Mario Kart 8 Goes Deluxe on Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart 8 is getting what Nintendo has called the “definitive edition” on Nintendo Switch. On April 28, the Mario Kart you know and love on Wii U is getting even better with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Not only will new characters, maps, karts, and items be back, they have also fixed what was arguably the worst aspect of the original — Battle mode. That’s the part that excites me the most. In fact, it is enough to make me feel all right about buying it again.

On top of all this, another thing many will love hearing is that the game will run at 60 frames per second even in multiplayer. The Wii U version dropped frame rate in multiplayer, but this will always be 60, even in handheld mode.

Just check out this video, which shows all the new features in action. Then, let us know what you think about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the comments! Will you get it?



Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!


  • Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch!

  • Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.

  • Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.

  • Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi’s

  • Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.

  • Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster!

  • Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc.

  • Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon

  • Carry two items at the same time.

  • Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode.

  • Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.

  • Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode.

  • Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere.

[Source: Nintendo Press Site]