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Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America

Posted by Lewis Childs

But will only be available from the Nintendo World store in New York

When the Mario Kart 8 limited edition software bundle – containing a copy of the game and a Blue Shell figurine – was announced for Europe, many Nintendo fans across North America feared they would be missing out on a collectable item. Fortunately, for those wanting something to display next to their The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD limited edition Ganondorf figurines, a small window of opportunity has opened for Mario Kart fans in the US. The Nintendo World store in New York has revealed on Twitter that they too will be selling the same limited edition bundle as Europe, albeit with different outer box artwork.

The Nintendo World exclusivity of the recently announced bundle will, no doubt, come as a blow to those not living within a reasonable distance of New York, as the store doesn’t currently offer online or phone orders.

Were you hoping to get your hands on the Mario Kart limited edition bundle? If so, will you be making a pilgrimage to Nintendo World? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Hopper2004 said:

So was this the announcement they were talking about? Sad that it's only at Nintendo World in New York



Tsurii said:

I feel kinda bad for you guys in the US :/
Now that you're finally getting that bundle, it's exclusively available in ONE city...



dumedum said:

I don't know... I can go and get it but I feel physical versions are just inferior. I'll have to put a disc every time I want to play it... ugh.



PJR0cks said:

yep specially a game like this where I will be putting lots of hours, and the size looks reasonable for storage.
but the box looks great.



2Sang said:

3 hours from NYC, so definitely a no for me. If Smash has a nintendo world bundle, I'll be there though.



ultraraichu said:

It's times like this I'm proud to be a New Yoker. Granted this is one of the two only ways I would buy a physical copy of a game. Wish I can leave my job on time to pre-order before they close though.



Pink_Floyd said:

I'm not even gonna buy this new now. I'll buy it off of craigslist. When fans want something Nintendo never comes through (major's mask remake Etc).



Gate_Shikimuri said:

Great. Now can you please say 'Mario Kart 8 preorders come with a free Wii Remote Plus' or 'Mario Kart 8 comes bundled with a Wii Remote Plus'? Why is it that the games I have little interest in come with a WR+ but not the games I am interested in? What if some comes over and wants to play with me? I'll only have one WR+!



Pj1 said:

I don't want to rub it in but how much does it cost to travel to New York if you're from America? I think some die hard collectors will make the trip over to NYC and if you do it's well worth it!



Yoshi said:

To be honest, this actually feels worse to me. I would've preferred the US to not get it at all then the US to get it at this one store. Guess I'm a little selfish.



NavySpheal said:

@brewsky This. Its just not fair to give it to those who are near NYC, and screw over the other 75% of the country who can't get it easily. I know I can order it online, but I shouldn't have to. This, or make more Nintendo World stores, which is a good idea.



Spartacus3765 said:

Same here. Unbelievable - If this truly will be the only way to get this, people are of course going to buy it in that area, and re-sell it for much more; something I won't be able to afford, among many others I'm sure.



Psyclone said:

@Spartacus3765 aw I just read it has the blue shell figurine.. oh well at least people that don't live close can still get the other bundle but dam! I feel this is gonna cause a lot of confusion for those that don't know about the other bundle.



WindWakerLink said:

(Reads headlight of article) "Oh cool!" (Reads subtopic about it only being in Nintendo World) "Wait! What!?" XD Man. Whatever Nintendo. I'll just get the game.



Phantom_R said:

I can't think of anything I'd rather stare at more than a blue shell and all the wonderful memories I associate with it.



FritzFrapp said:

Is the blue shell metaphorical for the chances of grabbing one of these bundles?
Bad luck Americans! That's gotta hurt.



WanderingPB said:

Sounds like they want to entice people to go down to the Nintendo World Store for the Mario Kart 8 Launch Event on May 29 8pm- 12am.

Or just have u come down to the store, pre-order the game and end up buying a whole bunch of Nintendo stuff because the store is filled with sum pretty awesome stuff…

Regardless Nintendo should at least allow Amazon or gamestop to carry a few copies for those who cant make it down to NY…i live 1 hour away and even i feel this is unfair



Urbanhispanic said:

It's not a problem for me. My job is 20 minutes away by train from the Nintendo World Store. It looks like I'll have to pre-order MK8 there.



