Having sold over 1.2 million copies already, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata expressed content today over the success of Mario Kart 8. While many gamers have always believed Mario Kart to be just a fun-loving, racing game series, Iwata recently clarified the origins and true purpose of the games.
"It might surprise you to know that Shigeru Miyamoto always intended Mario Kart to be an educational game, for kids and adults alike, about the dangers of aggressive driving," explained Iwata. "Since the early stages of development for the original Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo, we have always strongly encouraged defensive driving."
"Ask yourself: why is it that, when there are so many angry drivers on the road tailgating you, the aggressive first place driver is usually stuck with a measly banana while drivers who are behind get powerful red shells?
"It is to help protect yourself against crappy drivers ahead of you who throw junk out of their vehicle."
Nintendo has made the educational goals of Mario Kart clearer in its latest release. As recently reported by popular game site Kotaku, players of Mario Kart 8 have noticed Luigi giving "death stares" after performing a hit and run. Iwata has explained to the press that this severe look is an intentional feature to warn players to be cautious of their fellow drivers, as they can be complete assholes on the road despite behaving normally outside of operating a moving vehicle.
Despite the original lesson having been lost so far in the Mario Kart franchise, Nintendo vows to continue their best to educate both young and old drivers. When asked if Nintendo has any intention of changing the formula to better convey their mission, CEO Iwata left reporters with the following statement.
"Not at all. Nintendo has always stood firm in our belief in teaching through innovative methods. And if doing so also allows us to print money in the process, there is no need to reinvent the wheel."