Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC sparks backlash from Nintendo fans over “rotten” graphics

Nintendo released the Booster Course Pass DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but not everyone is happy with the first eight new courses, claiming the graphics aren’t up to scratch.

Revealed during a February 2022 Nintendo Direct, the Booster Course Pass DLC adds six waves of eight courses from previous games, with the first releasing on March 18, including fan favorites like Coconut Mall and Choco Mountain.

The new 8 Deluxe expansion won’t suit every gamer, however, as some claim that the graphics on the tracks don’t look as good as the Mario Kart games they come from.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans slam “lazy” DLC

After the release of the first wave of tracks, some fans took to social media to express their disappointment with the graphic quality.

“These are from the same game,” Twitter user @KRoolKountry wrote on March 17, alongside screenshots of the same title from 2014 and 2022.

“Having seen what Nintendo is capable of, I need to keep them at a higher level,” the fan added. “They just copy and paste the tracks from Tour, update the lighting, and charge a premium for what clearly required little effort on their part. It’s disappointing after waiting so long for a new MK.”

Her post went viral on the platform, garnering over 26,000 likes and 3,700 retweets, with countless others agreeing the DLC feels like a step backwards.

“I’ve seen Roblox games that have higher quality graphics than the DLC tracks in 8 Deluxe,” one gamer wrote.

“Graphics aren’t everything, but DLC is a clear downgrade compared to the base game and deserves criticism,” said another. “Adding lazy mobile gaming ports and shutting them down is unacceptable for a AAA company.”

Not everyone was critical, however, with some even poking fun at those who were annoyed by the graphical change.

“Honestly, after seeing tweets like this for the 257th time, I realize how much I don’t care about the graphics,” said one fan. “I just want to play the game. Is that the unpopular opinion?”

“It’s really not as big a deal as people are making it out to be. It’s just weed,” tweeted another.

With five more waves and 40 tracks to be dropped over the coming months, it’s possible Nintendo could take the feedback on board for upcoming courses.

There’s no release date for wave two yet, so fans will just have to wait and see if their graphical grievances are addressed. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC sparks backlash from Nintendo fans over “rotten” graphics

Emma Bowman

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