Nintendo has released more details prior to the May release of Mario Kart 8, including a variety of new features, a Wii U bundle and information regarding its online multiplayer gameplay.
For those who haven’t picked up a Wii U but want one in order to play Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has offered a great deal. The Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii Wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all for $329.99. On top of that, those who register the game with Club Nintendo before July 31st will receive a download code for a FREE Wii U game, with New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD or Wii Party U all being offered by Nintendo.
The game’s online multiplayer mode will allow up to 12 people to race against each other, and will also include private and public tournaments that players can create. The settings of these tournaments can be changed to specify the day of the week they want it to take place on, the time and the rules. Voice chat will also be made available in the game’s online lobbies.
The previously announced Mario Kart TV, which lets users view the highlight reels from their races, will also allow players with Google accounts upload their gameplay footage directly to YouTube.
Watch the trailer and the full Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct announcement below.