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Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pre-Orders Now Live

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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Just recently we've had the exciting news that extensive DLC is coming to Mario Kart 8, the details ultimately accompanying the imminent arrival of the game's update and free Mercedes DLC.

Nintendo's now unleashed plenty of details with the scheduled update and Mercedes content. It's worth noting that, at the time of writing, the game didn't immediately auto-update, yet we went into the game's page in the eShop to discover that an add-on content menu has appeared. Once selected there four DLC packs, which is the Mercedes free DLC and three pre-order options.

At this stage the pre-orders for the November and May 2015 DLC packs have a minimum file size of 256KB (Update: downloading both packs when released will account for around 2GB of disc space). We've asked Nintendo for clarification.

Though the game will likely auto-update soon without the need to pick up the Mercedes DLC, in our case once that was downloaded and installed the title triggered its relatively small update. As you can see below there are a number of changes in version 2.0, including an in-game Shop menu, while roster select areas now have entries for the confirmed additional characters; these trigger info pages, some of which you can see below, which lead to an integrated eShop menu.

The Mercedes karts are included within the customisable vehicles — three vehicles and a set of wheels. As for the update, the much-desired on-screen radar is triggered with Select in a race, and the game remembers your setting to have it on or off.

It's all looking good at this stage, but let us know what you think of the update and Mercedes DLC.

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User Comments (248)



Lord said:

Bingo I'm sold just on the F-Zero cart and track! Just can't wait......waiting........waiting.......



WYLD-WOO said:

First impression of the update are really good. Just played about an hour and Mario Kart was a bit of a Merc fest but dam was it a lot of fun. Hope they show some love for the bikes in the new vechicle dlc.

For those people who won't purchase MK8 dlc, you're going to really miss out on all the fun.



Axed84 said:

Hmm...I downloaded the Mercedes DLC, and although the system tells me that it's been installed the additional content is nowhere to be seen once I boot up the game. For some reason it's just not downloading the update.

Curiouser and curiouser...

UPDATE: Ignore me. I restarted my system, and now the update is downloading. 100% can't come soon enough!



Tsurii said:

And I bought the DLC
If they do something like this for every game like Mario Kart or Smash, I'll DEFINITELY be okay with it. 12€ for half a game...just...geez, I almost feel bad for giving Nintendo so little money for it xD

Didn't try the Mercedes yet



AdanVC said:

Pre order completed! Now the wait till november :c Can't freaking wait! Greatest deal on DLC ever IMO.



GuyWithTheGames said:

this actually seems pretty good for the price may pre order after I finish getting cash together for smash 3ds!



Than64 said:

Mine auto-updated and it said the two upcoming DLC packs would need approximately 1.0 GB of space each (2.0 GB total)



Kurtz said:

this is great. and this website just proves its worth by notifying us.



erv said:

This is awesome. Does this mean we can purchase the bundle now and receive it when it arrives?



outburst said:

The auto update didn't trigger for me. There must be something wrong with my settings. I already bought the bundle for 12€ just before we went out. Can't wait to get home!

To all the MK8 DLC haters:




Peach64 said:

Loving the content of the DLC, but not that price. UK prices have always been higher than the US, but never to the point of a straight £ for $ swap. They'll start selling games for £60 next.



Spideron said:

@Legromancer luke88 concurred with G0dlike that it was £11 well spent. That means he agrees, so yes - he thinks it's great. Also "half the vanillas game content"... I get what you're trying to say, but you're not quite there.

Ok, flame on!

Oh, and this is GREAT STUFF, Nintendo!!!



dizzy_boy said:

I wonder if this will be the start of pre-ordering games on the eShop. It would be some help for smaller devs who might need the extra cash while making their games.
Anyway, I'm glad that the records section has been added, I now know how far away I am from the gold glider.



unrandomsam said:

@Peach64 Well this is more than £60 now if you want the complete thing.

Does it get rid of the red exclamation mark if you preorder these ?



Bishasaurus said:

I thought I had max online race rating, then they increased the maxium to over 10 000, if not all the way to 99 999... Back to raicing business it is!

But darn, now losing on races really hurts, I lost something about 30 points from last place!



Rafie said:

I still can't believe it's just 11 dollars where it's easily 20 dollars worth of content in each pack. No this isn't me complaining. This is me extending my hand to Nintendo to say, "Thank you!" They listened to the fans and is giving us more for this game.



SetupDisk said:

The install size for each pack is a little over 1 GB each or a little or over 2 GB for both packs. I guess that means that the little bit isn't that much. The info is given before you preorder.



WYLD-WOO said:

@Bishasaurus - Very cool about the update on points. Sure, this will even it's self out over the nex few days. I was third a few times and I got minus 3 points each time. Being in groups with low points seems to be a killer.



santaglause said:

looking forward to the update, and you still cant use the on screen map for the pro controller!! and dont say its on the gamepad as ive been doing that sine day one, why not have the option on all control scemes?



vonseux said:

This preorders will be so big they already planning on DLC for june. Fzero circuit!!



Omarpixel9 said:

PRE-ORDERS? PRE-ORDERING?!! Nintendo you beauty. I need to pre-order these today.



readyletsgo said:

Totally buying all the DLC when I get a chance. But, I'm a bit confused, why do people say it's half a game in DLC? I thought the first pack has 4 tracks and pack 2 in May has 4 track, or am I reading this all totally wrong and pack 1 comes with 8 track, 4 retro and 4 New and the same with pack 2 in May?

Am I stupid?



cookiex said:

Here's hoping this bodes way for being able to pre-order full games from eShop in the future.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Even if you don't download the Mercedes DLC you'll still have to download the update to take part in online races and see others use these cars there, right?
Meaning these will also be used by AI controlled characters in single player mode when you want to play online?



Jazzer94 said:

The price shafting is getting a tad ridiculous, I haven't brought the DLC in hopes that they change the UK price to something more reasonable not like I'm in a rush anyway.



PieEater163 said:

I played the Mercedes Benz cars and while they controlled very nicely, I kept on losing races. As soon as I went back to the Fire Bike and Crimson Slim combo which I usually use I started winning again, so I won't use them apart from in GameXplain tournaments to annoy Andre. Lag seems to be highly reduced as well with the update so I'm very happy about it.



