Nintendo delighted fans Tuesday with the announcement that they will hold a fifty-minute presentation on Wednesday. This is the longest presentation the company has had in some years, indicating to fans and critics alike that big releases are on the way.
Rumors have been swirling around for months that Nintendo intends to drop Mario Kart 9 this year, a continuation of the popular racing game. Here are some of the best tweets from fans begging for a new installment.
As Spongebob said, “I’m ready”
If the rumors are true, we are ready. Our eyes are ready. Our hands are ready. Our childhoods are ready. Heck our PTO is ready to take off work to play.
Have you ever thought about what Mario Kart would look like in real life? It wouldn’t be this cartoony race. It would be “flame-thrower-while-riding-a-go-kart” awesome.
The Coconut mall course has not appeared in the Mario Kart franchise since Mario Kart Wii in 2008 and Mario Kart 7 in 2011. But some fans are still craving an updated version of the track with course-changing escalators. Hey, to each their own.
Searching for something
With all this Mario talk, some Twitter users are scouring the internet for a glimpse of the new trailer. Who knows? Maybe the Weeknd knows where it is. Actually, let’s ask him.
Hey, we won’t judge what you wore to your cousin’s wedding, your streamed graduation ceremony, or what you wear to remote work every day. But you should dress up for the Nintendo Direct announcement tomorrow. Black tie required.
Judging by how many people on Twitter requested you bring back Super Mario Strikers, you’d think Mario Kart 9 wasn’t a possibility. So bring that back too. You will get even more buttloads of money.
Make it real
What if Mario Kart 9 wasn’t a video game but a real event where people hop on go-karts and ride around major metropolitan cities? Now, we’d play that in a heartbeat.
Nintendo Direct expectations
If watching this Direct event tomorrow doesn’t automatically place that missing $1400 in our bank accounts tomorrow, we riot at dawn.
The real reason we want Mario Kart 9
Getting hit with a blue shell by the father figure in your life is a rite of passage. If your parent doesn’t rub their questionably won victory in your face, did you even have a childhood? Now, we must pass the tradition on to the next generation. Adults, get your dance pants ready.
10 Hilarious Mario Kart Memes
There haven't been many games with the universal appeal of those in the Mario Kart series. From casual to hardcore gamers, these titles are beloved the world over. And while there are other great games in the karting genre, none have the fame or popularity of Nintendo's premium racer.
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Along with playing the games, fans have spent significant time making jokes about the series, often in the form of memes. Some poke fun at some of the games' inconsistencies, whereas others laugh at the behavior of those playing - normally in a self-deprecating manner. They've made many comical ones over the years, and here are some of the best.
10 Sad Go-Karts
For a lot of experienced players, simply playing Mario Kart is not enough, you need to win. Although it's hard to be victorious every time you step out onto the track.
So, there are times where you know you're going to lose (or have already lost), and you have to finish the race dejected. At least it can give you time to admire some of the more underappreciated tracks in the series.
9 Baby Racers
While some Mario characters are still waiting to debut in the karting series, the baby characters always make it in these days. These riders are simply infant versions of other characters. Which begs the question, what are they even allowed to race?
Mario Kart is no place for babies. Each track is filled with dangerous items and obstacles. They need to be kept away.
8 Banana Karma
Bananas are some of the least impressive items in the game. In the right hands and right situation they can be effective, but most people just chuck them away to make space for something else.
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However, these bananas stick around. Throw one away, and you may run into it during your next lap. Spinning out of control because of your own item is embarrassing.
7 Hovercar Logic
Some of the more recent Mario Karts have included a feature that turns your vehicle into a hovercar. Every time you hit water or a particularly steep wall, your car will transform and keep going. It's a mechanic that's used on some of the series best tracks.
For some reason, though, these fancy cars are far less impressive on the grass. On that particular terrain, they work like a normal vehicle, which means badly.
6 First Place Items
The series has a simple yet clever way to keep races interesting. They only give the best items to those who need them. It's great because it gives those lagging behind a better chance of catching up.
Yet, it's not so good for the person in first place. They get stuck will the least advantageous items, namely bananas. So if you're very good at the games, you're probably sick of seeing the yellow fruit.
5 Second Place's Savior
While a singular banana isn't too helpful, groups of them can be vital. Someone in the front can put the bananas around them to form a fruit-based barrier. A barrier that ordinary shells can't penetrate, but the blue shell isn't ordinary.
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No shield can stop the powerful item from blowing up the racer in first place. And as the people directly behind the leader don't tend to get these sort of items, they can be thankful for those in the back.
4 A Target
Generally, Mario Kart titles are among the easiest games on the market - at least on the lower difficulties. That being said, you can never feel entirely safe even when you're far in the lead.
All it takes is a flurry of powerful items to stop you in your tracks and let the others catch up. And if this occurs in the final lap, it can be the difference between winning and losing. The game seems to know this as well, as it often gives out some impressive weaponry during that last lap.
3 Substance Over Style
Kart customization is a nice way for you to personalize your vehicle and improve your chances of winning. But that's where the problems start as not all customization parts fit well together, meaning you have to choose between looking good or racing well.
