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The World Cup Starts Today!

Here are 10 fun facts about the 2014 World Cup courtesy of the World Cup Brazil 2014 Guide:

  1. The mascot is a Brazilian three-banded armadillo named Fuleco.
  2. The official TV opening is an animation video.
  3. 2014 is the most expensive world cup ever, with costs so far at $14-16 BILLION US dollars.
  4. Brazil will use drones and US robots to monitor crowds for security purposes.
  5. This is the 1st World Cup with Goal-Line Technology!
  6. France demanded 2 types of soap in each hotel room (read about different country demands here)
  7. A Simpsons episode has been dedicated to the 2014 World Cup
  8. Coca-Cola World Cup Anthem is ‘The World is Ours’ 
  9. Vanishing Spray will be used to provide a temporary visual marker
  10. Germany built their own World Cup Hotel and training camp

For many more fun facts and for the schedule, World Cup History and teams click here.



UK Wii U hardware sales experiences devilishly good gains (666%) thanks to Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8



Retail monitor Chart-Track said the game recorded the highest week one sales for any Wii U title since the console’s November 2012 release and the second best launch in the series’ history. Mario Kart 8 hardware bundles accounted for 82 per cent of weekly Wii U sales.

Nintendo will be hoping the release of Mario Kart 8 can kickstart a turnaround for the console globally following disappointing Wii U sales in the year ended March 2014.

Those who purchase Mario Kart 8 then register their copy on the Club Nintendo website before July 31 will receive a code to download a free Wii U game.

Mario Kart 8 debuted at No.2 on the UK all formats all prices chart behind Watch Dogs, which set a new IP sales record and also enjoyed the 17th highest week one sales of any game in the UK.

“This is Nintendo serving up unprecedented helpings of joy as only it can,” CVG said in their Mario Kart 8 review. “Each and every track is a delight to experience,” it reads, and “the master of karting is a real looker to boot.”

See what other critics thought of the racer in CVG’s Mario Kart 8 review round-up.



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