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Nintendo confirms Mario Kart 8 bundles for UK, no word on US yet

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Nintendo has confirmed two sets of Mario Kart 8 bundles for release in the United Kingdom, but we’ve no word on whether they’ll be available in the United States. The bundles are launching on May 30 along with the release date of the game. The two special bundles will retail for £299.99 and will come in Red Mario and Green Luigi flavors, which you can see above. These special editions include the black 32GB system, a racing wheel, Mario or Luigi hat, Wii Remote, game guide and a GamePad protector.

If you don’t want all the extras, you’ll be able to purchase a regular bundle with just the 32GB system and the game included for £249.99.

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  • LukeMM95

    If only I didn’t already own the console.

    • Guest

      Looks like a lot of people will be wearing Mario or Luigi hats in Europe!

      • LukeMM95

        Hopefully.

    • Skelterz

      That’s awesome sorta makes the wind waker bundle look shit by comparison why does this always happen to us early adopters!!!

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        Everything in the bundle is available or will be available separately (assuming on the wheels). The WWHD gamepad rocks, I don’t regret purchasing mine :)

        • Skelterz

          Ok fair enough the gamepad is cool with the decor and stuff but man a fucking digital copy of wind waker and not extras at all i mean 2 weeks after i got mine they were bundling new super mario bros U with the wind waker bundle also it just sucks that if you support your favorite game company you get the shit end of all the deals!

          • WT Herrod Jr.

            Yeah the double bundle on the Mario Bros U/Luigi U kinda got a “aww man” response out of me (or do you mean MBU disc in with the WWHD bundle, I never saw that or we never got in the US – you’re UK, correct?). I have a 2TB drive hooked up with half a dozen games installed, the digital copy wasn’t a big minus to me BUT I know it is to a lot of people. Just colors my opinion of the bundle I bought. It would have been pretty sweet if they’d thrown in a few VC Zelda titles or something.

          • Skelterz

            Exactly yeah im UK and yeah there was a bundle that included new super mario bros with the wind waker wii u, It would have been nice for the wii u itself to have been touched up a bit also but hey nevermind im going to pre-order the mario kart with the blue shell im happy enough i’ve got a cracking collection of Wii u games so im alright i’ll live lol.

          • WT Herrod Jr.

            We don’t get the blue shell here :(

            That stinks that they bundled another game later on, they should have done something similar to the 3DS Ambassador thing for you, offer a discount on the game or give you Luigi U for free with purchase of Mario U.

            I see a few skins on Amazon for Zelda or original NES coverings to go on the Wii U but the case of the Wii U is a little narrower at the front edge… I’ve thought about buying one of those skins and taking a heat gun to it to see if it would tighten the skin up once installed but I’m afraid of screwing up my console.

          • Skelterz

            Dude that sounds really risky and yeah they should totally do an ambassador deal over here for people who got the console before a certain date i think they should just release some old classics for free anyway like the gba games or something 1 a month like xbox live man i got hitman absolution for free on 360 all be it a inferior game to blood money but still.

          • Nothing5555

            They should have came out with a gold Wii U for the Zelda bundle….oh how i miss my gold Legend of Zeda cartridge :(

          • Skelterz

            Yeah they should have and dude here’s a story years ago when GTA vice city first came out everybody had it at school but i didn’t, I didn’t even have a PS2 so i went with my father and trade my N64 with all my games near on like 20-30 games for vice city and the ps2 among them was a golden majoras mask cart and back then i got 3 pound for it the rest netted me around 1- 2 quid each makes me feel a bit sick to be honest.

          • Nothing5555

            Wow..I would have not done that. I mean GTA is a decent game but still…

          • Skelterz

            Man it was massive back then and i wanted it so bad plus the ps2 was awesome back in the day i’d worn the n64 out plus i was young i didn’t know it would come back to bite me

          • Nothing5555

            Well the good this is you learn from the mistakes you made while you were young.

          • Skelterz

            Oh behave lol patronising fool…

          • Mike

            I predict they’ll release a gold bundle for Zelda U.

          • Nothing5555

            That’s a day one buy for me! I’m still on the fence on buying any new systems, more price drops/deals would help my decisions.

