A Nintendo Switch bundle for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has leaked online. Nintendo has recently mounted a huge marketing push for the revamped racing game, with a new gameplay trailer released just earlier this week for the title.
Spotted by fans on social media, the listing for the Nintendo Switch bundle was posted by Nintendo of Russia, with that region's store offering up a listing for it. Although the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle has since been removed from the Russian Nintendo site as fans picked up on it and the company itself was alerted to its error, the page was live at least an hour ago. It should be noted that this bundle may not be available outside of Russia, however.
The mockup for the bundle (which is unlikely to be the final version) along with a screenshot of the listing (captured by r/NintendoSwitch mods) have already been shared widely around the Internet. That mockup bundle image may be relatively rough, with fans pointing out that the Joy-Cons on the console and the front of the packaging are differently colored, but the bundle itself is most likely legitimate.
Not only is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe one of the Nintendo Switch's biggest upcoming titles, despite being an updated version of the best-selling Wii U games, but fans have also complained about the lack of Switch bundles. Nintendo may have excused this and has said that it wanted to keep costs down, but this hasn't appeased fans who want to be able to buy the new console without having to hunt for (often sold out) games separately or download them after buying it.
It's also quite likely that the bundle will be officially revealed in just a matter of hours. At 6PM ET tonight, a Nintendo Direct livestream will focus on ARMS and Splatoon 2, a couple of other hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch games. And although these fresh titles will surely take up the bulk of the livestreamed event, with so many eager and enthusiastic Nintendo Switch fans tuned in to the show, Nintendo would be wise to use the opportunity to confirm the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle officially. Watch this space for pricing details and information about the bundle's global availability.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is set to launch on April 28, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.