Neither character is available in Nintendo’s flagship Mario Kart game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, and this is actually Dixie Kong’s first appearance in the Mario Kart series. Both characters look to be modelled on their appearances in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
The characters are joining the game as part of the Jungle Tour, which will present a new opportunity to collect Grand Stars. You can see them in action in the trailer below.
Funky Kong is something of a fan-favorite, an extremely 90s character whose sunglasses, bandana, and surfboard denote a very era-specific version of “cool”. Dixie was Diddy’s companion in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, and the main protagonist of Donkey Kong Country 3.
Mario Kart Tour recently updated to version 2.1.0, which added new multiplayer options.
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