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Mario Kart 8

A new Wii U bundle has released in Australia, in anticipation of the holidays. The bundle is currently available and includes Mario Kart 8 pre-installed and a download code for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It is priced at AU $429.95. Furthermore, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pikmin 3 have both been added to the Nintendo Selects list for Australia, each priced at AU $49.95. You can watch a trailer for the Wii U bundle below:

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Conan O’Brien has been running a successful “Clueless Gamer” on his late-night talk show for quite while now. In the latest video, he showcases Mario Kart 8 along with actors Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. You can see it in full below – note: contains some crude language and images.

Early next month, Nintendo will be closing down the Mario Kart TV website. This is taking place at the following days/times:

– 11 PM PT (April 4)
– 2 AM ET (April 5)
– 7 AM in the UK (April 5)
– 8 AM in Europe (April 5)

The Mario Kart TV site has the following notice regarding its closure:

“The Mario Kart TV website, which lets you watch highlight videos posted from Mario Kart 8, will be closing down as of 11:00 PM PT on Monday, April 4th 2016. We are very thankful to the many people who have used this website since it launched in 2014.

Even after the website shuts down, it will still be possible to watch Mario Kart TV and upload highlights from within Mario Kart 8 itself.
Highlight videos uploaded to YouTube from the game will not be deleted after the website shuts down.”

Nintendo did not go into detail as to the reason for the end of the Mario Kart TV site. If you’d like to give the page a look, head on over here.

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On December 5, Disney XD will be airing a special Mario Kart tournament. “Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8” features a battle between four two-person teams of kids ages 13 to 17, all of whom were coached by YouTube stars Mari Takahashi, Meghan Camarena, Seth Bling, and Andre Meadows. You can watch the action unfold at 8 PM.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo has teamed up with Disney XD. Most recently, the network had a one-hour special based on the Nintendo World Championships 2015.

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Amazon has discounted a pair of notable games by $15. On Wii U, Mario Kart 8 can be had for only $45. The price of Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker has also been reduced, as it now only costs $35.

Double the pleasure! Nintendo of Europe has always been generous with their combo packs and extras; they’ve outdone themselves this time. Hoping to cash in on their best-selling games of the year, a Wii U bundled with Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon will release on October 30th. Physical copies of the game will not be included; instead, the Wii U will come with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 8 and a download code for Splatoon.

The Bundle will retail for £240.

There is currently no active link to the bundle on the Nintendo UK shop but we’ll have one up as soon as it becomes available.

 

Splatoon has outsold Mario Kart 8 in Japan when lining up the launches of the two games. Through week 18, Splatoon has sold 681,495 copies. That’s compared to Mario Kart 8’s sales of 678,250 units during the same time frame. Apparently, Splatoon is also Japan’s fastest-selling Wii U game.

Thanks to XbroKong for the tip.

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Nintendo originally launched the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle over a year ago. But the offer is being made even better, as an eShop download card for the two related DLC packs is included inside. This bundle is now available at stores across North America for $299.99.

That isn’t the only Wii U package available. On Friday, Nintendo will begin selling a Super Mario Maker bundle at Walmart. This includes a Wii U console, a copy of the game, Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo.

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Last November, Nintendo released black and white Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles in Japan. The company has now confirmed that both editions will soon be discontinued. There’s no set date for this, but it’s expected that production will be ending in the near future. It makes sense given that Super Mario Maker bundles will be taking their place next month!

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Another new reward has been added to Club Nintendo Europe. Users can now use place an order for the Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, which costs 3,000 stars.

68 tunes are included in the Mario Kart 8 soundtrack. Photos can be viewed in the gallery below, and the official page is located here.


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