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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reviews roundup

Posted on 3 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch | 38 Comments | 0 Likes

With about a week to go until launch, the reviews for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are in. Across the board, the racer is reviewing pretty highly, as did the original game on Wii U.

Here’s the roundup of notable verdicts thus far:

Nintendo Everything – “Thumbs Up”
IGN – 9.3 / 10
GameSpot – 9 / 10
GamesRadar – 5 / 5
GameXplain – “Liked-a-Lot
Game Informer – 9.25 / 10
GamesBeat – 90 / 100
Nintendo World Report – 85 / 100
Nintendo Life – 10 / 10
Destructoid – 9.5 / 10
GameReactor UK – 10 / 10
USGamer – 5 / 5

We’ve heard that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features improved loading times. In a new video from NomComms, we’re able to see just how much they’ve improved.

With the initial boot, the time it takes to start up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is nearly half of the Wii U version. Going into tracks themselves also shave off several seconds.

Watch the full video comparison below.

It was initially suspected that the Mercedes-Benz DLC would be returning in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe after a certain set of tires were spotted in a recent trailer. If you needed any additional confirmation, new footage has emerged showing the extras in action.

You will have to put in a little bit of work to obtain the Mercedes-Benz DLC in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For the 300 SL Roadster, you’ll need to collect 750 coins. The GLA Tires unlock at just 60 coins.

Here’s some footage of the Mercedes-Benz DLC in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

As previously mentioned, Mario Kart 8 features a new pink boost after the blue and yellow sparks appear. GameXplain takes a closer look below.

Fire hopping was pretty prevalent in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Basically, the technique allowed players to extend mini turbos. The underlying idea is to hop in alternating directions during the turbo.

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe nearly here, you might be wondering if fire hopping has returned. GameXplain tested things out, and based on what they’ve seen, it looks like the technique is gone. We don’t have an absolutely definitive answer, but this appears to be the answer right now.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may not feature new race tracks, but it does contain new characters. Inkling Boy / Girl, King Boo, Bowser Jr., and Dry Bones are here. See them in action below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be arriving next week to Switch, but the whole coverage of the game has been so massive that there aren’t a lot of things that we don’t already know.

For instance, Nintendo Life has published a video showing all of the Battle Arenas that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will feature exclusively in this Switch port. This is the first time that we have an extensive look into all of them.

This revamped Battle Mode will consist of eight new arenas, with just three of them being Battle Arenas from old Mario Kart games. The other five are all-new. Check them out in the video below:

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Mario Kart 8 features new Smart Steering and Auto Accelerate options. When both are turned on, the game can essentially be played by itself.

Just don’t expect to reach first place often. You’ll also need to handle items yourself. As you can see below, this is really meant to be more of an tool that assists you.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes packed with all DLC from the original game. The additional characters, cups, and vehicles are all here. In case you’re wondering, that seems to include the Mercedes-Benz DLC. One of Nintendo’s latest trailers for the game shows the GLA Tires originally offered Wii U.

The one thing we’re hearing is that the Mercedes-Benz DLC isn’t unlocked by default. That’s a bit strange, as almost everything is immediately available. We’ll keep you updated if we see anything else about the situation. 

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Nintendo of Europe have released a new trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As the name implies, this trailer gives a brief overview of what’s new in the Deluxe version on Nintendo Switch – new racers, new items, a revamped battle mode and more.

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