Nintendo’s highly anticipated return of Mario Kart 8 is in one month and the company is gearing up to make it a big one. Today, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct video that revealed some new special news on the upcoming game, including a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, a free downloadable game offer, details about online features, and new characters and items. You can find out details on these goodies below:
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle ($329.99): For individuals who do not own a Wii U system yet, Nintendo has put together this nice bundle, also being released on May 30, that includes all of the following.
- Wii U Deluxe Set system
- Mario Kart 8 game
- Red Mario Wii Wheel
- Red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller
Get a Free Digital Game: Anyone who purchases Mario Kart 8 (whether with the bundle or standalone game) and registers the game with Club Nintendo before July 31 will receive a free Nintendo eShop download code for an additional Wii U game. You will be able to select one of the following popular Wii U titles.
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Pikmin 3
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- Wii Party U
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: Two new items are being revealed for the game today.
- The new 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.
- The Crazy Eight – a swirl of eight different items that lucky players can use one by one.
New Racers: Two new playable female characters –
- Pink Gold Peach
- Baby Rosalina
So sound off in the comments below! Are you excited for Mario Kart 8? Will you get the bundle or the standalone game? What features and free game are you looking forward to the most? Discuss everything below!