Nintendo has provided additional information on Switch title Mario Kart 8 Deluxe along with the release of a trailer which provides an overview of the game modes.
Along with new features, new characters such as Inklings from Splatoon 2, new karts, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also includes new modes and enhanced visuals.
Every character, track and kart from the Wii U version, including all the previously released DLC, will be available in-game .
With the addition of five new characters, there will be 42 total available in the game. The new characters, as previously reported, are: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.
Gold Mario, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be available from the get-go, but will instead “await the finest players who can complete all cups in 200cc.”
There will be new karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, and returning items like the item-stealing Boo and jumping Feather are also included along with a new Smart Steering control option.
Battle mode has also been revamped, and can be played both locally and online, across eight Battle courses.
Here’s some of the modes players will find in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as provided by Nintendo:
- Renegade Roundup: Making its debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this new mode has one team trying to capture the other and put them into jail before time runs out. The opposing team must try to escape and can break their own teammates out of prison by pressing a button under the jail cell.
- Balloon Battle: In this oldie but goodie, players earn points by popping balloons on the back of their opponents’ karts.
- Bob-omb Blast: Originally seen in the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! game, this mode finds players throwing a barrage of Bob-ombs at opponents.
- Coin Runners: By racing across the Battle course, players try to collect the most coins as possible in this fast and frenetic mode introduced in Mario Kart Wii.
- Shine Thief: Steal the coveted Shine Sprite and try to hold onto it for a 20 count in this classic multiplayer Battle mode.
As previously reported, split-screen returns with up to four players when Switch is docked. Players can also undock the system, detach the Joy-Con controllers and use them horizontally to play anywhere with two players.
In addition, races can be played online or hosted in LAN multiplayer sessions with up to 12 players. Two players can share one Nintendo Switch system in LAN play.
At launch, the Joy-Con Wheel accessory will also be made available at $14.99, or regional equivalent, for a set of two.