Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing game in the Mario Kart series, published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It was released in all regions in May 2014.

Relevance to Animal Crossing series


On August 26, 2014, an Animal Crossing series-themed DLC was announced on the Nintendo UK online store. It was released on April 23, 2015. Isabelle and the Villager are playable characters, a new track based on the Animal Crossing universe, and seven other tracks are unlocked. Both the male and female villager can be chosen by following the same drop-down menu that Yoshi and Shy Guy have received.

Animal Crossing Track

An Animal Crossing themed track is included as part of the second pack. Like a real Animal Crossing town, the seasons will change in the track. Every time the track is played, it will have a different season theme, which changes the color of trees, grass, snow cover, etc., just like in an actual town. The season can be manually chosen in single player by holding down the L, R, ZL, and ZR buttons while selecting the course, which will change the track to Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter respectively. The traditional 10 Coins used to get a slight speed increase get changed to Bells. Many characters and villagers appear along the side of the track including Bob, Caroline, Filbert, Joey, Lobo, Maelle, Peanut, Pecan, Poppy, Rosie, Static, Teddy, and the Able Sisters. K.K. Slider is seen playing his guitar by the side of the road, and Mr. Resetti appears as a track hazard by digging up from underground and causing any players who hit him to spin out. Though the racers are rather tiny in comparison to the villagers. This is in order to make the villagers easier to notice.


Region Animal Crossing add-on price Both add-ons together price
Japan ¥800 ¥1200
USA $7.99 $11.99
UK £7.00 £11.00
Europe €8.00 €12.00
Australia $10.00 $16.00
New Zealand $14.00 $20.00


Nitro Courses
Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup Special Cup
MK8- Mario Kart Stadium MK8- Mario Circuit MK8- Sunshine Airport MK8- Cloudtop Cruise
MK8- Water Park MK8- Toad Harbor MK8- Dolphin Shoals MK8- Bone-Dry Dunes
MK8- Sweet Sweet Canyon MK8- Twisted Mansion MK8- Electrodrome MK8- Bowser's Castle
MK8- Thwomp Ruins MK8- Shy Guy Falls MK8- Mount Wario MK8- Rainbow Road
Retro Courses
Shell Cup Banana Cup Leaf Cup Lightning Cup
MK8- Wii Moo Moo Meadows MK8- GCN Dry Dry Desert MK8- DS Wario Stadium MK8- DS Tick-Tock Clock
MK8- GBA Mario Circuit MK8- SNES Donut Plains 3 MK8- GCN Sherbet Land MK8- 3DS Piranha Plant Slide
MK8- DS Cheep Cheep Beach MK8- N64 Royal Raceway MK8- 3DS Music Park MK8- Wii Grumble Volcano
MK8- N64 Toad's Turnpike MK8- 3DS DK Jungle MK8- N64 Yoshi Valley MK8- N64 Rainbow Road
Add-On Content Pack 1 Courses Add-On Content Pack 2 Courses
Egg Cup Triforce Cup Crossing Cup Bell Cup
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GCN YoshiCircuit MK8-DLC-Course-icon-Wii Wario'sGoldMine MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GCN BabyPark MK8-DLC-Course-icon-3DS NeoBowserCity
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-ExcitebikeArena MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SNES RainbowRoad MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GBA CheeseLand MK8-DLC-Course-icon-GBA RibbonRoad
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-DragonDriftway MK8-DLC-Course-icon-IceIceOutpost MK8-DLC-Course-icon-WildWoods MK8-DLC-Course-icon-SuperBellSubway
MK8-DLC-Course-icon-MuteCity MK8-DLC-Course-icon-HyruleCircuit MK8-DLC-Course-icon-AnimalCrossing MK8-DLC-Course-icon-BigBlue

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a port of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch. It includes new battle stages and new characters, as well as various other tweaks and balance improvements. It was released on April 28th, 2017.

Critical reception

Mario Kart 8 has received highly positive reviews, with Nintendo reporting the "strongest review scores in franchise history", and scoring 88/100 on Metacritic and 88.52% on GameRankings as of July 10, 2014. Critics have praised Mario Kart 8 for its "exquisite details", vast sense of scale, orchestrated soundtrack, and gameplay.


  • In one of the courses, a Yoshi can be occasionally heard faintly humming K.K. Song, or Totaka's Song.
  • Fruit can be found at the base of trees in the Spring and Summer versions of the Animal Crossing course. In the Fall version, they are found in leaf piles similar to those in Maple Treeway (Mario Kart Wii). Hitting a fruit gives a 1.5 second speed boost, equal to that of a Mushroom.
  • When finishing a race on the Animal Crossing Track, a version of The Roost Theme plays instead of the game's traditional results music.
  • Hitting a rock on the Animal Crossing Track will cause a mushroom to pop out, similar to the bell rock mechanic in the Animal Crossing games.


The Animal Crossing Series
Aflogo Af+logo Animal Afe+logo Animal Crossing Wild World Logo Animal Crossing- City Folk (logo) Animal Crossing New Leaf logo NewHorizons
Main series
Dōbutsu no Mori (Dòngwù Sēnlín) • Dōbutsu no Mori +Animal CrossingDōbutsu no Mori e+Wild WorldCity FolkNew Leaf (Welcome amiibo)New Horizons
ClockCalculatorSweet DayPlazaPhotos TogetherHappy Home Designeramiibo FestivalPocket Camp
Other media
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)Dōbutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura DayoriDōbutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Gag BattleMinna no Dōbutsu no MoriOideyo Dōbutsu no MoriTobidase Dōbutsu no Mori Minna de Seseragi Mura Life
Other Series
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlMario Kart 8Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UAnimal Crossing cameoes in other franchises
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