Mario Kart 8 was released back in 2014 for the Wii U, where it saw great success. It’s been eight years, and we still haven’t seen a new entry into the popular racing game franchise. Instead of a brand new Mario Kart game for their new console, Nintendo decided to re-release Mario Kart 8 for the Switch in 2017, where it quickly moved up to be among the best selling games that the console has to offer.
After nearly five years on Nintendo’s newest console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting additional downloadable content in a Booster Pass. The Booster Pass will follow a similar pattern to the traditional season pass content rollout. Eight maps will be released in 6 different drops adding up to a whopping 48 additional maps to the plethora of base game maps. This is sure to please fans, as many of the classic Mario Kart maps that have been missing in this rendition of the arcade racer will now make their way into the game.
The first eight maps of the Booster Pass have already been rolled out. These include the following maps.
- Paris Promenade(Mario Kart Tour)
- Toad Circuit(Mario Kart 7)
- Choco Mountain(Mario Kart 64)
- Coconut Mall(Mario Kart Wii)
- Tokyo Blur(Mario Kart Tour)
- Shroom Ridge(Mario Kart DS)
- Sky Garden(Mario Kart Super Circuit)
- Ninja Hideaway(Mario Kart Tour)
While there is still time until the second wave of maps release, a datamine has determined some of the maps that we could be seeing as part of the Booster Pass. Dataminers on Discord found a promotional image for the Booster Pass that reveals a few tracks that could be returning to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Fans like Twitter user @MrNantendo have been quick to spot several of the courses that are visible in the image.
Looks like we got a datamine leak after all. Courses on here include:
– Sydney Sprint (tour)
– LA Laps (tour)
– Mario Circuit (SNES)
– Koopa Cape (Wii)
Can you see any more? pic.twitter.com/uv6bGadUye
— Joshua 'NantenJex' Goldie (@MrNantendo) March 18, 2022
The courses spotted so far include
- Sydney Sprint
- LA Laps
- Mario Circuit
- Koopa Cape
- Rainbow Road 3DS
- Vanilla Lake
- New York Minute
- Wario Stadium
- Sunset Wilds
- Maple Treeway
- Merry Mountain
- Vancouver Velocity
- Shy Guy Bazaar
- DK Summit
As stated earlier, the list of leaks points back to a return of many fan-favourite courses across the entire Mario Kart franchise. Courses are set to roll out slowly over the span of 2022, continuing till the end of 2023. With an insane 48 new courses set to launch for the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if all of these courses made their way into the game, but it would be wise to take all of this information with a grain of salt, as is the case with any leak out there.
Mario Kart 8 has undeniably stood the test of time, and the once smash hit game on Wii U is still selling extremely well on the Nintendo Switch years later. Despite being nearly five years old on the Switch alone, the game has outsold every other Switch game by a fair amount. Therefore, it is not surprising that the game has an active and dedicated player base to this day, and the staggering amount of content included in the Booster Pass should be a worthwhile treat to the loyal fanbase.
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