Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle confirmed…but it’s pricy

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I’ve said it before that Mario Kart 8 is easily my most anticipated game next month – and that’s a month that sees Watch Dogs finally being released. the biggest problem with Mario Kart 8, of course, is that it’s exclusive to the Wii U – a great system that many gamers and the general populace couldn’t care about and don’t own. There’s a new bundle coming to coincide with the game to make amends.

Here’s what the press release says.

The release of the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack – Special Edition represents an ideal offering for first-time Wii U owners, with a black Wii U Premium console with 32GB* of storage packaged alongside a black Wii U GamePad controller, Sensor Bar, and the all-important Mario Kart 8 game disc. With Mario Kart 8 set to feature 16 remixed classic courses, as well as 16 courses that are brand new to the series, both newcomers and veteran drivers alike will face fresh karting challenges with the added twist of a new antigravity feature allowing Mario and company to race upside down or up vertical surfaces.

So it’s a standard 32Gb unit with Mario Kart 8 thrown in.

I’m in love with Mario Kart 8 and its buttery, 60fps goodness – and I feel it’s the perfect game for Nintendo to help move a couple of million Wii U units. What would help is if they dropped the cost – but that’s just not happening; Nintendo refuses to budge on the price. The thing will be available in the UK for £279.99, and here in South Africa at an RRP of R4,499.

Problem is, dropping the price could be costly.

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When Nintendo slashed the price of the then struggling 3DS, the system took off like the dickens – but they made a loss on every unit. Things have picked up for the handheld, but the resultant sting remains. With the Wii U’s current troubles, a loss on hardware would incite investors to riot, and demand Iwata’s head on a platter.

Anyway, here’s a trailer for the new bundle.

Last Updated: April 24, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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