Nintendo Releases Special Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct

This comes as a shocking, but pleasant surprise.  Nintendo has published a brand new Nintendo Direct focusing exclusively on Mario Kart 8.  New features, characters and Wii U bundle were confirmed in the episode.

The Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle will launch on May alongside the standalone game.  Priced at $329.99, the bundle comes with a Wii U Deluxe model, Mario Kart 8, a red Mario Wii Remote Plus and a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory.  It’s a pretty neat bundle for what will be one of the biggest Wii U games of 2014.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle

Nintendo isn’t stopping there.  Anyone who buys a copy of Mario Kart 8 and registers it with Club Nintendo will be eligible to download one of four Wii U games.  The options are New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U.  This awesome deal is available to anyone who buys the game, whether it be as part of the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle or standalone.

Mario Kart 8 will feature the most robust multiplayer suite ever featured in a Wii U game.  12 players can race together online in four different game modes.  While in the lobby area, players can use the Wii U GamePad’s microphone to chat with their friends and other players.  Ghost racing returns to help players to hone their racing skills as they prepare for public or private tournaments that players can create and customize.

Mario Kart 8 also introduces Mario Kart TV.  Players will be able to record their races, edit them, play them in slow motion and upload them to Miiverse where the most popular highlight reels will be shown to the world.  Those with Google accounts can upload their videos straight to YouTube.

Two new racers were announced; Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina.  Nintendo also announced that players will be able to race as their Miis.  This brings the total playable roster to 30.

Mario Kart 8 is out May 30 exclusively on Wii U.  Check out the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct episode below: