Mario Kart 8, a recreation that was first launched ten years in the past on the Wii U, continues to be not performed. The 2017 Change model of the sport is at present within the midst of a run of downloadable content material that’s bringing not solely new programs to the sport, however new drivers as effectively.
We welcomed Birdo (alongside a Yoshi’s Island course) within the newest replace, launched at this time, however this contemporary screenshot taken after its set up exhibits that there’s nonetheless room for 5 extra:
5 extra! 5 thriller characters in a well-liked first-party Nintendo recreation! You realize what which means, everybody. It means it’s time for hypothesis.
Whereas the sequence beforehand preferred to maintain issues within the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario Kart 8’s updates have slowly launched characters from different Nintendo franchises, starting from Zelda to Splatoon. Which means these 5 characters might, in true Smash Bros. trend, be coming from anyplace.
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Possibly it’ll be somebody new, however anticipated. Samus is an apparent selection right here, particularly as a automotive primarily based on her ship can be such an apparent combo (and a Metroid-themed course would additionally kick ass).
Possibly it’ll be a distinct tackle an present character. There are a number of Marios right here…is there room for a second Hyperlink? A Wind Waker Hyperlink, maybe? If it’s adequate for Tremendous Smash Bros. Final, it’s adequate for Mario Kart 8.
It might, nonetheless, be another person. Nintendo has an extended, lengthy historical past, in any case. It’s just a little bizarre that characters from F-Zero, a Nintendo sequence about racing automobiles, aren’t featured right here in Mario Kart 8, a Nintendo recreation about racing automobiles. Captain Falcon would slot proper in, particularly since there’s already an F-Zero course (and automobile!) within the recreation.
Possibly it’s time for some Pikmin? Punch-Out? Is Arms too obscure a reference in 2023? Possibly the area is being left for the film variations of some well-known Mario characters?
Possibly it’s best to take over now. Nintendo-related hypothesis is difficult work.
UPDATE: This may assist slim it down. Nintendo says in a press launch accompanying at this time’s DLC that “Two upcoming waves of DLC are nonetheless to return, that includes extra returning programs and characters from throughout the Mario Kart sequence”.
“Returning characters” definitely kills off a number of the wilder recommendations above! And leaves us with potentialities like Petey Piranha and…Wiggler?