Available today at retailers across the U.S. is a new Wii U system bundled with Mario Kart 8. The package includes a 32GB black-colored deluxe set Wii U, Mario Kart 8 pre-installed on the system, and 2 DLC packs (including 16 extra tracks, 8 new vehicles, and 6 new characters) for a suggested retail price of $299.99.
It appears that this bundle will take the place of the one that had been in circulation and contained Super Mario 3D World and Nintendoland. In addition it’s worth noting that Wal-Mart will have the exclusive system bundle with Super Mario Maker and the 30th anniversary Mario modern color amiibo for the same price starting this Friday, September 11.
It’s up to each individual to decide which bundle works out to be the best value. However, I can’t help but be a little surprised that the Wii U hasn’t received a proper price drop in a very long time. In fact, the deluxe system debuted at $349.99 back in November of 2012. Here we are three years later and it’s only received a $50 price cut albeit with more recent releases packed in. Still, it’s a bit hard to justify the $299 price point when for $50 more one can pick up a new Xbox One or for $100 more a PS4, both of which have pack-in specials of their own. Frequently retailers run additional specials, making the cost almost the same as a Wii U purchase. That’s not to say the Wii U isn’t worthy of your investment as there are plenty of great games in its library, especially for Nintendo fans.
Read on for the full press release:
Nintendo News: Mario Kart 8 Races into Living Rooms of Future Wii U Owners as Part of a New Configuration
REDMOND, Wash. — A new ongoing configuration of the Wii U console that includes a pre-installed version of the Mario Kart 8 game as well as a Nintendo eShop download card for the two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs is now on sale in retail stores across the country. The console is available at a suggested retail price of $299.99.
A new ongoing configuration of the Wii U console that includes a pre-installed version of the Mario Kart 8 game as well as a Nintendo eShop download card for the two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs is now on sale in retail stores across the country.
Later this week, on the 11th of September, Nintendo will launch Super Mario Maker for Wii U. Using the Wii U GamePad controller, players can quickly and easily create their own original Super Mario Bros. levels using items, enemies, graphical styles and even power-ups from four classic Mario games. These levels can be easily uploaded online to share with players all over the world. Game concepts that were never possible before in a Super Mario Bros. game are now possible in Super Mario Maker – and players are in control of it all.