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Nintendo drops Wii to $150 on May 15th, with free Wii Wheel and Mario Kart

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

Well, we knew it was coming and sure enough, Nintendo just made it official. They will cut the retail price of the Wii down to $149.99, and will also include a copy of Mario Kart and the Wii Wheel peripheral with the console.

They will replace the current bundle of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games. The steering wheel and the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers will match the color of the console you buy. Not a bad time to get a Wii if you have been waiting for such a deal.

French guy plays Mario Kart in real life

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011


How many times have you been in traffic and wished you could play Mario Kart in real life? Well, French humorist Rémi Gaillard actually did just that. He played Super Mario Kart in real life by driving a go-cart through city traffic while disguised as Mario. I wish I could have seen it firsthand.

And yes, he even tosses banana peels at other cars and drivers and even collects power-ups. Eventually some French motorcycle cops catch up to him, so don’t try this yourself.

Limited Edition Wii Mario Kart Bundle

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

As they continue to celebrate Mario’s 25th anniversary, we’ve seen Nintendo announce the red special edition Wii and now there’s a Mario Kart Wii bundle.

This one comes bundled with a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the system. The package also includes the new Wii Remote Plus in black. This bundle will be available starting November 26th across Europe.

Takara Tomy RC Mario Karts

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2010

Mario Kart is now in 3D, as in these are real life rc Mario Karts that you can race. The action isn’t limited to the screen anymore thanks to Takara Tomy of Japan, offering real life RC Mario Karts. The controller actually contains items that you can throw at other players including the usual green shell, red shell and banana peel.

If you throw a banana, an IR light will show up on your rear so that whoever hits it will crash off course just like in the video game. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Mario Kart used to show students the danger of texting and driving

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2009

Mario Kart used to show students the danger of texting and drivingVail Christian High School is educating students about the dangers of texting while driving. Students hold the motion sensitive wheel in one hand, and a cell phone in the other. It’s unclear if they are required to drive as Toad, Mario, or anyone else. But were they sorry when they ended up getting hit by a turtle shell? Did they learn not to text while driving?

Apparently some did. One player said, “I ran into a lot of things and it was very stressful,” Which is interesting, because how stressful can texting and Mario Kart really be? Still, I’m sure it drives the point home to these kids.

Mario Kart sculpture made with office supplies

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Mario Kart sculpture made with office suppliesWhy be bored at work, when you can build your own version of Mario Kart? Made using bits and pieces that you have around your desk already. Donald Kenny created this awesome little Mario sculpture. It’s right up there with the Starship Enterprise built from office supplies.

It’s made using coins, binder clips, wire, and other found office supplies. Have your buddies build some others, like Bowser, Koopa and Toad. Plus create some small turtle shells and bananas and soon you will be racing in the break room.

Mario Kart R/C racing set

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Mario Kart R/C racing setThe Mario Kart Pullback toys were cool, so was the giant r/c Mario Kart racer, but this set of Mini Mario Kart rc cars from Brando gets it right. Each car is rechargeable and about the size of the iPod shuffle. Each comes with a 6-direction IR controller and shell and banana accessories. That’s what I’m talking about. You need accessories to really play Mario Kart outside of the Wii. They are available in Mario, Luigi, Koopa and Yoshi. Available for $24 each. Finally you can have real life Mario races.

Blazepro Offers Realistic Wii racing wheel

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Blazepro Offers Realistic Wii racing wheel
I haven’t picked up my copy of Mario Kart yet, but I imagine this new Wii wheel from Blazepro will make it a more realistic and far cooler experience. It’s got to be better then that rinky-dink wheel they are packaging with the game.

This new wheel promises better driving accuracy. The base can be attached to any desktop for more stability, too. If you still like playing it the other way, you can detach the wheel for more freedom. Available for only $5.87.

Dirty Wiis now affecting Mario Kart

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2008

Dirty Wiis now affect Mario Kart
The same dirty Wii syndrome that affected Super Smash Bros is now coming to the forefront again with the launch of Mario Kart. You may or may not be able to get the game to play, depending on how filthy your Wii is. The disc reading laser is having a hard time cutting through the dirt, due to the fact that it’s a double-layer disc with a large memory capacity. Those who may be heavy smokers have a layer of nicotine on the lens, for instance.

