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Mario Kart 8 DLC pricing confirmed ($7.99 each or $11.99 for both, 16 tracks)


works for Gamestop (lol)
Jun 6, 2004

Starting on August 27, you'll be able to advance purchase Pack 1, Pack 2, or the Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle either through the Shop section* in Mario Kart 8 (as shown) or Nintendo eShop.
Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately

You will be able to download DLC when it becomes available. Pack 1 will be available in November 2014, and Pack 2 will be available in May of 2015

You can cancel your advance purchase by contacting Nintendo Customer Service before the first DLC pack is released.

Both packs combined require more than 2.0 GB of storage space. An external USB hard drive may be required to download this software from the Nintendo eShop. To learn more about storage options, click here.

Mario Kart 8 DLC can be downloaded only in regions where the Nintendo eShop is available.

Nintendo PR said:
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 the Animal 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 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: 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.


Got sent screens of the minimap and the coloured Yoshi and Shy Guys.

Also all full rez screens here.

loaf of bread

Jun 6, 2014
Central New York
Does this mean that we'll finally get Super Smash Kart in the next iteration. I can't believe its taken this long. They can still call it Mario Kart for advertising reasons but just use Smash characters instead of strictly Mario.


Oct 19, 2009
Sad if anyone complains about that. That price is honestly way lower than I was expecting, especially if you buy both. What an amazing deal for that amount of content. Really impressed


you speak so well
Feb 27, 2008
$12 is a steal. A preorder for DLC that doesn't come out for over two months seems really silly though.

Hero Prinny

May 28, 2014
How many dlc cups were found in the game's folders again? Ill most likely end up buying this, I just wanna see all the tracks before getting it :) also the zelda cup sign is completely new, correct? No one found that one?


Sep 5, 2011
Bumping the total track count from 32 to 48 is amazing. Wish that there would be more Villager variations, but aside from that this DLC looks incredible! Now all they need to do is boost the lap count on N64 Rainbow Road! :p


Jul 11, 2009
So bought!

Only issue I have is the 2GB download. I should get a dedicated external HD for my Wii U


Ask me about the moon landing or the temperature at which jet fuel burns. You may be surprised at what you learn.
Feb 24, 2013

I love you, Nintendo.


Apr 4, 2014
Unless the Triforce and Animal Crossing cup icons replace the ones in the disk data, we could potentially see even more DLC for MK8 after these packs.