Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available Now!

Plus, 200cc & More Amiibo Support Update!

Mario Kart 8 is one of the games with the best DLC out there! And it only gets better with the second DLC Pack, which includes tracks from Animal Crossing and F-Zero.
Not only do we get that, but we also get an Update with a brand new 200cc mode and more Amiibo compatibility, including Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Bowser and Villager, all for free!
We already did a rundown of the available content in this DLC pack here: All Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Tracks Revealed Where we explain that you get 2 cups of 4 tracks each, plus 3 new playable characters and vehicles.
You can watch the preview trailer here:

Will you be getting the DLC Pack? Do you already have it, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comment section bellow.

All Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Tracks Revealed.

New, Animal Crossing, F-Zero and Retro Tracks build the Pack.

Isabelle and Villager from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser are the newcomer drivers on this pack. We get a final look at the two cups and their 8 tracks and the reveal of the four upcoming vehicles.

Nintendo of Japan has released a set of videos today where they’ve finally revealed the full set of tracks, vehicles and drivers from the upcoming DLC Pack 2.  The list of contents is as shown bellow:




Vehicles:
An Animal Crossing-themed scooter.
An Animal Crossing-themed beetle kart.
A Dry Bowser-themed motorcycle.
A new Sports Kart.
Drivers:
Villager.
Isabelle.
Dry Bowser.
Tracks:
Baby Park. (GCN)
Neo Bowser City. (3DS)
Cheese Land (GBA)
Ribbon Road
Big Blue
Woods
Subway
Animal Crossing
NOTE: All videos are from Nintendo of Japan’s Youtube Channel, and the videos are all in Japanese, but you can still check them out to see how the vehicles and tracks look like.

Video: TVG Talk – Nintendo Direct April 1st

On this TVG Talk, the TVGamers discuss the content seen on the Nintendo Direct on April 1st. If you didn’t catch it on Youtube when it was released a couple days ago, you can watch it here now.


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Let us know in the comment section bellow your own thoughts on the Direct.

Nintendo of America Direct – April 1st, 2015.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS, Mario Kart 8, DLC, Splatoon, Amiibo, Mario Maker, Updates, Indie Games, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Free to Download, N64 and DS on Virtual Console and more, much more!

Nintendo of America released a Nintendo Direct today full of news, special offers and updates.
Mewtwo, one of the characters confirmed.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
Mewtwo from Pokémon and Lucas from Mother 3 have been confirmed as DLC characters for Smash Bros. Also confirmed are new costumes for your Mii Fighters, some of them based on popular characters like Link from the Zelda series and Megaman X. Also confirmed are sharing functionality for your fighters and custom stages.

Mario Kart 8, arguably the game with the best and
cheapest DLC ever released by Nintendo.

Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 is easily the existing title with the most news this Direct. With a new 200cc mode, Animal Crossing DLC with 3 new characters (Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser), 8 new courses and 4 vehicles. New Amiibo costumes for your Mii, including Bowser, Sonic, Mega Man and Pac-man.

Upcoming releases.

Yoshi’s Woolly World, Bravely Second, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Mario Maker, Splatoon, Pokemon Rumble World, all of which we knew about but have now release dates.

Nintendo 64 and DS titles are confirmed to come to the eShop Virtual Console, starting up with Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS.

Indie releases including Affordable Space Adventures, are all coming out later this year. And a new Fire Emblem is coming to the Nintendo 3DS family systems in 2016.

Two Squidlings from Splatoon.


Splatoon.

Is the new title with the most new information this Direct. Amiibo line confirmed for the title, in the form of a 3-pack of two Squidlings, one boy and one girl, and one in Squid form.

Local multiplayer also confirmed for the title, even though it’s unknown if it’ll be available at launch, plus two new modes, a Dojo-styled one to learn the stages in the game, and the other will be elaborated on later.

Mario Amiibo being used on a New 3DS XL.

Amiibo

Amiibo now have a Free to Download title called Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Hits. which consists of tapping your Amiibo on your Wii U Gamepad (Unknown if it’ll be available for the 3DS) and you’ll have a randomly-selected NES or SNES title.

Also confirmed are the newly announced Jigglypuff and Greninja Amiibo for the Super Smash Bros. line and the Splatoon Amiibo previously mentioned.

Also announced are new Amiibo Cards based on Animal Crossing Characters for an upcoming Animal Crossing 3DS title, at the time it’s unknown if there’ll be more Amiibo Cards based on Animal Crossing or any other series.

You can watch the Direct on the link bellow.

Club Nintendo releases 2015 Elite Status Gift List

Club Nintendo delivers the last Year-end rewards, and it’s quite the list!

