With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to the High Street.
The big ticket item is undoubtedly the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which comes with a nice box, a copy of the game and an attractive Spiny Shell statue; it's pictured above. It'll be available throughout Europe at select retailers, while those in the UK can pre-order from the Nintendo UK store; GAME has posted its listing, meanwhile, for £59.99. Depending on retailer and availability, existing pre-orders will be given the opportunity to upgrade.
There are more pre-order goodies confirmed for the UK & Ireland, regardless of whether you opt for the standard or limited edition, with keyrings specific to different retailers. A Golden Dash Mushroom keyring will come with pre-orders from Very and Littlewoods, while a Bullet Bill keyring will be included with pre-orders from Grainger Games, Game Centre, 365 Games (online only), Game Seek (online only), Base.com (online only), Playtime, The Games Exchange, That Game Shop, Gamescene, Xpress Games. In addition, the Nintendo UK store will offer exclusive special deals that include the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Spiny Shell bundle, a Bullet Bill T-Shirt and the Red Shell keyring, or alternatives without the Spiny Shell; these have limited availability.
GAME also has an offer of the game plus a Wii U wheel currently priced at £39.99.
We'd expect Nintendo of America to also announce some pre-order incentives and bundles, so we'll keep our eyes peeled. For those of you in Europe, how tempted are you by the limited edition bundle and pre-order incentives?
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Gimme, gimme, GIMME!
It's so cool to see Nintendo offering more collector editions of games.
All of my wants! Also, Spiny shell > Flying Blue Shell
This made my day
Bravo nintendo bravo
I'll have to buy the heck out of that.
Even the ad is cool.
Blue Spiny trophy. Do Want. Sadly, I'm from the US
Holy crap. If this is coming to North America, this might be my first limited edition ever. I usually don't go out of my way to get one, but this is cool.
I was going to buy this digitally but damn this is a complete turn around.
Any preorder bonuses like this for NA?
Is €40 normal for a Wii U game, seems cheap w/ the wheel? Would be nice if you could get 1 set w/ both the wheel and the shell.
Definitely getting the shell bundle
Loved the WInd Waker HD Ganondorf bundle.
Just pre-ordered it on Nintendo's online store. While Game are charging £59.99 for the limited edition, Nintendo are also including a bullet bill tshirt and shell keyring for the same price and also has free delivery. They also have a £49.99 bundle with the only difference being that it's a normal edition of the game. Here's the link for it: http://store.nintendo.co.uk/elysium.search?search=mario+kart
I've already got the game pre-ordered but I might change... I have it so far for £35 so a spiny blue shell is not worth £25 thanks. Steering wheel looks awesome though.
Oh come on, I need to get my hands on best Blue Shell!!!
Online store for me! (at this moment in time)
I CAN'T WAIT! May 30th is TOO far away.
I had to wipe all of the drool off my desk. Man, I hope that comes to America! I've already reserved the game of course, but getting all of that is a no-brainer. That blue shell would look really nice next to my Club Nintendo characters statue and Ganondorf from Wind Waker HD.
I hope this comes to the US. I got the bravely default limited edition, though I didn't like the game, so I'll be happy to pick this up. I also hope for a club Nintendo poster.
Anyone know from experience how Nintendo's online store are in regards to preorders? I'm tempted to go with them over Game since the Shirt and Keyring justifies the £60 limited edition a bit more.
I really want those keychains! The statue is meh in my opinion. I would love if they had a statue that was an imitation of one of the in-game statues, but that's a bit much I suppose. I hope we at least get something good here in the US, hopefully Ninty will be trying to give all regions some goodies to boost sales.
This pretty expensive to me probably gonna pass unless the price comes down at least to £50.
NOA better announce something like this. I want that statue. Don't need it but want it.
I'm usually all over special editions but having tasted PROPER collector's editions from companies like NIS America, XSEED, Ghostlight and Bandai Namco, I find many of Nintendo's offerings lacking and excessively expensive. The Ganondorf statue with Windwaker HD was subpar with its floppy bent swords and the less said about Bravely Default's statue the better (rest of the swag was good). But yeah, I ain't paying £60 for a small shell and a box.
THIS is what a special edition should be like:
Oh, hey. That IS a wingless spiny shell.
Now I just need one of my favourite game stores to open up preorders for this... I'll look every day until I'm certain of my copy!
@bouncer0304 Sweet, that link hadn't been updated when I wrote this. I've updated the article
Oh no! It's back!
@sinalefa You're right about that.
@Jazzer94 Like your Avatar
I hope this means spiny shell make a come back after all these years since that awful flying blue shell replaced it since double dash.
I'm tired of UK News on this site... is there a better US Nintendo news site?
I would have ordered this if it was available in the US.
@Mainer82 They post pretty much every piece of US news that comes out but so far Nintendo of America haven't said anything about this. No doubt as soon as Nintendo announce it, NLife will post it.
OMG I don't usually buy this kind of stuff, or physical games at all, but given that statue is the BLUE SHELL and my profile pic...I hope this comes to NA!
