Mario Kart 8 includes free game offer, Wii U bundle announced

By Steve Watts, Apr 30, 2014 6:30am PDT

If Mario Kart 8 isn't enough to tempt you by itself, maybe a free game will help? Nintendo announced today that those who pick up the kart racer early can get a digital copy of another first-party game. If you don't own a Wii U, they've got you covered there too, with a bundle incoming.

Buying MK8 and registering it on Club Nintendo before July 31 will get you a download of New Super Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U. The announcement notes that the offer applies to both physical and digital purchases, and to those who get the Mario Kart 8 bundle.

What bundle, you may ask? Alongside the game on May 30, Nintendo will release a bundle that includes the Wii U Deluxe, Mario Kart 8, a red Mario Wii Wheel, and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller. It will cost $329.99.

This was all announced in a Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct presentation that included details on Mario Kart TV. The feature will let you upload clips to Miiverse, or link to a Google account to upload directly to YouTube. Finally, the announcement included word of two new racers and two new items. The racers are Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach, while the items are the Super Horn to defend against any items in the area, and the Crazy Eight to provide a series of eight different items.

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