As we're sure you're aware by now, Nintendo Switch is getting an updated version of Mario Kart 8 in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and it launches in April.
In case you weren't excited enough already, here are some lovely screenshots from the Switch version. Feast your eyes.
Will you be laying down some cash for this when it arrives?
So excited to see Splatoon in the mix! I'm a happy boy.
Great! But there are no new tracks, paid online, and full price? I don't know about this..
Looks about the same as the original game... Which looks great, so I'm not complaining.
1080p on TV.
Bowser Jr.'s back, baby!
Also, has Baby Rosalina always had that crown?
Do you know that one scene when a crack opens outside of a dam?
The first crack was Link in Mario Kart 8. The second is this, the Inklings.
Once it breaks open, say farewell to Mario Kart as we know it and welcome Mario & Nintendo All-Stars Racing.
Looks completely indistinguishable from the original release... but yay! Now we've got to pay for online!
All females do.
@Mega_Yarn_Poochy crown looks different. Guessing is a 1st place crown for battle mode perhaps.
@A01 Link is dead
@Paddle1 There are new tracks in the Trailer and in the screenshots. (Screenshot 2 and 3 at least)
Screenshot 2 is battle mode.
Screenshot 3 is not a new track.
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Well just go check it on NintendoEverything then. They have the factsheet there.
@A01 Checked it! So it seems, 1080p in TV Mode.
Dry Bones. That is all.
I have a small TV so the "handheld" mode won't be much different from the "home-console" mode (and I'm not buying a bigger TV), but this looks perfect! And was Animal Crossing included in the original MK8 on the Wii U or are they freshly added like the Splatoon ones?
@cheonsacz Animal Crossing was part of DLC pack 2 for the Wii U version.
Finally! I'll be able to play this awesome game on the go!
@Kazan2112 2 is a battle course. 3 Is DS Wario Stadium which is on the original.
Yay, Nintendo !
@Grumblevolcano Thanks for the clarification, had no idea
Dude, we've got to buy all of our VC games again. We've got to pay for online now - and for what - do we get 2 free games a month now [ala Xbox Live]? No. Well, let's face facts, they're not even likely to get 2 new games a month so, No, that won't be happening. Noone will pay for that.
I can't help but feel like... something is majorly wrong here. They could have blown this out of the water. Where was GTA V Portable, where was Pokemon Home Console Edition, where was New Leaf 2, where were all these big hitters? These announcements needed to happen right now with a 'wait for e3' message.
Instead we got 1, 2 Switch. God no, please! Is this real?
They listened. Day one.
Something else I don't like about MK8, online, the way it only lets you pick from 3 randomly selected tracks out of 48 (which I rarely want to race on). Please give us a choice or change the voting system.
No one complained so I guess it's staying.
@16bitdave Yeah, they fit right in, actually. Loved seeing that myself. Man, I wish there was some way to get a discount on this though... I'll pay for the inevitable DLC because the past DLC was a great value. Maybe if I go digital download it will know I bought MK 8 already and save me $10-$15? Maybe? Please?
Especially since I can see the future and our family will likely get a second Switch. Then, guess what?
I love the game but am absolutely not buying it again at full price. Especially with paywall multiplayer.
Wii U owners should somehow be able to upgrade cheaply, but that would only be remotely possible with one of those newfangled unified account systems.
@Paddle1 There are multiple new tracks including some retro courses and a full actual battle mode.
@Paddle1 There looks like here are quite a few new tracks, including Splatoon.
I'm only getting this if they reveal more tracks etc later. Right now, all I see is the same game from my Wii U but with a couple more characters and a proper Battle Mode.
Do not see how it looks better than the Wii U version.
@eeyore It definitely does, if you took stills of the Wii U version they wouldn't look this good by a longshot. The issue is you're used to seeing the Wii U graphics is motion.
Ever seen a still of a cartoon? You miss a LOT of dodgy stuff due to motion.
Yay, we're getting the same game again, but now with paid online!
Love how all nintendo fanboys are defending this crappy system reveal.
@eeyore of course not it's that "definitely like 10% better" crap Butters referred to. Total fabrication of the "next Gen" hype.
@Yasume except it's not the same game since it's portable. A new portable console so people want that. Also seems to add a lot of stuff. Anyway basically like 99% of the games out in the other consoles. So called editions.
@3dsgeek333 Splatoon is a battle course. There are no new retro tracks either, they're all from the original game and its DLC.
@MadAdam81 Splatoon is a battle course. No new racetracks were shown.
@Yasume Unfortunately not many people actually own Mario Kart 8, selling it again (with additional modes, characters, tracks etc) does make sound business sense. Even if it feels pretty crap to people who already bought the game.
@Paddle1 Some new (retro) courses were announced online after the presentation.
