The latest update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has arrived, and it looks like five more characters will join the racer roster in future DLC waves.
Wave 4 of the Booster Course Pass added eight new tracks to the game alongside Birdo as a playable racer. However, several Twitter users have pointed out that five empty slots are now on the character selection screen, indicating that more drivers will arrive in future DLC drops.
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Looks like we will be getting 5 more characters in future waves, judging by the empty slots on the character selection screen. pic.twitter.com/6utvfNCMM4
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) March 9, 2023
Birdo has returned in all of its vibrant colours, but that hasn’t distracted from the question marks that have now appeared beneath them on the character selection tile. This seems to confirm that at least five new characters will be added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe further down the road.
Alongside Birdo and these mystery characters, the fourth wave introduced eight new tracks, including Singapore Speedway, Bangkok Rush, Amsterdam Drift, Donkey Kong Summit, Riverside Park, Mario Circuit, Waluigi Stadium, and one brand new course: Yoshi’s Island.
The Booster Course DLC launched in March 2022 with Wave 1 bringing Paris Promenade, Toad Circuit, Choco Mountain, Coconut Mall, Tokyo Blur, Shroom Ridge, Sky Garden, and Ninja Hideaway to the game.
Wave 2, which was released in August, saw Sky-High Sundae, Kalimari Desert, Mario Circuit 3, Mushroom Gorge, Sydney Sprint, Waluigi Pinball, Snow Land, and New York Minute expand the course pool.
Wave 3 arrived in December and added Maple Treeway, another Rainbow Road, Rock Rock Mountain, Boo Lake, Berlin Byways, London Loop, Merry Mountain, and Peach Gardens for players to race through.
There are two additional waves of DLC to come in 2023, with each one bringing eight new courses and possibly more characters from across the Mario Kart series. When all six waves have been released, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have over half of the Mario Kart tracks ever released.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance entertainment writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
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