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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe release date confirmed

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes to Nintendo Switch at the end of April.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes to Nintendo Switch at the end of April.

Nintendo has confirmed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 28, 2017.

The game is a souped up version of the one of the Wii U’s game library highlights, and comes complete with all of the original’s course and character DLC, plus a host of new additions.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will feature 42 drivers, with King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr all returning to the series, and Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon 2 making their debut. There is also a Gold Mario to unlock if you can complete all cups in 200cc. There will be 48 courses included, with five speed classes and Mirror Mode.

The best news for long-term players of the series is the return of a fully featured Battle Mode, something that was severely undercooked in the original Wii U release. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will include eight dedicated courses, with modes including Balloon Battle, Bob-omb Blast, Shine Thief and the return of Coin Runners from  Mario Kart Wii. A new cops and robbers-inspired mode called Renegade Roundup also debuts.

The original game was one of the Wii U’s online multiplayer highlights, and although the Switch’s full online service doesn’t launch until Autumn, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will support 12-player online racing for up to two local players.

There are lots of local multiplayer options to try, too. Up to four players can compete on a single Nintendo Switch, eight players can connect though local wireless play, and up to 12 consoles in TV mode can be connected via LAN.

Amiibo compatibility is also expanded with support for a selection of Super Mario, Animal Crossing, and Splatoon series figures.

Although it’s to easy dismiss the game for being a Wii U port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a comprehensive and generous package. The new additions just about make it worth a double dip, and new players will find lots to enjoy. Our hope is that the game lasts for the life of the Switch and continues to be expanded with even more characters and courses over time.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 28, 2017.

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