Usually game pre-orders carry some incentives, in addition to securing a copy on launch date. You might game some in-game content, or perhaps some stickers or some smaller figurine.
But Best Buy is taking a rather weird approach when it comes to pre-orders of the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. If you pre-order your copy with Best Buy, they’ll give you a $10 coupon. Towards gas. Actual real world gasoline that you put in your car.
The gift card can be used at any gas station that accepts Mastercard as payment. $10 these days buys only a few gallons of gas, which might be just enough to pay for your trip to Best Buy if there aren’t any nearby.
Mario Kart 8 will be released on May 30 exclusively for the Wii U. So far it looks like Best Buy are the only ones that offer some pre-order incentive to gamers. We’re sure that GameStop and other retailers will join in as we get closer to launch.
It’s been rumored that Nintendo is preparing a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle for Europe as well. We’d be surprised if the bundle didn’t find its way to North America.