ByMatthew Davidson, writer at
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Matthew Davidson

You bought a Switch at launch. You bought Zelda: Breath Of The Wild with it, have put in dozens of hours, and are now in the mood for the next big thing to play on your new Switch system.

If this describes you, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might be what you’re looking for, as it looks to be the best entry in the series. Mario Kart 7 for 3DS, while still being an excellent kart-racing game, felt a little lacking in features and content. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch will not suffer from this at all.

Deluxe is going to be a game you can play for years, as Nintendo has packed it with more content than we’ve ever seen in a game before.

1. Downloadable Content And New Content

Since Mario Kart DS started featuring retro-course cups, we've gotten 32 courses with the last few Mario Kart games--sixteen new courses and sixteen retro-courses. Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 for 3DS followed this pattern as well.

Deluxe will have all downloadable content courses from the Wii U version included, which comes to 48 total courses. That's not including arenas.

On top of that, the total number of racers will be at 43, which goes way beyond anything we've seen in a Mario Kart game before. This also includes all , plus new racers exclusive to Deluxe.

Suffice it to say, this is easily the most content-packed Mario Kart game Nintendo has ever released.

2. Multiplayer, Multiplayer, And More Multiplayer

Since it’s now on Switch, multiplayer options open up significantly.

  • There's the traditional split-screen multiplayer on your TV with up to four people.
  • Or you can play in tabletop mode on one Switch screen with up to four people.
  • has enabled play for up to 12 different Switch consoles for TV play. One to two players can play on each Switch console in LAN play.
  • Or you can play multiplayer wirelessly in handheld mode. Up to eight Switch consoles can play together locally in handheld mode.
  • Or you can play online. Two local players can play together against other racers from all over the world over the internet.

No Mario Kart game has had this many options in its before.

3. More Game Modes Than You Can Throw A Koopa Shell At

will have five different difficulty levels in the traditional Grand Prix. You can work your way through all the cups in 50cc, 100cc, 150cc, Mirror Mode, and a 200cc mode for those of us who like our kart-racing at almost F-Zero-like speeds.

There's Time Attack mode, for those who like to learn the different courses without having to worry about being pelted with shells and banana peels by other racers.

It will have all the VS. multiplayer options mentioned above.

Plus, it has dedicated Battle Mode arenas, which were sorely lacking in the Wii U version. Battle Modes include Renegade Roundup, Balloon Battle, Bomb-Omb Blast, Coin Runners, and Shine Thief.

4. Control Options For The TV And Tablet

Given how many different ways there are to play Deluxe, the different control options accommodate that. You can play with both Joy-Con attached to the grip. You can play with them unattached to the grip, and one Joy-Con in each hand. You can play with one Joy-Con turned sideways NES-style. Or you can play with the Switch Pro Controller.

Also, Nintendo will be releasing a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe wheel for a more authentic experience.

Deluxe also features the Smart Steering feature for beginners, which allows them to race without having to worry about falling off the course.

5. It Looks Gorgeous on Switch

While docked, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe runs in 1080p, at a solid 60 FPS, even in 1-2 local multiplayer. In more than two-player multiplayer, the frame rate drops to 30 FPS, but still in 1080p.

Undocked, the whole game will run at 720p, that being the maximum resolution of the portable screen.

The version of Mario Kart 8, while still very respectable and playable, dropped to 30 FPS in all multiplayer, and only ran in 720p, even in single-player.

That being all said, Deluxe looks great, and is the best-looking and best-running Mario Kart game Nintendo has ever released.

Will you be picking up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Did you own it on Wii U? Let us know in the comments!


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