Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass is a DLC expansion pack for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, announced during a Nintendo Direct held on February 9, 2022. The pack includes 12 additional cups, for a total of 48 additional courses (bringing the total number of courses to 96), all of which are remastered versions of courses from other Mario Kart games, including Mario Kart Tour. The courses are based on their designs from Mario Kart Tour, with the exception of DS Shroom Ridge, which is currently absent from said game. However, the courses have received visual improvements and new music arrangements compared to Mario Kart Tour. The pack marks the longest gap between the original release of a Mario game and the release of its DLC, releasing nearly five years after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe did. The pack also makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the first Mario Kart game to feature classic courses from games following the original game's release, with Mario Kart Tour and its reappearing courses debuting after Deluxe was initially released.
The pack is set to be released in six waves by the end of 2023, with the first releasing on March 18, 2022. It can be purchased on its own, but is also included in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. The first wave of the DLC was made available to pre-load on March 15, 2022. If the player has purchased the Booster Course Pass or currently has a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, a small icon of a Super Star can be seen next to the version number on the game's title screen.
Each of the six waves features two cups, each with four courses (for eight courses per wave). As of the first wave, there is one course each from Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 7, and three courses from Mario Kart Tour. Currently, there are no courses from Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Excluding the Tour courses, DS Shroom Ridge is currently the only course in the Booster Course Pass that has not previously appeared as a classic course.
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