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
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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It's eight tracks, three characters, and four vehicles per DLC pack. I don't have a problem paying for that much extra content...and it looks to be a mix of new/crossover tracks along with some retro action in there (I see Wario's Goldmine in the first scan).
Pretty cool, actually, although I think I would've preferred if Mario Kart 9 was sort of the "big Nintendo racer" blowout kinda game, rather than having the crossover stuff be DLC. Either way though, neat!
@ludist210 Ah, okay, guess I should have clicked your link. I don't care for the characters but I'd go for some new tracks, even if I think having some from other games is kinda lame. But only if it's reasonably priced... I'd say $5 but it'll probably be $10.
Eh, who am I kidding? Most of my eShop credit was free... I'll probably grab it all.
Also, good guess on being Amiibo related, that seems like a possibility given the timing of the supposed dates.
But man, Dry Bowser is like the single lamest cut character they could bring back...
I love Skyward Sword style Link to bits, but a more chibi style Link would probably have fit better into Mario Kart, in my opinion. They could at least have given him a whimsical Loftwing bike or something.
EDIT: Oh. Oh hell no. Nononononono. Just realized Link will be seen driving those damn Mercedes promo karts. Nopenopenopenope. Goddamnit.
This is fantastic news! While I have always liked the idea of a Super Smash Kart kind of game, I still like that Mario Kart is pure Mario. So having this as DLC is perfect. Keep the series as it should be, but offer those that wish to expand upon the universe a plethora of options. I will agree that Link seems out of place, but the Animal Crossing stuff...