Zelda And Animal Crossing Packs Are Mario Kart 8's First Paid DLC

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Zelda And Animal Crossing Packs Are Mario Kart 8's First Paid DLC

Mario Kart 8's first two DLC packs will cost you $8 each, and will be released this November and next May respectively.

Ever since we saw that bizarre Mercedes Benz/Mario Kart promo, we knew that further DLC for Mario Kart 8 was inevitable, and now, Nintendo has raised the curtain on two upcoming "Add-on Content" packs for the game. The first pack has a Zelda theme, and the second is based on Animal Crossing (though they will both contain some additional Mario universe content). The two packs will release in November 2014, and May, 2015 respectively, and will cost $8 a piece (or $12 if purchased together).

Meanwhile, that Mercedes Benz GLA kart, along with two additional karts (the W25 Silver Arrow and the 300 SL Roadster) will be made available for all users as a free download on August 27, as part of an update to the game. August 27 is also when pre-purchases will open up for the two paid packs, and players who buy the packs before they are released will receive 8 bonus color swap skins for Yoshi and Shy Guy, which they will be able to use straight away.

The Zelda pack contains three additional drivers - Link, Tankooki Mario and Cat Peach - along with four new karts, and two cups (one Zelda-themed, one Yoshi themed), each containing four tracks. Meanwhile, the Animal Crossing pack contains the Villager, Isable and Dry Bones Bowser as new racers, an additional four new karts, an Animal Crossing-themed cup, and a Mario-themed cup.

Both packs combined require more than 2.0 GB of storage space, so those of you running low on storage space may need to get yourself an external hard drive.

Source: Nintendo

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Having had an displeasing time with the Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii entries of the Mario Kart series, and having come across the more enjoyable to me Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing series, I passed up on purchasing Mario Kart 8.

This DLC though... this DLC makes the game very tempting, I will admit. Thankfully Kirby wasn't one of the announced characters, my resistance would have been futile then.

Wow, Nintendo embracing DLC. Even if it is just a little bit, what a time we live in, eh?

It all looks good to me. I'll for sure be picking it up when it becomes available.

Ha! Paying money for mere unmarketable customization options is so...
Wait. The packs come with 8 extra tracks each? Shut up and take my money!

Leave it to Nintendo to do DLC properly.

So, is Mario Kart 8 going to slowly turn into Super Crash Bros.?

I'm on board with this.

It is amazing how all the comments on Nintendo sites seem to be offended by the idea of non Mario characters being able to be played with. I would think this would be a Nintendo fan's greatest wish come true.

Also it is amazing how some people are getting mad that they will have to pay for this. Yes DLC can suck but this stuff is worth the price. Well as long as the price is max fifteen dollars and not twenty or thirty. I would hope ten bucks each. Maybe a deal that you can buy both at a reduced price.

Xman490:
Ha! Paying money for mere unmarketable customization options is so...
Wait. The packs come with 8 extra tracks each? Shut up and take my money!

Leave it to Nintendo to do DLC properly.

I was thinking that, clicked on the article expecting some cosmetic upgrades, only to find that each comes with 8 new tracks? Wow. It shouldn't shock us when DLC actually expands the game, but sadly it has.

Akiraking:
It is amazing how all the comments on Nintendo sites seem to be offended by the idea of non Mario characters being able to be played with. I would think this would be a Nintendo fan's greatest wish come true.

Also it is amazing how some people are getting mad that they will have to pay for this. Yes DLC can suck but this stuff is worth the price. Well as long as the price is max fifteen dollars and not twenty or thirty. I would hope ten bucks each. Maybe a deal that you can buy both at a reduced price.

I think it's $8 each but you can get both at $12 and get a bunch of Yoshi and Shy Guy recolours. It says so in the article.

I don't really care much about the new characters (Come on, Cat Peach?) or karts but sixteen tracks between them for pocket change? Consider this a day 1 purchase.

They're some pretty solid bundles too.
If I had a Wii U I'd be ecstatic about buying these.

Now THAT's how you do DLC without being a complete bastard to your customers! The tracks alone make it a good deal, but the additional characters and tracks make this a steal. Hats off to Nintendo, when I get a Wii U I'll be picking these up.

