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Nintendo offers free game with purchase of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo offers free game with purchase of Mario Kart 8

Wed 30 Apr 2014 2:54pm GMT / 10:54am EDT / 7:54am PDT
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Customers who register racing game can choose from an assortment of free downloadable Wii U titles

Nintendo has a lot riding on the success of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, and it's not about to let the game hit stores next month without making a stir. Today the company announced a new promotion that will give customers who buy Mario Kart 8 a free Wii U game of their choice from a handful of options.

In the US and Canada, those who register a copy of Mario Kart 8 with the Club Nintendo program before July 31 can choose to download one of four first-party Wii U games: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U. Gamers in Europe will have their choice from a total of 10 titles: the four aforementioned games, as well as Nintedo Land, Game & Wario, Sonic: Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, The Wonderful 101, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

The free game promotion will also work with new Mario Kart 8 Wii U hardware bundles Nintendo is preparing. In North America, the $330 package includes the Deluxe Wii U, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a Wii Wheel peripheral, and a Mario-branded Wii Remote Plus. The European version of the bundle only includes the system and the game.

Mario Kart 8 is set to launch May 30 in both regions.

4 Comments

Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

436 496 1.1
You can buy the larger bundle (Wiimote, plus wheel plus a Mario hat) in Europe, but only through Nintendo's online store.

Posted:4 months ago

#1

Jim Burns
Research Asisstant

44 85 1.9
This is a spectacular bundle.

Posted:4 months ago

#2

Jed Ashforth
Senior Game Designer, Immersive Technology Group

107 178 1.7
Lots of people very excited about this yesterday, caused quite a buzz. Good move by Nintendo, and smartly positioned with Mario Kart because it's clear they want/need it to be a system seller, and this will seal the deal for many.

Posted:4 months ago

#3

Neil Young
Programmer

296 372 1.3
The time limit also encourages those planning on getting it to do so during launch period, which should help chart positions and please retailers. Seems to be a good call all round.

Posted:4 months ago

#4

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