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Summary of news from the Mario Kart 8 Direct this morning

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After this morning’s surprise Nintendo Direct, there’s a ton of new information floating around about Mario Kart 8, which is now just a month away. Here’s a quick look at everything that was announced, including a special promotion for those who register their game with Club Nintendo.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle

Rumors of this bundle have been floating around the internet for some time, but Nintendo has finally officially announced it for the United States. The kit will come with a deluxe system, Mario Kart 8, as well as the Mario Wii Remote Plus with a red racing wheel. The whole bundle will only cost $330, making it a fantastic deal for anyone who hasn’t picked up a Wii U yet.

Free Club Nintendo Promotion

Not wanting to leave loyal fans out of the mix, Nintendo has announced a new digital game promotion for anyone who registers the game to Club Nintendo before July 31. Those that do will be able to choose from a handful of games to receive for free, including:

North America Club Nintendo

  • Pikmin 3
  • Wii U Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
  • New Super Mario Bros. U

Europe Club Nintendo

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Game & Wario
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Sonic Lost World
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
  • Wii Party U

For those wondering, the offer also applies to digital purchases of Mario Kart 8, so don’t hesitate if you prefer your game library to be available digitally.

Multiplayer

Up until now we’ve only seen information about the local multiplayer aspects of the game. 12 players will be able to race online with chat enabled in the lobby, so you can talk to your friends as you prepare to race. Both public and private tournaments are also available to be created, with options for setting the rules, day of the week, and the time. Ghost racing is also included, so you can see your friend’s best track times and try to best them. Those that manage to beat development team ghosts will receive stamps to use in Miiverse.

Mario Kart TV

Mario Kart TV is the special Miiverse integration for the game, so players can highlight their best racing moments on Miiverse with the ability to rewind and slow-mo them. Special Google account integration is also included so those with Google accounts can upload the highlight reels directly to YouTube.

New Items

Items have always been a staple of the Mario Kart series. During the Direct Nintendo announced several new items, including the Super Horn, which uses a shockwave to blast away everything around the player, including other drivers. The Crazy Eight was also shown, which is a host of eight different items that players can use one by one.

New Characters

Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina were also shown off during the Nintendo Direct, as well as the ability to play as your Mii character instead of a character from Nintendo’s pre-established characters. This makes the roster a full 30 characters, which is the most we’ve ever seen in a Mario Kart game.

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  • RecheDiazrivarola

    30 may, i take wii party u

  • shanafan

    Thanks for the article! But I think the price is $330, not $320.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Yep, typo on my part. I’ve fixed it, thanks. :)

  • Arthur Jarret

    Yup, I already posted this to miiverse a while ago.
    This once again proves that while Nintendo loves it’s western fans, it loves europeans more. And who can blame them? We’re super Kawaii!

    Personally: I hate digital download games with a passion and will gift my download code to one of my miiverse friends. (own all the retail versions anyway)

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      I think the reason there’s a bigger selection of titles being offered in Europe is because of the sales gap between Europe and the United States. Nintendo is trying to be more appealing there.

      • Arthur Jarret

        Nah, it’s because were more kawaii. I talked to Iwata about it an hour ago, he just loves us. We’re awesome.

        • ScrewAttack

          NoE do seem to have their head screwed on better than NoA for some reason. Isn’t NoE based in Germany?

          • Arthur Jarret

            They sure are – in grossheim, apparently. There were some rumbles of Nintendo moving to my country, the Netherlands, due to the many restrictions placed on media in Germany – but nothing solid was ever mentioned.

            There is also Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD) in Paris, France. Instead of Reggie, we get a japanese guy that has more trouble with pronaunciation than Iwata, although he does appear a lot less stiff and more casual in the directs.

  • Ultrasyd

    Now that’s a hard choice … But as I was going to buy W101, I’ll pick this one with this nice offer. The way to go Nintendo !

    • Pablo Lavín

      Lucky european

    • Arthur Jarret

      W101 is a brilliant game and I’d recommend it to every european who already has Monster hunter!

  • Kevin Welch

    I was really hoping for some more news about a possible demo. That would be amazing news.

    • http://valid.at val berger

      really? a demo would’ve been amazing? more amazing than a free game with a purchase of mk8?
      Demos aren’t really good tools for marketing. in some cases they can help users get an impression of the game but most people should be able to imagine how mario kart works. it’s not totally new like w101 (although that game’s demo sucked)

      • Kevin Welch

        Yes, a demo would be amazing. The opportunity to go ahead and play a sample track or two would be a great way to show it off to friends and get extra excitement generated for the full game. I don’t recall saying it would be more amazing than a free game. I don’t recall comparing the awesomeness of a demo to anything. A demo wouldn’t be more amazing than rainbows shooting out my ears but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t still be amazing.

        As for the free game. I love it. It’s a great offering from Nintendo. As for me, I already own all those so it’s cool but less enticing.

        Bottom line, if Nintendo released a demo today, it would be amazing. We would all download it and play the heck out of it until we get the full version on May 30.

