Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players furious at new DLC tracks

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players furious at new DLC tracks
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


13th Jul 2023 10:30

There are some seriously fast and furious gamers out there, as Nintendo is once again in the firing line with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

It's been five years since the racing title first made its mark on the Nintendo Switch, but instead of giving us Mario Kart 9, we're stuck with the sometimes middling Booster Course Pass DLCs.

We're currently in the fifth wave of Booster Course Pass tracks, with a sixth and final one coming before the end of 2023. On the roster this time, we've got a slew of returning tracks, the brand-new Squeaky Clean Sprint, and fan-favourite racers, including Kamek, Petey Piranha and Wiggler. However, not everyone is impressed.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5 is letting us down

The clue was in the name, but most of you were probably expecting the Sunset Wilds course to have an actual sunset in it. After all, this was kinda the schtick of the track since it arrived as part of Mario Kart: Super Circuit in 2001. The course has appeared numerous times since and was supposed to be a big part of Wave 5.

Unfortunately, disgruntled gamers are confused about where the sunset has gone in Sunset Wilds. Although the track is still recognisable as a souped-up version of that one from years ago, the sun no longer sets - simply looming in the sky like an ominous presence.

One fan asked, what's the point of including Sunset Wilds if the sun doesn't actually set? Another grumbled, "Why even remake it then if it can't even do the one thing it's known for?" and another said, "I am just wondering why Nintendo didn't choose LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE if they saw the sunset to night transition wasn't gonna work."

A third concluded, "I think there's something with editing the skybox that isn't compatible with the game's engine, but honestly they should've put Yoshi Desert in instead, it's a much better track, and we didn't necessarily get any 'traditional' Mario desert courses in the BCP."

The Booster Course Pass is a big letdown

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 5 tracks
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If it wasn't bad enough that we waited years for news of a new Mario Kart and were left with a paid-for DLC, how about the fact the Booster Course Pass DLC has been flooded with problems? In the early days, there were issues with the cars in Coconut Mall, and things have only got worse since.

Although there are rumbles of problems with the Switch being able to handle all the different graphics, it makes us question why the devs keep picking problematic tracks - it's not like there aren't a tonne of them out there. Also, there have been accusations of overly relying on tracks from Mario Kart Tour as a way to plug it. 

There's no news on which tracks and racers will come as part of Wave 6, but here's hoping Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can race across the finish line in style, instead of just languishing in the pits. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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