    • LOL

      Buy another one.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Makes sense considering Nintendo is doing poor in the UK. Though, a North American bundle wouldn’t hurt.

    • WT Herrod Jr.

      I’m not on the “MK8 will save the Wii U” bandwagon, but I think a US MK8 bundle would sell a lot of Wii U’s and goose sales numbers for a month or two.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Yep like Wind Waker Bundle. To tell you the truth the pre order on MK8 is better than Wind Waker HD. It will sell better on bundles. Logical explanation. Wind Waker bundle sold good for two months.

        • WT Herrod Jr.

          I like my WWHD bundle, especially the special edition game pad, but I’d see the MK8 bundle having wider appeal and moving more consoles. Especially since it’s an original game.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            That’s what I am thinking.

    • Lil J Moore

      Releasing it everywhere wouldn’t hurt

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      I’m pretty sure that bundles will be announced in other parts of the world too. It is Mario Kart after all; One of Nintendo’s biggest games

  • Sdudyoy

    That’s a pretty awesome bundle, I hope it helps the Wii U a bit.

  • Brandon

    they REALLY should stop pushing wii u in the uk more I mean it’s not going to make a dent there. :P

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s not making much of a dent anywhere. I would think by now, people
      would start buying them up seeing as Mario Kart isn’t too far away.

      • Brandon

        well europe is it’s weakest market so why don’t they STOP PUSHING WII U THERE MORE THAN AMERICA!?

        • Christopher 並天道虫

          Probably because it’s cheaper to push it there. Also, NOE, NOA, and NOJ handle their marketing differently. It’s up to NOA for America’s marketing.

          • Brandon

            let me guess. are you the developed for ping 1.5+? just asking.

      • Skelterz

        Makes my wind waker bundle look average.

    • Skelterz

      That’s exactly why there trying to push.

      • Brandon

        the wii was the best selling console last gen (I hate the wii btw) but it got outsold by the 360.

        • Skelterz

          What does that have to do with anything?

          • Brandon

            that just shows you europe is nintendo’s weakest market!

          • Skelterz

            Why does it wii sold a stupid amount in europe just because it sold less that 360 there it don’t mean nothing. Im not even sure if 360 did sell more i dunno.

          • Brandon

            nintendo say’s europe is it’s weakest market & yet they push it more when they should be PULLING wii u out of europe!

          • Skelterz

            No i think they see it as the opposite there doing all they can because they don’t want europe to be a weak market. i’m from england and when something catches on over here it really catches on there making these decisions based on previous data collected there not stupid if they though it was in vein they wouldn’t do it mate.

          • Brandon

            reality is IT IS THEIR WEAKEST MARKET!

          • Skelterz

            Ok reality is There still making more effort with europe than anywhere else so chin up you clown.

          • Brandon

            clown? go die in a fire! clown!

          • Skelterz

            I’m Surprised you can reply so fast you must get good connection under that bridge.

          • Brandon

            say’s the guy from england! nintendo’s worst market. :P

          • Skelterz

            say’s the guy who does not deny he lives under a bridge.

          • Brandon

            say’s the fucking cunt who is living under a fucking rock! I’m no troll cunt I’m just pointing out facts!

          • Skelterz

            Bullshitting
            Retarded
            Arse-breath
            Necrophiliac
            Douche bag
            Over weight
            Noob.

            Dude im just stating facts…

          • Brandon

            reporting.

          • Skelterz

            Report i Don’t care they will read the whole thing work out your the troll It will be funny to see you get banned you opened fire fool.

          • Brandon

            I’m not the fool cunt you are. :P I was stating facts and you fucking slam me!? screw you!

          • Skelterz

            I’m Going to get on with my life now so you’ll have to sharpen your club elsewhere.

          • Brandon

            good fucking riddance!

          • Commander Raichu

            this is getting tense XD

          • Skelterz

            He’s a clear troll man like he swore at me first and lowered all respect in the debate so i told him straight he said he would report me but its only going to backfire seeing as he
            ”Went there” first hahaha.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Clam down you both are making me laugh hahahahaha.

          • Guest

            You’re a special breed of retard aren’t you.

          • ScrewAttack

            You really are some special kind of retard.

          • WT Herrod Jr.

            That doesn’t mean they should just abandon that market. Weak market or no, the potential to make money is there.

