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Target is promoting Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe once again with a new commercial. Have a look at the brief advert below.

My Nintendo members located close to Nintendo NY have a chance to nab unique merchandise. If you check in with your My Nintendo QR Code when you visit the store, you’ll be provided with a unique Mario Kart 8 Deluxe poster. The offer is valid through April 30.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has arrived, featuring Inklings from the Splatoon series as playable racers. To celebrate the official launch, a special piece of art was shared on the Japanese Twitter account. Have a look at it above.

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Update: Added in the North American version.


Original: With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shipping today, Nintendo made one last trailer for the game to highlight the accolades it has received. You can view it below.

Aside from the new Battle Mode, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is similar to the original game on Wii U in many ways. However, Nintendo did implement some subtler changes that you may not have been aware about – including new Time Trials, additional tournament icons, and more. GameXplain takes a look at these and more changes below.

Update: GameXplain has replaced its original video with a new one that includes physical and digital on both platforms. We’ve added that in below.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is known to feature faster load times over its Wii U predecessor. We previously shared a video showing that the Switch release is in fact faster than the older version. However, GameXplain has now taken it a step further by showing both the physical and digital versions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Like most Switch games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will load the fastest digitally. The physical version is no slouch though, only falling a couple of seconds behind. Both options also beat out Mario Kart 8 on Wii U – especially when it comes to the initial boot.

We posted a few of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s alternative title screens a couple of days ago, but GameXplain now has a video up showing some extra ones. Get a look at the full set below.

Mario Kart 8 had a slight frame rate bug on Wii U. It mostly ran at 60 FPS, but an unknown issue caused it to dip to 59 FPS during single frames. Many players were likely unaware of it, though some felt it was an issue nonetheless.

For Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo addressed the situation entirely, and the racer is now at a silky smooth 60 frames per second. GameXplain takes a closer look below.

New to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are the Shine Thief and Bob-omb Blast modes. These are special variations of the traditional battle mode, which has returned for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Some new footage of these modes has arrived on YouTube. Check it out below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is just a few days off. To remind folks about the big Switch title, Nintendo sent out a notice to Swapdoodle users and Mario Kart 7 players. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s art director specifically wrote the message. For the full thing, continue on below.

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