NinjaWaddleDee said:

I don't know why people are complaining about this. 12 bucks for BOTH PACKS is a FANTASTIC deal! Other companies would never price them both for that cheap. And they're supporting the game a year after launch, if Pack 2's release date is any indication.



Ventilator said:

We complain about companies milking DLC too much, but in this case its too slow.
2 DLC's in like 9-10 next months is too long. The good thing is that there is 16 new tracks.
In DLC pack 2, i'm sure there will be Starfox and Metroid tracks. It makes sense due to the existing tracks, and DLC 1 pack.



nik1470 said:

You wait ages for Nintendo to confirm dlc and then they go ahead and deliver the best value dlc ever! I'm still in shock but I do know the first thing im doing when I get home tonight. Downloading that update then pre-ordering that dlc can't wait to play as link!



Nintendo_Ninja said:

The amount of memory the DLC takes up is a little steep... But it's definitely worth it. After I pay off my Alpha Sapphire preorder, I'll buy both DLC packs.



Jamester0722 said:

I went on to the eShop and downloaded the new Kart DLC, and it tells me that in order to install it I need to start Mario Kart 8. When I do the game starts, but the install never kicks in. I go into the game and the new Mercedes-Benz karts don't show up. Any ideas?



jenkje said:

Updated, Mercedes DLC downloaded, Preorder done. An already amazing game is even more amazing. Can't wait until november, hopefully the 1st.



jariw said:

Has there been any words on if the music will get the same treatment (such as, with live musicians) for the 16 new tracks?



AlexOlney said:

I'm gobsmacked at the price, EA would ask for 20 weekly installations of £1.99 and then another £1.99 to remove the adverts that don't disappear unless you shout 'I love Dr Pepper' into the microphone.



dinosauryoshi said:

The price is amazing, even if it's more in the UK than the US. Anyone else would be charging a hell of a lot more. Well done Nintendo. I can't wait to play these packs!



Stu13 said:

Pre-ordered the moment I woke up and saw this. For anyone who's curious about the update, I didn't get the Mercedes DLC but the game update started as soon as I launched my disc version.



TheWPCTraveler said:

And, I've just convinced myself to get a Vita.

Nintendo, you win this time.
>Readies wallet for Wii U purchase



GuruOfGreatness said:

This will be the first time I have EVER paid for DLC. I have no problem in anything free people want to give away if you pre-order a game, or for when a shop decides to give you the special edition of a game with all the extra DLC for the same price as a normal copy, but paying for DLC has always been a massive no for me......until now Will get both when I get home from work later. £11 for just the tracks alone is worth it in my opinion



KJ85 said:

Why do we always see people complaining over price convertions?

As far as I know US prices are always listed without taxes, but that is already included in UK and EU prices. Add to that, that the wages in Europe are generally higher than in the US. No one is being cheated in my opinion..



Ventilator said:

I just pre-ordered both DLC packs at the awesome price and downloaed Mercedes DLC.
16 brand new tracks, new karts, characters etc. was indeed cheap DLC.

At the moment of writing, MK 8 patch is not online yet in EU. The game refuse to recognise the Mercedes DLC until the patch is out.



Ventilator said:

@KJ85 : Well said. Its a fact what you wrote, but people sadly still nags about this even when they shouldn't.



danjohnson141 said:

See this is why I check ure web site hourly! Here's me preparing myself for a Mario kart tomorrow after the 4pm update instead I'm downloading right now!!



Spoony_Tech said:

@Rafie I was thinking like 15$ a pack easily but hey, if they want to give it away lol. Either way I'm sure it's priced right.



KJ85 said:

@Jasser94 I know very well that there is a difference, yeah, but why is everyone saying £12 when in fact it is £11. I personally live in Denmark and think that the $12 to €12 is totally fair taking into consideration the things I mentioned earlier.. The UK price maybe should have been only £10, but that is a quite small difference..



Ryu_Niiyama said:

Yes! This DLC sounds great! I'm guessing this is also going to explain the amiibo connection with the game as well.



V8_Ninja said:

Wow, I was expecting around $10 US per pack. $12 US for both packs seems like an absolute steal. That's pretty awesome, Nintendo.

With pricing out of the way, two questions remain; how balanced are the extra carts/characters and how are the DLC tracks being handled online? While I'm fairly confident that I know the answer to the first one, I simply can't guess what Nintendo will do for the latter.

Also, @BensonUii ; I like that gif, I'll keep a mental note of it for future use.



Sir_JBizzle said:

@Jazzer94 isn't it like $20 American dollars? I always thought that was kind of a rip. Because even in the US states where you have to pay an Internet sales tax, it's still going to total way under 20.

@KJ85 to be fair €12 is closer to $16 here in the states, so once again if a particular State has to pay an Internet sales tax, then that closer in line with out of pocket cost than the pound. Though please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. My economics may be a little screwy. It's early here. Lol



Yosher said:

I am totally rocking the new Yoshi colors! I'll still mainly use green, but I'm LOVING these colors nontheless! I hereby dub Orange Yoshi, Dutchy Yoshi!



gage_wolf said:

I typically don't really get into different colored clones or skins, but man this is really gonna look awesome in motion. You can have a rainbow of shy guys on Rainbow Road!



Darknyht said:

Well, need to add this to next year's budget along with Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Actually interested in Link and the Villager, along with their tracks.

As for them adding DLC, for most people there will be no problem. However, for collectors it is a headache as it becomes difficult or impossible to legally get the content once the servers for the system go down. Sort of like the Satellite games that Japan had for SNES or the special summer download games for Famicom.



KJ85 said:

@Jazzer94 Yes it is, but you are still not listening to my arguments if that is your point. You can't just do a simple price convertion.

You have to take into account that salaries in many EU countries are far better than those in the US, and we have pensions, health benefits, social services, and so on that really makes a difference..



Jazzer94 said:

@KJ85 I'm aware of that but the difference in pricing goes beyond that your talking to someone who has lived in the US has family there and visits often.



Sir_JBizzle said:

@Jazzer94 Ahhh thanks. I haven't had my coffee yet lol. Though I always wondered why Nintendo does that? I've been assuming to have one solid number across all regions because it looks better in print or something... Is this problem unique to Nintendo, or does Sony and Microsoft do this as well?



