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.

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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.

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

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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.

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nice

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

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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

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

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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

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No, Mario Kart DS had it right.

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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.

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> im actually surprised it doesn't happen more often, TV and movies have product placement all the time.

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This is really cool.

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That dragster-like is amazing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think that's an old F1 machine but of course I can be wrong...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The classic car was the 1934-1937 Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow, Mercedes' legendary Formula 1 race car of the 1930s.

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Not going to lie, I want the classic Benz :x

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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).

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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).

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'd be surprised if they didn't have identical stats to existing karts.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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This actually looks cool.

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