Mega Man Wii U

Mario Kart 8 was saved for the finale of today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts, and with good reason. Satoru Iwata unveiled a free update that'll introduce a 200cc mode, but we also got more details on the upcoming Mario Kart 8 X Animal Crossing DLC pack and additional amiibo support.

To start with the DLC pack, we had the welcome news that it'll arrive sooner than expected on 23rd April, the same day as that free 200cc update. A great emphasis was given to a special Animal Crossing track that'll evolve depending on the real-world seasons.

In addition, more current and future amiibo figures will unlock additional Mii racing outfits. Supported amiibo will be Toad, The Villager, Pac-Man, Sonic, Wario, Captain Olimar, Bowser, Mega Man and Rosalina.

It certainly seems that, when you combine the free update, DLC and amiibo support, Mario Kart 8 will be pushed as a big part of Wii U gaming in April.

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