It’s been a long time coming, but this week finally sees the release of one of the year’s biggest games – Mario Kart 8. We can speculate all day about whether or not this game will be the system-seller Nintendo wants/needs it to be, but we can all agree on one thing – it’s the latest entry into a popular and well-established franchise, and delivers the goods where it counts!

If you’ve been following our posts over the last eight weeks, you’ll know that we’ve been honoring the Mario Kart series by looking at all of the various aspects that make the games so much fun.

Today, as a special conclusion to this series and to celebrate the release of Mario Kart 8, we’re excited to announce the Pure Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Tournament!



The racing starts from 12:30 AM on Friday, May 30 2014 EST and continues right up until 12:30 AM Tuesday, June 3 – this is US time, folks.


Players should search for Tournament Code 5204-1370-2996 to access the tournament.


Anyone from around the world can enter!

Race details

  • Class: 150cc
  • Items: All
  • CPU: On


The top three racers will each win a free 12 month subscription of the digital Pure Nintendo magazine.


  • Entrants must be 16 years of age, or have parental consent to participate.
  • Pure Media holds the right to decline a participant for cheating, being overly aggressive, or breaking out of the boundaries of the rules.

So join us this weekend for some fun and frantic racing action!

Thank you - Super Mario Kart

Thanks to everyone who read and contributed to the Why We Love Mario Kart series – it’s been a lot of fun for us too. We’d love to read your comments below – so let us know your thoughts about everything Mario Kart, and whether we can expect to see you online sometime over the weekend in the tournament!

In the meantime, check out our previous posts in the series – and as always, happy racing!

1. History
2. Characters
3. Brilliant tracks
4. Items
5. Vehicles and techniques
6. Multiplayer
7. Battle Mode