Nintendo has added some new DLC to Mario Kart 8 that is completely free. The DLC will be based on Nintendo’s critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The unexpected announcement came in the form of a new trailer that showcases Link’s sweet bike.
The DLC will include Champion’s Tunic Link, a new bike called the Master Cycle Zero as well as a new pair of wheels and a Breath of the Wild inspired glider. The first time we saw Link appear in Mario Kart was when Mario Kart 8 was still on the WiiU in which he was also a DLC character. When Mario Kart 8 was given a deluxe version for the Nintendo Switch Link remained in the game, which means that we will most likely have 2 Links in the game now. Better not get confused while on the tracks.
Mario Kart 8 is one of Nintendo’s biggest successes so it’s no surprise that they are adding new content to the game. The game did well on the WiiU but has become an even greater success after the release of the deluxe version on the Nintendo Switch. Currently, the game has sold 9.22 million copies which means that it’s the second best selling game that Nintendo has released for the Switch so far, only behind Super Mario Odyssey that sold over 10 million copies. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more updates coming to the game to stall the game’s lifespan.
I don’t expect to see a completely new Mario Kart title for the Switch any time soon as the next Mario Kart has already been announced to be for Mobile devices. The game called Mario Tour was announced in February and is planned to be released during March 2019. Considering the popularity of Mario Kart it’s an extremely smart move by Nintendo and could be one of their biggest successes next year, although I do hope that we will see a completely originally Mario Kart title for the Switch somewhere in the future.
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018