        • lonewolf

          Nope if they dont do the demo right like sega didnt with sonic lost world there will be more people dissapointed than excited (and sonic lost world is a great game).

        • http://valid.at val berger

          I guess I’m not that demo-guy anymore and Nintendo has never really been into demos. I used to really download every demo I could find but then again I noticed that I often lost my interest in certain games after playing there demos as they often just take that effect away, when you’re playing a game for the first time. In the end, the only demo of a game that really convinced me to buy the full game was Deus Ex (1) as this demo really worked out for the full game. I guess it would also kinda work for a game like Mario Kart but still, I don’t really think Nintendo would do it as there won’t be any need to get the existing userbase to know Mario Kart. It’s more important to get the people who don’t already own a WiiU to know it. In the case of W101 for example, Platinum/Nintendo had to bring a demo, because this game was so hard to explain and a new franchise, it would’ve been dumb not to do one (but smart to do a better one).
          What could actually happen is, that Nintendo creates a demo for demonstration purposes in bestbuy and other retail-stores and puts this also on the eshop. Still I just wouldn’t wait for it. I actually try not to read too much stuff about MK8 so I have some excitement and surprise left when it ships :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Wish we got the expanded list of games in the US for free download. I already have all 4 from the US list. Maybe I will gift the code to my brother which only has SMB U

  • Skelterz

    I have alot of those games i’ll either go with sonic lost worlds or game and wario?

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Yeah, I think I’ll go for Sonic Lost Worlds as well. It’s been a while since I’ve played a good Sonic game on a Home Console. Lost Worlds looks pretty decent.

      • NintendoFan

        Once you get used to the controls it’s a good game

  • jjbredesen

    Thats a lot of news! and after seing this i think Nintendo stil has some magic left!

    http://makeagif.com/media/4-29-2014/_huZqC.gif

    • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

      We hope you enjoyed our latest direct :) Nintendo will continue to mix up the formula of future Nintendo Directs after our fans feedback of using a more western approach.

      Next time we will have special western guests such as Justin Bieber and we will be revealing more news about Miley Cyrus Twerk U.

      • Keith

        God your getting old & annoying

        • Kevin Sepulveda

          Lol. I don’t know. I think its funny.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Will Miley Cyrus U have online multi player? And will the sexy Selena Gomez be an unlockable character?

        • linkzero65

          And if you buy the special edition you will have 1 HR + of twerking

          • NintendoFan

            Is the Wrecking Ball DLC included in that or do I have to pay extra?

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            It is included in the Wii Twerk U bundle, if you want to buy it without the bundle it can be accessed on the Nintendo Eshop at launch for $9.99.

          • NintendoFan

            Perfect!

          • linkzero65

            I hope it comes with a day one DLC! so hyped!!

        • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

          Hi Nostalgic_Chaos please understand that Selena Gomez will be in the sequel Wii Twerk U, but instead you will be able to use Luigi; Please take a look at this early alpha version.

          https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7724175104/hE69CBBCE.jpg

          • Nostalgic_Chaos

            Lmao!

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Mario looks like such a bad ass here.

    • MerryBlind .

      LOL Link: “………………”

    • MetroidZero

      EPIC gif LOL

    • lonewolf

      Oh no what if now they make mario star fox game

      • jjbredesen

        NO! not another Mario game, and if they are to make a star fox it must NOT be a crossover unless it is with Metroid!

        • lonewolf

          I saw samus on that gif so there is that possibility something like smash but with spaceships and planes involved lol

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    This is the kind of aggressiveness I like to see from Nintendo. Well done.

    AAAAND seeing how I own NSMBU, Pikmin 3, and Wind Waker, I’ll be getting me some lovely Wii Party U action :3

    • jjbredesen

      Yup, this has made me see that there is still hope, i actually think this E3 could be fantastic!

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        Totally! Especially with the final reveal of Zelda Wii U coming once and for all!

        • jjbredesen

          Can’t wait Zelda U is for me the BIGGEST title of this gen.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yup. just gotta wait to see it in the flesh to know if Nintendo is going out on all cylinders and this all isn’t just a one off; but then again, who’s to say they aren’t?

        • Rinslowe

          Haven’t seen you since our tango some time ago!
          ;)

          Welcome back.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yup I remember. and thanks-good to be back :)

          • Rinslowe

            The place could use a genuine fan or two, to brighten up the place. It’s getting a little over the top with all the anti, lol.

            Realistic, they call it these days, ha.
            I just think it’s a little jaded… The games overall have never looked better…

            :)

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yeah, I hope realism isn’t the only thing in devs’ minds these days..kinda shortsighted for them to do so.

