After a kind of disappointing line of launch titles for the Nintendo Switch, in which only Zelda: Breath of the Wild was earning high-scores it was about time that Nintendo would come up with another solid trendsetting game title, and Nintendo does with 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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has the main game, but also includes all released downloadable content which became part of the original game over the years. This means that you can race as Link (the main character of the Zelda franchise) on a Master Cycle, but that you can also race and battle on an Animal Crossing race track or that you can drive your way through your opponents in an unlockable Mercedes-Benz car as Dry Bowser, and you can even drive an Excitebike. 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 changes
The 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.
You 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.
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.