Like many others, I am a HUGE fan of Mario Kart, so when Mario Kart 8 came out I immediately began playing and was immersed in throwing red shells and avoiding annoying bananas. As much as I loved the cool new features of the game, I felt a little dissatisfied with its range of tracks. Sunshine Airport, especially, left me wondering, “Why is this even a stage?” So, with that being said, here are a few stages I’d like to see as DLC for Mario Kart 8.
1. 8-Bit Super Mario Bros. Track
The first thing that comes to mind whenever anyone reads this is probably: Super Mario Kart. Well, that isn’t exactly what I had in mind. However, I’d like to see a track more akin to Nintendo’s 1984 Excitebike. My vision for the track would be that the players can race each other on a Mario-specific track from an aerial, birds-eye view. But, this track would have a twist on the normal Mario Kart tracks — all the players would be viewing the same screen. A very mechanically-specific concept, but interesting and nostalgic nonetheless.
2. Luigi’s Mansion Track
A Luigi’s Mansion track is not a new concept. It has appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!’s battle mode and as a track within Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7. However, all of those tracks are very simplistic — the battle mode is only a slightly creepy-looking square, and the track shared by Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7 provides very little obstacles and is short. With the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, I feel that there should be a track, or more, devoted to one of the five mansions featured throughout the game. Between Boos, walking trees, and other creepy crawlies, a Luigi’s Mansion track has the strong possibility to be a challenging course to players (that isn’t Bowser’s Castle, for once). My vote is for is the Old Clockworks mansion being made into a DLC track.
3. Super Mario Galaxy Track
I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t that basically Rainbow Road?” To answer your question: absolutely NOT! Rainbow Road is specifically a Mario Kart classic, and it’s only similarity to Super Mario Galaxy is that it’s colorful and in space. Super Mario Galaxy is one of my favorite Mario games, and I would love to see it displayed in Mario Kart 8, rather than just having Rosalina as a playable character. Super Mario Galaxy has a wealth of galaxies that would be perfect for a track or two, in fact the Loopdeloop Galaxy is basically a track already. I would love to see a Freezeflame Galaxy or a Toy Time Galaxy track as Mario Kart 8 DLC.
Audrey Lips is one of MONG’s editors and is currently balancing a Journalism major while secretly hoping to get her Hogwarts acceptance letter. You can follow her TMI posts on Twitter.
This feature is based off of playing a personally paid Nintendo Wii U game.