Mario Kart 8 has more than half of the tracks ever created for the Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was already a huge Mario Kart game, with new and retro courses for a total of 48 tracks. But now Nintendo is doubling that number with today’s announcement that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting an additional 48 retro courses as paid DLC.
With a total of 96 courses, this iteration of Nintendo’s kart racer will have more than half of all Mario Kart tracks in history when all is said and done.
If you take a look at the eight main console Mario Kart games and the mobile Mario Kart Tour, there are 170 original tracks across the franchise. That’s not counting the Mario Kart Arcade series of games, or the retro courses that reappeared multiple times throughout the series.
Here is the breakdown of the original courses featured in each Mario Kart game:
- Super Mario Kart: 20
- Mario Kart 64:16
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit: 20
- Mario Kart: Double dash: 16
- Mario Kart DS: 16
- Mario Kart Wii: 16
- Mario Kart 7:16
- Mario Kart 8 (with DLC): 25
- Mario Kart Tour: 25
- Total: 170
Now, with its original and retro tracks combined, Mario Kart 8 will feature 96 tracks in total, just over 56% of the franchise’s total. This is by far the most courses we’ve ever seen in a Mario Kart game. The next closest is Mario Kart Tour, which featured 72 tracks in total. On console, Mario Kart: Super Circuit on GBA had 40 courses in total, with 20 original tracks and 20 returning courses from the original Mario Kart on SNES.
Of course, it will be a while before Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reaches that milestone, as the Booster Course DLC is set to release in six waves during 2022 and 2023. As of right now, we know the first wave is coming. March 18. , bringing eight dishes with him. The Golden Dash Cup and Lucky Cat Cup will feature three tracks from the Tour and one track each from the N64, GBA, DS, 3DS and Wii Mario Kart games.
For more, check out everything announced during today’s Nintendo Direct.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPplant.