The Cold War is long over, but some Nintendo fans may soon be feeling some serious resentment towards Mother Russia, as it turns out a new Mario Kart Nintendo Switch hardware bundle has been exclusively earmarked for that territory.
As we reported last week, a Russian retailer posted a picture of a sweet-looking Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle. The image looked pretty legit, but let’s be honest, a lot of not-so-legit things tend to come out of Russia, so some people weren’t convinced. The fact that Nintendo had nothing to say about the bundle seemed to back up the “this is probably fake” sentiments.
Well, it turns out we were wrong to doubt. GameSpot managed to get Nintendo to address the bundle, and it turns out it's real! Unfortunately, most of you out there won’t be able to buy it. Here’s the official response:
“The [Mario Kart 8 Deluxe] bundle is exclusive to Russia and there are no plans to bring it to other countries at this time.”
How did Russia manage to swing this? What kind of spies does Putin have at Nintendo headquarters? Is Miyamoto a double agent? Start formulating your wild conspiracy theories, now.
Of course, a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle is probably coming West sooner or later. Nintendo didn’t have to spend much money developing the game, as it was already on Wii U, so it makes sense to use it as a Switch sales incentive. But that’s not a weapon Nintendo needs to deploy yet. The Switch is flying off the shelves in America without a pack-in game, so don’t expect any bundles until at least this holiday season, if not later.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races onto Nintendo Switch on April 28.