Jazzer94 said:

@Sir_JBizzle Let's just say this is a reason I enjoy PC gaming and Steam now that I'm older and mostly buy my own games.

Edit: Normally the pricing is okay though.



Goginho said:

Wait, so do you only get the different coloured Yoshis and Shy Guys if you preorder both packs (before release of the first pack), or can you get them later on as well? I don't quite get that, or maybe I've just missed a piece of information. What if you buy the packs once they come out, like...let's say, in December you buy one pack and preorde the other, do you still get the Yoshis and Shy Guys?



E_Blackadder said:

That was some of the best money I've ever spent plus seeing my stats made me realize I need to play more. What a horrible win loss record.



Not-Another-Ad said:

For £11 that is half a Mario Kart game, Just for Link and Animal Crossing characters it's worth it. Will have to get this content.
Nintendo Kart has to happen now!



KJ85 said:

@Jazzer94 Ok, it just seemed that you were not listening to my arguments. It may be a bad trend that we have just accepted in Europe, but personally, I don't feel cheated here. I paid €47 for the game in May and can now buy all this extra content for €12.

@Sir_JBizzle Usually Nintendo goes with $1 = €1 = £0.9 - or at least they did that for VC releases .)



Jazzer94 said:

@ikki5 US to UK difference is like £2.30 difference when taking VAT into account.

@KJ85 Don't worry I was just in a salty mood as this seems to be getting worse then usual.



MJKOP said:

I think Nintendo have done DLC to perfection here. This game came out in May, and might just be getting stale for anyone playing since then... BAM we get some fun, free DLC and an announcement of some seriously generous, substantial, paid for DLC on the way. Well done Nintendo, I've only ever paid for the Coin Rush packs in NSMB2 before, but I am definitely in



SphericalCrusher said:

Let them stay an optional update for those who are totally against the cars being in the game. I'm not crazy about them, but I'll get them when I get off work for sure.



ikki5 said:

crap, I see where I screwed up. I missed one step in my calculation which was factor the VAT back in to the total. lol, But yeah, it would be about a 2.3 pound difference. I am just going to delete that comment so i don't feel stupid. lol



outburst said:

If you get both packs, you'll get the Yoshi and Shy Guy skins. I think it doesn't matter if you buy it now or later.



B3ND3R said:

12 bucks for 16 MK8 tracks, 6 characters, 24 new Kart customization options and new yoshi/shy guy colors is not bad one bit!!



KJ85 said:

@Jazzer94 Just consider yourself lucky with regard to the pricing of NES VC releases on Wii U. Following the usual convertions by Nintendo they should be £4.5 a piece, but somehow you only have to pay £3.5. It makes no sense when you see that the EU price is €5 for those, and €4 for GB releases on the 3DS, which you are paying £3.6 for in the UK.



Jazzer94 said:

@ikki5 Hmm no as the converted US price doesn't have tax on it, $12 = £7.23 times £7.23 by 20% = £1.446 add that to £7.23 = £8.676.



Razzle said:

This is all fantastic, but am I the only one wishing for some proper battle mode arenas?



Jazzer94 said:

@KJ85 Only problem with that is the NES is my least favorite Nintendo console I'm just not apart of that generation.



KJ85 said:

@Jazzer94 Me neither, but just wanted to point our that sometimes you have better pricing than the rest of Europe



ikki5 said:

@Jazzer94 yes... I guess i didn't get my comment edited fast enough. lol But still, yeah there is a difference, it isn't as much as what people initially get at and the difference is probably still due to your government mostly as a lot of the extra could be due to the corporate taxes, import and such which again, are much higher than in the states. I highly doubt any of those companies are making much more profit if any than that of in NA.



Jazzer94 said:

@ikki5 It isn't loads problem is it is happening more and more and getting bigger, and I always factor in VAT before I get salty.



Tobias95 said:

Why Pre order digital content? Its not like they gets sold out is it? Annyway, great news, will get this when I get the game
Edit just corrected spelling



ikki5 said:

@Tobias95 because if you pre-order it now, you can use the new shy guy and Yoshi colour skins before the DLC comes out



rjejr said:

Im ok with the prices, but Im not paying $12 in Aug for something I wont get until next May. Plus this is Nintendo so probably next Aug. Pre-ordering digital - something that can NOT go OOS - makes no sense to me. When Nov finally rolls around 3 months from now then maybe I'll think about it to get the discount.

How come this has next May but SSB doesnt have a month yet?

if you pre-order and your Wii U dies before next May - hey its 10 long months, floods, earthquakes, tornados, volcanoes, Mother Nature has been pissed lately - do we get the DLC on our new console? ie does the DLC link to our account that we can transfe to a new Wii U?



Nico07 said:

Nice, online and live in North America as well. Mercededes DLC is free and each pack $7.99 or $11.99 for both. Picked up both for $11.99.



ikki5 said:

@rjejr Well, if you pre-order it now, you will get to use the new Colour Skins for Yoshi and Shy Guy now. Plus, if your Wii U console dies, you send it to Nintendo and they either A) Fix it, or B) Send you another one with all the data transferred including your NNID so your DLC will yes, be on that console. Also, the fact that they are giving a month for it already instead of saying "Spring" or Summer" tells me it will probably be May and won't be delayed. Even more so that the game is already done and this is not them making a new game.



Pod said:

I am kind of apalled that they force a cash shop into a family friendly game over night.

They're asking for money for content that doesn't yet exist.



Grumblevolcano said:

@rjejr SSB Wii U not having a release date yet is getting rather annoying and to be honest this LoZ Mario Kart 8 DLC for November is making me think it's later than that.



ikki5 said:

@Pod Isn't that what any pre-order is? Them asking for money before something even exists? At least when you pre--order it, you get some bonus content that you can use right away when you buy it...



Kyoto said:

I wonder how much money Nintendo has already received today LOL! Awesome price for even more awesome content!



HumaneBlaze said:

Preordered the dlc and seriously can't wait for November to come. Im seriously happy that Nintendo is keeping their word when they talked about how they would be handling their dlc. So far in my opinion the dlc they have been offering for their games (mario kart 8, mario golf, new super mario 2 etc) have been amazing and the prices have always been great for the content you get.



