Wii U Premium Pack Announced – Comes Bundled With Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8

‘Tis the season for an exclusive Wii U bundle of family fun!

Although the horizon for the Wii U has fallen shorter as we approach the launch of the Nintendo Switch, you’ll still be able to snag the console for more bang for your buck.

At least for the territory for Australia / New Zealand… where the newest Wii U bundle includes a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Mario Kart 8. Sporting the 32GB console, you get a download code for Smash and Mario Kart pre-installed. As for the rest of us, there doesn’t seem to be any Wii U deals with thus holiday season approaching. We’ll let you know if anything goes on sale. Here’s the press release from Nintendo:

14th November, 2016 – Start your engines and get training, because Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are joining forces in an exclusive Wii U bundle just in time for Christmas. From today, the Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Premium Pack will become available in selected retailers around Australia and New Zealand at a suggested retail price of AU$429.95. Containing a black Wii U Premium pack console* and two of Nintendo’s most iconic multiplayer games – the high-octane kart racing of Mario Kart 8 (pre-installed) and the ultimate battle of your favourite characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (download code**) – this Wii U bundle is the ideal Christmas gift for anyone looking for multiplayer mayhem at a great price.

Since its launch in 2014, Mario Kart 8 has sold 8 million copies*** worldwide, with both newcomers and veteran drivers alike facing fresh karting challenges in remixed classic and brand new courses, and the added twist of the new antigravity feature allowing Mario and company to race upside down or up vertical surfaces.

Want to battle your friends instead? Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is easily the biggest version of Super Smash Bros. ever created, offering a giant roster of classic video game characters and all the fighting action that fans of the series have fallen in love with over the years. Up to eight players can battle simultaneously and plenty of new modes and stages will keep fans playing the game throughout the holidays and well into the new year!

The fun doesn’t end there, with both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U offering add-on content that can be purchased via the Nintendo eShop, unlocking entertaining extras for the whole family! In Mario Kart 8, you can get new characters, vehicles and racetracks, including favourites like Isabelle from Animal Crossing. For Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, you can download costumes for your Mii characters, new stages and new playable characters, such as the Psychic-Type Pokémon Mewtwo!

Add the final touch to your favourite Christmas gift with amiibo! Tap compatible amiibo into Mario Kart 8 to unlock costumes for your Mii character, based on those worn by your favourite Nintendo heroes! Or train the ultimate ally or fiercest opponent by tapping your compatible amiibo into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U!

From December 1st, the Nintendo Selects for Wii U range expands to include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pikmin 3. Don’t miss the chance these holidays to team up with the Kongs in HD and run, leap and roll across six differently-themed islands in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, or explore the surface of planet PNF-404 to save your home planet from famine with the friendly and helpful Pikmin in Pikmin 3. At SRP AU$49.95, the Nintendo Selects for Wii U range offers great games at a great price.

‘Tis the season for a Wii U bundle of family fun with the Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Premium Pack, launching exclusively in Australia and New Zealand from the 14th of November.

* Wii U Premium Pack consists of: a Wii U console (black); Wii U GamePad (black); 32 GB total system storage, part of which is reserved for system data. Additionally, Mario Kart™ 8
software is pre-installed on this console’s system storage; Wii U GamePad Cradle; Wii U GamePad Stand; Wii U Console Stand; Wii U AC Adapter; Wii U GamePad AC Adapter; Sensor Bar; HDMI Cable (1.5m).
** Wireless broadband internet connection required.
***Global sales figures as of end of September 2016.

Shovel Knight crossplay promotion announced for Europe and Australia

The development behind the acclaimed indie game Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games, have announced a promotion for those in Europe and Australia looking to purchase the game on Wii U and 3DS.

If you’re planning to buy both versions of the game for both 3DS and Wii U, you’ll get a discount for the second title on that platform. For example, if you buy Shovel Knight on Wii U, you can get the 3DS version for 33% off. You must buy the games on the same NNID in order to receive the discount.

With just a 2014 release, the game is planned to release in those territories this year, but no exact date has been revealed just yet. European & Australian gamers, are you purchasing Shovel Knight on Wii U or 3DS? Or are you double dipping for both version? Let us know in the comment section below.

Australian New 3DS boxart revealed

Besides Japan, only 2 territories are getting the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL this year. The official Twitter account has revealed the boxart for the the New 3DS models that are releasing in Australia and New Zeland. It’s advertising the C-stick it has, the stable 3D movement, the NFC reader, which can be used to scan Amiibo’s into the game. The New 3DS XL is shaping up to be a good looking handheld. Here’s a better look at the New 3DS XL boxart.

Europe and Australia are getting a exclusive Shovel Knight 3DS theme

Shovel Knight has been out in North America since June 26th, but Europe and Australia have been waiting in open hands since North America got the game. The wait is nearly over, as those territories are getting the game soon.

Announced through the official Yacht Club Games blog, this theme will be available for download for a limited time in the EU region (counting Australia) until an unannounced time. Yacht Club Games has mentioned that they will be releasing details ‘soon’, but there’s a sneak peek at the them at the top.

Are you purchasing Shovel Knight when it releases in Europe? Let us know in the comment section below.