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, 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" for beginners, which makes driving and staying on the track easier.
Battle Mode now features arenas that were not present in the Wii U version of the game. New Battle Courses include Urchin Underpass, a Splatoon-themed Battle Course; and Battle Stadium. Returning Battle Courses include SNES Battle Course 1 and GCN Luigi's Mansion. Bob-omb Blast, first debuting from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, returns as an option for Battle Mode, alongside the returning Balloon Battle mode.. In Bob-omb Blast, the player can carry up to ten Bob-ombs at once. 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 in the 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.
There will be five different Battle Mode types, counting Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast. The rest will involve coins, Shine Sprites, and Potted Piranha Plants.
All default 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.
The two Villagers have also been separated, allowing both of them to be active as CPU characters in the same race.
Three new vehicle body parts are confirmed. One of them is the Koopa Clown, returning from Mario Kart 7, while two new vehicles themed after Splatoon are the Splat Buggy and Inkstriker; both vehicles are ATVs.. 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.
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