Mario Kart 8 DLC launches today!

Racers, start your engines! Nintendo has released the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8, and it’s already taking the world by storm. What did you expect? The new pack brings extra racers, new vehicles and eight new tracks. Ignore all those other new games, your weekend’s sorted.

The new DLC introduces Link from The Legend of Zelda to the Mario Kart world – this is the first time he’s ever appeared in the franchise, which is a bit nice. He’s joined by new costumes for already-present characters, Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, just for a little variety.

In terms of vehicles, Mario brings with him a Tanooki Kart, and there’s also the Blue Falcon from F-Zero, the B Dasher from Mario Kart DS, and Link’s stunning Master Cycle. There’s also an handful of new vehicle customisations.

But. The real gem here? Eight new tracks, making up two brand new Grand Prix Cups. We’ve seen some before (in the GameCube, Wii and SNES versions of Mario Kart), but others are brand new.

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Egg Cup
 
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Triforce Cup
 
MarioKart8-DLC-YoshiCircuit MarioKart8-DLC-WariosGoldMine
MarioKart8-DLC-ExcitebikeArena MarioKart8-DLC-RainbowRoad
MarioKart8-DLC-DragonDriftway MarioKart8-DLC-IceIceOutpost
MarioKart8-DLC-MuteCity MarioKart8-DLC-HyruleCircuit

But wait: There’s more! Nintendo has also promised us a second DLC pack in 2015, based loosely around Animal Crossing (we already know we’re getting both Villager and Isabelle).

If you only want one pack or the other, it’ll set you back US$7.99 (or equivalent in your region). If you know you need both of these packs in your life, there’s a combined discount: US$11.99 for both. To grab your copy, head to the in-game Shop section in Mario Kart 8, or pay a visit to the Nintendo eShop.

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