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Uh oh, Nintendo is getting serious guys. They aren't playing around either. They want to gamers to make sure they know that Mario Kart 8 is coming courtesy of the Big 'N', and they'e bringing a can of whoop-butt and a handful of turtle shells, and they're all out of turtle shells.
Panerds caught wind of the news that the Big 'N' is starting to ramp up marketing presence and commercialization of Mario Kart 8 by releasing a trailer that briefly details the package and what you get in it. Just in case you're visually impaired and someone has to read the text of this article for you, I'll briefly explain what the bundle includes: You get a Wii U, Mario Kart 8, a sensor bar and a Gamepad.
It's pretty crazy because this announcement was actually rumored to have been taking place before it actually happened. Always Nintendo had up an article about the bundle being announced today and they were spot on.
However, that's not the only bundle that Nintendo is making available. The company wants to cash in good and well on this opportunity like a black market organ dealer who works part time at a hospice.
If you take a slight digital jog on over to the official Nintendo UK site you'll see that they have a special dual pre-order bundle pack available that includes a 32GB Wii U, a GamePad, a Wii-mote, a licensed Mario Kart 8 racing wheel, and a prime-time copy of Mario Kart 8. Even more than that, you can select to purchase the bundle in one of two liveries: as Mario or as Luigi. Check it out below.
You can have either one for the moderate price of £299.99.
Sweet butterbean sandwich, you have to admit that that is a pretty darn good deal. Two controllers, a game, a sensor bar and a console that's crapping all over the Xbox One in total sales? I'd say you have a real winner on your hands.
Nintendo said that they would be ramping up marketing for the Wii U throughout 2014, and they don't seem to be lying about it. The new Mario Kart 8 bundles are exactly what the company needs to help put the Wii U back in the running and getting gamers excited about their current generation console.
Now all that needs to happen is for gamers to actually buy Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U. That shouldn't be too hard so long as Nintendo puts out a few more TV ads and keep the internet marketing strong. After that... well, excellence is inbound come May 30th.