Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass Reviews

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
Unscored
Aug 5, 2022

If the course pass was more expensive it’d be easier to take umbrage with that, but at less than 50p a track it’s very hard to see this as anything other than another welcome excuse to replay Mario Kart 8 and some of the series’ best courses.

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
Unscored
Mar 18, 2022

If it wasn’t for the change in graphics this would get an unequivocal recommendation and even with that issue, we can’t imagine anyone that already enjoys Mario Kart 8 not thinking this isn’t worth getting as well.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2022

Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2022

Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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Unscored
Mar 18, 2022

As you play more, I’m sure it’s a tonal difference that will fade as you get used to it, but it does slightly undercut what Nintendo are selling and makes it feel like these were intended for another game – Mario Kart Tour, if this suspicion holds true. Then again, it’s hard to complain when there is such a huge wealth of circuits coming to the game through the Booster Pass’ six waves. It’s the gameplay that matters most, and the sheer variety of circuits that Nintendo are throwing into the mix is huge. They’re doubling the amount of tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and it means that I and millions of others are sure to come back to the game and enjoy what it offers all over again.

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GameXplain
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Liked-a-lot
Aug 5, 2022
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6 / 10
Aug 4, 2022

Ultimately, Wave 2 Of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn't quite knock it out of the park. We know we've been bashing these courses left, right, and centre, but when it comes to Mario Kart, we have pretty high standards, you know. However, none of the tracks on offer are straight-up bad; most of them just feel like "b-side" filler when compared to the main tracks created specifically for Mario Kart 8. There's still a great deal of fun to be had here, particularly when you crank up the difficulty to 200cc. We have to keep reminding ourselves of the bigger picture, too; we've now got sixteen new courses for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and we're not even halfway through yet. We've still got a ways to go.

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Unscored
Mar 21, 2022

Actually, for all those who regularly play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Because the route pass significantly complements the already extensive course selection once again, the quality of the eight routes available so far is consistently good to very good.

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Liked-a-lot
Mar 19, 2022
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7 / 10
Mar 18, 2022

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'.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2022

Wave two of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC hits the spot in every way. Every track brings a smile and feels like it truly belongs. It's a fun yet challenging collection that will have you laughing, even while occasionally losing in frustration.

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Unscored
Mar 28, 2022

Surpassing the graphic aspect that, at times, blatantly betrays the mobile nature of some tracks, this additional content is absolutely a green light.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2022

Mario Kart fans have been waiting too long for new console content. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is constantly in the top ten games sold in Japan each week, showing it still has plenty of life. A large install base also explains why DLC was the way to go, rather than an all-new Mario Kart 9. The first wave of the Booster Course Pass is a fun reminder of why this series is so popular.

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7 / 10
Mar 23, 2022

It is a promising start for this huge expansion, with a varied selection of tracks, some straightforward, some complex.

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80 / 100
Sep 23, 2022

Booster Course Pass Wave 2 runs with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe formula and takes it to higher highs than Wave 1 from earlier this year. Some tracks are noticeably better than others, but these eight tracks are well worth a race-through.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
7 / 10
Aug 6, 2022

Perhaps not as strong of a track selection as Wave 1, Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass is still very good, headlined by a completely brand-new track in Sky High Sundae and complemented well by Sydney Sprint and New York Minute. It is a bit of a wonder why the retro tracks haven't been given the anti-gravity love, especially as the retro tracks in the base game have it. Waluigi Pinball and Mushroom Gorge are all certainly fan favourites, but it is a shame that they weren't given a bit of reimagining in the same vein that Kalimari Desert received. Nonetheless, Mario Kart fans are grateful that new tracks are coming out for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and it is doubtful that many will have a bad thing to say about getting these courses added in.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2022

The first set of tracks with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass is a good example of how the Japanese can develop a sales hit well and safely. The company certainly does not complain about the lack of interest and hopefully it will be just an introduction to the full continuation.

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nintenmau5
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2022

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.

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75 / 100
Mar 27, 2022

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.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
7 / 10
Mar 20, 2022

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.

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