Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets new characters, Battle Mode, and more; trailer + pics

During the Nintendo Switch Presentation, Nintendo revealed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced version of the Wii U classic. As many expected, it includes all the contents from the Wii U version (including all the DLC and updates), but also a new Battle Mode with new and returning battle courses, new characters (including the Inkling), new vehicles, and more.

You can play with:

  • Up to 4 players on TV (in 1080p at 60fps with 1-2 players, 30fps with 3 to 4 players)
  • Up to 8 players Local Wireless
  • Up to 12 players Online Multiplayer

Here’s the trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:

And here’s the main features:

  • 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.  

And here’s the usual pictures (boxarts, screenshots, artworks, and more):

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) comes out on April 28th, worldwide. The Upcoming Releases page has been updated!



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