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Diddy Kong and Funky Kong are finally coming to Mario Kart 8

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive its final wave of new race tracks later this year, along with the long-awaited addition o...

Duncan Robertson Sept 14, 2023
Diddy Kong and Funky Kong are finally coming to Mario Kart 8

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive its final wave of new race tracks later this year, along with the long-awaited addition of the character Diddy Kong, as fervently desired by fans. However, that's not all, as Diddy Kong will be accompanied by Funky Kong, Pauline, and Peachette. Nintendo has not disclosed a specific release date for these tracks or characters, but they are slated to make their appearance sometime during this holiday season.

Regarding the actual race tracks, only one was showcased during this announcement, namely the Daisy Circuit, which was first introduced in Mario Kart Wii. It remains unknown whether this upcoming DLC wave will include additional tracks, but it is possible that Nintendo took this opportunity to emphasize the new characters rather than the tracks themselves. Regardless, it is delightful to witness the long-awaited inclusion of Diddy Kong in the game, fulfilling the desires of fans who have yearned for his presence for so long.

This also marks the final installment of the previously announced DLC packages that will be released for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, signifying that the future of the game is currently rather uncertain. It is possible that Nintendo may announce additional DLCs to sustain its success, but given the game's age of nearly six years, fans will undoubtedly crave something new. We will have to wait and see what Nintendo has in store.

Once again, it was a rather significant presentation for Mario and his friends during this latest Direct, where multiple titles and release dates were unveiled. Nintendo seems to be currently investing its efforts in remakes, as not only was a remake of Mario vs. Donkey Kong announced during the show, but we are also finally getting a remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, nearly twenty years after the original game was released on the GameCube in 2004.

It wasn't just Mario who took the spotlight, but we also received further information about Princess Peach's very first standalone console debut. The official title of the game is Princess Peach: Showtime!, showcasing our beloved princess on stage, defeating various villains. Not only that, it appears that she can don different costumes to acquire different abilities, such as a detective, swordswoman, kung fu artist, chef, and much more, which were not revealed in the trailer.

To complete the package, we also received the announcement that Princess Peach: Showtime! will be released early next year, with a confirmed release date on March 22nd, which we can mark in our calendars.