New Super Mario, Mario Kart titles shown in Nintendo Switch reveal trailer

Zelda isn't the only first-party A-lister preparing to make a big splash on Nintendo's next system. 


During today's Switch reveal, Nintendo showed footage of Mario and Mario Kart games scattered among clips from third-party titles like Skyrim and NBA 2K17. However, those Mario and Mario Kart games didn't resemble ports of Wii U games, namely Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8.

King Boo made an appearance during the Mario Kart segment, and he's been conspicuously absent from the series since 2008's Mario Kart Wii. Furthermore, Mario Kart 8 let players hold only one item at once; Mario Kart "Switch"—for lack of a known title—showed players holding two items.

Meanwhile, Mario was seen skipping and leaping around what looks like a plaza-type environment that was not in evidence in Super Mario 3D World.

Shigeru Miyamoto previously stated that new entries in the Super Mario and Pokémon series will launch on the Switch within the first six months of its launch next March, and Nintendo wouldn't let any system pass without taking an opportunity to turn out a new Mario Kart. Official confirmation could follow when Nintendo holds a proper direct to disclose a specific release date for the Switch, as well as a price and launch lineup.

Nintendo Switch is a console/handheld hybrid that runs on a tailor-made NVIDIA Tegra processor and plays games on cartridges. For more info, check out Shacknews' comprehensive summary of today's unveiling.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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