Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 1 Image
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  • Summary: A total of 48 remastered courses from across the Mario Kart series have come to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as paid downloadable content. Eight courses will be released at a time over six waves by the end of 2023, which can all be played locally or online. Courses such as Wii Coconut Mall, N64 ChocoA total of 48 remastered courses from across the Mario Kart series have come to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as paid downloadable content. Eight courses will be released at a time over six waves by the end of 2023, which can all be played locally or online. Courses such as Wii Coconut Mall, N64 Choco Mountain and Tour Tokyo Blur are included in the first wave. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 27, 2022
    75
    Wave 1 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass breathes new life into the multiplayer favorite, adding some of the series’ best hits. While there are some noticeably cut corners in this inaugural launch, we’re eager to hit these streets at our next shindig.
  2. Mar 22, 2022
    75
    Nintendo’s first batch of DLC tracks that join the 48 courses already available do well to add an extra bit of needed spice to a game that’s still being played, and bought, by millions of Switch owners. With 40 more tracks arriving by the end of 2023, it’s worth getting excited over if this first handful is anything to go by. Sure, not every track earns a place in Mario Kart’s prestigious Hall of Fame, and it would have been nice to see design updates to make them truly special, jumping back into what’s already a sublime kart racer was a blast, and being able to share tracks that I have fond memories playing years ago with friends online was a real treat.
  3. Mar 21, 2022
    70
    If none of these tracks really tickle your fancy, you’re probably better off just waiting for the next proper entry in the Mario Kart series. For me, I’m cautious but optimistic the rest of the Booster Course Pass will be worth the $25 entry fee once all is said and done. Obviously, there are some great tracks included already with Wave 1, but if Toad Circuit’s inclusion is any indication, I shouldn’t completely dismiss the possibility of some stinkers getting through too.
  4. Mar 18, 2022
    70
    Overall, Wave 1 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass is enjoyable and gives a modern classic a thrilling new spark of life. After blasting through the race classes, it's likely the itch will be back and we'll be back in the online lobbies once again, eagerly awaiting the five further waves to come between now and the end of 2023. That's the key takeaway we took early on while sampling the Booster Course Pass — you can't go far wrong with 'more Mario Kart'.
  5. Mar 21, 2022
    70
    There is no doubt that the Booster Course Pass is going to heralded as "must-have", but so far Wave 1 hasn't set the track on fire. The runaway winners of Wave 1 are the three courses featured from Mario Kart Tour, but that is not to say the other courses are bad, but are lacking in imagination compared to other retro-courses featured in the base game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The lack of anti-grav and some questionable graphical decisions also mount up to disappointment and it is interesting to see if Nintendo are going to address this with the remaining 40 courses. However, in the grand scheme of things it is great to have new courses to race on and is certainly thoroughly recommended for all Mario Kart fans.
  6. Mar 23, 2022
    70
    It is a promising start for this huge expansion, with a varied selection of tracks, some straightforward, some complex. It does seem weird the order they are in when it comes to the cup progression, and I do question why we need tracks that are designed as openers in the old games. If Booster Course Pass Wave 1 is the opener, I’d imagine as we get further into the release schedule, those selected will begin to showcase the bigger, larger and more complex tracks, and that makes me stoked. The expansion itself is easily worth it for Mario Kart fans. We are talking about doubling the number of tracks that were in the original Mario Kart 8 Deluxe release, meaning that we get to experience the fantastic Mario Kart 8 gameplay across a whole game worth of new tracks. With the price being as cheap as it is, it is a no brainer that Mario Kart fans should pick this up. A good first wave, so let’s see what Booster Course Pass Wave 2 brings.
  7. Mar 31, 2022
    60
    Unfortunately, the quality of the new tracks varies: Toad Circuit feels like a rush job, while Paris Promenade perfectly captures the wonderful chaos of Mario kart. In summary, we're happy for more Mario kart, yet we're a little disappointed that the first part of this expansion doesn't reach the towering level of the original.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Mar 24, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Game DLC 48 race track The quality is also very good
    quite a bargain very goog
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  2. Mar 25, 2022
    9
    Mario Kart uma verdadeiro esplendor e pura diversão com boa qualidade no entretenimento.
  3. Mar 22, 2022
    8
    For the first wave of many, it’s great. A lot of awesome tracks, and the tour tracks are very nice first experience for those who haven’tFor the first wave of many, it’s great. A lot of awesome tracks, and the tour tracks are very nice first experience for those who haven’t played tour. The popular legacy tracks like Coconut Mall and Choco Mountain feel a little off, but maybe that’s just me preferring Mario Kart 64 and Wii over 8. And the fact that you can get it for free with the NSO expansion pass adds great value to the NSO service. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2022
    8
    Es ist eine tolle Erweiterung trotz dem wenigen Inhalt und ein wahres Nostalgie fest
  5. May 16, 2022
    8
    Out of nowhere, a huge new wave of tracks for Mario Kart 8. This is the first pack of 8.

    PROS: MORE MARIO KART: It's hard to say "no" to
    Out of nowhere, a huge new wave of tracks for Mario Kart 8. This is the first pack of 8.

    PROS:

    MORE MARIO KART: It's hard to say "no" to more content for one of the best racing games in existence.
    GOOD NEW TRACKS: A very welcome injection of freshness for long-time players, and they're good too.
    LOTS OF VARIETY: From wide open speed tracks to tricky corners and environmental hazards, each of these tracks has its own character. Even if you're not fond of all of them, there is sure to be something for you in here.

    CONS:

    SMELLS OF MOBILE: A deep-pocketed company like Nintendo could have done a better work of porting these tracks to the Switch. The level of detail is recognizably inferior to the existing tracks, and it's clear that the new tracks were ported quickly, often from the mobile Mario Kart game. We're talking about one of the flagship games on Nintendo's only console. There is no justification for Nintendo not spending some extra care adding more details.
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  6. Mar 24, 2022
    7
    Não chega nem perto do tratamento das outras pistas, mesmo as que vieram como DLC no Wii U. Mas pela quantidade acho que vale.
  7. Mar 24, 2022
    0
    Art is bad. Paris promenade is boring, Coconut Mall is less enjoyable than original. Most tracks seems "off". Ninja Hideway is the onlyArt is bad. Paris promenade is boring, Coconut Mall is less enjoyable than original. Most tracks seems "off". Ninja Hideway is the only interesting track because of how technical it is, but the rest looks like asset pushed in Unity with global illumination (Coconut Mall is such a disaster). More love should have been pushed is those tracks. Please don't do this again Nintendo! Expand

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