Nintendo Announces Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing Crossover DLC for Mario Kart 8


For anyone who thinks the promotional Mercedes-Benz downloadable content, free though it may be, is lame, rest assured that Nintendo has far grander plans in store for proper, premium Mario Kart 8 DLC.

Announced today, Mario Kart 8 will receive two major DLC packs between this fall and next spring. Each pack, estimated to require an install size of at least 1 GB, will contain three additional characters, four new vehicles, and eight extra courses across two cups. The packs will sell individually for $7.99, or in a combo pack bundle for only $11.99. On top of the discounted price, buying the bundle will come with a bonus of eight additional colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy.


Pack 1, to be released this November, will contain new characters Cat Peach (cool), Tanooki Mario (awesome), and Link (yes, finally!). One of the new vehicles has also been confirmed to be the Blue Falcon kart from F-Zero. In Pack 2, which for some reason won’t launch until May 2015 (that’s a large gap between DLC releases), the new characters will include Dry Bowser as well as Villager and Isabelle from the Animal Crossing franchise.

Nintendo has confirmed that classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii will be featured in the DLC, in addition to new tracks themed after worlds from Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing, but further details will be announced later.

The opportunity to pre-order the DLC will become available tomorrow, August 27th, alongside the launch of the free Mercedes-Benz content and the planned game update.



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