Mario Kart 8 Gets Invaded by Mercedes-Benz Cars Later This Month

Super Mario Kart released on Wii U today as changes and new, real-world cars are planned for Mario Kart 8.

The Mario Kart series has, since its first release 22 years ago, only ever offered fictitious karts for players to drive. That will no longer be the case come August 27, when Nintendo releases a free update for Mario Kart 8 that introduces three drivable Mercedes-Benz cars as part of a marketing partnership we first heard about in May.

Nintendo revealed at the time that the new Mercedes-Benz GLA would be released for use in the Japanese version of Mario Kart 8. It later confirmed that those in North America and Europe would also gain access to the car this summer, before formally announcing the details today.

The GLA will be one of three real-world cars added in the forthcoming update, though it is the only modern one: The other two are a 300SL Roadster from the 1950s and a Silver Arrow from the 1930s. "Special wheel options" are included with the GLA, and all three can be customized with various wheels and gliders. Once the update is released, players will be able to participate in a special Mercedes Cup online competition taking place from August 27-Setember 23.

Some fans have objected to the new cars being added, both because they feel out of place and because they're very clearly intended as part of a marketing campaign. (Don't forget about the McDonald's Happy Meal toys!) I'm not a big fan of them, myself, though I do find Wario sitting in a 300SL to be a funny image.

In addition to the cars, the update will introduce several new features and tweaks. Nintendo's official description of these changes follows below:

  • Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races.
  • The order of the menu after each race will be changed to "Next Race," followed by "Watch Highlight Reel."
  • The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down.
  • Users will be able to change options of other players' Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions.
  • A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they've collected, the win-loss record of their online battles, and their frequently used characters.
  • Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.

Nintendo is releasing the update on August 27 to coincide with the 22-year anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Kart in Japan in 1992. Should all this marketing crossover business turn you off to Mario Kart 8, Nintendo today launched Super Mario Kart on the Wii U Virtual Console for $8.

Will you be giving the Mercedes-Benz cars a try, or do you only care about the other additions in the update? Let us know in the comments.

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58 comments
mclarenmaster18
mclarenmaster18

This would attract Mercedes Benz fans like me. Mario Kart 8 is one of the best games of 2014.

Pikachu2511
Pikachu2511

As a automotive enthusiast and fan of all motorsport racing games (real or fantasy), The Mercedes-Benz cars would be my go-to choice in MK8.

179107199999
179107199999

Silver Arrows in Mariokart. Wow. Gotta say that's pretty cool. Too bad Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton aren't DLC LOL

b1ank
b1ank

Personally, I'm happy with the free DLC. It would be good if the A.I didn't use them tho to keep everyone happy

BigPrimeNumbers
BigPrimeNumbers

Update, yes please. Crummy advertisement DLC being stuffed in with it, no, thanks.

mechag2
mechag2

Hell yeah. Bring. It. ON! >:D

metallinatus
metallinatus

  • A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they've collected, the win-loss record of their online battles, and their frequently used characters.

That is really all I wanted.

seven7swords
seven7swords

Glad I won't be hitting "watch replay" anymore on accident. The other updates sound good, too. i don't care about the cars but I'm not going to complain about free content. If they aren't free then I just won't buy them.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I dont know what to say really.  This looks like a joke but its not.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

People..........people still care about this?

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

while the cars are cool, I'm more happy with the updates. We've needed/wanted these for awhile, its about time that we are getting them. :P

Wogrim
Wogrim

Disgusting.  Not that the big cartoony Karts in recent editions look much better.  N64 had it right.

fig56
fig56

I could really care less about the FREE carts they are offering. It's not like they are forcing you to use them. Unless they are far better than the carts already in the game, who cares? I am more interested in the updates that are coming along with the DLC. Like the fact that "The order of the menu after each race will be changed to "Next Race," followed by "Watch Highlight Reel." That is way more important than anything else for me.

psuedospike
psuedospike

Who cares about Mercedes cars...I CAN FINALLY SEE HOW MANY COINS I'VE COLLECTED!!!!!!

