Mario Kart 8 DLC will add Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing characters

Get ready for some new tracks and some new racers from some of Nintendo's other franchises.

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Update: Nintendo has issued a press release confirming pricing details. Each DLC pack will be available for $7.99 each or as a full package for $11.99. They also clarified that the first DLC pack featuring The Legend of Zelda will be released in November, while the second pack featuring Animal Crossing would be released in May 2015.

Original story: Nintendo is adding a whole slew of new content to Mario Kart 8 and it's digging into a number of its sister franchises to do so. So get ready to see characters from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing jump on some karts for the very first time, as they drive onto some all-new courses.

The first DLC pack, as detailed by Nintendo UK, will include eight new courses, four new vehicles (including the Blue Falcon from F-Zero), and three new characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link.

The second pack will offer a separate helping of eight courses and four vehicles, along with the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser.

Purchasing both packs will also give players eight separate Yoshi and Shy Guy colors. Each pack will run for roughly 7 pounds (or roughly $12) and will release in November.

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    August 26, 2014 2:40 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Mario Kart 8 DLC will add Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing characters.

    Get ready for some new tracks and some new racers from some of Nintendo's other franchises.

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      August 26, 2014 2:42 PM

      I want a WiiU so bad. I really just cannot spare the money right now, but when I do, I'm going to disappear for a week and get my Mario love on.

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        August 26, 2014 3:18 PM

        Its so good. That and my PC are all I'm playing these days

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      August 26, 2014 2:47 PM

      Separate Yoshi colors so people don't have to get mad when I pick Yoshi first, awesome! My GF will love the Villager addition and any new tracks are cool with me.

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      August 26, 2014 3:36 PM

      YES New tracks!!

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      August 26, 2014 4:27 PM

      If the quality of tracks are just like the main game, this is an easy purchase. I loved the MK8 tracks.

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      August 26, 2014 4:28 PM

      I'd love to see them do a classic battle mode DLC.

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        August 26, 2014 4:29 PM

        Yeah, this is the only big thing its missing. Battle mode sucks right now

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          August 26, 2014 4:51 PM

          Ditto

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          August 27, 2014 1:56 AM

          Here's hoping some future update brings the proper battle mode in.

          By the way, I think today we will get the software update to Mario Kart 8 and tomorrow the Mercedes DLC comes in.

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      August 26, 2014 4:48 PM

      Tracks AND characters? Awesome news!

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      August 26, 2014 4:52 PM

      New tracks = awesome.

      I sort of like Mario Kart sticking with characters strictly from the mario franchise, though. Link is going to ruin the whole vibe.

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      August 26, 2014 4:56 PM

      Oh fuck yes. Day one purchase.

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      August 26, 2014 5:18 PM

      I'll be picking this up ASAP. I've had more fun with Mario Kart 8 the last few months than I've had in years. This just has me even more stoked for Nintendo 2015. I might even pick up Smash Bros. for the first time ever.

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      August 26, 2014 6:32 PM

      I hope they will be free but since I bought Mario Kart 8 for $43. I will get it for sure.

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      August 26, 2014 6:41 PM

      Oh shit! Mario Kart track DLC!!!

      Now just release good battle mode tracks and all will be forgiven Nintendo...

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      August 27, 2014 1:33 AM

      Well, that explains the Amiibo support for Mario Kart. Still, excited about this.

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      August 27, 2014 1:54 AM

      Awesome, awesome, awesome.

      Those packs are looking great. Can wait to race with the Blue Falcon kart and those four new cups are going to awesome. F-Zero tracks, Animal Crossing tracks, Zelda tracks....

      I really hope Nintendo (and Sega) are making a proper F-Zero sequel to Wii U or at least a HD remake of F-Zero GX! That for 2015 would be f'n amazing!

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      August 27, 2014 6:09 AM

      I fucking knew it! This is PURE win for Mario Kart 8. HAHA! Now if they could make some tracks themed on those world wed be golden.

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      August 27, 2014 6:13 AM

      Change Log for today's patch.

      -Adds the ability to access the in-game shop and download three free Mercedes-Benz cars: Mercedes-Benz GLA, 300 SL Roadster, and Silver Arrow
      -Adds the ability to display the course map on the TV screen during races
      -Adds "Play Stats" option to the main menu, allowing users to see gameplay statistics such as total number of coins collected, win-loss record in online play, and more
      -Adds the ability to change options of others' Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to a new character or event
      -Changes the default menu option after each race to "Next Race", followed by "Watch Highlight Reel"
      -Improves the vehicle selection process and saves the most recent vehicle customisation settings that were selected, even if the Wii U console is powered down between play sessions
      -Improves stability of connection in online play to enhance the user experience
      -Increases the maximum attainable Player Rating and Battle Rating from 9999 to 99999
      -Introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment

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      August 27, 2014 6:46 AM

      Now that's pretty cool

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      August 27, 2014 7:33 AM

      This is super news. Glad it's priced reasonably. Hope tons of people buy this, and it encourages Nintendo to create a map pack of battle maps. :)

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      August 27, 2014 7:34 AM

      Who else is in favor of Mario Kart going full-bore Smash Bros.? Keep the Mario Kart branding, but give me Samus piloting a kart that looks like her ship, Link on a motorcycle that resembles Epona, etc.

      Mario Kart 8's roster is its least impressive quality. Do we really need Bowser's entire brood eating up space on the character screen? Throw in more recognizable characters like Link, Samus, Captain Falcon, and a few Pokemon. Let me race through Hyrule Field, lava-filled caverns from Metroid, and some of F-Zero's famous tracks.

      Mario Kart has become a staple in gaming not only because of great gameplay, but because its characters are recognizable. I don't know half the faces in Sonic All-Stars Racing (or whatever Sega's clone racer is called), but I know Nintendo characters. The series has done just fine with characters exclusive to Mario, but Kart 8's roster felt padded.

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        August 27, 2014 8:42 AM

        "Smash" the roster baby!

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        August 27, 2014 9:21 AM

        I agree with everything you are saying except for the roster being the least impressive quality. Battle mode is by far more disappointing than the roster. And DLC can fix that hopefully.

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