          • Rinslowe

            Actually I was referring more to the jaded view of the average poster, lol.
            But yeah, you have a point there as well. If you asked me, as nice as say Crysis 3 looks on my PC (insane tbh), I still think there’s a few generations to go yet, until the realism label can be taken seriously.
            That’s one of the reasons I have no issues totally enjoying Nintendo’s vibrant artstyles. It’s perfectly suited to HD. Anyway it’s more about the lighting and other effects “today” than trying to be “real”… Those games almost always feel bland and missing something, you know? Even Crysis 3 has that aspect incorporated to the art direction so that it doesn’t try to look too real as opposed to just looking really cool. That’s because even today there’s not enough power in the technology for affordable gaming that can really emulate the real world in the same way we see it…

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yeah tell me about it. Look at the difficult time this user is giving me here http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/30/hugh-jackman-thinks-next-film-will-be-his-last-as-wolverine#comment-1364018383 she/he is either stupid or is craving the attention so much they’ve lost all logic and reason. and yeah, Nintendo is all about the fun. and yup, they try to cover the inconsistencies by shadowing them in pretty colors that only last for the moment and don’t last for a lifetime like the presentation of Ocarina of Time or the long-standing appeal of Earthbound or Chrono Trigger.

          • Rinslowe

            I never take IGN seriously. And wouldn’t be surprised if you received death threats in that comment section on a daily basis… Lol.
            That place went south a while ago. Too many coke cola addicts with twitchy eye syndrome…

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah, though IGN is good on the news, the comments section gets crazy sometimes, especially when some of the posters start fantasizing and posting about Naomi Kyle, most of the time being unnecessary or inappropriate. also, here’s an up date on the conversation, not getting much better tbh http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/30/hugh-jackman-thinks-next-film-will-be-his-last-as-wolverine#comment-1364047409

          • Rinslowe

            I agree. Both the news and Naomi Kyle are worthy reasons to follow IGN, lol.
            :)

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            ;)

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3
          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            never in doubt :)

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            The moment Naomi Kyle is gone from IGN (if it ever comes a day she’s let go, which will be a sad day), so am I.

          • Rinslowe

            Don’t say that too soon. You never who might replace her…

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            even so, she really will be missed by the community and the staff themselves. You could say she’s become the face of IGN ( perhaps Greg Miller too), so when she leaves, IGN will no longer have that unique identity. one can only dream…that whoever may end up replacing her is either just as good as her or better. I can see her staying on IGN for up to 10 more years and then being gone or coming close to leaving.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3
          • Rinslowe

            Poetic.

    • Wooopigsooie

      I’ll be picking up like the deal of the century! Mario Kart 8, Wii Party U, and a FREAKING $10 GAS CARD for only $59.99!

      • Josiah Parsons

        Even better: I happen to have a $40 Best Buy gift card. Wind Waker HD, here I come! 20 freaking dollars! WOOT!
        So psyched!

        • Wooopigsooie

          Funny, I got a $55 Best Buy gift card for Christmas, and have been saving it for MK8 this whole time!

          • Josiah Parsons

            See yah at the track, Dude!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        nice XD they’re doing us a huge favor

        • Wooopigsooie

          Yup. Gas is expensive these days! :P

    • Rinslowe

      Yeah a positive change of direction. Nintendo has really done the fans a solid on this one.

    • Ducked

      The physical case for Wind Waker HD looks so gorgeous, so I might be getting Wii Party U as well

    • Thomas Vienna

      unfortunately, I already owned all four games. I woulda loved the opportunity to get some of those European options, though.

      • lonewolf

        They should offer some kind of discaount on the e-shope titles for those who bought mario kart 8 and own all of the offered games you can choose from.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        do you have any of them as a physical game? If so, here’s what you do…

        1. Buy Mario Kart at Gamestop
        2. Trade in the game that’ll get you the most value. They’ll probably give you a bonus for trading towards MK8 as well.
        3. use the money from trade in to help buy MK8
        4. Re-download game you traded for free
        5. ???
        6. Profit.

        And that’s how you get a discount on Mario Kart 8 and still take advantage of the free game promo

        • Vegeta937

          Also, if you have a deluxe Wii U and you don’t mind a digital copy, when you pick up your physical copy, turn right around and trade it in and get a Mario Kart 8 d/l code (this is all assuming we’re using Gamestop or the like). Not only will you get points from Gamestop if you’re a Powerup Rewards Member for your purchase, but when you use the code to get MK8 from the eshop, you’ll get points toward the DDP that’ll net you a $5 eshop promo code. Not to mention the other $5 promo code you’ll (probably, depending on the game) get for d/l the free game.

          • Thomas Vienna

            That would work, but I have a basic model, lol.

        • Thomas Vienna

          First, I would have to buy a terabyte hard drive, so not exactly profit, unless you summarize profit with assets. I wonder if it would even be worth it, though. There’s no other reason why I would buy games digitally.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            unless you have a basic, one game would fit

          • Thomas Vienna

            I do have a basic. I wanted a Wii U on day one THAT badly.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            wow, that’s dedication :P

          • Cdwoods

            True dedication is when you break into a store before it opens to get your console.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Mission Impossible time!

