Video: Digital Foundry weighs in on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe booster course pass texture complaints

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We’re all really excited to have more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to play, right? In recent months, we have received two new waves of courses thanks to the Booster Course Pass, which started with Wave 1 in March and recently followed up with Wave 2 earlier this month. But if there has been a common complaint among fans, it has to do with how the fields look compared to the base game.

Digital Foundry has now shared their thoughts on the 16 new tracks we currently have access to, comparing them to the 48 tracks from the main game and their Mario Kart Tour originals. So far, all of the Booster Course Pass additions have either been available in Mario Kart Tour or were added at a later date (Sky-High Sundae), and this is what Digital Foundry believes is “the heart of the problem.”

Although the base game itself is an enhanced version of a Wii U game, Digital Foundry notes that Nintendo took a different approach in bringing the game to Switch, such as adding more detail to textures like sand, grass, roads, and even buildings. which makes the 16 new courses stand out.

Stating that the new courses “have flat, low-detail textures overall, particularly on the track’s geometry and foliage,” DF points to the different techniques Nintendo has used to make the Booster Course additions look a bit better on Switch, but he admits they result in a “clay-like look”, and if you get up close, “you’ll notice some dirt and roughness mixed in with detail textures overlaid”.

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Other things that DF points out in his analysis is that things like roadside buildings, flowers, and even trees in the distance look noticeably different. Bushes lack “alpha textures”, and graphical tools like “cube maps” used for reflections are much lower resolution.

It’s worth noting that Nintendo patched some visual improvements to Wave 1 courses when Wave 2 was released, but there are still some visual discrepancies:

DF also looks back at iterations of the courses in Tour, as well as other Mario Kart games, looking at texture improvements and particularly real-time shadows (Tour uses the built-in ones). But the post also acknowledges that, at the end of the day, we’ll be getting 48 new courses for half the price of the base game, so we’ll have 96 courses total by the end.

You can check out Digital Foundry’s full thoughts on the Booster Course Pass so far over at Eurogamer, or check out the video below for some side-by-side comparisons.

What do you think of the images on the tracks of Booster Course Pass? Or are you just happy to get more Mario Kart every few months? Let us know!


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