The DLC content is now live and available globally.
As expected, especially in light of recent server maintenance, Nintendo has released the next big update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, taking it up to the giddy heights of Version 2.0.0. It's a meatier download and evidently installs the new tracks for the Booster Course Pass (Wave 1), with the previous 'pre-load' for the content being so small that it was clearly just an unlock key.
To spare your suspense, no, the download doesn't enable the new courses yet. It's officially due on 18th March, though we do know the release times for Europe and Australia; it points to the content potentially arriving a little earlier than expected in some territories. We'll find out soon enough.
While we can't play the content yet, if you go into the Course Select area of the game and press L or R you can look at the Cup select area for the new and upcoming waves of DLC, which will arrive up to the end of 2023. It doesn't reveal any additional tracks, but we do now have the official Cup names.
- Turnip Cup
- Propeller Cup
- Rock Cup
- Moon Cup
- Fruit Cup
- Boomerang Cup
- Feather Cup
- Cherry Cup
- Acorn Cup
- Spiny Cup
And also, as extra confirmation, this is the screen you get when you try and select one of the Wave 1 Cups, whether you've pre-ordered or not - sad times.
Still, it's worth getting the update downloaded; you can trigger it manually by going to the game's window on the HOME page, press '+', scroll to 'Software Update' and then select 'Via the Internet'. That way you'll be all set when the content's unlocked.
I still want to know, if you cancel your NSO subscription, do you get to keep the tracks? Or do you have to keep subscribed to keep access?
Edit:Ok, thanks for the info all. Just bought it separately, as I might as well use my Gold coins on something and when the servers are turned off I will still be able to use it.
This is such a bizarre way of doing it.
You can see the 2 new cups, with all the tracks, on your Mario Kart, but not play them yet.
Have something you 'open' (like the gifted games on 3DS) which tells you the time and date you can do so.
I will wait until All 48 DLC tracks already available and I just only pay with $25 to get all of them.
The fruit Cup is already my favorite
What a tease... I want to play them, Nintendo!
I'm not going to update yet since I need to get the rest of the cups done but once that's over with? HOO MAMA BABY I'M SO EXCITED.
Fruit Cup?? That sounds delicious!
They forgot to mention that Ninja Hideaway is from MK Tour in the select screen lol
Rock Cup is going to have Rock Rock Mountain you heard it here fifty-eighth
"Moon Cup", huh?
Well OK then. It's a time to be celebrated.
@Bunkerneath @Bunkerneath you can only have when you have supscribed If you dont haveit you can not play solo only online you can not select dlc only when you havit
Sorry, is it just me or are the first two cup names missing from the list? What are the names of the ones that look like a super mushroom and... a beehive?
PSA: I, ChromaticDracula, am finally buying into this NSO Online Expansion Pack tomorrow (after I get paid--Elden Ring and Horizon leveled me this period.) I know, it's expensive and whatever, yeah yeah yeah.. But... I really want to play Paper Mario, Alien Soldier, a few others, and really want these new tracks (yes, even knowing I can just buy them separately.)
Now who's with me!?
Well, I guess from the image above the list we can see that the first one is called the "Golden Dash Cup"
@strongest_link those are the ones already confirmed before: golden dash and lucky cat
BTW @nintendolife: you can see the translated names too now for the tracks...
Just updated.. haven't found a trace of any oither improvement yet, a las..
@romanista Guess I missed that. Thanks!
I know it won't happen but if they were to make an new odyssey themed course for the moon cup I would die.
I know they like to use items for the cup names...but some of these are just odd. Especially when they're all remastered tracks.
Would have loved Odyssey-themed levels for the Moon Cup etc
@ChromaticDracula bought the expansion pack the day it came out, been enjoying it since. Welcome aboard!
Well that's cool! Now to wait for datamines to happen I suppose since we can't play the new tracks yet.
@Franklin It only shows the tracks for the 2 cups releasing today. You can look at the other cups, but not see the courses they will be brining yet.
@Bunkerneath If you're subscribed to the expansion pack, and you cancel or do not renew, you do not keep the tracks. The expansion pack DLC is basically a rental AFAIK.
If you want to keep the tracks, you can buy the DLC for $25, which is what I'm doing since I have no plans to get the expansion just for DLC (the N64 games, I have the ones I like on Wii U, and I have a plethora of ways to play Genesis games officially).
@Anti-Matter Paying $25 now gets you all the tracks as they're released. It's kind of like the Fighter's Pass for Smash, you get the new stuff as it comes out.
@Kimyonaakuma While I don't have any ideas for cherry or acorn, I do have ideas for the others:
@Bunkerneath Everyone else (edit: excepy Sunsy, who responded as I was typing this) is leaving out some information. If you buy the DLC, you keep it forever. If you're getting it through the NSO expansion pack, it only lasts as long as you have the subscription.
@Anti-Matter You can pay $25 now and play them as they come out instead of waiting until they're all out and paying the same amount and missing out on playing all the new tracks in the meantime. (and again, Sunsy beat me to it. good on ya, @Sunsy)
I don't have $25 right now.
I'm not in hurry to get the DLC as I still busy to build games from other machines.
@Bunkerneath you have to be subscribed to access the tracks 😔
My cups have doubled since we last met, Count.
@Grumblevolcano The cherry could be from the roulette mini game in Super Mario Bros 2. The Acorn is from New Super Mario Bros U.
@Arkay That's great! I was a bit different: I ordered the N64 controller and received it and opened it and charged it but never subscribed yet haha... It's time to get into this!