    • Jack5221

      Same here. Its the only game I don’t have out of the four offered in the US, might as well pick it up. UK get a HUGE list to choose from while we’re only limited to 4. Plus they get the MK8 Special edition with Spiny Blue Shell, t-shirts and key chains as preorder bonuses. :-/ Man UK gets all the good stuff.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’m looking forward to WPU, but more options woulda been nice..

    • Vegeta937

      Assuming one of those games is a hard copy, you could always trade one in towards Mario Kart (or anything, really) and then get the game again. I mean, unless you really fancy the idea of Party U, which is perfectly fine =D I got $35 credit towards Mario Kart about a month ago so I’ll probably be picking it up again with the d/l code. It’s like, thanks for the free $35 towards Mario Kart 8, Nintendo!! ^_^

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        how did you get the 35 dollar credit? XD

        But yeah, I really want Wii Party U :P so it works out

        • Vegeta937

          Oops! I left out the part where I traded in Pikmin 3 to GET the $35 credit…sorry for the confusion!! =P

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            you’ve got the gears grinding up there XD

  • Enumerating Wishes

    I don’t have a Wii U yet but that won’t be the first time I buy a game without the console to play on. MK8 is getting better each day :)

  • SolarShane13

    I’ll be able to replace my physical version of v Pikmin 3 with a digital version? HELL YEAH!

    THANK YOU NINTENDO!

    • NintendoFan

      Sarcasm detected

      You could get a different game or if you have them all, give the code to someone else..

    • Nathan DeFalco

      If you aren’t being sarcastic, fine. But, if you are, may I suggest you get a little bit more of an imagination? How about selling Pikmin 3 for $20-25 and then using that money to pick up, well, any game you want worth $20-25? You are still getting two games for the price of one.

      What I’d like to know is if that promo code is tied to your club nintendo account. I’m guessing it is. So no selling it on ebay. :)

      • SolarShane13

        Nope to sarcasm. The only reason I bought the physical was because a family member had already put down $35 and did not want that deposit converted into store credit that I’ll never use. IDK about selling the physical; most of the time, I can’t let go of my electronics. (I still have an old iPad 1 laying around)

        I’m pretty sure that the code is tied to your club account, knowing these types of promotions.

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    The shear, genuine joy of being able to know that I can destroy those damn blue shells with the Super Horn! GameXplain, who has had a look at how frequent the Super Horn shows up says that the item is not that frequent and is quite rare to get. Still, though. This is good news.
    I just hope that the Blue Shell frequency is not as broken as it is in MKWii, where multiple times I was hit with 3 Blue Shells in one lap! Not lying about that either.

    To the topic matter at hand. How could anyone have doubted a bundle in other parts of the world? This is one of Nintendo’s biggest games, and surely they’re going to try and expose it and get it out to as many people as possible.

  • FlashFan207

    Drat! I already have all those games from the Club Nintendo offer.

    • JuleyJules

      I do too and thought how it’s too bad it’s just those 4. Then I thought if I get one I can always trade one in for a credit towards something else. Might not be the same as a free game but it’s something I guess.

      • FlashFan207

        That’s true, I guess. It’s sorta convenient to have one of those on the hard drive, and to not have to run and grab the disc ever time you wanna play it. That’s something, too!

  • bWov1

    So … much … awesome! And a free game to boot (grabbing Wind Waker HD)! May 30 can’t get here fast enough.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I’ll be getting Pikmin 3 as my free game when I pick up Mario Kart 8. thanks for sharing the news, Ashley. Also, why does EU Club Nintendo have a larger selection than NA Club Nintendo?

    • jjbredesen

      Don’t really know why we have more games, but the Direct was fantastic anyways :D

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        Perhaps it has to do with Wii U not doing as well in EU as NA, but any case I’ll check out that Direct when I have lunch or something; totally didn’t even know they were having it today. How did you find out about it?

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Yeah, that is why, cause of poor UK sales etc… and other parts of Europe. I’m from England, so I’ll be picking up Sonic Lost Worlds. I’ve got the other games

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            I see. Cool, I’m still holding out on that one. I would get Wii Party U but the hard copy includes a Remote Plus controller so that’s good enough for me.

        • jjbredesen

          I conveniently refreshed my youtube subscription page ten seconds after it was posted xD

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Ah I see. I’ve been on YouTube this whole morning but I didn’t see the new video show up under new stuff to watch or anything. but I will see it soon.

    • Pablo Lavín

      I wanted TW101 but I’m american :c

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        I also wanted that game, and I’m also American, but tbh I’ve been dying to play Pikmin 3 for the longest time since I’m a huge fan of that series and been waiting to play the next one since playing Pikmin 2 New Play Control! on the Wii so this is my pick without question. I also would’ve liked Sonic:Lost World, Nintendo Land, and New Super Mario Bros. U to be one of the options.

    • Brandon

      oh lord not you again! >=(

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        I remember you…and in case you’re wondering I’m not a fan boy. Sorry about how our last confrontation turned out with all the misunderstandings. So what do you have to say about this deal? Interested or no?