This is a good model for dlc. Hopefully this continues for as long as nintendo sticks with dlc.

Still not enough to justify a WiiU yet.... really want to play Mario Kart, but theres simply no other games out there yet that Im overly keen on. :(

This is DLC done right. And instant buy for me!

Does anyone else find it odd to have a Zelda DLC... without Zelda? I mean, come on, Cat Peach?

And don't forget, its Nintendo DLC, so expect store navigation to be pain, the download to take roughly 30x longer than it should, and to have to rebuy it if you replace your WiiU or play at a friends house. Because Nintendo is still going "daqfaqu is this inter-nets thingy? meh, I'm sure it'll never catch on, lets just half-ass it.

And because I haven't already painted enough of a giant target on my head, I'll ask what makes 8+ nearly identical mario cart games so OK that people want to buy the map packs just to show gratitude, but yearly CoD is "OMG LITERALY WORSE THAN HITLER!1!!1". Or for that matter why is 3+ plus maps for 15$ almost always reviled, but Nintendo farts out 8 zero effort race tracks and its the salvation of the industry? Just more examples of how amazingly selective gamer outrage is.

Ah I remember when skins and maps were free.

Wow buy 1 DLC pack to bring Mario Kart 8 to the same number of tracks as Mario Kart Wii what progress /s

Talk about cutting up the main game for DLC as normally a new game should have more content not less content.

everyone likes to claim that Nintendo is behind the curve, but then you realize WHY they take their time: it's so they can do it right. When consoles became plugged to the net and DLC was possible, we suddenly had a TON of devs doing it the WRONG WAY. Nintendo instead observed the trends and realized what to do in order to make DLC worth it. Another example was all the Fire Emblem DLC. Now what they need to do is put in Samus as a playable character and make a Metroid themed track

youji itami:
Wow buy 1 DLC pack to bring Mario Kart 8 to the same number of tracks as Mario Kart Wii what progress /s

Talk about cutting up the main game for DLC as normally a new game should have more content not less content.

From whose ass are you pulling that untrue statement? MK8 had the same number of tracks as MKWii out-of-box. This would bring it to 150% the number of tracks as that game (or MK7), or triple the number of tracks of any other MK game.

Akisa:
Ah I remember when skins and maps were free.

I don't ever remember that. I remember a time when games could be considered "complete" with only one purchase (which MK8 does), but I never remember the existence of free DLC.

If I had the game, I'd definitely pick this up. If it came from anybody else, it'd be $15 for the 2 tracks! Nintendo is embracing DLC and they're doing it right :D

youji itami:

144:

youji itami:
Wow buy 1 DLC pack to bring Mario Kart 8 to the same number of tracks as Mario Kart Wii what progress /s

Talk about cutting up the main game for DLC as normally a new game should have more content not less content.

From whose ass are you pulling that untrue statement? MK8 had the same number of tracks as MKWii out-of-box. This would bring it to 150% the number of tracks as that game (or MK7), or triple the number of tracks of any other MK game.

I used Wikipedia were it stated MK8 had 24 tracks to MK Wii's 32 but using the Mario wiki it says MK8 also has 32 tracks so I was wrong.

(but your still a dick with your comment)

I'd rather be an honest dick than a smug liar.

EDIT TO THE MODS: I don't think youji needed a warning for that post. It was tame at worst, and we can all handle a little name-calling. Please don't be too suffocating with the warnings.

Akiraking:
It is amazing how all the comments on Nintendo sites seem to be offended by the idea of non Mario characters being able to be played with.

To be fair, the people on the Nintendo centric forums....are kind of...crazy. Off putting to say the least.

Also it is amazing how some people are getting mad that they will have to pay for this. Yes DLC can suck but this stuff is worth the price. Well as long as the price is max fifteen dollars and not twenty or thirty. I would hope ten bucks each. Maybe a deal that you can buy both at a reduced price.

I don't think it's so much the mad part but how easily Nintendo can slip into the money grubbing paid DLC territory after keeping this kind of stuff relatively free for the most part.

