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Nintendo Announces "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" At Over 2700 GameStop Stores

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pre-orders to get a special poster, too

It's pretty clear that plenty of Wii U owners are now impatiently awaiting Mario Kart 8, while others may be tempted to dive in and buy a system for the latest entry in the iconic series. Nintendo's cranking up the hype, meanwhile, with public-access demos now confirmed to be on the way to more than 2,700 GameStop stores across the US.

Nintendo of America has released a statement confirming these "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" for 17th-18th May, playable from 12 to 4pm local time. Those that have pre-orders at GameStop or place them before 30th May will also receive an "exclusive double-sided poster". You can check your local store availability for these demo days at the official website, while there are also prizes and a #MarioKartMemories social media campaign to consider at

Are you planning to hit up your local GameStop store on 17th or 18th May? Let us know.

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ikki5 said:

sounds great though.... i was hoping for something more than a poster considering what the other regions got.



Koapa said:

What have other regions got? As much I know, nothing. Nor the "test drive days" !



Peach64 said:

This is a good idea, but why limit it? Send review copies to all those stores so they can put them in demo units that are running full time.



Koapa said:

@Tsurii897 OK, I got it. But take a look to Europe and you will find special.... nothing
Only the Limited edition with Blueshell. No poster, no steelbook... nothing.



Tsurii said:

@Koapa...except for the special edition, the Steelbook for Germany and that awesome bundle for the UK (I think it's even the one on their online store), there's like nothing over here..not even pre-order bonusses afaik



rjejr said:

@Peach64 - "This is a good idea, but why limit it? Send review copies to all those stores so they can put them in demo units that are running full time."

Thought that was worth repeating, w/ an emphasis on FULL TIME. Maybe closer to launch? And of course the obligatory - when we can download it at home on eShop? Nintendo is doing a pretty good job w/ the eShop, but severely severely severely lacking in demos. The 3DS gets one almost every week so it's not a company wide moratorium by any means.

Getting this day 1, picked up the $5 GC offer at Target awhile back, but we'll go check out GS on Sat. to see about picking up a poster. I have 5 w/in 3.6m, which is why they probably do need to close a few.

My biggest problem right now is keeping it a secret from the kids so I can surprise them that Friday night, I'll probably tell them we'll pick it up Sat morning and then can each chip in $20 then gift it.



mike_intellivision said:

Pre-ordered (with another vendor). But I may still show up.

It is ironic that GS is doing this for a Nintendo product, considering how it often charges $2-$5 above MSRP (RRP) for first-party 3DS games.



BertoFlyingFox said:

Nice, I'll be sure to pass by a gamestop this weekend and check it out. May shoot for that poster too.



Grumblevolcano said:

I hope something similar comes to the UK, both MK7 and MKWii had similar events pre-launch with GAME.



Phantom_R said:

I'm going to twist the poster and then tape the top part to the bottom part. Is it a poster??? Or the logo???



King47 said:

I was planning on getting the best buy gas pre-order. But I guess I'll get this, unless something better comes by.



Koapa said:

But they are not free. MK8 itself costs 39.99 Ł.
Keyring and T-Shirt is + 10 Ł.
They are not FREE like poster.



wicked636 said:

I might have done this if they didnt wait so long to say if there was something from gamestop but i preordered from bestbuy over the weekend.Also thats where i preordered mario golf and got it a day early so im hopin that will happen with this.And one more thing koapa and other people.Who cares who gets a better preorder bonus or free or not just be glad to have the game and be happy that theres any bonus at all....But i prefer $20 amazon credit when they did it



Klunk23 said:

Cool. Already preordered at GameStop so I'm already set to go for the poster. Plus the GameStop closest to me is participating in the event so that's great. Then again, it looks like basically every GameStop in the Omaha area is participating.



Handy_Man said:

Sweet, I'll definitely check GameStop out to play some Mario Kart 8 after I come back from Anime Central.



ikki5 said:


EU gets a figurine, key chains, and bullet bill T-Shirt. 10 games to choose from compared to the 4 NA gets.

Japan got some playing cards and the usual specials that Japan gets.

NA gets... a poster and 4 games to choose from.

Though they are not free, I would much rather pay a little extra for those than get a free poster.



Genesaur said:

Neat. Glad I preordered from GameStop. I assume console bundle preorders get the poster, too... right?



