Mario Kart 8’s new DLC numbers can now be preloaded before launch

The first wave of DLC content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on March 18, and fans can pre-load it now if they have the NSO expansion pack.

The bias voltage for the first wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC broadcasts live for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Members. DLC is part of the Booster Course Pass, which will release 48 issues over six waves of content that is expected to continue to be launched until 2023.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched in 2017, and it quickly became Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game, a position it holds to this day. The game is a remastered version of Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, which includes all the DLC content as well as some new additions, including a renewed Battle Mode. Nintendo surprised the world during Nintendo Direct in February 2022 when it revealed it Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would receive DLC numbers even though the game had been available for five years without major updates. This shocked many fans as the rumors it Mario Kart 9 should be announced had circulated, but Nintendo is still not finished with the power Mario Kart game.


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Wave 1 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe‘s Booster Course Pass launches on March 18, and fans can now download the new content ahead of time. According to the official Nintendo UK Twitter page, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers can preload Wave 1 DLC now. This can be done by visiting the Booster Course’s page on the Nintendo eShop, which should have a tab for the Expansion Pack next to the option to purchase it directly. If you select this option, the preload starts.

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive forty numbers in future updates, the courses shown in Wave 1 are divided into two Cups. Golden Dash Cup has Paris Promenade (Mario Kart Tour), toad circuits (Mario Kart 7), Choco Mountain (Mario Kart 64), and Coconut Mall (Mario Kart Wii). Lucky Cat Cup has Tokyo Blur (Mario Kart Tour), Shroom Ridge (Mario Kart DS), Heaven garden (Mario Kart: Super Circuit), and Ninja Hideaway (Mario Kart Tour).

The basic version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already packed with content so fans who skip the Booster Course Pass will not miss anything significant. If anything, Booster Course Pass is better for sells the Nintendo Switch expansion pack than anything else. There were many complaints that the expansion pack was not worth the price at launch, especially as the rollout of N64 and Sega Genesis games that are part of the service has been slow since its release. The saving grace of the service was undoubtedly access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC and addition of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC for the service has made it far more appealing than it was before.

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Wave 1 of Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be released on March 18, 2022.

Source: Nintendo UK / Twitter

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