Our green-garbed hero from The Legend of Zelda, Link, typically mounts his trusty steed Epona to race across the countryside of Hyrule — or to escape from near-fateful encounters. But in Nintendo’s latest Wii U racing title Mario Kart 8, he will trot to the tracks on his Master Cycle. (We’d prefer if you wore a helmet, Link. That looks dangerous!)
At first glance, the Master Cycle appears to be nothing more than a snazzy and flashy bike. But look closer. It’s actually a high-powered Epona, decked out with emblazoned Triforce symbols, stylish Triforce wheels, and a shiny Hylian Shield for good measure. We’re betting that bike delivers plenty of — wait for it — horse power, too.
Mario Kart 8 fans will be able to put this pony on the pavement starting next month when The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 becomes available. Pack 1 also includes playable characters Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, along with eight new courses and three more karts such as the B Dasher and Blue Falcon.
Also Interesting: Future Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs Require More Than 2 GB
A second installment of Mario Kart 8 DLC, appropriately titled DLC Pack 2, will be released in May 2015. It also includes three characters that players can choose to speed around the tracks: the Animal Crossing Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser. As with Pack 1, it will include four vehicles and eight tracks.
Fans can advance purchase each DLC pack from the Wii U eShop for $7.99; both packs can be purchased at the discounted price of $11.99. As a bonus, players who pre-purchase both DLC Packs can unlock, and immediately make use of, eight colored Yoshi and Shy Guy characters. Of course, there’s also that free and stylish Mercedes-Benz DLC that lets players zip around the track using three different luxury vehicles.
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