Nintendo Gives a Crash Course in New Mario Kart 8 Information

  Nintendo Gives a Crash Course in New Mario Kart 8 Information

Revealed: Wii U Bundle, Free Game Offer, Online Features, New Items and Racers

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- April 30, 2014

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.

On May 30 Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that
includes a Wii U Deluxe Set ...

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. (Photo: Business Wire)

“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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