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Wii U Mario Kart 8 hardware bundle reportedly planned

Package said to include the console, the game and seven day Wii U Karaoke trial

Nintendo of Europe is reportedly planning to release a Wii U Mario Kart 8 hardware bundle.

According to French site Gameblog, the package will include a black 32GB console, GamePad, the game and a seven day Wii U Karaoke trial. Supposedly pictured below, it's expected to retail for €299 in line with other Premium bundles.

Nintendo's UK arm opted not to comment on potential plans to launch a Mario Kart 8 hardware bundle in Europe when approached by CVG on Thursday morning.

A Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition package is available to pre-order now ahead of the Mario Kart 8 release date of May 30.

While the Mario Kart series is infamous for items like the blue shell, an equaliser which last-place racers can use to disrupt the race entirely, Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno recently stated that the latest entry has been painstakingly tweaked to reward player skill over luck.

Earlier this month CVG published a Mario Kart 8 preview in which Chris provides his impressions of 16 of the game's tracks, as well as new items and characters.

"Providing there's no surprise broken online multiplayer mode," he says, "or some yet-to-be-revealed tracks turning out to be uncharacteristically dull, from what we've played it seems certain that Mario Kart 8 will be another exceptional entry in one of gaming's most popular series."


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