Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 will receive more DLC this year

In somewhat surprising news, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is set to receive more gameplay updates in the near future.

This follows a recent update which enables you to use your Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Motorbike with the game and was announced by the General Manager of Software at Nintendo, Shinya Takahashi in a new video.

He advises “There will be further updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so please look forward to it.”


We have no idea what these updates are, whether there will be new racers and tracks, but it’s a safe bet to assume that they will be released in time for Nintendo’s Subscription Based Online Service which launches this September.

As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an online game and you will need to pay to play online from that time, we’re willing to bet Nintendo are going to want to incentivise the player base to do exactly that.

We say that because Takahashi also revealed that Splatoon 2 will be getting free content updates all the way through to December 2018. As Nintendo’s arguably biggest online experiences – at least until Smash shows up – these games will be carrying the Nintendo online service through its first few months.

Again, we don’t know what content Splatoon 2 will receive but we’re willing to bet it’s going to be good enough to make people want to subscribe to Nintendo’s online based subscription service.

A Nintendo Direct is being rumoured for later this month, so perhaps we’ll learn more there.

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