Mario Kart 8 Adding Zelda & Animal Crossing Drivers, Plus 16 New Courses!

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To be entirely honest, I’m not big on DLC.  Unless it added something new to the story and gameplay (like Batman: Arkham City, or The Last of Us: Left Behind), I haven’t cared.  New maps or weapons aren’t all that exciting to me, because the content in those feel so light, despite coming in at $15 a piece.  So it’s a pleasant surprise that Nintendo is giving fans nearly a full damn game (about half of the original Mario Kart 8) in new content with their upcoming DLC packs and it’ll only cost about $12.  Check out the full press release: 

Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. 

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

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Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses 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 DLC pack.

Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:

Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99

3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link

4 Vehicles

8 Courses

Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) – $7.99

3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser

4 Vehicles

8 Courses

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle – $11.99

6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser

8 Vehicles

16 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.

Seriously…that’s some pretty hefty content, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.  Mario Kart 8 in itself is an incredibly fun game that offers up a lot of replay value.  Adding in all of these extras tracks will only make it that much stronger.  What do you guys think of these upcoming packs?  Are you excited about them?  Let us know your thoughts and if you intend on buying them, in the comments below!

-Jordan