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16 new courses are also coming our way.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/38367/link-animal-crossing-coming-to-mario-kart-8-in-dlc-packs-update

Two new packs of DLC are coming to Mario Kart 8, as announced by Nintendo of Europe's official online store. Both packs will include three new characters, four new karts, and eight new courses.

So far, Nintendo has only revealed a few details about each pack, but we do know that the first one, which will be available this November, will include Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link from the Legend of Zelda series. The second pack, due out May 2015, will include Dry Bowser, as well as the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you buy both packs, you will also get an assortment of alternate colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy.

Nintendo didn't go into specifics of the track listing, but we do know that Wario's Gold Mine will be returning from Mario Kart Wii, and there will be new courses based on F-Zero and Animal Crossing.

UPDATE: You can pre-purchase both DLC packs starting tomorrow for $7.99 each, or $11.99 for the bundle. Once purchased, you will be able to play as the multi-colored Yoshi and Shy Guys immediately.


Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 03:12:18 PM »
I was hoping for this! The new content looks great. The Link inclusion is a total surprise. I didn't realize they were willing to go outside the mushroom kingdom for new characters.
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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 03:18:18 PM »
Testing the waters for Smash Kart maybe?

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 03:41:35 PM »
Link Amiibo in Mario Kart? Yes, yes it is!

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 04:01:48 PM »
This is great news! I'd love to see some new courses, including redone retro tracks. The addition of more characters is also a nice bonus, especially those outside of the Mushroom Kingdom. Bring on Nintendo Kart.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014, 04:02:41 PM »
Surprised they aren't doing more Donkey Kong elements as that has been the series that has been most closely related in the past to the Mario Kart Universe having had some slight cross-over in it. I'd also think the Kirby universe would blend in a bit better than Zelda or AC but I'm pretty pumped about it in any case.

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 04:17:38 PM »
I swear to Tezcatlipoca if Captain Falcon makes an appearance and it's marketed as new F-Zero, I'll swing from the ceiling.

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 04:19:54 PM »
If Nintendo is going to make SSB Kart then they should make SSB Kart.  Putting it in DLC is much less visible to the public and diminishes the marketing impact.  They'll probably make it very noticeable in the eShop at first but are you trying to sell this to existing Wii U owners or potential new customers?  SSB Kart has been the no-brainer idea to shake up Mario Kart for years and they're going to piss away the concept in DLC?  Maybe they'll release a retail GOTY editions that plays up the SSB Kart elements though this assumes anyone working at Nintendo knows what a GOTY edition is.

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 04:35:12 PM »
Maybe they'll release a retail GOTY editions that plays up the SSB Kart elements though this assumes anyone working at Nintendo knows what a GOTY edition is.


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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 04:40:48 PM »
There's an Excitebike track as well.

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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 05:21:15 PM »
Testing the waters for Smash Kart maybe?

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2014, 05:22:21 PM »
There's an Excitebike track as well.


Mario Kart 64 had one of those, but for some reason it was called Wario Stadium.


I do wonder how this will work with online play. There are a few possibilities:


-The DLC tracks can't be used online (unlikely)
-The DLC tracks can only be used online if everyone in the match has them (possible)
-The DLC tracks can be used online, but can't be selected by players who don't own them. In other words, they wouldn't be available as a choice or come up from random select, but you could still end up racing on them if someone else selected them. This could be a great marketing ploy to get people to buy the tracks.
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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2014, 05:45:14 PM »
"what fucking track is this!!! I don't have this track!! hold on... this ain't fair!!"

I have one question. Are they free? because that would be the best marketing ploy for me to turn MK8 back on.... it's been awhile.

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2014, 06:30:05 PM »
I think I saw somewhere that they were like $4, maybe?
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2014, 07:03:45 PM »
I love that Luigi's death stare is in most of those shots.

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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2014, 07:24:01 PM »
I think I saw somewhere that they were like $4, maybe?

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- $7.99 for one, $11.99 for both (US, probably add a buck in Canada)
- Immediately unlock the Yoshi/Shy Guy color variants once you buy both
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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2014, 07:27:16 PM »
Holy fiddlesticks!
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2014, 07:33:26 PM »
- $7.99 for one, $11.99 for both (US, probably add a buck in Canada)
- Immediately unlock the Yoshi/Shy Guy color variants once you buy both


Those prices are insanely good. I hate the thought of paying for something I'm not going to get to play for 9 months but $4 dollars isn't as bad. I guess.


That and getting to pick a new color for Shy Guys.
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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2014, 07:41:17 PM »
The pricing for this is insanely good. Instant buy when I can tomorrow.

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs (UPDATE)
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2014, 07:56:58 PM »
Amazing news. But the Animal Crossing pack in May? Why?
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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2014, 07:57:40 PM »
Doesn't Sega already have an All Star racing game?  seems to me like Nintendo won't do one out of spite not to be seen as copying Sega. It would be cool though, something original for a change, assuming the game play is not just Mario Kart with more characters and tracks.
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2014, 08:14:01 PM »
Amazing news. But the Animal Crossing pack in May? Why?

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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs (UPDATE)
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2014, 08:41:15 PM »
Amazing news. But the Animal Crossing pack in May? Why?

"Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Mario Kart 8 with new tracks!"


Well it's not like these tracks are going to make themselves.  People have to remember the main game that took 2.5 years to make had 32 tracks.  Both DLC packs combined is going to add 16 more in just one year, which is half of what the main game already had.  So it's about 6-7 months to make 8 tracks it seems, which is still pretty good speed for these.  If these tracks came out any faster I'd be worried over their quality, since I'd hope they take the time to make sure they're the same quality as the main game and not just some rushed DLC **** like some other companies handle their DLC content.
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Re: Link, Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8 in DLC Packs (UPDATE)
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2014, 10:39:37 PM »
As someone who has never purchased DLC, I like what Nintendo did here. If this was Super Smash Kart from the beginning, the DLC would feel less special. It'd be getting more of the same thing, which is fine, but it has been far easier to pass on in other games. Having the DLC extend beyond what is normally expected in a Mario Kart game (e.g. Link) holds far more appeal. It isn't the deciding factor, but it's certainly appreciated.

The amount of content on top of the cost makes this a really easy choice. Unless Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has DLC available sooner, Mario Kart 8 will be the first game that convinces me to finally pay for DLC.

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« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2014, 05:41:52 AM »
Yes I'd love baby park. Probably my all time favorite track.