U game.[86][87] Based on the sales data, over half of all Wii U owners have a copy of the game.[88]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was one of the best-selling games of 2017 on Amazon.[89] It is the first Mario game since Mario Kart Wii in 2008 and the first Nintendo game overall since Pokémon Black and White Version in 2011 to reach No. 1 on the charts in the United Kingdom.[90] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the fastest-selling game in Mario Kart history, with more than 1.2 million copies sold worldwide within three days.[91] By March 2018, more than nine million copies had been sold worldwide, ranking it among the best-selling games on the platform, only after Super Mario Odyssey.[92] Three months later, sales had surpassed ten million.[93] As of March 31, 2021, total sales reached 35.39 million, and it is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game.[94] Currently, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 38.74 million copies for the Nintendo Switch as of September 30, 2021.[95]

Awards and accoladesEdit

Readers and staff of Eurogamer voted it as the Game of the Year,[96][97] and GameSpot gave it the award of "Best Wii U Game".[98] The game was nominated for "Best Wii U Exclusive" in GameTrailers' 2014 Game of the Year Awards;[99] for "Best Game" in Giant Bomb's 2014 Game of the Year Awards;[100] and for "Overall Game of the Year" and "Wii U Retail Game of the Year" in Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014,[101] and it won both awards for both categories in their Staff Awards 2014.[102] It won "Game of the Year" by The Guardian.[103] In IGN's Best of 2014 Awards, the game was nominated for "Best Multiplayer" and "Best Racing",[104][105] and won the award for "Best Wii U Game".[106] In IGN's Best of 2017 Awards, the Switch version was nominated for "Best Switch Game" and "Best Remake/Remaster".[107][108] It was nominated for "Best Switch Game" in Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards 2017,[109] and won the award for "Old Game of the Year" in Giant Bomb's 2017 Game of the Year Awards.[110]

List of awards and nominations
Year Awards Category Result Ref.
2014 11th British Academy Games Awards Best Game Won [71]
The Game Awards 2014 Best Family Game Won [111]
Best Sports/Racing Game Won
2015 D.I.C.E. Awards Racing Game of the Year Won [112]
11th British Academy Video Games Awards Best Game Nominated [113]
Audio Achievement Nominated
Family Game Nominated
Multiplayer Game Nominated
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Most Addicting Game Nominated [114]
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Studio of the Year (Nintendo EPD) Won [115][116]
Nintendo Game of the Year Nominated
The Game Awards 2017 Best Family Game Nominated [117]
Best Multiplayer Nominated
2018 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Racing Game of the Year Won [118][119]
2018 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Video Game Nominated [120][121]


  1. ^ Additional work by Bandai Namco Studios
  2. ^ Japanese: マリオカート8, Hepburn: Mario Kāto Eito
  3. ^ Japanese: マリオカート8 デラックス, Hepburn: Mario Kāto Eito Derakkusu
  4. ^ Based on 95 reviews.[69]
  5. ^ Based on 82 reviews.[70]


