Link, Villager, Isabelle and More Coming to Mario Kart 8 via DLC

Are you sitting down? Good, because Nintendo UK has just announced two more DLC packs for Mario Kart 8.

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What will be included? New characters, like Link, Villager, Isabelle, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Dry Bowser are all coming. There are also eight more vehicles, including the Blue Falcon from the F-Zero franchise. On top of all that, there are sixteen new courses, which is the equivalent of four brand new cups. From the images, it looks like the some of the courses will be themed after Excitebike and F-Zero. Each pack will be £7.00. The first of the two packs will hit the UK in November, and the second will be available in May 2015. If you buy both packs, you will also get eight different colored Yoshis and eight different colored Shy Guys.

Pack 1 (The Legend of Zelda focus):

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Pack 2 (Animal Crossing focus):

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle

  • 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.

As of now, Nintendo of America has not commented if this DLC will be worldwide, but we believe it is very likely not a European-only deal. Below are some screenshots and the official transcript from the Nintendo UK site.

UPDATE: Nintendo of America just sent us their press release, announcing the DLC in North America. Each pack will be $7.99, or you can purchase both at the same time for $11.99. You can pre-purchase the packs starting on August 27, 2014. We have placed the press release below the images. We have also noticed that two of the cup icons match two out of four icons that were previously leaked, meaning there are two others that could show up later.

PRESS RELEASE

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.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 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 theAnimal 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.

“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.”

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 Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Pack 2: Animal Crossing 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.

For more information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

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[Info & images via Nintendo UK store, email from Nintendo of America, & Mario Kart 8 website]

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