Update [Tue 22nd Mar, 2022 11:30 GMT]: So, we’ve had time to dig into the new courses introduced in the first wave of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Crash Course Pass. With additional details added to the tracks – some of which have been completely redesigned visually – there are plenty of little hints of Mario’s story, as well as a few fun little nods.
The most notable of these Easter eggs were spotted at Coconut Mall, a fan-favorite field returned from Mario Kart Wii. In the mall, you can now see banners scattered around some of the tracks, tighter turns. But like any mall, the walkways are lined with a variety of shops, from the Kameka Bookstore to the Fire Flower Curry House. However, two storefronts in particular may hint at the future of the Booster Course Pass. (Thanks, GameXplain!)
As reported last week, Vanilla Lake data from Super Mario Kart has already been discovered, but in fact, there are several posters of the Vanilla Lake winter sports store scattered around the mall. It looks like all of this is almost confirmed, then?
But the most intriguing is the second store – the one that did not make it to the datamain, but, like Vanilla Lake, is in the Mario Kart Tour. Dino Dino Outdoor & Camping Goods is a cute little reference to Dino Dino Jungle from Mario Kart: Double Dash, complete with the signature dinosaur as the shop logo.
Of course, Mario Kart is no stranger to such allusions to its past, but it would be strange to post them here without them appearing later. Only time will tell if we need winter sports equipment or take a tent to go hiking in the prehistoric jungle!
original story [Tue 18th Mar, 2022 05:30 GMT]: First wave Mario Kart 8 DeluxeThe Booster Course Pass arrived and of course the datamining was already there. The latest find in version 2.0.0 is an updated banner showing a bunch of previously unannounced courses.
Fans were able to narrow down the track listing on the banner to the following courses (via ‘Mr. Nantendo‘ on Twitter):
– Sydney Sprint (Tour)
– L.A. Laps (tour)
– New York Minute (tour)
– Cape Koopa (Wii)
– Maple Tree (Wii)
– Mario Scheme (SNES)
– Vanilla Lake (SNES)
– Rainbow Road (3DS)
But that is not all. Although we already knew about the names of the Cups, it seems that one person – known as “fisherman6564‘ on Twitter (via ‘OatmealDome’‘) went even further and made a patch that potentially reveals which Mario Kart game each of the DLC tracks are from. Look here:
Of course, all this information was derived from data, so there is no guarantee that anything mentioned above will definitely appear in a future wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course DLC.
This new expansion for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available until the end of 2023 and includes a total of six waves, ten new cups and 48 levels. You can read more in our detailed guide:
What courses would you like to see added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the future? Let us know in the comments.
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