It's really nice to see the emulation improvements as well since release. I started warming up to it around that time and seeing them put some extra love into the service/emulation and seeing the rate at which the games are releasing. Glad to read you're enjoying it, thanks!
@Slinkoy1 That would be INCREDIBLE! I can see it in my mind and imagine it and it makes so much sense! Tracks swooping down into the valleys and the extra gravity effects.. ooooh boy
The cherry is from Super Mario 3D World.
No new characters?
It is called the "Booster COURSE Pack". It is hardly a surprise there are no new characters, especially when they never said there would be.
@Bret No problem, I'm surprised that some don't know you can simply buy it. I get Nintendo pushes the service, but DLC on the expansion pack can be bought without subscribing.
@Schizor88 No you don't need to be subscribed at all, all you need to do is buy the DLC and that's it. The DLC on the NSO Expansion Pack is simply access to it.
Don't want the expansion, or worry about losing it, simply buy the DLC as a standalone purchase.
@lighteningbolt79 You are right! I forgot about that. Thanks!
@Grumblevolcano the cherry is the double cherry from Super Mario 3D World, the Acorn from New Super Mario Bros. U
@lighteningbolt79 @LinktotheFuture I knew about their origins, I just couldn't think of a connection to Mario Kart. But I've managed to think of one for Cherry, 3D World had a level inspired by the SNES Mario Circuits (Mount Must Dash) so a connected course would be one of the SNES Mario Circuits.
@Sunsy I know that. But I read the question like if you didn't buy buy the tracks in the pass you will have to be a member of NSO to play the new tracks.
Rock Cup is probably the most random out of the bunch. All of them are Mario 3D World related with the exception of Super Mario Odyssey's Moon cup, New Super Mario Bros. U's Acorn cup, and Mario Kart's Golden Dash, Feather, & Spiny cups, all which are games that are playable on the Nintendo Switch system. However, the Rock cup has the Rock Mushroom from Super Mario Galaxy 2 as the icon which is ironic since that game isn't even available on Switch in the 3D All-stars collection, what a random addition. I think having an Ice cup with the Ice Flower icon would have made more sense in terms of consistency, or even a Heart cup with the Mario Odyssey Heart as the icon to go along with the Moon cup. Makes you wonder if this is a hint of sort that they may be porting Super Mario Galaxy 2 to Switch soon. (probably not, though)
@Anti-Matter you don't have to wait, is a single $25 payment for all of them, you wont have to pay for each wave individually. You might as well get it now and let the game update each time new tracks come out since you already payed for all of them.
Waiting is not necessary, but is totally up to you.
I don't have $25 at the moment.
I still have $5 leftover after purchasing Happy Home Paradise DLC for ACNH last November 2021.
I'm not in hurry to get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC as my gaming hype currently on other machines.
I will pick the DLC later.
@Grumblevolcano My apologies.
Hopefully they add a character and kart/Bike expansion pass.
-Petey Piranha (MK dd)
-Paratroopa (MK dd)
-Birdo (MK dd)
-Pauline (MK tour)
-Wiggler (MK 7)
-Honey Queen (MK 7)
-Hammer Bros (MK tour) (Ice, Fire, and Boomerang bros as pallette swaps)
-King Bob-omb (MK tour)
-Monty Mole (MK tour)
-Peachette (MK tour)
-Nabbit (MK tour)
-Cranky Kong (new)
-King K. Rool (new)
-Dixie Kong (MK tour)
-Diddy Kong (MK dd)
-Funky Kong (MK wii)
-R.O.B. (MK ds)
-and maybe some pac-man characters from the mario kart GP arcade games.
"Fruit Cup" made me laugh!
@mariomaster96 Weird indeed. Perhaps they want to separate the tracks based on the real cities and the others? Seems like they want to push Ninja Hideaway as an original track? Guess we'll hear about it down the road.
@Grumblevolcano Perhaps Maple Treeway for the Acorn Cup? It's not really related to NSMBU, but acorns come from trees, so it's thematically fitting.
What's the download size looking like?
Ok so I have the expansion pass and have updated the game and everything... but I still can't access the new tracks... 😒 am I missing something?
Nevermind... I downloaded the update but not the actually DLC... senior moment
@ChromaticDracula I'm really really thinking hard about this at the moment. I currently sub to the family annual pass so this would give access to all those game and dlc to not only me, but also 5 other family members. I don't like the idea of losing content if I choose not to renew a subscription, but I'm questioning if I'll be playing some of the games with dlc benefits long-term anyways.
@dkxcalibur That's sort of how I'm looking at it too... Really the only games I see myself playing non-stop over and over are Starfox 64 and Mario Kart 64. I have yet to try Sin & Punishment so maybe that one too. But yeah.. today is the day, I'm doing it! For a year's worth of games I cherish and that were part of my childhood, I think I'm ready to take the plunge at that price. Plus, If I sub now, I'll have it through the holiday season when I first played Ocarina and Mario 64 way back when. Ill get a nice big dose of nostalgia haha
Annoying that the subscription only lets you rent the courses.
@Bunkerneath no, and that's what makes it all so lame. You're not getting anything from the sub -, just limited access. If you don't care for renting roms that you've bought multiple times already, it's better to just buy the tracks outright.
@Anti-Matter I like seeing sensible comments here from time to time
@ChromaticDracula have fun but not with you. I have paper Mario on my PC, retro pi, Wii, Wii U, and n64 already lol
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