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Nintendo Gives a Crash Course in New Mario Kart 8 Information
|By Business Wire
|April 30, 2014 08:05 AM EDT
One month from today, Mario
Kart 8 will be driving players wild with anti-gravity racing
action. To get people revved up for the Wii
U game, Nintendo released a new Nintendo
Direct video that announced some additional news nuggets, including
a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, a free downloadable game offer for
Wii U owners who buy Mario Kart 8, details about online features,
cool new characters and devastating new items.
On May 30 Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all at a suggested retail price of just $329.99. (Photo: Business Wire)
“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.”
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
Some of the new information announced today included:
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle: People who don’t yet own
a Wii U system will find it easy to get in on the action. On May 30
Nintendo is releasing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set bundle that
includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red
Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller,
all at a suggested retail price of just $329.99.
Get a Free Digital Game: People who buy Mario Kart 8 and
register the game with Club Nintendo before July 31 will receive a free
Nintendo eShop download code for an additional Wii U game. Players can
grow their Wii U digital game collections by choosing from one of these
well-received Wii U games: New
Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii
Party U. That’s a two-for-one deal featuring some of the
all-time great Wii U games. This offer also applies to people who get
the game in the Mario Kart 8 bundle or digitally in the Nintendo
Online Multiplayer: Up to 12 players can race together online in
four different multiplayer modes, as long as everyone has a broadband
Internet connection. Like to trash-talk your friends while you’re
preparing for a race? You’re in luck! Mario Kart 8 lets players
chat with one another in the lobby area using the Wii U GamePad
microphone or text phrases as they wait for their friends to join.
Players also can create public or private tournaments for which they
specify the day of the week, the time and the rules. Per tradition,
players will be able to race against ghost data from friends or even the
top 10 worldwide racers. They can try to beat them or just pick up a few
tips and tricks from studying the best. If you beat the development
team’s ghosts, you’ll get cool stamps for use in Miiverse posts.
Mario Kart TV: As previously announced, players can watch their
highlight racing reels, rewind them, play them in slow motion or upload
them to Miiverse. They can watch the world’s most popular highlight
reels and comment on them. But players with Google accounts can also
upload their reels directly to their YouTube channels.
New Items: Items are what make Mario Kart games so
balanced. No matter how skilled racers are, they’re just a blue Spiny
Shell away from disaster. A well-timed item can also turn defeat into
victory in an instant. The new Super Horn blows away all other items –
literally. 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. It’s a potent asset, especially for
drivers trying to maintain their lead. Mario Kart 8 also
introduces the Crazy Eight, a swirl of eight different items that lucky
players can use one by one.
New Racers: Two new playable female characters make their debut
appearances in Mario Kart 8. New heavyweight driver Pink Gold
Peach glows with a golden light and makes a nice counterpart to Metal
Mario. Baby Rosalina shows up for a play date with other Baby
characters. As in past Mario Kart games, players can again choose
to play as their Mii characters, which rounds out the field of racers to
an even 30.
Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order
at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required
for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more
information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com.
Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™
and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and
Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi
XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo
GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™,
Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and
Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
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