Ventilator said:

@awesomeunclet : I tried again 1 hour ago, then the update was here.
Mercedes Roadsters was easy to win with, but probably have same specs as a kart i never used.
Since Mercedes is separate DLC, i think its optional to have it ingame.



millarrp said:

I've grabbed the Mercedes dlc already. I plan to preorder the other two after I pick up a eshop card tomorrow.



Ventilator said:

@Pod : Its optional DLC. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Its only an offer, and nothing you are forced to pay for.



Ventilator said:

@Jazzer94 : So you are telling us that economics is 100% the same in countries worldwide? Its obvious that the prices and salaries is different from country to country. Since you didn't know, food prices differs too. Isn't it ignorant to say otherwise?

PS: Don't tell me China, Hungary, Somalia, India etc.. have same salaries and money power as Germany, Norway, UK, Denmark etc.



MadAdam81 said:

@KJ85 except Australians get cheated as always - $16 here for both or $10 each. Of course, Nintendo are the least evil when it comes to this (Crytek are the nicest looking at Crysis 3 on 360).
Once it was reasonable for higher prices here when the exchange rate was 50 US, now it's around the dollar mark, but many are still twice the price here.



rjejr said:

@Grumblevolcano - Oh, it's later than Nov, I'm sure of that, winter technically starts Dec 21, even if they got the year wrong Dec 19, 21, 26 or 28.

Seriously though I'm annoying myself by bringing it up so much, but the holidays are a busy time and I honestly NEED to know when it's coming out. My kids and I want SSB, B2, HW (at least that's dated) Skylanders TT, Capt Toad, LBP3 (PS3 in Nov) and Sonic Boom (which we'll probably rent). Santa can't afford all of those and the kids are already spending their own money on Pokemon AS and OR in Nov.

And then there are the amiibo toys which I suppose are launching the same time as SSB into a flooded NFC market of Disney Infinity and Skylanders. SSB needs a date, but the amiibo needed a date back at the NY toy fair in Feb.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Regardless of which region is paying the most in real terms, I can't believe anyone is querying the price. 50% more Mario Kart for a small surcharge.



ikki5 said:

@rjejr Nintendo is a Japanese company. SSB is being released on the Wii U all around the same time and Winter in Japan is from 8 November – 4 February. It starts in November for Japan so it could be late november, early December when the game is released and considering how Over half of Brawl was sold in NA, It'll be out by Christmas.



rjejr said:

@ikki5 - "A) Fix it, or B) Send you another"

I was thinking more along the lines of destroyed, hence my Mother Nature joke. Though I can work with simply "stolen". Is Nitneod up to snuff w/ replacing "stolen" stuff?

My Wii U had issues when I bought it so I sent it in and they sent me a new 1 and I was able to re-download all my stuff (all my saves were gone, but that's another topic) so I know they have that process covered, but just going to a store to buy a new 1 and re-downloading all our stuff to our NNID would be nice. I know that's an issue w/ all digital, I understand that's part of digital life, but paying for something in Aug 2014 you wont get until May 2015 just seems odd, even w/ "skins" now. Though I suppose sadly probably more people who buy this will die before playing it than have Wii U issues but nobody wants to go there. The Wii U issue w/ NNID seems simple to address however if Nintendo wanted to.



Grumblevolcano said:

@MadAdam81 Both Yoshi and Shy Guy have these colours: Light-Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Pink, Orange, Green. Of course the DLC doesn't give Green Yoshi and Red Shy Guy as they were already available.



Pod said:

A pre-order in the store will usually not be the full amount up front.

I am not concerned with me accidentally buying it. I am concerned by having a virtual 50s salesman in a plaid suit snuck into my family friendly game via an automated update.



WanderingPB said:

How funny is it that after a great new DLC announcement for a great game for a great price…people still find a way to complain?
Ahhh internet u provide such endless entertainment and shenanigans!

Yup the DLC wont be available until November than next May and yet i feel absolutely fine pre-ordering everything now because The REAL DILEMMA that everyone i seems to be ignoring is which color Yoshi will look best on the Yoshi bike? Or which color shy guy should i use when i hit u with a randomly thrown green shell? There i gave u perspective ur welcome people now i shall plot my world domination improving my skills until Isabelle comes on the track and takes the throne…wait and see haters…just wait and see…it shall be glorious LMAO!!!!



ikki5 said:

@rjejr Well, I am sure if something so catastrophic happened that completely destroyed your Wii U, then I am pretty sure the Wii u would be the last of your concerns. Yes we all know that the NNID system is dumb and needs to be fixed but getting mad that they are offering pre-orders for DLC that is months away because a meteor could trike your house is a stupid way of thinking. 99% of people who buy this, will be able to download it and use it. The rest will either be dead, by which then they won't care and the Wii u should then be the last thing on their minds, or did something incredibly stupid and didn't take care of their stuff which by then, I have no sympathy or they should be worrying about other stuff because their home has been destroyed. Plus usually house insurance will cover that kind of stuff which then you can just re-buy everything again anyway and the only loss will be not having your NNID and will need to then create a new one.

In a lot of stores, yeah, you may not have to pay the full price up front. Some store, you do. But at the same time, you do have the option to pay it in full and overall really, you need to pay it in full to begin with. If you don't have enough, then set aside a jar and throw money into it or just wait until it comes out. if you don't have enough by the time it comes out, then you should have needed to worry about pre-ordering it anyway because you obviously didn't have enough to even do the partial payment and then have enough to make the rest upon release. Also, there is not many pre-orders that give you content right away when you order them. Most you have to wait for that bonus content where here, you don't.



Rubyace said:

I don't like the in-game advertising in character select and tournament select but otherwise I love the dlc packs already.



larry_koopa said:

Bundle pack has been purchased!! Never have I so willingly put my credit card information into something!!



rjejr said:

@ikki5 - Sincere thanks for that calendar info. Never ever seen that before and not only does the calendar make sense (I live in NY and we have similar weather patterns) but it explains a lot about how messed up I've always found Nintendo

As for SSB being released before Christmas, well there is this precedent for it NOT to be:

FYI game was postponed until Feb. And then in Jan. postponed AGAIN until Mar. So there's that.



