PICKS: Top 10 Most Wanted Mario Kart 8 DLC Characters

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Nintendo has announced Mario Kart 8 will be getting some DLC packs in the near future. The addition of new characters to the roster is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is the fact that some of these new characters come from outside the Mario franchise. The upcoming inclusion of Link, along with The Villager and Isabel from Animal Crossing, makes one thing clear: Nintendo is opening the doors of the Mario Kart 8 roster to characters from unrelated series. Upon hearing this, we did what any good fans would do: make a list of characters we want to see as DLC in Mario Kart 8, and compiled a Top 10 list for your reading pleasure.

The only rule for the list is that it must be a Nintendo-owned character. While Smash Bros. may have branched out into 3rd-party territory, there is no indication at all that Mario Kart will do the same.

So now, I present oprainfall’s Top 10 Most Wanted Mario Kart 8 DLC characters.


Most Wanted Mario Kart DLC Characters | Bowser Jr.

10. Bowser Jr. (Super Mario series)

While the Koopalings have been around since the NES days and are just making it into their first Mario Kart game, Bowser’s true heir, who didn’t make his first appearance until the GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine, is actually a Mario Kart veteran. He’s appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash as Bowser’s partner, and been his own racer in Mario Kart Wii. After being skipped over in the past few entries in the series, maybe it’s time to let Bowser Jr back into the race.

Most Wanted Mario Kart 8 DLC Characters | Fox McCloud

9. Fox McCloud (Star Fox series)

Nintendo has been teasing us with a new entry in the Star Fox series for a while now. With a 3DS remake of Star Fox 64 and a little tease of a Wii U entry at the end of their E3 presentation, what better to continue the hype than by adding Fox McCloud to the Mario Kart 8 roster. Fox is already a crack Arwing pilot, so it makes sense to assume he can handle himself behind the wheel of the various Mario Kart vehicles.

Most Wanted Mario Kart 8 DLC Characters | Pikachu

8. Pikachu (Pokémon series)

I’m extremely shocked at how low Pikachu landed on this list. Maybe it’s Pokémon fatigue, or maybe people just figured he’s likely to be available as DLC at some point anyway. Let’s face it, the little guy is perfect for an add-on character for Mario Kart 8. Being the feature character from one of Nintendo’s most popular series, he’d draw in people who wouldn’t normally play Mario Kart, and he’d draw in people who wouldn’t normally buy DLC. To have one of Nintendo’s most recognizable mascots come in at number 8 on a “most wanted” list is surprising, but it begs the question: who could be up there?

Who’s next: 7 through 5

About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.


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  • Kirby_Queen

    A lot of people also remember Kirby Air Ride and so it’d be a perfect pick for Kirby to join a racing game. Also that Rosalina trailer was such a tease. I thought because of it Kirby WAS joining Mario Kart 8. Let’s hope. I’d get that DLC in a heartbeat. Such a big Kirby fan.

  • ProofRope

    Shadow Queen, Kamek and Duck Hunt Dog

  • Joshua

    And here I thought the list would be populated by characters from the Mario universes, like Birdo, Dry Bones… maybe even Queen Bee (a.k.a. Honey Queen). Heck, even Diddy Kong would make sense given his connection to Donkey Kong.

    What we don’t need is Fox, Samus, Ness, Captain Falcon, Pikachu and every other darn Smash character to worm their way in. Link being in Mario Kart is stupid enough, can we just leave it at that?

    I don’t understand why Mario Kart has to become Super Smash Bros.: Racing Edition all of a sudden. If there were a crossover between two (and only two) worlds, that’s fine. I actually have thought for a while that bringing Kirby and King Dedede to the franchise might be a cute way to intersect the two, since they at least have a similar colorful art style. But shoehorning in a Xeno character? That’s just silly.

    • Metroid

      I dont care if it becomes the smash bros of racing, I am a huge fan of the Metroid series.
      adding Samus, Captian Falcon, and Fox McCloudb would be an amazing DLC
      adding 4 new carts like the previous DLC
      Karts:
      1. Arwing (Star Fox)
      2. Gunship (Metroid)
      3. Possible a new F-Zero Racer (Blood Hawk)
      4. A Drviable Green Shell or Red shell
      Adding two new wheels
      1. Wheels Shaped like Samus’s morphball
      2. Wheels that look like the Smart Bomb from Star Fox

      And 8 new tracks and 2 new cups
      The cups being
      Prime Cup (as in metroid prime)
      And
      Zero Cup (for lack of a better name)

      Prime Cup would probably have one revamp of of an older Mario kart track
      1. Possibly revamp of air ship fortress
      2. Possibly a Corneria Based Track
      3. Possibly a Norfair or Brinstar based track
      4. Possibly a Maridia or Chozodia based track

      While Zero Cup would have
      1. Revamp of Koopa Cape
      2. Either a Big Blue map or Revamp of Rainbow Road Wii
      3. Split Oval From F-Zero GX
      4. Cylinder Knot from F-Zero GX