It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last DLC for Mario Kart 8 was the Animal Crossing pack, and that was released all the way back in April 2015. Since then, we’ve got nothing for Mario Kart 8. No tracks, no vehicles, no characters. Nought.
But it seems like the Twitter account for Nintendo of Europe is hinting that this might not be the end for Mario Kart 8 updates! Indeed, as seen below, there’s an interesting Twitter post saying that ‘good things come to those that wait’, with a picture of Kalimari Desert and the hashtag #MK8. Here it is:
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) June 3, 2016
So that seems like a DLC hint, at least if you ask me. But can it be? Would Nintendo of Europe really be the one to reveal it?
Well, possibly. Remember, the whole existence of these DLC packs was inadvertently revealed by Nintendo UK due to their online store having the listings up early. So as far as Nintendo of Europe being the one to reveal them goes, there’s definitely a precedent here.
And as far as DLC goes? Well, there were hints in Mario Kart 8’s code at more tracks that were cut, and hence more slots for DLC to fill. For example, there are slots labelled as ‘ReservedXX’ and ‘UnderConstructionXX’ in the track list, with XX being where the number would go. Given that these haven’t all been filled by DLC yet, there’s definitely the possibility that Nintendo were planning to release more than two track packs. There’s also the possibility that Nintendo might be planning DLC as a way to keep the Wii U going until its demise next year or so. After all, they don’t have many games planned for it, and Paper Mario Color Splash can’t tide people over till the Nintendo NX hits the shelves. Perhaps Nintendo see a bit of extra DLC as a way to get a bit more life out of otherwise abandoned Wii U titles.
Or it could all just be a Twitter joke or meme. There’s always that possibility too, regardless of how depressing it would be.
But what do you think? Is this a hint that a new DLC pack is coming to Mario Kart 8?