Incoming Mario Kart 8 Update Includes Requested Features and New DLC

Wii U Racing Nintendo News

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Think of everything wrong with Mario Kart 8. It’s probably not a long list but there are most likely some minor annoyances in there. Luckily for the 1.2 million plus Mario Kart 8 owners a free update is inbound and includes solutions to many of the problems fans have been complaining about since release. New features in the update will include:

  • Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races.
  • Users will be able to check out statistics such as their total number of coins accumulated, win-loss record from online play, and their most frequently selected character overall.
  • Users will be able to change options of others’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to a new character or event.
  • The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”.
  • The game will remember the most recent customised kart settings that were selected, even if the Wii U system is powered down.
  • Improvements to stability of connection in online play to enhance the user experience.

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To coincide with this update, some free DLC will also be available. In a partnership with Mercedes Benz three new cars will be available for the cast to race in including the 1957 300 SL Roadster, the 1934 W 25 Silver Arrow Legendary formula one racing car and the new SUV from Mercedes called the GLA. All cars come in classic Mercedes Grey but one screenshot showing Peach driving a red 300 SL have revealed other colours will be available. The DLC and update will be launching worldwide on the 22nd anniversary of the Mario Kart series on August 27th. A special worldwide Mercedes Cup Tournament will also be running to celebrate the update and anyone can enter as long as they download the Mercedes DLC.

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This is not the first Nintendo has teamed up with a real company for in game content. In Mario Golf: World Tour for the Nintendo 3DS players could earn exclusive Callaway golf gear by participating in special tournaments. You can watch the trailer showcasing the DLC below.

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Nathan Farrugia - Editor at Capsule Computers. Raised on a Super Nintendo playing Donkey Kong Country, I'm a gamer who loves consoles and handhelds. Also a massive Dragon Ball fan and competitive Pokemon player. Don't be afraid to leave comments on my articles, I love to read them and reply!

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