In Mario Kart 8 (just like in previous Mario Kart games), players can use Mini-Turbos: a technique that allows them to get a small speed boosts following successful drifts. Naturally, that technique is still there in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but it has been modified. To be more precise, there’s now a third “stage” that is triggered if you keep the drift button pressed:
- Mini-Turbo: blue flames
- Super Mini-Turbo: orange flames
- Ultra Mini-Turbo: pink flames
Today, Nintendo uploaded a comparison video, that shows how long the boost for each stage of the Mini-Turbo lasts:
For those who cannot watch the video, here’s the duration for all three stages:
- Mini-Turbo: 0.621 seconds
- Super Mini-Turbo: 1.674 seconds
- Ultra Mini-Turbo: 2.633 seconds
As you can see, the Ultra Mini-Turbo offers the longest speed boost of the three by a long shot, which does make sense since it takes longer to trigger. However, if you use a light-weight character, triggering an Ultra Mini-Turbo will take less time than with other characters.
The Ultra Mini-Turbo is going to be tricky to pull off on some tracks (especially on 200cc), but it’s definitely going to be worth it (especially in Time Trials)! A quick note: you cannot use it while Smart-Steering is activated.
Next, here’s a couple of TV commercials from Japan:
Finally, during the Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Nintendo would hold two in-game tournaments online: more details about those will be shared at a later date.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) comes out on April 28th worldwide.