Update: Nintendo of America has confirmed that all three of the Mercedes-Benz karts will be available for free to North American Mario Kart 8 owners through a game update on August 27, 2014. Also, running between August 27 and September 23, is the Mercedes Cup tournament which will require the Mercedes-Benz karts. Players will be able to access the race in the Online Tournament section of the Mario Kart 8 menu.
The August 27 game update will also add the following new features to Mario Kart 8, as detailed by Nintendo:
- Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races.
- The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”.
- The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down.
- Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions.
- A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters.
- Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.
Well, Mario Kart 8 owners, Nintendo and luxury German carmaker Mercedes-Benz have recently released another collaboration on top of what was first announced in May. Karters will soon have three more Mercedes vehicles available to them without buying or stealing one in real life.
For clarification purposes, these are not full-sized cars and cannot be recreated through use of a 3D printer. In fact, it might be hard for anyone outside of the Mushroom Kingdom to drive them around. Already wheeling around on the tracks is the GLA, a compact SUV that, at least according to the trailer, is popular in the Mario Kart universe. All of the cool folks, including Mario himself, seem to have one.
The previously released kart is just the icing on the cake. Speeding along next is Luigi in his W 25 Silver Arrow, a popular racing car and definitely one that seems flashy for Mario Kart. Worry not though fans, Luigi is not forced to wear a helmet, so the death stare is still present. Peach gets the sleek, silver 300 SL Roadster, a fancy miniature sports car clad in titanium. Very fitting for a princess, no?
Mariocedes-Benz Karting seems to be a big deal on tracks such as Rainbow Road, but is this really what Nintendo needs? Without a commercial of a rugged Mario, what makes the downloadable vehicles appealing? Nevertheless, it will surely be nice to cruise through Dolphin Shoals in my Roadster. Sports cars are built for surviving hazardous Mushroom Kingdom environments, right? There has to be a section somewhere in the insurance policy dedicated to blue shells.
These German sports cars will be available on Japanese Wii U consoles starting August 27, 2014, but the rest of the world will have to wait for a little while. All four mini-cars will drive on to North American and European versions of Mario Kart 8 for free at some point this summer, but players can ride around with an all-gold kart in the meantime to ease the wait for their own Mercedes.