Mario Kart 8 will release on May 30.
Last night's Nintendo Direct revealed a wealth of new information on Wii U and 3DS titles launching in 2014. A new fighter for Super Smash Bros. was revealed, and we also got a new trailer for Mario Kart 8, which revealed its full release date, as well as some new characters.
Mario Kart 8 will release on May 30, and will feature all seven of Bowser's "Koopalings" as playable characters. The Koopalings first made their appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3 as Bowser's highest level henchmen, and sub-bosses of each world. They have occupied similar roles in preceding games.
For the first time ever in any game, all of Bowser's seven Koopalings are playable characters. Players with a taste for being bad can get ready to challenge gravity on the race track with Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 30.
The trailer also shows off our favorite Mario characters driving on track, under water, and in anti-gravity - the big new addition to the series.
This is looking like it will be a pretty solid couch multiplayer game, something that Nintendo consoles excel at and something the Wii U could definitely use a few more of. I can't really see the gamepad being used in any meaningful way, however.