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Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pass Wave 5 Races to Switch Next Week

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5 gets a July 2023 release date: Eight new courses and four new racers will be added.

Last month, Nintendo revealed some details regarding Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5. Some new courses were shown off, as well as new racers like Kamek and Petey Piranha. However, only a vague release date of summer 2023 was given. Thankfully, we now know the exact release date for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5: July 12, 2023.

Here is a release date trailer for Booster Course Pass Wave 5 to get you hyped for racing:

The eight new courses to be added are as follows:

  • Koopa Cape (Mario Kart Wii) – Karts on a water slide? Sounds slippery and dangerous!
  • Los Angeles Laps (Mario Kart Tour) – Very inaccurate, as there isn’t any traffic whatsoever.
  • Moonview Highway (Mario Kart Wii) –  Racers are exempt from bridge tolls, it seems.
  • Squeaky Clean Spring (New) – This is the cleanest bathroom I have ever seen in my life.
  • Athens Dash (Mario Kart Tour) – Hopefully, the historical statues cannot be destroyed by shells.
  • Daisy Cruiser (Mario Kart: Double Dash) – The small space of a ship is a recipe for disaster.
  • Sunset Wilds (Mario Kart: Super Circuit) – Everything looks unbelievably dry.
  • Vancouver Velocity (Mario Kart Tour) – This is immediately what I think of when I envision Canada.

And here are the new characters:

  • Birdo
  • Petey Piranha
  • Wiggler
  • Kamek

Wave 6 will launch by the end of 2023, bringing an end to the Booster Course Pass phenomenon. Maybe then Nintendo will start work on Mario Kart 9 for Nintendo Switch’s successor, if it isn’t deep in development already!

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian has been covering the video game industry for over ten years, and joined The Escapist in 2022. He is a huge fan of platformers, indies, and fighting games, and strives to cover them for The Escapist every chance he gets. Arthur received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brooklyn College in 2009. He is also the Editor-in-Chief over at That VideoGame Blog. When he isn’t writing, Arthur enjoys playing games on his Switch and PlayStation 5, and sings the praises of the greatest video game ever, Chrono Trigger, to anyone who will listen.