Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out in April. We take a look at the new content that makes the game worth buying.
13-03-2017 - by Iris Wijers
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming out next month and we’re looking forward to playing the crazy racing game on our brand-new Switch. The game is an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8, which was released for Wii U in 2014. Because of this, we already have a good idea what to expect from the game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not just a port, however, but brings several additions and new features that make it refreshing enough to warrant buying it, whether you own the game on the Wii U or not.
Improved Battle mode
Fans of the Battle Mode, rejoice! Battle mode has been revamped and improved for the Deluxe Edition of Mario Kart 8. The original release of Mario Kart 8 had a lacking battle mode, with only balloon battle on the usual racing courses. The deluxe edition for Mario Kart 8 fixes that, adding eight new and returning battle courses. The game also comes with four battle modes besides the standard balloon battle. Three of these, Bom-omb blast, Shine thief and Coin Runners, are familiar game modes from previous game. A brand-new mode is Renegade Roundup, in which two teams battle each other. One team tries to catch all members of the other team, while the other team tries to avoid them and free their own members. The improved battle mode is one of the biggest draws of Mario Kart 8, giving us the battle mode we deserve.
All DLC included
Not exactly new, but it needs to be said: All DLC for Mario Kart 8 will be included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The two DLC packs included add a total of six characters and sixteen tracks to the base game. The DLC cost €7,99 apiece for Wii U, but are included in the Deluxe version free of charge.
Besides the six characters from the DLC, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes with six characters that didn’t make it into Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. These characters include some old favorites and some new ones: King Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr, Gold Mario and the inkling boy and girl from Splatoon will join Mario and co in the upcoming racing game.
Enjoy customizing your vehicles? The Deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 comes with at least three new vehicle bodies. One is the Koopa Clown, fitting with Bowser Jr’s return to the series. The other two are inspired by Splatoon.
Two items make their return in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Boo item enables players to rob other players or their items and the long-lost feather item allows a player to jump into the air. In addition to these two new items spicing up the game, players can once again hold two items at a time, making for even wackier, chaotic and dynamic races.
Simpler, bigger local multiplayer
While you could link up with your friends in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, this required an extra Wii Remote and was limited to up to four players. With the Switch’s built-in joy cons, you can play with a friend without having to get another controller. If you enjoyed the steering wheels for the Wii-remotes, similar wheels are available for the joy-cons. You can also connect with up to eight players in local wireless multiplayer, making the game perfect for a fun and competitive LAN party.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out April 28th for Switch, but you can already pre-order it digitally right here at Startselect. Pre-loading is available now, meaning you can play the game the moment it officially comes out. Planning a party already?