          • Shota

            you clearly don’t know how business work. Weak markets should get these things in order to make it profitable with all those extra in the bundle. -.- idiot

          • Brandon

            and yet the people in europe don’t buy it. :P

          • Shota

            yes they will. my friends saw this and buying one. 300 for that bundle is a steal. so why not?

          • Brandon

            your friends out of what millions of people there!? :P

          • Commander Raichu

            girls girls calm your faces!

          • Shota

            at least people get the interest to get one. facebook example

      • Brandon

        jon turner liked this!? JONTURNER!!!! YOU don’t even know facts when you see them Europe is nintendo’s WEAKEST market! the bundle ain’t going to do squat! they should just stop supporting europe because wii u & even 3ds games sell shitty there!! >=(

        • Skelterz

          shhh

    • Commander Raichu

      its still good to try to get a bundle get it notice out there

  • gtosheex

    Looks like a lot of people will be wearing Mario or Luigi hats in Europe!!

  • Donaald

    They better get it bundled, unless they don’t intend to raise their userbase.

  • Curtis Hofer

    If I could transfer files from Wii U to Wii u I would sell mine and get this bundle. I almost feel like I got ripped off with the bundle that I got for the same price.

  • Brandon

    why are they pushing wii u in europe more than in amrica yes it’s doing worse in europe but that’s nintendo’s WEAKEST market! and even mario kart 8 WILL NOT sell there at all.

    • Sdudyoy

      I have a feeling that this bundle will be coming to other countries we just have to wait some time.

      • Brandon

        not happening

        • WT Herrod Jr.

          Yeah it’s a no-brainer (they should do a bundle) but the lack of a pre-order bonus in NA isn’t very encouraging. I’ve held off pre-ordering hoping for some little spiff but it’s getting pretty late for that, I’ll probably end up pre-ordering a week before on Amazon or going to GameStop the day of.

          • Jon Turner

            Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll have something for America. I’m sure of it!

          • Brandon

            or we’ll get nothing becuase noe is way smarter than noa when it comes to 1st party exclusives. :P *cough* fatal frame *cough*

        • Commander Raichu

          you seem kinda hopeless crazy dont worry everything is fine

          http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/keep-calm-and-take-a-chill-pill-108.png

          • Brandon

            you wanted me banned? still here. :P

          • Officer Raichu

            ashley is proably continuing her normal life not paying attention see’ll ban you when she gets on

    • Commander Raichu

      noe always announces everything early unlike someone
      *cough cough*
      reggie im talking to your group at noa

  • Sycamore

    A strategy guide for Mario Kart? :p

    • Brandon

      who needs that?!

    • Wooopigsooie

      Was thinking the same thing… “Drop quickly into last place then get bullet-bill and speed far ahead of everyone!”

    • Commander Raichu

      yeah what would a strategy guide help you with how to unlock characters?

    • ETMew2348

      ever heard of the internet xD

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Well, gotta perfect that drifting action. Haha

    • WT Herrod Jr.

      Collectible?

  • Jumpman 1981

    Wii U…We have lift off.

  • Skelterz

    That’s awesome sorta makes the wind waker bundle look shit by comparison why does this always happen to us early adopters!!

  • Wooopigsooie

    That’s great, but is it a physical or digital game copy?

    • Skelterz

      Physical Unlike the cash grab wind waker bundle, Which i got and now regret.

      • Wooopigsooie

        Sad you didn’t get a cute little Toon Link hat like the Mario & Luigi ones? Lol. But yeah, I understand your frustration about the whole digital copy of WW.

        • Skelterz

          Yeah man i’m mega OCD about stuff like that too you know its a personal thing i like to own it physically and a little hat would have done it or like a little king of red lions boat.

  • Spencer Manigat

    Team Nabbit!!

    • WT Herrod Jr.

      He’ll just plow through all the other racers knocking everyone out of the way, lol

    • Pikachief

      No Items, Nabbit only.,..

      …Final Destination.

  • Lil J Moore

    Release it everywhere and advertise the hell out of it

    • Skelterz

      Exactly punish TV with it all times of the day everyone will buy it the more they see it.

  • crocodileman94

    While I’m a bit jealous of those who get those bundles, I at least got the Blue Shell edition of the game.

