Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 will be getting two DLC packs.Nintendo Store

Nintendo has officially announced that Mario Kart 8 will be getting Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC that will include new characters, vehicles, and new tracks.

After being listed on the company's UK page, it was followed later on by an official confirmation. The game will be adding six characters, eight vehicles and 16 tracks.

The new content will add two new cups and each of them will get four courses, thus increasing the number of them by 50 percent.

These two packs will include the classics like Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii and places of the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles that will be part of the pack includes Blue Falcon Kart that is representative of F-Zero franchise.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Release Date

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1's likely release will be in September 2014 and Mario Kart 8 Pack 2's release is scheduled for May 2015.


If players want to opt for these DLC packs separately then each pack will cost $8. However, buying it together will be cost saving as it is priced at $12 and will contain both of them, which will mean more content.


Players who either buy both the packs or who buys it separately will allow players to get eight Yoshis that all have different-coloured Shy Guys, which can be used immediately.

Undergoing Maintenance

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8's online portion will be going offline due to maintenance on 27 August.

This is in preparation for free Mercedes DLC that is expected to roll out soon, reported Wii U daily. This was originally the promotional deal between Mercedes and Nintendo.

Below are the different timespan across the world during which the game releases.

  • USA PST – 11:30pm to 1am
  • USA EST – 2:30am to 4am
  • UK – 7:50am to 9am
  • Europe – 8:30am to 10am
  • Japan – 3:30pm to 5pm