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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?
Wish we could get new colors for every character eventually!!! More costumes :)

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 17:59:39
So what does everybody else think about the items? Does it seem like they tinkered with the probability of getting more exciting items more often or was it my imagination? I only played for a couple hours, but it felt that way.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 20:40:34
@Hinph From what I've gathered from people's chatter, nothing's changed about the items. People are just paying more attention to items because of the patch and taking note when there is an unusual amount of good or bad luck in a race. It's just the nature of random elements.

One thing the patch changed that wasn't mentioned by Nintendo is that the VR cap is now higher than 9,999, likely to be 99,999.

@Secret_Tunnel That image has already been proven fake.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 20:47:11  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/14, 20:49:48
I took all of the new karts for a spin once...and I probably won't ever use them again.

I also realized I'm only a little more than halfway to the Gold Tires...

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 20:53:07
Don't you mean the glider? I got the tires after beating all the staff ghosts.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 20:54:58

You're right, the Gold Glider. I've got the other two parts.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 21:35:04
Ah, ok. Started wondering if there were different ways of unlocking stuff.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 22:07:30
One guy on IGN, who is ranked up near 9000, says he gets 1 point for a 3rd place finish, but loses 5 points for 4-5th place. Says it will likely be impossible to reach max due to how hard points are to come by after awhile.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 22:37:02
@Mop it up

After playing more, I think you're right that item rate balance hasn't changed a bit.

Posted by 
 on: 08/27/14, 23:01:55
Dumbest thing about this patch to me is that in order to have the map enabled on screen you need to press minus on the Gamepad.

Was it really that hard to make pressing minus on the Pro controller work as well?

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 00:17:56

Hah. It's almost like a "fuck you" for not using the Gamepad.

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 00:27:25
Races were MANIC tonight! I think the MK community are just out in force but boy, I was struggling to finish in the top half for a lot of those games.

Big Mercedes on the menu screen is an eyesore. Blegh! I know I can avoid it but shit feels polluted now. Uncleeeean.

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 00:34:30
Hate to admit it, but I actually downloaded the damn DLC just so the Mercedes image would be replaced by the Zelda/Animal Crossing stuff instead. The karts and parts don't stand out as much and don't make the entire game look like a fucking billboard. Well, until you start racing online and everyone is using them, that is.

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 00:41:51
It should die down... everybody probably just wants to try them out. Pretty nice advertising for Mercedes, but... err, how many Mario Kart players can actually afford to buy a Mercedes anyway?

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 01:08:35
Haven't stopped by in a while, but after seeing this on GoNintendo I had to come by and join in the inevitable thread of celebration.


I'm really happy to see this, and can't wait to get more tracks.

Posted by 
 on: 08/28/14, 01:28:48
GameDadGrant said:
Need updated gif with the price at the end. It's somehow even better.

I can't find it though :(

So has Nintendo given a reason why the wait will be so long? It's pretty crazy. Even waiting til the end of the year for the first seems like a bit much.

Posted by 
 on: 09/04/14, 11:28:20

Once you enable the map, it doesn't go away until you disable it, even after you power off the game.

So, while it's a weird choice to make you use the gamepad, it's not a big deal, since it's a one-time thing.


Posted by 
 on: 09/04/14, 17:19:33  - Edited by 
 on: 09/04/14, 17:21:52
Yoshi's Circuit (from GameCube) is confirmed for DLC.

Looking good! I'm glad to get that music in Mario Kart 8!

Posted by 
 on: 10/22/14, 16:04:57
Awesome music. More faithful than some of the MK8 main tracks (not that the renditions are bad). Really glad the whistle is back in there.

I forgot this course existed! It was a great one!

Posted by 
 on: 10/22/14, 19:15:05
The Epona-cycle just looks so weird to me. It'd have been funnier if it were a real horse.

Posted by 
 on: 10/22/14, 23:47:44
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