Mario Kart 8 DLC Leaked: Link Will Be a New Racer

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A recent post on Nintendo’s official UK store has revealed that Mario Kart 8 will indeed be getting the DLC that gamers have been demanding.

Not one, but TWO DLC packs will be released for the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, adding 8 all new races to the game. In addition to getting to play two brand new cups, players will also have more characters to choose from.

The first DLC, available this November, will introduce Tanooki Mario and Cat Suit Peach as new racers. However, Nintendo is expanding the Mario Kart universe by adding characters from other Nintendo franchises. The first of these non-Mario universe characters to be a playable racer in the game is none other than Link from the Legend of Zelda series!

Link is a brand new racer in Mario Kart 8!
Link is a brand new racer in Mario Kart 8!

The second DLC will be available May 2015, and feature more new racers: Dry Bowser, Isabelle in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the classic Animal Crossing villager.

In addition to the brand new characters and tracks, 4 new vehicles will be available to players in each DLC – making 8 new carts in total.

Cat Suit Peach will be the third version of Peach in Mario Kart 8 after her normal form and Pink Gold Peach.
Cat Suit Peach will be the third version of Peach in Mario Kart 8 after her normal form and Pink Gold Peach.

While the track and vehicle specifics of the second DLC out next May have yet to be revealed, the UK Nintendo store revealed what will be included in this November’s pack: A track based on the world of the Legend of Zelda, a re-vamp of Wario’s Gold Mine from the Wii, and a Blue Falcon cart “representing the F-Zero franchise.”

Luigi showing off a new vehicle in action.
Luigi showing off a new vehicle in action.

With the reveal of Mario Kart 8 DLC, gamers are curious as to whether the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will eventually incorporate DLC as well.

Are you excited that Nintendo is finally releasing DLC for its games? Sound off in the comments below!

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Gabby first delve into the world of gaming with Pokémon Red. Being a 90’s kid, it was practically predestined for her to discover the wonder of the Gameboy. From there on, Pokémon, Zelda, Mario, Kirby, and Sonic became the staples of her gaming diet. At the age of nine, she received her very first home console: the GameCube. She entered the world of JRPGs and simulation games such as Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. With the purchase of a PS3 in 2008, she began the third chapter in her gaming life, embracing RPGs such as Fallout and Mass Effect, action-adventures like inFamous, and even shooters. The well-rounded gamer is also an avid anime fan and devoted cosplayer, and has a fondness for film, writing, and photography that she hopes to take to the professional level after college.