No Mario Kart 9, but Mario Kart 8 DLC announced
Before February’s Nintendo Direct, Mario Kart 9 was one of the most popular terms on Twitter. The long-running series was hoped for a brand new title by players around the globe.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any news about Mario Kart 9. The Nintendo Direct broadcast was not without arcade racing news, Super Mario News and Mario Kart news. Let’s get into the details about Mario Kart 8.
48 new tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC
The Nintendo Direct broadcast on February 9 2022 states that Mario Kart 8 will get 18 new courses as a paid-for DLC. We don’t know the exact tracks and when they will be available, but they are remastered versions from all of Mario Kart’s back catalogue.
The Booster Course Pass works seasonally. Two Cups of four tracks will be released with each Wave. We know the eight tracks that we will use in Wave 1.
Mario Kart 8 DLC Wave 1 Tracks
- Paris Promenade (Mario Kart Tour)
- Toad Circuit (Mario Kart 7)
- Choco Mountain (Mario Kart 64)
- Coconut Mall (Mario Kart Wii)
- Tokyo Blue (Mario Kart Tour)
- Shroom Ridge (Mario Kart DS)
- Sky Garden (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
- Ninja Hideaway (Mario Kart Tour)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Courses Pass DLC Release Date
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s new DLC will begin rolling out in Wave 1 starting March 18, 2022. Pre-orders are available now. Waves 2-6 will be released between March 2022 and 2023. They may appear around every three to four months.
Nintendo has already stated that Waves will not be fully implemented until 2023, so we can assume there won’t be any Mario Kart 9.
The new Mario Kart 8 Premium DLC is currently available at $24.99/PS22.49. However, all tracks will be free to players who have an active Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass subscription. To play Mario Kart 8 online, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership. You can upgrade to an Extension Pass membership.