FJOJR said:

Way to go Nintendo. Cause you don't need the sales from the rest of America. Cause I'm sure all 18 million or so New Yorkers have a Wii U and you are not in a financial predicament.



nesssnes said:

This is bull why even tell us I live 2 hours away but what about the rest of America



90sRetroGaming said:

332.24 miles
5 hrs 21 mins / 5 hrs 26 mins based on current traffic

Plus work Monday's - Friday's like everyone else...

LOL. GG Nintendo...



Prof_Clayton said:

I live in NY state but that's still way too far. This was a terrible business idea. TERRIBLE.



MadAdam81 said:

@Frapp yeah, just as they think they are about to cross the line, WHAM! Ouch. I'm glad I preordered one in Australia, and we rarely get these things.



iphys said:

They shouldn't even offer something like this if it's not going to be available to anyone in the NA region.



sketchturner said:

So it's the game along with a blue shell trinket? Forget that... If they had the steel case on the other hand, I might be making a very long drive to NYC...



16bitdave said:

I don't even care about this bundle, I already have a Wii U. I just want the damn game to come out already



Tops said:

It is unfair, and I would be upset, but I'm eyeing the MK8 hardware bundle seeing as I don't even have the console yet. Can't wait though!



retro_player_22 said:

How good is this bundle going to benefit them if they're not willing to sell this to customers outside the Big Apple? There's no way I'm going to make the trip to that complicated city just to get this bundle, I rather just wait for a price drop or buy the game used if I have to.



FX102A said:

I had preordered the UK equivalent but after some thought I realised that I had no interest in the extras so I cancelled it. Why not a CD of classic track tracks (SNES Rainbow Road anyone?).

There are several preorder bonuses at several stores but they're all pretty lame (simple t-shirts or key rings). I want Germany's Steelbook.



Dauntless said:

The shell looks cool, but I don't need any more plastic crap. I'm not disappointed about not getting it, but I am upset that Nintendo would do something like this and only release it in one store location of an entire continent.
Seriously how can they pretend this is exclusive when we know every where else gets it the normal way from regular stores? This isn't 1980. Thanks to the Internet we are more aware of world events.
The good news for those that really want it is that the plastic shell isn't region locked and you can import it. Of course the weight and size will add to the shipping cost and you'll have to sell off the game that comes with it on It should still be cheaper than visiting New York if you're not near by.



babyguess said:

The title is misleading, "Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America"?

Correction: Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To Nintendo World Store!



Mochtroid said:

Why do you make things so hard for yourselves, Nintendo?

Look at all this feed back. People WANT THIS, but it's only available in one city in the entire country. Do you guys realize the amount of potential sales you are about to pass up?



ScorpionMG said:

@dumedum i hope your wii u burns down and you lose all your digital games!!
nah jk
I wouldn't trust digital only without cloud based saved data. Except for indie games



Starwolf_UK said:

In case anyone wondered the price is $80 + tax and they require ID to pre-order as it is one pre-order to person to stop people getting copies for eBa...friends (its difficult to stop one but not the other but the solution is simple, make it available outside of one store in New York).



c1pher_c0mplet said:

This is hysterial! Nintendo are officially blithering idiots. What in the world are they thinking and doing over there?!? They're limiting a bundled system seller exclusively to a single specialty store... (One first-party title isn't going to get them out of hot water but still.) It's like they get dumber and dumber with each passing business day.



nesssnes said:

I've been waiting and waiting for them to announce this and then they finally do but then I read its only in new York. I think I'm more pissed now then if it didn't come at all their lucky I already have the game preordered. Because I don't know if I would of gotten MK after this last stunt.



Whopper744 said:

This just seems utterly stupid to me. I'm not driving to NY for this. And I'm not going to eBay when people put it on there for ten times more than its worth either. I just don't see the logic in this as most others here don't either.



Nico07 said:

As I live 1989 miles away, I am inclined to pass. I was looking forward to this and would have paid up to $100, but eBay prices will be absurd.



Luna-Harmony said:

Dam should have been nintendo store uk and eu for people this side of the world looks stunning.



Shirma_Akayaku said:

Well, I guess I'm lucky since I live near the Nintendo World Store.
But I'm downloading the game anyway.



