Before we start this I just want everyone to know that this isnt factual at all, this is purely my speculation. I may be right, but I may be wrong.
As you all probably know by now. Nintendo said that there was only 48 race tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Same as Wii U Base + 16 DLC Tracks.) Source
While yes, they may be telling us the truth, they may have also said that because they just arent ready to show off or talk about the new tracks. It really shows that they were really focusing on the new revamped battle mode, as it was the focus of both the reveal trailer, and the Treehouse segment on the game.
However, Nintendo not adding any new tracks to the game just honestly doesent add up in my head. For almost a year after the game came out, Nintendo continued to support the game with two DLC packs, both being full of content (new characters and 8 new tracks each) they were also at an amazing price. Hell, they even gave out 200cc mode for free alongside pack 2. I cannot justify the fact in my head that after all of that cheap, and content heavy DLC they would just not add ANY new tracks into the game. I think Nintendo realizes that while them fixing battle mode will bring in many new sales from old and new consumers of Mario Kart 8, but most people favor the racing rather than battle mode. I cannot see how Nintendo would let this game release without some new tracks, especially if we arent going to see Mario Kart 9, for a couple of years I would predict. As sure as I am about seeing more tracks, it would be very simple for them just to half ass this and release it will a small amount of new content added, I just dont see it wise and neither should they
Another example I found is that in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe segment at Treehouse, when they did choose to race, the track selection screen was absent. (MK8D Treehouse) While yes, it was for battle mode as well, it just seems a little suspicious that Nintendo would not want to show off the track select screen, and only let attendees play a small selection of tracks when this game is most likely done, and it wouldn’t be anything new for the players. I understand why they did it for battle mode, but I dont understand why they didnt show it in racing mode, especially if they say nothing new is there.
In closing, I just don’t see how Nintendo would let this Mario Kart game release without any new tracks. I honestly believe if they want this to be a heavy seller for both owners of Mario Kart 8 and people who skipped the Wii U, they need to produce more content than a few new characters, some (rumor has it 5!) battle modes, and at least 4 battle stages. But if they do follow through with what was said and there is no new tracks, i’m honestly not sure how well this game will do with owners of the original Mario Kart 8.
So, do you guys agree or disagree with me? I wanna know, do you guys think we will see new tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Let me know in the comments!