Mario Kart 8 Takes A Pit Stop Late Tonight For Maintenance

If you have a gander at the Nintendo Network Status page, you would notice that there will be some planned downtime for online services on Mario Kart 8 due to maintenance tonight and early tomorrow morning. So, if you are a night bird or an early bird and are hoping for some online Mario Kart fun, then unfortunately you will have to detour your time onto offline play momentarily. It is likely that this downtime is to prepare Mario Kart 8 for its big update, which is scheduled to be released tomorrow (27th August 2014). The update aims to improve stability, allow users to download the Mercedes Benz DLC and much more!

Here’s the lowdown for various timezones for your convenience:

  • Europe : 8.50AM to 10AM
  • UK : 7.50AM to 9AM
  • USA (East Coast) : 2.50AM to 4AM
  • USA (West Coast) : 1.50PM to 1AM (Tuesday > Wednesday)
  • Japan : 3.50PM to 5PM
Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-26T13:54:33+00:00August 26th, 2014|DLC, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

Check Out The Qualifier Highlights For the NintyBuzz/3DS Buzz Mario Kart 8 Tournament!

Last month we announced that we would be teaming up with 3DS Buzz to host a Mario Kart 8 tournament where the winners will receive some eShop credit to use for the Wii U and 3DS. Registration ended at the end of July and we had our first races last weekend! Congratulations to those who progressed to the Semi-Finals, if you didn’t compete, then be sure to check out the highlights from the races below!

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-15T11:38:58+00:00August 15th, 2014|Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

Apparent Unused Mario Kart 8 Cup Graphics Surface

We all know that Mario Kart 8 has some free DLC to be released later this month, but could it be possible that we will be seeing some more DLC in the form of new cups and tracks? A pair of hackers from JOE [Jolly Old England] have allegedly found some ‘unused’ graphics for cups hidden within the coding of the game!

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Now, I would only take this with a grain of salt as this could simply be a mock up, or it could just be that these graphics were going to be used in place of the current cups we have in the final version. If this were to be a sign of new tracks becoming available through DLC, what would you want these tracks to be based on? Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing some more based of Super Mario Sunshine.

Speaking of Mario Sunshine, doesn’t the second graphic remind you of the battle modes, Shine Runners and Shine Thief, from Mario Kart DS and Double Dash respectively? I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of those modes, in fact, it would be a very welcome addition to Mario Kart 8!

Tell us what you think in the comments!

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-12T00:19:01+00:00August 12th, 2014|Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

EGX to Host a Mario Kart 8 Tournament

With the yearly Eurogamer Expo (Now known as EGX) fast approaching, the organisers have decided to host a Mario Kart 8 tournament alongside Nintendo Life UK to find the best racer in the UK.

Over the course of August and September, online heats will be held to find the 12 best racers to take part in a live, head-to-head final at EGX on Saturday  27th September. The prize? Every single Wii U game released for the next year. That’s an amazing price in itself but with the release lineup for the Wii U over the next year, this is a truly brilliant prize!

So you’re probably wondering how to get in by now? Well you can sign up now by following this link to get into the online heats. Entry is free and all you’ll need to do is be available to race on the dates and times they specify.

Are you taking part? Let us know in the comments!

James Thompson

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By |2014-08-09T15:02:46+00:00August 9th, 2014|Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC Explained

On the 27th August 2014, Mario Kart 8 players around the world will be able to download the Mercedes-Benz DLC for free. Before now, we didn’t know the exact detail, but thanks to a PR contact, we now do! But first, here’s the Japanese trailer for the DLC to get your excitement pumping!

First, let us start with what models will be added. First we have the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the luxurious yet compact SUV. Then we have 300 SL Roadster, a sports car built for the road. Finally there is the Silver Arrow from the 1930’s, Mercedes-Benz’s legendary Formula 1 racing car. Each car can be customised with various car parts that you unlock throughout the game, however the GLA model will come with three special wheel variations.

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The 27th August also marks the 22nd anniversary for the Mario Kart franchise from the release of Super Mario Kart in Japan on the 27th August 1992 for the SNES. For this special occasion, players can compete in the Mercedes Cup from the 27th August to the 23rd September 2014!

Which model will you be looking forward to race with?

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-06T10:32:24+00:00August 6th, 2014|DLC, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

Go Full Throttle With Mercedes-Benz DLC And More With New Mario Kart 8 Update

With more than two and a half million people playing worldwide in just only two months, Mario Kart 8 seems to be a Wii U surefire hit, and what’s better to celebrate than a brand new update, complete with the anticipated Mercedes-Benz DLC.

From the 27th August 2014, a new update will be published for Mario Kart 8. This will add a mini-map to the TV screen, allow players to download the free Mercedes-Benz DLC, change the default option after finishing a race to ‘Next Race’ rather than ‘View Highlights’, save the last used kart customisation so you don’t have to keep changing to your favourite parts when you quit, give you the ability to edits other racer highlights, crate a record screen for Coins collect, online win-loss etc., and finally address certain bugs and internet stability. That’s quite a hefty update! I would assume that the update is going to be released worldwide simultaneously, though I can not be 100% sure yet.

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Which of these new features are you most looking forward to? Is there anything else you want to be added? I wouldn’t mind a few proper battle mode stages or at least a return of Bob-Omb Blast! Tell us what you think in the comments. Also, if you do not own a copy of Mario Kart 8 yet, then use the links below to purchase a copy! [remember, the Wii U is region locked]

Than you to NintendoEverything for providing translations!

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-06T10:03:27+00:00August 6th, 2014|DLC, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

Nintendo Strikes Big at Japan Expo 2014

Are you in or around Paris this week? Well you’re in luck, if you are a Nintendo gamer of course, as Nintendo have announced their lineup for Japan Expo this year which takes place at the Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center in Paris from 2nd July to 6th July 2014. (more…)

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

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