Nintendo will give you a free Wii U game if you buy Mario Kart 8

Buy Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo will throw in a free game download. The offer includes Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Pikmin 3.

Update: Hold up! Wii U owners in North America don't get to pick from one of 10 free games: they can only choose from four. The titles on offer in the US are New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and Wii Party U.

European customers, however, get to choose one game from the list of ten below when they purchase a copy of Mario Kart 8.

Original story: Nintendo really wants everyone to buy a copy of Mario Kart 8, so they're going to sweeten the deal: register a copy of Mario Kart 8 and you'll get a free Wii U game.

There's 10 to choose from as part of the impressive promotion, with some obvious winners (Wind Waker HD) and losers (Sonic Lost World) in the list:

Copies of Mario Kart 8 have to be registered on Club Nintendo before July 31 in order to be eligible for the free Wii U game, and the deal is also valid for customers who pick up the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle or purchase the game digitally through the eShop.

Nintendo also announced today that it is actually possible to destroy the blue shell in Mario Kart 8 before it hits you. Thank heavens. You'll also be able to upload your own footage from the game directly to YouTube, which is something even the PS4 can't do right now.

Mario Kart 8 will be released for Wii U on May 30.

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groosemchades
groosemchades

Nintendo needs to stop being a soviet dictator and end all this region locking and these region specific promotions. It's telling fans that don't get the same promotion or game that Nintendo cares less about them.

jp4464
jp4464

The thing I've always loved about Nintendo games is just how much fun they are.

Very excited for this bundle.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

god damn it! I have them all! Now I am pissed

glacius_x
glacius_x

Seems like a very desperate move. Are they not pushing titles? Mario Kart 8 would be a no brainer to anyone that owns a Wii U. I don't think incentive was needed.

jark888
jark888

Mario Kart 8, simply a must play tittle, convinces me enough to get my hand on Wii U which is on its way to me, while my wife is dying to play Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze(probable the only game she cares to play with me). I bet this game will get at least 8/10 score. 

Damn! I already see myself enjoy playing this game. 

P.S. Appreciate new additional characters, tracks, and adjustments according to fans' feedback.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

As if I needed extra encouragement to get Mario Kart 8. :P

lithus
lithus

This is exactly why Nintendo has been left behind in the gaming industry. They don't have any new and original games, no new note worthy hardware, so they have to sell yet an 8th installment of another tired Franchise and give away other tired games as piss poor incentive.

Nintendo may have helped revolutionize video games as we know it but they certainly aren't carrying that torch any longer. Nintendo is a souvenir tee shirt at best now.

Celsius765
Celsius765

on a side note. I think they should have put Fawful in MK8

deadpen
deadpen

I would rather get a free update of when Zelda U is coming out.

Celsius765
Celsius765

they could have offered us Wonderful 101. I swear if I get a job now I'd be getting a wii u by the end of summer

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

So much for getting W101. Why limit the selection by region???? The only game I don't have on the list now is Wii Party U. -_-

chev9390
chev9390

My only problem with this is that it's digital only. I want Pikmin 3, but I want a physical copy. I might lean towards Wind Waker HD.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am not a Nintendo fan but this is a great deal! Plus Wii U is still better than Xbox One anyway.

chev9390
chev9390

"And losers (Sonic Lost World) in the list:"

That's a loser?And this is coming from the same web site that gave Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze a 6 out of 10. Yeah, GameSpot is a very trust worthy site. . .

btroof
btroof

that's wassup! Im gettin Pikman 3

blazin640
blazin640

"There's 10 to choose from as part of the impressive promotion, with some obvious winners (Wind Waker HD) and losers (Sonic Lost World) in the list":


Cmon gamespot. Lets try to professional here and not offend people who do like Sonic Lost World. I don't even own a Wii U and find that statement crazy


gdainezi
gdainezi

Even though games aren't region locked, Ps plus works differently on EU, JPN and US too.

cassmi87
cassmi87

@glacius_x Seems like you don't know what a desperate move is. If I didn't already have a Wii U, this would definitely be the point where I'd buy one. Think about it: The console, MK8 and a free game of your choice. They're trying to boost hardware sales with this and it's a very smart move.

douglasmccunn
douglasmccunn

@lithus  I think you should have your walls inspected for lead paint.  Mario Kart is a beloved franchise (even my non-gaming wife is excited for), and who cares if they are throwing in an added incentive for purchasing it?  Do you really believe a company doing something for its fans is such a terrible idea?

As far as the hardware, well... The hardware is fine.  Sorry they aren't offering such new titles as Halo 5 (soon), Assasin's Creed: Who Cares Anymore, or Battlefield/Call of Duty 47.  

  None of the systems are doing as well as projected, so I will say it again as the lead poisoning probably made you forget by now, get your walls checked.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lithus  

You're clearly one of those people who associate new IP w/ new ideas when that's far from the truth. Nintendo is the pioneer and still one of the main examples of showcasing new and original ideas within established franchises, while many other developers just slap on a new character/storyline onto a tried and true formula and call it a brand new game and when Nintendo does come out with something brand new (with actual new and original ideas) we again have people like you just blowing it off and calling it garbage then proceed to eat up games like TitanFall and The Last of Us as if they're the most revolutionary games ever.


