Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass set for retail release

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The perennial best-seller is back with a new retail version including 48 new tracks and bonus items.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass set for retail release

Week after week, the age-old Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appears near the top of the physical game retail charts. In the United Kingdom, for example, it was the third best-selling title recently according to the GfK-compiled charts last week.

That’s the week ending 9th September 2023, over nine years after the base game’s original Wii U release. Staggering.

This run is set to continue with an upcoming re-release of the re-master to include the reimagined tracks from prior Mario Karts. Nintendo certainly knows how to monetise its intellectual property…

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass UK retail release contents

Except, not quite, and the “physical version” (in Nintendo’s words) of the Booster Course Pass excludes the base game or any physical media. Mind you, with so many copies shifted to date, perhaps there’s no need to. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

The retail pack will include a download code for the full Booster Course Pass, including the recently announced Wave 6, which in total adds 48 extra courses to the game. There will also be four pin badges, five art cards and a set of 10 stickers, all appropriately themed and packed within a Nintendo Switch Sports-sized box.

The set was unveiled during the UK version of the recent Nintendo Direct reveal stream, but not the American version curiously.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass UK retail release

It will be released 6th October 2023, which is before the Booster Course Pass’ final expansion, Wave 6.

“To play the contents of Wave 6, you will need to download a free software update once it has been released,” said Nintendo.

Wave 6 has a tentative release date of ‘Winter 2023’, so at least now we know it will be after 6th October at least. No pricing has been announced for the Booster Course Pass retail edition at present.

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