There are few racing games that have the universal appeal of Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise and the latest entry in the series is no exception. Adding in unique gameplay elements like anti-gravity into the mix, Mario Kart 8 hit its intended mark for many longtime fans. That said, gamers were far from disgruntled when the company announced plans to bring additional content to the title via paid DLC.
The first add-on pack will bring with it eight new tracks, four new vehicles and three new racers (including The Legend of Zelda‘s Link). While fans have known for quite some time what playable characters are being added to the game – not to mention that they’ve been made privy to the wicked horse-inspired Master Cycle that Link will be able to ride – Nintendo has kept the identity of many of Mario Kart 8‘s new tracks a secret.
Yoshi’s Circuit had been the only other level given a trailer, but now the Big N has release new footage that allows players to get a glimpse at a track based on the classic Excitebike series. Taking place on the iconic track from the NES title, the oval-shaped arena will feature many of the obstacles that appeared in the original game. Oil slicks and repeated jumps are two major factors of the track, but there appears to be a special attribute that accompanies the course.
It looks as if the track will actually alter between play sessions, and it’s possible that this could be based on the difficulty chosen by the player. This is, of course, just speculation, but the other alternative is that the layout is randomly decided upon after it’s been selected.
Whatever Nintendo has planned, there’s no denying that it’s awesome to see different first-party franchises gain representation in a series that’s often stuck to the worlds of Mario and Donkey Kong. Well, R.O.B. scored a playable role in Mario Kart DS, but that was the only appearance for the Super Smash Bros. veteran.
What do you think of the upcoming Excitebike track? What other courses are you hoping to see appear in Mario Kart 8? Let us know in the comments!
Mario Kart 8 is set to receive its first batch of DLC this November, with a second content pack scheduled for release in May 2015.
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