"When someone thinks of Nintendo, one of the first things that pops into their head is more than likely going to be Mario. The Italian plumber helped to define the Nintendo Entertainment System and has had more spinoffs than you can can probably count off the top of your head. The most successful of those spinoffs by far is the Mario Kart series, which first debuted on the Super Nintendo in 1992 with Super Mario Kart. Since that release, every single mainline console or handheld, besides the Virtual Boy and Game Boy Color, has gotten its own entry in the series, with not one getting more than that one game. The Wii U has certainly had its struggles since launch and Nintendo is really hoping that the latest entry in the series, Mario Kart 8, is just the game to try and turn things around for Nintendo’s latest console."