After Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 1 of new tracks… guess what!? Yes! YES! It’s Mario kart 8 Deluxe DLC Wave 2!
This introduces eight new tracks to the experience, after the eight in the April ’22 first wave, and there are another 30 on the bloody things on the way from Nintendo. Hell yeah!
Swerving Through Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Wave 2
Right, eight new tracks. And these are as follows:
- New York Minute
- Mario Circuit 3
- Kalimari Desert
- Waluigi Pinball
- Sydney Sprint
- Snow Land
- Mushroom Gorge
- Sky High Sundae
That’s a mixture of tracks upgraded from previous games, such as Mario Kart 64 back in 1997. There’s also one totally new track!
Straight up, as with the first wave there are several curious filler tracks. These are taken from the disappointing iPhone romp Mario Kart Tour.
The tracks are just a bit flat and unmemorable—not really suited for 8’s particular brand of gravity-defying action.
New York Minute is probably the best from those. We actually quite like its cut back look and city setting. But it isn’t very challenging.
However, the best new tracks add a heaping dose of fun to the game. Waluigi Pinball, Kalimari Desert, and Mushroom Gorge are great fun.
Kalimari Desert’s upgrade from the N64 original is beautiful and throws in several new surprises along the way. Look at its windswept magnificence!
Elsewhere, Sky High Sundae is the new track.
Some people have been a bit sniffy towards it, saying it’s nothing memorable. Although we think it’s a great fun track, kind of lack a wacky Fall Guys type of experience.
It’s also the type of psychedelic, insane trip only Nintendo could really cobble together. My word… the colours! Ooh…
All good fun. However, as with the last wave this is more 7/10 type fair from Nintendo. The peaks are undermined by some forgettable filler tracks.
You get the feeling, as there are still over 30 new circuits Nintendo will be adding over the next 12 months, the best are on the way.
In the meantime, there are now 16 new tracks to enjoy in the game’s scintillating online multiplayer modes.
Some gamers have expressed their disappointment Nintendo hasn’t released a new Mario Kart title instead of these. After all, it’s now eight years since Mario Kart 8 launched on the Wii U.
However, the game is so polished and exuberant as an experience we really can’t argue with the arrival of 46 new places to race on.
Plus, we’re still playing Super Mario Kart. And that thing came up 30 years ago and we can still enjoy it a great deal.
We don’t know if Nintendo is secretly working on Mario Kart 9 as we type this. The company is famously secretive about its projects.
Either way, Mario Kart 8 is unquestionably the best entry in the franchises’ lauded history. And the arrival of more tracks, even the mediocre ones, for us just adds further enjoyment to it all.