Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Review (Nintendo Switch)


For this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review, we play Race on 48 remastered courses from across the Mario Kart series with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass! All courses form 12 new cups, and returning characters from the Mario Kart series have also been added.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Review Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 11.2GB Download size. (base game and all tracks included)
  • The base game contains all previous DLCs from the Wii U version.
  • LABO support.
  • New characters were added with the tracks – Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Pauline, Peachette, Kamek, Wiggler, Petey Piranha, and Birdo.
  • Four-player split screen support.
  • Two local players can go online and race with others.
  • 12 Player online races.
  • Wireless mode allows two Switches to connect making 8 player local races a thing.
  • Amiibo support- Scan Amibo to unlock special outfits for your Mii racer. The Amiibo section has a checklist so you know who is scanned in, Also you only need to scan the Amiibo once.
  • Mii creator within the game.
  • Supports big screen and handheld mode.
  • Controller- Supports both Joycons, Single Joycons, and Pro Controller.
  • Driving aids- Smart steer and Auto accelerate.
  • Motion control support.
  • Full stats breakdown, Split into online/solo/wireless.
  • MKTV is back and allows you to watch the community replays of gamers.
  • Classic bright cheery soundtrack.
  • Tutorial/help section.
  • You can now carry two items at once.
  • Grand Prix has 12 cups with four races in each.
  • Five game speeds- 50, 100, 150, 200cc and Mirror.
  • 47 Characters to play as well as your Mii so it is actually 48.
  • Earn 1-3 stars in races and they in turn unlock new kart parts.
  • Full kart customisation. Choose your frame, Wheels, and glider. Each one will change your stats and you can bring the stats screen up to check.
  • Time trials with ghost management.
  • Vs and battle mode races you can choose speed, tracks, rounds, AI, difficulty, etc.
  • Battle mode has 6 modes-  Balloon battle (hit each other to lose balloons), Renegade round-up (Like cops and robbers), Bob omb blast (Bombs only), Coin runners (Collect the most coins), Shine thief (hold the crown for the longest time) and random.
  • New purple ultra mini turbo drift.
  • Miis can wear themed outfits like a Bowser suit and helmet or peach, piranha plant etc.
  • New items for battle mode.
  • Can set up online tournaments for people to join.
  • Can host or join online races.
  • Addictive gameplay.
  • Controls are as tight and fluid as ever before.
  • Fun to play.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Ten new cups – Turnip, propeller, rick, moon, fruit, boomerang, feather, cherry, acorn, and spiky. Each has four tracks in each.
  • The new tracks bring a lot of old favorites with a few new tracks from newer games.
  • No unlocking is needed, all new tracks and cups are instantly playable.
  • An easy game to come back to.
  • The whole set of tracks is FREE with the Nintendo Online subscription.
  • 48 tracks added.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Review Cons:

  • Playing with friends online with others is still a pain in the ass, With no friend invite system.
  • Driving assists start n as default and the game doesn’t tell you or that they exist.
  • Split screen can be hard to see around the track and this is especially evident in battle mode.
  • No friend ghost download option.
  • AI can still be cheap at times.
  • No control layout options.
  • Online has a few connection issues from time to time.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass:

Official website.

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo 

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!