They will have to have at least 12 new tracks for me to put money down again, I love mk8 but I still have it on the wiiu
@DanteSolablood Source? I'm pretty sure it's just everyone (including me) assuming Splatoon is a race track and confusing the two. There are retro battle courses - but no new race tracks.
Let's be honest guys.. It looks more or less the same as the wii u version..
@Paddle1 You may be correct & I've misread the post. It's official Nintendo PR.. "all-new courses such as Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, and returning ones like (GCN) Luigi's Mansion and (SNES) Battle Course 1." But in context it does look like they're all battle courses. Much like Splatoon 2 however there will be additional DLC for MK8D, it will eventually have new tracks.
Pay to play it online? Don't think so.
Ah well Nintendo, shot yourself in the foot with that one
Hope it's reduced price seeing as it's a re-release...
Yeah at least a discount for those who already own the wii u game
Was a bit nervous when the rumors revealed that MK would end up being a port. But to me this feels like a whole new game as we got new characters , stages and modes to go along with it.
@AlexSora89 What about the AC characters?
@dumedum It's same game with basically added dlc, nothing wrong with that if it looks like enough to buy again.
As long as they add more than one new cup I will probably buy it. The new characters are interesting choices.
I was hoping for at list 16 new tracks. So far it looks really bleak, don't know if Nintendo would be able to recover as they did with 3ds.
I'm disappointed that this is a port with some new content and paid online, but have trouble blaming Nintendo for re-releasing a game that many people didn't have the hardware to play.
@Moon umm if you read stuff before making a comment you would know the answer to your own comment.go to Nintendo.com it tells you 1 free game a month and its a nes or SNES game.
90% of my gaming is racing. I love Mario Kart, but the The Switch and MK8 Redux is a big NO!
If its still a thing, might pick it up Black Friday 2018.
Meh I never bother with online play anyways, I'm getting this for the portability, local play, and extra stuffs.
@AlexSora89 Little Mac is coming next, calling it now, and he will be riding a bicycle.
I have had plenty of arguments about Nintendo milking their fans of their cash but their fans like to milked so I say milk them.
Unlike with PS4 and "Last of Us" I see Nintendo charging the FULL price for this game.
For me that's exploitation so I won't buy it unless massively reduced. But I want the Switch to succeed so I hope they can milk those fanbs that have no issues with it.
BLASPHEMY!!! Everyone knows Doc Louis is the one riding the bike, because as the meme says, "ni--
@AlexSora89 You should make that Foghorn Leghorn gif your avatar.
I was rally hoping that after last night we could have a few little rays of sunshine cracking thru on here, but it seems like last night wasn't enough. which is really sad, b/c i N intneod had put out a tweet lat week that simply said "Zelda BotW, Switch and Wii U, in only 8 weeks, 3/3" this place would be one huge celebration. In only 7 weeks Zelda will FINALLY be able to be played, but nobody is even talking about it. I kind of feel bad for the people who made it, waiting until this time for their baby to be born, and now everybody is like - "Hey look over there, Switch news."
My greatest cocern about poor Zelda right now is that it releases 3 days after Horizon Zero Dawn, which is basically BotW w/ photo-realistic graphics. I wish Z elda had beaten HZD to release by 6 months so HZD would be the Zelda clone, now Zelda is the HZD copy cat, and thats not fair. I sear the "guardians" in both games are the exact same creatures, and you fight them the exact same way on a mount.
The good part starts at 5:30, the really good part 6:30
Nice to see Bowser Jr is back, hopefully there' more content to make it worth a double dip on a three year old game.
@AlexSora89 Yeah but more people know lil Mac, and him finally getting his bike back would be monumental!
Besides, if it was just Doc Luis on a bike no one would understand except like, us.
It's not a gif, although I was looking for one... but for now I'm keeping this avatar, given it's a cartoonish self-portrait.
It'd be cool to have both on the same bike. With Mac throwing the items. Or Mac chasing the bike and throwing the items!
@DanteSolablood I hope so but even then it that just means they're making you pay even more. They're re-releasing a 3 year old game at full price and making you pay for online.
You got basically the same amount of additional content if not more (besides a few less characters, items, and functional battle mode) for a fraction of the price with the DLC. I guess the included DLC and updates is supposed to make up for it, but as someone with the DLC it feels like they're shafting owners of the original (now inferior) game.
Portability is definitely a plus though.
I think this is an amazing package for those who don't have it. For the rest of us, not so sure. I don't think I'll get it unless they have new single player tracks.
Mario Kart 7 is probably my most played game on 3DS so I always wanted to try Mario Kart 8. Now this package is a must have for me.
Nice to see that Luigi still has the death stare! XD
The software points to Wii u 2.... Not a good strategy so far.
