Mario Kart 8 DLC hints at more returning characters after Birdo reveal

Mario Kart 8 DLC hints at more returning characters after Birdo reveal

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds its first new character for the Booster Course Pass in Wave 4, with this week’s announcement that Birdo is returning to the main series for the first time since Mario Kart Wii.

But it looks like we’ll be getting even more characters in Waves 5 and 6, as the official press release for the latest Nintendo Direct reads: “Returning characters from the Mario Kart series will be added in future waves.”

Waves 5 and 6 will be released by the end of 2023, with eight tracks in each wave. Before that, Wave 4 drops in the spring, with a brand new track based on the Super Nintendo game Yoshi’s Island included.

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That’s not the only Mario Kart-related announcement in this week’s Direct. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers now have access to a variety of Game Boy Advance games, including Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

While the addition of GBA and Nintendo 64 games is probably the biggest draw for the expansion pack tier of the subscription, it also gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe owners access to the Booster Course Pack at no extra cost.

If you don’t want to subscribe to the Expansion Pack, you can buy the Booster Course Pack outright, and there are some deals out there that we’ve rounded up to help you save some cash.


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The latest Direct was full of non-Mario-Kart related news, with the immediate release of Metroid Prime Remastered, the announcement of a new Professor Layton game, an expansion for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and the unveiling of a new The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer and collector’s edition.

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