Nintendo has announced that North America will be getting a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, similar to the one available in Europe, and also shared a few new details about the game.
“Everyone loves Mario Kart,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “It’s a franchise that brings people together for fun at a family gathering, a frenzied race against friends or just an afternoon break at the office. The numerous new features of Mario Kart 8 make this the most ambitious version yet, and one that will have players of all skill levels racing for the checkered flag.”
On May 30, Nintendo will release the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle for $329.99, which includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory, and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller. As well as this, players who purchase Mario Kart 8 and register their copy with Club Nintendo before July 31 will receive a free Nintendo eShop download code for an additional Wii U title. The titles on offer are: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U.
Mario Kart 8 also allows players to chat to each other in a pre-race lobby using the Wii U GamePad microphone or text phrases. Also, players can create public or private tournaments for which they specify the day of the week, the time and the rules.
The game introduces two new items and characters. First up is the Super Horn: “Sounding the Super Horn issues forth a sonic shock wave that blasts away everything in the vicinity, including other drivers, Red Shells and even blue Spiny Shells.” The second item is the Crazy Eight, a swirl of eight random items that players can fire off one by one.
Finally, two new playable characters will be available: Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina.
Mario Kart 8 is set to launch May 30 exclusively on Nintendo Wii U.