thehollowones
thehollowones

Sooooo UGLY and sooooooooooooooooooo out of place. "Here let's put a bunch of boring realistic cars in this fictitious fantasy world, because bags of money" This is as blatant a forced marketing ploy as any I've ever seen, sad. Only saving grace is that its free.

elheber
elheber

As long as it's balanced, I don't mind free DLC.

seemanrun
seemanrun

I was hoping to see battle mode fixed/improved to use arena's.  After going through the game on 50cc then starting on 100cc, it felt too "the same".  Needs a proper battlemode to make me play again.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

As long as they are not "overpowered", I'm fine with them.

xantufrog
xantufrog

I don't mind this free addition at all, but will prefer to use the whacky cartoony karts myself

Takeno456
Takeno456

Good set of changes coming, new cars, in game stats and it is free. No complaints here. I am looking forward to it. MK8 is a very fun game.

divinejester
divinejester

I am going to call this what it is, stupid. Mario Kart is gag racer, built on the characters and goofy nature of mario. If you want real cars, ie a racing sim you would never play mario kart, you would go with gran turismo and forza, or any number of other games. So this move really makes no sense.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Excellent! Lots of these update features are most welcome. Now, kindly release arena maps for Battle Mode, please!

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

Nintendo is doing good with DLC and online stuff. Wouldn't be surprised is Smash bros. had some DLC and online tournements too. Good for them.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Well, it's hard to complain about free DLC. More content for free? I'll take twenty.

Sphensen
Sphensen

I think this DLC is going to be awesome. Also, almost every complaint I have with MK8 will be fixed with the patch

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I would have been ok with this if this was the norm for Mario kart, but after 22 years introducing this now seems wrong.

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

...Wat? This made yell Wat in my house. Just WAT!!

justinka777
justinka777

@thehollowones  im actually surprised it doesn't happen more often, TV and movies have product placement all the time.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@seemanrun I'm still hoping for arenas I haven't bought MK8(or Wii U yet) but I still miss one of my favourite parts of the series being dead for 2 entries now(MK Wii battle was terrible).

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@seemanrun Are you saying 50cc felt too similar to 100cc, or are you talking about Mario Kart 8 as a whole? Either way, I never felt like it was too "the same", personally. Lots of new stuff in this game. 

For the record, I started on 150cc, then I did Mirror and got all the Gold trophies and character stamps, then I went multiplayer (both local and online). 

Rotondi
Rotondi

@seemanrun Battle Mode I'll agree with you on.  But...."it felt too the same" comment I've lost you.  So you didn't want Mario Kart 8 to be like previous Mario Kart's?  Yet, you want the Battle Mode from the 64 version with some new arenas I'm assuming.

Micropixel
Micropixel

@divinejester 

I think it's common knowledge that Mario Kart isn't (nor ever was) a driving sim.  And I think it's safe to say that nobody is really expecting a "driving sim" experience from a Mario Kart game either.


Those who are looking for that type of experience are obviously playing elsewhere.

PikminWorld
PikminWorld

@Tiwill44 To be honest, I'm actually hoping they'll add some kind of character DLC pack and more battle modes/maps as well. Though, I'm not usually a fan of DLC.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@homey_d_clown Wait, only if the SNES Mario Kart had Mercedes karts to drive, only then you'd be ok with this DLC?

Pikachu2511
Pikachu2511

@Bellum_Sacrum The classic car was the 1934-1937 Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow, Mercedes' legendary Formula 1 race car of the 1930s.

179107199999
179107199999

@Micropixel @divinejester I'd enjoy it because I am a GT fan and I grew with Super Mario Kart many moons ago. And Mercedes is doing well in F1 so If I had this MarioKart game I can use that Kar/Kart with pride LOL

divinejester
divinejester

@chev938694 @divinejester I think Mario Kart for the SNES is great game, double dash is okay, but neither are good "simulation" racers. They are basically arcade style games like Crusin USA.