‘Mario Kart’ Producer Talks Non-Mario Racers & A Wii U Installment

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 10th, 2011 at 4:39 am,

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Mario Kart is one of the most popular franchises around, but there’s always been a question that’s plagued fans of the series for years. This question pertains to why Nintendo only puts Mario characters into the game as playable characters, and not popular characters from some of their other franchises. With Mario Kart 7 racing onto store shelves early next month, karting enthusiasts are obviously wondering if fan favorite characters from other Nintendo-owned properties may make a special guest appearance — Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno has swiftly drifted into view and slashed the tires on that dream.

During Konno’s recent interview with Nintendo Power, the producer was asked if they had ever considered putting other characters from the Nintendo universe into a Mario Kart game. Konno-san then promptly stated that, “No, we’ve never seriously considered that.” While that may be a little disheartening to hear, some may immediately point out that R.O.B. (not to be confused with Game Rant editor-in-chief Rob Keyes) and Funky Kong have both appeared in previous installments.

This means that either Konno has forgotten that they actually included non-Mario characters in the series before, or he’s just trying to bring down expectations to shock everyone with another special guest appearance in Mario Kart 7. It’s safe to say that fans, myself included, are hoping it’s the latter.

Hideki Konno was also questioned about whether or not there were plans to bring the franchise to the unreleased Nintendo Wii U. He did confirm that the game will be coming to the platform with some “unique functions,” but other than that he refused to elaborate on anything else regarding the title and asked that fans be patient for the time being:

“I can’t get into the specifics, but I do want to create a new and enjoyable Mario Kart that uses the unique functions of the Wii U. Anything beyond that I have to keep secret. Please bear with me for now!”

Mario Kart Wii U seems like a blatant inevitability for Nintendo’s new console, so this confirmation should surprise a grand total of zero people. Still, it’s nice to know that Nintendo is already dreaming up some unique functions for the series’ eventual installment on the Wii U. Obviously one feature will be gyroscopic controls courtesy of the tablet-esque controller, and maybe even a map on the controller’s screen. It’ll be interesting to see what the team behind the next Mario Kart dreams up, but don’t expect any news on that project for quite some time.

Do you think other Nintendo characters should appear in Mario Kart? Which features do you think should be in Mario Kart Wii U?

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Source: Nintendo Everything

TAGS: 3DS, Mario Kart, Mario Kart 7, Nintendo, Retro Studios, Wii U

  • John Jacques

    I want Rob Keyes in the next Mario Kart!

  • scott

    it’s called MARIO kart for a reason. Because it is and always should be limited to Mario characters. Next thing you know, MK will have DLC *Puts gun to head*

    • Nathan

      I remember reading something on here that said to wii u was going to have dlc

    • http://gamerant.com Riley Little

      Nintendo plans on offering DLC for future games on the Wii U and even the 3DS. They aren’t talking specifics yet, but allegedly some may be hitting the 3DS as early as this year.

      Mario Kart seems like an obvious game to receive DLC, so you should expect it at some point. 😉

      • scott

        but that’s exactly what i don’t want :( i find the whole idea of dlc ridiculous. i mean, having dlc means that even when you buy the full game at full retail price, the developers still expect you to fork out your life savings just for a few extra features, and that’s only if you have wi-fi, which i for one do not. i’d rather have everything on one disc/cartridge and have that kind of stuff slowly unlock over time as i achieve stuff. This is why i’ve always gone with nintendo because they don’t do that kind of stuff, up until now anyway…
        Mario games have been my obsession since i was 3, and to have such a brilliant series be plagued with dlc and other online-exclusive junk would just destroy the last still-existing memory of my childhood…

  • ATG

    I remember playing the old one on Nintendo 64, spending the night at my friends house, up all night racing. This was probably 10 years ago, wow…

    • ATG

      Nah maybe more than 10 years, can’t remember.

    • http://gamerant.com Riley Little

      Hard to believe Mario Kart 64 came out in 1997… over 14 years ago.
      Man, I feel old. -_-

  • Mag

    I would want to use the tablet-screen as rear view mirror (by pressing a button) and then throw an object at where I’m pressing on the touch-screen. To accurately hit the racers anywhere behind me.