What is the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass?

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Nintendo has decided to release new DLC for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game, which was released on April 28, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch.

It is rare to see new content being developed for a game that was released several years ago. Nintendo surprised us when they decided to create new content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Many were happy to see that their favorite game was still relevant. The unveiling of the Booster Course Pass was really something unexpected.

What is the Booster Course Pass?

This is downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch. The Booster Course Pass gives access to several new race tracks. A copy of the game is required in order to play these new tracks.

As demonstrated on Nintendo’s website (see images below), the additional race tracks will be released in 6 waves. For each wave, there will be 8 new tracks. At the time of writing this article, the first wave is already available.

The release date of the next waves is still unknown.
The 8 new courses that are currently available.

How do I purchase the Booster Course Pass?

There are two ways to get the pass.

Method #1

Download the pass for 32. $99

It is possible to purchase the pass only through the Nintendo eShop. To do this, you can:

If you do this, the downloadable content belongs to you and you will have access to it at any time.

Method #2

Buy a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership

This way requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. This service is required in order to use the online features of several games (including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe). It is a subscription that must be renewed when it ends, that is, it is necessary to pay in order to subscribe again.

Here is the price of each of the subscriptions. You can purchase an individual subscription or a family subscription.

The price of the basic subscription can be found on the left. The price of the subscription + Expansion Pack can be found on the right.

In order to get the downloadable content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you have to buy what is called the “Expansion Pack”. This set adds bonuses in addition to what the basic subscription offers.

The Expansion Pack includes several bonuses, including the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass. It also includes downloadable content for the game Animal Crossing New Horizons, as well as access to a library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.

It is only possible to purchase 1-year subscriptions when you wish to purchase the Expansion Pack. If you already have a basic Nintendo Switch Online subscription, Nintendo gives you a price based on where you’re at in your basic subscription. The price of the subscription will change from person one to another.

To learn how to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can read our entry on the subject in our glossary here.

If you do this, the downloadable content does not actually belong to you. You have access to it as long as your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership is valid. Once the subscription is paid, you will be able to access the new tracks.

Booster Course Pass FAQ

I’m having trouble understanding the difference between a Nintendo Switch Online membership and the Expansion Pack.

These subscriptions should be seen as two packages available for the same service.

My Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership ended recently. Do I still have access to the Booster Course Pass?

If your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership ends, you will no longer have access to the additional content offered by the Expansion Pack. In this sense, you will no longer have access to the downloadable content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Do I need internet in order to play the Booster Course Pass?

If you have used method #1, that is, purchased the downloadable content directly from the Nintendo eShop, you can play the downloadable content whenever you want, internet or not.

If you used method #2, that is, obtained the downloadable content through the Expasion Pack, you must be connected to the internet in order to access that content. The rest of the game, however, remains accessible, as usual.

My Nintendo Switch has several accounts. Can I play downloadable content on all accounts?

If you used method #1, that is, purchased the downloadable content directly from the Nintendo eShop, you can play the downloadable content on all accounts that are on the Nintendo Switch.

If you used method #2, that is, obtained the downloadable content through the Expansion Pack, you must be logged into the account that owns the subscription in order to access the downloadable content.

To put in it a nutshell…

Method #1 makes the downloadable content yours, for eternity.

Method #2 ensures that downloadable content is accessible as long as you have an active subscription of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Do I buy the Booster Course Pass with method #1 or with method #2?

Use method #1 if you want to own the Booster Course Pass forever. Relevant if you intend to play the new courses for several more years.

Use method #2 if you like all the elements contained in the Expansion Pack and you really think you will benefit from having a subscription to play Nintendo Switch online.

References for screenshots

https://mariokart8.nintendo.com/booster-course-pass/

https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/

About François Néron

Étudiant à la maitrise en orientation professionnelle, François a un intérêt pour tout ce qui concerne le développement de la carrière et l'emploi. Il a une passion marquée pour les jeux vidéo, mais aussi pour la psychologie qui les entoure.

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