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Japan - Mario Kart 8 getting free Mercedes-Benz DLC this Summer





Yes, this is a real thing. Looks like DLC for Mario Kart 8 is confirmed, with the first bit of content revealed as a tie-in with Mercedes-Benz. Looks like you'll get one of their cars as an in-game vehicle. The best part is, the DLC is free! Thanks to Scott for the heads up.

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29 May 2014 11:14

koopaul wrote:We get this before we get Diddy Kong? Figures.

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29 May 2014 11:14

I don't really care or know anything about car brands? Mercedes Benz is one of those luxury brands isn't it?

Meh, I'm okay. I don't really care about this DLC in particular, but if that means we'll get OTHER free DLC, then it's great news! Hopefully we get some characters, the selection on the game isn't my favorite.
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29 May 2014 11:15

Just the confirmation of DLC already is amazing news. Gives me hope for battle mode. I know they are gonna fix it. It's literally the only flaw keeping this game from being the perfect Mario Kart.

As for this, it's free, I'm down, no reason to pass it up. I'll play around with it, but even if I don't, I'm sure casual friends and family will get a kick out of it.

@ Duck. Yeah, because this is all there will ever be. This is just confirmation of DLC. Reading backwards to your post, I'm not even bothering with the rest of this thread. Smh.
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29 May 2014 12:18

I'm guessing this is optional (if it even comes to America, that is) so if you don't want it, don't download it.

I for one think it's hilarious to have a real car in Mario Kart, so I'll get it and try it out just for fun.

Again, if it makes it outside of Japan.
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29 May 2014 12:38

FadedAreWii wrote:Just the confirmation of DLC already is amazing news. Gives me hope for battle mode. I know they are gonna fix it. It's literally the only flaw keeping this game from being the perfect Mario Kart.

As for this, it's free, I'm down, no reason to pass it up. I'll play around with it, but even if I don't, I'm sure casual friends and family will get a kick out of it.


I really don't think Nintendo see anything wrong here, so like with DLC tracks and new cups [which I never see happening in Mario Kart], then DLC characters is all we can hope for methinks.
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29 May 2014 12:50

And why is this bad? It's free DLC so I guess you can actually ignore this. It's not a bad way of advertising since it's not something that pops up in the middle of the screen telling you to buy a car. It's just a kart you can use if you want. It just makes people aware that the car exists. And also makes people aware that Mario Kart 8 exists and has a mercedez car in it. So who cares? I don't mind having it there as long as it's balanced or has the same stats as other kart so it doesn't sacrifice balance. Hopefully there will be more dlc in the seasons to come. The game has a lot of content right out of the box and as I still play Mario Kart Wii almost every night with my family, I'm sure we will play this game for years.
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29 May 2014 13:06

changer1701 wrote:
FrenchFryGuy wrote:C'mon seriously Nintendo? I don't fault or care about them using their properties for commercials of other non-gaming related products and what not for some extra cash to help their bottom line, but keeps this s#%t out of your games. Especially when it doesn't belong and will stick out like a sore thumb.

FFS, lighten up Francis. Don't like it, don't download it.


1) Me not downloading it doesn't change the fact that it's going to be in the game and possibly the game in my country too and I'll see it for sure in online races from other people who will download it. 2) I don't approve of it or what it represents now from Nintendo so I'm voicing my displeasure with it. That ok with you?
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29 May 2014 13:27

I have no problem with this. Actually, I think it's pretty hilarious.
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29 May 2014 13:43

Why all the hate? this ad is hilarious XD
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29 May 2014 14:11

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:
FadedAreWii wrote:Just the confirmation of DLC already is amazing news. Gives me hope for battle mode. I know they are gonna fix it. It's literally the only flaw keeping this game from being the perfect Mario Kart.

As for this, it's free, I'm down, no reason to pass it up. I'll play around with it, but even if I don't, I'm sure casual friends and family will get a kick out of it.


I really don't think Nintendo see anything wrong here, so like with DLC tracks and new cups [which I never see happening in Mario Kart], then DLC characters is all we can hope for methinks.


I'll wait 'til E3 to decide what to hope for. :-p
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29 May 2014 15:37

This is very cool, at least as it appears now.
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29 May 2014 19:05

CBattles6 wrote:Here are some fun facts:

1) It costs money to develop DLC.
2) The money has to be paid upfront, since there's no way to know whether or not it will be successful.
3) Nintendo isn't exactly printing money right now.

So kudos to Nintendo for trying to diversify their revenue streams. Everyone complaining about battle arenas needs to realize that sometimes, it takes something like this to get it done.



1. Yes, and Nintendo has billions of dollars they've been sitting on, "losses" or not.

2. Yes, except that it's Mario Kart, one of the top five biggest selling/most popular gaming brands in gaming history, so it actually is guaranteed (the game and the DLC) to sell sh*t-tons.

