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Prepare to be unified! Nintendo is putting their gonads back in place and rearranging their feet to position themselves to dropkick the competition and springboard their leg to low-blow any and everything else that drops this spring. Why? Because they can. How? With Mario Kart 8.
It's been confirmed by Nintendo that Mario Kart 8 is legitimately confirmed to launch this May, exclusively for the Wii U, as reported by Games Radar.
Nintendo dropped bombs in their new investor seminar that rolled out a roadmap of changes the company will be exploring through 2014 and 2015. The company isn't changing too much, but they had to say something in order to shut up all the naysayers and doom-spinners. Heck, there was so much negative spin that Fox's executives muttered under their own breath “We don't even dog Obama this badly.” Heck, Bill O'Reilly gives pot smokers an easier time than the media has given Nintendo, and he would probably rather sacrifice his testicles to Baal before giving in to smoke the toke.
Nintendo also revealed that they would be rolling out unified network accounts for users, enabling users to take their digital progress and virtual console games with them, no matter what system they game on.
Nintendo has also made it known that a price-cut for the Wii U is not inbound. They will not be moving away from the $299 price point any time soon, as noted on Gamespot.
They also want to focus more on the GamePad support, almost identical to people saying Microsoft either needs to buck up and make Kinect important in Xbox One games or axe it from the system's retail box so they can cut the price down.
Nintendo, however, will follow through with their own gimmick: the GamePad isn't just there for farts and giggles.
The device will supposedly play a much larger role in their first, second and some third-party titles, most notably kicking things into high gear with Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, as well as with Project CARS from Slightly Mad Studios.
Nintendo's goal is to get Mario Kart 8 out there by the end of spring to boost some good sales through the E3 marketing blitz, and then from there – hopefully, maybe – roll out a strong line-up of additional exclusives either on stage or during a Nintendo Direct.
With Mario Kart Wii, the Big 'N' managed to move a breezy 34 million copies. It wouldn't be surprising if Mario Kart 8 was the catalyst for continued momentum of Wii U sales when May rolls around. The company still needs to address software leading up to that date with offerings in February, March and April. Hopefully they'll have some good outings to keep up their holiday sales trend that helped keep them as the number one leader in the eighth generation of gaming.