Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The regular and quite basic version of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U did very well on this console, and now this great title races its way to the Nintendo Switch. Nowadays we know that remakes are not the solid gold titles which gamers all over the world are eagerly waiting for, since most of them have questionable new or sometimes half-baked features which do not honour the original. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an exception to this remake streak, because this title has enough new elements to discover and explore. This game is the ‘definitive edition’ of its original, and that makes this colourful race game an absolute blast.
What has changed?In its core Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a remake of its older brother which was released on the Wii U console in 2014, but the Deluxe version has had a full upgrade to meet current gamer demands.
In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe driving up a wall is still disorienting good fun, and to shoot at your opponents with a turtle shell remains a great guilty pleasure of all Mario Kart fans. Next to this, starting the race last and finishing first is what always made Mario Kart an absolute hoot to play, although this type of gameplay might be coming from a lack of good A.I. and the somewhat questionable rules of the races in Mario Kart. Nevertheless, racing in a Mario Kart game is nostalgia for connoisseurs and just a whole lot of fun for youngsters.
In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can race on 48 tracks, you can challenge other gamers in 8 battle arenas, there are 5 different difficulty levels and 42 different race characters; this makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the behemoth version of its original. This game also includes some game characters which are not in the original, e.g. the Inklings from the Splatoon franchise, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can also keep two items, which means that your races and battles can be even more strategic and challenging.
The biggest changesThe biggest changes between the Nintendo Switch version and its Wii U predecessor are the revisited and revamped battle mode, but also the enhancement of graphics which make the game look more colourful than ever before.
Expanded multiplayerYou can play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch with four players when you have the handheld part of the Switch in table-mode. The online multiplayer mode you can play with a maximum of two players in table-screen mode with a maximum of twelve players which can be based all over the world. You can also connect multiple Switch screens, and play with a maximum of eight players. By making use of the regular TV-mode you can play with a maximum of twelve players through a LAN-connection.
UPDATE:After a free software update, Mariokart 8 Deluxe is now compatible with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle kit. With this kit you can create your own steering wheel and accelerator. You can also control the motor with the Toy-Con motor from the Nintendo Labo: variety kit.