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Mario Kart 64 coming to Wii U virtual console this week

Sam Loveridge

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The classic Mario Kart 64 hits the Wii U virtual console this Thursday.

If you want to lap up some awesome Mario Kart 64 action on Nintendo's latest games console, then from this Thursday you can.

Mario Kart 64 will be downloadable from the Wii U Virtual Console store from Thursday January 21 for £8.99.

The game was the first to host some of the best Mario Kart tracks, such as Moo Moo Farm, Yoshi Valley and the excellent Kalimari Desert.

But, of course, they weren't all hits – just look at Toad's Turnpike.

Mario Kart 64 was also the first game to introduce the winged blue shell that heads straight for the race's current leader, spinning them out of control.

Plus, you could continuously choose Toad until he shouted "I'm the best" repeatedly.

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It's a little terrifying to think that Mario Kart 64 originally launched in Japan almost 20 years ago, back in December 1996. It didn't actually launch here in Europe until June 1997 – but that still feels a long time ago now.

Nintendo re-released the N64 version of Mario Kart on the Wii Virtual Console in January 2007, exactly nine years ago.

Let us know what games you'd like to see in the Wii U Virtual Console store using the comments below.

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