The Mario Machine and the Ultimate Driving Machine
Posted on Wednesday, August 13 @ 17:30:00 Eastern by ryanbates
To some, the Mercedes-Benz DLC is the real final nail in Nintendo's coffin. While things aren't quite to that level of emergency, their reasoning does show some validity.
The other issue, however, deserves a bit more thought. Many are upset because they say the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz's “real world” cars don't fit with the bright, bustling fantasy world of the Mushroom Kingdom. Frankly, I'm prone to agree. Ask the average person to think of the Mushroom Kingdom, and they'll think of a pudgy plumber on a journey to save a princess from a giant turtle monster while bopping on living mushrooms and turtle minions with the help of a friendly dinosaur. Exactly where does the 2014 GLA fit into that picture?
It doesn't, nor do the other two downloadable cars. The anti-DLC contingent has a point. Even watching the trailer, it just doesn't jibe with what fans expect from Mario Kart titles. There's no doubt that Mercedes-Benz makes fine products, but it would be just as awkward if the partnership was with Porsche or Jaguar, or even Fiat or Mini. Dropping a car that would feel more at home in Forza Motorsport 5 or Driveclub or any number of realistic racing games into the midst of Mario Kart 8, home of flying, heat-seeking turtle shells, turbo-boosting mushrooms, and anti-gravity racetracks, just feels strange, and almost a little offensive to those who flock to the Mario Kart series specifically because it's fun and not realistic.
Listen, I don't like this any more than you guys and gals do. It's weird, it doesn't fit. I understand. But look, it's not the end of the world. Nintendo's just now beginning to wrap its head around this DLC concept, whereas Sony and Microsoft have had this around for a good handful of years now. Nintendo's got some catching up to do, and these days they need to do whatever it takes to stay in the race. DLC will be a part of it, and we're not going to like everything about it but we, my fellow Nintendo fans, need to suck it up and let it go.
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