Mario Kart 8 - Download Only (still qualifies for the free game promotion) £37.90 @ CD Keys (£36 with code - like fb page)
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Mario Kart 8 - Download Only (still qualifies for the free game promotion) £37.90 @ CD Keys (£36 with code - like fb page)

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Found 26th May 2014
For those of you who are looking for Mario Kart 8 DOWNLOAD ONLY!

- Maybe you are lazy like me and don't want to find the DVD everytime you want to have a play
- Maybe your kids scratch your discs like mine do while you're at work
- Maybe you're never actually going to sell on the DVD as ... it's mario kart - who sells that on!?

If you like cdkeys.com on facebook you'll get an extra 5% off...

** Updated with extra info **

Back in stock!

Bonus game eligibility proof:
nintendo.co.uk/Cam…tml

Earn 8% back in eShop points if you got the deluxe Wii U (click the 2nd "learn more" link for the details):
p.nintendo.net/del…xe/

The Free Game download will also earn you Eshop points!
- puddleuk

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I want the digital version as well... this is HOT!

Great deal, I paid £39.99 for the download from Game this morning. Much better than the £49.99 on the eShop, and if you have the premium console you'll get about £4.20 credit back as well.

Can I download this onto ds or still just for wii?

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dfua

Great deal, I paid £39.99 for the download from Game this morning. Much … Great deal, I paid £39.99 for the download from Game this morning. Much better than the £49.99 on the eShop



If Nintendo's games were realistically priced on the eShop, I'd buy far more of them, for the reasons I stated in my deal. Is Nintendoland still £50 on there?! Excellent game, but £50? Really?

Good deal for download only, but why would you buy digital when you can have physical for the same price, a fool and his money are easily parted, rationally logically it makes know sense.

I completely agree, they've been better with games like Donkey Kong starting at £40, but they need to do more. I download nearly all my wii u and 3ds games but tend to buy them all as codes through Game. The price works out about the same as physical copies and for the Wii U often cheaper with cash back.

Very hot. Thanks. I'm tired of pretending to be a brand new customer at Tesco Direct

@GQ Man I never resell games, especially Nintendo ones, and would rather have quick convenient access to all my games than a pile of cases getting in the way, and the games load quicker with none of the noise you get from the drive. Makes it a lot easier if you take the console away anywhere too. For the same price it works out better for me to go digital, and with the credit back it's effectively cheaper too.

Can this be downloaded today or do I have to wait till Friday?

What's the free game offer?

GQ Man

Good deal for download only, but why would you buy digital when you can … Good deal for download only, but why would you buy digital when you can have physical for the same price, a fool and his money are easily parted, rationally logically it makes know sense.



Read the OP.

TobJoDaJes

What's the free game offer?



Ypu buy mario kart and register it on club nintendo and you get to download one of 10 wii u games from a great choice!

allgonewrong

Ypu buy mario kart and register it on club nintendo and you get to … Ypu buy mario kart and register it on club nintendo and you get to download one of 10 wii u games from a great choice!



Nice. Didn't know that.

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TobJoDaJes

What's the free game offer?



Register the game after purchase and you can download another Nintendo Wii U for free:
nintendo.co.uk/Cam…tml

Makes buying Mario Kart 8 a no-brainer

A nice price compared to the laughable £50 price on the eShop... even when the £5 discount for owning Super Mario Kart is applied.

A poor price compared to the circa £35 that the retail/disc version can be picked up for.

With the 5% discount applied the price is about the same as the retail/disc version so that's something to consider.
Edited by: "KirstyB87" 26th May 2014

Original Poster

GQ Man

Good deal for download only, but why would you buy digital when you can … Good deal for download only, but why would you buy digital when you can have physical for the same price, a fool and his money are easily parted, rationally logically it makes know sense.



Erm... for the reasons I stated above. Plus the drive noise is a pain. Did I mention I'm never going to sell this?

Or at least, if I did it'd be because the NEXT mario kart is out... so convenience wins it for me.

mario kart 8 and rayman legends can be bought for £30 with new customer code at isme/very .

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119ochil

Can this be downloaded today or do I have to wait till Friday?



Friday my friend

doglobster

Erm... for the reasons I stated above. Plus the drive noise is a pain. … Erm... for the reasons I stated above. Plus the drive noise is a pain. Did I mention I'm never going to sell this?Or at least, if I did it'd be because the NEXT mario kart is out... so convenience wins it for me.



I'm giving some thought to taking advantage of this deal (with the 5% FB 'like' discount applied) too and for the same reasons you've given. I'd never be selling the game so the extra convenience of not having to fiddle about swapping discs and not having to hear Wii U's very noisy drive motor when playing it are real positives.

