The first major patch for Wii U hit Mario Kart 8 arrives in North America on August 27, and among an assortment of fixes it also includes three free Mercedes-Benz cars for players to take for a spin on the game’s fantastical tracks. To be clear: this isn’t paid DLC. It’s a free update that just happens to include extra content, specifically the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the ’50s, and the Silver Arrow from the ’30s.
The patch also adds the ability to have the race map displayed on the TV during races, improves online stability, displays a post-race score and stats screen, and a couple of other changes. Nintendo’s announcement notes that the patch arrives on the 22nd anniversary of the original game in the series, which was released on August 27, 1992 in Japan. As part of the celebration, Super Mario Kart is now available in the Wii U eShop for $7.99.
Want more? Nintendo also plans to host a “Mercedes Cup” tournament, running from August 27 through September 23. During that time, players with a Wii U connected to the Internet can compete by accessing the tournament under either of the “Internet play” menu options accessible from Mario Kart 8‘s main menu.
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