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Nintendo’s games on Switch thus far have featured imagery inside of the case. With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, that continues. You can get a look at the box imagery above along with the actual cartridge.


[Review] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Posted on 11 months ago by (@LyonHart_) in Reviews, Switch | 30 Comments | 0 Likes

System: Switch
Release date: April 28, 2017
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo

Two years ago, I wrote an article on my relationship with Mario Kart and how Mario Kart 8 revitalized the series. In making that game, Nintendo reignited the magic I used to feel towards the franchise during the N64 and GameCube days. Mario Kart 8 shed a whole new light on kart racers and the potential they had at a time where most felt stale or rehashed, with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed being the new “king” of that genre before Mario Kart 8 returned to reclaim. Now in 2017, we’re back with the definitive version of one of Wii U’s best titles on its successor, the Nintendo Switch, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s as extravagant and beautiful as it was on Wii U, but this time with a revamped battle mode, all DLC included, a few new features, and plenty to love all over again.

YouTuber iJustine was greeted¬†by an unexpected guest in a recent video, along with getting early access to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. While Mario doesn’t stay for most of the video, it does contain plenty of new footage for the game. Check it out below.

A video posted by GameXplain has detailed the process for unlocking Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and provides a look at the new character in action.

Check out the video below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reviews roundup

Posted on 11 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.

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