Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Games
  3. Consoles

First ‘Mario Kart 8’ DLC dated, new patch and features coming soon

See also

Nintendo of America have announced that Mario Kart 8 will receive new downloadable content and a patch that introduces new game features later this month. According to a press release shared on Aug. 6, a game update for Mario Kart 8 will be released on Aug. 27 for Wii U that will deliver several new features for players, including Mercedes-Benz DLC and the chance to participate in a worldwide Mercedes Cup online tournament.

On Wednesday, Aug 27, Nintendo along with Mercedes-Benz will offer Mario Kart 8 players the opportunity to download three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can then race with. This Mario Kart 8 DLC will include the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow from the 1930s. Players will be able to customize each Mercedes-Benz model with the various wheel and glider combinations found in the game. However, the GLA model will feature its own special wheel options. Find a video of the newly dated Mario Kart 8 DLC here.

In addition to this exciting announcement, Nintendo has also announced that between Aug. 27 and Sept. 23 a worldwide Mercedes Cup online tournament will be held. All you need to enter is a Wii U console, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a broadband internet connection, and the Mercedes-Benz DLC. Players will be able to access the Mercedes Cup from the online tournament section.

To accompany the tournament and downloadable content, Mario Kart 8 will also receive its first major patch and game update. The newly announced and detailed patch will introduce a number of new features designed to better the racing experience for all players. The update will include: displaying the course map on the TV screen during races, most recent kart options will be saved, improved online stability, and much more. Find the complete list of updates below:

  • Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races.
  • 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 kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down.
  • Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions.
  • A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters.
  • Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.

Mario Kart 8 was released in May for Nintendo Wii U. You can find our full review of the title here.