        • Brandon

          just listen to my advice: get pikmin 3. amazing game

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            you bet I will ;) I’ll be waiting to beat you online at Mario Kart 8; I’m a beast when it comes to using the Wheel. You better be ready because I don’t go easy :)

    • lonewolf

      Not only Europe but New Zealand Australia Japan and everywhere else in the world the only place that it has 4 games is Nort America. But four is beter than zero dont you think so?

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        well I’m not saying I’m ungrateful since I do like that I can get Pikmin 3 but shouldn’t Nintendo treat each territory equally if they expect equal or optimal results across all territories?

        • lonewolf

          No because they were doing that all this time and they led them nowhere

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            I see.

  • AFX DS

    Wow, the free game thing is awesome. I never finished Wind Walker on Gamecube, and keep watching for the HD version to drop in price. Have come close to buying it a few times. Now I’m getting it for free for buying a game I already knew I wanted to buy? AMAZEBALLS!!

    • NintendoFan

      Just when you stop believing in Nintendo they do this :D

  • Adrian

    WAIT A SEC….If I buy Mario Kart 8 and register it before July 31…I get a FREE game???? I’ve been wanting NSMBU and Zelda WW for a while, but was waiting for a $30 or less version.

    FINALLY, a deal that I can’t refuse. Congratulations Nintendo, you may have actually convinced me to buy Mario Kart 8 new.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Why wouldn’t you want to buy Mario Kart 8 new in the first place? Have you seen how mind blowing it looks? It looks like one of the best games that Nintendo have ever made to date.

      • Adrian

        My backlog of games includes about 6 PS3 games and 10 PC games. Plus I still need to get through Pikmin 3 and The Last Story. Time is not on my side.

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Oh right, okay. Haha.
          I get you. That’s happened to me before. For me, I’m at a point where I need new games now!
          So hyped for this game.

    • shadus

      This is the brilliance of this promotion. It takes someone who was on the fence and might have waited to buy Mario kart 8 to a day one buy. Plus it highly incentivizes you buy new over used. Lastly it gets people to try a game that they probably wouldn’t have bought or would have bought used( which Nintendo wouldn’t have seen money from anyway). I imagine ubisoft is really glad they delayed watchdogs for the wii u and might be worried how much this promotion will eat into their watchdogs sales on other platforms.

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  • Will the3rd

    I’m in Europe. I think this is the most aggressive promotion for a videogame I can remember. A free copy for your election, a 2×1 with almost new games (and not from the retailer, but from Nintendo by its own!). I was not going to get MK8 but now we are talking of a Pikmin3 (or your election!) + MK8 for one-game’s price. Crazy.

  • Nookling

    Hope there are a couple more racers still… I want Diddy and Birdo :( but oh well there are some cool ones

    • MerryBlind .

      I want Banjo… oh wait…

  • Jon Turner

    OK, anyone who SERIOUSLY wonders if WiiU is done for should seriously think again. These new features are AWESOME. That and the new bundle is just amazing. This is going to be HUGE. The sleeping giant has awakened.

    • Rinslowe

      A little bit of hype, goes a looong way.
      :)

      • Jon Turner

        That it does. And hopefully this will start a change for the better.

    • Brandon

      or people will thik it’s overpriced & yet they buy a xb1 or ps4 instead. :P

  • Rinslowe

    They’ve done a lot right with this one. Nice to see Nintendo using those directs in alternative ways as well.

    • jjbredesen

      Only negative is that it will take AGES to upload….

      • Rinslowe

        True. But a worthy trade IMO.
        :)

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah i am sure it will be great :D The online looks better than i thought!

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Another drawback with uploading to youtube is that you wont be able to upload full races, only part of it. You can only upload full races to MKTV. ‘Sourced by GameXplain’.

      • lonewolf

        Oh so you have mario kart 8 right now and tried to upload a video andthat is why you know?

        • jjbredesen

          I know because its Nintendo xD, there servers are slow, and Wii U’s online stuff in general is slow takes ages to load stuff in miiverse etc. You first need to make the video then have it uploaded to the MKTV servers witch have got to connect to the Miiverse and NNID server to verify you, then upload it. Then you need to connect to google’s servers and upload, Google’s servers are extremely fast, but Wii U’s processing of online data is not, so it will take longer than on a PC.

          • lonewolf

            There will be an update this summer so maybe they will fix everything. You can never know whats next about nintendo fir example this mario kart 8 direct it fell out of nowhere.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah i think they could make it faster, but it requires actually replacing and buying in more powerful servers and its not cheap and takes a long time to replace, would mean that the eshop, Miiverse and all other Nintendo network and Nintendo WiFI services would be down for 1-2 days. :/

          • lonewolf

            Well actually werent they down a while ago (I think in february)

          • jjbredesen

            They where under the holidays because of all the new Wii U’s and 3DS’s so the servers failed to much stress.

        • Rinslowe

          It does take a while to download in general. Nothing too outrageous. But AGES is an apt description. Deus Ex, that was painful.

  • FutureFox

    Whaa…what it is this? Am I dreaming? Did Iwata get fired?

