Top Ten Mario Kart 8 DLC CoursesA ranking of the best DLC courses in Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe. In my opinion I'm divisive between the courses as I consider at least half of them to be amazing while the other half, not so much. With that being said here is the list.
The Top Ten
One of my favourite courses ever. Not just in terms of DLC but in general. I love subway systems, underground, trains, subway stations. Therefore it was only natural for me to love this course. There are so many hidden easter eggs and it's so interesting to explore this course. Also the trains. They look badass! It's probably because I'm autistic that I love these things and think that the trains look badass but seriously this course rocks!
And speaking of Ribbon Road that course makes it to #3 on my list. Like with Cheese Land, this course was revamped to the extreme, but even more. Now we're in a kid's bedroom and the course is actually a set built by this kid and there are so many easter eggs and the visuals are so impressive! You'd think I'd place this above Cheese Land as it clearly was revamped further but the music..., man. You thought I was going to say it was improved? Lol no. It sounds nothing like the original. It's just random electric guitar sounds and it doesn't match the original at all sadly. Other than that this course is almost flawless
This a cool track on the dlc
While Mute City in Pack 1 was great, it surely wasn't as good as Big Blue, the last course in the game. Man this course is some real epicness and epic visuals. It's super fun and it's another section course, in which the course is divided in three sections which makes it give a lot of awesome views and graphics. It's even crazier than Mute City which is saying something.
This is a retro course, like with Wii Grumble Volcano and 3DS Melody Motorway that didn't change much at all from the original aside from say some glider-sections and some anti-gravity. But don't fix what's not broken. This course is still as awesome as the original if not better due to the fact that the visuals are even better and the music has been improved. The music alone is one of my all-time favourites in Mario because it's so motivating and epic. It's just so awesome!
One of my favourites. I love big cities with tall buildings and lots of lights, so naturally I find the visuals for this course to be beautiful. The music also rocks!
This is probably the only course in DLC Pack 1 that I would actually consider to be an amazing course along with maybe Mute City. It's based on The Legend of Zelda and it's just such a well-executed course with stunning graphics and so much to drive around. It's based on The Legend of Zelda and it has a forest, a castle, and even deku-babas, keese and rupees instead of coins. The music is a remix on the classic zelda theme from The Legend of Zelda. Such a fun course to play and easily my favourite of this DLC pack.
One of the best things about DLC Pack 2 was that it brought back two GBA courses as GBA courses rarely got brought back and the best thing is that it was among the best GBA courses that they did bring back which was Cheese Land and Ribbon Road. Most people think the Ribbon Road remake was better which I can see why but I prefer this one actually. I mean this was so revamped! The music is better, it feels more real, the cheese mountains and the pizza background. They did everything right in this remake and it's so fun to play! So yeah this is #2 for me and a masterpiece!
I really wanted to like this course but it was just so uninteresting and uncolourful that it's my least favourite DLC course and the only one I honestly don't like. This course is part of why I consider the Egg Cup to be one of the worst Mario Kart cups ever. I mean it's an incredibly original idea as you drive through a statue of Gobblegut and it has tons of chinese stuff. But man where are the colours? Grey, beige, grey-green, and that's it. Terrible colours combined into the most visually un-appealing thing ever. Not to mention how twisty this course is. If you're palying it on 200cc, good luck. Good idea, terrible execution and overall the only course I legit think is bad
This is just Baby Park 2.0 except worse, and now it's for adults. And by that, I mean that it's twice as big and it's a dirtbike arena, and babies don't drive dirtbikes really. It's a very forgettable course. It's cool for making tricks and stuff and it's a nice throwback to the Excitebike game on the NES but the music is uninteresting and the layout is pretty boring. It gets old pretty fast. It's below average for me but not terrible.
This is probably one of the most underappreciated courses in Mario Kart 8 like Super Bell Subway. I mean this course is just AWESOME. It's set in the woods and it has so many trees, treehouses, a dam, a bridge, you even go down a cave waterfall and it's all in anti-gravity. The visuals are stunning! Such an impressive course that needs more appreciation.
Most people agree on that this is the worst DLC course overall in the game and among the worst courses in the game. I disagree a lot. While it's one of the weaker courses in the DLC packs overall, I find it severely underrated and actually quite original. It's not often you get to visit the arctic for frick sake and drive on two parallel colourful roads. Although I do agree yellow and green don't go well and that the shortcuts are crap. The music isn't any interesting either. Overall my opinion on this is decent.
Mute City is in my opinion a course in-between amazing and great. F-Zero is one of few racing titles by Nintendo other than Mario Kart and it's certainly one of the best. It's incredibly fast-paced and the music is chaotic and you gotta be careful. This course, based on the track of Mute City from F-Zero matches all the stuff needed for it to feel like a mix between Mario Kart and F-Zero and it's just amazing. Fast-paced, amazing remix on the F-Zero theme, those pink sidewalks, you name it. It's such a fun and underrated course. While Big Blue in DLC Pack 2 is better, this one deserves recognition as well.
Animal Crossing and GCN Baby Park are the only DLC courses in the game that I do not consider to be awesome-flawless. However, it's still a fairly great course in my opinion. It's based on Animal Crossing and while it's nothing too interesting as the course is a bit basic, the great thing about it is the fact that you can actually switch the season between spring, summer, autumn and winter in the course so you can play this course in different seasons. That is such an original and clever idea and it ultimately makes this course better than it otherwise would've been. It's in the great-tier for me.
While DLC Pack 1 did only have three retro tracks and none of them are that great, I do think GCN Yoshi Circuit was a pretty good track in my opinion. It's in the shape of a Yoshi and in this game, it was executed well. In Double Dash, it was too hard to control with the twisty turns, the DS remake was so bland and uninteresting, but this remake look stunning and and it's easy to control despite it being twisty. The updated music is also excellent.
The course that has made the most appearences in Mario Kart games, at a staggering five times. In Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, this game and even Mario Kart Tour! Well this version is the best. It looks pretty good with the visuals and the music has been updated slightly. Not much to say about it. It's still the same track but with other visuals. But I enjoy it.
What they did to this retro course was just so sad. This is because the original on the Wii is actually my favourite mario kart course of all time. So much nostalgia and the difficulty was awesome. And then it came back on this console. I had high expectations but it looks like Nintendo wanted to make it even easier than Mario Circuit for frick sake! Now you get speedboosts by hitting the minecarts and there are guardrails almost everywhere! Not to mention how you can't no longer explore this course by driving up that rail that leads to out-of-bounds that existed in the original. Seriously that was my favourite part. Even the music has been downgraded and while the visuals are impressive, I still prefer the original. Not a terrible course because I still enjoy it but man it was so downgraded!
If you know me, then you know I'm not a fan of Baby Park because it's just a small oval loop over and over again with the only interesting thing being what's outside it which you can't even visit. The original on the Gamecube was bad, the remake on the DS was slightly better because it was shorter, but this remake was actually quite decent, even being above-average. It has more visuals and interesting things going on and you can tell they were trying to make a good remake here. So it's overall, good I'd say probably.