Pod said:

The bonus content you receive for pre-purchasing, which is not the same as pre-ordering, is different colors for Yoshis and Shy Guys.

This is not enough for me to pay for something I don't know the quality of, many months in advance. I would do something like that for a Kickstarter that had me interested, but here it is not under the pretense of helping make something possible.

In fact, I'd rather they didn't do these expansions at all, than having them sold to me this way.



WanderingPB said:

@rjejr i hear where ur coming from my son had his xmas list ready since last xmas and is constantly updating it. I just put money aside for what i know is coming out and what might be coming out…then cry when i realize my wallet is empty…but i had to change my nephews basic WiiU for a deluxe and all i did was call nintendo and after a 2 days i was able to link the NNID account to the the new WiiU but had to do it through them. Sure the saved progress was gone but at least i was able to re-download all the eshop games tied to that NNID. If ur that concerned than shoot them an email but me personally im more perplexed as too which color Yoshi im going to use later on today.



rjejr said:

@ikki5 - "Yes we all know that the NNID system is dumb and needs to be fixed but getting mad that they are offering pre-orders for DLC that is months away because a meteor could trike your house is a stupid way of thinking."

Oh, I think Nintendo is very smart for offering it, I just think people are dumb for paying for something now they won't get for another 10 months when there's no chance of there being a stock shortage. It's not like Gamestop is going to offer the DLC for $80 used.



Hints_Whispers said:

My favorite part of the update is you can finally see how many coins you've raked up. I thought I was getting close to 10,000 but I actually only have 6,500. It also shows you your win to lose ratio and a bunch of other cool stats! You get to the screen by pressing Select on the first menu screen.



rjejr said:

@WanderingPB - "which color Yoshi im going to use later on today"

I have to say it boggles my mind that people care that much about skins. I know they do, and people spend lots of money on PSN for skins and avatars and wall paper. But I just don't get it. It was a nice incentive though, seems like it's really doing the trick. I wonder if Ntineod's stock price went up today, or maybe tomorrow if they announce the amount of pre-orders peeple paid for.

Good for them, good for everybody, but I just don't get it.



PinkSpider said:

Cannot wait for the new tracks, this is how to keep this game from becoming stale. And a bargain price to. Shame it's not sooner



ikki5 said:

@rjejr yeah, I know Brawl was postponed until march but at the same time, I do not believe that Brawl was playable on the showcase floor at E3 2007. It was just a trailer, the game demo didn't come until later in the fall I thought and if i remember correctly, it seemed very barebones especially compared to what Smash Bros. 4 was on the floor at E3 this year. So the game seemed to be at different stages of development where as E3 of this year, the game was very playable, even for them to host the first major tournament where as with Brawl, they just had a few gameplay videos.

@Pod Well, the answer is simple then. Don't buy them. Either wait or don't buy them at all. I am also surprised that you are bringing up quality in this when you have already seen the quality in the game and I am pretty sure you can make a pretty safe assumption that it will be the same quality. You can use the other Nintendo DLC from others games to justify it because those DLC quality was the same as the games they were for. I am even more surprised that you'd do Kickstarter but not this as Kickstarter has the chance of going belly up and your money is gone where this is a definite thing which leads me to believe that you are only complaining for the sake of complaining.



Mega719 said:

Can't wait but wish we didn't have to wait so long. This means they are still implementing DLC. This is gonna be a long year



LunaticPandora said:

@Mega719 I have to admit, I genuinely don't know what they're thinking. I mean this DLC is not on the same level as say, RDR Undead Nightmare, so why is there a 6 month gap between course/character/kart packs? Should be 3 months at most, though I can understand why the 1st is releasing close to Xmas.



WanderingPB said:

@rjejr i know right what strange world we live in u dont get this paying for something u wont get til next year and i cant understand how the GREATNESS of DKTF left u dumbfounded ;P LOL! Guess its just comes down to what we as consumers find valuable and worth investing in which is important for some and trivial for others hence this console war fiasco. I agree i also dont really care about skins but im paying/investing in those new courses!!!! Everything else is just extra to me so maybe u could help me out what color Yoshi would u dislike to see coming in 1st place but all jokes aside pre-ordering all together seems silly but im also very particular about what i spend my money on but like the WiiU i got at launch i felt it was worth the investment and still do guess im just silly that way



kereke12 said:

This makes me happy that Nintendo is finally stepping up on these types of things....



whodatninja said:

This is seriously the only time i ever pre-ordered DLC! (Well, second after the Last of Us )

This bundle was a STEAL! Like @AlexOlney said, if this was EA or Capcom, or ANYONE ELSE pretty much, they would split up and separate all the characters and all the courses and charge 5-10 bucks a piece. Perhaps even charging premium wage just for Link!

Thanks Nintendo! You're rocking the DLC biz now!



buckminster said:

I noticed that the select button on the Pro Controller doesn't activate the mini-map on the screen, but the gamepad does. Bug?



Midayle said:

Given time I have reconsider my opinion on this issue. The amount of content being offered as DLC seam to be enough for a new game at full price. The DLC is not unreasonably priced, but I still oppose per-ordering for any reason, but availability (which is almost never an issue).

I still fear that Nintendo to headed toward Ubisoft's DLC practices. In which case I will just get the "game of the year" or "Nintendo Selects" version.



Pod said:


I have no personal basis of comparison from other Nintendo DLC because I haven't purchased any.

I am, again, not even insinuating that I want to buy this. I am annoyed by the mere presence of of a "Shop!" menu item and characters that I cannot play as on the character select screen, attempting to sell me things that do not exist.

And I am annoyned that this is added without asking me, and that deleting it will delete general upgrades to my game.

It's back door penny pinching. Although I recognize Nintendo as being in a position where they need to take advantage of having a great selling game that is getting many many daily hours of play around the world, I still do not condone this manner of marketing.



Pod said:

They want little good things to fill empty space in the release calandar, and they want them spaced far enough apart to have an effect on how much people are talking about Mario Kart 8 when they might otherwise stop.

It's got nothing to do with the complexity or amount of content.



hylian-pudding said:

Pre-ordered! And believe it or not, the Mercedes Benz karts are really good!