3. No, but they printed so much money during the last generation, that they've got money to last them for the next decade+, and that's on top of the fact that 3DS is still a big success for them, Wii U is no longer selling at a loss, and they are starting to make more licensing deals, like this silly MK Mercedes thing, which will make them even MORE $$$$$$.


So I'm sorry, but all three of your points, while partially valid when concerning a lot of other game companies, in THIS case, are fairly invalid.
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29 May 2014 21:16

Meh, not the worst thing ever, but not a fan of having this + Gold/Metal Peach over more characters or a real battle mode.
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29 May 2014 21:25

I do think it might have been wise for Nintendo to show something non-ad related first, might have softened the overreactions a bit, but then again, only the really hardcore give two ishes about it anyways.
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29 May 2014 22:10

MegaShock100 wrote:Meh, not the worst thing ever, but not a fan of having this + Gold/Metal Peach over more characters or a real battle mode.



Agreed, especially on the battle mode bit. Which should have been on-disc. Not DLC (if that even happens, which I kind of doubt).
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31 May 2014 13:30

No. Mario needs to stay away from the real world. We all know how the live action movie turned out.
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31 May 2014 14:34

DonutMuffin wrote:No. Mario needs to stay away from the real world. We all know how the live action movie turned out.


The way that movie turned out has nothing to do with Mario being viable in the real world, which he is from. He is an Italian plumber.
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31 May 2014 14:37

FadedAreWii wrote:
DonutMuffin wrote:No. Mario needs to stay away from the real world. We all know how the live action movie turned out.


The way that movie turned out has nothing to do with Mario being viable in the real world, which he is from. He is an Italian plumber.


Mario is a Japanese character. That's from Italy. Voiced by a Canadian.

Not confusing at all. :3
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31 May 2014 14:59

You don't judge a fictional character's personality based on their creators and voice actors. He is an Italian plumber that ended up in another dimension fighting creatures to save a princess of that dimension. Being created by a Japanese person or voiced by a Canadian doesn't add anything to the confusion(does Mario have a Canadian accent?) of his story. :-p
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31 May 2014 15:01

FadedAreWii wrote:You don't judge a fictional character's personality based on their creators and voice actors. He is an Italian plumber that ended up in another dimension fighting creatures to save a princess from that dimension. Being created by a Japanese person or voiced by a Canadian doesn't add anything to the confusion(does Mario have a Canadian accent?) of his story. :-p


Well, I hope you know I just said that for fun and for confusion. No need to be overly serious all the time, right? :wink:

And I have no idea. But he sure doesn't sound like Terrance & Phillip to me.
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31 May 2014 16:08

Yeah, that's why I put the tongue at the end. :-p
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31 May 2014 16:13

MasterofMonster wrote:
FadedAreWii wrote:
DonutMuffin wrote:No. Mario needs to stay away from the real world. We all know how the live action movie turned out.


The way that movie turned out has nothing to do with Mario being viable in the real world, which he is from. He is an Italian plumber.


Mario is a Japanese character. That's from Italy. Voiced by a Canadian.

Not confusing at all. :3


JUST FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY:

Iwata

When Miyamoto-san created the prototype character for Mario in Donkey Kong, he called him Mr. Video. It appears he wanted to put that character in all the games he made, but with Super Mario Bros., he really did establish someone worthy of the name Mr. Video.
Uemura

That's right. I think that's amazing.
Imanishi

Before Mr. Video, he was called Ossan (middle-aged guy).
Iwata

Right, right. Ossan! (laughs) At first he was Ossan and Jumpman. He wasn't called Mario until some time later.


in the origin mario was a japanese middle aged character.

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Then marketing guys in USA (the legend says after they had a discussion with Mario Segali ) Decided to use the stereotype of the Italo-american.

Mario Segali:
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italian plumbers are like polish workers for german people... there was a stereotype that italo-american used to do the humble jobs like plumbers, cookers, electricians...

so Ossan became Jumpman that became Mario...

so Mario is not italian.

mario is italo-american character based on a japanese middleaged character...

it's a fact that mario never speaks fluent italian language but only uses stereotipal words... (if you played Mario64 and left mario get sleep you know what i mean...


jump video at 5:48 to listen..

it's like listening a song by Luis Prima


In New Orleans there was a huge italian community in the 20's and they founded and help to develop the basis of the Jazz Music as we know...

they mix italian and english words because they really are a generations still 50% italian since they were born from real italian parents first immigrants...

so this became in the following years the base of the classical stereotype of the italo-american...

then came Jersy Shore ...but this is another story...

is true also that as we learned in Yoshi's Island that mario parents live on a island...(sicily?sardinia?) Nintendo never gave us a hint about this italian origin...

Clearly not Italy:
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so we can say for sure that mario is a italo-american...but we have no clue that he is italian...
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01 Jun 2014 12:32

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, but the commercial is funny.
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01 Jun 2014 20:52

Only thing, alko, is the part about Nintendo's Italian warehouse landlord.

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