Mario Kart 8 Deluxe users will be able to play the upcoming Booster Course tracks online or with friends, even if they haven’t paid for the DLC themselves.
The new tracks, the first eight of which will release on March 18, will be shuffled into Mario Kart 8’s online selection of courses on March 22, meaning even players who don’t own them can occasionally have a go. That being said, there will be 54 tracks in the game after that first wave, so players will initially have just a one in seven chance of coming across a new one through random selection.
A more consistent way to play without paying is through a friend, as Nintendo also revealed on its website (per Nintendo Life) that groups of friends can play the new tracks together from March 18 even if only one player owns the Booster Course Pass. This can be done in local or online play.
It’s a neat way of keeping the audience from being fragmented between those who have paid and those who haven’t, while giving more choice to those that have.
The DLC costs $24.99 (£22.49) and will add 48 tracks to Mario Kart 8, all of them remastered versions of courses featured in previous games. They’ll be released in six separate waves between March this year and the end of 2023.
The first round of tracks includes the Golden Dash Cup and the Lucky Cat Cup, with the following eight individual courses:
Paris Promenade (Mario Kart Tour)Toad Circuit (Mario Kart 3DS)Choco Mountain (Mario Kart 64)Coconut Hall (Mario Kart Wii)Tokyo Blur (Mario Kart Tour)Shroom Ridge (Mario Kart DS)Sky Garden (Mario Kart Advance)Ninja Hideaway (Mario Kart Tour)
Nintendo announced the DLC for its five-year old Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in a Nintendo Direct last week. With the addition of the new tracks, the game will have over half of the courses ever made for the Mario Kart series.
IGN said Mario Kart 8 is “amazing”, and “the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you’ll need.” Clearly, we said this before we knew we needed even more tracks.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.