Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Datamine Teases Upcoming DLC Tracks

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Datamine Teases Upcoming DLC Tracks
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


8th Aug 2022 09:12

Racers, start your engines, and may the best Koopa win. Nintendo is once again burning rubber, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to deliver fan-favourite tracks from the franchise's past for its ongoing DLC. Now, a tonne of upcoming courses have been leaked ahead of time.

Although Mario Kart 8 was released all the way back in 2014 for the Wii U, it was the revamped Deluxe that raced its way into our hearts on the Nintendo Switch. While some of us look for even a glimpse of Mario Kart 9, Nintendo is keen to milk its predecessor for all it's worth.

What Tracks Are Coming To The Mario Kart 8 DLC? 

Posting on YouTube, user BL has shared an upcoming gigaleak of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC tracks. The leak reportedly comes from "prefetch" that have been added to the main game. Prefetch files are just a few seconds of music - used to start the music quickly as the full song loads in the background. Even though the full musical tracks don't appear in-game, fans have been able to decipher which courses they correspond to. 

Nintendo promised a series of waves that will add six lots of eight tracks between now and the end of 2023. A new update just dropped, with the Turnip and Propellor cup adding beloveds like Mario Kart 64's Kalimari Desert, Mario Kart Wii's Mushroom Gorge, and New York Minute from New York Minute

Although it's yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, it looks like the following courses are on the starting line and ready to race to the finish: 

  • London Loop from Mario Kart Tour
  • Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS
  • Boo Lake/ Broken Pier from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Rock Rock Mountain from Mario Kart 7
  • Berlin Byways from Mario Kart Tour
  • Waluigi Stadium/Wario Colosseum from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 
  • Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
  • Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 7
  • Amsterdam Drift from Mario Kart Tour
  • Singapore Speedway from Mario Kart Tour
  • Los Angeles Laps from Mario Kart Tour
  • Sunset Wilds from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Bangkok Rush from Mario Kart Tour
  • Vancouver Velocity from Mario Kart Tour
  • Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii


When Will These New Tracks Arrive?

You might notice there are a lot of Mario Kart Tour tracks, which will likely disappoint some. It's no secret that the mobile game has divided Karters, as many would've preferred Mario Kart 9 instead of a free-to-play title that has paid extras. Also, it's likely easier to rejig the Tour tracks for Deluxe than it is remodelling an old favourite like Mario Kart 7's Rainbow Road.

There's no release date for any of the above, however, it's logical to expect the first eight in Wave 3. A previous leak had files for specific platforms, which line up with the likes of Peach Gardens and Rock Rock Mountain. Wave 3 is expected to race into action later this year, with more waves coming shortly after. Either way, at least we're getting the fan-favourite Maple Treeway at some point in the future.

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