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Gamers May Not Realize How Important Mario Kart 8 Is, but Nintendo Does

CraveOnline: "About six days ago, after a five-hour session of frenetic online multiplayer in Mario Kart 8, a thought occurred to me — a thought about importance. “What are the traits that define important games?” I echoed to myself. I’m not precisely sure why I began this internal line of questioning. But with my hair unkempt and my eyes just the tiniest bit bloodshot, I began to think. The spark igniting my armchair gaming philosophy, it seemed, was fear. The fear that the sheer weight of Mario Kart 8, its singular, rock-like ubiety as both a Wii U mega-release and a Nintendo milestone, would somehow be lost in translation. The game has a “high eight” on aggregators like GameRankings, and in my own review I refrained from awarding it a perfect score. On one hand I suspect Mario Kart 8 has already built a standing legacy for itself, and yet, its GameRankings composite rests a mere single percentage point above the likes of GameCube’s arguably lackluster Double Dash!! I felt uneasy, to say the least."

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crusf1173d ago

Oh trust me they do with all the "Will Mario kart 8 save the Wii U" "Mario Kart will not save the Wii U" and "We really don't know if Mario Kart will save the Wii U" articles.

miyamoto1173d ago

"Gamers May Not Realize How Important Mario Kart 8 Is, but Nintendo Does"

does the article implies another PR disaster for Nintendo?

LAWSON721173d ago

Well the game sold 1.2M in a weakend, that is flat out incredible on a system with like 6M units (?).

LAWSON721173d ago

I spelled weekend wrong lol

InTheZoneAC1173d ago

when something has been out a while with only a few games worth talking about I expect any popular game that finaly gets released to sell well.

It's how Halo and Gears of War took off for M$, there was nothing else worth playing on those consoles and they found a glimmer of hope in those.

LAWSON721173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

@InTheZoneAC

Halo was a launch title, so I dont know how there was nothing else worth playing at the time on the console because it was not out. Every Halo after that was huge for one reason the fanbase is huge and that made it the Xbox mascot, if someone said Xbox Halo was some how brought into the conversation. Halo is big thanks to early success and word of mouth of how fun it was. So dont give some BS excuse that it only sold because no games were out.

As for Gears that game was great and many people would agree. It deserved every bit of its sales and even got GOTY from numerous places and I am sure Oblivion got the others. There were plenty of titles on 360 in 2006 btw, like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare, BF2, NFS Carbon, Oblivion, COD3, Hitman Blood Money, Dead Rising, Saints Row, Splinter Cell Double Agent, Rainbow Six Vegas, FFXI (that probably flopped hard lol) and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. You ask me there was plenty of competition that holiday season

I think you get off on downplaying good games or something

Nolando1173d ago

I played it at my cousins house. very good game. only game aside from smash bros I would get a wii u for.

InTheZoneAC1173d ago

I got it for the Virtual Console, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and the normal Mario games(New Super Mario and 3D World)

Never been a fan of SSB or MK

Nolando1173d ago

well my issue is that I have a 3DS, so If I want to play Mario kart is can buy Mario kart 7, they are making super smash bros for 3ds and a lot of the virtual console games are on there as well...

So it kinda fulfills my need for a wii u

WiiUsauce1173d ago

you're pretty dumb, dude. Mario Kart 7 is nowhere near as good as Mario Kart 8, you can't play Smash on 3DS competitively with 1 analog stick, and you can use gamecube controllers on Wii U. A true Smash player would not settle for a portable entry, actually no true fighting game fan would play a fighting game competitively on a handheld ever.

Nolando1172d ago

UHM... wow man, lets see... I already have a 3DS where I can get similar experience in games, sure the Wii U version is better, but for the occasional Mario fix I am not gonna waste money on a gimped home console.

Mario Kart 7 is pretty decent, I will wait and see how SSB works out on 3DS but hey it will be fun most likely.

Ghost_Nappa1173d ago

I counter your headline with "Nintendo May Not Realize How Important Third-Party support is, but gamers do"

rextraordinaire1173d ago

I don't think it will be considered a classic.

It's a good game, excellent even, but then again it's only Mario Kart. It doesn't really bring anything new to the genre, except perfecting a working formula...

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

What Kart racers had Tournament Hosting and Replay Editing or Upload?

rextraordinaire1173d ago (Edited 1173d ago )

Those aren't really features that make the game stand out. And if my memory is correct, modnation had that too, + track creation.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1172d ago (Edited 1172d ago )

@rlacorne

It doesn't have tournament. Those were just simple adding or signing up thing.

Mario Kart 8 main selling point is the replay and tournament. MK8 you host as many as you want, join as many and not limit who can join and so on.

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