LittleIrves said:

You guys don't seem to understand what a Limited Edition is.
Nintendo is very good at making sure their products retain a kind of significance or value, whether that's through maintaining full price for longer or keeping certain special items a rarity. Pumping this out to every Best Buy in the country would just lessen its appeal.



Spartacus3765 said:

If they held the same "limited amount" by only selling it in one store in London, then yeah, I wouldn't be upset that they'd be legitimately holding to the limited edition part about it. Albeit, I think it would still be messed up to cater to a specific location. But this is simply a region being stubborn about something a lot of people want, when another region (EU) won't have any problem getting.

I may just try to import it - which I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DO.



Rafie said:

@Spartacus3765 Thank you. I was just getting ready to say the same thing to him. This is such bull!

Nintendo Of America is really starting to become incompetent to me. I hate the way they conduct business. Why in on Earth would you limit this to just New York?! Yes I'm upset because I'm a huge fan of this game and would have bought this LE (limited edition) game. Instead NoA is doing what they normally do and disappointing the fans here. NoE has a better unity than NoA. Big time!



Spartacus3765 said:

Yeah I dunno. Someone commented on here earlier saying the package is going for $80 at the store, which is a $20 mark-up for what seems to be for only 2 things: a special outer box, and a plastic trophy. Sure, it'll be "rare" but NOA has exhausted my patience with things like this.

I happen to know a couple of people in NY who in theory could buy it for me and ship it, but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth all the hassle, especially at that price. If I could get it around town or on Amazon, sure. It just baffles me, cuz Nintendo puts out extraordinary software, but they're marketing team/distributors give them a bad name when they do idiotic things like this. A good reason why a lot of my friends have moved on from this company to other ways of gaming - and sometimes, I don't blame them.



Obito_Sigma said:

Umm... according to Map Quest...

Via I-95 N 1249.63 miles
18 hrs 43 mins / 19 hrs 14 mins based on current traffic

And the gas cost is only ~$700. That sure is reasonable just to pre-order the game and then come back two weeks later to pick it up... well... that's only if they still have some in stock. During the LoZ event, I came three days after the announcement, and I was told that NO GAMESTOP IS ACCEPTING ANYMORE PRE-ORDERS of the Limited Edition. And they said that the Wii U is failing...



Zombie_Barioth said:

Yep, I still don't get why theres exactly one Nintendo store in the entire country. What, do they not think people would stop by if they were in places like Seattle or Miami too? I kinda get NOJ thinking that one location works, but NOA? People like to blame the main branch but its NOA that they rely on for what works over here.



Memeboy3 said:

Seriously guys?
Other than playing and displaying with the Blue shell figurine for a few days (at best), What makes this Limited bundle this worthwhile and SO Amazing?
I already got the Wii U...
If there is a blue shell near a bundle...THERE ALWAYS A CATCH! NO EXCEPTIONS! O.O



ThistleAndWeeds said:

@Akera099 I like how you guys are moaning when it's usually Europe that loses out on everything. We rarely get any special edition consoles let alone limited edition games. You better be quick if you want it though as it's sold out in the UK. I'm glad I pre ordered mine back in March as I also get a bullet bill t-shirt and red shell keyring.. Not to rub salt into the wound or anything.



ThistleAndWeeds said:

@Spartacus3765 it's sold out in the UK and I doubt amazon actually have any left in stock a lot of the time amazon accept pre orders when there out of stock because it doesn't matter to them as they've taken no money they don't have to honour them.



Mr_3DS said:

Don't worry, it'll be on eBay for $200 soon after it comes out. And the seller will be a tool who buys 10 copies at once!



ultraraichu said:

Man I really need to act fast on this stuff. They run out of preorders since yesterday afternoon, according to my brother who work around Rockefeller Center (unless he's pulling my leg). The store rep said they will be doing RSVP during the event for people who couldn't get the preorder, but I know how long the line will be for that.

Awell guess I'll go digital after all.



B3ND3R said:

It's okay, I'm happy as long as I get to enjoy the. Game I already have too much gaming memorabilia.



B3ND3R said:

@Pink_Floyd and you're not helping. Good job for not supporting Nintendo, you certainly showed them! (strong sarcasm ) You're upset because you can't get a little plastic blue shell, get over it and enjoy the thing you're really dropping money for, the fantastic game.

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