When it comes to online games with DLC, there’s always a question of whether or not players who did not purchase the DLC can access the additional content when playing online with those who have. The same sorts of worry arose when Nintendo announced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC courses during their latest Nintendo Direct, a game heavily focused on its online play.
Well fear not! As reported by Eurogamer, Nintendo has made clear that players who did not purchase the DLC will still be able to play on the courses when playing with friends online. As noted in the official Nintendo UK website for the DLC, “Courses from wave 1 … can be played from March 18th locally or online in Friends and Rivals races, even if only one player owns the Booster Course Pass or has access to it as part of a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.”
Additionally, they note, “From March 22nd, courses from wave 1 will also appear in the Random selection when playing Global or Regional races with anyone online.” This means a lobby full of players who have not purchased the DLC may randomly be able to select and play one of the DLC courses.
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass DLC is set to bring a total of 48 retro courses over 6 waves from now until the end of 2023. While the amount of new courses to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is certainly incredible, the decision to make new DLC rather than a completely new game online has sparked discussion online. Additionally, commentators online have noted that there the remastered courses may actually just be ported from Mario Kart Tour rather than built in the art style of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Regardless, it will be exciting to get back to racing, this time on new track spanning the Mario Kart franchise starting March 18th.