Preview: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition

Mario Kart has gone Super Sayain

It feels like just yesterday we  had a new Mario Kart game (2015), except this time it’s DELUXE. This new updated version of Mario Kart 8 is the biggest and baddest that the franchise has produced. Mario Kart 8 was (before this new one) the best Mario Kart in terms of pure racing. Yes, yes, yes the lack of battle mode was the one glaring issue from MK8 on Wii U. However, loads of DLC characters and maps, a new 200cc, and 60FPS were amazing.

Same game. New flavor

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features 42 unique racers across the Mario universe and includes all previous DLC characters from the Wii U version like Link, and the animal crossing crew, all while bringing in perennial juggernauts like Dry Bones and King Boo. The inkling kids from Splatoon have also joined the foray. 48 courses is also a record for the franchise and if this game wasn’t jam packed already, battle mode is back and better than ever.  The double item will also make it’s first return to the franchise since the glory days (Mario Kart double dash), now there will be blocks on the map where you can grab a second item. This is a welcome addition to the game and gives MK8 a bit of spice that wasn’t there on the Wii U. It’s really the little things that have to sell former Wii U owners on re-upping on a game they may have purchased within the last 2 years.

The Switch Factor

When I think about what excites me the most about Mario Kart 8 coming to the Switch, it’s the fact it’s now portable. I loved MK8 when it first launched on Wii U but getting friends to play a Wii U game was taxing. Mario Kart 7 was great in the fact that it was portable and that anyone you knew with a 3DS enabled you to play cups on the go. Now we get the best of both worlds, this is the way Mario Kart should be played. Mario Kart is going to be our first Switch title where you will want to take the console on the go and to peoples houses to play a few matches of the new battle mode.

Overall

It’s more Mario Kart so who’s complaining? As a Switch owner it’s also our second chance at a triple A style title and first since Breath of the Wild graced us. The game should also benefit from solid launch sales and the lack of Wii U sales in general, hopefully bringing in a ton of new players.

Will you be hitting the courses on April 28?

 

 

 

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