In a press release earlier today, Nintendo confirmed that its hugely popular Wii U exclusive, Mario Kart 8, will receive not one, but two DLC packs, including new racers and tracks never before seen in the Mario Kart universe.
One DLC pack will release this November, while the other is scheduled for May 2015. Each DLC pack is priced at $7.99 and are available for pre-order on the Nintendo eShop starting today. If you plan on picking up both packs, you can buy them together for $11.99 to save yourself a couple bucks. Pre-ordering through the eShop will immediately grant you access to eight different color variations of both Yoshi and Shy Guy to race in-game.
So what’s in the DLC? Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda‘s Link, as well as Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario will be available in November’s DLC pack, entitled The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8. In May we’ll see Animal Crossing‘s The Villager and Isabelle enter the track, as well as Dry Bowser.
All of the new tracks have yet to be confirmed, but the press release does state that we’ll see a Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing themed track in their respective DLC, as well as a new Blue Falcon kart representing F-Zero. The only confirmed returning track is Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, so expect more brand new tracks to race starting this fall!
I’m glad to see Nintendo take the Sega approach and mix in racers from the Nintendo universe, not just Mario. If the DLC is successful, hopefully we’ll see the tradition continue with more cross-over content down the line.
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