Nintendo released today the last Elite Status, Year-end list of rewards for their Platinum and Gold members before their closure this July, the list is digital games-based, just like last year, but with many, many more options to pick from, the list is as follows, there’ll be a link to the official website bellow:



Mario Kart 7, one of the many titles available for Platinum members..
Platinum Rewards:

3DS:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Mario Golf: World Tour.
Mario Kart 7.
Mario Party: Island Tour.
New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Yoshi’s New Island.
Ultimate NES Remix.
Wii U:
NEWS Remix 2.
Punch-Out!!
Pushmo World.
Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Gold & Platinum Rewards:
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Its Gameboy Advance
remake is one of the many titles available for
Gold & Platinum members.

3DS:
Crashmo.
Freaky forms.
Pushmo,
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons.
The Mysterious Murasame Castle.
Wii U:
Advance Wars.
The Legend of Zelda.
Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga.
Metroid Fusion.
Super Mario Bros. 2.
Super Mario Kart.
Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgames!
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

TVG Talk – Nintendo and its evolution on DLC.

Has Nintendo gone from a company that didn’t have any DLC, to one with some of the best?

Nintendo adopted DLC not too long ago, and yet, it seems that it has some of the best offers in the market. With extensive content for a reasonable price.


Villager amiibo has become one
of the rarest and most expensive
amiibo on the aftermaket.

Nintendo can be pointed at for some of their business decisions, with supply of amiibo and collector items not meeting with demand, their new Youtube program, lack of advertisement of their products, among other things. But when it comes down to their DLC, for the most part, has proved to be excelent. It has mainly to do with the fact that they’ve been releasing extensive amounts of content for very reasonable prices.

It’s important to notice first that before DLC arrives to a major game, it first releases a DLC, as some sort of test, Mario Kart 8 had the Mercedez Benz free cars. Hyrule Warriors had the free Ganondorf skin pack for people who owned it the first few weeks of release. And soon Super Smash Bros. will give away Mewtwo for free to owners of both the Wii U and 3DS versions. After releasing said free DLC, Nintendo then proceeds to deliver the paid DLC to said games.

Mario Kart 8 DLC pack has half the amount of tracks
the  retail game has for  a quarter its retail price.

Mario Kart 8 DLC packs 1 & 2, for example, together give you 16 new tracks and a handful of new vehicles and characters including Link of the Legend of Zelda and Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing for a quarter the price of the retail game.

Who knows if there’ll be any more DLC for Mario Kart 8, but many fans already have their lists of tracks and characters from previous entries in the series that they’d like to see make a comeback.

Link from Majora’s Mask is available
through Hyrule Warriors’ DLC

Hyrule Warriors is easily the Wii U’s most DLC-filled first party title to date, and its DLC doesn’t seem to be slowing down soon. Weapons, Costumes, Skins, Modes, Characters, the list is quite long, and while it isn’t as generous as Mario Kart’s offer, it’s also quite on a reasonable price, with maybe the exception of skin packs like those for Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.

The list of DLC is so long now, that if you wanted to buy it all at once you would be paying just a bit short of the retail game, but for people eager to play more of Hyrule Warriors, the content is extensive and different enough to justify the buy.


Mewtwo was in the GameCube entry of the series,
Super Smash Bros, Melee, now is coming back as DLC.

We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves when talking about Super Smash Bros. DLC. So far all there’s confirmed is the free Mewtwo we mentioned earlier, but honestly, it’s been hinted at so much in the past few months that its basically a fact that more DLC is coming. 

Whether it’s veteran fighters who didn’t return this for the latest entry (like the fan-favorite Mewtwo), stages from previous entries, or entirely new content, fans can’t wait to see what’s next for Smash.

Mario amiibo is one of the amiibo
compatible with the most games.

We touched earlier a bit upon the subject of amiibo, and they’ve turned into a popular new form of DLC, the interesting thing here is, these figurines have compatibility with different games, Mario amiibo, for example, is compatible with Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, Mario Kart 8, and soon will be compatible with Captain Toad and Mario Party 10.

And they do different things in each game, in Smash, they turn into fighters you can train and level up. In Mario Kart they provide costumes for your Mii. In Hyrule Warriors, Link, Zelda and Sheik amiibo give you special items and all other amiibo give you Rupees or other goods. In Mario Party 10 they’ll unlock an amiibo-based mode. The list expands as new compatible games get announced and released.

It’s amazing how quickly Nintendo has adopted the concept of DLC on its releases in the past few years. These are but a few examples of this, we didn’t mention New Super Luigi U, or Pikmin 3’s DLC, or most of the upcoming titles that are compatible with amiibo. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

Nintendo’s Official Amiibo Site