It was just 3 years ago that we saw the release of Mario Kart 8 to amazing success at the time, leading many to say it was the best iteration of the series to date. While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may appear to be nothing more than an easy port it adds quite a bit more content than one might think, making it a worthwhile title for any Switch owner to pick up. If there’s still anyone out there who need convincing, here are 8 reasons players should look into getting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
No Longer Wii U Exclusive!
Mario Kart 8 was an amazing system seller for the Wii U when it first came out, but many players still skipped over Nintendo’s previous gen console and didn’t see it worth getting for a singular title. As Mario Kart 8 is no longer a system exclusive, players can pick up the definitive version of Nintendo’s most popular racing title without having to get a Wii U to enjoy it. Whether a new or old to the title, Switch owners can now enjoy Mario Kart 8 to its fullest.
The Mario Kart series is no newbie to Nintendo handhelds, but being able to take a game as impressive looking as Mario Kart 8 on the go is the bonus of having this title on the Switch. The title also supports up to 4 player split screen while in handheld mode, or if players know a few friends with other Switch consoles they can play with up to 8 systems connected locally and a total of 12 players. Of course the chance of finding that many other people with Switch consoles might be a rarity, it’s at least nice that players can sit down and race with a handful of other people without needing an internet connection.
Deluxe didn’t just bringing back all the characters from the Wii U version, it brought in a handful of new ones to play as too. In addition to all the DLC characters being playable from the get-go Deluxe also gives players Dry Bones, King Boo, Bowser Jr, Inklings and even one secret alternate character to take out on the tracks. All together that brings the roster up to a total of 42 available racers, which remains the biggest the series has ever had. Whether players want to get on the track with one of the newest characters or keep is classic with all the returning ones, there’s plenty to pick from without ever getting tired.
This Mario Kart title is the full package, as everything is included without any extra costs. Nintendo has already stated that there are no new race tracks coming, and the new characters are already available from the moment the game starts up. The Wii U version restricted players who didn’t own DLC from playing along side those who did, but now everyone will be on even ground and able to play with whomever they like without the paywall blocking their tracks. While some people might be disappointed that there’s no new race tracks for the game, there’s one entirely new way to enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
That’s right, the classic battle mode from the original SNES Mario Kart title makes its triumphant return with even more ways to go head to head. Players can go full-on classic with balloon battle, or make it more dangerous by making it a Bob-omb Blast. Coin Runners also returns, challenging racers to collect every last coin possible before time runs out. The Shine Thief battle mode is back from Double Dash, challenging players to grab the Shine and keep it on them until their time runs out in order to win. Finally, one brand new battle mode called Renegade Roundup joined along side all the others. Renegade Roundup is similar to a cops ‘n robbers scenario, where one team tries to use their Pirahna plants in order to capture the opposing team as they try to stay on the run until time’s up. With 8 different battle maps and five modes to choose from, Battle Mode sets itself up to be a vastly improved experience that the Wii U version was missing.
First Big Online Title for Switch!
The Nintendo Switch is nearing it’s third month since release, making Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the first big multiplayer title for the system. While it may still be an enhanced port in some ways, it’s one of the first titles for Switch players can take on friends and strangers from all over the world in. With the return of custom matches players can set up all sorts of small tournaments while building up the Switch’s online community. Whether players want to take the game online, set up a local or even LAN competition, there’s a lot of benefits of being the first major multiplayer title that will keep players coming back as more online games start popping up.
Every player has slipped off Rainbow Road at some point, but fortunately the new Smart Steering feature is there to help players who find themselves off course. Smart Steering is as simple as it sounds, when a player starts to get too close to the edge of a course it will steer them away and keep them from running straight into a wall or falling off the edge. While it’s certainly still possible to get off course with Smart Steering, it’s meant to guide players better and help them keep on track all the way to the end. This might seem like an edition specifically made for younger players learning the ropes, but it can also be used a great way to race as fast as possible and be a little less cautious while taking sharp turns. It certainly save racers from every collision, but Smart Steering is still a welcome addition for all players.
Improved Gameplay and Visuals!
When the original title released on Wii U it was already incredibly impressive for the console, with amazing revamps for its many levels and simply astonishing amounts of details for what the system was capable of. Now players with the Switch version can experience 1080p while docked and 720p on the console’s screen, giving players their choice of gorgeous visuals no matter which mode they go with. Not only that, but Nintendo also fixed the minor framerate issue from the Wii U version so players can finally enjoy that smooth 60fps racing as they go for gold.
Mario Kart 8 has already proven with its Wii U release to be one of the best entries in the series, and now it can be enjoyed even longer with the Deluxe version on the Switch. The new features are extensive enough to draw back fans who already played it on Wii U, and for those who never had a chance will now be able to enjoy everything Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has to offer. These are just 8 reason why players should grab Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but there are simply no downsides to picking up this colorful racing title and taking a drive around the track.