Nintendo Teases Master Cycle from Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Mario Kart 8 | Master Cycle

The Master Cycle

Nintendo tweeted the above image yesterday, teasing a new Zelda-themed motorcycle called the Master Cycle, in the upcoming November DLC pack for Mario Kart 8. It looks noticeably like Link’s trusty steed, Epona, aside from the fact that it is blue of course. The Hylian Shield is displayed prominently on the side of the bike, and the Triforce symbol appears on the hubcap of the tire. It’s certainly a sweet looking ride!

Zelda series Director, Eiji Aonuma, has even posted about the Master Cycle on Miiverse, saying that he was amazed by how great it looks and that he wants it to appear in games he works on (in other words, future Zelda games). Epona might not approve of that, though. Whether the Master Cycle finds its way into future Zelda games remains to be seen.

The Zelda DLC pack is coming sometime in November, but there doesn’t seem to be a specific date. Nintendo’s own Mario Kart 8 site says “advance purchase starting November 27th”. This must mean through the website because the advance purchase of these packs has been available on the Wii U eShop for quite some time now. This may mean the Zelda DLC will launch on November 27th, but we will have to wait and see.

Of course, the Master Cycle is not the only thing in the November DLC. It includes three new playable characters: Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach. The pack includes 4 new vehicles including the bike shown above, as well as the Zelda-themed kart shown below and the Blue Falcon from the F-Zero series. And of course, the pack also includes 2 new cups with 8 new tracks to race on! As stated above, this pack is coming out sometime in November.

Mario Kart 8 - Zelda Kart

A Zelda-themed kart

There is of course a second DLC pack coming out in May of next year, which adds another three characters: the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, as well as Dry Bowser. The Animal Crossing DLC pack also adds four new vehicles to the game and two new cups with 8 new tracks to race on. Of course, less is known about this pack since it is still so far off.

Animal Crossing DLC

Animal Crossing DLC

You can pre-purchase both packs on the Wii U eShop. There is also a bundle that gives you both DLC packs for less than if you bought them both separately, which is nice. Getting both DLC packs gets you 8 new colors of Shy Guy and Yoshi to use in-game right away as well. The two DLC packs are $7.99 each. The bundle is only $11.99 though, compared to the $15.98 you’d spend if you buy both DLC packs separately.

Lastly, I want to note that there is also a free Mercedes-Benz DLC pack, if you weren’t already aware of it. It adds three new Mercedes-Benz themed karts to the game. It’s a free download in the Wii U eShop, so go grab it if you haven’t already.

Mario Kart 8 - Mercedes-Benz DLC

Mercedes-Benz DLC

SOURCES

Crunchyroll.com

IGN Mario Kart 8 DLC page

Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 DLC page

Nintendo Miiverse

About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.