Nintendo Australia have announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is releasing here on Nintendo Switch on April 28th, which we already knew, but they released a nice big trailer, show casing some of the new characters coming to the game, in addition to the completely refined battle mode.
Battle mode has been revamped and expanded in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with eight dedicated courses to choose from, including selections from previous titles such as Mario Kart 7. On top of Balloon Battle, both Bob-omb Blast and Shine Thief modes return from Mario Kart Double Dash!!, while Coin Runners makes a comeback from Mario Kart Wii. Battlers can also enjoy a brand new cops and robbers-style mode known as Renegade Roundup.
Multiplayer mayhem can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways on Nintendo Switch consoles, with four different methods available to play with friends.
- Up to four friends can play on a single Nintendo Switch console in TV mode, or in tabletop mode by using the stand at the back of the console and placing it on a flat surface
- Online multiplayer makes a return, allowing for up to two local racers to get involved in 12-player races with others around the world
- Through Wireless Play, multiple Nintendo Switch consoles can be connected to each other, allowing up to eight people to play together in the same room
- Up to 12 consoles in TV mode can be connected via LAN Play, with one or two players per connected Nintendo Switch
In addition to all the characters from Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo Wii U, King Boo, Dry Bones, Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl and Bowser Jr are joining the line up. Should players wish to race in style, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes with a wide range of amiibo compatibility, including some Super Mario series and all the Animal Crossing series, while Splatoon series amiibo grant a new racing suit for Mii characters.