Link and Animal Crossing Coming to Mario Kart 8

A new listing recently posted on the official Nintendo UK web page for Mario Kart 8 has revealed that Hyrule is going to be getting some serious horse power. Nintendo will be releasing two separate DLC packs for Mario Kart 8, which will see the likes of Link, Toonkani Mario, Cat Peach and the characters from Animal Crossing all jumping behind the wheel.

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There will also be eight new tracks set throughout the worlds of Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda. It only makes sense to see another of Nintendo’s prestigious racing titles being rolled in to what is fast becoming the greatest Mario Kart of all time and that’s just what we get with the inclusion of an F-Zero themed kart.

Each DLC package will retail for £7 and be released in November and May respectively. Here are the full details of what is provided in each DLC package.

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 per cent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014
Pack 1 includes:
• 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
• 4 Vehicles
• 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015
Pack 2 includes:
• 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
• 4 Vehicles
• 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

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DLC is a relatively new market for Nintendo. In the past, Nintendo have preferred to ship games as a complete package, but it would seem that the extra dollars attached to DLC is to irresistible to Nintendo.
Their attempts thus far haven’t been entirely successful and the Mercedes DLC was released to scorn and hatred from the Mario Kart audience.

But if we continue this continued cross over amongst the Nintendo fans, it can only help to push Nintendo’s rather ailing sales figures and reward fan desires to see Link launching red shells at Peach dressed in a cat suit (who wouldn’t want to see that?)