Mario Kart 8 DLC: Wave 2 tracks better! But still disappointing…

Oh man, how much has Nintendo – again – tested the patience of its fans? Bad enough that 48 additional tracks of the booster track pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch will only be released gradually in six so-called waves by the end of 2023. No, on top of that, the Japanese company also likes to take ages with the idea new DLC slopes and announcing the release of the same. Just last week, after months of radio silence, Nintendo presented the millions of Mario Kart fans with the second DLC wave.

As with the first wave in March, the new routes are ports from the mobile game Mario Kart Tour, which is available for Android and iOS devices. So there are still no new routes … but stop, there is an exception this time! Yes, that’s right, to everyone’s surprise, the second wave includes one all-new track called Ice Cream Escapade, never seen in a Mario Kart game, including Mario Kart Tour. On Thursday afternoon, the eight additional tracks for the Nintendo Switch were finally released, this time in the Beet Cup and Propeller Cup. Of course, we immediately took a close look at the new routes. As with the first wave, it shows: Some DLC slopes are excellent again – but some others are once again a big disappointment.

These are the new routes of the 2nd wave

Mario Kart 8 DLC: Wave 2 tracks are better! But still disappointing… (7)

Source: PC Games

The new DLC tracks of the second release wave are New York Speedway (Mario Kart Tour), Mario’s Track 3 (Super Mario Kart), Kalimari Desert (Mario Kart 64), Waluigi Pinball (Mario Kart DS), Sydney Jaunt (Mario Kart Tour), Snow Country (Mario Kart: Super Circuit), Mushroom Canyon (Wii) and Ice Cream Escapade (All New).

More additional slopes appear until the end of 2023 in four remaining release waves. What new tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (buy now €47.99) are still awaiting us, clever dataminers have already found out.

Again, only absolutely minimal effort?

The feeling of Relief for longtime Mario Kart gamers who have been driving the same 48 slopes from Mario Kart 8 for more than eight years now, immediately appear again in the second DLC wave. After all, Mario Kart 8 is original already released in 2014 for the Wii U, the deluxe version on the switch is just an extended port. And apparently Nintendo is again willing to do this exploit bonus point of the fans, who are just relieved about every new track for the racing game anyway.

Because again the developers have Nintendo obviously only made the minimum necessary effort, so that the newly launched routes are largely offer very few innovations and graphically can not even keep up with the original tracks from Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe). But let’s just go through the eight new slopes individually – on the next two pages.

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