By now, many are acquainted with the newest in the long-running series of Nintendo based kart action, Mario Kart 8. Since its release in May, (2014) it has become the fastest selling Wii U game and has renewed a general appreciation for Nintendo and their previously overlooked Wii U. With future downloadable content announced, a world of possibilities has come into view and as such, a Mario Kart 8 wish list.
Nintendo has already released their first batch of Downloadable content (DLC) for Mario Kart 8 which came out this November. The second batch should be out in Spring of 2015. Each content pack comes with three characters, four vehicles and eight courses (two cups). Each content pack can be purchased for $7.99 or $11.99 if the user buys both together. Although this news is amazing, not everyone is ecstatic about some of the choices, namely the characters. Who would be better?
More support for Yoshi is unlikely since seven alternate Yoshi colors are included in the first DLC pack, however, Fat Baby Yoshi would a masterful driver.
The Legend of Zelda series has now been represented with the inclusion of Link. Once a few more games get character representation Nintendo could very feasibly add in Zelda as her own character.
What is with the lack of Donkey Kong series characters? Yes, Donkey Kong is present but there is no Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong or even Funky Kong, who was cool enough to appear in Mario Kart Wii.
Goombella from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. How does one drive without arms? Probably the same way the Blue Shell now flys without wings; without logic. Regardless, the Paper Mario series does not get the representation it deserves, plus Goombella would help to Goombas everywhere seem less rude.
Other characters that deserve their own kart includo Birdo, King Boo, and of course Bowser Jr.
The likelyhood of Baby Park becoming a course has now dropped significantly because the first DLC pack that included the Excitebike stage, which is similar to Baby Park in course structure, but also has randomly created jumps and speed boosts. The classic would still be appreciated though.
Rainbow Cruise could potentially work as a symbol to lead a race (imagine trying to keep up with it through Cloudtop Cruise) or it could expanded to contain the whole race, similar to Daisy Cruiser from Mario Kart: Double Dash.
Ghost Valley 3 from Super Mario Kart would not only be brutal, it would get players thinking more about the risk versus reward factor, as the drivers would decide to take the jumps and boosts or focus on avoiding the holes in the track.
With the creation of new courses such as Hyrule Circuit it appears Nintendo is on board with creating new tracks based on past games. This could open the door for many more games being included. If it makes the fans happy, they could potentially make Mario Kart 8 less about Mario and more about Nintendo, essentially taking influence from Super Smash Bros. Does a Final Destination Track sound like the best idea or a terrible one?
The potential list for desired characters and tracks in Mario Kart 8 is enormous and varies from person to person. Nintendo is aware of how successful the game already is, as it has saved the Wii U from the hole it was stuck in. It has yet to be seen if they will make more downloadable content after the first two packs are released. However, Mario Kart 8 has proven to be an amazing title that stands strong even without additional content.