It's a fun day for Mario Kart 8 fans, with a free update bringing a 200cc race class and more Mii costumes to unlock with amiibo. On top of that there's the main attraction, with DLC Pack 2 available now and bringing eight new tracks, three characters and four vehicles.
We thought we'd celebrate the arrival with some Tournaments, as a blast from the past and to allow all NLifers to race against each other, no doubt dishing out hefty red shell justice when fighting over first place.
We want everyone - or at least everyone that's unlocked 200cc - to take part, so will run two separate tournaments to support the full range of tracks. One will include the original cups, and the other will be exclusively DLC tracks - the latter does include DLC Pack 1, too, we can't specify to only have this week's arrivals. Blame Nintendo, not us!
The details are all below, with the names, codes and rules. We're setting a 16 race limit in each so that winners can be applauded, but don't forget you can still race after you've completed your allocation, just without gaining any more points.
To the details then - you simple head online, into Tournaments and then find the competitions below; the codes are required for access.
NLife 200cc Classic
All original tracks, no DLC
Hard CPU turned on
NLife 200cc DLC
Only DLC tracks
Hard CPU turned on
Both of these tournaments kick off today (23rd April) at 9am Pacific / noon Eastern / 5pm UK / 6pm CET and will run for 24 hours.
So there you have it. If technology and bandwidth permits we'll also be live streaming some action later, so stay tuned!
I'll be there (maybe)
That's awkward, as soon as I downloaded the update this morning there was an option for pack 1 only and pack 2 only in addition to the ones you saw. I rechecked just now and yes those 2 options have been removed.
Awesome, hoping you guys would do this, I'll hopefully get to jump in later! I'm MartyFlan,usually race as my MJ Mii, my NNID is MJFANatic if anyone would like to follow or be friends!
Hmmm.... I'll join later.
Nice to include non DLC tracks......has anyone not purchased the DLC though?
I am never gonna win this, though lol!
I'll be on in 5,just making a coffee.I only had a few races on 200cc earlier and was beyond bad so don't worry about me.
Sounds fun, but I'm assuming you need to unlock 200cc offline in order to access it? In which case, I'm out. 150cc seems to ramp up the number of times I get screwed over by items greatly (moreso then any previous Mario Kart). I think I was aiming to get at least 1 star ranking, but I felt compelled to shoot for 3, which led to frustration. Maybe I just need to lower my standards for now. Gotta walk before you can run and all that.
Honestly, this new DLC release is a bit of a mixed bag for me. The new tracks are neat, but I've been reminded as to why I stopped playing a while back.
@DarthNocturnal As long as you have it downloaded you can play it in a custom race/tournament online or VS in single player or multiplayer.You need a gold in all the 150cc tracks to play a 200cc grand prix though.
I've joined the tournament but it seems no one else has yet.I'll get some practise in and try later.
Maybe I'll be on later today.
@MJKOP I'll add you in a bit mate,a new rival always welcome.It can be Celtic v Liverpool,You'll never race alone My ID is Ar_Tee_Es and I usually race as Mick Jagger Mii.
The two MJs! State Of Shock, you know that song? I follow Celtic too, casually. Bit boring now without the other lot...
finally here! time to get back into Mk8 with my megaman mii.
all that's left to do is
I'm in the DLC tournament now (Joe) Good luck people!
Awe shucks. I havent completed all of the other cups to unlock 200cc yet
@shigulicious I didn't even know that.
@shigulicious All you need is gold on the 150cc cups, difficulty rewards stack so you'll unlock both Mirror and 200cc.
@shigulicious You can play 200cc VS in single player to get some practise without beating all the cups.It's only the 200cc grand prix that isn't available.You can still enter online tournaments or custom races too,but best to get some practise in first.
Finished with 153 points, which means I am second.........for now 12AM is when all the experts get on their Wii Us and start wrecking everyone. Maybe if I hadn't rushed into the NL tournament without even practising, I would've done better. Never do this on Mario Kart 8
Getting killed out there.......
@Squid I raced you quite a lot of times, and I have to say, you are brilliant at Mario Kart 8!
@Zerodactyl Thank you! You did fantastic and I had a lot of fun!
Is anyone still available? I want to play for a few minutes or so...
@VeeFlamesNL Well, you could add me on the Wii U so we can play later! Just pop me a friend request on Miiverse: Zerodactyl.
@Zerodactyl Thanks! I'm currently playing with a Mii named Randy...
EDIT: Two more Miis joined just now!
I was Luke. Many of you showed me no mercy. haha
I must say 200CC online is chaotic and tons o fun
@Gobelee I remember racing you!
The thing that I find so fun but frustrating in 200cc is the fact that one moment somebody is miles behind you, the next they are miles in front!
@VeeFlamesNL - that was me......I can not make the corners in 200.....I need more practice for sure
I'll be joining some races, my mii name is Homura if you happen to find me in a room.
Currently number 1! Let's see how long this lasts....
I was "Kiki"
I just got in Alex's lobby, I'm かずお
@Kizzi Yep, 12AM is when the experts unleash their Mario Kart Powers.
@OorWullie @Grumblevolcano thanks for the heads up guys! I'm going to clear 150cc and pratice up after my shift.
Ended with 200 points, considering this is my second time today trying out 200cc I did pretty good.
Won't be joining in on this. Darn, if I would've seen this a little earlier... I guess I'll have to wait a bit until something like this happens again.
Hmmm... I just might... Need a couple of practice runs when I get home from work. If I think I can hang, I'm in.
Hooray I'm the champion of the DLC tournament and runner-up of the Classic tournament! It was fun playing guys!
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