Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains one of the most popular games on the Nintendo Switch. A recreation of the Wii U game of the same name, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was actually rather light on unlockables when it launched. That is changing however, thanks to the Booster Course Pass DLC. So if you’re looking to get a head start on unlocking all the characters in the game, this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guide is the best place to begin!
A Guide to Unlocking New Characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains a best-selling game. Most of the unlockables from the original game became available from the start in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, including every racetrack. In fact, there is only one unlockable character in the base game: Gold Mario.
That’s changing with the ongoing Booster Course Pass DLC. This Mario Kart 8 Deluxe guide will cover the unlock process for all the characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – both base game and DLC.
How to Unlock Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Base Game Characters
As stated above, there is only one true unlockable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Gold Mario. To unlock Gold Mario, you must complete every single cup in the 200cc Grand Prix.
Once successful, Gold Mario will become the default variation of Metal Mario on the character select screen. He will be playable by all, not just the player who completed the 200cc Grand Prix cups.
How to Unlock Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Characters
To begin with, you need to purchase the Booster Course Pass DLC to get the new characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This will unlock Birdo with the release of the Wave 4 of the Booster Course Pass DLC. Birdo will offer up nine different colour variations for all players.
Petey Piranha, Wiggler, and Kamek will unlock with the Booster Course Pass Wave 5. All three of these characters have been in previous Mario Kart games.
New Characters Coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
There are a further four characters coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the Booster Course Pass Wave 6. These are as follows:
- Diddy Kong: A medium weight driver.
- Funky Kong: A heavy weight driver.
- Pauline: A heavy weight driver.
- Peachette: A medium weight driver.
There’s currently no information on whether these characters will require any special conditions to be met before unlocking. However, given that the previous DLC characters have not, it’s highly likely that the Booster Course Pass Wave 6 characters will follow suit.
That completes this guide for how to unlock all the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe characters! Are there any other elements of the game you’re struggling with? Let us know in the comments below!