Also, really, why the hell are people complaining about the DLC's price? Four new cups, four new characters, five new vehicles for $11.99. That's a great price.



LunaticPandora said:

@Pod And I am annoyned that this is added without asking me, and that deleting it will delete general upgrades to my game.

What? It is not YOUR game. You do not have any say in what is or isn't added to it. If you have that much of an issue with it, take it up with Nintendo customer service instead of NLife.

And thank you for pointing out the "empty calendar" logic, Captain Obvious. This is the first time I have ever heard of a company announcing tiny character dlc that releases almost a year later.



WanderingPB said:

@Pod it is annoying having that there w/out having a choice in the matter but what a GENIUS marketing strategy…the word is out whether u look online or not…well played nintendo…well played



TRON said:


The Mercedes cars aren't as obtrusive as I feared, even though I'm still pretty conflicted about advertising in the game, even if it's free. I know it's by choice, but you still have to look at it in online matches.

The DLC looks great. Great price considering it's 4 new cups!



Spartacus3765 said:

The one thing to understand here, Nintendo isn't doing too hot with the Wii U ever since launch. You can point at marketing, hardware design, software releases, whatever. But as weird/bizarre this may seem that they're doing something of this nature that comes off as "hey! buy this!", I'd rather them try things like this instead of just ignore the possibilities.

Let's be perfectly clear, they're not in the position to NOT take risks. No risks, no reward. As a majority have stated, it's quite obvious this will cater to the demands of those (myself included) who are excited to what doors this may open. Yes, it's scary that Nintendo's sort of taking on the "well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" in the DLC department. But if you value this company sticking around and making games, they have to do whatever it takes to keep that alive.

Also, everyone I've told about this who doesn't follow Nintendo because they've jumped ship from them in this past generation think it's fantastic news. That right there is what I've been waiting for - something that can get the attention of old Nintendo fans.



iphys said:

Sweet, had no idea the bundle would be even cheaper than buying the DLC packs separately. C$11.99 well spent . . . assuming I don't die before the DLC releases, lol.



vonseux said:

Do you realise that with digital deluxe promotion + registering the extra game that was offered with MK8 you got $12 credits making this awesometacular DLC free?



ikki5 said:

"And I am annoyned that this is added without asking me, and that deleting it will delete general upgrades to my game."

So in other words, if this was in the game when it was first released, you would not have cared....



Hy8ogen said:

Man I'm very excited for this! It's good to see Nintendo is finally embracing DLC, and from the looks of it, they are doing it RIGHT! Mario Kart 8 will be the only Mario Kart game title on the Wii U and it has to last for another 5~7 years depending on the console cycle. DLCs like this simply breathes new life into the game! Well done Nintendo!

Now lets just hope Nintendo doesn't get too greedy and turns itself into the likes of Capcom.



earthboundlink said:

You know, I think you could argue that characters from outside the Mario universe have been in MK for a long time. Donkey Kong is only barely in the Mario universe, and Diddy really only gets in by extension through Donkey Kong. And R.O.B. was definitely from outside the worlds and lands of Mario.



luke88 said:

@KJ85 I don't know; Mario golf on 3ds was £34.99 on the U.K eshop and $29.99 on the U.S eshop, if I'm not mistaken - I could be mistaken. Do you think that's fair?

edit: I should double check myself but I'm quite tired. I've just this minute got back from work; a fairly crappy job that doesn't pay very well, and i don't have money for food because I've given it all to the rascals at Nintendo that decide upon these exorbitant conversion rates; the swine.



sadsack777 said:

one thing is NINTENDO are keeping us happy with dlc for mario kart what about 3rd partys devs wake up Victory to nintendo we all love ya peace



noctowl said:

lol at complaining at conversation rates. Here in US people that live in different states aren't even paying the same price.

Complain about the price of gas or milk if you want to complain...not freaking optional entertainment.



outburst said:

Nintendo SHOULD put those DLC shop menu on the game. It's too inform parents and children and other Wii U owners who don't even bother to check the internet or gaming websites such as Nintendo Life on what's new in their game. How else would they know about it better than Nintendo putting the ad in-game saying "hey we have a new content for MK8".



Ventilator said:

@Pod: Okay then.

Anyways. This DLC will probably sell 1 million on Wii U. If this was a 3rd party racing game, they would be lucky to sell 1000 depending on how much the game sold.
Hell.. Its hard to sell 500.000 on third party games on Wii U, and MK 8 sold 3 millions "in short time".
Most Wii U users bought Wii U for the Nintendo games and not third party games. I'm one of the big 3rd party supporters on Wii U, so there will be less for me to buy.




I hate the in game shop menu too. Feels tacky to me and I hate it. Hated it in Theatrhythm and hate it in this. They could have just put a giant banner up in the eshop and sent a message to WiiU owners to check it out. I'll still get it, I just don't like shop menus in games



Luffy said:

pre-ordered the 11.99 pack 1 and pack 2 bundle. Very good deal! Nintendo could have charged 30 for both and i wouldn't have hesitated.



MasterWario said:

totally putting $12 down for this. Here's hoping they decide to release the second pack early.



DarkKirby said:

Why in Arceus's name would anybody pre-order DLC.

Are you afraid they are going to run out of stock?



randomous said:

Dang, I really wanted to get my online points up to 9999, but now it's not an accomplishment, because it's only 1/10th of the way there.

Other than that, this is awesome DLC.



TeeJay said:

What exactly is the point of pre-ordering DLC? It's not like it'll sell out.



Bass_X0 said:

Why in Arceus's name would anybody pre-order DLC.

What exactly is the point of pre-ordering DLC? It's not like it'll sell out.

Because you can have multi-colored Yoshies and Shy Guys right now. Its an incentive for people to give money to Nintendo now for something they're going to buy anyway.



FriedSquid said:

Maybe now people will stop complaining about Mario Kart 8's roster. Does this make up for Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach who supposedly 'ruined' the roster?



Shadowkiller97 said:

@rjejr December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the day in the year where day is the shortest and night is the longest. Before it, the days gradually get shorter, and after it, the days start getting longer again. Therefore, December 21st is actually midwinter scientifically and is considered so in many cultures. Not sure why so many people consider it to be the start of winter...



