Meet the new Mario Kart 8, same as the old Mario Kart 8. Almost. Bolting the words ‘Deluxe’ to something you expect an extra level of comfort and quality, and so, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comforts players with a revamped battle mode, new items, and the ability to hold two weapons at once. Added aggression is such a comforting thing to have.
On the Wii U Mario Kart 8 didn’t have a chance to be as big as its past, despite being quite possibly the best in the series, with the classic go-kart racing grief simulator playing its best, looking its best, and sounding its best. The season pass adding an extra sixteen courses further enhanced the experience, allowing players to pretend for a moment, just a moment, that they were playing a new F-Zero game due to some crossover courses making an appearance, along with a super speedy free 200cc update.
The Switch version brings with it all the previous content, plus new characters (Splatoon keeps things fresh), items, and a new battle mode to right a wrong Mario Kart 8 committed. With Deluxe you can now battle across dedicated arenas, popping balloons, snatching stars, collecting coins, or playing cops and robbers with Piranha plants.
It’s a lot of fun, more fun than the battle mode from before, and helps MK8 achieve the perfection it strives so hard for. Almost, for no elimination options keeps away some of the classic battle tension, and online friend matchmaking will forever make nightmares.
Deluxe++ will fix that…