Darn it, I want that SHIRT!!!! XD
@Mainer82 It's not our fault NoA hasn't announced anything yet! We cover NA news when it's actually there. In this case, it isn't yet.
Pre-ordering.... dont wanna miss out on the blue spiney goodness!
It's nice but didn't think the blue shell is worth £20. The game and Wheel for £40 seems like better value for money so I went with that!
If those keychains and the blue spiny shell come to NOA, I might actually get MK8 even though I'm not a huge fan of the series.
pfft, i like the old wheel better, and the discounts
but the blue shell... do want
@MorriganIsHot Actually, it came back in 7. But still hovers/flies and hardly changes its behaviour, despite the lack of wings. Expect the same thing in 8, if you buy it.
None of this tempts me. Mario Kart is old-hat.
The next time I hear another Euro gamer crying over how we get all the cool stuff in NA, I'm gonna smack them silly! You guys got an awesome bundle with A Link Between Words, all we got was a digital copy of Oracle of Seasons from GameStop; and now this awesome Blue Shell and T-Shirt! Probably all we're getting here in NA (if that) is that lame plastic Wii Wheel. Pffft!!!
I'm really hoping Nintendo gives us in the US a collectors edition that's nearly as cool as this. It seems like Europe always gets the cooler collectors edition. Not to say they don't get snubbed in other areas though. :/
Ok, I got the Nintendo Direct special edition, a t-shirt, statuette and key ring is worth 20 squids (kinda).
Drooling over the shell and the Bullet Bill keychain. Hope they come to the U.S.!
I bet we (NA) gets nada as in nothing. C'mon Nintendo give us something, anything like a chain chomp or bullet bill shirt will do.
@Dark-Link73 The LOZLBW EU special edition was a cheap plastic chest for £50 when the game was £30 at some places .......such a great deal.
Yes this will be mine , I have been googling mario kart 8 all week in the hope for a special edition. There isn't enough special editions
I got Zelda and super mario 3D world so far this will sit lovely in my collection
And not a single Dutch retailer updated that day...
Preordered on the nintendo website, I want that t shirt. I want all the key rings as well especially the bullet bill one
Have to settle with the red shell I guess eBay prices will be horrendous for buying the others
America better get this, or else I'll burn NoA headquarters... burn it down to the gwound.
Wait, I thought 99.99% of people wanted rid of the blue shell?
Wait, I thought 99.99% of people wanted rid of the blue shell?
Once again I'm getting a bit jealous of the physical bonuses! Although if it's anything like Wind Waker HD's limited edition, Nintendo will decide for me by not offering it here. Oddly enough, I have the exact same Bullet Bill T-Shirt Nintendo is offering! EB Games sells lots of Nintendo gear here in Australia, and I recently scored one for $8 in an online sale.
@Jazzer94 "...cheap plastic case..." Don't tell me you were expecting a real wooden case with metal frame, he he. But seriously, as a Zelda fan, I wouldn't have minded getting that "cheap plastic case" vs a digital copy of an incomplete game experience (remember we need both Ages and Seasons to get the whole Oracle experience).
Oh my... I want 'em all.
Wowzers! Awesome bundles Too bad they're wayyy over priced for me, + shipping would be huge. I hope we get at least the Blue Shell Mario Kart 8 bundle here in Australia but even if we don't, oh well. It'll be more incentive for me to download Mario Kart 8 & hence I'll have MK8 always just a button press away to get online quickly in game
The game and a plastic toy for £60. Who is ripping who off???????????
@ThomasBW84 glad i could help! Only found the link by poking around but if it helps people then i'm good
I ordered the £39.99 one with the wheel, first thing this morning when I saw it on GAME's website. May 30TH 2014...........the Genesis (no pun) of the Wii U begins.............................again!!!!!
It is amazing that the preorders for this game in North America sold out fast at Amazon! I got to have this game!
I wanted to ask if any of you know the sizing chart if you order Mario Kart 8 with the shirt?
Very cool amazing ! i pre-ordered form nintendo store uk for keyring and t-shirt i love the box it's the same as Zelda wind waker box
Sooo good not long to go 30th may can't wait.
Argh, if only Nintendo UK could send to Norway, I was underway of ordering their collectors edition with shell, key ring, and shirt, but.... fudgesicle.
May 30th and the first week of June is judgement day for Nintendo...
If they can make Mario Kart 8 into the success it should be then I am confident that the Wii U will be a rewarding console to own.
If it is released and the fanfare fades without any significant change in sales then the Wii U is almost certainly destined to be Nintendo's worst major console.
June seems a long way away....
If they do a gamestop exclusive like they did for wind waker, I might just flip a table over in anger. I did not get my wind waker ce and was upset since it was so popular too.
I agree, 20£ extra for the shell is bit.. too much. Have to check if your shops offer this with nicer price. For Ganondorf figurine extra money was worth it (even someone earlier here said it's crappy..Agnes statue is cool also).
Hah, I tried to order LBW special edition, my order went thru and they were sending it and oops, we don't have this. So umm, they send me the code for LA the instant I placed my order and a month after... the poster was in my mailbox So only thing I was missing was the chest (that was the one I wanted) but oh well.. of course I try to find frames for the poster but those are sooo expensive for A0.
