Nintendo wanted to 'honor player memories' when reworking tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass
Nostalgia is a hell of a drug
Nintendo’s Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is going to give us wave after wave of classic Mario Kart tracks, albeit in remastered, tweaked versions. Tons of players have very fond memories of these tracks, and Nintendo certainly recognizes that.
In an interview with Nikkei, producer Kosuke Yabuki discussed how Nintendo approached these tracks, and details the care put into them in order to freshen them up, while still respecting what made the originals great. You can see his full statement below, as translated by NintendoEverything.
The word ‘remaster’ might sound cheap, but we’re confident that it will create new and unique experiences that are different to how tracks were originally. We had to make all sorts of adjustments, as it wasn’t enough to simply leave the tracks as they were. The Game Boy Advance track ‘Sky Garden’ (released in 2001) was originally a flat plain, but we added some verticality to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version.
Players are going to have their own memories with each course, so we were careful not to change them too much. The discussion of intellectual property often happens around characters, but courses also belong in that conversation. We want to honor players’ memories while also polishing the allure of each course as IP.