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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is largely based on the Wii U game, but Nintendo did implement several new additions and small changes. For instance, for this version, Nintendo included a few new title screens – such as the one included above. Who would have thought that we’d see Link on the title screen of a Mario Kart game?

Below are a few more snapshots:


Don’t have a television nearby? Want to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with three other players? Fortunately, that’s entirely possible.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe does in fact allow for four-player split-screen while playing undocked. You may not have as much real estate to work with, but the feature is there if you want to use it.

Thanks to Zack for the tip.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s credits for beating all twelve cups are pretty similar to what was included on Wii U. However, there are some extra scenes, and some name additions – such as Tatsumi Kimishima at the end. Watch the full credits below.

There aren’t too many Switch games at the moment that use the device’s touchscreen. But with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the touchscreen functionality has been retained from the original Wii U release.

It’s nothing too crazy, but you can fully navigate Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s with a tap of the finger. You can select different modes, characters, vehicle parts, options and more. We took a brief video showing the touchscreen usage in action below.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lets you mess around with many different control schemes. In most cases, you can play with a Switch Pro Controller or a single Joy-Con. You can also use a pair of Joy-Con controllers that are either attached, detached or in a grip.

When it comes to the Wireless Play mode, things become a bit more limited. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s split-screen grays out the option for each player to use a full pair of Joy-Con controllers. Because of this, it’s only possible to use a single Joy-Con per player or two Pro Controllers.

Nintendo has partnered with Target to promote Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The retailer souped up over 650 of its stores in a few different ways, including the entrance itself. A quick video showing this in action is below. 

The Nintendo UK store is looking to entice potential Mario Kart 8 Deluxe buyers with a few bonuses. By pre-ordering the game, you can receive a t-shirt, a mug depicting Boo, or a mug with the Feather item. Reservations can be done right here.

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