If there’s one game series that manages to generate a seemingly endless supply of nostalgia, it’s Mario Kart. Whether it’s at the hands of the series’ first iteration on the Super Nintendo or a later release like Double Dash, the tracks that populate these titles are both imaginative and instantly memorable. For this reason, it’s no surprise to learn that one of the series’ most bright and cheerful tracks will be making its return in the first batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8.
Hailing from the aforementioned Mario Kart: Double Dash, the returning track is none other than Yoshi Circuit. Taking players on a tour of an island built in the image of its titular sidekick, it sports a pleasant view of the ocean but also represents one of the series’ most deceptively difficult offerings. This looks to be no different in its Mario Kart 8 iteration.
Obscured by the serene locale are some truly treacherous turns and shortcuts that will require some practice to hit just right. While some racers swear by it, there are others who avoid it like the plague or Mario Kart 64‘s Choco Mountain. This divisiveness makes it the perfect candidate to lead the charge alongside Link and his trusty Master Cycle in Mario Kart 8‘s first DLC pack. While gamers marvel at all the wonderful new content, they will have this ever-present reminder of their racing inadequacies.
While it may not be Nintendo’s first foray into the realm of downloadable content, it definitely represents one of their biggest attempts. Mario Kart 8 has already surpassed one million sales in the U.S. and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Should this venture prove to be a success, one can only hope that Nintendo will bring DLC to other AAA releases like Super Smash Bros. With a Nintendo Direct based around the game incoming, it’s even possible that gamers could hear something to this tune later this week.
With Nintendo having recently celebrated its 125th birthday, the company is evidently still going strong. Not only do they have some exciting exclusives on the way for the Wii U, but their current titles are continuing to receive support. While there are still some characters we’d love to see in Mario Kart 8, it’s hard to deny the fact that Nintendo’s doing a lot of things right in the console and handheld race right now.
What other classic tracks would you like to see return in Mario Kart 8? Have you already purchased the game’s DLC packs?
Mario Kart 8 is out now on the Wii U. Its first batch of DLC is set to release in November while the second pack will release in May 2015.
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Source: Nintendo Wii U UK