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The next palette swaps will be of Toad.
Presumably during the next DLC preorders
  • Jossed. The recolors were of Shy Guy.

This will be the last Mario Kart game in the series, with a Spiritual Successor popping up on the next console featuring characters from multiple Nintendo series ala Super Smash Bros..
With the positive reception the DLC got for adding non-Mario based characters, "Nintendo Kart" might not be as far fetched as it sounds...

Alternatively, we'll get more DLC that will slowly turn this game into Nintendo Kart.
My guesses for non-Mario based characters being Samus, Fox, and Captain Falcon, with possible non-Mario courses being based on Pikmin, Pokémon, and Kirby.
  • Jossed. The only representation that any of those characters got was through amiibo costumes.
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The Mute City track is foreshadowing a new F-Zero game for the Wii U.
  • Jossed. The Wii U never got any F-Zero titles.

The reason the villager joined the race
Because the fortune cookie (#32) said "You should consider a career as a professional kart racer."

Dragon Driftway takes place in the Chai Kingdom.
It's one of the few locations in Mario's world that's confirmed to have a eastern influence.

The next DLC will include Port Town Aero Drive.
Think about it: aside from the obvious, what do Mute City and Big Blue have in common? Both have been made into stages for Super Smash Bros.. Port Town Aero Drive would be a logical follow up.
  • Jossed.

The next DLC will contain Bowser Jr..
Just to complete the Koopa family.
  • Yes and no; the DLC part is jossed, but Bowser Jr. does appear in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Captain Falcon will be available in a future DLC.
Think about it: Mute City and Big Blue are tracks introduced in the first two DLC packs. Up introduction of two more F Zero tracks (Port Town and Sand Ocean are the most likely), then Captain Falcon will be made available with a full cup of F-Zero tracks in a future DLC dedicated to the F Zero series.
  • Jossed.

The next DLC will include the Inklings
Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 have a lot in common. Both were announced at E3, had a trailer after a few months (near the end of 2013 and 2014 respectively), another trailer in the first two months of the year, another trailer in the month of April, had it's own Nintendo Direct (both in May) and both are released at the end of May. Both games have the same marketing campaign!
  • The next update will feature an Inkling girl, Inkling boy and Inkling squid costume, unlocked via amiibo.
  • Or it will have an Inkling as one of the new characters and you can change the gender (as you can with the villager) and the color. Of course there will also be an Inkopolis track, maybe with Inklings in squid form instead of bloopers. Or all vehicles leaving behind a trail of ink that is purely cosmetic.
    • Yes and no; the DLC part is jossed, but the Inklings do appear in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Baby Rosalina, and by extension, the other baby racers in the Mario Kart games, are not actually baby versions of Mario characters.
They're actually
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the children of Mario characters. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are Mario and Luigi's sons while Baby Peach, Baby Daisy and Baby Rosalina are the daughters of Peach, Daisy and Rosalina.
  • More logically, Baby Mario and Baby Peach are the twin offspring of Mario and Peach, Baby Luigi and Baby Daisy are the twin offspring of Luigi and Daisy, and Baby Rosalina is a clone of Rosalina whipped up with cosmic magic to serve as a successor.

Don't ask about where they came from or who are the other parents are though, it's the same deal as Bowser and Bowser Jr.

Pink Gold Peach's True Origin...
At the end of the first Wario Land game on the Gameboy, when Wario defeats the final boss, a huge sparkling statue of Peach is revealed... Only to be stolen by Mario in a helicopter.Now, years later...the brilliant inventor E. Gadd has invented a shrink ray and a ray that animates statues! He uses it on the giant statue Mario stole years ago...And now we have Pink Gold Peach!For proof, just compare these:

There will be a fictionalized Nazi Germany stage.
  • Since there is a DLC kart based on a Nazi-era race car, why not?
    • Wouldn't that be a little...out of place in a Mario game? Even when you consider the crossover stages?

The Lunar Colony is based on the X-Naut Fortress.
  • This might be a stretch, but they do have similarities, mostly in that they're both highly advanced structures on the moon.
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There will be Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune crossover DLC.
  • It will have a compressed version of the C1 line as a course and some of the soundtrack from Maximum Tune. It'll also come with a Mazda RX-7 Type R kart that's Purposely Overpowered, in a nod to its Game-Breaker status in WMMT.

There will be Wreck-It Ralph DLC to promote Wreck-It Ralph 2.
  • Mario is set to be a major character in Wreck-It Ralph 2, and they already did a similar thing with Ralph in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. New characters will include Ralph, Vanellope, and another Mario character variant. There will be a one-lap race track based off of Sugar Rush and a battle course based off of Fix-It Felix, Jr. The release date will coincide with the release of Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Rosalina is actually Pauline in disguise.
Pauline felt jealous over all the attention the new female characters were getting so, taking a page from Turbo's book, she hacked the code of Mario Kart 8 while the game was still in development, where she managed to alter Rosalina's code and replace it with her own.

To try and get her competition out of the way permanently, she transformed Rosalina into Baby Rosalina, to ensure that Nintendo would never choose to include her in another game, as per the fans' reactions to her. (And so that, being a baby, Rosie wouldn't be cognitive enough to recognize what had happened or communicate it to anyone else if she did.) This is why "Rosalina" in this game sounds like Princess Peach doing a poor Rosalina impression, why Pauline was subsequently given a larger role in Super Mario Odyssey, and why Baby Rosie looks more like Rosalina turned into a baby, rather than matching her "canonical" appearance from her storybook.

Ghost Clock is the watch company that produces from the Old Clockworks.
After the Dark Moon fiasco, the residents of Evershade Valley built the old factory back up to the point they could start mass producing and advertising to the rest of the world. Naturally, they have their sponsor ad placed in a haunted mansion style track.
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