Hours before the Nintendo Direct focusing on ARMS and Splatoon 2, Nintendo of Russia may have accidentally released an upcoming reveal — a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle. The product was caught by eagle-eyed Redditor Lord_Daenar who noticed the listing on Nintendo’s official store page — showing off both a gray and neon Joy-Con variation.
Since then, the website has been unceremoniously removed by Nintendo. Worth noting, the bundle would supposedly be launched within the month on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s release day — April 28, 2017.
Also note, this product is unconfirmed by Nintendo — despite it appearing on Nintendo’s own website — and has no indication on whether the bundle will be coming to any region or territory outside of Russia.
The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s latest home console, has seen stocking problems since launch, with the game frequently selling out both on online retailers and in-stores. The Nintendo Switch desparity is no United States phenomenon either — the device has been leading sales in Japan since it launched (albeit against consoles that have been on the market for years).
Today’s Nintendo Direct is supposed to touch on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with it “focusing mainly” on both ARMS and Splatoon 2. That said, this may be a quick announcement thrown in towards the end. With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being a virual re-release of its Wii U counterpart, they may not need to spend too much time on it. The Nintendo Direct will be broadcast at 3 PM Pacific today, April 12, 2017.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hasn’t been a title that Nintendo has focused on too much promotionally. The title’s own reveal was hidden within a sizzle reel of upcoming games in Nintendo’s Tokyo Livestream event for Nintendo Switch. Regardless, it is one of — if not the most — prominent games coming out within Nitnendo Switch’s launch window.
Nintendo Switch launched more than a month ago, on March 3, 2017 — check out the two pictures below of (likely mocked-up) images of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle: