It’s easy to be cynical towards DLC until some comes along that sounds so undeniably cool that you absolutely have to have it. This is absolutely one of those cases, as Nintendo has just announced two upcoming DLC packs for Mario Kart 8.
Each DLC pack will add two cups (totalling eight new courses each), new vehicles (including F-Zero’s Blue Falcon), and new characters. Best of all, Nintendo is finally taking a page from Super Smash Bros and letting some of their other franchises join the fun! Players will be able to take control of Link from The Legend of Zelda, both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series, and more, and then race on tracks inspired by their own games.
The two packs will release this November and next May, and will be available for pre-order starting today. Each will cost $8 by themselves, or $12 if you buy them together.
Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99
3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) – $7.99
3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
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.