During the Direct broadcast today, Nintendo gave Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans an update on the latest wave of DLC.
Wave 4, arriving this Spring 2023, will contain the new course Yoshi's Island and also adds in the new (but old character) Birdo, who previously made an appearance in the GameCube release, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Nintendo didn't give us a more specific date, but we imagine it will be sometime soon — the last wave launched at the beginning of December, after all.
Are you happy with the new course and the return of Birdo? Let us know!
I'm unironically now considering buying this just for Birdo.
Blimey I really didn’t expect a new character! Petey pirahna may have a chance.
Wait, Birdo wasn't playing before?
@HotGoomba Can't blame you. Only thing hotter than your avatar.
Day 1 Mk8 owners are like "I give up".
That Yoshi's Island track looks amazing. And I'm glad they are adding new characters in the game again.
Weird how they randomly added a character in the middle of the DLC waves for no reason at all and without even a hint of that happening again. Like... Does someone inside of Nintendo just really like Birdo and wanted her to be playable on MK or bust?
Was not expecting them to bring in characters, a great surprise for sure!
Now if you'll bring in the unequivocal best MK character next, I'd very much appreciate it
@Ryu_Niiyama I have the WiiU version, but the expansion pass made me upgrade. I did get the base game on a good sale though at least.
That track looks really cool
@BrianJL I still play both actually ( I prefer the gamepad) but it is crazy how much support this game has gotten.
We need Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, Cranky Kong and K. Rool.
About time they give us a new character in MK8 though I would had prefer Funky, Diddy, Shyguy, Pauline, Wart, Kamek, and Dixie over Birdo but oh well.
That track looks awesome!
Funky Kong where you at?!
I need all characters from every Kart game!
Stage looks great and if I were adding any one more character it'd have probably been Birdo (or maybe Dixie, possibly Ashley to open that floodgate) so I'm definitely happy with this.
all i want to know
is if Amsterdam Drift is in this wave
Great, now that there is the option available, i say more characters and Karts please!!
Yesss, that was so cool.
New characters is a massive announcement. I suspect we'll also see Petey Piranha and Funky Kong return. Fingers crossed for Pauline too.
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS TRACK HELP IT LOOKS SO GOOD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH <3
That track looks gorgeously cute! When it comes to retro tracks, I’m expecting Airship Fortress and Dino Dino Jungle to be in this next wave. The latter track is referenced in Coconut Mall.
Not only is it nice to see a new character but it’s also nice when you consider that Birdo was weirdly missing in the original roster despite making a cameo on a sign at Royal Raceway. I’m still not going to expect new content that’s not just tracks but I’ll always appreciate it.
Different colored birdos' yay!
The track looks great - way better than the last original one!
Birdo is a welcome addition but it is an odd choice. Hopefully more are added afterwards - even if it's just old characters in new outfits. Tour has plenty of those
NO WAY. NEW CHARACTERS!?
Man, I’m so pumped. The new course looks pretty fun too.
@Fizza Replace that image with Funky Kong, and we’ll be good.
Super nice new track
Man, I hope they also add in Pauline, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Funky Kong. And, if I'm lucky, maybe also K. Rool and Cranky... and also Captain Falcon. Come on! Nintendo! You have the Blue Falcon in this game and two F-Zero tracks, but no Captain Falcon?
Mario Kart should do an "Everyone is here" trailer
I had no interest in buying the DLC, but if I can buy new characters then I might consider it.
Birdo making a return is awesome. Hopefully we get like, Diddy, Funky, Pauline, or Dixie.
Oh neat a new stage and character
That is, Enhancing MK8DX instead of doing a new game looks like a smart desicion considering how well it has sold till today, this feels like the first 100% nintendo game as service with this subscruption, like MKT. I like that they are adding new characters now, that changes everything.
@Dinglehopper curious as to why characters are worth more than tracks for you
@Ryu_Niiyama I'm still trying to re-unlock everything in the Switch version.
I told you all characters weren’t off the table!
A very grateful surprise to see that new characters can also be included
The wife is excited about Birdo coming to the game.
The new course pretty cool. Could care less about new characters at this point, it's not like they have unique attacks. But I loved Yoshi's island game series in it's 2d forms.
OMG YES! I can't wait for this to come out!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
@Manxman64 The tracks are just lazy ports from a mobile game. They don't have the same visual fidelity as the ones originally created for MK8. Not only that, but they're not even built with MK8s anti-grav mechanic in mind either. So Ive had barely any interest in them to begin with. They feel like something a modder could have done, but WORSE to be honest.
So that's why I don't care about the tracks. But one of my biggest gripes with MK8 was the roster.
More than half the roster is babies, koopalings, and alt versions of Mario and Peach. If I can finally get the characters that should have been there from the get go, then I'll be happy to pay for them. But there's no way I'd buy the DLC for just one character. That's why I said if they start adding characters I'll be interested.
Then the DLC tracks I find lackluster are just an added "bonus". I already like MK8 and am fine with never touching the DLC tracks at all.
@jowe_gv I'm guessing the last three waves will have characters based off of whatever Nitro courses we get from each wave. I believe the leak listed 1-2-2 number of Nitro tracks in the last three waves which if my hunch is right will mean we'll get 5 new or returning characters in the second half of the DLC.
@Dinglehopper A couple of the courses do have anti-garavity in waves 2 & 3. And wave 3 has an underwater track as well.
Nep-Enut of joy!
I dunno where the source is, but gamexplain (in their list of things that the direct didn’t tell you) say there are gonna be 11 more new characters added. If I knew where they sourced that from, I’d link it, but I assume it’s legit
11 sounds like way too much given the limited number of waves left
Love to finally see the datamined Yoshi's Island course (looks fantastic), but even more so that they're adding one character (good to see Birdo back) to 8 Deluxe, hope they'll add even more!
@Alpha008 Not sure if it was GameXplain or someone else in my case but yeah, I remember watching a video about someone finding additional character slots in 8 Deluxe.
I'd say 11 or whatever that number was includes the Birdo colors because 11 completely different characters seems too many (would love to be wrong though).
@JohnnyMind Actually, this makes sense... 9 Colours like the 9 variants of Yoshi and Shy Guy, and then one additional character in both remaining waves would make 11 characters.
Wow, the new track looks crazy in a good way; and I'm always excited for new characters. Although, I would be even happier for more Amiibo costumes for Mii drivers. They are my favorite!
haven't seen this brought up yet but has anyone else noticed how but yoshi's circuit and sydney sprint both are islands and both share birdo advertisements and now she's coming back and it's yet another island track? it's like they've been planning this for years.
Would be nice to have Zelda as a playable character as well.
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