5 COURSES YOU SHOULD RETURN IN MARIOKART 8: DELUXE
I enjoy speculation time. My brain has been in overdrive since Nintendo announced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass DLC, which will bring 48 courses to the Switch. This Friday, the first 8 courses will be playable. My excitement has not subsided as Coconut Mall is one of the new courses. Over the next two years, there are 40 slots left. The selection of courses is huge, and the 40 slots seem to be enough for the best courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is on its way towards becoming the “ultimate” Mario Kart. The Booster Course Pak DLC will complete the game. It will include 96 courses, which is more than half the 170 courses in Mario Kart. There are currently 114 courses competing for the coveted spots. Which ones should it be? This selection will show you the courses I believe have the greatest potential to benefit from a return in Mario Kart 8. These tracks have solid features, but remasters might offer a better experience using modern Mario Kart mechanics.
Selection criteria are strict and slots are limited. This meant that there were many difficult decisions to be made. Maple Treeway, I am so sorry.
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BANSHEE BOARDWALK N64
As I was looking through the contenders, I noticed a pattern in some of the older spooky courses. Many end up in the trash bin of Mario Kart history. When was the last time you thought about circuits like Boo Lake. What about Broken Pier and Ghost Valley? These tracks aren’t memorable, and I’m not judging you. Their distinctive feature is their darkness. These ghostly courses still have many untapped potentials that the late 1990s technical abilities couldn’t grasp. It’s not necessary to bring back all ghost courses (that would be a bit excessive), so I’ll just focus on my favorite – Mario Kart64‘s Banshee Boardwalk.
The eerie look of Banshee Boardwalk is perfect for Mario Kart8′s trickery.
Banshee Boardwalk is creepier than scary. According to the official description, the wooden walkway is haunted by spirits of drivers who have fallen from the barrier-less bends and are now racing on it. The walkway is dominated by lanterns suspended from arches and darkness surrounding the racers. After a short drive, racers race to an abandoned building. The floor is cluttered with cracks and bats that slow them down. The boardwalk resumes after the race.
How can Banshee Boardwalk be improved? Mario Kart’s loose adherence to gravity is used by modern ghost levels to their advantage. Twisted Mansion is a course that distorts reality as you drive it. Banshee Boardwalk could benefit from this distorted view of reality. Drivers could race across the walls of the abandoned building. The wooden walkway could also twist in spirals, adding to the sense that the supernatural is real. One portion of the course may even be underwater. The foundation is there. All that is needed now is to implement the new Mario Kart capabilities.
DRY DRY RINS (WII).
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a desert theme. Both desert tracks are well-suited for each other and feature sandy surroundings. Bone Dry Dunes appears to be located in a nomad outpost deep within an arid wasteland. Bones of large animals are used as a racing foundation. Dry Dry Desert is a desert inspired by Egypt, with pyramids and sphinxes. There are many tracks that should be returned in Mario Kart8: Deluxe. Why would it need to be another desert track, though? Mario Kart Wii’s Dry Dry Ruins is a unique twist on the theme, even with all the circuits that are already there.
Mario Kart8 can realise Dry Dry Ruin’s potential as an ancient Egyptian stuntstage.
Dry Dry Ruins is a curvy path that winds through an ancient Egyptian-inspired setting. The actual pyramid, which changes each time you enter it, is what sets this course apart. It’s possible to trick the walls all around. This is a common theme at this level. It allows you to gain a lot of speed through boosts or tricks. You can accelerate wherever there is a turn. There are many of them. This course is like a dirt race through the desert. It feels amazing.
Mario Kart 8 has a lot more speed and excitement than Mario Kart Wii. You can trick each other with coins. The track could be benefited from anti-gravity zones. The pyramid could be transformed into a stunt area, where the best players can perform tricks to propel themselves through the track. Drifts and dashes will make it feel like a sandy highway. The tracks’ great background music will be remade.
SHY GUY BAZAR (3DS).
Many of the Middle-East-inspired courses found in Mario Kart look similar. You will see them in the desert with pyramids and other sphinxes. There are exceptions. Imagine driving through an Arabic city in 1001 nights, with locals cheering you on, as you weave through boulevards and markets, fireworks erupting around you. This track is one of the most flavor-rich and immersive Mario Kart tracks ever made. This circuit is Mario Kart 7’s Shy Guy Bazaar.
Shy Guy Bazaar can bring life to its atmosphere with Mario Kart8 graphics.
The course’s design is amazing. The Shy Guy Bazaar atmosphere makes it enjoyable to drive in. In fact, it makes it tempting to park my car and explore the area. You’ll be greeted by an Arabic-style settlement and you will immediately find yourself in the market. There are carpets, market stands, and cheering Shy guys. After navigating the town, you’ll head towards the houses on the roofs. You will then launch into a ravine where Shy Guys are able to float on flying carpets. It’s a vibrant and lively atmosphere, similar to Mario Kart 8’s Toad Harbor. However, San Francisco inspired it.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can improve the Arabian experience by reducing the distance between Toad Harbor (left) and Shy Guy Bazaar (right). It’s slow, which is a problem. You will quickly exit the bustling market square to head towards the other parts of the city before you jump over the ravine. This area would be ideal for a gravity-free zone. It allows players to accelerate quickly and leave the town. This improvement in pace would make Shy Guy Bazaar more enjoyable than its atmosphere.
DINO DINO JUNGLE – GCN
Mario Kart uses a lot of unusual courses. Mario Kart is likely to have a track that has the setting you are looking for. What is a cheese-filled land? Yep! Clockwork? Certain thing? Jurassic Park? Absolutely! Mario and dinosaurs go together very well. The track and surroundings are made more enjoyable by the prehistoric safari. Mario Kart: Double Dash! This list is incomplete without mentioning!’s Dino Dino Jungle. It is too unique and fun to pass up.