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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North American Online Open' kicks off Jan. 17th, 2020

On your marks

Think you're the hottest thing on 4 (or 2) wheels? It's almost time to put up or shut up! Nintendo is hosting a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 'North America Online Open' from Jan. 17th to 19th, 2020, and it's the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. Check out full details on the event below.

Start your engines and race into the new year during the Mario Kart North American Open for a chance to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Fire up your Nintendo Switch system from January 17th to January 19th each day from 12PM PT to 6PM PT, and make your way up the leaderboard (max 24 races). At the end of each day, the racers with the top 8 point totals will be eligible to win 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points! Join the excitement by entering the following tournament codes on each day.

January 17th - 0799-6132-1003
January 18th - 2403-5150-5963
January 19th - 1453-2535-4539

Nintendo's president goes over future plans for the Switch in China

They've only just begun

The Switch released in China just a few weeks back, and Nintendo knows they have a lot of work to do to help the platform find its footing in that region. In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa talked about what's to come for Switch in China.

On the short-term side of things, Nintendo plans to release Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sometime in January 2020, and those will be followed by other third party titles being rounded up by Tencent. As far as more long-term goals go, Furukawa is currently mulling over where to launch the Switch Lite in China, but hasn't made a firm decision yet.

NPD Group's 'US top 20 best-selling chart' most appearances of the decade include Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, and Breath of the Wild

These games don't stop selling!

Grand Theft Auto 5, Minecraft, Mario Kart 8, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Siege and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have appeared more times on the NPD Group's US top 20 best-selling games chart then any other games this entire decade. Thanks to Mat Piscatella of NPD Group, we have the number of times each of these games have appeared on the top 20 list. More data will be released at a later date. Minecraft, Mario Kart 8, and Breath of the Wild are all available on the Nintendo Switch platform.

GTA V - appeared on 'US top 20' 74 times

Minecraft - appeared on 'US top 20' 73 times

Mario Kart 8 - appeared on 'US top 20' 37 times

TCR6:S - appeared on 'US top 20' 34 times

TLoZ:BoTW - appeared on 'US top 20' 30 times

HORI releases an English version of their Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini & Deluxe promo video

Get a grip, racers!

We've actually already featured this video once, but that was the Japanese version. HORI has now released an English version, which you can check out above.

HORI is pleased to announce the Nintendo Switch™ Mario Kart™ Racing Wheel Pro. Get Ready, Set, Go to race Mario and the crew with the new Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini & Deluxe. Race just like your favorite Mario Kart driver on the Nintendo Switch with your own compact sized racing wheel and pedals. It can be used even without the pedals. This racing wheel is ideal for the Mario Kart fan and racing gamer. Officially licensed by Nintendo.

Switch (Neon Blue/Neon Red) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle available now at the Nintendo Official UK Store

A tough bundle to beat!

This Nintendo Switch (Neon Blue/Neon Red) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle is available now at the Nintendo Official UK Store!

This console bundle includes a Nintendo Switch console with Neon Blue / Neon Red Joy-Con Controllers plus a free* full game digital download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This Nintendo Switch model has a battery life of approximately 4.5-9 hours.

The new bundle is available with all Nintendo Switch Neon Blue/Neon Red bundles and is also part of the Build Your Own Bundle range at the Nintendo Official UK Store!

Whether you’re racing your family on the big screen in your living room, playing in the park, or visiting a friend’s place, Nintendo Switch lets you play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe any way you like! Up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun via Wireless Play. If you're playing in TV mode or tabletop mode, up to four players can enjoy split-screen multiplayer!**

Check out all available Nintendo Switch bundles at the Nintendo Official UK Store!

Switch bundles announced for Europe and South Korea

Mario Kart and Fortnite action

A pair of region-specific Switch bundles have been revealed today, starting with a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle set for launch throughout Europe. This bundle will include a Nintendo Switch Neon Blue (L)/Neon Red (R) Joy-Con system and a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for EUR 299.

Following that, Nintendo of Korea has announced a special bundle for South Korea. This bundle is available from December 17th, 2019 to January 31st, 2020, and offers a Fornite Double Helix download to anyone who purchases a Switch or Switch Lite at any retail or digital storefront.

Nintendo Australia offering Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe special offer while supplies last

Grab a Switch, and get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free!

From 29/11/2019, when you purchase a Nintendo Switch from participating retailers, you’ll receive a full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for a limited time, while supplies last!

*Please note: This offer is not available for Nintendo Switch Lite.

Where to buy:

JB Hi Fi / EB Games

Purchase a Nintendo Switch from JB Hi Fi or EB Games and you’ll receive a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe full game download code on your receipt.

Offer period is 29/11/2019 – 29/12/2019, unless sold out sooner. Subject to stock availability – please check with your local JB Hi Fi or EB Games retailer.

All other participating retailers

Purchase a Nintendo Switch from all other participating retailers, while supplies of this limited bundle last, and you’ll receive a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe full game download code inside the box.

Subject to stock availability – please check with your local retailer.

Race into your local retailer from 29th November 2019 to grab this special offer before it’s gone!

Nintendo releases "Switch My Way" commercial featuring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe & Luigi’s Mansion 3

Your way to play

Nintendo loves their 'Switch My Way' commercial series, and they're really pumping these spots out for the holiday season. Check out the latest commercial, featuring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Luigi's Mansion 3, above.

Japanese hardware/software sales for Oct. 28th to Nov. 3rd, 2019, Luigi's Mansion 3 sells 150,000 copies in Japan

Luigi's Mansion is filled with gold!

Luigi's Mansion 3 had a great first week on Nintendo Switch in Japan, selling 150,649 units! The only title that sold more was PS4 exclusive title, Persona 5 Royal. Ring Fit Adventure continues its high sales numbers, with 51,143 copies sold. Nintendo Switch continues to be the best selling hardware for the month, with 119,397 total units sold between the Switch and Switch Lite. Check out the full sales data below!

01./00. [PS4] Persona 5 Royal # (Atlus) {2019.10.31} (¥8.800) - 201.448 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) - 150.649 / NEW
03./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 51.143 / 183.685 (-20%)
04./01. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.10.25} (¥7.900) - 37.905 / 155.575 (-68%)
05./00. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) - 19.438 / NEW
06./07. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition # (Square Enix) {2019.09.27} (¥7.980) - 8.551 / 421.548 (-23%)
07./05. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Marvelous) {2019.10.17} (¥5.800) - 8.266 / 90.954 (-50%)
08./09. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.758 / 987.202 (-10%)
09./10. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 7.233 / 2.511.662 (-8%)
10./12. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 7.109 / 3.317.305 (-2%)

Trying to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con

Not the best way to play

What is the Ring-Con if not a giant steering wheel? At least one person has thought that, which is why they decided to give Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a go with the Ring-Con. If you're looking to just play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with basic steering, the Ring-Con will work without a problem. When you try to drift or use items, you're pretty much screwed!

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