Then again, they did make a $20.00 DLC that had Luigi, Nabbit, and 100 some levels. So maybe they won't go to EA levels of bullshit.

144:

youji itami:
Wow buy 1 DLC pack to bring Mario Kart 8 to the same number of tracks as Mario Kart Wii what progress /s

Talk about cutting up the main game for DLC as normally a new game should have more content not less content.

From whose ass are you pulling that untrue statement? MK8 had the same number of tracks as MKWii out-of-box. This would bring it to 150% the number of tracks as that game (or MK7), or triple the number of tracks of any other MK game.

Akisa:
Ah I remember when skins and maps were free.

I don't ever remember that. I remember a time when games could be considered "complete" with only one purchase (which MK8 does), but I never remember the existence of free DLC.

For pc games there use to be free maps and skins to keep its community live and well.

So far I kinda like this, since it's clearly not a case of cutting crap out of the base game ala the new Sims, but of content created post-launch being added to the game. However, I do take issue with the characters in the Zelda pack - in particular how Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario got in but not the titular Zelda herself. In fact, Link is the only one of said DLC's characters from the Zelda franchise at all, which is awfully weird in a DLC that's suppose to be Zelda themed. Anyways, let just hope Nintendo doesn't go EA on us at some point.

major_chaos:
And because I haven't already painted enough of a giant target on my head, I'll ask what makes 8+ nearly identical mario cart games so OK that people want to buy the map packs just to show gratitude, but yearly CoD is "OMG LITERALY WORSE THAN HITLER!1!!1". Or for that matter why is 3+ plus maps for 15$ almost always reviled, but Nintendo farts out 8 zero effort race tracks and its the salvation of the industry? Just more examples of how amazingly selective gamer outrage is.

Do you really not see the difference or are you just trolling?
Anyway. The difference is that Nintendo brings out a new Mario Kart every three years, not every single year.
And the difference with the DLC is that Nintendo is releasing 16 tracks for $12, not 3 maps for $15. That's $0.75 per track not $5.00 per map.

That really is a pretty damn big difference.

Maze1125:

Do you really not see the difference or are you just trolling?

Having issues with Nintend'oh is trolling now? mmm'k.

The difference is that Nintendo brings out a new Mario Kart every three years, not every single year.

You would think they could use that time to make them, you know, not totally interchangeable. Or add some actual content beyond race the AI, race friends, or a VS mode that has never been good and hasn't even been fun since 64.

And the difference with the DLC is that Nintendo is releasing 16 tracks for $12, not 3 maps for $15. That's $0.75 per track not $5.00 per map.

First off you are comparing the bundle price to the single purchase price, its more like 3 maps for $15 vs.8 maps for $8, which seems like fair a price to me seeing as those shooter maps probably took about twenty times the effort compared to some kart racer tracks.

LittleMikey:
Does anyone else find it odd to have a Zelda DLC... without Zelda? I mean, come on, Cat Peach?

I find it weird to have Link in Mario Kart .

This is like having dirt bikes... seems to be misplaced...

OT - I will likely buy the DLC in the end. As weird as I still find it...

major_chaos:
You would think they could use that time to make them, you know, not totally interchangeable. Or add some actual content beyond race the AI, race friends, or a VS mode that has never been good and hasn't even been fun since 64.

That's all entirely opinion.
You don't like this game? Good for you! That doesn't change the fact that CoD games are released 3 times as often as MK games.

First off you are comparing the bundle price to the single purchase price, its more like 3 maps for $15 vs.8 maps for $8,

Oh my lord! That's means it's a comparison of $1 per track to $5 per map. You've completely overturned my point there! How could I have failed to see that coming?!? Woe is me, I must commit Seppuku now to retain my honour!

which seems like fair a price to me seeing as those shooter maps probably took about twenty times the effort compared to some kart racer tracks.

Where's your evidence of that? Or is it a claim you just pulled out of your arse?

