It’s sort of a no-brainer, but there’s so much going innovation in game sharing nowadays, like PlayStation’s Share Play feature, that it wasn’t crazy to hold out hope that even if you didn’t buy the Mario Kart 8 DLC you could still compete in the matches of your friends that own it when it launches Thursday.
Nope. As clarified by Venture Beat today, when you make a Mario Kart 8 online match with the DLC, you get an option to select from the original 32 tracks or 40 tracks including the eight DLC tracks. You can also make a 32 track or 40 track tournament, or make a tournament just from the eight new tracks.
The game won’t stop you from setting up matches or tournaments if people in the room don’t have the DLC. But those without it won’t be able to play. Players without the DLC will be able to see your new cars and characters when you play on the original 32 tracks, though.
There will be two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs. The first, coming Thursday, adds Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link; four vehicles including an amazing Master Cycle motorcycle for Link, the B Dasher, Blue Falcon and Tanooki Kart; and eight tracks. The second, coming in May 2015, adds Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser, four additional vehicles and eight more tracks. The packs also add new tracks, carts, and some new color schemes for Yoshi and Shyguy that can be obtained before the DLC launches through pre-ordering. The DLC is $7.99 per pack or $11.99 for both.