Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Switch Bundle Confirmed, Is Exclusive To Russia

Nintendo has "no plans" to launch the console bundle anywhere outside of Russia.

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[UPDATE] A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle is real, though it will only be available in Russia.

"The bundle is exclusive to Russia and there are no plans to bring it to other countries at this time," the representative said.

The original story is below.

The Nintendo Switch launched in March without any bundles that came with a system and a game. That's going to change soon, it seems. Nintendo's Russian site has apparently leaked the existence of a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle that comes with a console and a copy of the updated racing game.

This was spotted by Reddit user Lord_Daenar (via DualShockers). The art for the supposed bundle has raised some eyebrows, considering its box shows a Switch with grey Joy-Cons on the front and neon controllers on the side. GameSpot has contacted Nintendo in an attempt to get more details.

The Russian store page says the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle will cost 24,999 RUB, which comes out to around $440 USD. Bear in mind that this bundle is only rumored for now, and if it is real, it could be limited to a particular region. We'll report back with more details as they're made available.

Given that Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's biggest, most recognizable brands, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Nintendo put it into a bundle to help sell Nintendo Switch units. The were Mario Kart bundles for the Wii and Wii U as well, featuring the games Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28 for Nintendo Switch. A re-release of Mario Kart 8, the game has more characters, carts, and tracks unlocked from the beginning than any other Mario Kart game ever. If you want to download it to your console, it will take up 6.75 GB, apparently.

For more on on Mario Kart 8, check out GameSpot's hands-on video preview here.

In other Nintendo news, the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast was held today. You can see a roundup of all the game release date announcements and other news right here.

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Well,that's no good for me. As that might have been a really good reason for some people, especially me to buy the system. Would save me a LOT then buying the USELESS OVER HYPED non improving graphics, frame rate or getting EXCLUSIVES project SCORPIO which I probably won't b getting anyway. I'll just have to wait till a real New XBOX 2 or Ps5 comes out

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This particular bundle or box might be exclusive to Russia but other regions of the world will get it too with its own art style etc.. wouldn't make sense not to from a marketing perspective & sells will start to slow down so I expect to see quite a few bundles/deals/hardware refresh etc during the life cycle of the Switch.. nothing new there. Now why Russia happened to get it first I don't know.

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Ninty should do this in the rest of the world. MK 8 has made them enough money on the wii u. I think around 7 millions unit sold or something. They should use in to reel people in that did not play it on the wii u. Makes no sense to assume it will sell this kind of volume again for the same price for an older title with a little tweak.

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LOL. Speaks volumes about the Switch's future.

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iz u Bratva ???

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@eliminatorpaige: as a paperweight, yes it is.

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Lol, cause Russia is definitely the cornerstone when it comes to videogame marketplaces. Especially legal marketplaces lmfao

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There's a good Trump joke to make here but I'll leave that alone.

Nintendo loves Mother Russia = N ❤️ ??

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Putin demanded exclusivity

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Thanks Obama

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Nintendo ...... Don't MAKE us get Trump involved.

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I didnt know Putin allowed video games in his kingdom.

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that's a terrible bundle offer charging more for the bundle then the game cost . Might as well but the game separate .

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@ninjaguiden78: It's 18 usd cheaper than separate boxes

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

At this time.. So they either have plan to release it later OR they plan to release a Mario Odyssey bundle on christmas for the other regions.

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What kind of drugs they snorted for making such a random decision? Seriously...sometimes these guys at nintendo leave me speechless ;D wut?

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This will mostly serve as a test so they can see how well people will receive their bundle, meaning they will either release it worldwide later if it sells well or they are gonna release other bundles for the other regions (like a Mario Odyssey Bundle).

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@heqteur: This makes no sense as a test because by the time they get their result and can prepare the pack for other countries most people who wanted the game in other countries already bought it separately so the result from the test wont be anywhere close to what they get if they release the pack after the game is sold separately.

So my guess is this pack is just to boost sales in russia not for test.

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@computernoises: test markets are never the biggest populations, nor the place where the product is the most popular, etc... and test market implies much more than just "how many will buy it". testing logistic, hardware issues, boxing issues, etc... This is why it's a TEST market. They don'T want it to be a massive success because they know there will be issues and they want to catch those issues and fix them before making bundles switch goes worldwide. It's test marketing 101.