  1. ^ Rigg, Jamie (November 18, 2012). "Mario Kart 8 launching on Wii U in spring 2014 (video)". Engadget. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Wii U – Mario Kart 8 Direct April 30, 2014 on YouTube
  3. ^ Wii U – Mario Kart 8 – More New Features Trailer on YouTube
  4. ^ a b Konno, Hideki. Wii U Developer Direct – Mario Kart 8 @E3 2013 (A/V stream). Archived from the original on November 18, 2021 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Mario Kart 8's First DLC Pack Will Add Mute City From F-Zero, Zelda-themed Course". November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Plunkett, Luke (June 25, 2018). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Now Supports Nintendo Labo". Kotaku. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "It Looks as Though Namco Bandai Helped Out on Mario Kart 8". My Nintendo News. May 29, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "E3 2013: Nintendo's Hideki Konno Pulls Back The Curtain On 'Mario Kart 8′". MTV. June 17, 2013. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Jenna Pitcher (August 6, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Mercedes Car DLC Hits This Month With Update". Ziff-Davis. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  10. ^ Adi Robertson (June 10, 2014). "Nintendo Amiibo brings real-world toys into 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Mario Kart 8'". The Verge. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Plunkett, Luke (August 26, 2014). "Zelda, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8". Kotaku. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  12. ^ LeJacq, Yannick (August 27, 2014). "Now that's a Yoshi of a different color!". Kotaku. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  13. ^ Parfitt, Ben (April 24, 2014). "Nintendo reveals exclusive Team Mario and Team Luigi Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles | Games industry news". MCV UK. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Parfitt, Ben (April 30, 2014). "Free Wii U game offered with Mario Kart 8 | MCV". MCV UK. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "Get A Free Wii U Game For Buying And Registering Mario Kart 8". Siliconera. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  16. ^ Karmali, Luke (May 29, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Teaming up With Mercedes Japan For Free DLC". IGN. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC Coming to North America, Europe". Gamespot. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  18. ^ Pereira, Chris (June 17, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Toys to Come With McDonald's Happy Meals". GameSpot. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  19. ^ "Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack CD Club Nintendo Reward Powerslides Into View". Nintendo Life. July 27, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Gartenberg, Chaim (January 13, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming to the Nintendo Switch". The Verge. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  21. ^ Forde, Matt (March 13, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Runs at 60fps in 1080p When Docked". Nintendo Life. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch runs at 1080p and 60 FPS on TV; 720p/60 FPS in handheld mode". VentureBeat. January 14, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  23. ^ Makuch, Eddie (July 20, 2018). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Getting More Updates On Nintendo Switch".
  24. ^ McWhertor, Michael (July 19, 2018). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update adds Link from Breath of the Wild". Polygon.
  25. ^ Wöbbeking, Jan (April 27, 2017). "Test: Mario Kart 8 (Rennspiel)". Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  26. ^ Wöbbeking, Jan (May 15, 2014). "Test: Mario Kart 8 (Rennspiel)". Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  27. ^ Carter, Chris (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review". Destructoid. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  28. ^ "Mario Kart 8 review". Destructoid. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  29. ^ Damiani, Michael. "Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe". Easy Allies. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  30. ^ "Mario Kart 8 review". Edge Online. May 15, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  31. ^ Schaefer, Emma (May 1, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  32. ^ Fitch, Andrew (May 16, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  33. ^ Robinson, Martin (April 21, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  34. ^ a b Parkin, Simon (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  35. ^ Shea, Brian (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe". Game Informer. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  36. ^ "Another Great Lap – Mario Kart 8 – Wii U". GameInformer. May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  37. ^ Vacheron, Griffin (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  38. ^ Bischoff, Daniel (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  39. ^ Plagge, Kallie (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  40. ^ a b McShea, Tom (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  41. ^ Schilling, Chris (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review". gamesradar. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  42. ^ Towell on May 15, 2014, Justin (February 13, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  43. ^ "Mario Kart 8 Review". GameTrailers. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  44. ^ "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe". GamesTM. No. 187. Future Publishing. May 2017. p. 68.
  45. ^ "Mario Kart 8". GamesTM. No. 148. Future Publishing. June 2014. p. 97.
  46. ^ Navarro, Alex (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  47. ^ Swalley, Kirstin (May 2, 2017). "Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  48. ^ Creegan, Dermot (June 4, 2014). "Review: Mario Kart 8". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  49. ^ "Mario Kart 8". Hyper. No. 250. Future Publishing. August 2014. p. 58.
  50. ^ a b Otero, Jose (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review". IGN. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  51. ^ "Mario Kart 8 – Wii U". IGN UK. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  52. ^ Schulenberg, Thomas (April 28, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review: Hover conversion". Joystiq. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  53. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  54. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 2014". Nintendo Life. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  55. ^ Ronaghan, Neal (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  56. ^ Ronaghan, Neal (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 for Wii U review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  57. ^ Skrebels, Joe (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  58. ^ Mundy, Jon (April 24, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review - A kart racer with infinite variables". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  59. ^ Kollar, Philip (May 15, 2014). "MARIO KART 8 REVIEW: SHELL GAME". Polygon. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  60. ^ Watts, Steve (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review: Switch Gears". Shacknews. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  61. ^ Watts, Steve (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review: up to speed". Shacknews. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  62. ^ Webber, Jordan Erica (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: the best, most versatile game in the series". The Guardian. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  63. ^ Stanton, Rick (May 16, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 review – the best drive ever?". The Guardian. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  64. ^ Williams, Mike. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review". USgamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  65. ^ Williams, Mike. "Mario Kart 8 Wii U Review: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Gravity". USgamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  66. ^ Minotti, Mike (April 20, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo's master class on releasing an older game". VentureBeat. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  67. ^ Grubb, Jeff (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 is beautiful, fast, and missing something (review)". VentureBeat. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  68. ^ Miller, Simon (May 15, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 Review". VideoGamer. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  69. ^ a b c d e "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  70. ^ a b c "Mario Kart 8 for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  71. ^ a b "2014 Children's Game". BAFTA. Archived from the original on November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  72. ^ Linneman, John (May 24, 2014). "Digital Foundry vs Mario Kart 8: Mario & All-Stars Racing Refined". Digital Foundry. Eurogamer. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  73. ^ Robinson, Martin (April 21, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review". Eurogamer.
