Earlier today we shared a neat overview trailer from Nintendo Japan for upcoming Switch title Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Now Nintendo of Europe has sent out a localised video and details, which give a full picture of some of the changes and new features in the updated racer.
First of all, below is a localised version of the overview trailer, for you video fans.
'Smart Steering' is a nice way to make the game a bit more accessible for younger or less experienced players, though some features and modes are included for veterans. There'll be a character unlock for acing the 200cc cups, while Battle Mode won't only have the return of Shine Thief, but also a new mode called '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.
Mii characters are in too, which puts to rest previous worries based on the lack of a character slot for them in demo builds.
As for the inclusion of LAN play for up to 12 consoles, it's a neat idea until the reality dawns that every system will need its own USB to LAN adapter accessory - that's not likely to happen often. In any case, a big summary is below.
As well as more accessible control methods, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have 48 courses available from the start, as well as five speed classes, including the expertly challenging 150cc Mirror Mode and the high-octane, ultra-fast 200cc mode. In addition, players will now be able to choose from 42 racers, including returning fan favourites King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. For those seeking a challenge, Gold Mario awaits the finest players who can complete all cups in 200cc. Friends can also suit up and take to the asphalt with the ability to bring their Mii into the game as a racer. Also new to the series are the Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon 2, who bring new vehicle parts and the new Urchin Underpass course for battle mode, all based on the multiplayer shooter.
Battle mode has been revamped and expanded in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with eight dedicated courses to choose from, including selections from previous titles such as Mario Kart 7. On top of Balloon Battle, both Bob-omb Blast and Shine Thief modes return from Mario Kart Double Dash!!, while Coin Runners makes a comeback from Mario Kart Wii. Battlers can also enjoy a brand new cops and robbers-style mode known as Renegade Roundup.
Multiplayer mayhem can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways on Nintendo Switch consoles, with four different methods available to play with friends.
- Up to four friends can play on a single Nintendo Switch console in TV mode, or in tabletop mode by using the stand at the back of the console and placing it on a flat surface
- Online multiplayer makes a return, allowing for up to two local racers to get involved in 12-player races with others around the world
- Through Wireless Play, multiple Nintendo Switch consoles can be connected to each other, allowing up to eight people to play together in the same room
- Up to 12 consoles in TV mode can be connected via LAN Play*, with one or two players per connected Nintendo Switch**
Do you like the look of this 'Deluxe' edition?