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Super Mario Kart hits US Wii U Virtual Console

Original Super NES classic gets surprise release on the eShop

US residing Wii U owners can now download Super Mario Kart via the Wii U eShop.

The Super NES classic and original Mario Kart game was released via the digital store on Wednesday, August 6 - a day ahead of the typical weekly eShop updates on Thursdays.

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Released for the Super Nintendo in 1992, Super Mario Kart was the game that kicked off one of Nintendo's most successful long-running franchises, with the eighth game in the series, released for Wii U in May this year, hitting 2.82 million units sold in just one month.

The title accounted for over 50 per cent of all Wii U software sales (4.39m) during Nintendo's first financial quarter ended June 30.

Nintendo will launch Mario Kart 8 DLC alongside a new patch on August 27 in Japan and US. The DLC will include three free Mercedes-Benz karts: GLA, W25 Silver Arrow and 300 SL Roadster.

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