"Tired franchise?" yeah, so tired that in terms of sales, the franchise has never sold LESS than 5m, and giving away games (regardless of what you think of them) for free is in no way a bad incentive, but then again, you were probably one of those people drooling over day one DLC that EA and Activison likes to push. 


Seriously, only ignorant sheep like you think that Nintendo's being left behind, sure they're not doing the best, but they're doing things at their own pace and that's why they can never be "left behind" and why I support them. 

chev9390
chev9390

@lithus Last of Us and Tomb Raider DE for PS4 and the 18 billion FPS games on the Xbone says hi. 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@lithus  Nintendo really have neglected developing new ideas for quite sometime now unfortunately. I wish they'd focus on a new game idea rather than on things like the WiiU Tablet.

GuillermoJP
GuillermoJP

@lithus  This coming from the guy who rated Titanfall and COD Ghosts a 10/10.

But hey, to each their own.


As for their franchise, they've been releasing a Mario Kart for every console they made (as opposed to every year), and I don't see free games like these as a "poor incentive", ESPECIALLY Monster Hunter and Wind Waker.

amk11
amk11

@YearoftheSnake5  its to do with region licensing. Nintendo was able to license their own games easily, cause duh they own them. Other games, not so much. It happens a lot with Capcom games too... 

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@chev9390  

At least from my perspective, they're right about Lost World. It's mediocre and doesn't touch Generations.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@btroof DO IT! It's good! Not as good as 2 but plenty worth playing.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@ominous_prime I think I'll be one of those maniacs that camps out until midnight to buy the game.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@blazin640  

It is unprofessional. That was a statement they could have done without. Can't say I'm all that surprised. The quality of journalism has been slipping here.

chev9390
chev9390

@blazin640 Also, this is the same web site that thinks Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is not a good game. 

lithus
lithus

What does my rating a whole other style of games like Titanfall and systems like Xbox and PS4 have to do with Nintendo recycling their franchise? Nothing, that's what. You're reaching buddy.

As for Nintendos game releases. I could see if they actually had other games coming out every year but Metroid, Link and Mario is all we get! And FYI: Sony and Xbox give away free games all the time! every month! Not just some one time deal to buy Mario Cart 8.0

It's one thing to be a fan of Nintendo but it's another to blindly accept a static and mediocre company who refuses to change.

And I love how you gamer snobs try to demonize other gamers who like FPS's. The only reason I rated ghosts and TF so high was to off set fanboy dinks like you who put the slider to "0".

hystavito
hystavito

@JoSilver @YearoftheSnake5  Maybe it's doing worse in Europe?


Like @JoSilver says about W101... Most of the games on that list have been or are available for very cheap if you look around, like so many WiiU things there have been big discounts (I don't mean official price drops).  Look around.

chev9390
chev9390

@YearoftheSnake5 @chev9390 How's is it "mediocre"? Because you don't have the patience to learn the controls? That don't mean it's unplayable, it just means you suck. 

Speaking of which, that's why GS didn't like DKC TF, because the reviewer sucked at the game. 

trotz75
trotz75

Do u not get tired of saying that?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lithus  

Cancel your PS+ subscription and see what happens to all those "free games." When Nintendo gives you something away for free, it's yours, that's the difference. Not sure how Microsoft's policy works so I won't say anything about that. 


Metroid, Zelda and Mario is all Nintendo puts out? See, this is where your ignorance shines since Nintendo also has Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Pikmin, Kirby, Donkey Kong, the "Wii series", Kid Icarus, Smash Brothers, Golden Sun, Advance Wars, as well as coming out with new IPs like The Wonderful 101 (yes it's a Nintendo IP), Xenoblade, PushMo, and a confirmed new IP that should be revealed this E3. 


It's one thing to criticize Nintendo, but it's another to be an ignorant hater. 

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@lithus  in all honesty yes there is something wrong about rating COD ghosts a 10


same thing with titanfall 



Duttyhandz
Duttyhandz

@chev9390 @YearoftheSnake5

Maybe it's not the fact you don't agree with him he disliked. Much more likely the "you suck" part. It's one thing to disagree with somebody (and a good thing, it shows intellectual reflexion), like you do, but it's another to manifest it through insults(which is the opposite of a good thing, showing childish mentality), like you did.


You're definitely the one disliking to be disagreed with, because the first way you found to manifest your opposition to his opinion, was to insult him freely and assume why he didn't like the game, and then took that assumed reason and insult him for it.


That's the behavior of someone who considers and acts as his opinions can't be disagreed with...

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@chev9390 @YearoftheSnake5  

Boy, oh boy, let's assume things about other people! I don't care for the level design, speed, bosses, or the controls. I just don't like it. This isn't difficult to understand. It's called an opinion. Everybody has one.

hystavito
hystavito

@bluefox755 @JoSilver @ominous_prime  Will most stores do a midnight launch for Mario Kart?  I'm not trying to make fun, I just don't know, don't recall from when the last one came out.  I know it sold like crazy but most of those 30 whatever million people were probably not the midnight launch type :).