Before we talk about the future, it seems only appropriate to acknowledge the glorious past. There's not a single day that goes by our office doesn't have at least 3 sessions of Mario Kart 8 running on the Wii U. Satoru Iwata is a huge part of our daily enjoyment and it's truly devastating to hear that the Video Games industry, and indeed the world, has lost a truly a special individual.
His contribution to Nintendo has been extraordinary and the fact that one of his defining characteristics was the fact that he laughed a lot just goes to show how kind and lively an individual he really was. You will be missed Iwata, and no image describes the loss more poignantly than this one. Someone bring a tissue.
In its current state, Mario Kart 8 feels perfect. There are very few games out there that can supply such a constant and consistent stream of joy and frustration than Mario Kart. With Iwata in charge of Nintendo, Mario Kart 8 seems like the epitome of the franchise. So what can Mario Kart 9 bring to the table? Well, more of this I suppose!
Mario Kart 9 - How to Improve on Mario Kart 8 on Wii U or the NX
The last Mario Kart that was released for the general public was a Nintendo 3DS exclusive. Prior to this installation we had Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 manages to trump both of these games in amazing ways. At the moment, Nintendo seem to be working in 3 year cycles for Mario Kart games. Therefore, 2017 will most likely bring the next title but surely the Wii U will be long gone by then!
Nintendo have announced the existence of the NX, the next generation of consoles for Nintendo lovers. Whether the console will try release blockbuster games on it like the Wii U did remains to be seen. But we've been told this new console is approaching games in a way we've never seen before. It's generally how Nintendo market all of their products, so we'll have to wait and see how crazy their newest idea really is.
So if Mario Kart 9 is released on the NX, what can we expect? Will there be some new gimmick attached to playing the game? Or will they simply focus on new tracks, new characters and crazier experiences? We're not entirely sure, but here are just a few things we at Moviepilot would love to have in Mario Kart 9!
The latest two Mario Kart games have had one big element introduced, like gliding from MK7 and anti-gravity from MK8. Rather than adding a new element into a game that we already adore, Mario Kart 9 should bring back all elements from previous games with improvements on courses, graphics and such. Basically, what we really want is more tacks Nintendo. MORE TRACKS. We know all of them inside out and we really just want more challenges.
At the moment, none of us use 200cc. But not because it's too fast, it's just the tracks really aren't designed for 200cc. You have to come up with alternative routes and manoeuvres in order to compensate for the extreme speed, and we'd love to see some tracks built solely with this speed in mind. We've also compiled a list of characters we really want to see in Mario Kart 9...we're not sure they'll happen though.
We'll Miss You Satoru Iwata
But what about you guys? What do you want to see arrive in Mario Kart 9 on the Wii U or NX? Let us know in the comments! And hopefully Nintendo will continue to inspire us with their ridiculously enjoyable games following the passing of Satoru Iwata. Rest in peace, you wonderful man.