Mercedes-Benz Cars are Just the Start of Mario Kart 8’s New Updates

Various other tweaks to further polish the experience.

Alright, break time is over, and to help get me back into the swing of things before getting back to tackling my post-E3 impressions, here is a little item which hit my Inbox only just too late for me to take care of before heading out the door to Baltimore.

Back when I reviewed Mario Kart 8 a few months ago, I closed on a note that I hoped we would see downloadable content for the game to help improve the game’s shortcomings, as well as provide the only then revealed addition of a Mercedes-Benz car to the choice of selectable vehicles. As it turns out, Nintendo is bringing us not just one Mercedes-Benz car, but three, along with a host of other updates. For the cars, here is the trailer they released:

According to Nintendo’s press release, all three cars– the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s, and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s– are customizable with whichever wheels and gliders you so desire, though the GLA is said to come with “special wheel options.”

In addition to those three cars, several tweaks have been made to improve the overall experience. These include such features as changing the default option at the end of a race from “Watch Highlight Reel” to “Next Race,” displaying the course map on the television screen during races, remembering the most recently-selected kart options (even after the system has been powered down), changing options of other players’ highlight reels to focus on other racers and actions, and a score screen so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, their win-loss record in online battles, and their most frequently used characters. Plus, the stability of the online connection should be improved as well, “to enhance user experience during online battles.”

The update will arrive on the 22nd anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Kart in Japan, which was on August 27th, 1992. Between August 27th and September 23rd, 2014, Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz will be hosting an online worldwide “Mercedes Cup” tournament. All you need in addition to the usual prerequisites for online racing in Mario Kart 8 will be the Mercedes-Benz karts, with access to the “Mercedes Cup” to be found in the online tournament section.

To get you in the mood for driving a Mercedes-Benz, here’s the original Japanese ad which sort of ties in to the whole promotion in a rather retro-styled manner:

On a side note, I’ve seen some take issue with the free content. Those who hate advertising of any sort in their games, I do get that, but I’ve also seen others who say that the “real” cars don’t fit the whimsical nature of Mario Kart. I’m inclined to disagree, in part due to more realistically styled karts being featured in newer games, but also because these aren’t all that realistic to begin with– they’re practically like children’s Power Wheels vehicles that have a license attached.

Heck, just look at how they stick out of the “roof” of the GLA! It’s just silly fun with a different sense of style, that’s all.

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