Mario Kart 8’s DLC Is So Gross

Mario Kart 8’s DLC Is So Gross

That weird Mercedes DLC for Mario Kart 8 is out at the end of the month. And yeah it’s not pretty.

We initially thought there was going to be one real car made available for the game, but there are actually three. Which gives Nintendo/Mercedes enough cars to make a trailer.

WARNING: sensitive readers are advised that the trailer below features scenes of a deeply distressing nature.


  • The only type of DLC I want to see are track packs – and even so, I don’t want to see them for a while.
    Or, obviously, a completely re-worked Battle Mode which doesn’t suck. And is free.

      • Double Dash’s Battle Mode was awesome too. I spent untold hours playing that with a mate. The DS one was very decent, although admittedly it didn’t quite have the same level of polish.
        Which made the mess they made of it in MK8 all the more difficult to stomach.

        • If only they’d just taken the battle mode maps from previous games and put them in, not even needing to tweak them, it would be better than what we got. I’ve had the game since launch and haven’t launched battle mode even once, just due to what everyone said about it.

  • *is stunned by an ACTUAL ye olde f1 car* people do you know what nintendo is trying to do, it is trying to get peoples reaction of having ACTUAL cars in mario kart. I mean this is a an experiment to see how we react to having sports cars in this type of game. Plus if it is successful, we could be driving future supercars on rainbow road, I mean this dlc is thee closest that we could get to having actual cars firing over the top weapons ala james bond

    • In my opinion, licensed cars have no place in the Mushroom Kingdom. Is Mario going to run past a big Coke sign in World 1-1 of the next platformer? Will there be a Hogwarts level in Super Smash Brothers? Will Link go to Coles to buy his next 20 bombs?
      That’s how jarring I find this “DLC”. Leave this kind of thing to titles which have a contextual basis for real world branding.

      • Of the three, the current model SUV is probably the only worry, that’s the one that seems to be testing the waters. The other two are classics and I have no problem with them.

        • And I get that there’s appeal in driving these sorts of cars, regardless of the format. I’ve drooled over dream cars and spent hours racing them in Gran Turismo, and I didn’t mind at all that there was a Red Bull can on the stage in Guitar Hero 3. Sports games look more like televised sports games when advertisements line the side of the court / field / rink.
          My thing is that Nintendo’s worlds are designed for escapism; their first party content underneath the Mario umbrella in particular. Their games reflect the real world but, as far as the characters living within them are concerned, the “real world” doesn’t exist. It’s never invaded one of their golf games, or got in the way of Samus knocking Luigi three quarters into the horizon after a well-timed charge up. And I like it that way. To see licensed cars in a Mario Kart game – to see the “real world” – just strikes me as non-contextual and extremely odd. Even if no money has changed hands, that’s just odd.

    • Yeah, i don’t understand all the fuss here; I think that those cars look hilariously out of place, and that’s why it’s so great!

  • I was raised to believe that Mercedes were the cars of the Nazis, and I hate Nazis (and by extension everything related to Mercedes). I know I’m invoking Godwin’s Law – but yeah… Nazis.

  • This doesn’t upset me at all. It’s not really my thing but I’m guessing some people might find this cool. They aren’t charging for it (so there’s “value”) and it definitely isn’t something they cut out of the original game, as far as I’m concerned it’s DLC done right.

  • If it means that the money that Nintendo is getting from Mercedes will help fund Mario Kart 9 then it really doesn’t bother me. Nintendo is a bussiness and needs to make money you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you don’t like it don’t download it. It annoyed me to no end that my ps3 has singstar permanently on the xmb without my permission but in the long run it really doesn’t matter.

  • The F1 car looks right at home and the sports sedan is not that jarring, but the SUV is an abomination. I seriously hope they are not any better than the other kart bodies.

  • Free DLC is Free DLC.

    I like how despite looking like pretty good representations of the cars, when the characters are in them they look like the “cars” you buy for your very young children. It’s a cool effect.

  • Hopefully this is temporary? Or will I see these eyesores while racing online? This to me contributes nothing to what is an awesomely created world that has its own rad and unique art style.

  • I hate Mercedes Benz cars.
    How refreshing for Mercedes Benz to bring their cars out in such vibrant colours too. Never seen a grey one.

  • What. What. What. I’m all for using licensed cars in MK8 but they should have perhaps “cartoon-ised” the cars to make it fit better.

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