If you were a kid in the '90s and you wanted to find out more about Mario once you were done with the video games, you pretty much had two choices: Sitting through a half hour of dance instructions from "Captain" Lou Albano, or flipping through the pages of Valiant's Nintendo Comics System/Super Mario Bros. comics, where Mario and Luigi frequently got into bizarre adventures alongside Peach's weird old dad. Needless to say, these comics were never really acknowledged in the video games. Or were they?!

See, Nintendo just announced that Mario Kart 8 is getting a downloadable Mercedes Benz SUV, and honestly, the only explanation I can think of is that they're trying to recreate the scene above. Either that, or there's just some weird cross-promotions going on, resulting in one of the most amazing commercials I've ever seen. Check it out below!

 

 

So... I'm like 90% sure that's Henry Rollins.

Anyway, Mario Kart 8 is set to be released for the Wii U tomorrow, and while the new Mercedes DLC has only been announced for availability in Japan, I have to assume that it's only a matter of time before you and Luigi can roll in a Benzo on this side of the Pacific too. What I'm really wondering about, though, is whether or not they'll take it upon themselves to add other elements from the Nintendo Comics to the game just to spice things up. Will there be a flying carpet that Peach can ride while she's brainwashed into wearing the sunglasses that Rob and Don have in Dark Knight Returns? Or will they just litter the landscape with cacti?

 

 

That's pretty much how I play Mario Kart anyway.