Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an upcoming racing game for the Nintendo Switch. It is the first enhanced port of the Mario Kart series, being a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U. It has additional features such as several new characters and features more options for Battle Mode. First hinted in the Switch's announcement video in October 2016, the game was formally announced as part of the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 13, 2017. Characters can now carry up to two items at once, even if they don't drag the first item, and the game features the return of the Double Item Box from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The game also introduces "Smart Steering" and "Auto-accelerate" for beginners, the former makes driving and staying on the track easier, the latter makes the vehicle automatically accelerate. The statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have also been changed, Time Trials in the 200cc engine class have been added, and there is also a 3rd level of Mini-Turbo, denoted by purple sparks that appear after the orange sparks.
One of the biggest changes made between the port and the original release of Mario Kart 8 is the revamped Battle Mode. Unlike Mario Kart games before this, each player starts with 5 balloons, as opposed to the normal amount of 3. Another addition to Battle Mode is that the character in the lead now wears a crown, unlike Mario Kart 8 where the crown is displayed only on the HUD map. Additionally, players now start out with 0 points instead of Mario Kart 8's default 3 points, and their balloons do not serve as the remainder 3 points. Returning from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 is the ability to respawn after all balloons are popped; this causes the player's total score to halve. A new addition to this mode is the feature to tell exactly which character hit whom, which appears on the bottom of the screen. Furthermore, after getting hit, players now have about 1.5 seconds of invincibility frames, unlike in Mario Kart 8.
There will be five different Battle Mode types:
Eight battle courses will be present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, replacing the repurposed racetracks used for Battle Mode in the Wii U version. New Battle Courses include Urchin Underpass, a Splatoon-themed Battle Course, Battle Stadium, Sweet Sweet Kingdom, Dragon Palace, and Lunar Colony. Returning Battle Courses include SNES Battle Course 1, GCN Luigi's Mansion, and 3DS Wuhu Town.
All base and DLC characters from Mario Kart 8 are present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Additionally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features new characters not present in Mario Kart 8, some of which are veterans that did not make the cut in Mario Kart 8. New characters include additional non-Mario characters with the inclusion of the Inklings from Splatoon. Players can choose either the boy or girl Inkling, and they include three selectable colors each. Excluding character variants, there are a total of 42 playable characters currently confirmed for this game, the largest number of playable characters thus far in the series.
The two Villagers have also been separated, after being present in the same character slot (with the female villager being considered a variant of the male one) in Mario Kart 8.
Three new vehicle body parts are confirmed. One of which is the Koopa Clown, returning from Mario Kart 7. The other two new vehicles which are Splatoon-themed ATVs are the Splat Buggy and Inkstriker.. Computer characters now also choose from a wider variety of kart parts than the vanilla version, such as the Flame Rider and the Sports Coupe. However, they are still restricted to a set amount of body parts, like in Mario Kart 7.
New amiibo compatibility
In addition to all of the compatible amiibo in Mario Kart 8 with their respective Mii Racing Suits, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds compatibility with amiibo from the Splatoon line, which unlock a Mii Racing Suit based on Splatoon. In addition, more amiibo can be used to unlock the returning Mii Racing Suits, such as all Animal Crossing related amiibo being compatible and unlocking the Animal Crossing Mii Racing Suit.
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