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New Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct – Get a Free Game by Registering Mario Kart 8


Nintendo has decided to surprise us today by uploading a Nintendo Direct on Mario Kart 8. A bunch of new announcements about game play and online functionality are revealed. There’s even a new promotion that allows you to get a free Wii U game by registering Mario Kart 8 with Club Nintendo before the end of July. Click Read More for the full press release and everything that was announced.

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 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U [THIS IS FOR NORTH AMERICA. SEE BELOW FOR OTHER REGIONS]. 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 eShop.
North America Games are:

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

Europe/Australia Games are:

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

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.

Rial Johnson (Pocodudeface) is the founder and content manager here at Nintendo Castle. You'll see him writing articles and guides for games, and managing a lot of static pages. He has a passion for Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Zelda, although he's not any good at them.

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5 comments on “New Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct – Get a Free Game by Registering Mario Kart 8
  1. krelord says:

    Baby Rosalina for the win!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What about Australia..?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Awh. Wish Lost World would’ve been one for NA. ;[

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