The Nintendo Switch is being criticised over its launch window lineup, and it doesn’t help that one of its bigger releases is in fact a Wii U upgrade. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28th, bringing with it a bunch of new content that makes it feel like a Game of the Year release of the hit kart racer.
It will include all existing content from the original release of Mario Kart 8, including the DLC that came post-launch. In addition, it will also include all of the Splatoon kids, as well as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. New circuits are on their way including Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, on top of returning ones, such as GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Talk about nostalgia!
- Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch!
- Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.
- Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.
- Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.
- Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster!
- Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc
- Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon
- Carry two items at the same time
- Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode.
- Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.
- Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode
- Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a release date of April 28th, and should set you back $60 or 50 quid in the UK.