We've been speculating what Angry Birds Go! was going to be all about since we first heard of it, and after today's gameplay trailer it'd seem that it's probably going to be the closest thing to Mario Kart available on the App Store. Per the trailer, it closely follows the kart racer formula, with tons of racers, power-ups, and customizable karts, check it out:

Angry Birds Go! is going to launch on December 11th, while a "Countdown app" for the game will be released this Halloween. Of course it wouldn't be a Rovio product launch without tons of merchandising, and so far they've got clothing, accessories, and Angry Birds Go! footwear in the works. Additionally, gift wrap and greeting cards are in the pipeline along with luggage, candy, books, posters, guides, and sporting goods. Oh, and telepods, which you can already pick up at the store.

  • jrusty

    So awesome, reminds me very much of diddy kong racing for n64.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Oh that hurts for you to bring that up. I miss that game. I don't see much to suggest this is like it. Diddy Kong Racing was a Kart plus adventure game with more skill based stuff than Mario Kart.

      Not saying this doesn't look like fun. Wondering if they'll rely on the new telepods for revenue and keep the IAP to a minimum like they have on previous games.

      Rovio hasn't succumbed to the the IAP thing except for very, very optional stuff, right?

      • DannyTheElite

        Play AB Star Wars 2. All the characters you want you have to get with slingshot coins which you earn by getting achievements.
        Personally I just want anyone but the pink bird and I'll be happy.

  • ImJPaul

    Wow this looks AWESOME!!! So glad it's an actual cart racer. Woo!!!

    • EscortGamer

      Kids these days...

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    More merchandise! Does this mean you'll be expanding your 'Angry Birds' bathroom theme throughout the rest of your domicile, Eli?

    • nini

      I, for one, encourage him in his endeavour.

  • BlueFalcN

    I can only imagine how much IAP will plague this potentially pretty cool game....

  • Deixa

    Angry Birds Go iAP crazy

  • Mr. Grizzly

    Looks pretty cool!

  • oooooomonkey

    Official trailer = officially not interested. :p
    Not a big kart racer fan.

  • Boris Nguetie

    For kart fans this is a BLAST!! Jst a bit worried about the freemium aspect! But visuals , effects and atmosphere are just WOW!!

  • http://www.memostudios.com/ Memo

    Copying ideas from Crash Team Racing? :|

  • Taclys

    Yet another angry birds game. Why angry birds? Couldn't this game be made with other characters? The birds were knocking buildings down, not racing. Man.

    • nini

      Angry Blrds makes money, lots of it. I don't think they need more reason than that.

    • thestapler

      In spite of the insane popularity, Rovio is very very good what they do.

  • OutSpoken

    Looks fun! And great timing for xmas.

  • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

    I was hoping for an endless runner where you slingshotted the birds into oblivion... but no, a Mario Kart clone... sigh...

    • Bischi777

      Because we have a drastic shortage of endless runners and so many mario kart clones?

      • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

        You can always improve the genre and make a step further...

      • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

        Its also my favorite genre on iOS, so go figure why I'm asking that....

  • speedyph

    WOW LOL LOOKS GOOD

  • MicroByte

    Surprisingly, this looks good! Only thing that would cinch the deal for me is if it had MFI controller support as well.

  • Pipipitchu

    It looks so freemium...

  • PresidentZer0

    Never interested in the classic game but this looks pretty amazing. Will it have multiplayer?

    • OutSpoken

      Good point, mulitplayer!

  • Flare_TM

    It will all hinge on the driving mechanics and if it 'feels' good

  • Henryduk

    I though this game was awesome until it said "free app" at the end. I HATE FREE 2 PLAY!!!!'

  • Daniel Brown

    Ooh, it's going to be free to play? I'll be looking out for this!

  • anabolicMike

    Yeah me too. Looking out and dodging it. I'll turn around and watch it smash into the building behind me. Then download something else

  • anabolicMike

    I do love Mario kart 64. On mushrooms. For two days straight

  • zdanee

    Looks interesting. I wonder if we can make our rides like in Bad Piggies. That would be awesome.

  • kev21

    This game looks really good!!:) the visuals look outstanding!

  • Cevan7

    So far it looks really good, but the only thing that worries me is how many IAPs there will be in it. Hopefully we get a decent selection of characters without telepods or IAPs.

  • CooleTeeps

    Darn, it's freemium.

  • Jake7905

    As long as 'free' doesn't mean a repeat of Angry Birds Friends, and as long as Rovio doesn't take advice from EA or Gameloft on how to design a freemium game, I'll give this a try.

  • LOLCAT

    Wow...I haven't been excited for a Rovio game in a long time, but this just looks flat-out AMAZING. ANGRY BIRDS MARIO CART FOR THE WIN

  • Mekklesack

    Cool!

  • SumoSplash

    Amazing how we as iOS gamers have to walk through the perpetual minefield of Freemium antics. Our undying lust for Premium games is all that prevents us from going insane.

  • Lazer Kat

    Please be $2.99 and not free.

    • Lazer Kat

      Lol. Just realized my comment right below that makes it very weird

  • Raketemensch

    Awesome how you have to read the comments to know that it's a freemium app, as the "article" itself doesn't use the words "freemium" or "IAP." You'd think a site dedicated to gaming like this would mention it. Maybe once.

  • miumius

    WHY IS IT FREE

    • Lazer Kat

      The simple answer to "why is it free" is because we (the average TA user) do not resent the average iOS gamer. When I tell my friends I'd rather buy a $3 game than download a free one they think I'm crazy. They think they're getting a deal by downloading Simpsons Tapped Out for free and then sinking $50 in it / month, however, the same people think $3 for a game is expensive. If you look at the top grossing revenue section of the app charts the top 10 are all free games. Very rarely does a game make the top revenue chart through app purchases. Until the iOS gamer speaks with their wallet, instead of on forums like these then developers will continue the freemium revenue plan.

      TL;DR: we are the minority. Most people would rather d/l a free game and spend a ton on IAPs than d/l a $3 game and never pay another penny

      • Lazer Kat

        *represent

  • EscortGamer

    Despite despising Angry Birds, I still always think that kart racing is awesome!

  • Lazer Kat

    The simple answer to "why is it free" is because we (the average TA user) do not resent the average iOS gamer. When I tell my friends I'd rather buy a $3 game than download a free one they think I'm crazy. They think they're getting a deal by downloading Simpsons Tapped Out for free and then sinking $50 in it / month, however, the same people think $3 for a game is expensive. If you look at the top grossing revenue section of the app charts the top 10 are all free games. Very rarely does a game make the top revenue chart through app purchases. Until the iOS gamer speaks with their wallet, instead of on forums like these then developers will continue the freemium revenue plan.

    TL;DR: we are the minority. Most people would rather d/l a free game and spend a ton on IAPs than d/l a $3 game and never pay another penny

  • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

    Really glad to see Rovio moving on to other genres. A Mario Kart clone with these characters and free price would easily be on every iPhone.

    The graphics look pretty decent and a lot of character variety. Kart racing games tend to go stale having a limited amount of tracks. I'm confident Rovio will feed this game to be fresh for months.

    On a more picky note, even if I like the 3D models, some cell shading and back outlines would make it look more like Angry birds, more cartoony

  • http://www.AppGemeinde.de/ Tobi

    Oh! A really new taste of look for a rovio game... finaly.

  • Devok

    Now all they need is angry birds rpg ff7 style lol.