New Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Trailer Showcases New Features

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Perhaps in honor of March 10th’s Mar10 Day, Nintendo published a new trailer for the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The extensive trailer highlights the Wii U redux’s improved battle mode, the return of the classic Boo and Feather items, and showed off previously unseen battle mode stages.

Not only does the Battle Mode make its return, a new rule variation of Battle Mode named Renegade Roundup will be introduced. It’s essentially a game of Cops-and-Robbers as one team has to capture the opposition and put them in “jail”. The jailed team can, of course, break out before the time runs out with their collective ingenuity. Old favorites like Balloon Battle, Bob-Omb Blast from Mario Kart: Double-Dash!!, Coin Runners, and Shine Thief all make their return.

For single-player racers, all the extra DLC cups and 200cc difficulty will be available from the start, accounting for all 48 courses from the original Mario Kart 8 and no season pass required. For those who complete all the 200cc cups, the newly-included Gold Mario will be unlocked as a playable character.

In addition to local and online multiplayer, Nintendo also included LAN play for up to 12 Switch consoles. For those who have such a set-up, a USB or LAN adapter will be needed for each system.

On top of all this, a new purple spark effect was spotted during a 200cc race. Without additional information from Nintendo, as the trailer glossed over it, there’s no telling how to activate a purple set of sparks or if it will be limited to 200cc alone. Mario Kart veterans know that different-colored sparks from corner drifting gives you a speed boost.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches worldwide on the Switch on April 28th, with no discount for persons who already owned Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. The asking price for all will be $59.99 USD or the equivalent of.

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