Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review Darryl Linington
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Let’s face it, the Nintendo Switch is a phenomenal gaming console. Not only does it offer home-based gaming, but it also offers gaming on the move. With the console being travel and commute friendly, Nintendo has launched a slim, yet great lineup of games. Added to the list of great games for the Nintendo Switch is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Essentially a remastered version of Mario Kart 8, which was originally launched on Nintendo’s Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes packaged with all the bells and whistles. This includes all the previously released DLC, which includes 48 epic courses as well as 42 characters. There are some new characters joining in on the fun including the likes of Bowser Jr. and the Inklings from Splatoon. Old favourites are here too, and include the likes of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi

In addition to new characters and tracks, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also includes a fantastic extra, which comes in the form of the super-fast 200cc speed class. Sticking with new, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also includes a revamped Battle Mode. Battle Mode now comes with eight beautifully crafted arenas as well as five rather great objective-based modes such as: Balloon Battle, Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners, and Shine Theif. There is also the option to take part in a Random Battle.

Another new addition to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the ability to hold up to two items at a time, with one item held out and the other in reserve that can be used after the first item is used. This is a great new addition as battling it out for first place has now become an even more intense experience.

Moving away from new additions, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe plays really smoothly on the Nintendo Switch. The button mapping is perfect and the Switch is really comfortable to use while playing this title. For new players, Nintendo has opted to turn on Smart Steering by default, which will prevent players from crashing into walls while turning a corner; however, more experienced players can turn this option off.

To make gameplay and the online experience balanced, fair and more approachable for beginners… the controversial exploit of “Fire Hopping”, in which a player could hop repeatedly from left to right to get extra speed from a boost, has been removed from the game…. Thankfully.

When it comes to visuals, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks rather stunning on the Nintendo Switch. Everything from the character models to the beautifully designed tracks will catch your eye. To add to the visual appeal, the game looks even better on the Switch, when compared to the Wii U. During the review period I didn’t notice any visuals glitches; however, I did notice a bit of a drop in frame-rate when too many players entered the same area at once.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a pleasure to play while sitting on the couch or travelling… whether it be by air, sea, or land. The game is visually impressive and the new additions are most welcomed. Overall, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty close to perfect when it comes to gameplay, graphics and sound. This makes it a must purchase for anybody who owns Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was reviewed by Darryl Linington on the Nintendo Switch

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