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I don’t know about you but as a new owner of a Nintendo Switch, I have been growing more and more anxious to start filling out my library with great new games. Unfortunately Nintendo has been putting us all on a drip feed of new content since the console dropped back in March, but coming on the 28th of this month we’ll finally have a second Nintendo published title on Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Sure it’s just a suped up re-release of a Wii U game, but frankly, if they were any game on the Wii U whose shelf life hadn’t nearly been reached, it’s Mario Kart 8. Plus this time around it seems that Nintendo aimed to create their magnum opus of kart racers, pulling in the best features from nearly every game in the series. For some though this may still be a hard sell as they are looking at it as a straight port with some extra DLC. Well to help clear up any confusion, or to help solidify any presumed value, I wanted to collect a clear and distinct list of all the new features player will find in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

  • All Characters, Tracks, and Modes from Mario Kart 8 and its 2 DLC packs will be included
  • 5 New Characters: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.
  • New Battle Modes: Balloon Battle, Bob-omb Blast, Renegade Roundup, Coin Runners, and Shine Thief (similar to Mario Kart 64, and Mario Kart Double Dash)
  • 2 New Battle Stages: Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium
  • New Smart Steering mode for beginners
  • 3 New Vehicles
  • 2 New Items: Ghost and Feather
  • Carry 2 Items at once (similar to Double Dash)
  • Up to 8 player local multiplayer (requires multiple Switches)
  • Amiibo Functionality (Unlocks Mii Costumes)
  • You can now Break when Drifting
  • You can now adjust controls before a race begins (rather than pausing after the race starts)
  • New Third Spark Boost (pink sparks)

Put together, these new changes not only completely boost up the total package value ofMario Kart 8 Deluxe but also help solidify it as the most complete vision of what Nintendo has wanted to accomplish with the series in totality. I couldn’t personally be more excited to start my engines back up at the end of this month. Catch me on the track at “ZeroSkerbo” on Switch.