It’s Mario Mania with the impending release of Mario Kart 8 (May 30, 2014). Nintendo has offered a sweet deal for anyone who purchases Mario Kart 8 – a free select Nintendo Wii U game ($39.99 value)! Purchasers just have to register their MK8 game between May 30 and July 31 to receive their free Nintendo eShop download code.
Gamers definitely win with this deal, while Nintendo tries to dig themselves out of a financial deficit, namely the lackluster Nintendo Wii U console sales. I love my Wii U and have enjoyed it tremendously. I am picking Wii Party U. The other selectable games are The Legend Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, and Super Mario Brothers U.
The registration information Mario Kart 8 buyers will provide to Nintendo could be a determining factor in future Nintendo console/game plans. This deal feels a last chance tracking effort. Nintendo will definitely use this information to make future console/game plans. It’s an intriguing tactic, especially with the important Electronic Entertainment Expo coming soon in June.
My colleague Perry Brauner says:
Woah, that’s a heck of a deal! Mario Kart is one of my all-time favorite games from my childhood. In fact, we just threw a bachelor party weekend at a lake house for a friend of mine, and I brought along my old Nintendo 64. We all got a kick out of playing Mario Kart 64 again. We were like a bunch of kids, sitting on the floor in a half-circle around the TV. Not owning a Wii U, Mario Kart 8 looks awesome from afar and would absolutely force me to buy a console if I wasn’t trying to reign in my spending habits. And with this deal, it’s a no-brainer for anyone on the fence about buying the Wii U, two games for the price of one!
Unfortunately, it feels like a desperate move by Nintendo who are looking at less-than-stellar sales as of late. It just doesn’t feel like they can keep up with the other hi-tech hardware manufacturers out there, which is crazy considering Nintendo’s games consistently rate high above most Xbox or Playstation games. I wish Nintendo the best of luck, as they’re one of the brightest starts in the night sky of my childhood memories. But as I’ve grown older, the majority of games that appeal to me most are released on the Xbox, so that’s where my money has gone.
Do you think Nintendo can boost Wii U sales and take back the pole position with Mario Kart 8, or are they just circling the wagons and planning for their next move?