Nintendo Kicks of 2014 with 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Mario Kart 8' News

Nintendo Kicks of 2014 with ‘Super Smash Bros.’ and ‘Mario Kart 8’ News


Though they haven’t given us the release date yet, the big day keeps looming closer for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. It may end up being what makes me care about my Wii U once again but like I said, the release date wasn’t announced. What was announced though was the addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster of Little Mac.

This is one for the nostalgia freaks out there as Little Mac was the main character in the classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (or as Nintendo now just calls it Punch-Out!! after all of the… unpleasentness). Kids today don’t understand the torturous boss battles we had to endure back in the day with pattern memorization and Punch-Out!! was the king of memorized sequences.

Another big hitter was focused on yesterday at the first Nintendo Direct of 2014 was Mario Kart 8. Rather than worry about silly gimmicks like two person go karts, Nintendo has stuck to their roots with the successful franchise and is expanding its roster.

In possibly the biggest single day roster expansion announcement ever since the franchise’s beginning, Mario Kart 8 adds seven new playable characters with the Koopalings. Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy will not only be playable in Mario Kart 8 but it will be the first time the lot of them has ever been playable on any game on any platform.

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In addition, Bayonetta 2 had a new trailer shown during the event. It is still shocking that Nintendo has maintained its exclusivity for the title despite incredibly weak console sales last year. Nintendo must be putting up some big bucks in hopes that Bayonetta pushes console purchases along with the Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart exclusives.