Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe May Lose Out On Fire-Hopping Exploit

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe May Lose Out On Fire-Hopping Exploit

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers up a staggering amount of content, rolling in the two DLC bundles to include a whopping 48 tracks - 24 remakes and 24 originals - all of which have been created to make use of the underwater and hang gliding of previous entries and the effortlessly integrated anti-gravity racing that was new for this game. Play a couple of races and you'll simply concentrate on getting from the start to the finish.

The only other changes I noticed between the Deluxe edition and the original were the addition of a "smart" steering feature for younger players who may have trouble keeping their karts on the track, and, on the other side of the difficulty curve, a surprisingly challenging 200cc mode that saw both my daughter and I coming in dead last in nearly every race. The Joy-Con motion controls work fine but we suggest turning that off if you want to get the most out of your turns and driving.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an upgraded version of a racing game that came out for the Wii U in 2014.

Mario Kart 8 originally launched for the Wii U and was definitely one of the biggest, if not the biggest hit for the system.

Speaking of which, Battle Mode also got a huge improvement in terms of the race tracks that players have access to. Left out of the Wii U version, Battle Mode returns in all its balloon-bursting glory, giving players something more to do than just racing over and over. It's commendable that Nintendo included all of the original's DLC and added a few more characters and karts, but a dozen completely original tracks would have really sweetened the deal and made it feel less like a repackaging of something many Nintendo fans already paid for.

As for the new additions in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, each one elevates what was already an excellent gameplay experience.

But there are plenty of additions which will excite die-hard Mario Karters, including double item-boxes - stacked one on top of the other - which give you two power-ups for the price of one. They each ask different things of you, so you might suck at Bob-omb Blast's combative play, but be exactly the kind of slippery racer that excels at breaking teammates out of prison in Renegade roundup. So, instead of building a new Mario Kart from scratch, we get this deluxe version of Mario Kart 8 that includes all of its downloadable content, new battle modes, and some new characters. The bad news is that you'll have to shell out a lot of dough to take one home. It splits participants into two teams, which are essentially cops and robbers.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an unbelievable addition to the Nintendo Switch library. Now battling is just as much fun (and more hilariously chaotic).

But, don't bring too many. unless they have their own Switches. But the sheer exhilaration of taking on human opponents remotely in a Mario Kart game is what matters. If you own a Nintendo Switch, you would be mad not to buy a copy.

If you're looking for a party game to show off to your friends or a racing game to master, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe more than fills that niche on the Switch.

And the Switch lends itself magnificently to local multiplayer - you can take your Switch round to a mate's house and instantly compete wirelessly; with three Switches hooked up and enough controllers for four-player split-screen on each (best achieved with each Switch hooked up to a TV), you can even keep 12 people entertained simultaneously, which is mind-boggling.

This is how you spiff up an older game.

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