The multiplayer game for the Nintendo Switch we’ve all been waiting for, Mario Kart 8 is set to release April 28 and is up for pre-order now for $59.99. It will also be available for the Wii U, and there’s no catch so far. The Wii U version will still receive all the DLCs and extra content that the Switch version will get. Mario Kart 8 will also debut with the Joy-Con wheel accessory for $14.99 for a set of two.
But what’s new about this version? How can Nintendo top the last Mario Kart? A lot, according to the press release, including new features, characters, karts, modes, and “enhanced” visuals. Before we get into the fancy features, the new characters are Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr., who are all entering the race track for the first time. The new karts are inspired by Splatoon, with the added ability to hold two items at once, like “item-stealing Boo, and jumping Feather.”
Now to get into the features of this game. There is a Smart Steering control option, for those of us who can’t manage a straight line in racing games and hate the view of walls. And for those of us that really want to get down a dirty, there are some awesome new modes to enact revenge on your enemies – I mean, have fun with your friends. Battle mode is revamped to play both locally and online (with Nintendo’s fancy subscription service of course) and eight new courses. The other 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.
Multiplayer Modes: The multiplayer options in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are as plentiful and diverse as the colors in Rainbow Road. Traditional split-screen returns with up to four players… In addition, races can be played online or hosted in LAN multiplayer sessions with up to 12 players (additional games and systems are required). Two players can even share one Nintendo Switch system when experiencing LAN play.
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