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NWC: That Random Mario Kart 8 Tweet Nintendo Teased Out of Nowhere Probably Meant Nothing


A little while back, Nintendo tweeted “good things come to those who wait,” followed by the hashtag #MK8 and a picture of the Kalamari Desert track from Mario Kart 64. It was fascinatingly mysterious, and seemed to tease that new DLC was on its way for Mario Kart 8, likely featuring Kalamari Desert as one of the returning courses.

This was one of the talking points on
a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and while enough time has passed since the tweet that we’re ready to say it was all for nothing, we still got hilariously worked up about the debacle when it was fresh in our minds. Check out the discussion video above for the hubbub, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary of our thinking.

The three of us on the show were never entirely convinced that it was a tease to begin with, as Nintendo’s demonstrated an embarrassingly loose understanding of their own hype train plenty of times in the past. Alex points out in particular that when Nintendo tweeted it, they were also running new advertisements for
Mario Kart 8 on the eShop, so it’s not a stretch to assume they’d try to renew awareness of the game on social media as well.

This, of course, draws a million questions. Why promote a course from the wrong game? Is the tweet supposed to be a joke about
Mario Kart 64? Where’s the punchline? Have they learned from this experience and hired funnier interns?

Be sure to check out the discussion video above for our fun with the debacle. If you like it, you can
subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday, or you could check out the full episode. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, where you can find episodes covering tons of other subjects, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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