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Mario Kart And Toad Are Trending On Twitter And No One Will Tell Me Why UPDATE: I Found Out Why

Update (September 20th, 2018): I finally found out why and you people are gross.

Twitter users discovered that #MarioKart and #Toad were trending this morning, though no one seems to know why.

Fans of the Mario Kart series, and Nintendo in general, met the news with delight. Dreams of new DLC announced for the venerable kart racing game, however, were quashed when no press release was found from Nintendo itself. Same goes for people hoping for more levels for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, a Wii U game that has recently found new life on the Big N's newest console, the Switch.

The Mario Kart franchise began on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES, back in 1992 with Super Mario Kart. The game featured eight playable characters, including Toad, Princess Peach's attendant. Toad has appeared in every subsequent Mario Kart game, and was joined by Toadette in GameCube's Mario Kart: Double Dash and beyond.

Toad, for his part, made his first appearance as his own character in Super Mario Bros. 2 back in 1988, in which he was one of four playable characters, alongside Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool.

Toad is not to be confused with the lookalikes that inhabit the entire Mushroom Kingdom. Those first appeared in the original Super Mario Bros., helpfully letting Mario know that "The Princess Is In Another Castle" when rescued from Bowser's clutches.

 

There has been no news today so far that relates directly to either Toad or Mario Kart, but we can only imagine Nintendo has something big in store. Luigi, the oft-forgotten older brother of Mario, had his own year dedicated to him; surely it's Toad's time in the spotlight? Still, it would be odd timing - the Switch received its own Mario Kart game just last year, and as mentioned above, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was re-released just in the past few months.

Fans were able to find a mysterious tweet from @NintendoAmerica, dated to more than three years ago, but we don't yet know if it is related.

This story is still developing. When Nintendo sees fit to make a statement, we will update this news article accordingly.

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