Wave 2 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass DLC has reportedly leaked online, revealing eight unannounced tracks – including Rainbow Road.
The first batch of DLC racing tracks for Mario Kary 8 Deluxe have released today, March 18, and dataminers have already uncovered what appears to be a host of unannounced tracks – including another Rainbow Road – within the game files. Mario Kart 8’s Booster Course Pass DLC was announced during the February Nintendo Direct, and will consist of a total of 48 remastered tracks released in waves.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game, but it’s taken a while for the title to receive a significant new content update. The game is a repackaged and upgraded version of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, and launched on Switch back in 2017. Nintendo may have been somewhat slow in releasing DLC for the kart racer, but the new Booster Course Pass should please longstanding fans of the franchise. The tracks included in the DLC pay homage to prior games in the series, with remastered versions of courses like Choco Mountain (Mario Kart 64), Toad Circuit (Mario Kart 7), and Sky Garden (Mario Kart: Super Circuit). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s DLC is now available for purchase, but also comes included with the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription service.
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Dataminer Atheerios shared their Mario Kart 8 DLC discovery to Resetera, later shared to Reddit by DrAwesomeX. According to Atheerios, the deep-dive into the new game files following the Booster Course Pass update has revealed eight Mario Kart track remasters ranging from the SNES to the Wii, including Mario Kart 7’s Rainbow Road, all of which are currently unannounced by Nintendo. The tracks reportedly include the following, though the user has noted there are more to be revealed:
Sydney Sprint (Mario Kart Tour)LA Laps (Mario Kart Tour)Mario Circuit (SNES Mario Kart)Koopa Cape (Mario Kart Wii)Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7 [Nintendo 3DS])Vanilla Lake (SNES Mario Kart)New York Minute (Mario Kart Tour)Maple Treeway (Mario Kart Wii)
While the tracks have yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, the list offers a promising range of courses for Mario Kart fans who’ve played multiple entries in the series. Interestingly, the alleged addition of further Mario Kart Tour tracks suggests Nintendo might want to bolster interest in the mobile game, which has often been criticized for its different spin on the series’ traditional gameplay, as well as its microtransactions.
By releasing its Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass content in waves, Nintendo is ensuring that there’s lots still to come from the beloved racing game. Wave 1 contains eight races never-before-seen in Mario Kart 8, spread across two Cups, and while that’s going to offer new experiences for players, it’s good to know there’s even more content coming. With 48 classic Mario Kart courses in total due over the coming months, leaks like Atheerios’ are likely to reveal the entirety of the DLC before Nintendo. Whether or not the leaked list is Wave 2, or from perhaps even further in the future, remains to be seen, but it’s clear there’s plenty to look forward to in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
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Source: Atheerios/Resetera, DrAwesomeX/Reddit
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