At Nintendo Direct, the Japanese video games and console giant’s latest update on its new products and releases, Nintendo revealed that downloadable content (DLC) is finally on its way for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart game has achieved soaring success since it was first rolled out on the console in 2017, with Nintendo placing sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 43.35 million pieces on Switch to date.
While viewers eagerly awaiting further announcements or hints about Nintendo’s upcoming sequel to Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, the disappointment of fans at no mention of Breath of the Wild 2 during Nintendo Direct on Wednesday was redeemed by news of 48 new remastered tracks coming to Mario Kart deluxe over the next two years.
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Here’s what we know so far about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s DLC, release dates, how to get it and the remastered tracks coming to Mario Kart in the new DLC.
What is the new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC?
Nintendo revealed during Nintendo Direct on Wednesday February 9 that after a long wait, fans can finally expect to see some paid downloadable content arrive on Switch for its best-selling game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Joining the Rainbow Road, and Luigi’s Mansion will be a Booster Course Pass range of 48 remastered Mario Kart tracks from legendary Mario Kart editions such as the 64, Tour and Advance editions.
Delivered in waves through to the end of 2023, the Booster Course Pass will be available for free to those who already have a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC tracks will be available to play both locally and online.
What Mario Kart tracks will return in Deluxe DLC?
Nintendo has announced the first wave of new, remastered Mario Kart tracks set to arrive on Switch before 2024 will make up the Golden Dash Cup and Lucky Cat Cup.
As per usual, each Cup will get four remastered tracks from Mario Kart editions gone by.
The Golden Dash Cup is set to see the return of Paris Promenade from Mario Kart Tour, Toad Circuit from Mario Kart 3DS, Choco Mountain from Mario Kart 64 and Coconut Hall from Mario Kart Wii.
Meanwhile the Lucky Cat Cup will see Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tour, Shroom Ridge from Mario Kart DS, Sky Garden from Mario Kart Advance and Ninja Hideaway from Mario Kart Tour make their return in the first wave of the paid DLC drop.
The remaining 40 remastered tracks to come in the Booster Course Pass have not yet been revealed, but could see the return of Mario Kart fan favorite tracks such as Peach Beach, Boo Lake, Waluigi Pinball, Maple Treeway and DK’s Jungle Parkway.
When is the Mario Kart 8 DLC release date?
The first release of remastered Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tracks will arrive on Friday March 18, with further releases set to be delivered in six waves of eight tracks until the end of 2023.
How to get the Mario Kart DLC on Nintendo Switch
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass is now available to pre-order as paid downloadable content from the Nintendo eStore for £22.49 ($25), which will give you access to all six waves of the 48 new total tracks.
But Switch owners with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership will have access to the Booster Course Pass as soon as it is released – and will be able to download from March 11 to play on launch day on March 18.
The Online/Expansion Pack membership gives customers access to select Nintendo 64 titles, SEGA Genesis games and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC.
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