Moshugan said:

May 2015 for the second pack?
Oh well, at least got some sweet new Mario Kart courses to wait for. :J



ULTRA-64 said:

@iphys don't know why but that post just cracked me up. I had this image in my head of someone 'playing it safe' and canceling their holiday and not leaving their house. Trying to hop aboard the spruce moose..........all just to make sure they get all their mk8 dlc! Lol



Capt_N said:

@rjejr: @Shadowkiller97: Here in the U.S, meteorological winter actually has various start dates depending on the meteorologist that you ask. I follow the weather to some degree, though I'm no meteorologist; I always say winter starts here around mid-late November, which is one of the times some meteorologists classify winter's begin.

@Everyone Else: Is the Merc dlc auto, or manual update? Also, very important to me, does the Merc dlc replace kart/bike parts, or is it literally addition parts? Do they need to be unlocked, once d/led? Edit: I wonder if the servers will not show ads in online matches if I don't take the update? Probably I will have to d/l the dlc for going online anymore.



ULTRA-64 said:

@Razzle your not the only one dude, I'm not sure what's going on with that situation. I doubt any of the ones in this will be arenas even if they are playable in battle mode. Fingers crossed that will be free dlc if they DO make some!



miiandmario said:

So excited! Played the Mercedes DLC this morning and cant wait to get pre order the pack bundle when i get an eshop card later this week! (Also nice touch with the yoshi and shy guy thing nintendo)



Pod said:

I do not agree. They could handle this a lot more elegantly than putting up links from the character select screen, asking you to pay money immediately. At the very least, they are very clear about what you will be getting, and when.

If the store had been in there, and characters that linked to paid DLC had been on the character select screen, then I would have not purchased the game to begin with, if that's what you are asking.

I fully understand the predicament they're in, and their need to experiment. But I feel my user experience is being compromised by me being the target of advertisement from inside my recreational software, which is usually what I'd want to avoid when buying boxed releases at full price.

It is absolutely my game. And it is my console too. And that its robust online infrastructure is being utilised for advertisement that I did not personally seek irks me the wrong way. I am not taking this up with Nintendo Life. I'm merely announcing my discontent, and people want to talk about it.

And in regards to your concerns about announcement and release dates, there's a first for everything, as we're quite clearly seeing with every aspect of this DLC.

Far be it from me to argue that this isn't brilliant marketing. It's genius. Even more so than "DLC done right" this whole thing DLC marketing done right.



outburst said:

Well I agree they shouldn't place it on the Cup/Character selection screen. My only point is the inclusion of it in the game. Putting it in main menu is enough for me. (As I said on my previous post)



Pod said:

You are right that it's pretty brilliant to actually add it to the game, to make people that would otherwise not see it be aware.

I would not take issue with simple announcements that "New stuff will be available in the not-too-distant future, look forward to it!".

Personally, I do not condone paid DLC for boxed releases at all, particularly not on systems where the content would be locked to a single console, like the case is with Nintendo's systems. So I'd really much prefer them to get on with making a new game instead.



iphys said:

@ULTRA-64 It's like when I pre-ordered the 3DS I was so excited I kept having this fear I would never live to see it or lose an eye or a thumb or something crucial to be able to play it. Yep, gotta hide out in a bomb shelter for the next 9 months I guess, lol.



OneBagTravel said:

I hope they make the game remember what controller layout you pick. I never want to use tilt to steer when using a wiimote.



Aran said:

Everything is awesome! I love the Mercedes Karts, and It's an awesome price for everything we are gong yo get. I can't activate the race radar, I already pressed Select in race and nothing appears.l, do you know how can I activate it?



Aran said:

@Spartacus3765 thank you! But I already pressed it. I am using the pro control, does it have something to do? Is it just with the GamePad?



ULTRA-64 said:

@iphys one of those things actually happened to me !!! I broke my left thumb training in April and needed surgery, only got the cast off this month. Of course mk8 came out in that time a few days before my birthday.....I totally panicked until I remembered the motion controls!



iphys said:

@ULTRA-64 Yikes, I still would have panicked having to use motion controls. Everybody, stay safe: put on hockey gloves the moment you step away from the console.



koelboel said:

Done deal, black yoshi look ominous and sugary sweet at the same time in his GLA. Can´t wait til I get to shell Link and hear him go "Waaaaaaaah!"



Mk_II said:

It puts some extra money into Nintendo's coffers in this financial year instead of next year when pack #2 is released



TwilightAngel said:

You have to be a fool not to get the DLC bundle,cause come on that's a great deal.I wish DLC was like this, not ripping people off taking too you Ubisoft.I wonder if they will tweet saying "don't do this nintendo make the DLC prices higher cause mario kart will lose it's magic".



knvx said:

I'm not the typical Wind Waker fanboy... I AM a Zelda fanman but, I wasn't really impressed with Skyward Swords visuals. This would have been an ideal job for "Toon" Link. Bring on the engineers outfit. Too bad they are using weak OK Animal Crossing instead of other Mario characters or Nintendo icons.

How much will this jazz cost,,,,, yo?



noctowl said:

@Pod I wish I had time to explain everything you are wrong about. But I'll just go over the highlights.

1. It's not your game. You bought a license to use software. If you read the fine print, by playing the game you agreed to everything you're unhappy with. Good job!

2. You would of bought the game anyway. Don't lie and pretend you wouldn't. sell it if you aren't happy. But you won't and I think it's a safe bet you preordered the dlc anyway.

3. My wii u could be stolen, destroyed and or turned into jello. Then come May I'll download my DLC like it never happened. Content is not tied to the console. Is not tied to the console. Is not tied to the console. You'd know that if you actually learn about products you buy.



Peppy_Hare said:

They put a store link in my beautiful Mario Kart game. Makes me wish for the Nintendo of yesteryear.



Peppy_Hare said:

As quality as the content is likely to be nintendo is really pushy with the DLC. They display the content on the main menu, the character select screen and the stage select screen. This is extremely obtrusive.



