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Trailer: Mario Kart 8 release date confirmed

Nintendo announced a Mario Kart 8 release date during its Direct live stream on Thursday.

The highly anticipated racer will ship on May 30 in the US. A UK release date was not specifically announced, but the release date falls on a Friday so, by convention, it's likely the title will also launch May 30 across Europe. [Update: Nintendo has confirmed a May 30 Mario Kart 8 release date for Europe]

A new trailer showcases a range of new characters, such as various Koopaling mini-bosses made famous during the pioneering 1992 platformer, Super Mario world.

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