Reports of the launch of Mario Kart Wii this month in Japan show that the game is having this same problem just months after Smash Bros. Nintendo will clean it for you, but that means you’ll have to be without it for awhile and frankly that sucks. Keep your Wii clean. A clean Wii is a happy Wii people.

Wii Wheel design prototypes

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Wii Wheel design prototypes
Nintendo peripherals don’t just grow on digital trees. Real live people have to design them. Whether it’s the Zapper or the steering wheel, a ton of research and thought goes into them. During the design process for the wheel, Nintendo studied steering wheels from many go karts to make sure they got things just right.

They tried roughly 30 designs before they got it the way they wanted. I personally can’t wait to play some Mario Kart and if I know Nintendo, their final wheel may not look as cool as some of the ones above, but it should perform very nicely.

Thrustmaster T-GoKart wheel for Mario Kart

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Thrustmaster T-GoKart wheel for Mario Kart
Mario Kart has not yet been released, but already there is at least one alternative that’s better then the steering wheel that comes with the game. Thrustmaster has apparently branched out from the joystick business and they are now selling the T-GoKart NW steering wheel accessory for the Wii.

First, it looks much cooler then the original that comes with Mario Kart. Plus, the T-GoKart has a rubber grip and strategically positions the Wiimote so that you can access the buttons easily while your hands are at the ‘10 and 2′ positions. It also has holes on both sides so you can use the Wiimote for pointing while it’s in the wheel or for connecting the Nunchuck controller when needed. You can get it in April for about $10. Let’s-a-go!

Mario Kart pull back toys are here

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2008

Mario Kart pull back toys are here
You can never have too much Mario. Or Bowser. Or Donkey Kong. Maybe Peach, her whiny voice can grate on the nerves. The point is, you can never have too much Mario Kart. Now, thanks to Anytoys, you have a whole selection of Mario Kart Pull Backs featuring Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong.

Just pull them back and forth and they’ll take off on their own. These are straight from Japan, and each pack costs $11.60 and comes with 3 random characters. You better go prepare for your races. You’ll probably want to buy a bunch of baby turtles so you can sling shells at each other. Some will have to be painted red of course. Then you’ll want to gather some banana peels, have at least a quart of oil ready for those oil slicks too. However, if you are going to go for that kind of authenticity, I would suggest playing outside.

Giant r/c Mario Kart racer “Lets-a-go!”

Posted in Nintendo,R/C Toys,Toys by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2007

Giant r/c Mario Kart racer

If you’re a huge fan of Mario,(who’s not?) you’ll want to put away your Mario Kart slot car set and order yourself this giant Mario Kart racer pronto. It’s yet another way to bring the game into real-space and bring back memories of the N64. Mario and his Kart are over 12″ long and feature various sound effects from the game. Which is probably a good thing, since your cat will have some warning as Mario speeds down your hallway. You wouldn’t want Mario to run over Fluffy and spin out like he hit a banana peel.

Comes with a Nintendo GameCube style controller with five functions: Right, Left, Forward, Reverse and Turbo. Runs on 1 9V Battery and 8 AA Batteries. Check out a somewhat dorky video of it in action here. You can buy one online for $49.99.

Mario Kart gets the slot car treatment

Posted in Nintendo,Toys by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Mario Kart Slot Car Set

Now you can play Mario Kart in the real world away from your screen and in slot car form. The set includes 2 cars, a transformer, straights, curves, narrowing set, 2 hand controllers, guardrails and spare contact brushes, guide keels plus a track link.

Race Mario’s B-Dasher against Wario’s Brute on twenty feet of track. This should be a fun way to enjoy the classic game in a whole different way. I can only assume that more cars are forthcoming, since racing Mario against Wario could get boring after awhile. Some of us prefer Toad’s well balanced ride. This is a great fun concept. I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to bring it to market.

Wake Up to Mario Kart

Posted in Clocks by Darrin Olson on September 11th, 2007

Nintendo Mario Kart Alarm ClockWhat true Nintendo fan’s room would be complete without a Mario Kart clock radio at their bedside
? This little rendition of Mario racing is his go-cart is an actual working alarm clock with an LED display across the front.

It comes complete with an AM/FM radio which allows you to wake up to the radio or a buzzer, and of course Mario’s smiling face, each day.

Unfortunately this item is currently sold out, but the novelty site selling the clock radio states that its looking for more sources, so if you find one somewhere let us (and them) know.

Nintendo Mario Kart Clock radio via NerdApproved