Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was already a huge Mario Kart game, featuring 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 48 additional retro courses as paid DLC.
With a total of 96 courses, this iteration of Nintendo’s kart racer will have over half of every Mario Kart track in history when it’s all 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 entire franchise. This is not counting the Mario Kart Arcade series of games, or retro courses that have reappeared multiple times throughout the series.
Here’s the breakdown of 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 carry 96 total tracks, making up 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 total tracks. On console, Mario Kart: Super Circuit on GBA had 40 total courses, with 20 original tracks and 20 returning courses from the original Mario Kart on SNES.
Of course, it will take some time before Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits this mark, as the Booster Course DLC is set to release in six waves over the course of 2022 and 2023. Right now, we know the first wave is coming on March 18, bringing eight courses along with it. The Golden Dash Cup and Lucky Cat Cup will feature three tracks from 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 @LoganJPlant.