Games By Aug. 27, 2014 2:26 pm
Mario Kart 8 2.0 Update constantly shoves DLC reminders in your face | Games | Geek.com

Nintendo has pushed out the free update to Mario Kart 8 Version 2.0 to everyone in the US today, which takes the impressively popular racing game and adds a couple of tweaks to prepare the game for the future. While there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the update, especially if you’re a fan of stats and new Karts, it also includes the worst possible setup for the next two DLC updates planned for the console.

There can be no arguing that Mario Kart 8 has been a hit for the Wii U, and it has been a hit at a time where Nintendo needed a win desperately. Keeping people playing Mario Kart 8 isn’t just a good idea for Nintendo, it should be priority one until the next wave of games hits the console this holiday season. Nintendo delivered the news that there would be two additional DLC packs, on top of the one being released today, at the right time. Link, Dry Bowser, and others will be joining the fray together with four additional circuits.

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Unfortunately, rather than just telling us now and reminding us later, Nintnedo opted to put tiles throughout the game to urge you to pre-order now. Mario Kart 8 has placement markers for the November 2014 and May 2015 DLC content.

The character selection screen and the circuit selection screen offer a reminder that this DLC isn’t available yet, and it serves as a constant request to pre-order the content now. This technique isn’t exactly new in the gaming industry, and it’s great to know that there’s more content on the way, but this delivery method is more than a little annoying.

The good news is that the rest of the 2.0 update for Mario Kart 8 is great. The new Karts play well, look nice, and there’s a new stats sheet on the home screen that tells you everything you could want to know about yourself as a racer.

The additional DLC options will surely be well received when they finally arrive, and $12 for the new content if you decide to pre-order the pair isn’t a bad deal. This is just one of the many things in the lifespan of the Wii U that Nintendo could have handled way better but didn’t, and at this point upsetting their current userbase is probably not the best idea.

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