‘Mario Kart 8’ Lets Players Drive a Mercedes Benz

‘Mario Kart 8’ Lets Players Drive a Mercedes Benz

The new Wii U game has three cars to download and race: the GLA, the 300 SL Roadster and the legendary Silver Arrow

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 august 2014

Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is giving players the option of driving a Mercedes Benz in the game, when a new software update arrives later this month. This is the first time that real-world cars have appeared in a Mario Kart game.

The update will provide players with a range of new features, most notably the ability to download and race three Mercedes Benz karts for free. These are the modern GLA model, the classic 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s, and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s.


The GLA model comes with special wheel options, and players can customize all three karts as they like with various wheels and gliders. Nintendo and Mercedes Benz are also going to be hosting an online worldwide “Mercedes Cup” tournament from August 27th to September 23rd. Players wanting to take part just need a Wii U console, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a broadband Internet connection and the Mercedes Benz karts. Competitors can race against rivals from around the world by accessing the “Mercedes Cup” in the online tournament section of the game.

The Mario Kart 8 software update will also add some new features that are designed to enhance the overall racing experience for players. They will have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races and will be able to check out statistics like total number of coins accumulated, win-loss record from online play, and most frequently selected character.


Players will also be able to change the options of others’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels and the order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”. The game will remember the most recent customized kart settings selected and improvements have been made to the stability of connection during online play in order to enhance the user experience.

The new downloadable content arrives on the 22nd anniversary of the release of the original Mario Kart game (Super Mario Kart), which launched on 27th August 1992 in Japan.

Mario Kart 8


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