Looks like Nintendo’s not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Eager fans are already pre-ordering the long-awaited upcoming racer “Mario Kart 8”.
“We sold through our pre-orders but will have more for walk-ins while supplies last starting 5/29 at our launch event!” the Nintendo World Store tweeted May 9.
2/2We sold through our pre-orders but will have more for walk-ins while supplies last starting 5/29 at our launch event!
— Nintendo World Store (@Nintendo_World) May 9, 2014
The limited edition of the title, which includes the game along with a Spiny Shell collector’s item, is already sold out on UK site GAME, as well as Nintendo’s UK store.
“Mario Kart 8” is set to launch May 30. The title will feature 32 tracks, a wide variety of regular and unlockable character choices and anti-gravity racing.
Last week, the company confirmed it will launch its first smartphone service alongside racer “Mario Kart 8.” Currently, the service is being called “Mario Kart TV,” which will allow users to watch user-generated and official videos from the racing title on their phones, computers and tablets. There will also be Miiverse integration with this feature.
Unfortunately, the game won’t have an option to create your own tracks, but Nintendo claims they may explore this option in the future.
“This is the eighth game in the series and when we work on a Mario Kart title, we work on courses and we create them and then we work on them again, and again, and again, and we revise until we come up with something that we think is going to be fun for everyone to play over and over again. So we have a lot of confidence in our ability to do so, but we understand what a tough challenge it is to create those courses,“ explained Producer Hideki Konno during a roundtable discussion at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from March 17-21.
“I just don't know that at this point we're able to do that at a level that would satisfy anyone, myself included, or the customer. Someday, if we can come up with a solution and implement in a way that makes everyone happy, or we think will make everyone happy, we'll come back to that issue and maybe re-address it. We're always optimistic and thinking about what we're going to do in the future.”
The high demand for "Mario Kart 8" weeks before its launch is a pretty good sign for Nintendo, which has seen disappointing Wii U sales since the console's launch in 2012.