The Kalimari Desert Returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Kalimari Desert track from Mario Kart 64 is set to debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the Booster Course Pass: Wave 2 DLC.
For fans of the popular arcade racing series new and old, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the return of the Kalimari Desert in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
As part of Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass, Kalimari Desert will be added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the Turnip Cup, which will also include New York Minute, Mario Circuit 3, and Waluigi Pinball.
In the 3-minute trailer for the new wave of DLC, the Kalimari Desert can be seen revitalized for the Nintendo Switch, complete with its signature train system, cacti, sand and large cliff formations.
Kalimari Desert first debuted in the series as the fourth and final Mushroom Cup race in Mario Kart 64 (1997). Since then, it has been revamped and reintroduced in Mario Kart 7 (2011) and Mario Kart Tour (2019).
As a YouTube video from Swiftjar points out, this new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version of Kalimari Desert appears to be a remixed version combining the original N64 with Kalimari Desert 2 from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass: Wave 2 is set to release on Thursday, August 4. The Booster Course Pass costs $24.99, but comes at no additional cost for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members. The Booster Course Pass aims to release 48 remastered courses for the game in six waves of eight tracks through the end of 2023.