The past several months have seen the once-cautious Nintendo dip into the world of DLC more than ever before. We’ve seen Super Smash Bros. welcome Mewtwo as an extra fighter, a host of new courses and characters for Mario Golf: World Tour, and the DLC-lite approach of the amiibo line. Now, the company is set to offer a second round of new content for the hugely popular Mario Kart 8.
We’ve known the basic scope of this DLC for a couple of weeks now; new vehicles and an Animal Crossing themed track were teased earlier this month. However, the addition of a super-fast 200cc mode was enough to distract many fans from the other tracks set to be available — but we now know exactly what tracks will comprise the pack.
Four completely new tracks are being prepped for release. Nature Road takes players on a route that twists around treetrunks and canopies in a lush forest — meanwhile, Lingling Metro offers quite a different experience, as karts race through an underground railway and its accompanying station.
A track based on Big Blue from the F-Zero series and the aforementioned Animal Crossing adaptation round out the new tracks. However, longtime fans of the series may well be just as interested in the classic tracks from previous installments that comprise the other half of the DLC package.
Neo Bowser City from Mario Kart 7 will be gratefully received by players of the series’ excellent 3DS entry, while Cheese Land and Ribbon Road from the GBA title Mario Kart: Super Circuit will make their return. Perhaps most exciting of all is the addition of Baby Park from Mario Kart: Double Dash, a simple looping track that’s perfectly suited to weapon-heavy races.
Here’s the full scope of the DLC:
- 8 new tracks; Nature Road, Lingling Metro, Big Blue, Animal Crossing, New Bowser City, Cheese Land, Ribbon Road and Baby Park.
- 3 new characters; Dry Bowser, Isabelle and Villager.
- 4 new vehicles; Bowser Trike, City Tripper, P-Wing and Streetle.
Nintendo may have been somewhat late to the DLC party compared to others in the industry, but its offerings so far have been exemplary. From the looks of it, the second Mario Kart 8 pack will continue that tradition — it will be interesting to see whether any more content is planned, as the title’s array of characters and courses already makes it as close to a definitive entry in the series as is possible.
Mario Kart 8 is available now for Wii U. Its second DLC pack is anticipated to be released on April 23, 2015.