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@heqteur: So they are basing the decision on the worst pirate land in the world. Ok maybe aside from China.

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So,if this for russia only why not kyrilic?

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I am interested in this to replace my Vita. But is this game enough, I also want Bomberman, but not at this price. And after that Odyssey and that's about it, I am not interested in any other of 50 titles I be seen. I think I LL wait a little and see how 3rd party games will be. 1980 ports just won't do for me... I really wonder what WB will make for the switch and I m hoping for a great portable racer like the grid, heck, even aNFS would do!

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@computernoises: Yeah I hate it when the reference sources too...

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Still not the game that will make me buy a Nintendo Switch!

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@jao19: they got me.

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I'm interested in this.

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Didn't they learn from last time that bundles should have a NEW game, not a game that millions of fans already have?

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@DragonAtma: it's not the same game.

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@DragonAtma: Didnt know millions of Switch fans already had Mario Kart.

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@dotWithShoes: We don't it isnt out yet !! Will be getting it though as soon as its out !

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@dotWithShoes: He's talking about Wii U Brainiac

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@dotWithShoes: How could you not given most the Switch audience came from Wii-U and most the Wii-U audience had a copy of Mario Kart?

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@xOmniCloudx: Not really. If you go through several forums and through reddit you see a lot of people who did not get a Wii U bought or are getting a Switch which makes this title worthwhile on the console. Obviously Wii U owners likely have this game already but up to them to get it or not. Its always fun to have a Mario Kart on the go. I always carry my Mario Kart 7 on 3DS when I travel so if I take the Switch with me...why the hell not :)

In short, this console is selling extremely well right now and will likely go over the numbers of Wii U within 18 months so lots of new users will be able to enjoy that title.

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@skemaal: The new battle stages alone are worth it for me. I own it on Wii U already.

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@dotWithShoes: Over eight millions Wii U owners bought Mario Kart 8; I imagine a good chunk of them are interested in Switch, especially since the switch is the fastest-selling console in Nintendo's history.

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@DragonAtma: I doubt the console will fail like Wii U because Nintendo are very greedy and that's why they only making garbage and selling it for much more than cost even i saw few days ago some guy was cutting the cheap plastic with the knife

https://postimg.org/image/y3pvaswax/

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@DragonAtma: Is it? Faster than the Wii? Wouldn't that make it not just the fastest selling Nintendo console, but the fastest selling console PERIOD? And wouldn't that be all over the news if true? Are you sure you have your facts straight? And finally, what are you having for lunch?

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@domiddian:

Wii was not the fastest selling console launch of all time. The PS4 is. The Wii's launch was barely bigger than the 360's (in the US that is)...but shortly after launch (a few months or so) the console was selling out left and right.

Gamespot posted a story about how the Switch was the fastest selling Nintendo console launch in several major territories.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-is-nintendos-fastest-selling-conso/1100-6448486/

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Hmmmm now im tempted to grab a switch though i still might wait for a Mario Odyssey bundle this Christmas

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Meh, I wouldnt want a remaster the one free game I get for my NEW console.

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@darksouls: have you played it before?

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@KahnArtizt: Yeah, I have and it's just like every other Mario Kart. The only good ones imo are the 64 one and Double Dash. I feel a new console should always be bundled with at least one (preferably exclusive) game so people can truly see what the new console has to experience.

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@darksouls: Consoles hardly EVER get pack in games at launch. The Wii and Wii U were exceptions. Also, if you think MK64 is still one of the best, go back and play it. It has aged horribly in the past 21 years. That's just the nostalgia talking. It can't even run 4-player at a stable framerate. Mechanically speaking, MK8 is the best Mario Kart thus far. It has most of the best tracks remade in HD, it's got the most tracks, karts, customization, online options, powerups, etc. and now that the Switch version has brought back battle mode and the ability to hold 2 items, yeah it's nearly perfect. Double Dash was great but the only thing that set that game apart was the 2 player coop, but seriously, who would EVER wanna have 2 people play as one kart? one person can do it more than adequately. It was a gimmick at best. Play the F-Zero track on MK8 and tell me that's not an amazing track.

Even when I was 9, I thought Crash Team Racing was a vastly superior game to MK64, just with a less memorable franchise. I'll admit it did have 3 years on it and it was on a stronger system, but still.

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