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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:


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. 


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.

A new video from GameXplain shows off the title screen and various menus included in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. See it below.

Like the original game on Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe supports online, and you’ll connect with others in lobbies. One subtle yet big change was made in the Switch version. With this new version, it’s possible to change characters and karts in the online lobby. That means you won’t have to back out of a race to make these modifications.


Similar to the test performed on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during its launch period, testing has confirmed that the Switch’s battery in portable mode will last for a little over 3 hours when playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The test was conducted with a full charge and with screen brightness set to 30%. The exact time was 3 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds of playtime – similar to the battery life when playing Breath of the Wild, which is almost exactly 3 hours.



Nintendo sent out its weekly newsletter to subscribers today. In it, it shows a special bonus for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe purchases at Target. You’ll receive the puzzle cube pictured above when you pick up the racer.

ntower is the latest outlet to have shared footage from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Watch 19 minutes of footage showing races and battle mode below.

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