Do you know if it's been confirmed what file size Mario Kart 8 is? There's plenty of GB free space on my 32GB Wii U but it'd be useful to know the information still. I'm thinking of choosing NSMB U as the 'free' game which I believe is 2-3GB in size.

Finally, does anyone here know if digitial games perform the same/better/worse then retail/disc games on Wii U? I ask that question in the knowledge that some games on PS3 and Xbox 360, e.g. GTA IV, perform worse in their digital versions relative to the retail/disc versions.

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Why would anybody pay 5p more for a digital version over a physical copy? Am I been somewhat stupid?

Cold from me I'm afraid.
Edited by: "BuzzDuraband" 26th May 2014

KirstyB87

Finally, does anyone here know if digitial games perform the … Finally, does anyone here know if digitial games perform the same/better/worse then retail/disc games on Wii U? I ask that question in the knowledge that some games on PS3 and Xbox 360, e.g. GTA IV, perform worse in their digital versions relative to the retail/disc versions.



You may be thinking of GTA V, which performed better from the digital download because of the way the engine streams textures for an open-world environment. (Kudos to Digital Foundry for the analysis.)

However, MK8 most probably doesn't need to do anywhere near as much texture-streaming, so I'm guessing that the digital version and the disc version would look identical, even by Digital Foundry's estimation.

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KirstyB87

Do you know if it's been confirmed what file size Mario Kart 8 is? … Do you know if it's been confirmed what file size Mario Kart 8 is? There's plenty of GB free space on my 32GB Wii U but it'd be useful to know the information still. I'm thinking of choosing NSMB U as the 'free' game which I believe is 2-3GB in size.



It's listed on the Wii U eShop now. If I remember correctly it's around 4GB (Update: it's actually 5GB - thanks KirstyB87!) - I expected it to be bigger.

If you're running low on space, I suggest getting a 500GB Buffalo USB external HDD. Cost me around £35. You can plug it into the Wii U with a USB Y-cable (uses us two USB slots in the Wii U). Doing that means you don't have to use a separate external power supply.

I actually own the 8GB Basic Wii, so have 508GB of space. I'm one of the few who agrees with Nintendo's strategy of keeping the space low. Most of the casuals will never use a big HDD, and enthusiasts know where to get more from cheaply. Packing in a big HDD means you'll be worse off overall. Just my opinion though!
Edited by: "doglobster" 26th May 2014

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BuzzDuraband

Why would anybody pay 5p more for a digital version over a physical copy? … Why would anybody pay 5p more for a digital version over a physical copy? Am I been somewhat stupid?Cold from me I'm afraid.



Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want it)

#shouldvereadtheop

sits69

You may be thinking of GTA V, which performed better from the digital … You may be thinking of GTA V, which performed better from the digital download because of the way the engine streams textures for an open-world environment. (Kudos to Digital Foundry for the analysis.)However, MK8 most probably doesn't need to do anywhere near as much texture-streaming, so I'm guessing that the digital version and the disc version would look identical, even by Digital Foundry's estimation.



Thank you for the reply. D'oh! I meant GTA V so my error in having typed GTA IV, lol!

Yep, Digital Foundry is a wonderful resource for consumers.

Funnily enough, it was actually the texture streaming in MK8 that prompted me to wonder about this in the first place after having read the MK8 analysis on Digital Foundry where, among other things, they stated the game has issues with LOD/texture filtering/pop-in.

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doglobster

Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want … Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want it)#shouldvereadtheop



I read the OP, I saw three lines of sole justification, This is not a deal? How can it be, No box costs, No disc costs, No postage costs to the retailer. It's the exact same price as a boxed copy of the game with resale value.

doglobster

It's listed on the Wii U eShop now. If I remember correctly it's around … It's listed on the Wii U eShop now. If I remember correctly it's around 4GB - I expected it to be bigger.If you're running low on space, I suggest getting a 500GB Buffalo USB external HDD. Cost me around £35. You can plug it into the Wii U with a USB Y-cable (uses us two USB slots in the Wii U). Doing that means you don't have to use a separate external power supply.I actually own the 8GB Basic Wii, so have 508GB of space. I'm one of the few who agrees with Nintendo's strategy of keeping the space low. Most of the casuals will never use a big HDD, and enthusiasts know where to get more from cheaply. Packing in a big HDD means you'll be worse off overall. Just my opinion though!



Thanks for the tip! I just looked on the eShop and it states the file size for MK8 is 4949.8MB. aka just shy of 5GB, so that's pretty reasonable. I looked at the NSMB U page too and that game weighs in at 2.3GB. If I bought the digital version of MK8 with NSMB U for 'free' that'd be approximately 7GB in total which would still leave around 10GB of free space on my console's flash memory storage.

