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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already packed with some of the series’ best courses, and even more are on the way. Nintendo will be releasing dozens of additional tracks for the Switch racing game as part of the Booster Course Pass, six waves of DLC coming through the end of 2023. Here’s everything you need to know about the pass, including how much it costs, how to download it, and what courses are in Wave 2.

How much is the Booster Course Pass?

There are two ways to get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass. The first is to purchase it outright from the Nintendo eShop for $25. After buying the pass, you’ll get access to each wave of courses as they’re released.

Alternatively, you can download the Booster Course Pass for free if you’re a Nintendo Switch Online plus Expansion Pack subscriber. You’ll be able to enjoy the DLC as long as you have an active membership. If your subscription lapses, however, you’ll lose access until you renew or buy the pass.

An individual Nintendo Switch Online plus Expansion Pack membership costs $50 per year, while an annual family plan membership costs $80. The latter covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts across multiple Switch systems. In addition to the Booster Course Pass, subscribers have access to various other perks, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Happy Home Paradise DLC, Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion DLC, and a library of classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.

How many courses are being added?

The Booster Course Pass is adding a whopping 48 additional tracks to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. These courses are taken from across the entire Mario Kart series and will be released eight at a time in six waves through the end of 2023. You cannot purchase the waves individually.

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Here are all the confirmed courses coming in the Booster Course Pass:

Wave 1 – Mar. 18

Golden Dash Cup

  • Paris Promenade (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Toad Circuit (Mario Kart 7)
  • Choco Mountain (Mario Kart 64)
  • Coconut Mall (Mario Kart Wii)

Lucky Cat Cup

  • Tokyo Blur (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Shroom Ridge (Mario Kart DS)
  • Sky Garden (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
  • Ninja Hideaway (Mario Kart Tour)

Wave 2 – Aug. 4

Turnip Cup

  • New York Minute (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Mario Circuit 3 (Super Mario Kart)
  • Kalimari Desert (Mario Kart 64)
  • Waluigi Pinball (Mario Kart DS)

Propeller Cup

  • Sydney Sprint (Mario Kart Tour)
  • Snow Land (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
  • Mushroom Gorge (Mario Kart Wii)
  • Sky-High Sundae (new)

How to download the Booster Course Pass

You can download the Booster Course Pass from the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe product page on the Nintendo eShop. If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online plus Expansion Pack subscriber, you’ll see a banner at the top of the page with a button to download the pass for free. Keep in mind that you’ll need to own the base game to download the Booster Course Pass. 

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The Mean One and his victim who knows who

The Mean One and his victim who knows who?
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This trend is so edgy, right? I guess if you want to satisfy your inner child who is into this sort of thing, The Mean One might be for you; it definitely looks to prove that the lowest forms of entertainment keep it “real” by bastardizing children’s IP without any real intention outside of making Bambi, Pooh, and now the Grinch go homicidal.

This Dr. Seuss parody—whose budget clearly went all in on the makeup for “the mean one” and for casting Terrifer 2‘s David Howard Thornton—looks cheaper than an Asylum film and shot in a rando town retrofitted as a slasher. Like, that’s it and I don’t know who’s asking for this. The trailer, released through IGN, is giving more Christmas cringe than killer vibes.

The Mean One – Official Trailer: Grinch Horror Parody (2022) David Howard Thornton, Krystle Martin

As you can tell, I’m already over this dark parody of various children’s characters done for those with cynical cold hearts that never grew three sizes. Don’t get me wrong, though—horror comedies with kids and holidays like Anna and the Apocalypse or the upcoming Violent Night, done with earnest intent and camp with clever re-imaginings, work. Just… not here, where you can tell the effort didn’t go further than “wouldn’t it be sick to make the Grinch homicidal in a small town?

Directed by Steven LaMorte, The Mean One hits U.S. theaters on December 9.


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A hot potato: The controversy over the catastrophic implosion of FTX is stirring the pot between investors and officials. Those who lost money claim the Bahamian government is shielding FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried from the potential consequences of mishandling their funds. The backlash prompted the country’s attorney general to go on the defensive in a live-streamed statement that almost nobody watched.

