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Mario Kart 8 DLC is on the way!
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August 27, 2014, 00:40:00
Nintendo UK possibly outed new Mario Kart 8 DLC. It shows some interesting stuff, some possibly Amiibo-related. Excitebike? F-Zero? Animal Crossing? Link? I like what I see! How about you?

Nintendo of America said:
Link, Isabelle and Animal Crossing Villager All Get Ready to Race

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 26, 2014 – Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. Go to http://ninten.do/6181WR6B to view a video of the in-game karts in action.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack.

Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:

Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) - $7.99

3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
4 Vehicles
8 Courses

Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) - $7.99

3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
4 Vehicles
8 Courses

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle - $11.99

6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser
8 Vehicles
16 Courses
As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.

For more information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com.

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Posted: 08/27/14, 00:40:00  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 16:35:18    
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
That brings up a point, I wonder how these will be arranged within Mario Kart 8's menu. I could see there being a new icon on the character and cup screens that's labeled something like "DLC" and then you click it to flip the select screens between the stock selections and the DLC selections. However it is set up could be a clue as to whether there will be even more content released later on. I guess tomorrow we'll see where the Mercedes are placed.

As for Smash Brothers, I already figured there'd be Smash DLC, but I think this news makes it more likely to happen since it shows Nintendo are moving into DLC. Sakurai probably won't be one to work on the DLC though, and he probably doesn't want to either; I'd imagine he'd want to make a different game before working on more Smash. My guess is that a portion of the Namco team or some other special team will be tasked with making DLC.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:03:24
@TriforceBun Did it? It's still one of the most boring tracks in the game to me. And making it so you only race it once is weird considering how relatively short it is. Should have at least been a two lap race like that one stadium track in um... one of the games.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:12:33
Awesome news!

But how will playing online work with the new tracks? Will the online rooms be split into two groups, those with the DLC and those without? What happens if you're playing with friends online and someone doesn't have the DLC? Will that person without the DLC be kicked out if a new track is chosen, or will everyone be limited to the original 32 tracks?

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:21:10  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:25:46
This is so, so awesome.

I would have no problem with the next Mario Kart embracing this idea completely. Nintendo Kart would be so amazing.


I bet Nintendo will issue a patch for everyone that includes all the DLC content. People will be able to play the new tracks online, whether they own the DLC or not, but they won't be able to use the new characters or karts, nor be able to play any of the new courses offline.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:29:43  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:31:06

Hopefully that's not hackable to allow people to cheat and not buy the stuff. I guess that too could be patched.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:39:21
Possible, but I don't see it happening, somehow.

I think the Mario Kart online community is definitely big enough to allow for separate (DLC/no DLC) lobbies. Although I think peer pressure would force most people to ante up if they wanted to play online with their well-to-do friends.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 03:49:19

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:11:04
That F-Zero stage is gonna be life altering. The thumbnail alone looks freakin gorgeous. Imagine the music. All over the Blue Falcon.

What's that forest looking stage? Anyone know?

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:13:44
GameDadGrant said:

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:14:45
THIS is how you do DLC. Game Industry look to Nintendo and see how it should be done.
Freaking hell this is awesome. I could care less about the characters, we're getting 16 new courses. That's HALF a new Mario Kart game would have. HALF.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:47:34

That is pretty freakin' epic, hahaha.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:48:58

That was amazing.
This news is amazing.
MK8.... is amazing.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 04:51:45
That gif is wonderful. Lol!

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:02:07
carlosrox said:
That F-Zero stage is gonna be life altering. The thumbnail alone looks freakin gorgeous. Imagine the music. All over the Blue Falcon.

What's that forest looking stage? Anyone know?

I would guess maybe a Hyrule stage?

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:02:52
The Blue Falcon was in Mario Kart Wii so I guess this isn't too surprising.

I wonder if ROB will be back in a future pack...

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:05:47

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:16:06  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:16:32
Pokefreak911 said:
THIS is how you do DLC. Game Industry look to Nintendo and see how it should be done.
Freaking hell this is awesome. I could care less about the characters, we're getting 16 new courses. That's HALF a new Mario Kart game would have. HALF.

Yeah, Nintendo has done very well with DLC so far. If all publishers handled it this way, we would all have rosy feelings any time the acronym came up in a discussion.

I'm a bit surprised that proper battle courses aren't a part of any of it though... that's the biggest complaint people seem to have with this game, so you'd think they would address it here.



That's amazing for 16 more tracks. Only bummer is the 2GB bit. Yikes.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:16:52  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:19:50
@Hinph I wouldn't say Nintendo's been doing DLC better. NSMB2 and Fire Emblem Awakening DLCs are both overpriced compared to what's in the stock game, and they have also been doing things like day-one DLC with Mario Golf and retailer-exclusive DLC with Hyrule Warriors. This Mario Kart DLC and New Super Luigi U seem substantial enough for the prices, but, it isn't like other companies haven't released some substantial DLC either. So I don't get why anyone would praise Nintendo for DLC when they're not really doing DLC any differently or better than other companies.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:25:16
I'm so in for an insta-pre-buy this week. Take my money!

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:32:12
@Mop it up

The day one DLC is the only example that bothers me. So long as a game feels like a complete experience when I buy it, additional content released at a later time never bugs me. The retailer exclusive costumes in Hyrule Warriors, while annoying, are no big deal because it is such superficial, unnecessary content anyway.

Nintendo has also been giving away a good share of free DLC, which is never a bad thing.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 05:33:53
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