The Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Needs More Original Content

The Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Needs More Original Content ...

Nintendo has a small history with post-launch DLC. Back then, Nintendo would simply continue working on the concepts inside a newly released game, before putting all of them into a fully-fledged sequel. Today, Nintendo has adopted a new method, whereby new titles often receive updates post-launch that add some new content to the game. However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has plenty of content right out of the gate, making the game's DLC seem much more justified.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive 48 new tracks as paid DLC in a new expansion known as the Booster Course Pass, according to a February Nintendo Direct. Nintendo is breaking the release of these new tracks into six waves, each one bringing eight new courses to the game with each one. The first wave launched in March 2022, and this wave will debut in a few days, setting a new, original record for the game.

The Booster Course Pass in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Needs New Tracks

Wave one of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass was praised in general, but its eight tracks all came from previous titles in the Mario Kart franchise, with three coming from the divisive mobile game Mario Kart Tour. While most of the tracks in this wave fit Mario Kart 8, they were already played, which made it difficult to justify the price tag for some players.

Nintendo has taken a page from fan feedback from the first wave of the Booster Course Pass and decided to include a completely different gameplay element to the upcoming second wave. Known as "Sky-High Sundae," this brand-new track allows players to race through a vibrant and colorful environment, which is adorned with large ice cream cones.

While bringing classic Mario Kart tracks back is a great way to add new content while simultaneously boosting fan interest, it does not have the same longevity or appeal as a new track. Long-time Mario Kart enthusiasts know these classic tracks inside and out, but a new track may provide some real value, giving that player the opportunity to try a new one for the first time in years.

If every wave had at least one new track, then there would be a total of five new tracks by the end of the Booster Course Pass' run, both for long-time gamers and for newcomers alike. Hopefully, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass will add even more original content to the game in the next year or so.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now available on Nintendo Switch.