Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Can “Mario Kart 9” become a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of Racer?

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Optimism is a wonderful state of mind, In particular If it pays off. Around all of the recent new stories that Mario Kart 9 is in “active development,” we definitely succumbed to a dazzling aggressiveness about its outlook, and some very legitimate. There is a reason. Nintendo rarely has much time to work on the major sequel to the once-in-console series, a situation given to the company by Switch’s best-selling games.

Yes, of course, it’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, released on April 28, 2017 as a Wii U original expansion port from late May 2014. 8-year-old, And it’s still one of the best-selling games on Switch weekly and monthly. Switch via Nintendo’s latest official total sales (as of September 30, 2021) 38.74 millionBut even more surprising is that it was Switch’s second-selling title in the first six months of the fiscal year. Oh, it was the best-selling game with 8.46 million units throughout the Wii U lifecycle. This means that more than half of the system owners had it.

The numbers are weird, but it’s the longevity that felt very unique and took us to this strange wait, wait, and wait place. waiting For new entries. Yes, there was Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, but it was just the definition of a spin-off and definitely a toy rather than a video game. Its modest sales and completely different gameplay focus will be a fun side note to the mainline franchise — and for the record, this writer welcomes these quirky and more experimental Nintendo titles. To do.

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Anyways – Mario Kart 9..or Mario Kart 10, When counting home circuits.or Mario Kart 11 If you count the tours. When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe took off on the Switch, after already doing its best to keep the Wii U, Nintendo realized it was the winner. Nintendo mainly sits down and sells, taking advantage of the opportunity to carefully plan the following, except for bundling DLC ​​content and adding battle mode at release (and some free updates): Enjoying high. Usually for franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon (although Game Freak / Pokemon Company), Splatoon, and even Animal Crossing, the development team completes one entry and quickly becomes a DLC and sequel. Work on the combination. Still, with Mario Kart, the development team had a somewhat extraordinary extravagant time.

Nintendo does not need Mario Kart 9 still leads to a lot of jokes begging people to stop buying 8 Deluxe

Nintendo does not need Mario Kart 9 still leads to a lot of jokes that appeal to people to stop buying 8 Deluxe. Still, conversely, by essentially “repeating” generations, Nintendo was probably given the opportunity to tackle another major evolution (or revolution, and eventually see) of the franchise. In some major entries in the past, we’ve seen gliding and anti-gravity aspects work. So the natural instinct is to wonder what will happen next.

The consistent message at the rumored factory is that Nintendo is likely to maintain the Mario brand, but is likely to use a wider range of franchise trucks and racers to make it a “Nintendo cart.” is. Of course, the current entry has already done this, including The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Splatoon’s crossover content, and two great F-ZERO tracks. Our preferred setup is the Mii in Star Fox costume driving an F-ZERO cart.

In certain parts of the fandom, there is often resistance to this allogeneic pollination that this writer has never understood. Mario Kart is a fun racing game with no folklore or need for the brand “Pure”. Whatever makes the experience silly, and whatever the crossover content does do, it’s worth it.

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Also, I think of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a wonderful racer that was basically a SEGA fan’s dream, with a blend of new crossovers and retro crossovers. From characters to cars to the most important race tracks, it was a fantastic journey to Sega’s wonderland, destroying friendships during the race and perhaps in multiplayer.

Why don’t you want to race through the caves of the planet ZDR, through the setting of giant fruits and gimmicks Pikmin, or shooting stars while Kirby is spinning around?

So why don’t we want to go through the caves of the planet ZDR, through the setting of giant fruits and gimmicks Pikmin, or shoot the stars while Kirby is spinning around? Will Nintendo even take a third-party crossover piece with an all-in-approach from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?We saw it a bit It’s not impossible, as there are some Mii outfits that can be unlocked with amiibo. In any case, adding a variety of exaggerated settings to the amazing designs we already have in Mario Kart can make it completely amazing.

Of course, many of these are on the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC wishlist. Waiting for a successor, and the lack of an update to 8 Deluxe, can only be reliably explained by Nintendo itself — then it will be a mystery forever. The timing of the successor will also be interesting. Is it this year’s blockbuster holiday game, or will it be 2023? Will it be a new hardware launch title, or will it eventually be a switch title that will be treated as “deluxe”?Who knows If This year it became clear that the topic was somehow off the chart.

Either way, we are excited. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s ​​regular games are still jumping online after playing for nearly eight years, so you can be sure you’ll find a match right away. This is the most evergreen game and allows for very long wait times.

And hey, it’s still a faster turnaround than the 2D Metroid.

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Aside from our optimism, let us know what you want to see in Mario Kart 9 with the votes and comments below!