Bahamas Attorney General L. Ryan Pinder spoke out over the weekend regarding the FTX collapse and the public’s interest in the legally “free” status of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF). The AG live-streamed the presser via the Bahamas Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, where it racked up a whopping 623 views (embedded below via YouTube repost).

Pinder assured the public and investors that Bahamian regulators are doing their jobs by conducting due process and not buying into the mob mentality that wants to see SBF hung by the neck until dead.

“The Bahamas is a place of laws. The rule of law and the exercise of due process characterize the integrity of our jurisdiction,” the AG said.

Investors feel the country’s officials are harboring a criminal and accusing it of being a haven for crypto money laundering. Officials even challenged an FTX bankruptcy filing in Delaware earlier this month, claiming it has jurisdiction over the company’s liquidation.

On the one hand, due process is undoubtedly prudent in a free nation. Gathering a case against SBF before filing charges is precisely what would happen in the US or UK. On the other hand, people who lost virtually every penny they invested are outraged that authorities haven’t made an arrest. After all, it seems evident that there was some blatant mishandling of FTX investor funds.

Bankman-Fried spent millions bailing out other failing cryptocurrencies. He paid sports teams, athletes, and celebrities to promote his coin. The cryptopreneur also went on record admitting that he lost billions in FTX funds in another of his ventures called Alameda Research.

In a text-message interview with Vox, SBF said Alameda went under because it invested heavily in LUNA stablecoin, which also tanked earlier this year. Bankman-Fried avoided mentioning how much it lost and where Alameda spent that money. His excuse for the loss was “messy accounting.”

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However, it is another area due for investigation, considering that Wall Street Journal sources said SBF and other execs were well aware FTX gave about half of its investors’ money to Alameda — funds that evaporated between May and June of this year.

In the meantime, investors have their pockets turned out while SBF is still supposedly sitting in his Bahamian palatial estate. Indeed many have concluded that they will never get their money back and want the satisfaction of seeing SBF behind bars, but that could be a while.

Pinder stated that his investigation was “very complex” and is only in the “early stages.”

“We understand the enormous interest in this story, but as a government, we decided right away that what was most important was not to engage in speculation or gossip but instead to proceed methodically and deliberately in accordance with the exercise of due process and the rule of law,” the AG said. “There is still no agreed-upon standards globally. Regulators from around the world are still grappling with how to regulate digital assets.”

Pinder continually harped on how other countries should have done their part in keeping their eye on FTX since it operated globally. Of course, this flies directly in the face of his office’s insistence that it be given complete jurisdiction over FTX’s bankruptcy hearings.

“Any attempt to lay the entirety of this debacle at the feet of the Bahamas because FTX is headquartered here would be a gross oversimplification of reality,” Pinder admonished. “We have been shocked at the ignorance of those who assert FTX came to the Bahamas because they did not want to commit to regulatory scrutiny. In fact, the world is full of countries in which there is no legislative regulatory authority over the crypto and digital asset business.”

Pinder seemed to spend just as much time pointing out that investors should not point fingers at the Bahamian government as he did reassuring them he was doing everything he could to uncover what happened and hold parties responsible if necessary. The problem is that his voice is mostly falling on deaf ears.

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What can you get that’s actually cheap this Cyber Monday that doesn’t, well, suck? It turns out a lot more than you might think. While we’ve seen some significant discounts on OLED TVs, gaming laptops, and other expensive items, we’ve also stumbled upon budget-friendly deals on stuff that’s actually quite good. We know this because we’ve either tested or tried these items ourselves, like Amazon’s latest Echo Dot, which is currently half off at $24.99. Oh, and did we mention it comes with a free Philips Hue smart bulb as well?

So if you’ve got a lengthy list for your upcoming holiday gift exchange — or you just need to stretch your budget a little more this year — look no further than these Cyber Monday deals under $25 you can grab now.

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