While the Wii U wasn’t successful in hardware sales, its software often left other consoles drooling at the mouth. Sure there weren’t a lot of 3rd party titles (I mean it is Nintendo) but their first party titles like Mario Kart 8 shined brightly on the dying system. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definitive edition of the 2014 Wii U title and today, Nintendo revealed a butt load of information covering what’s new in the game slated for the Nintendo Switch.
Immediately, the biggest components of any Mario Kart game are the characters and courses you’ll get to race on. Deluxe features every character from the original game (including the DLC ones) plus the addition of King Boo, Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, Bowser Jr, and Dry Bones which brings the total up to 42. It also features a total of 48 courses out of the box and while Nintendo hasn’t mentioned DLC for this one yet, I would put money on this game expanding even further in the future.
While the sheer amount of characters and tracks is enough to get anyone excited, the new additions to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are what may make this the perfect killer app for parties.
- Item Changes
- As most people already knew, you can now hold two items at once.
- Boo has returned to all modes which grants invincibility and also lets you steal an item from an opponent.
- Feather has returned only to battle mode and allows you to jump in the air to avoid shells (sometimes) as well as steal a balloon.
- Driving Changes
- Players can now brake while drifting.
- Steering Assist now offered for beginner players who aren’t used to playing Mario Kart titles.
- Battle Modes Added
- Balloon Battle is similar to other titles. Break everyone else’s balloons and win.
- Bob-omb Blast uses bob-ombs only and is silly fun.
- Coin Runners is where you try to get the most coins possible to win.
- Shine Thief is where you hold onto the shine for as long as you can while avoiding other players.
- Renegade Roundup is a brand new game type. This plays out with one team trying to “capture” the opposing team’s members and put them all in jail before time runs out. The other team tries to escape and break their captured teammates out of jail by hitting a button near them. Kind of a Nintendo twist on cops and robbers.
- Actual Battle Stages Added:
- Battle Stadium
- Sweet Sweet Kingdom
- Dragon Palace
- Lunar Colony
- Wuhu Town (Mario Kart 7)
- Luigi’s Mansion (Mario Kart: Double Dash)
- Battle Course 1 (Super Mario Kart)
- Urchin Underpass (Splatoon Themed Level)
- Multiplayer Options
- Up to 4 player split screen when docked.
- Comfortably play 2 players when in tablet mode.
- Hosted Online or LAN matches for up to 12 players (2 players can be on each switch during LAN).
- Online Options
- Can participate in both racing and battle modes online.
- Looks like you can do 2 players on one console still.
- Set up and host your own online tournaments.
With all these new and returning features, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks like it’ll be a very easy game to pick up and play whenever you have friends around or just get bothered too much while playing Zelda. The game is set to release on April 28th, 2017 which should mean the online capabilities of the Switch will be sorted out by then or there will be some very ornery gamers come launch time.
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.