Mario Kart DLC Wave 2: What’s New on the Race Track?

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Mario Kart DLC Wave 2: What’s New on the Race Track?

Mario Kart DLC Wave 2 Summary

Mario Kart 8 was first released on May 29th, 2014, on the Wii U. One of Nintendo’s flagship properties since the early days of the N64, Mario Kart has seen many racers fly across their various tracks in their various games. Mario Kart 8 is the most recent release, and one of the most famous. Featuring tracks from all over the series’ history, from La La Ranch to Wild Woods, Mario Kart 8 and its updated Re-release for the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is still played today!

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Mario Kart Wave 2 DLC

Of course, no video game can survive that long without new updates, and that’s where the Booster Courses come in. Released in “Waves,” each new pack contains new tracks, and at times, new karts and characters. The Wave 2 DLC is, however, exclusively new tracks from the past, and the present. But hey! There are plenty of Waves out now, as this one was released in 2022. 

Mario Kart Wave 2 DLC Checklist 

Here is the list of tracks:

  • Turnip Cup:
  • Tour New York Minute (Mario Kart Tour)
  •  SNES Mario Circuit 3 (Super Mario Kart)
  •  N64 Kalimari Desert (Mario Kart 64)
  •  DS Waluigi Pinball (Mario Kart DS)
  •  Propeller Cup:
  • Tour Sydney Sprint (Mario Kart Tour)
  •  GBA Snow Land (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
  •  Wii Mushroom Gorge (Mario Kart Wii)
  •  Sky-High Sundae

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has tracks from the series’ past, so it should be no surprise to veterans of the franchise to find courses from the older games, along with one new original one. Each track has its twists and turns, with hidden routes to get ahead, and plenty of environmental hazards to dodge.

Is Mario Kart Wave 2 DLC worth the money? 

This is where things are a little bit more tricky. See, unlike many other games, the DLC is sold through the Booster Pack, which costs USD 24.99, or through the complete/deluxe edition, which costs USD 84.98. If you were to ask me, it is wholly dependent on whether or not you enjoy Mario Kart enough to buy the Booster pass (assuming you already have the base game). With the Booster Pass though, it does come with every other Wave, each of which comes with additional tracks.

So, with all of this in mind, is the price tag worth it? Well, to be honest, not really. You can still play the old tracks on the older games, but they might be harder to find in this day and age. But if you want to race on both new and old tracks, then go right ahead.

Mario Kart Wave 2 DLC Tips and Tricks 

  • Always be Drifting. Drifting, a method used to go around turns faster, allows the player to gain a small speed boost. Always use them whenever possible!
  •  Pay attention to your kart’s stats. Each kart and racer offers different stats and load-outs, with heaver classes having greater top speed. Be mindful of who you pick, and what track you’re racing on! Some favor lighter karts over heavy ones.
  •  Save your mushrooms! Mushrooms will give you a large speed boost, particularly if it is a triple stack! But, while it is tempting to use them all at once, it is often better to hold onto them so you can use them to zoom over difficult terrain.
  •  Use a Time Trial to scope out the track. A handy feature of Time Trial allows you to race the new tracks at your own pace, meaning that you can use the mode to explore them without worrying about other racers.
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