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Yesterday, prior to the Nintendo Direct, we reported on a rumoured Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle that was apparently listed on the Russian web store - only visible in the country or via a web proxy. We wondered whether it was some Photoshop hijinks to raise hopes ahead of the Direct, though it seemed to have some credibility.

Well, it is real, but oddly it's exclusive to Russia for now. A Nintendo spokesperson has said the following to GameSpot.

The bundle is exclusive to Russia and there are no plans to bring it to other countries at this time.

Of course each territory is different and market demands and strategies vary, in addition to the logistical challenges of producing stock. Nevertheless it's still surprising to see a potential hit bundle like this limited to Russia, at least for now.

It wouldn't surprise us if a bundle along these lines does emerge elsewhere later in the year, perhaps for the Holiday season. For now, however, it's a good time to be a Nintendo fan in Russia.