Almost two weeks have passed since the release of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo could not be happier with its sales. The Nintendo Switch is currently selling so well due to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo Switch owners will not have to wait long for another major Nintendo franchise to launch on the Nintendo Switch though, because Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming soon.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is scheduled to release on April 28th and introduces players to new features, new characters, new karts, new modes, and enhanced visuals. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe contains every character, track, and kart from the Wii U version including all the DLC. Owners of the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 will be excited to find new twists and turns on some of their favorite maps. Take anti-gravity racing where ever you go and compete against your friends and family. Below is Nintendo’s official press announcement for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is overflowing with new content. The five new characters (Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.) bring the total number of racers to 42, a record for the beloved series. New karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, returning items like the item-stealing Boo and jumping Feather, 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 new features in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the addition of a revamped Battle mode that can be played both locally and online*. The multiplayer Battle modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offer a variety of fun options across eight colorful and well-designed Battle courses.”
Five new features are coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that improve on past versions of the game:
- Renegade Roundup: Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this new mode has one team trying to capture the other and put them into jail before time runs out. The opposing team must try to escape and can break their own teammates out of prison by pressing a button under the jail cell.
- Balloon Battle: In this oldie but goodie, players earn points by popping balloons on the back of their opponents’ karts.
- Bob-omb Blast: Originally seen in the Mario Kart: Double Dash!!game, this mode finds players throwing a barrage of Bob-ombs at opponents.
- Coin Runners: By racing across the Battle course, players try to collect the most coins as possible in this fast and frenetic mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii.
- Shine Thief: Steal the coveted Shine Sprite and try to hold onto it for a 20 count in this classic multiplayer Battle mode.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features a diverse variety of game modes that players can combat friends and foes against in a battle for superiority. Nintendo brings back traditional split-screen with up to four players by docking the Nintendo Switch. Races can be played online or hosted in LAN multiplayer sessions with up to 12 players. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may just set the standard for racing games that release in 2017. Upon the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players can also purchase two Joy-Con Wheel accessories for $14.99.