I agree 100% with the other comments here. No new actual race tracks is a deal breaker for me and it has become apparent there are none. I'm glad they fixed the awful battle mode for those who like it, but I've never been into it myself. I just like to race. New characters are cool, but hardly enough to warrant a double dip. It's been almost 2 years since the Animal Crossing DLC pack came out and all they could make was some new battle arenas, characters and karts? They should just release this stuff as DLC for the Wii U version, but of course they wont because they want us all to double dip.
I'm actually okay with all the reasons I'm seeing, including this lazy re-release, to not buy the Switch. I felt completely demystified by the Wii, waited 2 years to buy the WiiU because the giddy little Nintendo fanboy inside me was on life support and I only ended up enjoying Mario Kart, Tropical Freeze and Smash on it, now I'm 27 and I guess I am just ready to move on from modern Nintendo gaming. Not because of their childish image, or because I feel too old, but because I've suffered enough years of their milking the customer and general bad decisions and I simply don't have it in me to sit through another generation of that. Sorry to sound glum, I'm just completely disenfranchised at the moment. I'm sure I'll change my tune when they announce a new Animal Crossing.
@AlexSora89 I never joke about Animal Crossing.
After Amiibo Abomination Festival I have mainly cried about Animal Crossing.
My joke wasn't about Animal Crossing... don't make me explain it... please...
Watching the treehouse stream now. New items, characters, and playmodes. If they didn't reuse so many stages and UI it could've been marketed as Mario Kart 9.
Edit: Also really glad Bomb Omb blast is back. That was the best part of DD.
While watching treehouse.
Battle mode seems to be over rated. I hope there will be new racing tracks, if not there absolutely no reason to upgrade
Nice to see this confirmed in the Treehouse Direct as 1080p 60fps on TV and 720p 60fps on console screen.
Watching treehouse mk8d...
Looks like ppl can't chose between tracks.
Wonder why. Does Nintendo feel the water checking for reaction if they can get away selling us new racing tracks instead of offering as part of switch release.
@AlexSora89 Hahaha, I would pay so much money to see Little Mac chasing after the kart.
@SpaceboyScreams You know what? I'm kinda feeling the same way. BotW is exciting, yes, but Super Mario doesn't release until the Fall, Spla2oon is Summer, and I don't play JRPGs. Skyrim looks cool, but not a deal breaker either. I don't know what to do.
If the Mario & Luigi games are any indication, this stuff might work, so yeah.
@A01 Oh yeah...kinda didn't catch the baloons on the Splatoon track.
Forgot about the Wario one. Sorry^^
Honestly, if they are going to keep adding non-Mario characters to the franchise, they should just call it "Smash Kart" or an equivalent. Nintendo is starting to oversaturate with guest appearances.
@AlexSora89 I fully understood the joke.
But as it didn't contain Animal Crossing in any way or fashion you are just as bad as Nintendo who disregard it like you did.
I'm glad Dry Bones is back. He should have never been omitted form Wii U version
I wonder, if you already own the game on the Wii U do you think we'll get a bit of a discount? We will also have to pay to play online, has Nintendo gave a price yet?
Don't go Eeyore on us, buddy! In fact, you should cheer up! Yeah, you!
Why? Because, bears repeating, Nintendo's home console and its companion handheld are now one and the same (or Nintendo's handheld and its companion home console, depending on your point of view). What does this mean for Animal Crossing? The same thing it means for all of Nintendo's IPs: nothing but good things.
Think about it: with the 3DS-and-Wii U family, Nintendo saw a profit only in New Leaf, but not in a proper home console Animal Crossing game, because, compared to other heavy hitters, Animal Crossing isn't as "big" and the Wii U needed to focus elsewhere due to low sales.
But now... there's no new DS, nor a new Wii. It's all in one this time around. Meaning developing a game for a console is like developing for both. Translation: the chances of getting a proper new AC game are twice as high now.
And if this thing sells properly... you get the picture.
Quoting Maui from Moana: you're welcome.
Oh how I wish your words would ring true. I wish so much.
That is way too Tiggery for my taste.
I'll stick to searching my tail for time being.
If at some point in the foreseeable future there are news on ANY of the following: Metroid, Pikmin, Wonderful 101 sequel, Animal Crossing or Pokemon for Switch I will start slow and cumbersome walk back to the station for the train marked with Hype.
Until then... ARMS looked nice but someone said that there is no traditional control scheme so that kills that too.
Snipperclips made me smile, but I managed to suppress it.
They should have packed this with the Switch.
@AlexSora89 I am totally on board with that idea.
