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Nintendo going all-out for the Mario Kart 8 launch
April 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose

April 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

With Nintendo Wii U sales flagging, the Japanese publisher is pulling out all the stops to make sure that the Mario Kart 8 launch boosts console sales as much as possible.

Anyone who buys Mario Kart 8 before July 31 via retail or the eShop, gets another Wii U eShop game for free, from a selection that includes New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Wii Party U.

And an official Mario Kart 8 bundle will also be available next month, featuring a Wii U Deluxe system, Mario Kart 8, a Wii Wheel accessory and a Wii Remote Plus controller. The bundle will cost $329.99.

The above Nintendo Direct also launched today, detailing much new information about the game, such as new items and the Mario Kart TV highlights recording functionality. Mario Kart 8 is due to launch on May 30.

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The buy one get on free deal is great. Now I have to decide if I should get W101 or Pikmin 3.

George Menhal III
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Mario Kart 8 has been my #1 most anticipated game since they first showed it at E3 last year. I'm a full-blown Mario Kart junkie and I've played all the games in the series to death. I'm very excited.

I love the deal Nintendo is offering, but I've already got all the games they're offering for free, except for Wii Party U. Only trouble is, I don't really want to play Wii Party U. I might sell my copy of Pikmin 3 and have it downloaded directly to the console. It's my favorite game released for Wii U so far and playing it for a little bit every time I turn the system on sounds good to me.

Good news from Nintendo for a change. Cool.

Ujn Hunter
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Nice. Free download of New Super Mario Bros. U included? Guess I'll be buying Mario Kart 8 sooner rather than later... :)