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Mario Kart 8 Gallery – First Look at the Koopalings

by Ron Duwell | February 14, 2014February 14, 2014 1:30 pm PDT

One of the great joys of being a Nintendo fan over the last few years is the reemergence of the Koopalings. Larry Koopa, Mortin Koopa Jr., Roy Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Lemmy Koopa and Ludwig von Koopa have finally begun springing up again in Mario games, and not a moment too soon.

I didn’t think I could handle that little puke Bowser Jr. any longer.

The Koopalings were brilliant in design back when they first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. While Shigeru Miyamoto might have rewritten the characters to be Bowser’s younger allies rather than his own children, that doesn’t mean they can’t race in Mario Kart 8.

Along with an official release date and new trailer, Nintendo announced during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct that the entire crew will be playable characters in the latest Mario racing game.

Along with their character art, Nintendo also has a handful of new screencaps showing off different karts the racers can speed away on. They fly, and they defy gravity. It is very likely that Nintendo will never make a new F-Zero game ever again now that Mario has high speed sci-fi racing under his belt. Poor Captain Falcon… he’s not even in Super Smash Bros. yet.

Mario Kart 8 will be released for the Wii U on May 30th. Check out the new trailer again below.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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