Playing Mario Kart 8 first in Europe?

Starting up Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 was released on May 29th 2014 in Japan. Now you say, but it’s still only May 28th! Correct, in Europe it is still May 28th. But European time 17.00 it turned May 29th in Japan.

I wrapped up my job for the day, took Feierabend and checked if the game was available in the eshop in my Wii U and if I could buy it with my European credit card. It was and I could! Despite Nintendo’s policy of not letting one region play games released in other regions. I’ve heard they check IP addresses, but apparently I was somehow allowed to give them my money.

Mario Kart 8

After purchasing – a bit over 6,000 yen = around 44 euros – I had to wait from 18.10 to 21.50 for the download, over 4 GB. Then some more minutes for the install. And then I was set to play, at 22.00 on May 28th 2014, the date before the release in Japan! (The English version will be released on May 30th in the West.) I might very well be the first person in Europe who plays Mario Kart 8! How cool isn’t that?

The game? It’s fantastic! I love it! It feels extremely powerful and modern, with very high quality – I’ve seen a documentary about the making of the game, so I know that all the music was recorded with real studio musicians. I look forward to racing against my friends.

Playing Mario Kart 8

Maybe you wonder why I’m so infatuated with Mario Kart 8. The reason is that me and Yusuke saw this game in the game centers in Tokyo last December. It was new then and not available for any console. We did some research and found out that it would be released for the Wii U “in spring”. This was good news for me, since I had just bought a Wii U to be able to play Taiko no Tatsujin. We agreed that I would give Yusuke money so that he could send me the game when it was released.

I went back to Europe, spring came, and then Nintendo revealed the release date: 29th May 2014. So my whole year so far has been a long waiting for Mario Kart 8, and during this whole time I wasn’t sure if it was going to work to purchase it in the e-shop and play it on my Japanese Wii U in Europe. Tonight all that worked out. That’s why I’m so happy!

And let me repeat: I love the game! Everyone who sees it will be shocked at how good it looks! (At least on a 60-inch plasma, just had to mention that again, hihi.)

Ok, now I’m going back to the game!

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3 Responses to Playing Mario Kart 8 first in Europe?

  1. Christian May 28, 2014 at 23:37 #

    Nice to hear. I’ve been looking forward to it since I got a Wii U (I’m going to buy it to my bf on Friday, just one-and-a-half more days); it would be great if it turned out to be as good as Double Dash. How cool isn’t it to be able to race on a Möbius strip. 🙂

    • Karl May 29, 2014 at 01:06 #

      That’s great! Because then we can become Wii U friends, “rivals”, and play against each other when both (or the three of us) are online! I’ve been playing for 3 hours nonstop now because I discovered that you can play against others on the internet. I guess consoles have worked like that for 10 years or so, but for me it was new. I could choose to search for other players either worldwide (so there were some Germans, Austrians and Spaniards who had already got the game!) or only within Japan, which was more fun of course. Sometimes we were 10 to 12 people racing together.

      Oh, Double Dash. I had to look that up, cause I’m not knowledgeable at all about games. I saw a video of the Mario Kart history and I must say the gameplay seemed even better in the first supersimple versions. But Mario Kart 8 is amazing, it’s like a game from the future.

      • Christian June 20, 2014 at 15:52 #

        Ya, mail me on this mail address and I can add you. But I’ve had much time to train now, so don’t get too upset when you lose. 😀 (Though there’s much luck involved when playing online.)

        As for the game. It’s really beautiful and very fun, but the tracks are a bit too easy I think. And it’s too easy to get three stars in GP, in the old days winning all four tracks didn’t guarantee you three stars, or even two, you had to fulfil other criteria as well (making three stars on 150 cc or mirror mode extremely difficult to get). 🙂

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