Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a 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 20, 2016, the game was formally announced as part of the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 13, 2017. The game was released worldwide on April 28, 2017.
Differences from the original
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, 200cc engine class for Time Trials has been added, and there is an additional level of Mini-Turbo, called Ultra Mini-Turbo, denoted by pink sparks that appear after the orange sparks. This new level of Mini-Turbo can only be obtained if Smart Steering is off. The game also features a different in-game guide, directly accessible from the game's menu. There is also an option to change character and vehicle combinations during an online lobby without having to leave; this is done by pressing the "Y" button during the course selection screen of an online lobby. The game also has reduced loading times when compared to the Wii U game.
Some of the vehicle parts that are exclusive to downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 (i.e. parts included within the Mercedes-Benz x Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8, and the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 add-on packs) are now randomly unlocked by collecting coins during gameplay. Kart parts are now randomly unlocked in 30-coin intervals compared to the original game, which was initially in 50-coin intervals and then 100-coin intervals.
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 and respawns with 3 balloons instead of 5. 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. The item options also appear to have been updated; alongside the "Frantic Items" option, a "Skilled Items" option is also available for selection; it is currently unknown what items appear during this selection.
There are five different Battle Mode types:
There is also the option to randomly select one of the five available modes by choosing "Random Battle".
Eight battle courses are present in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, replacing the repurposed racetracks used for Battle Mode in the Wii U version. There are five new battle stages: Urchin Underpass (a Splatoon-themed Battle Course), Battle Stadium, Sweet Sweet Kingdom, Dragon Palace, and Lunar Colony. There are also three retro battle stages: 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 6 new characters not present in Mario Kart 8, 4 of whom are returning from past games in the series. New characters include additional non-Mario characters with the inclusion of Inklings from Splatoon. Players can choose either the Inkling Boy or Inkling Girl, and they include three selectable colors each; similarly, 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. 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.
Characters playable in this game that are not playable in the original Mario Kart 8 are listed below.
1 - The character has been previously playable in the Mario Kart series.
The only unlockable playable character in this game is the Gold Mario variant for Metal Mario, who is unlocked by winning all Grand Prix cups at 200cc. Once unlocked, he seems to appear on the 'main' character select screen instead of Metal Mario.
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-based ATVs are the Splat Buggy and Inkstriker. Computer characters now also choose from a wider variety of kart parts than the original 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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features different statistics with respect to Mario Kart 8. Stats range from 0.75 to 5.75 in the vehicle customization menu, indicating that the stats have 21 levels instead of the 20 featured in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.
Below, the statistics of the drivers and parts are shown; statistics not currently featured in the vehicle customization menu are shown with a question mark due to them not being revealed yet. Those featured in the game's menu are the following:
Drivers are still grouped into small groups of characters sharing the same statistics, the number of groups has been increased with respect to Mario Kart 8.
The statistics shown are the ones obtained when using standard parts (Standard Kart, Standard Tires, Super Glider).
The number of groups of vehicle parts sharing the same statistics has increased as well when compared with Mario Kart 8.
The statistics are reported as difference with respect to standard parts (Standard Kart, Standard Tires and Super Glider).
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. Additionally, 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 and any of Link's amiibo from either the Super Smash Bros. or Legend of Zelda lines will unlock the Hylian Suit.
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