Mario Kart 8 is about to get more exciting!

Nintendo has decided that it isn’t going to settle for Mario Kart 8 being the best Mario Kart game ever. They are also using it as a platform to (finally) experiment with DLC (downloadable content).

Starting this November we will see the first of two DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 that will feature new racers, vehicles, and courses! By the time both packs are released there will be sixteen new tracks total along with six new characters and eight new vehicles! (Even more if you include the free Mercedes update!)

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.

This is some of the most exciting news in video games all year. The idea of Nintendo embracing the DLC revolution is a big deal as they have always been slow to move on new trends. Many of Nintendo’s biggest franchises would fit very well into the DLC model and my spreading out DLC releases for these games they could help alleviate the sparse release schedule that comes from being the only large company making games for the WiiU.

What do you think? Are you buying these DLC packs for Mario Kart 8? Sound off in the comments!

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By Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief Founder/EiC Blogger, Podcaster, Video Host RE: games that families can play together.

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