Nintendo grabs a pair of Mario Kart patents, alongside a patent for reducing power consumption

Patent power!

The Nintendo patent machine has been working overtime lately! We've seen all kinds of unique patents getting registered lately, and today brings us three more. Two of them are tied to Mario Kart, which we'll cover first.

Both of these patents fall into the “Information processing” category, with one aiming to item handling by a user, which includes three items at once, the ‘Fever’ mode, and more. The second patent ties into players spending coins to purchase in-game items like gliders, karts, and more.

The third “information processing” patent looks to improve power consumption when repeatedly receiving packets by wireless communication. The information processing unit includes a receiving unit, a storage unit, and a predetermined processing unit, which utilizes the mode transition in the information processing unit, which allows power consumption to be reduced.

Nintendo releases "Switch My Way" commercial featuring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe & Luigi’s Mansion 3

Your way to play

Nintendo loves their 'Switch My Way' commercial series, and they're really pumping these spots out for the holiday season. Check out the latest commercial, featuring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Luigi's Mansion 3, above.

Nintendo releases Switch 'Black Friday Bundle' commercial

Deal with it

Nintendo put out their press release earlier today featuring the big Black Friday deals you'll find for Switch, and now they've shared a commercial to showcase their Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle. If you're looking for a recap on what deals are being offered, check out our original post here.

Mario Kart Tour - content update for Nov. 6th, 2019

[Pipe] The 1st Paris Pipe is now available. It features the following: Peach (Vacation) (Driver), Macharon (Kart), and Strawberry Crêpe (Glider) (available until November 13th)

[Tours] The 4th Tour, Paris Tour, is now live. This one features several new courses (including Paris Promenade), new characters (Toad (Pit Crew)), new challenges, and more. The featured Tour Gifts are Diddy Kong, Metal Mario (Gold Pass), and more. (available until November 20th)

[Store] Three new Packs are now available in the store (available until November 20th):

Value Pack: Rubies x5 (3 + 2 Bonus), Item Ticket x3, Star Ticket x2
Toad (Pit Crew) Pack: Rubies x45 (30 + 15 Bonus), Toad (Pit Crew), Star Ticket x5
Bowser Jr. Pack: Rubies x90 (60 + 30 Bonus), Bowser Jr., Quick Ticket

Mario Kart Tour - Paris Tour trailer

Who's up for some touring?

Want to get a look at what Paris has to offer in Mario Kart Tour? Check out the trailer for Mario Kart Tour's Paris Tour above!

Mario Kart Tour's "Paris Tour" coming Nov. 5th, 2019

A french twist

The next big event in Mario Kart Tour is right around the corner. Nintendo has confirmed that the Paris Tour is going to kick off on Nov. 5th, 2019, so you better get your practice in now! We'll be back with full details on the tour when Nintendo shares what to expect.

Mario Kart Wii shifts another 40k units in the last 6 months

Talk about a long-tail seller!

Mario Kart Wii really is unstoppable. Somehow, some way, people are still finding new units of the game to buy out in the wild. Believe it or not, in the last 6 months alone, Nintendo has managed to sell another 40k units of the game. That pushes the worldwide sales total from 37.20 million copies to 37.24 million.

Nintendo details future Mario Kart Tour plans

Coming from Nintendo's investor briefing...

Since release, Mario Kart Tour has held a New York Tour followed by a Tokyo Tour, and the Halloween Tour is now open. We will continue development of this title to keep players engaged with seasonal events and tours themed around city motifs, in addition to more familiar courses. ...Going forward, we will encourage users to continue playing Mario Kart Tour through a combination of feature expansions and operational management, with the goal of making this an evergreen title for smart device owners.

Mario Kart Tour real-time multiplayer beta coming to Gold Pass subscribers in December

Another reason to get the Gold Pass

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart Tour is getting a real-time multiplayer beta test sometime in December. The test will be available for Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass members. More details on this beta test will be shared in the near future.


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