ThistleAndWeeds said:

@ikki5 I'm just glad i preordered my limited edition copy with bullet bill t shirt and red shell keyring back in March as can't see any limited editions in stock in the UK any more



GalacticMario28 said:

This is a miracle; my local GameStop is actually participating in this, and I have nothing important to do on those two days. I know how I'm spending my weekend now.



Shpongled_Mario said:

@Koapa Even if the other stuff is $10, I would rather pay for any of those things than get the free poster lol. But since I live in florida I will settle for the free poster



Darknyht said:

Nice, but have they actually been inside most Gamestops? You get 20 people inside and you start feeling really crowded in most of them.



TingLz said:

Just about every Gamestop near me is holding this event according to the website



BranBran said:

Hey guys can you clarify something for me? if i go to preorder the game today from gamestop, do i get the poster when i go to pick up the game on the 30th or do i have to go to the demo this weekend to get it? thanks.



dkxcalibur said:

I checked it out. The poster looks really cool on the Mario side. Unfortunately it's being given out with pre-orders @ Gamestop. I personally can't stand Gamestop because they have treated me poorly in the past. I'll stick with my Target pre-order and the free $5 gift card.



ikki5 said:

@ThistleAndWeeds yeah, well we never even got a chance to pre-order that. I am not even sure I will get the poster as they say Gamestop and not EB games which is what gamestop is here in Canada.



NintyMan said:

Even my own local, humble GameStop is participating in this, so that's quite something. The poster looks all right; mainly the Mario side. Looks like I may have to go to GameStop this weekend.



Silent said:

Wait, so if it lists some gamestop locations, those are the ones having the event? I'm wondering since it's listing almost every local gamestop. I'll call later to see if they have it.



kereke12 said:

I need to hurry up and trade in my 2 wii's and all my games in!!!!!!!!! I have a funny feeling that when this game comes out, its going to be sold out like Fire Emblem. I had to buy digital



Yoshi said:

Yes, it's in my hometown! And I think I know where I'm going to pre order now.



epicdude12302 said:

I'm not going because I want to discover everything myself and have as much time as I want with it instead of waiting in a line and playing a track or two before having to give the next person a turn! That's why I haven't watched any of the in-depth course videos!



UnseatingKDawg said:

I didn't preorder yet, but the GameStop I usually go to is having a tournament on the 17th. The winner gets a trophy and the game at half price when it's released. With a little luck I could get top spot.



sinalefa said:

I would like an eShop demo just to taste the game earlier. It is already obvious to me that I will get it, so the demo won't affect my decision.



JaxonH said:


I did too actually. If your'e a Gamer's Club Unlocked member at Best Buy, you get 20% off. Then, on top of that you get a $10 gas card with the game for pre ordering, which effectively takes the price down to $37.99. And best of all, you don't have to deal with GS employees twisting your arm to go Pro or make pre orders. Definitely worth more to me than a poster. I checked it out on their website, and it's not even a good looking poster. It's that same lame red Mario from the Nintendo World Store limited edition box art.



nesssnes said:

All I want is my blue shell this is what NA is wasting their money on demo driving I'll play it in a week when it comes out. I don't want to play a demo I've seen enough videos I want my shell. !!!!!!!!!



Gold_Ranger said:

I already have the Target Pre-Order Bonus:
A Mario Kart Rubber KeyChain.
I'll also be getting two of the GameStop Posters!



StarDust4Ever said:

Three Game Stops in my town participating. Two of them are across the street from one another, hmmm...



Yoshis_VGM said:

@Lunapplebloom Yeah it really ticked me off last year when they didn't come to Hawaii for the E3 demos. Honestly, there's a Best Buy in Pearl City! And there are plenty of GameStop locations around the island and I honestly think there's one where I live. Kind of annoying that they leave Hawaii out but oh well.



Dpullam said:

I'll probably be in town this weekend anyway so I guess I'll swing by GameStop on the way! I've been dying to try the new Mario Kart for ages!



MasterGuard08 said:

Yay, I already preordered! Will definitely attend this Test Drive since my local GameStop is having it!



Bender said:

So excited! Played it at the E3 presentation last year, so I have been craving more for a while now!!



WaxxyOne said:

No stores found within a 100 mile radius of specified location. No surprise there...

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