Before the aftermath

Yesterday, the worlds of Mario Kart and NASCAR collided when Matt Kenseth raced in the Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 20 GameStop sponsored car featuring Mario Kart 8 graphics. Kenseth’s car was be outfitted with artwork from the game showing Mario defying gravity and racing upside-down.

Mario Kart 8 launches for the Wii U on May 30. The latest entry in Nintendo’s beloved racing series introduces anti-gravity driving, fun online features, new characters and new power-ups like the Super Horn, Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower.

2014 Nationwide Charlotte

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth prepares to hit the Charlotte Motor Speedway racetrack in his GameStop car branded with Mario Kart 8 graphics for the History 300 in Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2014. Mario Kart 8, the newest installment in the fan-favorite video game series from Nintendo, launches exclusively for Wii U on May 30, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade)

2014 Nationwide Charlotte

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Mario and Luigi conduct one last inspection of the GameStop-sponsored Mario Kart 8 racing car driven by NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth at the History 300 race in Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2014. Launching exclusively for Wii U on May 30, 2014, Mario Kart 8 introduces anti-gravity driving and new power-ups like the Super Horn and Boomerang Flower. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade)

2014 NASCAR Charlotte 600

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans gets hands-on time with Mario Kart 8 during an event during the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2014. Mario Kart 8, the newest installment in the fan-favorite video game series from Nintendo, launches exclusively for Wii U on May 30, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade)

2014 NASCAR Charlotte 600

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans wait in line to play Mario Kart 8 at a Nintendo and GameStop event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on May 24, 2014. Mario Kart 8, the newest installment in the fan-favorite video game series from Nintendo, launches exclusively for Wii U on May 30, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade)

Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order at GameStop stores throughout North America. As an added bonus, a free Nintendo eShop download code from Club Nintendo is available for one of four great Wii U games when Mario Kart 8 is purchased and registered between midnight on May 30 and 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31. The download code must be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U by 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 30.

Written by Omar Taylor

Omar Taylor

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Responsible for updating news, producing editorials, and reviewing games. When not carrying out these responsibilities, he can be found achieving first place in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Republic Commando online, designing games, listening to and creating music, and watching and producing animations. Did he mention how good he was at Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Republic Commando?

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