Start your kart engines, Mario and company are back in the eighth edition of Mario Kart for Wii U. It’s not only a milestone for the series as it is the first time MK puts on a Full HD experience.
But also a chance for Nintendo’s next gen console to fully embrace the enduring series by way of having exclusive Yoshi and Princess Peach themed Wii Remote Plus controllers.
The release of the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack represents an ideal offering for first-time Wii U owners, with a black Wii U Premium console with 32GB of storage packaged alongside a black Wii U GamePad controller, Sensor Bar, and the all-important Mario Kart 8 game disc.
With Mario Kart 8 set to feature 16 remixed classic courses, as well as 16 courses that are brand new to the series, both newcomers and veteran drivers alike will face fresh karting challenges with the added twist of a new antigravity feature allowing Mario and company to race upside down or up vertical surfaces.
While the likes of Bowser’s minions – all seven of the pesky bunch – will be playable for the first time in Mario Kart history, experienced drivers such as Princess Peach and Yoshi have featured in all games in the series to date.
Fans wishing to pay tribute to these two legendary racers can get their hands on new Wii Remote Plus Peach and Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controllers, both of which will release on the same day as the Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle and are sold separately.
Decked out in all pink with signature flashes of blue and yellow, the Wii Remote Plus Peach features a regal touch on the front of the controller in the form of a white crown. Meanwhile, the Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controller comes complete in a green and white shell, with an iconic Yoshi egg adorning its front.
Just over one month [at the time of writing this] remains until Mario and other legendary racers from the Mushroom Kingdom line up at the starting grid in Mario Kart 8, complete with 32 new and remixed classic courses influenced by antigravity, new items to unleash during the heat of a race, and a host of ways to enjoy the action including 12-player online competitive play, and four-player local multiplayer.
The Mario Kart 8 game, Wii U Bundle, Princess Peach and Yoshi Wii Remote Plus controllers release on the 31st of May 2014.