Written by Jon Scarr
I’ve always had a love for Mario Kart since it first came out on the Super Nintendo. My friends and I would spend hours on end battling it out and racing to see who was supreme. Heck, we even had a trophy for bragging rights.
Needless to say, I’ve played every version of Mario Kart released and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U was my favourite.
Now, Nintendo is taking Mario Kart to the next level on the Nintendo Switch with Mario kart 8 Deluxe, the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes every character, track and kart from the Wii U—including all DLC—and adds some truly epic new features to the game.
In addition to everything from the Wii U version, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is filled with new content such as new characters, new karts, new items, new modes, and enhanced visuals, which makes this a must have game even if you owned the original on the Wii U.
Let’s check out what Nintendo’s high-octane racer, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, has in store for us come April 28, 2017 on the Nintendo Switch.
Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U had an impressive roster of drivers, a total of 37, from the Mario universe. However, there were a few key Nintendo favourites missing. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds five new characters, Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. to bring the total number of racers to 42—the most for any game in the series.
I have to admit, I am a big Splatoon fan and seeing Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy as playable characters in Mario Kart is like a dream come true. I can hardly wait to race down the track as either Inkling Girl or Inkling Boy. Additionally, each of the Inklings have three selectable colours each that you can choose from. Those with a keen eye for all things Mario, might have noticed Gold Mario in the new trailer, you can see it at the end of this article. Gold Mario will be unlocked after completing all the cups at 200cc.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe expands the number of vehicles by three. The Koop Clown kart from Mario 7 makes a return, and two new Splatoon-themed ATVs—the Splat Buggy and Inkstriker—make their debut. In addition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sees the return of the item-stealing Boo and jumping Feather.
Further more, one of the features from past Mario Kart games is now included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the ability to hold two items at once. That means if you pick up an item, not use it, and pickup another one, you will have two items. If you are lucky enough, you might just find one of the double item boxes scattered around the course that will give you two items at once.
In an effort to make the Mario Kart series more accessible to everyone, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes a new style of steering called Smart Steering. This is aimed towards new and younger players, which essential puts bumpers on the track so you wont run into walls or fall off. To keep players moving, there is an Auto Acceleration option that will keep things a bit more competitive.
Right from the get go, you’ll be able to race in the blazing fast 200cc cup. As you may know, drifting is essential to winning in Mario Kart. So to help make drifting possible in the 200cc cup, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes a slight modification to gameplay that now allows you to break while drifting. This will allow you to make your way around tight corners in order to attain the boost at the end of your drift.
New karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, a new Smart Steering control option, and even more awesome features truly make this the definitive version of an already classic game.
One of the most robust features in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the inclusion of a revamped Battle mode, which can be played both locally and online. When the Nintendo Switch is docked, you can play with up to four players via traditional split-screen on your TV. When undocked, two players can play on the Nintendo Switch’s screen by detaching the Joy-Con controllers and using them horizontally to play. A total of eight Nintendo Switch consoles can play together via local wireless.
If you want to get a local tournament going, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gives you the ability to play with up to 12 players in LAN Play mode. With a USB-Ethernet adaptor attached while the Nintendo Switch is docked, you be well on your way to fun. You wont need to have 12 consoles or TVs either, just like when the Nintendo Switch is undocked—you can play with two people per Nintendo Switch.
The multiplayer Battle modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offer a variety of options across all eight battle courses. New Battle Courses include Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium—two Splatoon-themed Battle Courses—along with Sweet Sweet Kingdom, Dragon Palace, and Lunar Colony. Returning Battle Courses include SNES Battle Course 1, GCN Luigi’s Mansion, and 3DS Wuhu Town.
Here are some of the gameplay modes in Battle Mode:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is just a few weeks away and I can hardly wait to put the pedal to the medal. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is filled with new content and new features, along with enhanced visuals running at 1080p 60fps gameplay that will have you and your friends up until the wee hours of the morning battling it out.
What excites you most about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Let me know in the comments section below.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.