Margin Makers: Guide to Mario Kart 8 merchandise

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is launching on the Switch on April 28th, and while it’s essentially a revamped version of the 2014 Wii U title with all of its post-release DLC included, the title is still one of the most highly anticipated Switch games to release this month. After all, a new-ish Mario Kart game is always a big deal for Nintendo fans and many will be curious to see how it’ll make use of the Switch’s unique features.

Talking to MCV earlier this year, Nintendo UK general manager Nicolas Wegnez said: “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an example of a game that many think they know, but will show how Nintendo Switch offers many new ways to play. On top of adding a revamped Battle Mode, Nintendo Switch will allow people the freedom to experience this game in many new fun ways, and will show how the Switch offers something completely different from what has come before the Wii and Wii U.”

In addition to the bundled DLC, expect new courses, vehicles and characters, including Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon, with their respective Amiibo now compatible with the title – which is a good enough reason for retailers to update their shelves with even more Amiibo and Mario Kart-related merchandise.

Carrera Go Mario Kart 8 Racing Set

This racing track bundle includes two karts featuring Mario and Luigi in 1:43 scale. You can buy more vehicles individually, including Yoshi and Toad.

SRP: £64.99  

Manufacturer: Carrera   

Distributor: The Hobby Company  

Contact: 01908 605686

Mario Kart 8 Maxi Poster

Here’s a classic 61 x 91 cm poster – the perfect gift to celebrate the release of the new Deluxe Switch version.

SRP: £5

Manufacturer: Pyramid International

Distributor: Heo UK


Amiibo – Inkling Girl & Samus

Inkling Girl and Samus are just two of the numerous Amiibo compatible with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which actually supports most of the Nintendo toys-to-life figurines.

SRP: £10.99  

Manufacturer: Nintendo   

Distributor: Open  

Contact: 01753 483700

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheel Pair

Releasing alongside the Deluxe version on April 28th, these steering wheels are a must have for every Mario Kart 8 fan. Joy-Con controllers not included, of course.

SRP: £12.99  

Manufacturer: Nintendo   

Distributor: Open  

Contact: 01753 483700

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Strategy Guide

Prima’s updated guide for Mario Kart 8 is the first in a new Nintendo Switch series. Measuring  6” x 9”, it’s a similar size to Switch game boxes. The strategy guide for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe covers everything from track shortcuts to new characters, vehicles and the revamped Battle Mode.

SRP: £7.99  

Manufacturer: Prima Games   

Distributor: DK  


Mario Kart 8 Black/Gold T-shirt

Mario Kart fans have a lot of T-shirt designs to choose from, including this black and gold one, available from sizes S to XL.

SRP: £14.99  

Manufacturer: Nintendo   

Distributor: Open  

Contact: 01753 483700

Super Mario Kart Album – The OneUps

Gaming soundtrack cover band The OneUps has, of course, taken over the music from the original Mario Kart, composed by Soyo Oka. This physical version of The OneUps’ Super Mario Kart Album includes ten tracks, from the title screen music and Battle Mode soundtrack to the Bowser Castle theme and the legendary Rainbow Road track.

SRP: $10 (£8)  

Manufacturer: Mustin Enterprises   

Distributor: Fangamer  


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