    • jjbredesen

      No he decided to stop drinking and actually try to sell there game!

      • CaptRodgers

        What if the reason he was drinking wad because he kept trying to make business meetings with other developers, but he was so drunk that they became offended and that’s the REAL reason third party have been leaving. They were tired of his drunken ways and now he’s stopped drinking because he has no more developers to have meetings with and now has realized the faults off his drunken ways.

  • Adrian

    So, do you think you get the club Nintendo points for the free game too?

    • CaptRodgers

      Should. I got the club Nintendo game points for the game that came with my system and the game I got with my club Nintendo points and the free pokemon game

  • Adrian Brown

    For those still wondering, THIS is the time to get a Wii U, no excuses.

    • DoctorWily

      Do I have to register for the free game using a Wii U console or is there a way to do it online? I still need to wait awhile to buy my Wii U but I am definitely getting MK8 and would love to take advantage of this deal if I can.

      • WT Herrod Jr.

        Your MK8 case should come with a slip of paper with a Club Nintendo code on it. Login in (or join if you haven’t previously) Club Nintendo on your computer and enter the code. Presumably you should see something appear under the rewards tab to click on then to choose your game. It may be a single icon to choose with a drop down list to specify the game or there may be icons for each game (that will disappear once you’ve selected a game and redeemed the credit). Once you select the game they want they will give you a digital download voucher code that you can print out (and send a copy to your email). Generally download codes don’t expire. Still, you may want to call in and contact NOA or wait to see more info listed before picking up the game. I think the Pokemon X&Y promo (buy a 3DS and a qualifying game and get a free download of X or Y) did have a limited window to download the game.

      • Adrian Brown

        As WT Herrod Jr said I think you just need the game plus a CN account, but you should send an email to Nintendo customer service just to doble check

    • FutureFox

      The time to buy is winter 2014/Q1 2015 for the SSMB bundle.

  • Gregg

    Damn that is one sexy box.

  • ActivesiN

    looks like im getting Pikmin 3 :)

  • Jack5221

    WHY ISENT THIS AVAILABLE IN THE USA!?!?!?! I WANT A SPINY BLUE SHELL TOO!!!!!

    • Rinslowe

      I’ll give you yours online….. multiplayer…
      ;)

    • Brandon

      Ebay!

    • GariNGB

      Order it from Shopto.net or Amazon.co.uk and have it shipped to where you live. Yes the shipping costs will be high and it might get stopped at customs, but it will still work out cheaper than trying to get it from eBay after launch as the prices for the Limited Edition will rocket I bet.

      • Jack5221

        Thanks for sharing that! Got it preordered on Amazon UK. :D If they end up releasing this to the US then I’ll just cancel. But just incase, Im holding on to the preorder.

        • GariNGB

          No problem!

  • Riley Preator

    So should I get pikmin 3 or wind water hd?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      depends. you a zelda fan or an RTS fan?

      • Riley Preator

        Unfortunately both…

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          huh… Well, if you want to play the same zelda formula, and want to feel comfortable, do WW. If you want to try something new and branch out, try Pikmin

    • Moyack

      Wind waker for sure..

  • larz_1234

    I’ll be getting Pikmen 3 with the free game promotion. This is awesome! Great job Nintendo!

  • steveb944

    Did no one notice the green Wii U gamepad the developer had? White top, green bottom.

  • Blue Hernandez

    Dang, I really wanted W101. Looks like its between Pikmin 3 and Zelda. Which one is more fun?

    • Moyack

      ZELDAAAAA!!!!

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      I’ve got both. They’re both just about equally fun to be honest. Pretty much know what to expect from Zelda. However, Pikmin is very unique and there are not many other games like it. I’d say go for Pikmin

      • Blue Hernandez

        Are either of them multiplayer? Preferably local.

        • MerryBlind .

          Pikmin 3 has a local multiplayer mode, but I haven’t played the game yet. It’s on my to-play list though!

          • Blue Hernandez

            Cool Pikmin 3 it is!

          • MerryBlind .

            Keep in mind it’s a different mode than the ‘story mode’ though. Story mode is single player only, and the multiplayer is a split-screen VS mode in which you compete against your friend to score better or something like that.

            So it’s not a ‘co-op campaign’ if that’s what you were looking for.

          • Blue Hernandez

            Ohhhh lame… Sort of. Well at least it’ll be free. haha W101 would’ve been great!

          • MerryBlind .

            I would have preferred Nintendo Land myself, as I prefer to get W101 and Pikmin 3 (and any full-fledged game actually) physically on a disc with an awesome box art. Nintendo Land is just a mini-games compilation, which is the kind of thing I find better suited for digital download.

            In short I like to have big games on disc, and small games digitally.

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Zelda isn’t, but Pikmin has multiplayer. The multi player on Pikmin is pretty average to be honest. It’s best played alone in the campaign. That’s where the game shines.

