Here’s What New in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch

I know, I know.  You have a Wii U and a copy of Mario Kart 8.  You’re quite disappointed that you’re going to have to buy the exact same game again when/if you buy the Switch.

Well, for one, it’s not the exact same game.  Just mostly the same…with some upgrades.  And I, for one, am not upset about that, because while 8 was as good a Karting experience as one can expect, this new installment appears to have perfected the formula:

  • All the DLC from the Wii U game comes on disc: Link with his Hyrule Circuit track, the Animal Crossing stuff, Excitebike course, and even the Mercedes-Benz karts.
  • New racers (42 total): Dry Bones, King Boo, Bowser Jr., and Inkling Boy & Inkling Girl from Splatoon, with the Splatoon amiibos now unlocking Mii racer clothes.
  • Complete retooling of Battle Mode with the 8 total arenas (5 new, 3 returning courses from Kart’s past).  Additional battle modes: Bob-Omb Blast, Shine Thief, and Coin Runners, with new mode, Renegade Roundup, which sends players after each other with nothing but Piranha Plants.
  • New Smart Steering control, making it easier to drive.
  • The ability to carry 2 items at a time.
  • 1080p graphics while the Switch is docked (Wii U only clocked 720p).
  • LAN support for larger local races.
  • Four-player split-screen mode when Docked. Two-player split-screen in Portable Mode, each player using a sideways Joy-Con.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drives onto the Switch April 28 at $59.99. If you liked the steering wheel accessory made famous by the Wii, that’s coming back, also on that date.

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