It was yet another big day for Nintendo fans, as the company hosted a new Nintendo Direct Presentation focused on products old and new. There were confirmations of new Super Smash Bros. DLC characters, revelations regarding previously announced games, and even a few official debuts scattered among the bunch.
Nintendo’s big closer for the presentation was the full reveal for Mario Kart 8’s Animal Crossing DLC, which has been bumped up to an April release. During the show, the Big N revealed two new karts for the game, highlighted a new Animal Crossing-themed course, and confirmed a completely new mode.
Starting with the new karts – there is a new bike called the City Tripper and a new kart called the Streetle joining the fray. The City Tripper is basically a Mario Kart 8 version of a Vespa, the 2-wheeled roadster seen zipping around beachfront properties. The Streetle, on the other hand, looks like a cross between a traditional kart and a beetle, which is perfect for the Animal Crossing theme.
To that point, the Animal Crossing course for Mario Kart 8 features an ever-changing seasonal twist. Each time players start up a race they will be greeted by a different weather condition, based around the different seasons. The idea certainly sounds neat, and is sure to be a treat for Animal Crossing and Mario Kart fans.
Amiibo owners also have reason to be excited thanks to the announcement of new Mario Kart 8 racing suits. Super Smash Bros. is getting them, so why should Mario Kart as well. See below:
But the real high point of the Mario Kart related announcements was the reveal of 200cc mode for all retail and DLC tracks. For years, players have had to work within the limited 50, 100, and 150cc class of karts, but starting this month they will be able to go even faster. With that comes increased priority on braking and drifting, though, so players would do well not to keep their pedals to the metal in this new mode.
We’re sure that 200cc will add more nuance to the race than just added speed, but the prospect itself is certainly reason to take notice. And Mario Kart 8 owners won’t have to worry about purchasing the mode either, as it will come as a free update very soon.
The Animal Crossing DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 was already looking like an intriguing proposition, but Nintendo has sweetened the pot with new details. They may have been slow to jump on the DLC bandwagon, but their support has been stronger than the average publisher. Most companies move their DLC back, but Nintendo is moving theirs up.
Are you looking forward to the Animal Crossing DLC for Mario Kart 8? How do you feel about a 200cc mode?
Mario Kart 8’s Animal Crossing DLC releases this April for Wii U.