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|Mario Kart 8|
|Release date|| May 29th, 2014|
May 30th, 2014
May 30th, 2014
May 31st, 2014
DLC Pack 1
November 13th, 2014
DLC Pack 2
April 23rd, 2015
|Modes||Single player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer|
|Ratings|| CERO: All ages|
Relevance to Animal Crossing series
On August 26, 2014, an Animal Crossing series-themed DLC was announced on the Nintendo UK online store. It was released on April 23, 2015. Isabelle and the Villager are playable characters, a new track based on the Animal Crossing universe, and seven other tracks are unlocked. Both the male and female villager can be chosen by following the same drop-down menu that Yoshi and Shy Guy have received.
Animal Crossing Track
An Animal Crossing themed track is included as part of the second pack. Like a real Animal Crossing town, the seasons will change in the track. Every time the track is played, it will have a different season theme, which changes the color of trees, grass, snow cover, etc., just like in an actual town. The season can be manually chosen in single player by holding down the L, R, ZL, and ZR buttons while selecting the course, which will change the track to Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter respectively. The traditional 10 Coins used to get a slight speed increase get changed to Bells. Many characters and villagers appear along the side of the track including Bob, Caroline, Filbert, Joey, Lobo, Maelle, Peanut, Pecan, Poppy, Rosie, Static, Teddy, and the Able Sisters. K.K. Slider is seen to play his guitar by the side of the road, and Mr. Resetti appears as a track hazard by digging up from underground and causing any players who hit him to spin out. Though the racers are rather tiny in comparison to the villagers. This is due to make the villagers easier to notice.
|Region||Animal Crossing add-on price||Both add-ons together price|
|Mushroom Cup||Flower Cup||Star Cup||Special Cup|
|Shell Cup||Banana Cup||Leaf Cup||Lightning Cup|
|Add-On Content Pack 1 Courses||Add-On Content Pack 2 Courses|
|Egg Cup||Triforce Cup||Crossing Cup||Bell Cup|
Mario Kart 8 has received highly positive reviews, with Nintendo reporting the "strongest review scores in franchise history", and scoring 88/100 on Metacritic and 88.52% on GameRankings as of July 10, 2014. Critics have praised Mario Kart 8 for its "exquisite details", vast sense of scale, orchestrated soundtrack, and gameplay.
- In one of the courses, a Yoshi can be occasionally heard faintly humming K.K. Song, or Totaka's Song.
- Fruit can be found at the base of trees in the Spring and Summer versions of the Animal Crossing course. In the Fall version, they are found in leaf piles similar to those in Maple Treeway (Wii). Hitting a fruit gives a 1.5 second speed boost, equal to that of a Mushroom.