Mario Kart 8 DLC Cups Possibly Leaked; Free DLC August 27th


It seems like Mario Kart 8 has been getting a lot of great buzz this summer, whether from an insane Luigi internet meme, a wacky free DLC coming out later this month or just a general excitement over how incredibly fantastic the game is.

The buzz isn’t dying out any time soon. Someone on the mkboards did some data mining on the Mario Kart 8 disc and uncovered these images:


What exactly do they mean? Well the common theory is that these are four entirely new CUPS. Yes, that would suggest an additional 16 courses to the already impressive 32 courses that I enjoy getting humiliated by my friends in every other weekend.  It is somewhat odd that the border of the icons lack the gold plating seen on the in-game icons, but that doesn’t negate the theory completely since the beta build of Mario Kart 8 originally used the same checkered borders.  It also helps that the files themselves are called “ym_CupIconDLC_00_130x130^h.bflim”.

Whether they will see the light of day or not, it’s clear that the intent of these logos was for downloadable content. Though I have another theory of my own…

How about battle courses?

Perhaps Mario Kart 8 only’s true downfall is the lack of any battle-specific courses. Dropping you in a grand prix stage with three balloons just feels lazy. It’s also not a lot of fun to have to circle an entire race course just to find your friends and pummel them with green shells. Come on Obama, help us out! Where’s my freakin’ block fort?  Maybe it’s out there somewhere. The icons themselves – a Yoshi Egg, a Boo, a Shine Sprite and a Blue Spiny Shell, all seem to share a common theme as well don’t they?  Maybe there’s hope yet.  I’m still holding out hope for this image to be validated but that doesn’t mean it will never happen.

In the meantime, the free 3-kart Mercedes-Mario Kart DLC hits on August 27th, the 22-year anniversary of the original Super Nintendo Mario Kart.

…and if you don’t already own Mario Kart 8 or a Wii-U, for the love of Geno, fix that …like, right now.


Mario Kart 8 kart customization options revealed!


It has been rumored for the past few weeks but never confirmed until now. Like it’s 3DS little brother, Mario Kart 8 will feature unlockable kart pieces for customizing your vehicle. Judging from a new presentation video, it appears that the overall customization for multiplayer racing is deeper as well, adding a category called “CPU vehicles” to the option menu. I am presuming this means we will be able to dictate what class of vehicles the CPU’s will be using in a multiplayer race but that’s just a guess based on the information revealed so far.

The aforementioned presentation video also gave us our first look at the UI of Mario Kart 8, also giving us a peak at customizable karts, character roster and cup selection screen. The secret characters are still a mystery but if you want to keep everything a surprise you’ll want to avoid looking at the info and screens below.

Here are the kart classes:

  • Mario Kart 8 Karts – Standard Kart, Airship, Classical Cat, Bad Wagon, G-Force, Para-Bidybud, Pipe Frame, Princess Coach, Sneaker, Steel Diver, Superstar, Tri-Smash, Turbo One.
  • Mario Kart 8 Bikes – Standard Bike, Broad Bean, Burning Bowl, Jet Rider, Mach GP, Maximum, Motor Dozer, Super Comet, Yoshi Bike.
  • Mario Kart 8 ATVs – Standard ATV, Bean Rider, Wild Wiggler.
  • Mario Kart 8 Tires – Standard Tires, Normal Blue, Ring Tires, Spicy Rings, Roller, Sky Rollers, Monster, Wild Hot, Sponge, Slick, Cyber Slick, Block Tires, Cream Blocks, Metal Tires, Wood Rings, Button Tires, Cushion Tires.
  • Mario Kart 8 Gliders – Super Glider, Cloud Balloons, Flower Glider, Koopa Kite, MKTV Parafoil, Parachute, Para-glider, Peach Parasol, Sail Plane, Waddlewing Kite, Wario Glider.

You can get a better look at the kart pieces, characters and race selection screen below: