New Mario Kart 8 DLC Announced

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Nintendo has announced two new downloadable content packs for Mario Kart 8. This DLC will feature a unique crossover of Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both the Villager and Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series.  The DLC packs will launch this Fall and in Spring 2015, and are now available for pre-order on the Nintendo Wii U eShop for $7.99 each or $11.99 for both.

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“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 DLC pack will contain two new cups with four courses each. The courses will be both new and old. Some new courses will even take place in the worlds of Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda. The packs will also feature four new vehicles and three new playable characters.

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Starting today Mario Kart 8 owners who pre-order both DLC packs will gain access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately.

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.

It’s worth noting that the previously announced Mario Kart 8 update that adds a couple of new features and  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 1930) is now live.

Written by: Armando Orona

Aspiring journalist, College student with a dream of writing about video games for a living.