Mario Kart 8, the title hailed as the savior of the Wii U earlier this year, is having some extra content adding to the track list and driver roster in separate time frames. With the release of the first pack, a popular character from The Legend of Zelda will be joining the racing roster, and the main mind behind that series has some interesting comments regarding the future of one of the added pieces. The coming content represents a bunch of Nintendo content that is coming to several titles within the next couple of months alone.
The beloved Mario Kart 8, rated at an average 88 and 91 by critics and fans respectively, is on track to offer a substantial amount of content beginning next month. In that first update, eight tracks, four vehicles and three characters will be coming with some of those pieces revealed already. The three characters will be Tanooki Suit Mario, Cat Suit Peach and Link from The Legend of Zelda and two of the vehicles will be Captain Falcon’s Blue Falcon and Link’s Master Cycle. Hints have also been dropped that place one of the tracks within the two addition cups, four more tracks in each cup, inside a Hyrule-based environment.
The Master Cycle coming to Mario Kart 8 has the attention of Legend of Zelda director, Eiji Aonuma, as one of the designers of this particular content. Taking to Nintendo’s Miiverse, Aonuma left a note with a picture of the Cycle, showing off the Master Shield on the side of the metallic, two-wheeled horse. He also offers some hints as to the vehicle’s attributes, saying that the Master Cycle design that has the characters ride with a forward leaning stance, allowing the driver to perform sharp turns. Following other pieces of information to dissect, Aonuma reminded consumers that this and the Animal Crossing pack, coming in early 2015, are available for a pre-order group discount on the eShop now for $11.99. Both will be separately available for $7.99 each.
Aonuma, in his comments about the Mario Kart 8 content, dropped a hint that he loved the design enough to keep it around for the future. He expressed interest in using the Master Cycle in games he works on as he was “overwhelmed by how good it looked.” Aonuma, since his introduction into the Nintendo workforce, has only ever worked on Legend of Zelda titles and has been director of each major one since Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 64.
Mario Kart 8 is not the only title to grab downloadable content from Aonuma’s own designs. Hyrule Warriors, which is a combined effort between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, is grabbing free and paid content as of today in North America and Europe. For $7.99, players will grab Link’s faithful Epona and an Adventure Mode while the free update deals out new enemies such as Wizzro and the black sorceress Cia. This is just the first wave of paid content for Hyrule Warriors as packs concerning Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess are a part of a season pass, available currently for $19.99 on the eShop. With this addition, Link and his faithful steed will be busy in Hyrule fields and on Mario Kart 8 tracks for months to come.
By Myles Gann