New Mario Kart 8 info – US Wii U bundle, free Wii U game offer, online, Mario Kart TV, new items and racers

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April 30, 2014 by (@NE_Brian)
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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One month from today, Mario Kart 8 will be driving players wild with anti-gravity racing action. To get people revved up for the Wii U game, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct video that announced some additional news nuggets, including a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, a free downloadable game offer for Wii U owners who buy Mario Kart 8, details about online features, cool new characters and devastating new items.

“Everyone loves Mario Kart,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “It’s a franchise that brings people together for fun at a family gathering, a frenzied race against friends or just an afternoon break at the office. The numerous new features of Mario Kart 8 make this the most ambitious version yet, and one that will have players of all skill levels racing for the checkered flag.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the new information announced today included:

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle: People who don’t yet own a Wii U system will find it easy to get in on the action. On May 30 Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all at a suggested retail price of just $329.99.

Get a Free Digital Game: People who buy Mario Kart 8 and register the game with Club Nintendo before July 31 will receive a free Nintendo eShop download code for an additional Wii U game. Players can grow their Wii U digital game collections by choosing from one of these well-received Wii U games: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U. That’s a two-for-one deal featuring some of the all-time great Wii U games. This offer also applies to people who get the game in the Mario Kart 8 bundle or digitally in the Nintendo eShop.

Online Multiplayer: Up to 12 players can race together online in four different multiplayer modes, as long as everyone has a broadband Internet connection. Like to trash-talk your friends while you’re preparing for a race? You’re in luck! Mario Kart 8 lets players chat with one another in the lobby area using the Wii U GamePad microphone or text phrases as they wait for their friends to join. Players also can create public or private tournaments for which they specify the day of the week, the time and the rules. Per tradition, players will be able to race against ghost data from friends or even the top 10 worldwide racers. They can try to beat them or just pick up a few tips and tricks from studying the best. If you beat the development team’s ghosts, you’ll get cool stamps for use in Miiverse posts.

Mario Kart TV: As previously announced, players can watch their highlight racing reels, rewind them, play them in slow motion or upload them to Miiverse. They can watch the world’s most popular highlight reels and comment on them. But players with Google accounts can also upload their reels directly to their YouTube channels.

New Items: Items are what make Mario Kart games so balanced. No matter how skilled racers are, they’re just a blue Spiny Shell away from disaster. A well-timed item can also turn defeat into victory in an instant. The new Super Horn blows away all other items – literally. Sounding the Super Horn issues forth a sonic shock wave that blasts away everything in the vicinity, including other drivers, Red Shells and even blue Spiny Shells. It’s a potent asset, especially for drivers trying to maintain their lead. Mario Kart 8 also introduces the Crazy Eight, a swirl of eight different items that lucky players can use one by one.

New Racers: Two new playable female characters make their debut appearances in Mario Kart 8. New heavyweight driver Pink Gold Peach glows with a golden light and makes a nice counterpart to Metal Mario. Baby Rosalina shows up for a play date with other Baby characters. As in past Mario Kart games, players can again choose to play as their Mii characters, which rounds out the field of racers to an even 30.

Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.



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  • starscream1180

    looks like may 30th is the day to buy a wii u …

  • Rowdy

    This is excellent! Now this is a bundle and a great incentive to buy a Wii U :)

  • Jessenia Lopez

    meh

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      what do you mean, “meh”?

      • Jessenia Lopez

        meh

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          The bundle isn’t your kind of deal or you were expecting more and you’re still not really hyped for this game?

          • sonicfan1373

            In all honesty I have seen this person on Nintendo Everything and a few other game sites before and to just save you sometime, if it does not have a Sony or Playstation logo he/she will not like it. It does not matter if Nintendo, MS, and Valve gave the systems and games away for free, this person will still say ‘they suck’ or ‘meh’.

            I personally prefer Nintendo consoles but I also play on Sony and MS consoles as well as the PC; and it saddens me when some people, like Jessenia, dismiss other companies and games simply because they have narrowly tied themselves to a certain brand.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            I see. well, thanks for that heads up. I grew up Nintendo with Nintendo honestly so same goes for me except I’ve never owned a rig to play high end games and just played stuff like Leapfrog, Mohjang, Diamond Mine, or Monopoly or some educational stuff and that’s about it. Sony comes second for me and Microsoft third, though I had the latter before that. Funny how destiny works huh? I’m hoping to get into the PC gaming scene within the next couple years. And yeah it’s sad when they limit themselves and their imaginations by only going with what they know and then criticize and victimize other people and users, such as me, for having passion towards something they either grew up with and grew out of or hate out of crime of passion for what’s simply new and different from before but not exactly better or innovative. What a pain. Happens to me whenever I talk about Nintendo on a non-Nintendo site or non-Nintendo friendly site (okay sometimes). I hope E3 changes their minds or makes the give the respect they owe.

  • JCman7

    Wow a free game with the purchase of Mk8! That’s an awesome deal

    • Carlos

      Not if you already have all the games, minus Wii Party U, which doesn’t interest me.

      • JCman7

        You could always sell the code and buy a different game

  • http://www.reddit.com/r/X1UIMockups/ ilovegoogleglass

    WOW

  • TalesOfBS

    Finally! Well done Nintendo.

  • http://thosegamingnerds.com GeorgeofTGN

    There is no reason to say well done they INCREASED the bundle price. The Zelda bundle is 300 right now anywhere you go. This is 330? Where is the justification for this? For the record I am not a Nintendo hater at all I actually work in retail (gaming retail specifically and I recommend the Nintendo systems for anyone with either younger kids OR as the perfect secondary system to everything you can’t play on either Playstation or Xbox. When it comes to handhelds Nintendo doesn’t have an equal. That doesn’t change the fact that this bundle is a ripoff. The system should be getting a price drop not a price increase. It is true that quite a few developers signed on to create games for the Wii U recently but most of those games won’t release until fall 2015- Spring 2016 So INCREASING the price when there is so little coming out in the next year is UNACCEPTABLE!

    • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

      Zelda bundle doesn’t have a wiimote and two games

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