GameStop holding Mario Kart 8 ‘Test Drive’ events

Nintendo has confirmed that GameStop will be holding a special Mario Kart 8 demo event at over 2,700 stores later this week. In their official press release, Nintendo said:

Fans will soon have a chance to play one of the biggest games of 2014 before it launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 30. Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will be playable at more than 2,700 GameStop stores around the U.S. from 12 to 4 p.m. local time during the weekend of May 17-18 as part of “Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days.” An action-packed demo version of the Mario Kart 8 game for Wii U will be the highlight of the event, plus anyone who pre-orders or who has already pre-ordered Mario Kart 8 at GameStop will receive an exclusive double-sided poster.

This is a good move by Nintendo to create consumer awareness for the latest Mario Kart. Then again, this would have been great a month ago but at least Nintendo is marketing the game better than other recent first party releases.

Mario Kart 8 releases on May 30th. You can look forward to our review shortly after release.