I was a bit befuddled when I zoomed in and what I thought was Princess Zelda turned out to be a Peach skin. Still, that there is some good DLC. Nintendo handled this very well, and I'm pleased to see that. I'm also pleased by the majority of approval around me.

major_chaos:
And don't forget, its Nintendo DLC, so expect store navigation to be pain, the download to take roughly 30x longer than it should, and to have to rebuy it if you replace your WiiU or play at a friends house. Because Nintendo is still going "daqfaqu is this inter-nets thingy? meh, I'm sure it'll never catch on, lets just half-ass it.

And because I haven't already painted enough of a giant target on my head, I'll ask what makes 8+ nearly identical mario cart games so OK that people want to buy the map packs just to show gratitude, but yearly CoD is "OMG LITERALY WORSE THAN HITLER!1!!1". Or for that matter why is 3+ plus maps for 15$ almost always reviled, but Nintendo farts out 8 zero effort race tracks and its the salvation of the industry? Just more examples of how amazingly selective gamer outrage is.

...Because these "map packs" are the entire purpose of the game? Besides 8 tracks, 3 characters, and 4 race vehicles for $7.99 or double that for $11.99 is a much better price than $15 for 3 maps. Like, can you not see the differences in both pricing and content?

And what the hell do you mean zero effort tracks? Have you seen Mario Kart 8? It has been praised as one of the most beautiful games in style and substance of this generation. Even the Retro courses were given such an overhaul that many people don't recognize them.

From what I've seen people aren't so much mad about their being paid DLC as much as their is fear that Nintendo will go the route of other AAA developers and start cutting off important chunks of their games to sell later. While the possibility is there, I highly doubt it will happen. Nintendo's DLC has be fair so far, offering lots of extra content for a reasonable price. Plus if a game is getting multiple DLC packs (like with MK8 here and Mario Golf World Tour before it) they offer bundle packs at a discount price. Other developers would just wait for a year and release the main game and the DLC together as a "Game of the Year Edition" or something.

major_chaos:
And don't forget, its Nintendo DLC, so expect store navigation to be pain, the download to take roughly 30x longer than it should, and to have to rebuy it if you replace your WiiU or play at a friends house. Because Nintendo is still going "daqfaqu is this inter-nets thingy? meh, I'm sure it'll never catch on, lets just half-ass it.

And because I haven't already painted enough of a giant target on my head, I'll ask what makes 8+ nearly identical mario cart games so OK that people want to buy the map packs just to show gratitude, but yearly CoD is "OMG LITERALY WORSE THAN HITLER!1!!1". Or for that matter why is 3+ plus maps for 15$ almost always reviled, but Nintendo farts out 8 zero effort race tracks and its the salvation of the industry? Just more examples of how amazingly selective gamer outrage is.

16 courses for $12. That is half again as many courses, plus a bunch of other goodies, for 1/5 the retail price. 8 years ago this amount of additional content would be called an expansion pack and priced at 50% of the retail price. Nintendo is giving great value for money here.

Also, 8 Mario Kart games over 22 years and 8 platforms. Contrast to Call of Duty with 8 games over 6 years on a single platform. That is nearly 4 times the saturation.

Plus, Call of Duty belongs to an already over saturated genre, the FPS. Mario Kart, on the other hand, belongs to the very sparse kart racer genre. Mario KArt and Sonic All Stars Racing is pretty much all there is, and Mario Kart is the only long term franchise we have in the genre.

So, 1/4th the saturation on an under saturated genre. Do you really not see the difference?

V da Mighty Taco:
So far I kinda like this, since it's clearly not a case of cutting crap out of the base game ala the new Sims, but of content created post-launch being added to the game. However, I do take issue with the characters in the Zelda pack - in particular how Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario got in but not the titular Zelda herself. In fact, Link is the only one of said DLC's characters from the Zelda franchise at all, which is awfully weird in a DLC that's suppose to be Zelda themed. Anyways, let just hope Nintendo doesn't go EA on us at some point.

Yeah, that's the one point I'd disappointed on in an otherwise perfect DLC package. We already have Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach, did we really need another pair of reskins? As well as Zelda, there's quite a few old MK racers such as Diddy Kong, King Boo, Dry Bones etc that would have been cool to see again. Link and Dry Bowser are cool though.

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