  • Jon Turner

    I’m sure this will come to America and Japan as well. It would be foolish of Nintendo NOT to bring it here. And I think that’s just what they need to do. They’ll have to in order to boost WiiU sales.

    • Brandon

      they won’t NoA won’t localize fatal frame wii u either, it will be japan & pal region exclusive.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    This bundle is way better than Wind Waker. Damned.

  • LOL

    I hope the US gets similarly awesome bundles.

  • palomino blue

    Already got the Mario and Luigi controllers. Hopefully they either bundle a wheel with the physical copy of the game in the US or just sell them separately.

  • PicciottU

    Can we find the Bundle on Amazon too????

  • ActivesiN

    I want that Mario hat to put beside my Donkey Kong tie

    • WT Herrod Jr.

      After watching the Tomadachi Life Direct I want a DK tie. I think I’ve seen it before but forgot about it.

  • Commander Raichu

    guys in case you didnt know nintendo uk likes announcing things the earliest

  • lonewolf

    Its only half true because they announced this bundle all over europe germany france and etc e etc.

  • wiiu user

    Wow! Those bundles look awesome. I can hardly wait till mariokarteight comes out!

  • Rinslowe

    Haha…

    Nintendo loves to mess with the American market huh!
    :)

    It’s inevitable, surely… Patience people.

  • Brandon

    you all suck

  • classicgamer20

    Sigh why do have to live in America? Anyway I really want that Luigi gamepad

  • ScrewAttack

    Wicked bundle, not even mad. Jel though……I really want those hats and gamepad covers. Cannot wait for my LE bundle to arrive!

  • SolarGalaxa

    Why does the US, their most valuable market, ALWAYS get screwed? It’s like Nintendo wants to kill off the Wii U.

    If Nintendo offered this bundle in the US, sales would SKYROCKET.

    • FutureFox

      They still could at anytime. they most likely want to see what the response is from the U.K market first but also if they released the bundle in the U.S first and sale reaction was lukewarm it could dramatically influence consumer confidence in other markets. In this way they at least have the option.

  • David John Gifford

    i will buy if it comes to australia just for the extras

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Its too expensive. Nintendo should sell these for 199$ not 299$.

    • Officer Raichu

      um everything else is more expensive why would they want to do that and lose money

  • classicgamer20

    All of these bubbles is really making me regret buying the basic model when the Wiiu was launched

  • GariNGB

    I cant understand why Nintendo decided to price the standard bundle at £249.99 as in the UK you can purchase the Premium console for £199 and then buy Mario Kart 8 separately for £39.85. Why is it £10.15 more expensive as an official bundle? surely they should have priced the official bundle cheaper. Very strange.

  • skewie

    The bundles pictured are ONLY available through the Nintendo.co.uk website. The bundles as seen will NOT be available to retailers. Only the Wii U Premium + MK8-bundle will be.

    Also Nintendo.co.uk only ship within the UK, as such it will not be available for other countries in Europe.

    It is VERY safe to assume that this bundle won’t be available elsewhere. They have, for example, similar bundles that are also only available in the Nintendo.co.uk store.

    Mario Mega bundle – £300
    (Wii U Premium, SM3DW, NSMBU, NSLU, Mario Wiimote, Mario hat):
    http://store.nintendo.co.uk/wii-u-hardware/mario-mega-bundle/10874508.html

    MK8-LE bundle – £60
    (MK8 LE, T-shirt, Red shell key ring):
    http://store.nintendo.co.uk/games-wii-u/exclusive-mario-kart-8-bundle-limited-edition-medium-t-shirt/10925848.html

    • skewie

      The fact that it is this way makes me cry manly tears. I really wanted the Mario Mega Bundle when I was looking to purchase a Wii U. Alas, I had to settle for the Monster Hunter bundle (which still is a kickass bundle though) as I “only” live in Sweden… in other words not worthy enough to give my money to Nintendo.

      • GariNGB

        Is there no Nintendo Scandinavia equivalent of the UK store then, Skewie?

        • skewie

          Nope. This is what we get: http://www.nintendo.se

          A website that looks like it was made by a five year old. :P

          • GariNGB

            Thats a terrible looking website, I agree.