While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes every track, racer, and kart available in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U – including all DLC – that is not all, folks! There will be all sorts of new content, including racers and karts. Returning from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the ability to hold 2 items, which is a game changer in tight races. The Boo and Feather items mark a return, too.
5 new characters join the fun: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. This brings the total up to 42, a whopping number unseen in any previous Mario Kart racing game. Joining the Squid Kids are Splatoon-inspired karts.
Here are all of the Battle Mode options:
- 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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will use every control scheme available for the Switch: Traditional 4-player splitscreen, detached Joy-Con two-player in Tabletop Mode, or online or LAN multiplayer for up to 12 players. The ability to take Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the go makes this the definitive multiplayer Mario Kart.
There will even be a brand new Smart Steering control scheme, which Nintendo has not detailed. This game is shaping up to be a love letter to the entire Mario Kart franchise. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe releases on April 28th and will cost $59.99.