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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The Japanese Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has now opened. Access it here.

The site is filled with tons of content showing off the game’s characters, tracks, and Battle Mode options. Below are the videos showing what’s “new” in this version of Mario Kart 8:

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta show off the new Battle Modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Additionally, this episode was filmed in front of a live audience at PAX East, and some fans from the crowd were invited to play during the filming. Watch the video below.

GameSpot has published two new off-screen videos showing the revamped Battle mode in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will come to Switch on April 28.

Check out the Coin Runners and Shine Thief variants of the new Battle mode:

During a segment on the Kids’ Choice Awards 2017 tonight, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was heavily featured. The cast of School of Rock was on hand to promote the upcoming racer. Check out the recording below.


Brand new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe footage was just shown on the PAX Twitch stream. We’re able to get a first look at the likes of Shine Thief and Renegade Roundup, along with footage of courses revealed today. View the gameplay below.

Nintendo has sent out a new wave of screenshots from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, showing off the newly-added elements from this version of the game. View the full set below.

Update: It seems like we might have been wrong in our assumption that the gold-colored Metal Mario was just a costume. Nintendo just sent out a press release for Mario Kart 8, and while it doesn’t really contain a whole lot of new information, it does have this interesting line: “For those seeking a challenge, Gold Mario awaits the finest players who can complete all cups in 200cc.” Although the wording is still slightly unclear, this does seem to confirm that this Gold Mario is indeed a separate character, since the press release also mentions that there are a total of 42 characters in the game, and for the numbers to match up, Gold Mario has to be a separate character (assuming there are no other hidden characters that haven’t been revealed yet).


Other than all the advertised new features, tracks, characters and so on, it seems like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also add some new costumes. In Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, only a handful of characters had different cosmetic options, like Shy Guy and Yoshi. Now, judging by the overview trailer that was released today, at least three new characters will get to change their looks as well – Metal Mario and both Inklings.

It seems like the Inklings will have at least two additional outfit options – in addition to the standard orange-haired Inkling Girl, you can also see a pink-haired one above and a green-haired one in the image below. True to their fashion-savvy natures, these Inkling variants also wear different outfits.

Metal Mario also gets a new costume, as you can see with this gold-colored variant below:

Retailers in Japan are beginning to carry what seem to be new designs for eShop cards. They all have the red / white Nintendo logo as well as a potentially new render of Peach.

We also have another look at the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe box. That includes a look at the back of the packaging.

Thanks to NintendoPSX for the tip.

Nintendo of Europe posted another commercial for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on its Twitter page. Watch the 30-second advert below.


Famitsu once again has quite a bit of Switch coverage in this week’s issue. Among the games covered is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, including an interview with producer Kosuke Yabuki (director on the original, also the producer of Arms by the way).

First, Yakubi commented on why Mario Kart 8 is being brought to Switch. He explains that the system can be played as a console, on the go, by sharing controllers, and can be experienced online. As a developer, Yabuki thought it would fit well with Mario Kart, and wanted to offer a Mario Kart to fans as soon as possible. So therefore they started developing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using Mario Kart 8 as basis.

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