The second, and currently last, announced DLC pack for Nintendo’s hit racer Mario Kart 8, is now available to download. The new DLC pack, which was originally announced for May, was confirmed to be hitting early on the April 1 Nintendo Direct, and includes eight brand new tracks, three brand new characters, and four new vehicles.
Like the first DLC pack, which was The Legend of Zelda themed, the new one, too, is themed after a specific Nintendo franchise- in this case, the new DLC pack is themed on Animal Crossing. Two of the three new characters are from the Animal Crossing games, and the headlining track is also an Animal Crossing track.
However, also like the first DLC pack, this new one also features some crossover with other Nintendo franchises. F-Zero makes another appearance in Mario Kart, as the series’ iconic Big Blue track is among the eight new tracks being made available for players. Other tracks include lots of classic courses from previous games in the franchise, including Baby Park from Double Dash, which has often been called the best Mario Kart track of all time.
The Mario Kart 8 DLC can be purchased either for $7.99, or as part of the DLC bundle for $11.99. The latter option gives you access to sixteen new courses, six new characters, and eight new vehicles, so it is an absolute steal.
A free update for the game has also gone live alongside the DLC, and it adds a brand new racing mode to your game- 200cc, which includes racing through all courses at some ridiculous speeds. 200cc racing can be dangerous without a vehicle with good handling, and a driver with good judgment about braking.
Mario Kart 8’s new update and DLC aren’t the only major updates to Nintendo games that were made available today, however- if you own Super Smash Bros. on either 3DS or Wii U, you can now purchase Mewtwo as a DLC character. Mewtwo has already been available to players who own both, the 3DS and the Wii U versions of the game, and for free; now others are also free to join the party.
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