Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the lastest in the franchise as Is available on the Nintendo Switch, its the definitive version of the game taken from the Nintendo Wii U. It’s often regarded as one of the core games on Nintendo products and one of the best multiplayer games for all ages. With the Nintendo Switch, you are able to play at home, on your own or multiplayer, but you can also play anywhere again both single-player or multiplayer with the detachable Joy-cons.
“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 favourites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.! “
The Graphics have been slightly improved as with the controller types some people will find this easier to use, I myself was surprised how easy it was to use a single joy-con, but in reality, there are not too many buttons so I can understand it. That also means there up several controller options to fit all types of people. With this version of the game it has 5 exclusive new characters, including Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl; 4 exclusive new multiplayer Battle Modes including Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, with 48 Tracks, and over 40 Racers. It’s now the biggest Mario Kart roster ever with all downloadable content from the Wii U version also included.
As a family we have played Mario karts before, on DS and Wii, so this was one of the first games we had to buy, since then its regularly played and Tigger does take advantage of playing it when we have gone out, for example, long journeys in the car etc.. Mario Kart is the type of game that takes advantage of this, he and Roo will detach the joy-cons and play 2 players. When at home Boo and I get involved and we play 4 players, we use the other two joy-cons, we do have a pro-style controller for Mario Kart the joy-cons are just easy, reminds me of the SNES controller.
Ultimately if you have ever played Mario Kart its more of the same, and I mean that in a good way, it’s just simply everything has been improved, including the extra gliding part of the tracks or the bike options. Even with the game’s improvements it still feels like that traditional Mario Kart, just update, and that’s a big compliment because many games lose that playable element that they remember. The battles have been improved significantly, these can get hectic and chaotic, the multiplayer balloon has so much going on which is fun, as is the bomb one.
Overall I can’t speak highly enough of the game, this is one of the few games that even non gamers have played in the Nintendo bubble, this version is great, and the best, in my opinion, its still solid as a game and the improvements that came out on the Wii u and now this have kept it relatively fresh, and lets be honest not many people bought the Wii u console. This is an absolute must to have in your collection for the Nintendo Switch, not just for single player but multiplayer aswell, personally, this should be anyone’s top 5 games to buy on the console, and there aren’t many games that appeals to that broader range.