With just a month and a few days left before Mario Kart 8 debuts on the Wii U, we’ve heard rumors that Nintendo is planning on releasing a demo on the Wii U eShop sometime between now and then. The rumor is that the demo will be similar to the demo that has been circling at several tradeshows, including South by Southwest and WonderCon. Nintendo has been no stranger to public events, but according to this rumor, they could be planning on invading the living room.
This isn’t entirely unprecedented, as Nintendo seems to be a bit more generous with their demos as of late. The Wonderful 101 had a demo in the eShop a month before the game launched, while Wii Fit U had a special demo promotion for those who bought hardware to go with the game during their trial period. The current rumor is that the demo will feature the three tracks Nintendo has showcased at several trade events, as well as a limited roster of characters.
Most Wii U owners will probably be picking up Mario Kart 8 either way, but for those on the brink and considering purchase, playing a demo at a friend’s house could be the ultimate way to help drive sales of both the console and a new game.
Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to release worldwide on May 30.