  • Moyack

    Nintendo, why do you like punishing us for buying your games early T_T

    It’s Wii U Party for me…

  • Earthworm Jim

    I would like to see Piranha Plant and King Boo back as playable characters… !!!

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Unfortunately they wont put Piranha Plant as a playable character because she’s an item lol

  • Afo

    DAMN.. there is no club nintendo in sweden :(

  • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels
    • Brandon

      why doesn’t this have more upvotes!? that’s amazing!

      • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

        Oh, hello, Brandon. Nice to see you again.

        • Brandon

          yeah life is sucking like usual. :P cause you know the line “it’s up to the devs to port the engine over” really bugs me because not even indie devs are bringing games that use the engine over & if they did it would use ue3. :P

          • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

            Yeah, it is pretty bad. But I wouldn’t worry TOO much about it. Things always get better.

          • Brandon

            not happening. :P

          • Officer Raichu

            calmed down because i like you typing like this instead of calling everyone bad names

  • Charlieblizz

    love the direction they are going with this. The bogo is great for people supporting it early (I’m leaning towards Wind Waker), but the biggest news is the more robust online stuff. This has been a huge knock against Nintendo for awhile, and third party developers treat online with Nintendo as if it’s essentially impossible. Hope this is a preview of things to come, especially with Smash Bros on the way.

  • ScrewAttack

    I’ve had a horrid revelation. I wanted to get WWHD as the free game, but of course it’s a DD and I really want the case…… :( Guess I’ll have to pick up Pikmin 3 instead and buy WWHD later. That case art is too good to miss out on.

  • Magnus Gonzalez

    I see a conspicuous absence of trolls which is nice and usually happens when there is good news. That’s how you know who they are btw. Very nice to see Nintendo finally hitting one out of the ballpark. I really hope about 10 million people this year alone take the plunge for the Wii U’s sake. If Kart 8 is any indication of the kind of quality and potential the Wii U can deliver than there just might be a lot to look forward to. I will say this though…they still don’t get it completely. They have a red wii wheel, a red Mario wii mote..and a black wii u console. Hello?!! Make it a red Wii U console as well. It’s the little things I feel they miss on but it’s not the end of the world. Great great Direct.

    • Rinslowe

      Exactly. Not that it’s really worth caring about. The trolls are just lite entertainment most times. Yet there are some daily posters missing from what is undeniably a worthy cause for commenting…
      ;)

      And I totally agree. If Kart is now the bar set by Nintendo in first party titles, then the future of Wii U’s software quality at least looks very bright indeed.

    • greengecko007

      I won’t ask who you consider to be “trolls”, but articles like this often have less discussion because most people agree. That was a weird, but fantastic direct, and the MK8 bundle is an amazing deal.

      There’s not much I could add to the comments section by just posting the same thing as everyone else. The easiest thing to do is to stay silent and upvote everyone else.

      • Rinslowe

        You wouldn’t be one of his candidates, I imagine mate…
        ;)

      • Magnus Gonzalez

        but when there is even the slightest sliver of room for negativity trolls will worm their way in and make their collective voices heard. There are 216 comments as I write this, of excited fans writing about this direct and nary a troll. Good stuff. So, there is a genuine discussion going on, not all fanboyish, and this is how the site should be, unlike always negative filled with the usual 5-8 haters that dominate the comment section.

  • Officer Raichu

    BEAUTIFUL

  • AM Real

    There is officially no reason for ANY Wii U owner not to buy this game. Even if you don’t like Mario Kart, you’ll get another game for FREE…if you’re not happy with Nintendo right now, Go out and buy this game.

  • Pablo Lavín

    Wanted the Wonderful 101.
    Being American.

    • GariNGB

      Ive noticed a bit of a trend recently with the differences between Nintendo America and Nintendo Europe. Us guys in Europe seem to get better offerings on most things than you guys in the U.S do and Im surprised that this is the case to be honest.

    • Kenshin0011

      Same here! I’d totally get W101 because I own all the other NA games except Wii Party U…and who wants that

  • GariNGB

    Good on Nintendo for giving us a free game. They didn’t have to do it, but they did, so its a nice little surprise.

    I was going to order Pikmin 3 online last night but decided against it and to go into a store on Sat and get it instead. Thankfully I didn’t go through with it last night as now it means ill have it for free. Thanks Ninty!

    • Swampert Master

      Wow what luck! Maybe the Mario Kart gods were telling you something! :D

      • GariNGB

        I think they are! :D

  • MerryBlind .

    Ahh come on…. why so few choices for Club Nintendo of North America!? I do want to play Pikmin 3 (already played WW and NSMBU), but I want it on disc, not digital!!!

    However, I really wish we could get Nintendo Land. I want this game, but I want it digital since it’s more of a mini-games game than a full game…. Why did they have to remove it from the eShop it’s so stupid!

    Also, they should have a Mario Kart 8 bare-bone bundle without the racing wheel and the Wiimote, at 300$.

  • MerryBlind .

