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Things We Saw Today: Is Rocket Raccoon Getting An Origin Movie?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was quoted at Hasbro's HASCON, saying, "We are going to learn more about where Rocket comes from in the coming sagas." But what "coming sagas" could those be?

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Virtual Reality Mario Kart Lets You Experience Your Video Game Driving in First Person

Experience your Mario Kart driving like you're actually in the driver's seat, thanks to a virtual reality arcade. Goggles on at your own risk!

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Mario Kart Makeover to Turn Target Into a Lawless Racetrack

All I can tell you is that if I were still in high school I would walk straight to the Target Greatland at our local town center, grab myself a Princess Peach cart, and start jousting with my friends in the aisles.

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Can You Identify All 100 Video Game Characters in This Reimagined Mario Kart?

It's 2016. Who still spins out on a Mario Kart starting line?

Nintendo's own real-life playable video game museum (Smash Bros.) just got its last round of updates until the next version, but this Mario Kart video one-ups it on character count—by about double, that is. As Toad races up the track to make it to first place, gamers will notice a lot of familiar faces, or at least the backs of heads. In fact, many gamers will know them all by name, which is an impressive testament to how many memorable video game characters are out there.

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Things We Saw Today: Fan-Crafted Mario Kart 8 Nursery

Geek parents FTW!

One super-crafty Nintendo fan has designed an impressive Mario Kart 8-themed nursery, following on the heels of beautifully designed Yoshi's Island and Zelda nurseries.

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Mario Kart: Fury Road Is the Ridiculous Mad Max Mashup This Week Needed

It's-a me! Mariosa!

Or Mad Mario: Rainbow Road.

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Mario Can’t Withstand Luigi’s Sick Dance Moves in Weird Live Action Mario Kart Commercials

Do the Luigi! Swing your arms from side to side, now pop and lock.

It's weird to see a real car company like Mercedes-Benz get put into Mario Kart with DLC, but it's even weirder to see Mario characters get put into real Mercedes—mostly because of Luigi's apparent double life as a member of NSYNC. Meanwhile, it looks like Mario's been studying the death stare.

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Our 18 Favorite N64 Games to Celebrate the Nintendo 64’s 18th Birthday

"Get N or get gtfo." -Grown up Nintendo 64.

The Nintendo 64 is old enough to vote, buy cigarettes, and fight in wars that don't involve the PlayStation. So, let's revisit a time when you weren't old enough for any of those things with our 18 favorite Nintendo 64 games.

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This Luigi Death Stare Cosplayer Won Anime Expo 2014

I fear for my life.

Cosplayer D Piddy usually attends cons as Deadpool—he's the one behind all those Deadpool vs [Insert Con Name Here] videos you watched when you were supposed to be working—but he mixed it up at Anime Expo 2014. Instead of the merc with a mouth, he attended as Mario Kart 8 Luigi, complete with death stare and blue shell. No one was safe.

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Kids Reacting to Luigi’s Death Stare Bring All the Adorable Impressions You’d Expect

Fact: mustaches make you look 100% more sinister.

Remember a few weeks ago when you couldn't stop laughing at the endless videos of Luigi hilariously eyeballing his Mario Kart 8 competition set to music that suddenly feels relevant again? That's great and all, but what do all of the innocent children in the game's target audience think of Luigi's new signature move?

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TV News Tries to Make Sense out of Luigi’s Death Stare and His Senseless Violence

Better watch your backs for anything spiky and blue, news anchors.

We had a whole lot of fun with Luigi's death stare yesterday, which completely flipped my opinion on Mario Kart 8 and gave me a strong desire to own it. So, the evening news on a FOX New York affiliate tried to pull the same trick and make the news entertaining with Luigi to... mixed results.

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Luigi’s Death Stare Is the Best Reason to Buy Mario Kart 8

In case you needed additional reasons.

Luigi is a one-man kart-racing meme machine in Mario Kart 8. In several slow motion videos and a handful of facial expressions, Mario Kart 8 has taught us more about Luigi's inner badass than any game he's been in so far. As his "death stare" expression very clearly states, the year of Luigi's not over, motherf@$&ers.

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Review: Mario Kart 8 Turns the Kart-Racing World Upside Down

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Mario Kart is the king of the kart racer. My problem is, it’s held that throne for a long, long time, and kings can get lazy. Between generations, the series does little to distinguish one entry from another. The gimmicks may change, but you’re still hugging the turns and avoiding the nefarious, homing blue shells and dozens of banana peels littering the Bowser’s Castles and Rainbow Roads as Mario, Luigi, and the gang. The pressure is never on to innovate because when other kart-racing games do emerge, they usually try to mimic Mario Kart and fail (with one modern exception: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed—trust me).

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Learn All About Mario Kart 8 From Its Dedicated Nintendo Direct

Is there even going to be anything left to show at E3?

Nintendo is notoriously secretive about its upcoming games, but they've been making a push lately to show off more of their games in between big gaming events. Fans have already gotten an inside look at the forthcoming Smash Bros. titles, and now they've got over 30 minutes of Mario Kart 8 to show off before the game's release next month.

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New Mario Kart 8 Trailer Shows off Anti-Gravity Tracks, Is Basically the Same as Every Mario Kart

Are George Clooney and Sandra Bullock playable, though?

Yes, Mario Kart 8 looks very pretty. Does that really matter, though? Nintendo's entire business strategy for two generations now has been to push a graphically underpowered console that offers something new and different. No matter how many hang gliders, motorcycles, and anti-gravity tracks you throw in, Mario Kart's age is starting to show.

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Things We Saw Today: A Mario Kart You Can Use

Things We Saw Today

How was this not a thing before?? (via Geekosystem

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You Can Now Get a Life-Size Battery-Powered Mario Kart for Your Kids or Just Your Own Use

Three red shells not included, but suggested.

Hey, remember when you were a kid and all you wanted to do all day was play Mario Kart? Or right now, as a grown-up, for those of us who are still immature man-children awesome? Well, now you can live the dream in real life, because JAKKS Pacific and Nintendo are putting out a ride-on Mario Kart toy.

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The Olympics Are Ending Today, So Here’s Speed Skating Mario Kart-Style

The only way this video could be any better is if they somehow included Daisy.

The Olympics are over as of today! To stave off your inevitable Olympic-withdrawal symptoms, we present you this video created by Michael Shanks (probably not the Stargate SG-1 guy). It's a Speed Skating run - but with all the trappings of a Mario Kart course. Oh, and the narration is perfect.

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Awesome One Year Old Dominates in Video Games

Meddling Kids

Game developer Ben Stirling has a one year old and he decided to celebrate like any game developer would - by inserting his kid into some popular games including Little Big Planet and Mass Effect. The results are adorable and occasionally terrifying (SOMEONE SAVE THAT BABY FROM ZOMBIES). Extra points for the nerdy dad.

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Conan O’Brien Versus E3 [Video]

Coco Goes Loco for Games

Most videos of E3 focus on the usual types of attendees-- games journalists, developers, PR managers, and booth babes. This year, talk show host and clueless gamer Conan O'Brien crashed the party. He tried out some of the big games on display and spoke to a number of familiar faces, including Microsoft's Major Nelson and the voice of Mario himself, Charles Martinet. It's especially funny to see an outsider's perspective on an event that we scrutinize annually.

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