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.

The Mario Kart 2017 Year Calendar Is Speeding To Retailers ‘Very Soon’

Back in the day before the use of modern cell phones and desktops, if you had something big coming up, you’d write it down on a calendar hanged on your wall (unless you were one of those fancy cool cats with a notepad) with every month being greeted with a new picture for that month.

The Mario Kart series 2017 calendar is coming to retailers starting August 9th, with themed picture from Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7, and more. Featuring all of your favorite Mushroom Kingdom friends in go karts, you can pre-order it on Amazon right here. Check out below all the details from the page listing.

Speed through 2017 with your favorite Nintendo characters from the bestselling MarioKart™ video game franchise, including Mario™, Luigi™, Yoshi™, Princess Peach™, and Bowser™, as they zip to the finish line. With speed-boosting mushrooms, powerful fire flowers, hazardous bananas, and lucky coins, each month in this 2017 calendar will be full of adventure with colorful 3-D art at every turn. Includes art from MarioKart 7™, MarioKart 8™, MarioKart Wii™, and MarioKart DS™.

High Intensity Mario Kart 8 TV Series Coming To Disney XD

Fans of the Mario Kart series know the thrills multiplayer brings to the table, with competition sometimes making you slam the controller against the wall because of that dreaded Blue Shell hitting you in the 3rd lap.

Disney X_D is bringing a television series featuring Mario Kart 8 with 2 top teenage gamers in teams of 4 each. With them being in a live audience during the recording, it will feature YouTube personalities Mari Takahashi, Meghan Camarena, SethBling, and Andre Meadows .. with them coaching the teams, and Alison Haislip and Matt Rife will host the event

The hour-long event will air on December 5th at 8:00 PM on Disney X_D

All Of Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Courses Announced; Baby Park Makes A Return

MK8 DLC Pack 2 PicIt’s time to rev up your vehicles once again for another spin in Mario Kart 8, where you’ll be able to burn rubber on lots of new courses as well as new faces. In fact, all of the second pack courses have been announced for when they arrive this May in the game.

There will be 8 new race tracks making it into Mario Kart 8 for the first time. While some courses are completely new, some are from past games, going for back as the Gameboy Advance iteration. Here are the upcoming courses for the next DLC pack.

  • Big Blue
  • Wild Woods
  • Baby Park
  • New Bowser City (a.k.a Koopa City)
  • Nature Road
  • Big Cheese Land
  • Animal Crossing
  • Lingling Metro

And to accompany them, here’s some fresh trailers coming officially from Nintendo.

How excited are you for the upcoming tracks? We know that Baby Park in 200cc will be a complete chaos. Let us know which track is your favorite in the comment section below.


The Ninty Times 12 Favorite Moments of 2014 [Number 10]: Affordable, yet fun DLC

This year brought us lots of additional downloadable content from the Big N. We were surprised with lots of content coming into the 3DS and Wii U games we love. Sometimes it would be free; such as the Mercedes-Benz DLC car pack (pictured above), which was completely free, no catch. Or some other titles like Hyrule Warriors that brought us some cool skin packs, characters, and levels. We’ve picked and done some our favorite’s down below. Here’s what Nintendo offered for their customers in the year of 2014 through DLC.

Mario Golf: World Tour 


Delayed from 2013 to 2014, Mario Golf: World Tour did not disappoint us. With lots of content and the urge of just going for one more hole made us coming back each time. With online play with friends and random opponents, as well as tournaments, it helped increase the longevity of the game. Nintendo extended it even more with DLC. You could get each pack for $5.99 each or for $14.99 as a Season Pass. The first pack, known as the Mushroom Pack could be purchased from day 1 and included  Toaddete and two new courses; Toad Highlands and Koopa Park. The Flower Pack included courses Layer-Cake Desert and Sparkling Waters courses. Pack 2 included New Super Mario Bros. U assistant Nabbit. The Flower Pack included courses Layer-Cake Desert and Sparkling Waters courses. The third and final pack, Star Pack, included courses Mario’s Star and Rock-Candy Mine, as well as Rosalina and Gold Mario (If you didn’t purchase the Season Pass.)

     Hyrule Warriors

Shadow Link    

A spin-off title in the Zelda series, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo partnered up for this collaboration between the Zelda and the Dynasty Warriors Universe. It blended really nicely and had amazing graphics to enjoy from. Not to mention, the ability to play multiplayer with your friends in cool ways. Here’s some of the things Hyrule Warriors had to offer additionally for players looking to expand their journey even further. 5 packs in total are available, and three so far have been released, you could play with some nifty content from Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and more. Whether you wanted to write as Epona, play as Dark Link, or unlock more levels, this game was full of content. All the info for the game can be found here.

Sonic Lost World

Sonic Lost World DLC

Although it felt weird at first playing with Sonic through Hyrule, it was just plain awesome seeing the blue hedgehog traverse through the fields and plains of Hyrule. Collecting Rupees at top speed never felt so good. We also enjoyed the Yoshi’s Island pack.

Mario Kart 8

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Thought Mario Kart 8 had lots of features on Day 1? Wrong. Nintendo gave us even more content to indulge ourselves in. The first DLC pack included Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link. This was the first time a character from a non-Mario universe was in the game, and players loved Link with his awesome Master Cycle. We got 4 new rides: The Blue Falcon, B Dasher, Master Cycle (already mentioned), and the Tanooki Kart. And 8 new tracks, one which included the futuristic Mute City. Even more content is planned for 2015. Mario Kart 8 should not be forgotten, as it’s one of the best Mario Kart games in the series, if not, possibly the best.

The Ninty Times 12 Favorite Moments of 2014 [Number 11]: Luigi Death Stare

They’ve seen him rolling, and their definitely hating on the Green Mar- I mean… Luigi. The frantic sibling got tremendous amount of attention this summer with the infamous Luigi Death Stare. Avoiding this meme during June/July was a hassle since he would appear in the comment section or the authors inclusion on posts. Made famous by YouTube user Rizupicorr showcasing the displeased look to players when he would pass them during the race.

Adapted by artist Chamillionaire with the track “Ridin’ Dirty” with the inclusion of Luigi, this was one racer you did not want to mess with. Guess somebody was mad with the end of The Year of Luigi.