Mario Kart 8 was one of the best-looking Mario Kart games in years when it arrived on the NINTENDO Wii Gaming Console U 3 years ago. Rather than making a fresh Mario Kart, Nintendo brought Mario Kart 8 to its new game system: the Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 could easily be Nintendo’s best Mario Kart game yet and is the most robust one up to now. The Switch offers an optional portability which justifies it being priced for $59.99 a copy both when buying at retail or as part of a monthly subscription plan alongside other games . With its excellent multiplayer options, this side-
1. Table of Contents
2. Merging the Real with a Virtual World: The Philosophy Behind Mario Kart 8
3. Music Sets Theme for the Game’s Layout
4. Workmanship and Design Transcends Time and Space
The Mario Kart Basics
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a perfect game for Mario lovers who are always looking to have more fun with their favorite Nintendo characters. The mechanics of drive, drifting, and implementing what to trip up your opponents are unchanged from Mario Kart 8. That very same game itself represented an incremental evolution from 1996 s Mario Kart 64. It’s fun and goofy racing with no hint of realism.
As always, the main game in Mario Kart is just to get around. Helpful items and weapons can swing the span of a race–banana peels, bombs, and other goodies are available from boxes placed on every track. The dreaded blue shell continues to be the bane of racers in first place, and unfortunately a defense mechanism is still hard to come by. However, you may slow them down with bullet bill bonuses and erase their visibility with blooper’s screen hiding ink attack.
The item-based assist system from the original Mario Kart games is present, with racers in last place usually getting the best items and pack leaders typically only grabbing right-up banana peels and green shells. It’s both frustrating and enjoyable, meaning that you can never feel too comfortable no matter how many laps you’ve completed.
Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 for the Switch doesn’t make many changes to Bowser and friends’ cherished track-based tantrums, but it does introduce a few new tricks. The essential gameplay of these sections remains the same, with shifts in perspective and a slight tweaking of the way vehicles handle. You can also try skyward long jumps, deploying a glider or parachute that enables you to steer in the air to accumulate items or take alternate routes.
Mario Kart 8 launched with eight cups comprising four tracks each for a complete of 32 tracks. Nintendo has released two DLCs of different cups, along with new racers like Link from The Legend Of Zelda and Villager from Animal Crossing. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all of the DLC content for an impressive 48 tracks. That’s more tracks than any other Mario Kart game. Half of the tracks are increased versions of tracks from older Mario Kart games, nonetheless, they still hold up perfectly.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch offers plenty of ways for players to compete with each other. In split-screen mode, four players can race using one game console. Mario Kart 8 also supports Wi-Fi play where up to eight racers are involved using separate consoles or in teams of two (one per Switch). Nintendo Switch offers a variety of multiplayer modes, including both free and paid options. Free multiplayer features will remain complimentary through the Fall when Nintendo launches their premium online service. Two players can also split-screen gameplay by connecting multiple consoles in close proximity to one another, which is only possible for those who purchase two Nintendo Switch consoles for themselves and their friends.
This time on the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lets you play on the go as well as on your TV at home. It s freedom we last experienced in Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS with hi-def graphics only seen before now through a Wii U connected to your TV. The Nintendo Switch displays Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 1080p in TV mode, but 720p when running as a handheld or tabletop. The ability to play split-screen multiplayer mode while docked is nice; however, since the screen for everyone is cropped in half, this leaves minimal space.
Graphical performance is consistently smooth, and the 720p handheld mode was fluid. 1080p in docked mode had a minor hiccup for four-player powerups. With occasional framerate dips, it is generally a good experience.
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Better Battle Mode
My biggest complaint with Mario Kart 8 was its Battle Mode, a non-race multiplayer game. The goal: protect three balloons on your kart by popping the other players balloons. Battle Mode was disappointing because the tracks used were the same as during races, which was ideal for that mode and led to very slow battles.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe solves one of the series’ most glaring problems with an overhauled “Battle Mode.” Prior to this installment, battles took place on mostly indistinguishable race tracks and often sputtered when too crowded.
In Mario Kart 8’s all-new Battle Mode, battles go down in large arenas that take advantage of open spaces for running around during In addition to the main battle courses, which consists of Mushroom City and Star Coin Beach from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch, there are three other battle courses designed with respect to two older versions – Wuhu Island (Mario Kart 7) and Luigi’s Mansion (Mario Kart Double Dash).
Besides the third mode being piranha plants as a third defender is now available. Coin Runners is a competitive game in which players vie for the most coins before time runs out. However, if they get hit by items, they can drop some of their coins. Shine Chase has each player racing to grab the Shine and store it for 20 seconds to win the game. The new Bob-omb Blast mode may be the least inventive of Mario Kart 8’s new modes, closely resembling Balloon Battle with one exception: all weapons used in this mode are exploding Bob-bombs.
Mario Kart 8’s new Battle Mode is much more fun than its predecessor thanks to a greater variety of maps and gameplay modes. Split-screen battles are even better because looking at other player screens gives you an edge while trash-talking friends and family in the same room provide them an opportunity to play too.
Worth Switching For
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may be the most comprehensive Mario Kart game and your best option on Nintendo’s Switch console. While it is not advisable to buy a Nintendo Switch solely for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the game is so compelling that if you have a Switch and like Mario Kart then getting this game should be your next priority. It earns our Editors Choice award.