UPDATE: We now have an official Press Release. Here's most of it, including new information regarding price and advanced purchasing options/perks.
MASSIVE MARIO KART 8 DLC PACKS ADD 16 NEW COURSES, PLUS NEW DRIVERS AND KARTS
Link, Isabelle and Animal Crossing Villager All Get Ready to Race
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 26, 2014 – 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. Go to http://ninten.do/6181WR6B to view a video of the in-game karts in action.
â€œMore than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,â€ said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America“s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. â€œMario 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.â€
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 â€œShopâ€ icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
A listing on the Official Nintendo UK Store Page features new information and images regarding Downloadable Content for Mario Kart 8. The headline speaks for itself this time around--the DLC for Mario Kart 8 planned for release from the end of 2014 and into 2015 features characters and courses from The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing respectively. Here“s more information, straight from the listing.
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-colored Yoshis and eight different-colored Shy Guys that can be used right away.
Characters and courses aren't all you can expect from this DLC. New vehicles will also appear including the Blue Falcon from F-Zero (in the first DLC pack). Sounds like Nintendo is addressing the numerous fans who wondered when other Nintendo characters/properties would make their way into Mario Kart.
According to the listing, each of the courses will appear in brand new cups, with four courses in each cup respectively.
No signs of an official Press Release with more information yet from either Nintendo of Europe or Nintendo of America--so this news is contained to the Nintendo UK Store listing for now. I“ll grab more information as it“s officially unveiled, including price points for each separate pack and the bundle.