Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Pricing, Features, and Accessories Announced

Start your engines… again!

Nintendo has recently released a new video highlighting some of the new features to be found in its upcoming Nintendo Switch release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Check it out:

In addition to the full content of the original Wii U release and its two downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe promises five new racers in Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo, and the Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, as well as new karts inspired by the latter. You’ll also now be able to hold two items as once, much like in Mario Kart Double Dash!! for the GameCube, including the return of the item-stealing Boo and the Battle Mode-exclusive Super Feather.

Speaking of Battle Mode, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe goes above and beyond its Wii U incarnation by bringing back some more traditional and classic modes, and more importantly, a combination of eight new and classic arenas fit to compete in (rather than just running along regular tracks as before). Per Nintendo’s press release, these modes include:

  • Renegade Roundup: Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this new mode has one team trying to capture the other and put them into jail before time runs out. The opposing team must try to escape and can break their own teammates out of prison by pressing a button under the jail cell.
  • Balloon Battle: In this oldie but goodie, players earn points by popping balloons on the back of their opponents’ karts.
  • Bob-omb Blast: Originally seen in the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! game, this mode finds players throwing a barrage of Bob-ombs at opponents.
  • Coin Runners: By racing across the Battle course, players try to collect the most coins as possible in this fast and frenetic mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii.
  • Shine Thief: Steal the coveted Shine Sprite and try to hold onto it for a 20 count in this classic multiplayer Battle mode.

The multiplayer modes will be available in local split-screen mode for up to four players when the system is docked, two players in local split-screen when undocked, and up to 12 players for online and local LAN mode, with the latter allowing two players to use the same device in split-screen if needed.

Finally, newcomers and less-experienced drivers can get in on the high-speed fun with a Smart Steering control option which helps keep players on the track — even at 200cc!

The game arrives on April 28th, and will be available at a Suggested Retail Price of $79.99. At the same time, there will also be a new Joy-Con Wheel accessory available for those who enjoy a bit of motion controlled steering; those will come in packs of two for an SRP of $19.99.

If you’re interested in what I thought of the game on the Wii U, you can find my original review here, with the reviews of the two downloadable content packs here and here.

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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.