When Mario Kart 8 first came out for the Wii U, the game received great reviews and praise. The title was must-have for every owner, and the kart-racer eventually became the best-selling game on the system.
Mario Kart 8 will be receiving a port to the Nintendo Switch on April 29th. This port however is Deluxe. As the name indicates, this is the core Mario Kart 8 game that came out on the Wii U but with some key new features and all previously existing DLC. Oh, and it’s portable.
Lets take an in-depth look at what’s new in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and if its enough to warrant a port to the Switch.
Portability and the Switch:
The Nintendo Switch allows someone to play a full console game on the go. That’s right you can play a full fledged Mario Kart in a bus, airplane, anywhere thats appropriate. However, with the game being portable means that there will be a decrease in graphical quality. We can confirm that the portable version of Mario Kart 8 will use the most of the Switches portable capabilities, running at 720p and an undisclosed frame-rate. Once docked however, the game will run at a crispy and buttery 1080p at 60 frames-per-second.
Revamped Battle Mode:
One of the most disappointing aspects of the original Mario Kart 8 was the dull battle mode. For those not in the know, the battle mode in MK8 was just balloon battle on race courses from the regular 32 tracks in the game. This time however the battle mode has had a complete do-over, with returning and new courses made just for battle mode, which can be played in a variety of different modes.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will keep balloon battle, this time however each player has 5 balloons and once the player has no more, instead of being out of the game the player will have their score reduced by half while still playing. This rule also goes for the brand new mode returning from previous Mario Kart games: Bob-Omb Battle. In Bob-Omb battle every item box will have a Bob-Omb, players can stack up to ten at a time and unleash them on enemy players to pop their balloons. Nintendo Treehouse also confirmed that more game modes will be coming as well.
So far four courses have been revealed for battle mode, 2 new and 2 returning. These are:
- Battle Stadium (NEW)
- Urchin Underpass (NEW)
- SNES Battle Course 1
- GCN Luigi’s Mansion
New Items and System:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe introduces two returning items: the Feather and the Boo. The feather works just as its SNES version, it allows a racer to jump over walls, racers, and items on the track. The Boo acts just like its DS counter-part, stealing the closest racers item and putting it in your inventory.
Also returning is the ability to have two items at once from games previous to the original Mario Kart 8. Lastly, we can also observe the return of double item boxes from games previous to MK8.
One of the major complaints of the original Mario Kart 8 was the exclusion of characters and the disproportionate amount of koopalings and baby characters. DLC tried to remedy this by adding 3rd party characters and some new characters from the Mario franchise. However, many fan-favorites like Diddy and Funky Kong, King Boo, and Birdo didn’t return just to name a few.
New in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the return of Bowser. Jr, Dry Bones, King Boo, and the male and female inklings from Splatoon. In the character select menu however, we could see a question mark even will all announced characters filled in, implying that we still have even more to see.
Mario Kart 8 expanded upon the build-your-own kart system introduced in Mario Kart 7. With over 10,878 different combinations in Mario Kart 8, Deluxe will continue to add more karts to the game. There of these new karts were announced by Nintendo as the Splatoon based Splat Buggy and Inkstriker along with the Koopa Clown kart returning from Mario Kart 7. We can probably expect more kart to be announced just as with characters.
From what information is available now, we can tell that Mario Kart 8 deluxe is making significant strides to improve the original games battle mode, while also adding new characters, karts, and items into the mix; All this done while being a portable game. The game is looking like a must-buy for anyone who skipped out on the Wii U generation of games. Wii U owners who already own MK8 however may want to wait and think about this purchase as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be on retail for around 59.99$ on April 29th.