Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass sets the stage for the next game with an unexpected route.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass sets the stage for the next game with an unexpected route.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Expansion: The Unstoppable Kart Racing Franchise!

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The best-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, and the second best-selling Nintendo game ever released, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has taken the kart racing franchise to new heights. Nintendo has simply crushed it with this game, going above and beyond with their ongoing expansion pack – the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass. This expansion keeps the game fresh by adding new tracks and racers, breathing new life into the franchise.

For just $25 or free with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, players can dive into 40 tracks. Most of these tracks are remastered versions of iconic courses from previous Mario Kart games, which is a nostalgic trip down memory lane. But with so many classic tracks already in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it’s about time for a sequel that ventures into uncharted territory.

An Unprecedented Dose of Nostalgia

Previously, Mario Kart games have included a mix of new and remastered tracks. Mario Kart 8, for example, had 16 new tracks and 16 remastered ones from previous games, spanning the entire history of the franchise. However, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass takes it to a whole new level. This expansion offers not only five brand new tracks but also a staggering 35 remastered courses, including lesser-known tracks from titles like Mario Kart Tour and the GBA game Mario Kart: Super Circuit. And to top it off, there are eight more tracks on their way! It’s safe to say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has become the ultimate hub for Mario Kart goodness, similar to how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate serves as a crossover haven.

Mario Kart 9: A Fork in the Road

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe leaving no stone unturned, the future of the Mario Kart franchise looks promising but challenging. Mario Kart 9 has two options on the table: the predictable route or the exciting and original path.

The predictable choice would be to follow the tried-and-true formula of blending new tracks with remastered classics. However, since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has already covered so much ground, Mario Kart 9 might struggle to find untouched classics that haven’t been remastered yet. Simply copying maps from its predecessor would come off as cheap and uninspired.

But here’s where things get interesting—the other option is for Mario Kart 9 to be an entirely fresh and original experience. Picture this: a game filled with all-new, never-before-seen tracks created from scratch. Just the thought of it sends ripples of excitement through the gaming community. Nintendo could make originality the cornerstone of Mario Kart 9, marketing it as a groundbreaking reboot for the franchise. This could extend to new mechanics, gimmicks, items, karts, and drivers—all specifically designed for this fresh start. It’s time for Mario Kart 9 to seize the opportunity to redefine the series.

So rev up your engines and get ready for some wheel-spinning, kart-flipping action! Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available now for Nintendo Switch, and Mario Kart 9 promises a bold new chapter in the franchise!

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