The need for speed!

150cc has always been the sternest test in the Mario Kart series. Right from the launch of Super Mario Kart, this expert racing class represented the very best the franchise could offer: incredible speed and tough, skilled rivals.

However, during today's Nintendo Direct a bombshell was dropped - 150cc is no longer the best of the best. Let that sink in for a moment.

On April 23rd, Mario Kart 8 will receive a DLC update which blesses it with a 200cc mode. Needless to say, this higher rank will be even faster and harder than its forerunner, and will test your drifting skills to the very limit. Amazingly, Nintendo is offering this new mode entirely free of charge.