Nintendo is Bringing Mario Kart 8 Competition to Television

DISNEY XD CLASH OF THE KARTS: MARIO KART 8 - Four popular video game influencers will each lead a hand-picked team of gamers to battle it out for gaming glory. The Disney XD Special "Disney XD Presents Clash of Karts Mario Kart 8" airs on Friday, December 5 (8:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET/PT) on Disney XD. (Disney XD/Matt Petit) MATT RIFE, MEGHAN CAMARENA, AJ DEPETRIS, ASHLYNNE MILLER, GREAT KIM, MARCO GOCHEZ, MARI TAKAHASHI, ALISON HAISLIP

Nintendo has quietly been making moves to expand what exactly it is they do. This means we should be seeing their beloved characters doing more than staring in video games. It would seem Disney XD is kicking this off with Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8.

While this show isn’t a cartoon based on Mario Kart (which would be amazing by the way) it’s still a step in the right direction for Nintendo. The show will follow “eight of America’s best young gamers” competing against each other as well as a few YouTube stars including Andre of Black Nerd Comedy, Strawburry 17, AtomicMari, and SethBling.

This is a very interesting move for Nintendo and an unexpectedly modern one. Not only is Nintendo capitalizing on the new and popular eSports scene but also featuring a few YouTube celebrities that the younger crowd follow. Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8 will drop on Saturday, December 5 at 8pm PT/ET on Disney XD.

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