Target gets Mario Karts - turtle launcher not included

With plenty of gamers already used to Mario Kart 8, you might find yourself trying incredibly hard to keep up with those well versed in the game already, but relax: we've got your back.

Target and Nintendo are teaming up to deck out their stores in a Super Mario theme for the release of Mario Kart 8 for the Switch game console on April 28.

For a console that's had the biggest hardware launch in Nintendo's history across Europe, the USA and Australia, the platform holder has been surprisingly coy about releasing concrete sales data for its recently released Switch.

Target's announcement of its Super Mario-themed shopping carts has drawn mixed reactions.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if future Nintendo Switch games have similar controller restrictions or if they will allow local tablet players to utilize all the controller options. And next week, we'll do it all over again when Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes to the Nintendo Switch. When you're whizzing around the corner on Grumble Volcano, you might skip past this ace shortcut that'll boost you ahead, so make sure you learn this one. Regardless of how you feel about the game, that's pretty cool.

The only real sticking point is that this is essentially just a port of a three year old Wii U release and isn't exactly brimming with new additions - especially if you purchased the DLC first time around. Best Buy will also have the essential Joy-Con wheel accessory for Mario Kart in stock on Friday. We'll see if that changes once Switch gets a proper Smash Bros. entry, but for now, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the undisputed champion. And now that I have a way to play it whenever and wherever I am, I'm dedicating myself to taking on the 200cc mode.

It's "easily the best Mario Kart yet", says Wired, thanks to the addition of eight "brilliantly designed maps" built specifically for the revamped battle mode.

That's because for some odd reason the Switch refuses to let players play unless they're using a single Joy-con, or several Pro Controllers.

  • Latoya Cobb