  74. ^ Elise, Abigail (June 6, 2014). "Luigi Death Stare In 'Mario Kart 8' Goes Viral". International Business Times. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  75. ^ Hooton, Christopher (June 2, 2014). "Luigi's 'death stare' will instantly make you want to buy Mario Kart 8". The Independent. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  76. ^ Corriera, Alexa Ray (June 2, 2014). "Luigi isn't playing games with his 'death stare' in Mario Kart 8". Polygon. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  77. ^ Purcell, Patrick (June 7, 2014). "Luigi's death stare from Mario Kart 8 – our video guide to the best memes and gifs". Mirror. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  78. ^ Plunkett, Luke (June 4, 2014). "Luigi's Death Stare Makes TV News". Kotaku UK. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  79. ^ McFerran, Damien (June 4, 2014). "Weirdness: Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' Is Deemed Noteworthy By Fox News". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  80. ^ LeJacq, Yannick (June 10, 2014). "Luigi's Death Stare Made A Cameo in Nintendo's E3 Address". Kotaku. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  81. ^ Grubb, Jeffery (June 12, 2014). "How Nintendo used the Luigi Death Stare without ruining fans' fun". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  82. ^ Reynolds, Matthew. "Golden Joystick Awards 2014 public voting now open". Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  83. ^ Ivan, Tom (June 2, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 boosts UK Wii U hardware sales 666%". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  84. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (June 3, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 off to a great start". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  85. ^ "Nintendo Earnings Q1 2014" (PDF). Nintendo Co., Ltd. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  86. ^ "Top Selling Software Sales Units – Nintendo Wii U Software". Nintendo. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  87. ^ McFerran, Damien. "Mario Kart 8 Has Now Sold 8 Million Units Worldwide". Nintendo Life. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  88. ^ Webster, Andrew (April 21, 2017). "The 7 best things about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe". The Verge. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  89. ^ Sarkar, Samit (April 28, 2017). "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Amazon's best-selling game of 2017 so far". Polygon. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  90. ^ Dayus, Oscar. "Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Is Nintendo's First No.1 For Six Years". GameSpot. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  91. ^ Rosenberg, Adam (May 1, 2017). "Nintendo sold 1.2 million copies of 'Mario Kart Deluxe' in three days". Mashable.
  92. ^ Arif, Shabana. "Super Mario Odyssey Hits 10 Million Sales". IGN. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  93. ^ "IR Information: Sales Data - Top Selling Title Sales Units". Nintendo Co., Ltd. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  94. ^ "IR Information: Sales Data - Top Selling Title Sales Units". Nintendo. February 1, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  95. ^ "IR Information : Sales Data - Top Selling Title Sales Units". Nintendo Co., Ltd. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  96. ^ Eurogamer staff (January 1, 2015). "Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2014". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  97. ^ Robinson, Martin (December 22, 2015). "Reader's top 50 games of 2014". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  98. ^ GameSpot Staff (December 13, 2014). "Mario Kart 8 – Wii U Game of the Year". GameSpot. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  99. ^ GameTrailers (July 19, 2016). Game of the Year Awards 2014 – Best Wii U Exclusive. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via YouTube.
  100. ^ Game Bomb Staff (December 30, 2014). "Giant Bomb's 2014 Game of the Year Awards: Day Five Text Recap". Giant Bomb. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  101. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (December 25, 2014). "Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  102. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (December 24, 2014). "Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  103. ^ Stuart, Keith (December 19, 2014). "The 25 best video games of 2014". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  104. ^ "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U". IGN. January 13, 2015. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  105. ^ "Forza Horizon 2". IGN. January 13, 2015. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  106. ^ "Mario Kart 8". IGN. January 13, 2015. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  107. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Switch Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  108. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Remake/Remaster". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  109. ^ Valdez, Nick (December 14, 2017). "Nominees for Destructoid's Best Switch Game of 2017". Destructoid. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  110. ^ Giant Bomb staff (December 25, 2017). "Game of the Year 2017 Day One: Old, Disappointing, Shopkeepers, and Looks". Giant Bomb. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  111. ^ Kain, Erik (December 6, 2014). "All The Winners of the 2014 Game Awards". Forbes. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  112. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (February 6, 2015). "Nintendo Picks Up Three Gongs at the D.I.C.E. Awards". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  113. ^ "Games in 2015". BAFTA. February 10, 2015. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  114. ^ Macatee, Rebecca (February 20, 2015). "2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Honor Nick Jonas, Meryl Streep: See the Complete List of Nominees!". E!. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  115. ^ Gaito, Eri (November 13, 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best in Slot. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  116. ^ Weber, Rachel (November 17, 2017). "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild scores big at the 35th Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP". GamesRadar. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  117. ^ Makuch, Eddie (December 8, 2017). "The Game Awards 2017 Winners Headlined By Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Game Of The Year". GameSpot. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  118. ^ Makuch, Eddie (January 14, 2018). "Game Of The Year Nominees Announced For DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  119. ^ Makuch, Eddie (February 22, 2018). "Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wins Game Of The Year At DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  120. ^ "NICKELODEON ANNOUNCES 2018 KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Viacom. February 26, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  121. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (March 24, 2018). "2018 Kids' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved March 25, 2018.

External linksEdit