Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes with five new racers, several new tracks and items, and a few extra game modes and features.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is due out for the Nintendo Switch on April 28 – bringing the console some much needed first-party content. But hold on, didn’t you already play Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U? The deluxe edition of the game is functionally identical to its last-gen predecessor, with the addition of a bunch of new stuff. Nintendo has released the trailer to the right to showcase just what’s new in the Switch version.
First up, all of the DLC content for Mario Kart 8 comes included in the base Deluxe package, bringing the total number of playable maps to 48. Five new characters: Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. have been added, along with their respective unique karts and bikes.
Perhaps the biggest change in Deluxe is the revamped battle mode. Battle mode was a bit of a let down in the original Mario Kart 8, as it had players battle on cut-down versions of main game tracks, rather than custom battle arenas. Balloon Battle returns in Deluxe, alongside new modes Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Shine Thief, and Coin Runners. Best of all, they are all played on eight custom-designed battle arenas, including a Splatoon-themed zone.
Some additional new features include the new ultra-fast 200CC mode, and “Steering Assist” – an optional feature that prevents players from falling off the track on maps such as the notorious Rainbow Road.
Finally, Nintendo revealed that the JoyCon racing wheel attachments will also be available on April 28, at $14.99 for a set of two.