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*LATEST* Mario Kart 8 wave 2 DLC release date finally REVEALED

Mario Kart 8 wave 2, please hurry

Updated: Aug 5, 2022 11:16 am
Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may have been around for 8 years, but there are more content waves coming – the only question has been when. Until now.

After what seems like an eternity, Nintendo has confirmed the next wave of tracks, eight of them, will come on August 4th – that’s next week!

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Nintendo confirmed that wave 2 is coming next week

Mario Kart wave 2 tracks

Here’s the full list of eight tracks – as described by Nintendo on the official Mario Kart website.

  • NEW YORK MINUTE
  • SNES MARIO CIRCUIT 3
  • KALIMARI DESERT
  • TOUR SYDNEY SPRINT
  • DS WALUIGI PINBALL
  • GBA SNOW LAND
  • WII MUSHROOM GORGE
  • SKY-HIGH SUNDAE

You can access the courses at no additional cost with a paid Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.

You can also purchase the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Booster Course Pass* from Nintendo eShop for $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAD

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Mario Kart Wave 2 latest news

Despite a bit of a wait, rumours are circling that there is a wave 2 on the horizon, so the next batch of content isn’t far away.

Most recently, @NinStatusBot has highlighted maintenance happened in the game – taking place on July 28. While some speculated this was a sign wave 2 was coming, we were left disappointed as there was no wave 2 in sight.

It now seems very unlikely we will see wave 2 this week as Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is out tomorrow – which would see two big Switch games fight against each other if Mario Kart drop more tracks.

One gamer on the Mario Kart Reddit Megathread has calculated there could be concerns over the release cadence.

They cite that if the amount of time between Mario Kart Wave 1 and the inbound Wave 2 continues this trend between subsequent waves, there will not be enough of a runway to hit the end of 2023 release target.

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Scheduled maintenance is set to take place over the next day

Mario Kart 8 wave 2 DLC release date prediction

Earlier in July, Twitter user @teebeeYT shared a photo of what appeared to be a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass, which was sent to GameStop employees.

This indicates wave 2 could well be around the corner, and is rumored to have the following tracks:

  • New York Minute (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Sydney Sprint (Mario Kart Tour)
  • LA Laps (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Koopa Cape (Mario Kart Wii)
  • Maple Treeway (Mario Kart Wii)
  • Mario Circuit (Super Mario Kart)
  • Vanilla Lake (Super Mario Kart)
  • Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)

A July release date makes sense as since the DLC will end in 2023, that would mean a wave every four months.

Back in March, dataminers claimed to find screenshots detailing what appeared to be unannounced tracks for the game – which is in line with the above rumours.

A similar banner advertisement hinted the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter pass waves, so things could be looking hopeful.

Still, that hasn’t stopped gamers on the Mario Kart Reddit postulating about when they think the next wave will drop – and it’s clear some just want to see the wave now.

One wrote: “Nintendo’s the sort of company to say during wave 1 “We’re releasing by the end of 2023” and then on the last 5 days of 2023 release the 5 last waves consecutively.”

Another simply wrote: “I’ve done the math. If every DLC wave was released perfectly evenly up until NYE 2023, they would have approximately 100 or so days between them. However, it’s been almost three weeks between said predicted timeframe and now. (For reference, it would have been about the 5th this month.)

Another added: “I am 100% convinced it’s coming in August. It’s Mario Kart’s 30th anniversary month, they gotta do SOMETHING for it.”

We’d agree with them here. The original game was released on August 27 – and it would make a ton of sense if the second wave landed on that time. It’s also a natural landmrk where gamers will be talking about the game, so would be a great chance for Nintendo to ride those waves.

Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 has been around for a while but there is still plenty of content planned

What was in Mario Kart 8 wave 1?

Here’s what was included in the first wave of content released in March.

Golden Dash Cup

  • Paris Promenade (Tour)
  • Toad Circuit (3DS)
  • Choco Mountain (N64)
  • Coconut Mall (Wii)

Lucky Cat Cup

  • Tokyo Blur (Tour)
  • Shroom Ridge (3DS)
  • Sky Garden (GBA)
  • Ninja Hideaway (Tour)

How to get new tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

To access the new tracks that are out now, you will need to buy the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pass or subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. You will also need a copy of the base game itself.

Mario Kart 8 Wave 2 FAQs

Is Mario Kart 9 confirmed?

Mario Kart 9 is rumored but not confirmed.

Is the Mario Kart 8 DLC free?

It is free if you are a subscriber, however, those who aren’t need to pay $24.99.

When does Mario Kart 8 wave 2 DLC get released?

We still don’t know for sure, but Twitter user @teebeeYT shared a photo of what appeared to be a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass, which was sent to GameStop employees.

This indicate wave 2 could well be around the corner, and is rumoured to have the following tracks:

  • New York Minute (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Sydney Sprint (Mario Kart Tour)
  • LA Laps (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Koopa Cape (Mario Kart Wii)
  • Maple Treeway (Mario Kart Wii)
  • Mario Circuit (Super Mario Kart)
  • Vanilla Lake (Super Mario Kart)
  • Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)

A similar banner advertisement hinted the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter pass waves, so things could be looking hopeful.

Still, that hasn’t stopped gamers on the Mario Kart Reddit postulating about when they think the next wave will drop – and it’s clear some just want to see the wave now.

What was in Mario Kart 8 wave 1?

Here’s what was included in the first wave of content released in March.

Golden Dash Cup

  • Paris Promenade (Tour)
  • Toad Circuit (3DS)
  • Choco Mountain (N64)
  • Coconut Mall (Wii)

Lucky Cat Cup

  • Tokyo Blur (Tour)
  • Shroom Ridge (3DS)
  • Sky Garden (GBA)
  • Ninja Hideaway (Tour)

How to get new tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

To access the new tracks that are out now, you will need to buy the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pass or subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. You will also need a copy of the base game itself.

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