I'm tempted!

Yep, adding an external USB HDD is an option one day albeit that it'd be more clutter around the TV!

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doglobster

Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want … Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want it)#shouldvereadtheop



In fact just to add to that, Could you imagine the uproar on this site should somebody post a digital copy of a Call Of Duty game at the same price as a physical copy, Or if somebody posted a UV copy of the next Star Wars film at the same price it would cost to have it delivered?

Also, I'm not in the 10-16 age bracket so could you please refrain from immature hash tags towards me?

BuzzDuraband

In fact just to add to that, Could you imagine the uproar on this site … In fact just to add to that, Could you imagine the uproar on this site should somebody post a digital copy of a Call Of Duty game at the same price as a physical copy, Or if somebody posted a UV copy of the next Star Wars film at the same price it would cost to have it delivered?Also, I'm not in the 10-16 age bracket so could you please refrain from immature hash tags towards me?



#callofdutyisrubbish

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KirstyB87

#callofdutyisrubbish



Only because it's not made by Nintendo

BuzzDuraband

Only because it's not made by Nintendo



Princess Peach Killstreak!!!11!!!!!1!1!!!1

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KirstyB87

Princess Peach Killstreak!!!11!!!!!1!1!!!1



http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2009/351/6/f/Call_of_Duty_Mario_Bros_by_JFRteam.jpg

KirstyB87

Funnily enough, it was actually the texture streaming in MK8 that … Funnily enough, it was actually the texture streaming in MK8 that prompted me to wonder about this in the first place after having read the MK8 analysis on Digital Foundry where, among other things, they stated the game has issues with LOD/texture filtering/pop-in.



Yeah, I read that too. I'm thinking that the sheer amount of geometry and textures streaming off a disc in MK8 won't be as strenuous as something like GTA V, or most open-world games for that matter, so I'm thinking the difference between digital and disc will be about negligible for MK8.

doglobster

If you're running low on space, I suggest getting a 500GB Buffalo USB … If you're running low on space, I suggest getting a 500GB Buffalo USB external HDD. Cost me around £35. You can plug it into the Wii U with a USB Y-cable (uses us two USB slots in the Wii U). Doing that means you don't have to use a separate external power supply.



I do this too. I've got a USB y-splitter powering an external 2.5" 1TB USB HDD. It's small, there's no external power, and it sits flush next to my Wii U. KirstyB87: best thing is the 1TB ones go for less than £50 now!
Edited by: "sits69" 26th May 2014

#Cold

BuzzDuraband



Nintendo's characters don't believe in such violence, Buzz'!

Since the Tomodachi Life debacle they're now interested in other pursuits... youtube.com/wat…m6U

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BuzzDuraband

I read the OP, I saw three lines of sole justification, This is not a … I read the OP, I saw three lines of sole justification, This is not a deal? How can it be, No box costs, No disc costs, No postage costs to the retailer. It's the exact same price as a boxed copy of the game with resale value.



To me, it is a deal because of your final point - resale value is only valuable if you intend to sell, which I don't for many, many years.

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BuzzDuraband

I read the OP, I saw three lines of sole justification, This is not a … I read the OP, I saw three lines of sole justification, This is not a deal? How can it be, No box costs, No disc costs, No postage costs to the retailer. It's the exact same price as a boxed copy of the game with resale value.

resale value is only valuable if you intend to sell, which I don't for … resale value is only valuable if you intend to sell, which I don't for many, many years.





So you will be selling it? But wait, you can't you bought the digital copy (_;)

Freezing.

This is a ridiculous price for a digital download.

The only reason it's hot is down to the Ninty fanboys. That's it.

doglobster

To me, it is a deal because of your final point - resale value is only … To me, it is a deal because of your final point - resale value is only valuable if you intend to sell, which I don't for many, many years.



Neither.

#Hot

doglobster

Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want … Can you find a digital only copy for less? (For those that want it)#shouldvereadtheop



You invalidated your own opinion by assuming this site for Twitter.

Just about sums up the kids of today.

sits69

Yeah, I read that too. I'm thinking that the sheer amount of geometry … Yeah, I read that too. I'm thinking that the sheer amount of geometry and textures streaming off a disc in MK8 won't be as strenuous as something like GTA V, or most open-world games for that matter, so I'm thinking the difference between digital and disc will be about negligible for MK8.



My hunch is that your assertion will prove to be correct and for the same reasons you've given. As you quite rightly suggest, a racing game is inherently less demanding of a system than an open world game of GTA V's scale, generally speaking. It's not as though MK8, for instance, will be modelling car handling physics on the scale of a Gran Turismo-type game either so my guess is there won't be any additional issues with the digital version.

Edited by: "KirstyB87" 26th May 2014
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