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How to Unlock New Characters in Mario Kart 8

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Best Mario Kart 8 Combination
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is here to add to the famous Mario Kart saga, itself part of the blockbuster Mario franchise. The game series is beloved by fans of all ages, especially because of how action-packed it can be while allowing multiplayer sessions or coop play through split-screen.

Make use of the many different kart and character combinations to choose the best racing style possible as you explore tons of unique maps with many features that can help or hinder your game. Just make sure to watch out for that cursed Blue Shell while you do! In this guide, we will cover how to get new characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as all the new maps in the game that were added with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass!

Related: Best Characters in Mario Kart 8, Ranked

How Do You Get New Racers in Mario Kart 8?

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There are plenty of fan-favorite characters to choose from in Mario Kart 8, ranging from the lovable Mario and his brother, Luigi, all the way to evil Bowser and nefarious Wario (both conveniently pictured above!) However, some characters need to be unlocked for you to use them in the game, and this process can be difficult for newer players to figure out, especially if Mario Kart 8 is their first time playing the series. Without any further ado, here’s how you can get these new characters and play with them in the game!

In order to unlock new characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you will need to win a Cup in the Grand Prix game mode. You can use any speed, including 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and Mirror 150cc. Unfortunately for players who are looking to win a specific character, they are unlocked randomly and so you can’t choose which new racer you get. However, if you continue to win (in different Cups since you cannot repeat the same one) you’ll be able to unlock more characters and eventually get the ones you want!


Which Characters Can Be Unlocked in Mario Kart 8?

Here is a list of all the characters that can be unlocked in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, of which there are 14 in total.

  • Baby Rosalina
  • The Mii Character!
  • Morton
  • Pink Gold Peach
  • Rosalina
  • Roy
  • Toadette
  • Wendy
  • Iggy
  • Lakitu
  • Larry
  • Lemmy
  • Ludwig
  • Metal Mario

How to Unlock New Maps in Mario Kart 8 Booster Pack

If you decide to purchase the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass on the Nintendo eShop or are a member of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, you will be able to access 48 new tracks that are slowly getting released and will all become available at the end of 2023. These tracks are from past Mario Kart games, such as the 3DS, the Wii, and the N64. You will certainly recognize some of them since they’re all fan favorites and maps that many players have been dying to play! Here’s the full list that’s been released so far.

  • Paris Promenade
  • Toad Circuit
  • Choco Mountain
  • Coconut Mall
  • Tokyo Blur
  • Shroom Ridge
  • Sky Garden
  • Ninja Hideaway
  • New York Minute
  • Mario Circuit 3
  • Kalimari Desert
  • Waluigi Pinball
  • Sydney Sprint
  • Snow Land
  • Mushroom Gorge
  • Sky-High Sundae
  • London Loop
  • Boo Lake
  • Rock Rock Mountain
  • Maple Treeway
  • Berlin Byways
  • Peach Gardens
  • Merry Mountain
  • Rainbow Road (3DS version!)
  • Amsterdam Drift
  • Riverside Park
  • DK Summit (Wii version!)
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Bangkok Rush
  • Mario Circuit (DS version!)
  • Waluigi Stadium
  • Singapore Speedway

If you want to read more about this fantastic Mario game, check out our guide on the best Mario Kart 8 combination, and also a full review of the second Booster Course pack. Don’t miss our Facebook page as well for more cool stuff like the latest news on the videogames that you know and love!

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Sullivan Pearson

Sullivan is a longtime gamer with a special passion for MMORPG games and single-player classics. He is always looking for a new game to play, and loves to share his interests and expertise with the gaming world.

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