Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Somehow Getting DLC In 2022

Mario Kart 9 Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

mario kart 8 Deluxe

In a sign of the direction the gaming industry is going, Nintendo announced during today’s direct that they’re releasing extensive DLC for the 2017 upgrade to their 2014 racing game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pack will release March 18th. Well, wave 1 will.

Don’t let comments about how strange all this is make you think this isn’t a worthwhile update. It feels like some of the most extensive DLC Nintendo has released. Nintendo are releasing 6 waves of 8 courses, for a total of 48 courses. These remastered courses are pulled from throughout the series. Even Mario Kart Tour is represented!

These updates are set to release by the end of 2023. A 2 year plan for a 5 year old upgrade to an 8 year old game. That’s all. It feels pretty safe to say if Nintendo has a two year plan for this version of the game, we aren’t seeing the sequel so many have asked for anytime soon. The Booster Course Pack will release for $24.99, though subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass, the more expensive version that includes N64 and Genesis titles, will get it for free. While still perhaps a bit overpriced, the value there is getting better all the time. We’ll be interested to see what gets added next.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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