Many gamers were disappointed that Mario Kart 9 was not announced at the Nintendo Direct, but a leaked source suggested that Nintendo may still be in development.
Many Mario Kart fans were expecting a new installment in the Mario Kart series to be announced at the most recent Nintendo Direct. Instead, Nintendo announced that the most recent Mario Kart game in the series will receive 48 new soundtracks via a DLC that will be released in the near future. Some fans were not happy about this, but recently another leaked information is said to confirm the existence of Mario Kart 9.
The Mario Kart 9 bomb was completely sprayed after the Nintendo Direct event on February 9 because Nintendo did not mention anything related to the game that the community expected. Many fans were expecting this to happen after numerous rumors hinted that Mario Kart 9 would be revealed at the event and were completely disappointed as a result.
Instead of Nintendo announcing a new part, they decided to hide this information with an unexpected information. The company also revealed that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass will be released in six installments spanning through 2023, with the first batch including Coconut Mall from Mario Kart Wii, Choco Mountain from Mario Kart 64, Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart 64, and Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart Tour, and five other unspecified tracks. DLC will also be made available through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion.
This leaves many fans with the impression that Mario Kart 9 isn’t even in development yet, but the popular Nintendo Zippo maker claims otherwise. Zippo alleges that the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass is being developed entirely by Bandai Namco while a new Mario Kart game is still in development. Zippo also stated that they will soon have more information regarding this incident.
This means that rumors containing information about Mario Kart 9 may not be completely untrue. Several rumors provide information about possible gameplay changes in the sequel. Some examples are characters from other IPs like Star Fox, Pikmin, The Legend of Zelda and Kid Icarus joining the list, coins being completely removed, the rumored big and small box types appearing is to contain stronger and less powerful items, and players only have one item slot to use in each race instead of two items to carry as before.
While this information bodes well for a new Mario Kart game, it’s unlikely it will be announced until all DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been released. In the meantime, players can play the DLC Booster Course Pass online for free, as you won’t need to pay for the DLC to access new tracks in the online play. If not, you can play Mario Kart 8 first because the game is out on Nintendo Switch while waiting for good news from Nintendo.