Oh Mario Kart, the ultimate test for the couples. So many times we've started to play excited, then accuses about bad car, then stupid game and finally one of us turns the console off during the race. We've had to make rule with husband that both take same car so no accusations "you have btter" can be made.
But I miss DD's co-op (I was always driving and he throwing items and even with that we got to a fight)
EDIT: Ahhaha, I checked one Finnish webstore that has been selling LE's - oh come on! Normal game 59,90e and LE for 99,99e. Are you kidding me?! Maybe they've just thrown some price there. Oh found another..120e - oh dear lord XDDDDDDD
I have it pre-ordered with ShopTo at just under £40.00 so for a extra £20.00 I can get a T-Shirt, Blue Shell & Keyring not too bad a deal.
Anyone know what Nintendo UK Store is like for getting games to you on time or early for release date?
That music on it was REALLY good. I hope it comes to North America.
I have only ordered 2 things from Nintendo UK store, both came a couple of days early.
Wii Fit U meter came early before Wii Fit U was released.
The other was Luigi 3DS, which i got before its actual release.
I think they do send them out maybe a day earlier. Because if a Game store sent them out early, Nintendo could complain, but they aren't going to tell them selves off.
This will be my first actual game from their store. So i hope they keep doing that.
A simple statue isn't enough to warrant an expensive special edition in my opinion, but the deals with the shirt + keychain too or the wheel bundle sound well worth it. I doubt I'll be buying Mario Kart 8 around when it comes out, but if either of those deals come to NA I may very well consider it.
I really hope this comes to NA... I'd be all over it. Nintendo really should do more Collectors Editions for their games. They have the perfect franchises for it.
(as an aside, the Grand Wizard Cartman Statue that came with the South Park Stick of Truth Collectors Edition is super sweet....)
Very glad that spiny shell is back. It puts other racers at risk other than the flying one only hitting the first place person, it just makes it seem a bit more fair.
Just ordered mine from game =) I wish Nintendo UK delivered to Ireland though because that T shirt is awesome XD May 30th cannot come quickly enough!!!
I'd upgrade my pre-order in a heartbeat if this game to NA. Haha, but honestly, it's nice to see Nintendo making some special editions since Ninty doesn't make that a habit (unlike the rest of the gaming industry).
I'll get it in Australia or Europe. Either way that blue shell is mine
All that stuff is nice but I'm really just waiting for a Wii U MK8 bundle announcement. Then I shall get my freak out on.
@Dark-Link73 It was 20 pounds more expensive then the standard edition only a crazy person would have paid for it aka one of my friends and even he admitted that it was a mistake.
@ThomasBW84 Amazon UK are also selling the Blue shell edition http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E4LGGIQ/?tag=ho01f-21
Must. have this!
I want that shell just to tape wings to it and chuck it at something.
Blue Shell ... Want !!
If only the eShop would start offering pre-order bonuses.
please bring this to australia. we don't want to miss out again like wind waker.
Just ordered the limited edition bundle from Nintendo's Uk online store, personally it offers the best value for money when compared to what Amazon, Game Shopto etc are charging for the limited edition on their sites
Even the box is awesome. No special box for NA I want special box. I want blue spiky shell. I want red shell keyring, and golden mushroom keyring, and Bullet Bill keyring, I want new racing wheel. Eh, to eBay and quadruple prices from scalpers it is then!!!
This better come to america my mom agrred to pay the extra 20$ i dont have XD!!!
please come to the U.S
Can anyone tell me whether they take the money for the pre-order upfront on the UK Nintendo Store? Or does it work similarly to other online retailers where they take the payment once the order is dispatched?
I'm a sucker for this limited edition stuff. C'mon Nintendo, bring this to North America
BEST THING BESIDES THE CONSOLE IN THAT BUNDLE
I WANT THE T-SHIRT
I need more money and shelf space....
....I mean, if I lived in the UK....
@boynerdrambling @WiiLovePeace @RedYoshi999
Confirmed for Australia!!!!
As soon as work is done I'm going to EB to pre order it.
Is going to look good next to my Ganondorf statue and Luigi's Mansion diorama.
@jshcamisado, Nintendo Uk store works like all other online retailers, you will not be charged until the goods are dispatched. It states this on my online receipt.
damn i want this so bad i will pay so much to get my hands on that blue shell too bad i live in america.
I refuse to buy a statue of the thing I hate the most in Mario kart
@Farmboy74 Thanks for the info man - my pre-order is in! Let the countdown continue!
What about America?
@Senario I love mine! I've laready got more games for it than I have on 3ds despite having it for less time. Despite being shafted by many third parties it has had a great library so far. My issue is that now that development is transfering to Ps4/Xbone, the Wii U is in a terrible midground which is unlikely to see dedicated development of many next-gen titles. If Mario Kart and e3 can significantly drive sales then I have nothing to worry about.
@DestinyMan I would think Wii U's most important game would be Smash Bros, but that's just what I think.
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