Mario Kart 8 DLC Adds Link, New Karts, & 16 New Tracks

Nintendo is revving up future Mario Kart 8 downloadable content that add new characters, karts, and courses to the Wii U racing game.

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Don’t pull your go-kart into the garage just yet, Nintendo is planning DLC for Mario Kart 8 that is set to deploy in two sets, one coming this November and the other for May 2015.

Notably, each Mario Kart 8 DLC set will feature 3 new characters. Incredibly, one of those new characters happens to be Link from The Legend of Zelda, the first time a Mario-universe outsider will be joining the ranks for the long-running Nintendo racer, and will be included in the first DLC pack for November, along with Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach.

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The rest of the DLC pack also contains 4 new vehicles (yes, that’s Luigi driving the Blue Falcon from F-Zero) and 8 new courses. The latter of which, like with the addition of the hero of Hyrule, continues the “Nintendo-ification” of Mario Kart 8 by adding new racing tracks based on The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing franchises.

Wii U owners can now pre-order the Mario Kart 8 DLC packs, which are priced at $7.99 for each pack individually or $11.99 for both. As for a detailed rundown of what each pack contains and when they’ll launch, here’s a handy list below:

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: Animal Crossing 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

Bonus: Customers of any the above DLC packs will automatically receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy that can be used once pre-ordered.

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