A double dose of Mario Kart

Nintendo usually issues their eShop line-up on a Monday morning, but for whatever reason yesterday came and went without. In instances like this we always wonder what the holdup was. Did an eShop release get delayed at the very last second? Are Nintendo still debating internally about what VC games to release this week?

We guess we’ll never find out. What we do know now is this – Thursday sees the launch of Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2, a host of Kirby discounts in preparation for next week’s Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush and two VC releases for Wii U.

Those VC releases are the GBA’s Mario Kart Super Circuit (£6.29) and the NES cult classic scrolling brawler Street Gangs (£3.49). You may know that last one as River City Ransom. Or possibly Downtown Nekketsu Story.

Super Circuit’s arrival is timely as two of the tracks feature in the new Mario Kart 8 DLC. £7 gets you eight new tracks – including F-Zero and Animal Crossing crossovers – three new characters and four additional vehicles. The above trailer reveals all.

The 200cc update is incoming too, and will be available to all for free. There’s a lot of excitement on Twitter over this, all entirely deserved – MK8 is about to become another step closer to feeling like a new F-Zero.


The aforementioned Kirby promotion entails three games on Wii U and three on 3DS. Buy any of these and you’ll get 10% off Rainbow Paintbrush, bringing the eShop price down to £31.49. It can still be found cheaper in physical form online, mind.

Anyway, the Wii U sees the following cuts: Kirby’s Adventure Wii (£13.49), Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (£2.74) and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (£3.14) while 3DS owners can choose from Kirby Fighters Deluxe (£4.39), Kirby’s Dream Land (£1.79) and Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (£1.79). All price drops are in effect until 30th April.

A few other 3DS games are in line for a price drop. Specifically, Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D (£4.49), Football Up 3D (£1.79) and music synthesizer software KORG DSN-12 (£12.49) and KORG M01D (£9.99).

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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