After downloading and playing Mario Kart 64 for the first time in a while, I REALLY hope this has that same sort of HAVOC that 64 had. So much fun, even if the AI is so unfair, that's what made it so awesome, esp with local multiplayer. Something with the newer Wii and Wii U games just didn't have that same sort of effect that 64 had.
No need to be upset, really. I mean... the console hasn't even launched yet. We're here to experience this console with all its ups and downs.
True, I wished we could already hear confirmation for a Smash port, but it's so early to demand anything... so, just hang on a little while longer. Things will get better.
@Paddle1 @Kazan2112 Dude are you kidding me? It's the full game, plus all the dlc, plus new content, and mechanics, why would it not be 60$? Considering not a lot of people bought a wii u which means not a lot of people experienced this game
Which one, more revivals of dormant IPs or the Little Mac thing?
@AlexSora89 Mario and Nintendo All-Stars Racing.
@TheAceofMystery The DLC is only 12 dollars. Other than that it's a 3 year old game with a few new characters and battle mode that should have been there in the first place.
In regards to racing you basically just get new characters which you may or may not use and some item tweaks.
It's not appealing to spend over 100 on the same game you already have. Especially not for me in Canada where it's $80. Add on the paid online and it comes across very nickel & dimey.
The $12 DLC brought an arguably equivalent amount of new content for much less.
Lastly, the sense of shafting Wii U MK8 owners buy leaving them with an inferior unfinished-feeling version of the game and offering no discount or update. They've managed to tweak/fix the game just enough to make it a noteworthy improvement but with only subtle changes for existing owners that can leave you unsure if it's worth it. I'd would've been fine if it included new tracks.
If you don't have the DLC, I think it's a reasonable purchase. If you don't have Mario Kart 8, I think it's a great purchase. That's honestly who Nintendo was probably targeting as well as the biggest fans of it.
I really like Mario Kart too but MK8 is feeling a little stale, and this doesn't refresh the racing aspect much. That, and because of the rest of the reasons I mentioned, I'm not that eager to hop on it.
Definitely going to play some Mario Kart 8 later though..
These games all look fine on the big screen—nothing that's going to give the likes of Xbox One or PS4 owners any real pause for thought—but on the actual Switch in portable mode I imagine they must look absolutely gorgeous. I mean, this is basically most graphically powerful dedicated handheld gaming device ever—ignoring the fact it's also a pretty underpowered home console too for a second.
Oh, yeah, that. Yep, I'd be all about a Lumiose City Circuit.
@Moon relax, its a new console launch and you're expecting way too much at once. You're also holding Nintendo to a different standard with the pay for online thing. First of all its going to be much cheaper than the other consoles. Secondly the only reason Sony and MS give our free games is to shut you up about paying 50 bucks every year, its also usually never games you want or already have so personally id rather spend that 25 bucks buying games I want. I don't remember enjoying and beating a game from a free one except for one and I didn't beat it, that was Olli Olli on ps4 and now that I don't pay for psplus I no longer can play the game. So pay for online is absolutely nothing new and lets be happy we got free online with Wii u.
Even revealing everything at once isn't beneficial nowadays as it all gets forgotten. Looks like their method is to sprinkle information throughout the year, this helps them stay relevant and for people to feel like there is more news. Its important to maintain momentum, slow and steady wins the race. We already have fire emblem warriors and a fire emblem console mainstay game next year. They didn't just announce 1-2 switch. On top of that we get a new IP Arms that looks like a great start, Splatoon 2, a new core Mario game, Xenoblade chronicles 2 and yes 1-2 switch a fun and unique party game. We got a small unique game Snipperclips, another new IP, for March. One of the best Wii U games is coming out with some additions and changes (2 items at once, better battle mode, new map and characters). And you are saying they didn't announce anything!?! Don't want to pay for online? Then keep playing on the Wii U after the free online period is up this fall
Regarding VC, we have no details so you're assuming everything and Nintendo allowed upgrades from Wii to Wii U for 1.50 not sure why they wouldn't offer any incentive now. Not like you are forced to buy the same game over and over again. I got the Wii u with a bunch of VC in there and I'm sticking to that, if they want to offer discounts on Switch for the games I have already then I may take up some offers or I may not. I'm never throwing my Wii u out as its got great games. If it fails I have a backup unit.
My point is you're looking at all the negatives and forgetting about the positives. So relax, you'll get Pokemon and animal crossing but I'm sure you don't want them rushed. Also, they just released two new Pokemon games a few months ago and offered updates to New Leaf... We will get more games on switch next year than this year. You have nothing to worry about.
@brutalpanda Thank for the message. I've calmed down since the reveal. I am a day one buyer and I'm excited for everything that's to come. However, I think the concerns I raised before were simply because I want Nintendo to succeed, and I fear that without these things in place, it's going to be a very tough sell to the general public.
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