Nintendo has lifted the veil on Mario Kart 8 and we finally have some firm details, including an April 28th release date!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes jam-packed with new characters, new features, new karts, new modes and enhanced visuals. Every character, track, and kart from the original Wii U version – including all previously released DLC – will be included.
New characters include Inkling Girl and Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. This brings the total number of racers to 42, a new record for the series. There will also be new karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once (a feature missing in the WiiU version), a new Smart Steering control option, and apparently even more added features.
The most exciting announcement of all will the revamped Battle mode that can be played both locally and online. The multiplayer Battle modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offer a ton of options across eight colorful Battle courses. Here’s a look at what’s in store:
- 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.
Traditional split-screen is making a return with up to four players (YES), and you’ll be able to race and battle online or hosted in a LAN multiplayer session with up to 12 players. Two players can even share one Nintendo Switch system when experiencing LAN Play. Of course, you won’t be able to go online until Fall 2017 when Nintendo’s online service rolls out so you better start calling your friends over.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in stores and Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on April 28 at a suggested retail price of $79.99. When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28, Nintendo will also release the Joy-Con Wheel accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99 for a set of two.
I loved Mario Kart 8 but I did feel it was limited and missing some key features. It looks like the Deluxe package will fix that and give players who’ve previously purchased the game for the WiiU more than enough new content to re-purchase. I’m most excited for some good old fashion 4-way split-screen battling.