Nintendo of Europe: Mario Kart 8 Bundle, New Controllers

Nintendo of Europe has confirmed rumors about a Mario Kart 8 bundle. The package will come with the expected 32 GB console, sensor bar, GamePad, etcetera, in addition to a disc copy of the game. Nintendo of UK is listing it as £249.99, while it will cost AU$429.95 in Australia. Unfortunately, the bundle is still unconfirmed for North America.

Along with this news came the reveal of a Yoshi-themed Wii Remote Plus. The pink Princess Peach one had already been confirmed, but this new white and green remote came as a bit of a surprise. (This, too, has not been announced for North America yet).

Will you be picking up the new Mario Kart bundle? What do you think of the new remotes? Let us know in the comments section below!

From Nintendo of Europe’s official Twitter page, @NintendoEurope:

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Press Release:

NoE PR – START YOUR ENGINES ON 30th MAY WITH THE ‘MARIO KART 8 PREMIUM PACK – SPECIAL EDITION’ Wii U HARDWARE BUNDLE

Mario Kart veterans Princess Peach and Yoshi provide the inspiration for two new Wii Remote Plus controllers – both releasing on same day as Mario Kart 8

24th April 2014 – With just over a month to go until gravity-defying racing comes to Wii U in the shape of Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has today announced that a Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack – Special Edition Wii U hardware bundle will accompany the launch of the game on 30th May.

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.

While the likes of Bowser’s minions – all seven of the pesky bunch – will be playable for the first time in Mario Kart history from 30th May, experienced drivers such as Princess Peach and Yoshi have featured in all games in the series to date. Fans wishing to pay tribute to these two legendary racers can get their hands on new Wii Remote Plus Peach and Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controllers, both of which will release on 30th May, the same day as Mario Kart 8 launches in stores and on Nintendo eShop. Decked out in all pink with signature flashes of blue and yellow, the Wii Remote Plus Peach features a regal touch on the front of the controller in the form of a white crown. Meanwhile, the Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controller comes complete in a green and white shell, with an iconic Yoshi egg adorning its front.

As a reminder, fans looking to pick up Mario Kart 8 alongside a special collectible can also get their hands on a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which comes complete with a Spiny Shell Collector’s Item alongside a physical copy of the game. The Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle is available to pre-order while stocks last including from the Official Nintendo Online Store.

Just over one month remains until Mario and other legendary racers from the Mushroom Kingdom line up at the starting grid in Mario Kart 8, complete with 32 new and remixed classic courses influenced by antigravity, new items to unleash during the heat of a race, and a host of ways to enjoy the action including 12-player online competitive play**, and four-player local multiplayer. An overview trailer showing all the purchase options available to fans when Mario Kart 8 comes to Wii U on 30th May can be viewed here.

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When Alex was young, he used to cry whenever his parents tried to hand him a game controller. Having complete control over the life of a red-clad Italian plumber was just too daunting to him. Nowadays, he only cries when the controller’s taken away.

Hailing from the frigid tundras of Canada, Alex plays video games not only to entertain himself, but also as a source of warmth to get him through the winter. He loves all genres of video games, the more difficult the better. Some of his current favourites include VVVVVV, Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends.

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