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Kalimari Desert Returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Wave 2 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC is set to release Aug. 4.
Wave 2 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC is set to release Aug. 4. / Image courtesy of Nintendo

Mario Kart 64's Kalimari Desert track 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, both new and old, here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about the return of Kalimari Desert in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Kalimari Desert: Everything You Need to Know

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 DLC wave, Kalimari Desert can be seen revitalized for the Nintendo Switch, complete with its signature train system, cacti, sand and large cliff formations.

Kalimari Desert initially made its series debut as the fourth and final race of the Mushroom Cup in Mario Kart 64 (1997). Since then, it has been revamped and brought back into the fold in Mario Kart 7 (2011) and Mario Kart Tour (2019).

As pointed out in a YouTube video by Swiftjar, this new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version of Kalimari Desert does appear to be a remixed version combining the N64 original with Kalimari Desert 2 from Mario Kart Tour.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Booster Course Pass: Wave 2 is set for release Thursday, Aug. 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 until the end of 2023.