Mario and his friends have reunited in this new, yet old, game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is basically a re-release of the WiiU’s Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch. However, if you think it’s only a carbon copy, think again. It really does feel like a new game with its extra features.
The list of things that are new in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may not make for a long bedtime story but they do go a long way in making the game feel new and refreshed. There are now 40 characters which you can choose as your racer; including the Inklings from Splatoon, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr and King Boo. You can also unlock Gold Mario for completing all of the cups at the 200cc category. The game also introduces 3 new vehicles along with a whole host of new race tracks (16 in total). This means that you now have a total of 46 tracks to choose from!
Although, the best new features (and the best part of the game) is by far the return of battle mode. It returns with five different game modes and eight arenas. The game modes are as follows: Renegade Round-up, Balloon Battle, Shine Thief, Bomb Blast and Coin Runners. Renegade Round-up is my personal favourite; think of it as a game of cops and robbers
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (they really need a shorter name) looks great on the Switch. It isn’t going to be a lifelike experience but it was never intended to be. It looks fun with its highly contrasting and vibrant colours along with its smooth textures. I’m also happy to report that I didn’t experience any kind of lag, even in areas with a high number of sprites. Players who are playing on a TV will be able to get a smooth 60 fps whereas if you only use your Switch’s display you will be limited to 30 fps. With that being said, I doubt you will care. You will be having too much fun to even notice the lower frame rate count.
My main issue
The game is great but it isn’t perfect. The online experience is what lets it down. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great when you’re playing online but getting online with your friends can be a real nightmare. Why haven’t they included the feature to invite your friends to a game? Why isn’t there a party that you can host with friends to talk to them? I don’t know either but its 2017, that technology has been there for years and I think it’s about time that Nintendo implemented it.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still the champion of casual racing games along with also being the king of party games. Instead of trying to play your friends online, invite them over.