Mario Kart 9 release date isn’t coming anytime soon

The announcement of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass means that the Mario Kart 9 release date is unlikely to arrive in the near future.

The announcement of more DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at Nintendo’s February Direct means it’s unlikely Mario Kart 9 will be out soon. During the recent Nintendo Direct, the company announced that Mario Kart 8 would receive a DLC pack allowing users to access a wide variety of courses. Mario Kart 8 was originally released on Wii U in 2014, before getting another release on Nintendo Switch in 2017. The game’s lifespan will be further extended with the addition of new tracks, which means fans may have to wait longer than expected MK9.

Although no new sequel to the popular racing title was announced, gamers did end up getting the mobile game Mario Kart Tour back in 2019. Surprisingly Mario Kart 8 endured a long lifespan and remains one of the most played Switch games to date. With the development team focusing their energy on adding more race tracks to the title, it’s fair to say Mario Kart 9 will come later, rather than earlier.


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the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass will bring eight nostalgic tracks in each of its six waves through the end of 2023, adding more racing cups to the game. In total, that’s 48 new and remastered courses from other Mario Kart games for the enjoyment of players. With only the first wave of classes announced, it’s unclear which track players will end up seeing. Although the DLC does not include new tracks that Mario Kart 9 Probably would, it can be nice to take a trip down memory lane and race on some popular tracks from previous games.

It might not be Mario Kart 9, but MK8 Deluxe’s ​​DLC is still good

While some fans may be disappointed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive further updates, more content is ultimately a good thing. Courses that will be the first to do their Mario Kart 8 starts in the pass are divided into two cuts. There is the Golden Dash Cup which has Toad Circuit from the 3DS, Choco Mountain from the N64, Paris Promenade from Mario Kart Tourwith Coconut Mall from Mario Kart Wii. Second, there’s the Lucky Cat Cup which will include Shroom Ridge from the 3DS, Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tourrefuge of the ninjas from Mario Kart Tour, and the GBA’s Sky Garden. To play these courses, users need to pay for the pass which costs $24.99. However, Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass members have included it in their subscription.

With the possibility of Mario Kart 9 including new characters, it’s sad to see that none are included in the DLC pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There was also no mention of new karts being added to the game, which may be a bummer for some players. MK8 is always popular and well received Mario Kart game, but the DLC is unlikely to break new ground like a full sequel might.

As disappointing as it may be to see Mario Kart 8 take the spotlight Mario Kart 9 maybe should have had, it’s nice to see more MK contents. Since the pass doesn’t end until the end of 2023, fans shouldn’t expect a sequel for the saga before then. In the meantime, players willing to pay extra for more Mario Kart should take advantage of the paid DLC created by Nintendo, as 48 new courses will likely bring more memorable moments to one of the series’ best-received entries.

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