Mercedes-Benz in Nintendo's new Mario Kart 8.

Real vehicles for the first time in the Mario Kart racing game series.

Breathtaking races.

Three automotive icons from Mercedes-Benz will thrill fans of Mario Kart 8, the fun new racing video game for Nintendo’s Wii U home console: the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the current Mercedes-Benz GLA. This cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and Nintendo means that for the first time in the history of the popular Mario Kart series, cars from the real world are available for the breathtaking races. From 27 August 2014, 22 years after the launch the first game in the series, Super Mario Kart in 1992, all Mario Kart 8 fans will be able to download the three kart cars in Mario Kart free of charge. This will also be the start of the “Mercedes Cup”, a worldwide online tournament in which Mario Kart 8 players can test their skills against each other.

Worldwide online tournament.

“Video and computer games are widespread throughout the world, and have a large fan community” says Dr. Jens Thiemer, Head of Marketing Communication at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are particularly proud of the fact that we are the first automobile brand to be represented with real vehicles in Mario Kart 8.” Mercedes-Benz and Nintendo are accompanying the starting date for the free download of the three Mercedes Karts on 27 August 2014 with an exclusive online tournament available worldwide. In the “Mercedes Cup”, Mario Kart 8 fans around the world can compete against each other in races with the Mercedes Karts. Anybody can take part that has the Wii U console, Mario Kart 8 game, and a suitable Internet connection. Access to the “Mercedes Cup” in the game can be found via the online tournament section in Mario Kart 8.

The 'Mercedes Cup' races will end on 23 September 2014. Highlights with the Mercedes-Benz cars can be uploaded via Mario Kart TV and shared with Mario Kart fans all over the world.

The game.

Mario Kart 8 is the eighth instalment in the Mario Kart series, which first thrilled the video game playing world in August 1992. With more than 100 million Mario Kart games sold, this series is among the most successful racing games of all time. The main character in the series, Mario, is the world’s best-known video game icon. The eighth instalment likewise follows the classic game principle of the series, with characters in the Mario universe racing against each other and gaining advantages from various items. New features in Mario Kart 8 include sections where the players can drive along walls using anti-gravity, and even upside-down. In the process, collisions with other vehicles provide a touch more speed. Mario Kart 8 has 32 courses of which 16 are completely new, while the other 16 are revised versions from earlier titles in the Mario Kart series.

Up to 4 players can play the offline mode of the game, and through online play, up to 12 players from around the world can compete with one another.

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