Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles confirmed for the UK, but what about the US?

Nintendo officially announces special Mario and Luigi 32GB system bundles for the United Kingdom; launching May 30 for £299.99.

[UPDATE] If you're just looking for a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle without the extras, Nintendo is listing that bundle for £249.99 ($420) at its UK website.

The original story is below.

Nintendo today officially announced that its rumored special-edition Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles will launch in the United Kingdom when the game is available May 30.

The special bundles will sell for £299.99 ($500) and come in Red Mario and Green Luigi varieties, both of which you can see in the image above. Both bundles include a 32GB system, a racing wheel, GamePad protector, Mario or Luigi hat, Wii Remote Plus, and a Mario Kart 8 game guide.

Nintendo has not announced if these bundles will come to North America. We have reached out to a Nintendo of America representative for comment.

Mario Kart 8 launches worldwide on May 30 exclusively for Wii U. The game includes 32 total courses--half are brand new and the other half are remakes of previous courses. Mario Kart 8 also includes two Rainbow Road courses. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Mario Kart 8.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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103 comments
Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Even if it comes to the US. I'm not paying 500 for a wii U. And who the hell still uses strategy guides? Especially for a racing game? wtf Nintendo?

14monkey
14monkey

nintendo would be dumb not to give it to america 

Mafon2
Mafon2

Hats are the platform sellers

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

For people that don't know how this usually works, 250 GB pounds = 250 US dollars.


I might actually bite now that a new Fatal Frame has been announced on top of this, Smash, and Bayo 2

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

This JUST MIGHT push me over the edge to get a Wii U because...fuck, its Mario Kart damnit. And this is a 360/PS4/Gaming PC owner speaking

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

The racing wheel and gamepad protectors are from HORI, which quality can be guaranteed to be great

divinejester
divinejester

I will never pay 400 plus dollars for a system that has the memory of a five dollar flash drive.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

£250 is kind of a lot since I got a Wii U brand new for £150 almost a year ago.

parabol69
parabol69

I sometimes wonder why a grown person without kids would buy a Wii U...

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

What a bunch of crap. It's the Crap Bundle.

Kjranu
Kjranu

That 299 pound sterling price is with tax so if the bundles do get released in the US then it probably will be $400 or $449. It's a shame because they could just sell them at a real low price like $300. Regaining market share should be their #1 priority, not profit at this moment. 

Kjranu
Kjranu

If they don't release those bundles in the States they'll immediately lose whatever credibility they have left. 

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

$500 is too much for a WiiU Nintendo please lower the price but other than that Mario Kart 8 will be a blast.

DJ_KooPee
DJ_KooPee

That's actually not a bad deal, though most of the extras are firmly in the 'crap you don't really need' category (plus I'm original gamepad/controller all the way, no way can you play MK properly with touch/waggle controls)

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Where's the Toad collectors set? Make that and I'll buy a second Wii U.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Has Nintendo always listed "HD" on the packaging, or is that a new addition? Funny that they have to emphasize that.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

Damnit, I though Wii U prices would be dropping by now, not bumping the price way up into PS4/XB1 territory for a lame steering wheel, and can somebody explain to me why one would need a strategy guide for a game like Mario Kart?

Celsius765
Celsius765

8C damn the uk nintendo onlinestore makes the american store look shitty

Celsius765
Celsius765

If it'll make you guys in Europe feel a little better you can buy the premium pack by itself for 249

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@freedom01  HORI is arguably one of the only third party manufacturers I trust after having a GB Player controller for my GameCube.

Sleepyhun1
Sleepyhun1

@divinejester  Great to know, now i only have to buy a dozen and  will have 24gb of memory!

Let me tell you, that 24gb of high end memory would cost me a console. Its not the saame, it doesnt even work that way. But hey, you mostly have a ps4, a console with a cpu my years old i5  most likely destroys on every benchmark.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@parabol69  

Grow up first, then you'll find out, and by growing up I mean mentally, not physically.

metallinatus
metallinatus

I sometimes wonder why a grown person would enter a post just to leave a troll comment like that....

chev9378
chev9378

@parabol69 Sometimes I wonder how you trolls can live without a sex life. . .

chev9378
chev9378

@Kjranu Really? And I suppose if Nintendo doesn't drop the price down to 20$, drop the gamepad, pull the plug on the Wii U to release a new console, stop making "rehashes" (even though Sony has been rehashes year old games for PS4) Nintendo will lose credibility too, right? 

Yeah, fuck off, troll. 

metallinatus
metallinatus

Not that the screen makes gaming on the gamepad any worse at all.... even if you don't use the screen, the gamepad feels just great in the hand, so it isn't really a problem.... plus, it has accelerometer, so expect using it as a wheel!

Celsius765
Celsius765

@electrichobo99  they haven't that's for all that extra stuff. if you want just the premium pack it's £249

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@imm_84 @parabol69  No the games are all the same and play the same and the other games suck trust me I bought this crap system so upset I bought and can't take it back to Best Buy!!!

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@chev9378  He's not a troll I got the system and what he type is true it is crap you just a Fanboy who got there feelings hurt LMAO LAME!!

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@chev9378 @Kjranu  So you call everyone a troll because they telling the truth (Fanboy are the lamest/biggest cry babies) the system sucks I bought it and i'm beyond upset because I wasted my money on this piece of Nintendo crap, all of the games sucks and all Nintendo games all play the same lol the WII is still a better system WII-U ain't nothing compare too the other two systems. The WII-U is another DREAMCAST PERIOD !!

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@shinjuki @BabeNewelll Never going too happening think didn't the WII-U came out before the PS4 and yet PS4 came after the WII-U and surpass the it sells just under a month haha and now 7 millions PS4 systems sold and counting, not trying to be rude but you must suck a math or something the WII-U have no chance of surpassing the PS4 in sells shoot even the XBOX-1 sold more so little boy stop making up stuff you only make yourself look lame then again you must be under 10 years old because most kids DON'T THINK BEFORE THEY SPEAK !!!!!

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@chev9378 @BabeNewelll  FAILED all of nintendo WII-U games are crap compare too the PS4 & XBOX-1 so what you talking about BIG @SS CRY BABY LMAO FANBOYS ARE THE WORST ! You only say things like that is because you think the WII-U have hope when it doesn't haha keep dreaming !!!!!

DJ_KooPee
DJ_KooPee

@metallinatus Admittedly I haven't even used the Wii U Gamepad at all yet, so it might be OK, but I'm still picking up a bunch of Pro Controllers when this comes out (I won't comment on using the accelerometer as a wheel, my old school MK sensibilities wouldn't let me even contemplate it)