Announced at last week’s Nintendo Direct, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U will be getting a free update that adds a 200cc speed class into the game. Timed alongside the April 23 launch of the second DLC pack, the 200cc mode is a boost in speed compared to the historically fastest class of 150cc.
After watching a couple comparison videos showing the difference the jump to 200cc the speed difference is noticeable, but not so much as to cause players to completely lose control of their karts.
In addition to the 200cc speed class, the free update will also add additional Amiibo support in the form of additional race suits, including the third party guests: Sonic, Mega Man and Pac-Man. The Mega Man helmet in particular looks pretty slick.
The second DLC pack sports an Animal Crossing theme with additional racers of the Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser, two additional racing cups including an Animal Crossing themed track.
I had a blast playing the first DLC pack, the addition of Link felt so very right. I’m happy that Nintendo is expanding out Mario Kart to their non-Mario franchises because honestly, it is the perfect way to expand on content when the core mechanics are so solid. The second DLC pack marks the conclusion of Nintendo’s announced expansion plans for Mario Kart 8, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo decided to add single character add-ons or maybe even a new tournament. Maybe some pixelated Excite Bikes?