Nintendo Pulls a Rare 2-for-1

620px-Koopalings_Artwork_-_Mario_Kart_8_Without_Background With the release of the latest installment in the Mario Kart series, Nintendo is providing some digital download grace to the masses. Now that Playstation and Xbox are offering free digital downloads on a pretty regular basis, I guess they felt the pressure to get in the game, even at a much more moderate level. When you buy Mario Kart 8 and register the game with your Club Nintendo account (you definitely will need one of those, so go sign up if you haven't already) you're prompted to receive a download code for one free game, from a selection of four; Pikmin 3, Wii Party U, New Super Mario Bros. U, and The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker are all available for your choosing. [Edit. note: Personally, I would suggest either Zelda: Windwaker or Pikmin 3. I already had Zelda before the offer began and I'd never played a Pikmin game, so I decided to give it a whirl. I like it a lot, as evidenced by the fact that I haven't played Mario Kart 8 since Pikmin finished downloading.] Now, Nintendo isn't going to be rising back to the top of the game anytime soon - or anytime that the Wii U is their primary console - but I at least take gestures like this as attempts to stay relevant, especially amidst such. terrible. decisions. All that said, Mario Kart 8 really is a great new addition to the series, and while the gameplay itself hasn't been revolutionized, the social sharing aspect has been a real treat. After a race, you are given the option to select a highlight reel which you can modify minimally, and share it to Nintendo's own Miiverse and to YouTube. The slo-mo recaps have especially highlighted the care that has gone into character reactions. Luigi, long the put-upon wayfarer of the series, has found new life as a vengeful driver – behold the "Luigi Death Stare": luigi-death-stare-meme-mario-kart-8-01 luigi-death-stare-meme-mario-kart-8-03b The offer is good until July 31st, so you've got plenty of time to take advantage. More details can be found on Nintendo's website.