Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans are about to get another dose of fresh courses, thanks to Booster Course Pass Wave 2, arriving this Thursday.
It’s kind of weird that Nintendo is (likely) going to be going a whole console generation with no new Mario Kart title. Yet here we are, deep into the Switch’s lifecycle and only a redux of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8 to satiate fans.
That’s not to say that it hasn’t done its job though, since the game’s re-release did open it up to more fans. And it’s not like it hasn’t seen any ‘new’ additions either, since there’s the currently running series of Booster Courses.
The Boosters are a mix of new and redone older tracks, mostly bringing back favorite races from past MK titles. Already released, Wave 1 delivered Wii Coconut Mall, N64 Choco Mountain, 3DS Toad Circuit, DS Shroom Ridge and GBA Sky Garden, as well as Ninja Hideaway, Paris Promenade and Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tour.
This week brings Wave 2, which is packed up with another 8 courses, spread out over two new cups. Aside from the remakes, it also debuts Sky-High Sundae, which will also be appearing on the mobile game Mario Kart Tour at a later date.
- Tour New York Minute – Zip past towering skyscrapers and enjoy a scenic drive through the park in this Big Apple-inspired course originating from the mobile game Mario Kart Tour.
- SNES Mario Circuit 3 – Drift your way around tight corners and avoid the Warp Pipes in this classic course that originated in Super Mario Kart on Super NES.
- N64 Kalimari Desert – This desert race features frequent run-ins with an old-fashioned steam locomotive that crosses the course – be careful not to cause any delays!
- DS Waluigi Pinball – Launch, bump and weave across this course themed after a giant pinball table, complete with colorful lights and sounds. Just try not to tilt!
- Tour Sydney Sprint – Soak up the sunshine as you soar above the bay and cruise around the sights in this course that originated in Mario Kart Tour.
- GBA Snow Land – Try not to slip and slide on this wintry course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit. Just remember: Cooler heads will prevail.
- Wii Mushroom Gorge – This course features an underground cavern, deep chasms and giant mushrooms to spring off of – make sure you land safely!
- Sky-High Sundae – The competition may heat up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chill out in this sweet race, which is filled with larger-than-life desserts at nearly every turn. Prove you’re number one under the sun(dae) in this debut course
Overall, the Pass system is set to include a total of 6 waves, each one with a now-standard 8 courses. If the math escapes you, that adds up to be a whopping 48 new tracks added into the already pretty beefy game.
You can likely expect one more drop to happen this year, as Nintendo says the program will wrap up in 2023. As for Booster Course Pass Wave 2, you can look for those courses to land on August 4th.