    Also, seems like the Mario Kart 8 box is red indeed after all! (At least in the bundle)

  • Kenshin0011

    This game is the absolute BEST looking Wii U game so far both graphically and in quality. You can tell how hard they worked on it, it looks so smooth and slick

    • Rinslowe

      I does look mighty fine… And I’m going to enjoy hitting you with the blue shell online…
      :)

  • cthreep

    This is incredible news. Can’t decide weather to get Pikman or windwaker for free with mk8

  • au8277

    I’ve been drinking the negative Kool-Aid on Nintendo for quite a while now, but this is an absolute hell of a deal. Nicely played Big N.

  • kali

    Half asses Voice Chat. Might as well play offline against the Ai. instead of my friends since its gunna feel the same not being abke to joke around.

    • Dark Lord Sauron

      i rather enjoy playing mario kart 8 online without having squeakers annoy you or trash talk

      • kali

        it’s not about that it’s about talking to friends. The option should be there it’s simple mute people

  • Noah

    Can’t believe everyone is complaining about the free game. The main point of this is the content and the online stuff which is AWESOME. really happy with what they’ve done

  • Officer Raichu

    when i saw raibow road

    • Gabe Hoffman

      SPACE!! SPACE!! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dark Lord Sauron

    smart move by brining the mario kart deluxe edition wii u which will help boost sales

  • Mario

    I still think there are other characters that they kept secret.

    • Blue Hernandez

      Like who? King Boo?

      lol rhyming

      • Mario

        Maybe. You know recent Mario kart tiltles tend to have secret characters to unlock. Which ones will there be in Mario kart 8? I do not know.

  • bakedapplepie

    That bundle is such a good deal, MK8 looks amazing. Just wish Nintendo gave me a physical copy with my Wind Waker bundle. This game really is the first game that will be a genuine system seller.

  • CaptRodgers

    How much do you think they’ll sell Wii party U on the eshop when it becomes available? I know it’s $50, so I’d imagine it would be like$30 since it doesn’t have the wiimote and stand. If so I’m just gonna get pikmin then use the ten percent I get back from that and the other games I’ve bought to get wii party u since I got 16 on the store right now.

  • CaptRodgers

    Also I just noticed that that all four of these games coming to usa can bring in Nintendo extra money. Mario and pikmin have dlc, wii party u might get people to buy more wiimotes, and windwaker hypes up the new zelda u. Either that’s great marketing for once from Nintendo or I’m just looking too far into this

    • MerryBlind .

      I think you’re just looking too far into this lol…

      • CaptRodgers

        Once again I have too much faith, sigh. Still good marketing none the less

    • Rinslowe

      It’s pretty smart…
      And the timing is pretty slick, with E3 just around the corner.

      Could be premeditated genius or just a stoke of luck…
      :)

      • FutureFox

        I’m going with dice roll.

  • Old School

    Wtf did Nintendo do to battle mode?

    Horrible…horrible job!

    Nintendo couldn’t take a little time to make NEW battle mode stages?! Intead the rush battle mode just like in MK7 and render race tracks?! Wow

  • C.S. Bailey

    European Nintendo fans…. don’t ever say you were slighted by Nintendo ever again. I’m sitting here, racking my brains on whether or not to keep the free game or give the code to my kid for their system since I either already own or didn’t want the ones offered. Then I see your list with MH3, TW100 and others…….. anyone know if codes given in other countries will work on other consoles?

  • Steve

    I don’t know which I should pick: Pikmin 3, LoZ Wind Waker, or NSMBU…. I want them all!

  • iamserious

    I was about to buy Pikmin 3 for $30 but now that I heard of this deal I’m gonna hold off til I get me some Mario Kart 8! Glad I procrastinated! I will get MK8 and Pikmin 3 and a $10 gas credit (from Best Buy) all for $60! This is pretty damn cool!

  • iamserious

    I just realized that the Mario Kart Wii U bundle deal is pretty good for folks who have yet to buy a Wii U. AND it’s an even better deal when you consider that they can also get a free digital game from this list!!! Good job Nintendo. Now go and tell the world about this great promotion!

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Like what Reggie said. Kids tell your parents Parents tell your kids

  • Jonawu!

    Wait does the euro promotion also counts for Australia as well??

    • lonewolf

      From what I have read on the internet yes.

  • Leo

    That Mario Kart Box looks awesome! It will be impossible to not buy it when you see at the stores!

  • Adecentboy777

    That’s a good deal! :) Well done, Nintendo!

  • sd

    Great promotion.

  • palomino blue

    Someone needs to setup a Wii U Daily Private Tournament.

    • GariNGB

      This would be epic!

      It needs to happen guys!

  • Fufusio

    The bundle I’m buying has NSMBU/ Luigi with it, so I’m leaning towards either Wind walker or Monster hunter hmmmm? Anyone played either of them? I’ve only played WW demo instore

    • MerryBlind .

      2 different games. It just depends what you feel like playing. I personally don’t enjoy Monster Hunter, but I know that many do. I can tell you though that Wind Waker HD is freaking amazing, both as a Zelda game, and as a remake.