Nintendo Direct: No ‘Breath of the Wild 2’ News, But Link Can Now Race Mario in Tokyo in ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ DLC ‘Booster Course Pack’

Another Nintendo Direct, another lack of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 news. However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC gives Link 48 new tracks to race Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom gang in the “Booster Course Pack.” While BOTW 2 fans might have hoped for any update from the Nintendo Direct, at least they can look forward to racing in more areas on the Master Cycle.

Bowser and 'The Legend of Zelda' Link in 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'
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Nintendo Direct had no ‘Breath of the Wild 2’ news, but ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ DLC ‘Booster Course Pack’ add new tracks for Link to race on

While fans hoped for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 news at the Nintendo Direct, nothing came. However, Nintendo gave a little bit of love to the Zelda series in other ways.

Link and Zelda might not have seen any new announcements, but a game featuring the hero did. Nintendo revealed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, the “Booster Course Pack” with 48 remastered tracks from past Mario Kart games.

“This is the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ‘Booster Course Pass,’” the Nintendo Direct announced. “You may recognize some courses from past Mario Kart games. Eight courses will be released at a time over six waves. That’s 48 additional courses that we plan on releasing by the end of 2023.”

The Mario Kart Wii track Coconut Mall, Nintendo 64’s Choco Mountain, and Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tour are among the first three courses.

The Nintendo Direct gives more content for Link to race in his ‘BOTW’ and ‘Breath of the Wild 2’ design

While players need to wait a bit longer to play as Link in Hyrule in Breath of the Wild 2, the Nintendo Direct at least confirmed fans could pit the hero against Mario in Tokyo.

When Mario Kart 8 first released on the Wii U on May 29, 2014, it seemed like every other Mario Kart. However, it released updates that included Animal Crossing characters like Isabelle. On July 19, 2018, Nintendo added Legend of Zelda DLC, pitting Skyward Sword Link against the Mario cast.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe updated Link’s design to reflect his Breath of the Wild appearance. Link wore the Champion’s Tunic, a cloth gifted to Gerudo Urbosa, Goron Daruk, Rito Revali, Zora Mipha, and himself.

The Zelda hero also came with a racecourse set in Hyrule. It looped through Hyrule Castle with the Master Sword giving racers a speed boost. If the DLC announced in the Nintendo Direct ever adds any new courses, maybe a Breath of the Wild 2 track could become available.

Nintendo announced that the first wave of the ‘Booster Course Pack’ releases on March 18, 2022

Unlike Nintendo still not confirming an exact release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, the Nintendo Direct announced the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe “Booster Course Pass” Wave 1 would release on March 18, 2022.

Nintendo confirmed pre-orders starting February 9, 2022.

The Legend of Zelda and Mario series do not crossover every day. They fight in Super Smash Bros., and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening features several Super Mario enemies.

However, the two Nintendo icons rarely crossover like they do in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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