Those who opt for the latter often have some visually outrageous vehicles. Although, if it gets them the win, then who cares?
Players who hunger for a real challenge like to play the game on 200cc, which makes your opponents significantly quicker.
After a while, you get used to your adversaries' increased speed. At first, though, you may be hoping that the item boxes gift you with some bullet bills. These power-ups help you fly past your fellow racers with ease. As transformations go, it rivals Mario's best.
1 Friendships Ruined
While Mario Kart titles are often considered some of Nintendo's greatest multiplayer games, they don't breed unity. In fact, one ill-timed blue shell is all it takes to damage a life-long friendship.
That might be a little dramatic, but losing a race only because someone hit you with one of those blue explosives is incredibly frustrating. And they're never apologetic about it either, as they usually respond to your misfortune with laughter.
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Mario Kart is a multiplayer go-kart racing video game series developed and published by Nintendo as a spin-off of the Super Mario series.
The first Mario Kart title, Super Mario Kart, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. As of May 2014, there have been seven additional console titles released: Mario Kart 64 (1996), Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001), Mario Kart: Double Dash‼(2003) Mario Kart DS (2005), Mario Kart Wii (2008), Mario Kart 7 (2011) and Mario Kart 8 (2014). In addition, the series has released three arcade games, all of which are developed by Namco/Namco Bandai: Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005), Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007) and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013).
On January 31st, 2018, Nintendo announced via Twitter that a mobile version of Mario Kart called Mario Kart Tour was in development for iOS and Android devices. The game is set to be released by the end of the fiscal year, which ends in March of 2019, putting the release date anytime between April 2018 and then.
Online, fans reacted with tempered enthusiasm. Twitter user @botherer reacted with hope that the game would evoke the feeling of earlier handheld Mario Karts for the DS (shown below, left). Twitter user @scully1888 noted that other mobile Nintendo games like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp were significantly reduced experiences than their console and 3DS counterparts (shown below, right). Reactions to the mobile release were compiled by Twitter Moments.
The Mario Kart series has been acclaimed as one of the greatest multi-player experiences for its diversity in game modes and variety of weaponry and items. In 2009, The Guinness Book of World Records rated Mario Kart as the number one console game. The series holds six Guinness World Records, including "First Console Kart Racing Game", "Best Selling Racing Game" and "Longest Running Kart Racing Franchise."
On February 22nd, 2006, a page for the Mario Kart series was launched on the Mario Wiki. On January 12th, 2011, the /r/mariokart subreddit was created for discussions about the series, garnering upwards of 10,000 subscribers over the next six years.
On November 10th, 2008, YouTuber Sam Hart uploaded a video featuring a song titled "Mario Kart Love Song," which incorporates the Mario Kart characters into its lyrics (shown below, left). On December 3rd, YouTuber Remi Gaillard posted a video in which he rides a GoKart dressed as Mario (shown below, right). Over the next nine years, the videos gained over 8.6 million views and 70 million views respectively.
On August 23rd, 2009, YouTuber drcoolsex uploaded a parody trailer for a Mario Kart-themed film, accumulating more than 36 million views and 8,900 comments in eight years (shown below, left). On February 17th, 2011, the RocketJump YouTube channel posted a video titled "Real Life Mario Kart" (shown below, right). Over the next six years, the video garnered upwards of 27 million views and 13,400 comments.
On March 8th, 2014, Smosh Games posted an Honest Trailers episode about Mario Kart, which received more than 9.4 million views and 7,600 comments in three years. On August 5th, 2014, YouTuber Flashgitz uploaded a video titled "Racist Mario," in which Mario viciously murders other Mario Kart characters (shown below, left). Over the next three years, the video gained over 121 million views and 58,000 comments.
The Spiny Shell, also known as the Blue Shell, is a type of projectile weapon that can be used in Mario Kart to attack and impede the racer leading in the first place. Due to its high success rate and game-changing ability, the item has gained much notoriety as a major source of frustration and rage among many fans of the game.
Rainbow Road YTPs
Rainbow Road is a Youtube Poop song based on music from the recurring Mario Kart course, Rainbow Road, that quickly became popular and spawned many remixes and parodies.
Real Life Mario Kart
Real Life Mario Kart videos are live-action parodies mimicing Mario Kart in the real world. The idea was pioneered by French humorist and prankster Rémi Gaillard in his 2007 video Remi Cart and spread virally throughout video-sharing hubsites like YouTube.
Luigi's Death Stare
Luigi's Death Stare refers to the odd facial expressions worn by the character of Luigi during gameplay in Mario Kart 8. Upon the release of the game on May 30, 2014, Luigi's sinister-looking facial expression quickly became the butt of many jokes and parodies.
Mario Kart Track Puns
Mario Kart Track Puns refer to a series of photoshops in which a person uses a still image of a course from popular racing game Mario Kart as a punchline to a joke. On May 21st, 2017, Reddit user Luigimario280 submitted the first of these jokes to /r/dankmemes, gaining over 2,800 points (shown below).
Later that day, the image was reposted to /r/MemeEconomy, where it gained over 13,700 points. This sparked the creation of several other jokes in the template on the subreddit and on /r/dankmemes.
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