Fans of Nintendo’s unstoppable kart-racing franchise should be pleased to know that the first-ever downloadable content (DLC) pack in the franchise’s history is available starting today.
Nintendo announced that their blockbuster game Mario Kart 8 for Wii U would be releasing two DLC packs at the end of the summer, with the first one bowing on the console today, and the second one to arrive next May. The pack is notable for introducing Link, the main character from Nintendo’s major game franchise The Legend of Zelda, into the fold of the game to race alongside the likes of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Donkey Kong. In addition to adding Link as a playable character, the game also adds “Tanooki Mario” in his raccoon suit from as far back as Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as “Cat Peach” using the “Super Bell” power-up from last year’s Super Mario 3D World.
The pack also includes two new racing cups, for a total of eight new courses added to the game. These include remastered courses from previous Mario Kart entries like “Wario’s Gold Mine” from Mario Kart Wii, “Yoshi Crcuit” from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and “Rainbow Road” from the original Super Mario Kart. Brand new courses are also included, such as the “Excitebike Arena” modeled after the classic Excitebike game from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as “Mute City” from Nintendo’s other major racing franchise, F-Zero. Rounding out the first offering is four new vehicles in which to race, including the “Blue Falcon,” modeled after the car of the same name used by Captain Falcon in the F-Zero games.
If you haven’t played it yet, Mario Kart 8 is an absolute must-own for both current and future Wii U owners. In our GeekNation Game Review covering the title, we said,
Mario Kart 8 does practically everything right: it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful, has a silky-smooth frame rate, includes eye-popping new and remastered courses, contains useful new items, employs mind-bending physics, creates funny interactions and characters, and will be a guaranteed hit at any party you decide to include it in. In addition to being perhaps the most gorgeous looking Wii U game to date, it’s also proving to be a heavy system seller, and the reason for that will become abundantly clear to anyone who picks up a controller to play: Mario Kart 8, like every previous MK game before it, is incredibly fun.
So, if you have the game, be sure to download the DLC now, which is available from the Nintendo eShop for $7.99. You can also but a bundle of this pack and the one to be released in May for $11.99, which include a couple of extra perks as well. Or, if you’re not sure which game console you may want to pick up as we head closer to the holidays, be sure to read our look at all three of them and where they currently stand!
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