Peppy_Hare said:

@Pod I totally agree with you. Nintendo could have been a little more elegant in announcing the DLC through the in-game menus. It's like they are screaming reminders about the DLC you haven't purchased with each menu opened.



ted-k said:

I'm not crazy about the idea of Link in Mario Kart but...can't wait to play new courses! and I think the price is very reasonable for both packs. I can't imagine anyone getting just 1 pack. If this is how Nintendo plans to handle DLC I'm cool with it. It seems like a long time to wait for the second pack, but by then I'm guessing I'll have taken a break from Mario Kart and will be ready to get back into it.



ted-k said:

For people wondering why pre-order, I'm guessing that the price for both pack could go up after the first pack is released. maybe not, anyway, I'll pre-order. I'm also guessing it counts to the Deluxe Digital Promotion which ends at the end of this year if I'm not mistaken.



RFox182 said:

Best 12 bucks I've ever spent! Also downloaded the Mercedes DLC pretty cool....that about sums it up



Pod said:

While I'm aware that I do not own the game code, the specific physical copy I own is mine. I may do with it a lot of things. Like selling it back to a store, giving it to a friend as a present, or bringing it along with me for playing on a different Wii U system.

Notice that in all of these cases, the digital content that was otherwise paid for becomes inaccessible. And without the game, the content itself is useless. It may not be tied to one specific system for good, but it is tied to one specific account, and one specific system at a time.

You may not be as upset about this as I am, maybe you purchased a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 in the first place. In which case I can't blame you for thinking I'm making a fuss.
But I see it as confusing the concept of what the product is.

And you can rest assured that I am not making it up whether I'd buy the game, had these things been in there from the beginning. Nintendo knows many reviewers are quite opinionated in this regard, and having a cash shop in a full price Nintendo game at launch, where you pay up front for product that doesn't exist would have led to quite an outcry, and in all probability have knocked off a whole or several points on many review scores.

I have deleted the update, although I am sad to see the several minor but welcome improvements not be available in my game. I am not demanding they be made available to me separately, I know I haven't bought the right to that kind of luxury, but I am allowed to point out that Nintendo are playing something-for-something with this one.



DrSlump said:

@Pod What i hate, furthermore, is to see on my screen, every time i access the title, the new icons about characters and courses that i don't own... and does not even exist!
I'm really disappointed about Nintendo's approach, now seems to play a gameloft game, where every icon brings you to a potential money loss..
And, by the way, the didn't fix the micro lags during gameplay...



Sean_Aaron said:

I had a flashing blue light and downloaded the update yesterday, but I didn't fire up the game so I didn't see this exciting news about future DLC until I came here today. Wow! £11 is VERY generous given how much content you're getting. I expect this is only the beginning and hopefully future updates will give people who like Battle Mode the arenas they've been missing in this version. Can't wait to get these!



Pod said:

That's unfortunate, is that something that occurs during online play? I haven't really noticed it in local multiplayer.



Marioman64 said:

How to force update any game: home button - download management - wrench button - check software updates - start desired game



rjejr said:

@WanderingPB - "how the GREATNESS of DKTF left u dumbfounded"

It didn't leave me dumbfunded, I'm just not good enough to play it, what can I say? Though I still think taking out something in a sequel that was in the first game - the auto play-thru or whatever it was - was a dumb idea. I really like all sorts of platforming, just not timed jumping minecart levels.



rjejr said:

@vonseux - Guess I'm never closing the can of worms I opened, lets just say I don't see the point in paying for something this year I'm not getting until next year and leave it at that. Had the 1st pack come out yesterday instead of Nov then I could have seen paying the $12 to get half now, half later at a reduced price ($12 vs $16 US), but paying now for half in Nov and half next year, no, I don't get it.



rjejr said:

@Shadowkiller97 - "Not sure why so many people consider it to be the start of winter..."

Probably for the same reason the Kardashians are famous, it is what it is.



vonseux said:

@rjejr Ican see the weirdness of pre-sales but most pleople thinks its a good deal and a company they can trust. If you dont, there's always the choice of not buying it



vonseux said:

@DrSlump yeah thats really annoying and tries to make a compulsory buy. That said. Its an online game and they re trying to get the new content to everyone that plugs the gamr to the internet. The only reason why nintendo is being a total jerk is the incredible value of the content. They even gave a free $60 game + $12 on bonus creditsto early adpoters.



rjejr said:

@vonseux - Oh, I'm going to buy it, when the 1st pack releases. I'll even pay for the 2nd pack 6 months early to get it 50% off, but I'm not buying it yesterday, today or tomorrow. It's not like it's going to go OOS. And it's not like I'll forget w/ that new 2.0 start-up screen and the locked cups.



WanderingPB said:

@rjejr imagine playing Tropical freeze with the gamecube bongos now that wouldve been insane LMAO!!! The "super kong" feature in DKreturns always felt like Mr. chops was giving me the finger and asking me if i needed help…yup im one of those so i refused to ever use it b/c for me overcoming that challenge was everything…that and of course cursing out Mr.chops when he offered help but i do understand that we play games to have fun not be frustrated to the point we dont want to play. I personally love that challenge an watching my 8 year old son beat Lord Freddrick before me…well my pride wouldnt allow me to complain but i beat hard mode before him so that counts right…ok now i feel old. Though we may not agree on everything i do respect ur opinions my sarcasam just gets the better of me at times I wish u and ur family happy gaming because aside from rasing our kids right its great being able to share our hobbies with them too



rjejr said:

@WanderingPB - I used to make my kids play levels until they beat it, then my wife made me stop, convinced me it's just a game and games are meant to be fun and not aggravating, so know we play a lot of Lego and Skylanders games. Not sure if they even have real Game Over screens. I have to say the lack of screaming is nice



WanderingPB said:

@rjejr im actually trying to teach my son to have more patience or sometimes just take a break and try again later but he's as stubborn as i am but im proud to get Platinum medals with him in W101 and Pikmin3 or watch him jump for joy when he beat Super Metroid by himself last year or Beat Megaman 6 by himself…yup i feel proud But his mom still gives me the evil when is determination makes him uh…a bit snippy…that's usually my cue to run to the bathroom LOL! But i agree nothing beats a peaceful household and no screaming is always an added bonus!!!!



Nick_The_Greek said:

A bit weird to have Zelda and Animal Crossing traits in Mario Kart. Am I the only one feeling like that?!

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