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Massive Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs Add 16 New Courses, Plus New Drivers and Karts

September 12, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Entertainment Newsweekly -- "More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices."

Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack. Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new "Shop" icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following: Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) - $7.99 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link

4 Vehicles

8 Courses Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) - $7.99 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser

4 Vehicles

8 Courses Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle - $11.99 6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser

8 Vehicles

16 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.

For more information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu. About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 670 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokemon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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