Mario Kart 8 Snakes Into Stores On May 30 With All Seven Koopalings

By Spencer . February 13, 2014 . 2:41pm


Nintendo set May 30 as the release date for Mario Kart 8 in North America and it’s a Koopa family reunion. On top of Bowser Jr., all seven Koopalings are playable in Mario Kart 8.

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  • KingGunblader

    That’s… actually pretty sweet.

  • Warren

    yes, now i can bring shame to the koopa clan by beating them in a race with Princess Peach!

  • 하세요

    I can’t think of anyone else in the cast to add without going into obscure characters and these little ones have been here for awhile.

    Not against it.

    • MrJechgo

      IF I MAY STEP IN TO PROVE YOU WRONG, here’s a list of characters that HAVEN’T appeared in a Mario Kart game they can pick:

      – Mona
      – Jimmy T
      – Scribble & Spitz
      – Ashley & Red
      – Kat & Ana
      – Orbulon
      – Young Cricket
      – Dr. Crygor
      – Mike
      – 9-Volt & 18-Volt
      – Penny

      (Mario & Luigi)
      – Fawful
      – Broque Monsieur

      (Luigi’s Mansion)
      – Professor E. Gadd

      (Donkey Kong Country)
      – Dixie Kong
      – Cranky Kong
      – King K. Rool

      (Paper Mario)
      – Goombario / Goombella
      – Kooper / Koops
      – Bombette / Bobbery
      – Parakarry
      – Bow / Flurrie
      – Watt
      – Sushie
      – Lakilester
      – Vivian
      – Ms. Mowz
      – Count Blech

      (Yoshi’s Island)
      – Magikoopa
      – Pach E. Derm

      Take your pick ^_^

      • 하세요

        Problem is many of those are part of their own mini-series. When I see characters like Professor E. Gadd, Ms. Mowz, anyone from WarioWare, I don’t see them as Mario characters. I see them as characters from their respective series.

        If they want to just SEGA All Stars Racing it up and any ol’ character in that remotely has anything to do with Mario, then sure.

        • MrJechgo

          In MK Wii, we had Diddy Kong and Funky Kong, pretty much busting the idea that the roster was limited to Mario series.

          WarioWare is a spin-off of the Mario series due to Wario being the main character, just like DKC is a spin-off of the Mario series due to DK being the main character.

          • 하세요

            That’s true. Maybe Nintendo doesn’t want to stray off too far and create Nintendo Kart Racing.

            In the end, all I ever use is Daisy anyway. Nothing like passing racers and feeling the need to re-introduce myself. Every. Single. Time.

            HI I’M DAISY!

          • idrawrobots

            Even though I was waiting for Captain Falcon to show up, lol.

          • MrJechgo

            Funny enough, a Blue Falcon kart was available in MK Wii :P

          • 하세요

            He could be a secret character for all we know, now that Mario Kart is fused with F-Zero’s gravity gimmicks.

            I fear no other racer will be used if he’s added.

          • MrJechgo

            Nintendo Kart? Nah, I doubt it… They could add Pauline and it would still work. The series I mentioned are closely related to Mario than others. WarioWare has Wario, DKC has DK, Yoshi’s Island has Yoshi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi and Baby Peach, Luigi’s Mansion has Luigi… I think it’s safe.

            Then again, we did get R.O.B. in MK DS…

        • Kawashima

          Well E.Gadd has branched out into the other Mario games. He’s in the Mario & Luigi series, appeared in a few Mario Party games and had been mentioned as the creator of the FLUDD and Magic Paintbrush in Sunshine. I’d say hes got a better chance then the other characters on the list.

          • 하세요

            I can agree there. He would be a fun addition.

      • Vorsun

        I would absolutely main Fawful if he got in and, even though it was a red herring in a trailer for Smash 4, I would love to see Kirby make it in as well.

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  • Eolz

    Eh, I don’t know, all 7 of them might be a bit too much. Still nice, but hope there’s one or two other characters.

    • MrJechgo

      Well, if you have one, might as well have the rest at this point.

    • Sperium3000

      Hey, it’s much better than f*cking Honey Queen.

  • That’s great I was actually thinking of a few of them making a playable appearance but all seven is welcome too here’s hoping they use different abilities. I’m going for Larry, Lemmy and Iggy myself.

  • idrawrobots

    This roster is like Rosalina’s legs. It goes on forever.

    • MrJechgo

      F-Zero GX had 51 racers, each with different attributes AND personal endings if used to win first place on Master difficulty.

      24 characters for a kart racer is nothing, they could go up to 50 and it would not be that unbalanced.

  • XaviIniesta

    I’m very positively surprised by this. Not only because there’s so many new characters added, but also because these feel like fresh new entries to me. I haven’t seen these guys since Super Mario Bros. 3. I think. And they look like they have more personality and character than some of the other additions that tend to get added to these games. (Hammer Bros, Metal Mario, etc.)

    I thought I would mostly only play Rosalina, but I’ll definitely play a few of these guys as well.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    I love the fact that the underside of Rosalina’s gown contains the entire cosmos…..

  • k.b.a.

    umm how many characters are in this game now?
    this just makes my mouth water… at the possibilities if they were in double dash… damn do i need that in my life again

    • idrawrobots

      Double Dash is still my favorite Kart.

    • MrJechgo

      24 so far, MK Wii had 36, so 8 more characters could be announced.

  • Ben Sylvia

    That’s pleasantly surprising.

  • Lucky Dan

    I hope they have the blokes doing Sonic Racing Transfromed from Sega helping with Mario Kart because after playing Transformed Mario Kart 7 is sooooooooooooooo slow compared to Racing Transformed with the skill being in chaining speed boosts and you have to be strategic in throwing your items as throwing them willy nilly you would be able to avoid them.

  • MaskedHero99

    Am I the only one that has extremely bad luck in mario kart games…ppl who should know what I mean

    But mario kart has come a long way kooplaings seem like a perfect fit..wish the characters had like a special item each on em gets

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