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Two ‘Mario Kart 8’ DLC announced; Link joins roster

Two new DLC packs for “Mario Kart 8” were announced by Nintendo via a press release obtained by Examiner yesterday.

Two ‘Mario Kart 8’ DLC announced; Link joins roster

The two packs are tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 release and will add six new characters, two new cups, eight new vehicles and 16 new courses. With Nintendo’s previous “Mario Kart 8” update, which adds the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster and the legendary Silver Arrow to the vehicle roster, “Mario Kart 8” is easily the biggest "Mario Kart" game of all-time.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing said in the press release. “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.”

The first DLC will include Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link from “The Legend of Zelda” and is set for a November 2014 release, while the second DLC will add Villager and Isabelle from “Animal Crossing” and Dry Bowser and is set for a May 2015 release. Both DLC are available for advance purchase for $7.99 or $11.99 for both on the Nintendo eShop.

According to Nintendo, those who buy both packs beginning today will also get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with.

So what do you think of the updates to “Mario Kart 8”? Are you excited for the new characters and courses? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know.