Nintendo held one of its infamous Nintendo Direct video streams (above) this morning to shed some light on the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.

Besides offering up details about the game’s Wii U hardware bundle and other aspects of the racing game, the Japanese game maker also announced that any gamer who purchases a copy of Mario Kart 8 and then registers it with Club Nintendo will receive one free Nintendo eShop game for the Wii U. The free games are no joke either as eligible gamers will be able to download New Super Mario Bros. UPikmin 3The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U.

If you still need a Wii U console and are dying to play Mario Kart 8, then you should definitely look into the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle. This kit will ship with a deluxe version of the Wii U, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a red racing wheel, and a Mario Wii Remote Plus controller, all for $329.99.

Best scenario for owning a Wii U
Best scenario for owning a Wii U

Two new special items and characters have been revealed for Mario Kart 8 as well. The new items will be the Super Horn, and the Crazy Eight. The Super Horn will allow racers to blow away any shells (including the dreaded blue spiny variety), racers, or obstructions in their immediate vicinity, while the Crazy Eight will give racers eight items to use. The two new characters are Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina. With their introduction, and the ability to race as your Mii, Mario Kart 8 now has 30 characters to choose from to race with.

Make sure to check out the Nintendo Direct feed above, and don’t forget to check out the new gameplay trailer and screenshots below.

Mario Kart 8 is set to release on May 30, 2014 for the Wii U.

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